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When somebody does get a concession of some kind...
When somebody does get a concession of some kind - nights credited, credit toward a new booking, etc, - it begs to ask how is it decided. Who does Cunard decide to "be nice" to and who is held to...
Agreed. In an emergency the only thing anyone...
Agreed. In an emergency the only thing anyone cares about is getting off the boat that is sinking or on fire and into a boat that is not.
You're right, Harland and Wolff did want the QM2...
You're right, Harland and Wolff did want the QM2 contract but there were two obstacles. One, they would have needed a government subsidy to carry on operations between Cunard paying the deposit and...
The loyalty program of a hotel or airline would...
The loyalty program of a hotel or airline would probably handle your situation the same way. If you had a non-refundable air ticket and cancelled, you would not get the flight miles despite having...
The assigned embarkation times are an attempt to...
The assigned embarkation times are an attempt to prevent too many people from showing up at the same time and thus overwhelm the checkin system. Almost everyone wants to be on the ship by Noon,...
Yes but "segmenting" a cruise means that cabins...
Yes but "segmenting" a cruise means that cabins are taken away from the larger cruise. Segments of a world cruise typically last a week or ten days, not a night or two. Let's say the OP buys nights...
If Cunard started to award credit for nights paid...
If Cunard started to award credit for nights paid for but not taken, then I'd be on Diamond by now. As a solo I pay 175% in Britannia Staterooms or 200% in Grill staterooms. No additional World...
New York City transit of the seas? Even if the...
New York City transit of the seas? Even if the immigration logistics were to be worked out it would be a huge money drain for the cruise line and so expensive that passengers would find it cheaper...
Not really necessary. If you want to see any...
Not really necessary. If you want to see any type of cabin just walk around the ship on disembarkation day. All of the doors will be open as the stewards turn them around for new passengers.
By that extrapolation an invitation to dinner at...
By that extrapolation an invitation to dinner at the White House can be taken as being asked to dine with a "US government employee".

Never had occasion to dine at the Captain's table and cannot...
A blazer isn't formal wear. I just came off a two...
A blazer isn't formal wear. I just came off a two week sailing with a lot of port days. Even informal on Cunard was a lot dressier than "elegant" nights on other lines. Cunard may be a bad fit for...
Captain Christopher Wells came on the ship in...
Captain Christopher Wells came on the ship in Quebec on September 29th. You can tell when he is the master because the ship will be flying the Blue Ensign instead of the Red Ensign. (He is currently...
Cunard calling the port of Southampton as an...
Cunard calling the port of Southampton as an arrival in "London" is a piker compared to the airline industry. How many fly "to New York" via JFK airport? According to Wikipedia,"JFK is located in...
I realize that this is a 2-year old thread, but...
I realize that this is a 2-year old thread, but once somebody organizes these activities it really isn't "optional". Except for the option to drop out of the roll call altogether.

"Gift...
QM2 can dock in Manhattan if necessary but last...
QM2 can dock in Manhattan if necessary but last did so in September 2014. The Coast Guard isn't happy that her backside extends into the shipping channel.

As for eight day crossings, I brought...
The QM2/QE2 tandem sailings were meant to pass...
The QM2/QE2 tandem sailings were meant to pass the transatlantic baton to the new Queen and to give the retiring Queen a proper farewell. With the fourth ship being built by "Tin Can Eri" she's...
You handled the situation in precisely the right...
You handled the situation in precisely the right way, which was to complain to the Tour Office that the trip did not deliver on the advertised experience. Complaints are the only way that they will...
I'm typing this from the port wifi at Sept-Iles. ...
I'm typing this from the port wifi at Sept-Iles. Joined by some Cunard staffers. That says a lot.
We were fortunate to have such a nice day weather...
We were fortunate to have such a nice day weather wise in Sydney because today is overcast and chilly. We have some white caps and are close enough to land for sea birds to come on deck. A tanker...
While Cunard will likely keep withing the...
While Cunard will likely keep withing the Queen____ naming convention, I personally would like to see Aquitania. A beautiful name for a ship.
Every goddamn place you go. From the stage of...
Every goddamn place you go. From the stage of the Royal Court theatre soloist Maria Friedman had to take a political stand. Not being content to just shut up and sing, she announced that with all...
Hard-wired internet is better today. It's mid...
Hard-wired internet is better today. It's mid morning as I type and at noon we will advance 1 hour to adjust to Atlantic time. Very thick fog this morning and QM2's fog horns are sounding. From...
Just announced on board this morning. On the...
Just announced on board this morning. On the positive note it appears that there is value in the Cunard brand. Perhaps there are enough of us who still want some civilization when we sail.
My posts have been few and far between thanks to...
My posts have been few and far between thanks to 1mB internet speeds. I’ve taken to checking only late and night rather than burn internet time that only times out.
Sail away in Boston takes...
Remember the days of dialup internet? Those...
Remember the days of dialup internet? Those memories will come flooding back when you try to connect on board. This internet service is the worst I’ve experienced on the ship. CC has been timing...