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  1. There are probably 1000 or more reviews of the QM2 and I wouldn’t imagine that I could really add anything significant to what is already been said. But I do feel I should pass along my observations, as a fairly experienced cruiser, and see what other people would say. First, a little about my cruising history. I wife and I probably take in 30 cruises on all categories of ships. Of course we prefer a ships at the Seaborn level, but we’ve tried several different brands have generally been satisfied for what we got given the money we paid. Right now, Viking Ocean would be of first choice, if the destinations were right. Way back when, in 1968, I crossed the Atlantic on the SS United States as a college student. I was in tourist class with 4 to a room with the bathrooms down the hall. So, in any case, the QM2 was a lot more comfortable than my last crossing, albeit much slower. My friend and I traveled across on the QM2 the North Atlantic in August 2019 from New York (Brooklyn) to Southampton, the classic six-day crossing. Our cabin was on 12 deck and although snug was quite comfortable. Good service from the room Steward and a balcony, all can you ask for. However, the bathroom, while completely functional and clean, struck me as quite plain compared to other ships in the same category. It had a small, fiberglass shower somehow didn’t fit in with the reputation of the QM2. Given our class of cabin we dined in the Britannia Club. I liked the arrangements there, where we had the same fixed table mates at each meal but could come anytime the dining room was open. Food was excellent and was good as I’ve had on some of the other luxury lines and service and presentation were just as good as well. No complaints about food in the dining room. My friend and I also had dinner one night at the Veranda and that was superb! On the other hand, the King’s Grill was not very good. The place was always jammed and by its layout on one of the intermediate decks meant that the food service areas were often a long walk, carrying your own your food, to where there was an available seat. There didn’t seem to be any table service except maybe for alcoholic drinks and tables were cleared slowly, which was a problem given how busy the place was. Basically, it just seemed cut up and poorly laid out, mostly I think as a consequence of the deck it was on, deck seven. Finally, and very surprisingly tea, was a disappointment. Having experienced proper High Tea on several other ships, mind you much smaller, where tea is served from a trolley with a selection of sweets and savories and a selection of teas. On the other hand on the QM2 it was just in the ballroom with ordinary tables and waiters who came around, no room for a trolley. They brought and whatever there was. The individual items were fine but the service was not very good and the ambience was more like a cafeteria and a major disappointment. The ships layout is strange. Perhaps one too many major renovations have occurred and particularly on decks two and three where it is very hard to get from here to there. The decks don’t go all the way through, or do only if you know the secret door, and it just seemed confused and chopped up. Each space was fine, but just getting there from one of the upper decks meant two elevator rides. Likewise, very far forward near the planetarium and the theater things are also a bit odd, again you can’t get from here to there without going up or down. Embarkation and disembarkation went fine, even though the Brooklyn cruise terminal seems more suitable for livestock than humans, but it worked. Service elsewhere on the ship the entire time was fine. The ship rode amazingly well, although we are very lucky for the North Atlantic and had four almost calm days and to just slightly windy with a light chop two days. But with it North Atlantic you pays your money and takes your chances. Finally, there’s the size of the ship. Ships I’ve been on and enjoyed were more were less than 1000. Too many people and big crowds everywhere. Arrangements were well handled and the staffing was adequate but it was just a mob scene everywhere I went. Perhaps I was trying to create an altered memory-vision of 1968 and not remembering that the SS United Sates had about 2,000 passengers and 900 crew! Just an aside while, they were filming a Netflix or HBO movie on board. The Hollywood crew were very considerate of the passengers, far more so than other film shoots I run into as a live in Southern California. Very little inconvenience and scenes were filmed at times the day when that particular area was not much in use. I do think I may be a movie star, as perhaps the highest half inch of my left ear and three hairs might be somewhere in the background of the shot, although it could end up on the cutting room floor. Would I do Cunard it again? No. Once was enough to remember the other crossing and frankly the ship is too big for me to really enjoy it.
  2. I board Queen Mary 2 Friday on my way to Europe to start a string of 4 total ships, continuing with Crystal Bach (Amsterdam to Basel), Crystal Serenity (Barcelona to Florida), and finally Crystal Symphony (7-day Caribbean). With the journey divided between 3 Cruise Critic areas I will be posting the journey in 3 separate forums (Cunard, River, and finally Crystal) . I will also cover the entire trip in a single thread on the Maryland Cruisers forum. I'll include a link to that if I can do it within the edit time frame. My companion blog with Daily Programs and menus will be on my usual blog site: http://getawaysfrom21044.wordpress.com This will be my 29th transatlantic, 13th on QM2, and 16th on Cunard (one each QV, QE2, and QE). Roy
  3. Hi I started a thread on the Celebrity forum about our Silhouette TransAtlantic cruise and the first part is about us spending a week driving through Cornwall and Hampshire prior. Then I realized a lot of what I’m sharing might be of interest for those who are looking at this area forum. So here goes. See if you find this handy: 17-18 Oct Flight Here we are in the UK. Flew via Delta Atlanta to Heathrow arriving 1130 local. Flight was nothing to speak of. OK. Have arrived earlier before and had 3 other flights from US arrive at 0830ish and a ton of us trying to go through arrival. this flight was the only one in so very quick. 18 Oct Windsor Rented an Avis car and drove to Windsor. Although planning on most of the time in Cornwall/Hampshire area, decided to spend the first night in Windsor which is only 20-25min from Heathrow. Good idea after an overnight flight instead of driving 5hrs. Watch if you get an cheaper model - many are manual shift which can be tricky even if you know how to use them, being on the other side of what we are use to in the States! I upgraded for $60 for the week for auto and got a hybrid that will save on gas! Tried to navigate via preprinted map and gave up and opened up our iPhone and that worked well, except it gave us directions into one dead end. Recommend set up using international calling/data so you can use google or Apple map navigation. My ATT costs $10 each day I use it. Other phone systems are similar. Handy. Staying at the Clarion Harte and Garter on Hill St right across from Windsor Castle. great hotel. Nice view of the castle; elevators; dining. No parking. Must use city lots. they vary from $20-$5/day depending on distance and if open lot. Room is spacious with a view of the castle - king bed and shower/bathtub. Ate lunch at the old train station which is now a major shopping mall - at the All-Bar-One, which had side rooms that Queen Victoria and Albert stayed in waiting for their train. Excellent varied menu. Wandered around the castle area - Queen’s flag, the Royal Standard, was flying so she was ‘in residence’. Ate Dinner at the Horse and Groom near the hotel and castle - classic pub food and choices of bitters and wines. Looked like a local place with lots of socializing. Left windows open for cool room and got the ‘party noise’ - it was Friday night. Not bad though. Up and breakfast and wandered a bit more, then on the road to Penzance. Check out is a bit early, 1000, but can ask to stay a little while longer if you wish or leave luggage and wander. Saturday 19 Oct Windsor Up early and walked over to the train station and ate at Bill’s. Great breakfast! Then drove the car back to the hotel get the luggage. Got stopped getting on Hill St which the castle and hotel are on - all traffic blocked for 10min or so while they had the changing of the guard. No problem. Checked out and on the road to Penzance. The Drive takes 4.5+hrs. Good drive but below Exeter, it gets smaller lanes and local farm vehicle traffic which slows it up. Strongly recommend using Google/Apple/GPS Maps/navigation. Again, you really need GPS mapping to find many of these hotels and get around the Round-about traffiic circles - tons of them! Penzance Smugglers Restaurant and Rooms - Penzance (really in Newlyn which is further along the harbor/bay). What a place! Small but fantastic rooms. they close for the season next week, so few here now and we have the Harbor Watch room. Unbelievable. Faces the harbor and all the fishing vessels. Queen bed/huge BR/2nd floor no elevator/parking is down the street at harbor - $3. Very friendly. Ate dinner there. One of the best meals Ive had in a restaurant. You’ve Got to come here! Going to drive the coast up to St Ives tomorrow and stop and see the Marry Maids Stone Circle - prehistoric stones of Stonehenge era but you can walk around and touch. Sunday 20 Oct Up early and a fantastic English breakfast at Smuggler’s. won’t have to eat till later afternoon! Drove out of Newlyn towards Lands End and stopped at the Merry Maids Stone Circle, an early Bronze Age circle. GPS had us go up a Very Narrow road that was called the Cornwall bicycle trail and it was very interesting but very narrow and curvy. I’d strongly recommend use A-3312 out of town instead. You can walk amongst the stone circle and think of what it was used for. Wear boots - its a farm field and cows/sheep have been there. We then drove on using A-3312 to Lands End then onto St Ives on the ocean-skirting roads. These western Cornwall roads are a challenge especially for right-hand drivers since they are barely wide enough for 2-way with stone walls girding them. I didn’t get a photo of it, but one sign said ‘Oncoming traffic in the road center ahead’....think about that for a second!! Got to St Ives. Beautiful coastal town with great views, cliffs, beach, dining and shopping. Parking is a challenge even this off-season but it was Sunday so lots there. Found a park near the beach area. Carry 1pound coins since most parkings use auto-pay sites that only take coins. Cost 4.7 for 4hrs. Wandered through the narrow streets shopping and eating at a seafood cafe. Too many to recommend - all looked great. Did buy a nice small book with hand drawings of the sites between St Ives and Lands End. Drove the easier A-30 back and relaxed. Dining and supping at the nearby Red Lion pub tonight. Driving to Hampshire area north of Southampton/Portsmouth tomorrow and staying at the Hampshire Hog. It’s 4+hrs along the south coast. Will spent 3 nights in that area before boarding the Silhouette for the TransAtlantic. Monday 21 Oct Did the drive from Penzance to Hampshire area. It was long. got to the Hampshire Hog hotel and just going to relax and take it easy. The hotel is really fine. Great rooms and nice pub/restaurant. classic with roaring fire and lots of seating around the pub and places to relax. Room is very spaceous. Queen bed/huge HR/free parking/double shower head. Well worth it. Near Southampton and Portsmouth. For me, the driving has been a challenge - not the lefthand side business, but the narrow roads and one thousand round-abouts! Handled them but tiring. Next time may take the bus/train to an area and give that a go. Going to the Butser Ancient Farm which is just down the road - its a site where they’ve built early Neolithic/Mesolithic/Iron Age/Roman/Saxon round and long homes. Sounds fantastic. Tuesday 22 Oct. Slept in and relaxed. Great included breakfast. Off to Buter Farm. Great weather for it today. Got there and it well beyond anything I expected. Numerous examples of ancient villages in what is called ‘experimental archaeology’. they didn’t recreate an existing village but built round and long homes using the ancient stone and Iron Age techniques. There are a number of school tours ongoing but not an issue. We spent the full day there. well worth it. they directed us to the Red Lion Pub nearby which was built in early 1600’s. excellent meal and beauiful pub/restaurant. Back to the Hampshire Hog and relaxing. Going to Portsmouth to walk around a nice town and see the HMS Victory. Den
  4. Let me explain the Gulf of Mexico/Mississippi River connection. All the silt emptied into the Mississippi from Minnesota to the delta flows to the west after it enters the Gulf Of Mexico. Therefore, the water is usually murky along the entire Texas coast. The water along the Florida Gulf of Mexico coast is not murky, hence the city named Clearwater. Thus ends your hydrology lecture for today! 😎
  5. Jack, I do sometimes find things a bit rushed with noon and the start of afternoon activities but for me it's a very small price to pay for not having night after night of lost sleep or of losing 5 or 6 hours all at once on an airplane. I've only seen one other thing I liked nearly as well; once on the Rotterdam we lost an hour at noon and another overnight a couple of times leaving a more or less proportioned day and a couple of days to recover between changes. Denise, if you ever get a chance, check out Queen Mary's Sunday Brunch which is held in the original First Class Dining room. The big difference between the old Queen Mary and Queen Mary 2 is that nearly the entire ship is open to everybody. Grills have a different restaurant with a nicer menu but I think our restaurant is more elegant and there is very little elsewhere on the ship that the passenger in the cheapest cabin cannot fo. By the way, I don't have a tux with me. The jacket is a black blazer by Travelsmith and I think it blends in with the formal shirt and tux pants superbly. I will take the Tux with me on the World Cruise but with only 5 total formal nights on this trip and some inter-ship transfers I decided to leave it at home. Roy
  6. Chade5772

    YC beds

    Are the beds queen or king in YC when put together?
  7. Findo

    YC beds

    yes they are queen size beds
  8. Does anyone know who the current maitre d's are in the Princess and Queen's grills?
  9. Greetings Coolers! We spent some time exploring our new town yesterday. It was a gorgeous day! Sunshine and mild termps. Here are a few pics from our walk..... View from the bridge over the Mississippi River (not THE Mississippi River but our Mississippi River)..... The Town Hall..... And a gorgeous red tree..... Have a great day all!
  10. Does the Panorama (or the port of Long Beach) have later boarding times then other ports? We checked in at Midnight on our 90 day make and the earliest arrival appointment they had was 12:30 pm and they only had 4 options through 2:30 pm, nothing else was shown. I know they have an unusual parking situation there, but does that seem late to start the arrival appointments. Can any west coast cruisers chime in and let us know if it truly is just that laid back and chill? We are staying at the Queen Mary next door and wanted to board as quickly as possible, if it is a nice day way may just head over early and stand in the naughty early line.
  11. When we where cruising on the Queen Elizabeth we where lucky enough to rendezvous with the old Queen Mary in Long beach, California for the 4th of July 2019 Fireworks.
  12. Day QM2-3, Monday, October 21, 2019, At Sea, Queen Mary 2, Gala I will start this post off with one of the pictures purchased on the ship; the one from the Welcome Party with Captain Haishmi. https://getawaysfrom21044.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/captainme.jpg Our cloud cover pretty much continues. For the first time of the voyage I walked my full 5 miles (14 laps). There was the least evidence of a sunrise yet but there was a tiny bit of color in the sky right around dawn. https://getawaysfrom21044.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/dawn1021.jpg It was a relatively quiet morning. As I ascended the stairs to Kings Court for my second stage of breakfast an alarm came out for a man overboard drill and when I stepped out on the Promenade deck some crew members were donning their exposure suits by the port fast rescue boat. https://getawaysfrom21044.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/overboard.jpg Margaret Gilmore's second lecture was at 11, this one on "Superpowers and Spies". I had more trouble following this one (and dozed off a bit, payback for staying alert for the Knights). I left early to be on deck for the noon update but caught more of the talk in replay before dinner. We had sailed 519 Nautical Miles in the 23 hours since noon Sunday. My afternoon activities began in the Royal Court Theater with a performance by Classical Pianist Roman Rudnytsky. https://getawaysfrom21044.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/rudnytsky.jpg The afternoon Cunard Insights talks were at 3:30 and 4:30. Queen Mary 2 is really designed around the purpose of all weather crossing of the North Atlantic. Dining and entertainment areas are pretty much concentrated low and midship (Except for the Grills dining which is up on deck 7 and aft--and that costs extra?). Most lectures are in Illuminations, a planetarium, movie house, and lecture hall which sits on decks 2 and 3 immediately forward of the Royal Court Theater. It is accessed by deck 3L, a tween deck which is lower than 3 and runs under the balcony of the theater. There are some nice windowside tables on part of that deck. The first talk was George McGhee on Buzz Berkley, and I quickly decided not to stay long. https://getawaysfrom21044.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/3lforward.jpg Afternoon tea is also at 3:30, back in the Queens Room. It was accompanied this time by Andrew Cavendish-Gray on the piano and I stayed for tea and a scone. https://getawaysfrom21044.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/teatime.jpg The 4:30 lecture was by Ken Lenox on "The Royal Family". Something new to me this crossing is that many of the "enrichment" activities seem to be commercial in nature and the Insights lectures get pushed back. Getting out of a lecture at 5:30 and being reader for a Gala dinner at 6PM is quite a stretch and I left this talk quite early. As with the theater and Illuminations, QM2 has a unique architecture around the dining room. It is on decks 2&3 midship (Deck 1 is the tender landing) with the galley aft of it on deck 2 and the Queens Room on Deck 3. To get around the dining room the designers added another part of deck 3L. The floor of the Deck 3 dining level is elevated near the windows to allow for a passage between the 2 levels. The starboard passage is the art gallery; the port passage used to be the photo gallery but a couple years ago several solo cabins were installed in that space. I will have one of those cabins on my crossing next August. https://getawaysfrom21044.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/britannia.jpg For the second night in a row there were just 3 of us at Table 322. My choices for the evening were the duck consume, the Spa selection Lemon Artichoke Chicken, followed by the Lime Chiffon Cake and Pistachio ice cream. Jane was unsure what ice cream I wanted so that arrived in a separate dish. https://getawaysfrom21044.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/dishes21.jpg The World Club party was held between dinner seatings. I'm a bit unsure of the numbers but they mentioned 1154 new guests, 245 Silver (not invited), 550 others (not invited) 274 Gold, 175 Platinum, and 86 Diamond. I squeak by as Diamond because of 15 voyages; still a dozen nights short of the 150 to qualify by that route. The top cruisers recognized had 795, 824, and 830 nights. I THINK the 550 "others" were people continuing on from Quebec whose party came in a prior segment. Captain Hashmi's comments included a story I found amusing. He told of a flyover where the QE2 made radio contact with a passing Concorde. The captain was a serious seaman who had little idea what happened in the hotel department. The Concorde Captain listed their dinner menu and asked QE2 about theirs. The Captain asked a young Cadet to go to the restaurant and find out what their menu was. He got lost on his way back to the ship. Hashmi was spared disaster when the Captain ad libbed "I could tell you but by the time I finished you would be in New York". The featured entertainment was comedian Mike Doyle. He was not my cup of tea. https://getawaysfrom21044.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/doyle.jpg There was a "Night in the Ballroom" after the show. I dropped by for just a quick peek. https://getawaysfrom21044.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/ballnight.jpg I'll take my parting shot from Margaret Gilmore's talk. Nothing about spies or terrorists but the realities of parenting in today's technological world. She said she had just gotten her first word from her 21-year old son after being away for a week. Not "how are you", "I miss you" or anything like that but a simple 7-word tweet: "Mom, have you seen my gym shoes". Roy
  13. HOLLAND AMERICA BOARD'S FUTURE CRUISE LISTING Updated October 18th, 2019 We all love to hear what cruises you are booked on. I post the Bon Voyage threads 7 days before sailing so, to be included in this, you need to post your details here to allow sufficient time to be on the updated Future Cruise Listing. It’s better to post earlier than later but if it is later please post THREE weeks in advance to make sure it doesn’t get missed. We would also be interested to know if this is your first cruise, your first HAL cruise or if you are celebrating a birthday or anniversary. Details needed are in the 2nd post of this thread. Please use REPLY and not QUOTE when posting to this thread. Using 'Quote' makes a very long thread and difficult for others to read. While this list is a lot of fun, please don't mistake it for a Roll Call thread. You can go to the Roll Call Section here on Cruise Critic and find your cruise to sign up there too. That's where your Meet & Greet planning, tour sharing, and other activities specific to your cruise will be happening. This week’s additions and changes are in BOLD and highlighted in aqua (sea colours). OCTOBER 2019 Koningsdam – 18-Oct-19 – 13 day Mediterranean Legend we’re sailing away…..- B2B2B with Oct. 31st & Nov. 13th Koningsdam – 18-Oct-19 – 26 day Mediterranean Legend & Passage to America Sailingdutchy Vict0riann Cruizer Bill & Cruizer Diana Queen Mary 2 - 18-Oct-19 - 7-night Eastbound Transatlantic rafinmd - B2B2B with Crystal Bach Oct 25 and Crystal Serenity Nov 5 Eurodam - 19-Oct-19 - 7 night Mexican Riviera msmayor - B2B following 4 night Pacific coastal N Amsterdam - 19-Oct-19 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean DFD1 N Amsterdam – 19-Oct-19 – 14 day Eastern/Tropical Caribbean saturn93 Rotterdam – 19-Oct-19 – 32 day Holy Land and Passage to America aliaschief & DWaliaschief Cinder Again Oosterdam - 20-Oct-19 - 17 day Circle Hawaii cat shepard Zuiderdam - 20-Oct-19 - 10 day Panama Canal Sunfarer RetiredNow cruzn single - B2B following Oct. 9th AMA Amacerto - 27-Oct-19 - 7 day Legendary Danube (Nuremburg - Budapest AZNATIVE2000 - visiting Prague Oct. 21st precruise Crystal Bach 27-Oct-19 - 7 night Romantic Rhine rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Oct 18 & with Crystal Serenity Nov5 Amsterdam - 28-Oct-19 - 51 day Tales of the South Pacific Traveling Dot FlorenceItaly Veendam - 30-Oct-19 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean anderson1203 - first HAL cruise Koningsdam - 31-Oct-19 - 13 day Passage to America we're sailing away.....- B2B2B following Oct. 18th & with Nov. 13th NOVEMBER 2019 Eurodam - 02-Nov-19 - 7 night Mexican riviera dobiemom travelnap Crystal Serenity - 5-Nov-19 - 19-night Explorer Combination - Barcelona to FTL rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Oct 18, Crystal Bach Oct 27 and with Symphony Nov 24 Veendam - 06-Nov-19 - 7 day Caribbean seeriteR N Statendam - 10-Nov-19 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean Crazy For Cats the2ofus- B2B with Nov. 17th Judyrem - first HAL cruise, 70th birthday celebration Himself DFWGUYZ - achieving 3* on this sailing Koningsdam - 13-Nov-19 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer we're sailing away.... - B2B2B following Oct. 18th & Oct. 31st Celebrity Silhouette - 14-Nov-19 - 8 Day Southern Caribbean Cruisinetta N Statendam - 17-Nov-19 - 14 day Western/Tropical Caribbean taxmantoo the2ofus- B2B following Nov. 10th Volendam – 20-Nov-19 – 30 Night Amazon Explorer Loreto – celebrating 50th wedding anniversary Chergs N Amsterdam - 23-Nov-19 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean Cruise twin - with twin & a friend celebrating the twins' belated birthday grest - celebrating Thanksgiving birthday N Statendam - 24-Nov-19 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean HELENPSL - annual Thanksgiving cruise with Angelo N Statendam - 24-Nov-19 - 14 day Tropical/Eastern Caribbean oldpharmguy- Koningsdam - 24-Nov-19 - 10 night Southern Caribbean Seafarer wdw 1972 Crystal Serenity -24-Nov-19 - 7-night Caribbean Cornucopia from Miami rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Oct 18, Crystal Bach Oct 27 & Crystal Serenity Nov 5 Oosterdam - 30-Nov-19 - 7 day Mexican Riviera canadianbear - B2B with Dec. 7th DECEMBER 2019 N. Statendam - 01-Dec-19 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean deliver42 Eurodam - 01-Dec-19 - 10 day Panama Canal partial transit DFD1 - celebrating birthday Maasdam - 03-Dec-19 - 20 day New Zealand & Pacific VK3DQ - first HAL cruise, with MIL, celebrating95th (MIL) & 73rd (VK3) birthdays on board Koningsdam - 04-Dec-19 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Mtn2Sea Rotterdam - 06-Dec-19 - 15 day Panama Canal sambamama - 1st time on Rotterdam & West to East Panama Oosterdam - 07-Dec-19 - 7 day Mexican Riviera canadianbear - B2B following Nov. 30th N Amsterdam - 07-Dec-19 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean 1ANGELCAT- celebrating with friends - 1 receiving their Platinum medallion sp2 - celebrating 23rd anniversary & sp2's birthday & their 25th cruise WScruiser & Kopfhunter - B2B with Dec. 14th (on their longest cruise) N Amsterdam - 14-Dec-19 - Eastern Caribbean WScruiser & Kopfhunter - B2B following Dec. 7th Amsterdam - 18-Dec-19 - 17 day Panama Canal Holiday Infi Veendam – 18-Dec-19 – 10 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer Holiday Crazy For Cats Zaandam - 18-Dec-19 - 22 day Holiday South America& Antarctica RetiredNow - B2B with 09-Jan-20 Cruizer Bill & Cruizer Diana Volendam - 20-Dec-19 - 16 night Christmas & New Year hal lover - 1st time on Volendam Westerdam - 21-Dec-19 - 14 day Far East Discovery TN Fem Rotterdam - 21-Dec-19 - 17 day Panama Canal (FLL - SD) dbaudit & Doc Bear- 2nd Panama Canal Eurodam - 21-Oct-19 - 7 day Western Caribbean holacanada Koningsdam - 22-Dec-19 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Holiday jagger16 - 1st extended holiday cruise Oosterdam - 28-Dec-19 - 7 day Mexican Riviera LynnObie - 50th wedding anniversary with 3 daughters, spouses & 2 grandchildren JANUARY 2020 Koningsdam - 02-Jan-20 - 10 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer RevNeal Amsterdam – 04-Jan-20 - Grand World Voyage we’re sailing away…. mame42 scluvsrain Scrapnana DeepWaterMariner – 2nd World Voyage N Amsterdam - 04-Jan-20 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean kcohleffel - 1st HAL cruise fatcat04 - with the fatcat family Volendam – 05-Jan-20 – 77 day Grand South America & Antarctica Voyage Oak Hill Cruisers travellersrest TBcruiserguy N Statendam - 05-Jan-20 - 14 day Tropical/Eastern Caribbean ger_77 - escape from the frozen tundra Coral Princess - 05-Jan-20 - 16 day Antarctic and Cape Horn (Santiago - BA) StLouisCruisers Westerdam - 06-Jan-20 - B2B Singapore to Shanghai ending Feb. 29th sailingdutchy Zaandam - 09-Jan-20 - 22 day South America& Antarctica RetiredNow - B2B with 18-Dec-19 bobalink - 1st time on Zaandam & South America Oosterdam - 11-Jan-20 - 7 day Mexican Riviera gknep N Statendam - 12-Jan-20 - Eastern Caribbean pjck71 - celebrating 25th anniversary & DH's 50th birthday, 2nd time on HAL Westerdam - 16-Jan-20 - 30 day Far East Discovery Collector pictonite Koningsdam - 22-Jan-20 - 12 day Caribbean aliaschief & DWAliaschief Crystal Serenity - 22-Jan-20 - 40-day World Cruise Segment Los Angeles to Sydney rafinmd - B2B with QM2 March 5 Silver Wind - 23-Jan-20 - 11 day Eastern Caribbean Randyk47 Regent Seven Seas Mariner - 24-Jan-20 - 131 day World Cruise ArtsyCraftsy - first World Cruise N Statendam - 26-Jan-20 - 14 day Tropical/Eastern Caribbean forwardho - celebrating birthday on board FEBRUARY 2020 Koningsdam - 02-Feb-20 - 10 day Southern Caribbean msteries Oosterdam - 05-Feb-20 - 17 day Panama Canal VintageGeo-1st time through the Canal N Statendam - 9-Feb-20 - 14 day Tropical Caribbean Typhoon1 Zuiderdam - 15-Feb-20 - 11 day Panama Canal Sunfarer Eurodam - 16-Feb-20 - 14 day Panama Canal (FLL - SD) RetiredMustang summer slope N Statendam - 16-Feb-20 - 7 day Tropical Caribbean Brewgirl1 - 3rd HAL cruise, travelling with parents & adult children Koningsdam - 23-Feb-20 - 10 night Southern Caribbean Seafarer esimon - Robert, Ellen, Lynn and Will Ohio MARCH 2020 Queen Mary 2 - 06-Mar-20 - 50-day World Cruise Segment Sydney to New York rafinmd - B2B with Crystal Serenity January 22 Rotterdam – 11-Mar-20 – Panama Canal San D to FLL DeeniEncinitas - B2B with Oceania Riviera – March 30th summer slope Oosterdam - 14-Mar-20 - 7 day Mexican Riviera KroozNut Westerdam - 14-Mar-20 - 14 day China Explorer LTC_Motes - daughter's graduation cruise Koningsdam – 15-Mar-20 – 44 day Voyage of the Americas – (FLL – SD) Overhead Fred – longest cruise ever Maasdam - 15-Mar-20 - 19 day South Pacific madera1 Eurodam – 18-Mar-20 – 18 day Circle Hawaii lakeside42 jeda -celebrating 40th anniversary - B2B with Pacific Coastal Apr. 5th CaliforniaAC - with friends Bill & Di Cailey53 Loreto Oosterdam - 21-Mar-20 - 28 day Hawaii, Tahiti, Marquesas Tomndeena crystalspin & dr'spin - belated celebration of dr'spin's retirement at end of 2019 VacationingCharlene Oceania Riviera – 30- Mar-20 – TA Miami to Rome DeeniEncinitas – B2B following Rotterdam March 11th APRIL 2020 Eurodam - 05-Apr-20 - 6 day Pacific Coastal jeda - B2B following Mar. 18th Rotterdam - 06-Apr-20 - 16 day Azores & Normandy Explorer grest NIAGARANGIE - first HAL cruise StartrainDD sailingdutchy N Statendam - 12-Apr-20 - 7 day Western Caribbean seagarsmoker Maasdam - 15-Apr-20 - 12 day Mexico/Sea of Cortez 57redbird Oceania Riviera - 19-Apr-20 - 10 day Monte Carlo - BCN DeeniEncinitas - Christmas present from DH Zuiderdam - 19-Apr-20 - 14 day Passage to Rome kazu - celebrating 25th anniversary & followed by visit to Galicia, Spain N Statendam - 19-Apr-20 - 14 night TA to Amsterdam TriumphGuyAL - 1st HAL cruise, 4th overall - celebrating 43rd anniversary on board Veendam - 22-Apr-20 - 17 day Azores & Normandy Explorer lizzies_mom esther e Westerdam - 25-Apr-20 - 16 day North Pacific Crossing Taters Oosterdam - 25-Apr-20 - 7 day Pacific Coastal lazey1 - 1st time cruising as 5* & in a Neptune wrap around suite MAY 2020 N Statendam - 10-May-20 - 14 day Jewels of the Baltic rwams Zuiderdam - 15-May-20 - Mediterranean Empires gwilli Koningsdam - 16-May-20 - 7 day Alaska mean - 1st HAL cruise Maasdam - 18-May-20 - 14 day Great Alaska Explorer TomAndJane woodworker & knitter Zaandam - 23-May-20 - 7-Day Canada & New England Discovery BRWolf - (Bruce and Karen) JUNE 2020 N Amsterdam - 03-Jun-20 - 24 day Mediterranean Empires/Adriatic Dream taxmantoo Eurodam - 06-Jun-20 - 7 day Alaska saturn93 - with sister (her 1st HAL cruise) Zuiderdam - 20-Jun-20 - 12 day European Splendour (Rome - Copenhagen) mr. godfredo - celebrating 25 year anniversary azalice Eurodam - 20-Jun-20 - 7 day Alaska Noella Mary - first HAL cruise & first time to Alaska JULY 2020 Zuiderdam - 02-Jul-20 - 24 day Northern Isles & Jewels of the Baltic Lucie73821 N. Statendam- 19-Jul-20 - 7 day Norwegian fjord Bramcruiser AUGUST 2020 Viking Orion - 04-Aug-20 - 68 day Grand Cape Horn Adventure ArtsyCraftsy Zuiderdam - 09-Aug-20 - 10 day Jewels of the Baltic shudie- B2B with Aug. 19th Caribbean Princess -17-Aug-20 - 16 day Greenland & Canada StartrainDD Zuiderdam - 19-Aug-20 - 19 day Viking Passage I like vacation Vict0riann - big birthday on board shudie- B2B with Aug. 9th Queen Mary 2 - 21-Aug-20 - 7-night Eastbound Transatlantic rafinmd - B2B2B with Crystal Serenity 30 Aug and Zuiderdam Sept 17th Crystal Serenity - 30-Aug-20 - 13 day TA Discovery (BCN - Que) rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Aug 21st and with Zuiderdam Sept. 17th SEPTEMBER 2020 N Statendam - 13-Sep-20 - 12 night Iberian Peninsula Poulsbo Cruisers - 30th anniversary cruise Zuiderdam - 17-Sep-20 - 10 day Newfoundland & New England Discovery (Quebec to Boston) rafinmd - B2B2B following QM2 Aug 21st and Crystal Serenity Aug. 30th Viking Sea - 21-Sep-20 - 10 days Empire of the Mediterranean (Venice to Athens) terrydtx - 1st Viking Ocean cruise, celebrating50th anniversary Koningsdam - 26-Sep-20 - 7 day Wine and Country & Pacific Northwest crunchii & Zarmengar Oosterdam - 27-Sep-20 - 26 day South Pacific Crossing - Seattle to Sydney Mud_Shark - 1st HAL cruise Oosterdam - 27-Sep-20 - Seattle to Auckland B2B ending Nov. 7th sailingdutchy Noordam - 27-Sep-20 - 28 day North Pacific Crossing & Japan Collector kazu OCTOBER 2020 Viking Tir – 01-Oct-20 – 14 day Grand European River Cruise (Budapest to Amsterdam) aliaschief & DWaliaschief - 1st Grand river cruise Westerdam - 07-Oct-20 - 37 day Inca & South America Discovery GeorgeCharlie N Amsterdam - 13-Oct-20 - 12 day Mediterranean Romance canadianbear - 1st time in Europe Rotterdam - 17-Oct-20 - 15 day Transatlantic (BCN - FLL) sambamama- 1st time to Africa NOVEMBER 2020 Koningsdam - 03-Nov-20 - 18 day Hawaii mcrcruiser N Statendam - 11-Nov-20 - 11 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer Overhead Fred Westerdam - 13-Nov-20 - 14 day South America Passage (BA - Santiago) Taters N Statendam - 22-Nov-20 - 10 day Southern Caribbean Seafarer cruiseguy56 Westerdam - 27-Nov-20 - 22 day South America, Antarctica & Solar Eclipse Loreto Obnxshs & Missy's Mom - achievieving 5* on this cruise Zuiderdam - 29-Nov-20 - Southern Caribbean Cruisinetta DECEMBER 2020 N Statendam - 02-Dec-20 - 11 night Southern Caribbean Wayfarer wdw1972 N Statendam - 02-Dec-20 - 21 day Caribbean (B2B Dec. 2-23) cate54 - mother & daughter cruise Zuiderdam - 09-Dec-20 - 11 day Panama Canal Sunfarer Mr and Mrs CIQ -retirement cruise grest Westerdam - 19-Dec-20 - 22 day South America & Antarctica Holiday StartrainDD - pre-cruise trip Dec. 13th to Igazu Falls Noordam - 20-Dec-20 - 15-day Far East Discovery LTC Motes - party of 7 NCL Escape - 27-Dec-20 - 7 night Eastern Caribbean msmayor - holiday cruise to celebrate with adult children JANUARY 2021 Koningsdam - 02-Jan-21 - 7 day Mexican Riviera mab4285 - first solo cruise & HAL cruise as an adult Amsterdam - 04-Jan-21 - 128 day Grand World Voyage vinonme2 Mtn2Sea Maasdam - 04-Jan-21 - 40 day Australia, Indonesia & Indian Collector aliaschief & DWAliaschief - B2B2B with Feb 13th & Mar 4th N Statendam - 06-Jan-21 - 21 day Southern Caribbean Wayfarer/Seafarer crystalspin - with dr'spin, mom & DBr0 & SIL, celebrating 30th anniversary & DB's 60th birthday Koningsdam - 09-Jan-21 - 24 day Collectors' Cruise - Hawaii & Mexico DeeniEncinitas N Amsterdam - 09-Jan-21 - 7 day Eastern Caribbean deliver42 Westerdam - 10-Jan-21 - 20 day South America & Antarctica (Santiago - BA) I like vacation FEBRUARY 2021 Maasdam - 13-Feb-21 - 19 day Papua, New Guinea & Phillipine Adventurer aliaschief & DWAliaschief - B2B2B following Jan. 4th & with Mar. 4th Rotterdam - 21-Feb-21 - 32 day Hawaii, Tahiti, & Marquesas Overhead Fred josumello - first HAL cruise samsonmo MARCH 2021 Maasdam - 04-Mar-21 - 25 day South Pacific Crossing aliaschief & DWAliaschief - B2B2B following Jan. 4th & Feb. 13th N Statendam - 21-Mar-21 - 10 day cruise doone - Friends & Family cruise APRIL 2021 Maasdam - 09-Apr-21 - 14 day Mexican Riviera sambamama - 1st Mexican Riviera, birthday celebration on board AUGUST 2021 Oosterdam - 22-Aug-21 - 7 day Alaskan Explorer crunchii & Zarmengar HAPPY CRUISING EVERYONE! Jacqui
  14. Hi Roy! Just came back from our walk and saw your reply! Thank you so much!! Your picture, such a good one of you always Roy! Nice tux. A little glimmer of light at Dawn is still special! 14 laps very impressed! The pictures are so wonderful!! I love the elegant old school decor and orchestras? Wow! Since I was born In Long Beach Ca. All I have to compare is Queen Mary at Long Beach Terminal Island! We spent the night for a 50Th anniversary for my parents and the pictures you took reminded me of that time! Enjoy and no worries Roy with our fires. Take care Denise😊
  15. When we where cruising on the Queen Elizabeth we where lucky enough to rendezvous with the old Queen Mary in Long beach, California for the 4th of July 2019 Fireworks.
  16. My DH and I would like to book a transatlatic cruise in mid November. This would be our first cruise with Cunard. We would like to know please what the weather would be like during a crossing from Southampton to New York in mid November. Also we both enjoy ballroom dancing and I believe there is dancing on the ship but could you confirm this for us. Many thanks for your advise.
  17. Monday 21 Oct Did the drive from Penzance to Hampshire area. It was long. got to the Hampshire Hog hotel and just going to relax and take it easy. The hotel is really fine. Great rooms and nice pub/restaurant. classic with roaring fire and lots of seating around the pub and places to relax. Room is very spaceous. Queen bed/huge HR/free parking/double shower head. Well worth it. Near Southampton and Portsmouth. For me, the driving has been a challenge - not the lefthand side business, but the narrow roads and one thousand round-abouts! Handled them but tiring. Next time may take the bus/train to an area and give that a go. Going to the Butser Ancient Farm which is just down the road - its a site where they’ve built early Neolithic/Mesolithic/Iron Age/Roman/Saxon round and long homes. Sounds fantastic. Tuesday 22 Oct. Slept in and relaxed. Great included breakfast. Off to Buter Farm. Great weather for it today. Got there and it well beyond anything I expected. Numerous examples of ancient villages in what is called ‘experimental archaeology’. they didn’t recreate an existing village but built round and long homes using the ancient stone and Iron Age techniques. There are a number of school tours ongoing but not an issue. We spent the full day there. well worth it. they directed us to the Red Lion Pub nearby which was built in early 1600’s. excellent meal and beauiful pub/restaurant. Back to the Hampshire Hog and relaxing. Going to Portsmouth to walk around a nice town and see the HMS Victory. Den
  18. We completely enjoyed our time on Empress, but will probably not do a Mississippi cruise. We are Chicagoans by birth, have traveled the northern route area extensively with family in the area, and have been to all but one of the southern route ports. Getting older and “choosier” on where we travel now. We continue to recommend the Lewis and Clark route to others and I have certainly enjoyed our interaction on this forum. Happy and safe sailings to you all!
  19. Hey, Does anyone have any details on the formal nights onboard QV for the 14 night Mediterranean voyage. Many Thanks Amanda
  20. Latest Update: As Of Sunday, October 27, 2013 NOTE: This thread will serve as the new Future Bookings On Crystal Cruises Sticky Thread. The former thread will no longer be a Sticky Thread but will remain in place so that people can look up former cruises. That thread can be located at: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1259546 Keith Threads to post to: (1) When you book a cruise, please POST to this thread. Include the date, voyage number, embarkation and debarkation city as well as your "real" first names (if you would like). If you cancel your voyage please do likewise. Please use the following format: Date (Cruise Number) Embarkation and Ending City - Cruise Critic Name (your own first name(s) should you choose to want to include this) Example: Jan 5 (4301) Miami to Los Angeles - keith1010 (Keith/Anne Marie) (2) If you are new to Crystal, you may want to post on the share the experience thread looking for a sponsor. 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Posts for a particular cruise might be better placed on the roll call so that the maximum people on that cruise may see it. These are the links for the roll calls and after you reach the thread then click on the area that takes you to the last (most current) page. Crystal Serenity Roll Calls http://cruisecritic.com/rollcalls?cruise_line_id=12&ship_id=258 Crystal Symphony Roll Calls http://cruisecritic.com/rollcalls?cruise_line_id=12&ship_id=26 Future Bookings – Crystal Serenity 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 ======================================= FUTURE BOOKINGS – CRYSTAL SERENITY – 2013 Nov 2 (3329) Rome to Lisbon – mskatiemae (Catherine/Alexander) Nov 2 (3329) Rome to Lisbon – Jules1 (Julie/Bob) Nov 2 (3329) Rome to Lisbon – Jules1 (Julie/Bob) Nov 27 (3330) Lisbon to Barcelona - ChansonDeLaMer (Pat/Sylvia) Nov 27 (3330) Lisbon to Barcelona – Basherpan (Pat/Derek) Nov Nov 27 (3330) Lisbon to Barcelona – NHBob (Bob) Dec 9 (3331) Barcelona to Miami - NHBob (Bob) Dec 9 (3331) Barcelona to Miami – Terry Anne (Terry/Jerry) Dec 9 (3331) Barcelona to Miami – Luvtofloat (Rich/Sharon) Dec 9 (3331) Barcelona to Miami – ChansonDeLaMer Dec 9 (3331) Barcelona to Miami -(Pat/Sylvia) Dec 9 (3331) Barcelona to Miami - Marienbad (Gloria/Steve) Dec 9 (3331) Barcelona to Miami – Guffy Dec 9 (3331) Barcelona to Miami – Digtexas (Danny/Nancy/Garry/Lynne) Dec 9 (3331) Barcelona to Miami – Latsyrc (Caryll/Lee) FUTURE BOOKINGS – CRYSTAL SERENITY – 2014 Jan 5 (4301) Miami to Los Angeles - Keith1010 (Keith/Anne Marie) Jan 5 (4301) Miami to Los Angeles - Rocky and Moose Jan 5 (4301) Miami to Los Angeles - janisegn (Janis/Ken) Jan 5 (4301) Miami to Los Angeles – Juno2 (Wendy/Jim) Jan 5 (4301) Miami to Los Angeles – crispy46 (Bob/Kathy) Jan 5 (4301) Miami to Los Angeles – pdx13 (Karla/Garr) Jan 5 (4301) Miami to Los Angeles – xrlvcruiser (Peggy) 2014 Full World Cruise Jan 18 (4302F) Los Angeles to London – Keith1010 (Keith/Anne Marie) Jan 18 (4302F) Los Angeles to London – Artbcpa (Art) Jan 18 (4302F) Los Angeles to London - bronbeth (Beth) Jan 18 (4302F) Los Angeles to London - swanpooch (Sheila) Jan 18 (4302F) Los Angeles to London – suzn43 (David/Susan) Jan 18 (4302F) Los Angeles to London – xrlvcruiser (Peggy) World Cruise Segment 1 Jan 18 (4302) Los Angels to Yokohama – Artbcpa (Art) Jan 18 (4302) Los Angels to Yokohama - NHBob (Bob) Jan 18 (4302) Los Angels to Yokohama -xrlvcruiser (Peggy) World Cruise Segment II Feb 10 (4303) Yokohama to Hong Kong – Artbcpa (Art) Feb 10 (4303) Yokohama to Hong Kong - pennysfbay (Penny) Feb 10 (4303) Yokohama to Hong Kong - xrlvcruiser (Peggy) World Cruise Segment III Feb 22 (4304) Hong Kong to Singapore – Artbcpa (Art) Feb 22 (4304) Hong Kong to Singapore – xrlvcruiser (Peggy) World Cruise Segment IV Mar 10 (4305) Singapore to Cape Town - Travel2Learn Mar 10 (4305) Singapore to Cape Town – Artbcpa (Art) Mar 10 (4305) Singapore to Cape Town – Contessa925 (Barbara) Mar 10 (4305) Singapore to Cape Town – AA2QH (Carol/Ron) Mar 10 (4305) Singapore to Cape Town – rafinmd (Roy) Mar 10 (4305) Singapore to Cape Town – xrlvcruiser (Peggy) World Cruise Segment IV Mar 28 (4306) Cape Town to London – Artbcpa (Art) Mar 28 (4306) Cape Town to London - xrlvcruiser (Peggy) Apr 18 (4307) Southampton to Rome – Keith1010 (Keith/Anne Marie) Apr 18 (4307) Southampton to Rome – Piscean (Carol/John) Apr 18 (4307) Southampton to Rome - MalibuCA (Shelley/Rick) Apr 30 (4308) – Rome to Istanbul – Keith1010 (Keith/Anne Marie and Eric/Kara) April 30 (4308) Rome to Istanbul – watercolorblue (Ryo/Non) April 30 (4308) Rome to Istanbul – MalibuCA (Shelley/Rick) May 7 (4309) Istanbul to Venice- jazzbeau (Greg/Diana) May 7 (4309) Istanbul to Venice - LWRcruiser (Larry/Marlene) May 7 (4309) Istanbul to Venice - MalibuCA (Shelley/Rick) May 7 (4309) Istanbul to Venice – Redbird48 (George/Harriet) May 30 (4311) Barcelona to Rome - pdx13- (Karla/Garr) May 30 (4311) Barcelona to Rome – Jules1- (Julie/Bob) Jun 8 (4312) Rome to Venice - pdx13- (Karla/Garrr) Jun 8 (4312) Rome to Venice - Jules1- (Julie/Bob) Jun 15 (4313) Venice to Istanbul - pdx13- (Karla/Garr) June22 (4314) Istanbul – Rome - geric26 (Eric/Geri) Jul 4 (4315) Rome to Barcelona – zzrox (Michele/Norman) July 20 (4317) Monte Carlo to Dover – jssabs (Arlene/Jay) Aug 1 (4318) London to Lisbon – Margie2 (Margie/Ronnie) Aug 10 (4319) Lisbon to Barcelona – Tiqittaq foo (Janette/Bonnie) Oct 16 (4326) NYC to Quebec - bettylee (Herb/Betty) October 6 (4325) – skinexpert - Janis/Scott) Oct 26 4327) Quebec to NYC - bettylee (Herb/Betty) Sept 5 (4322) London to Boston Noscare Dec 11 (4331) R/T Miami - travling1 (Gary) Dec 11 (4331) R/T Miami – Seahorse1(Gaylord) Dec 21(4332) Miami R/T Holiday Cruise - Holand (Cheryl) FUTURE BOOKINGS – CRYSTAL SERENITY – 2015 Jan 4 (5301) R/T Miami – Keith1010 (Keith/Anne Marie) Jan 4 (5301) R/T Miami – Accutronman (Eric/Kary) Jan 4 (5301) R/T Miami – RMS Olympic (Tom) Jan 4 (5301) R/T Miami – Rwadam Jan 4 (5301) R/T Miami – Contessa925 (Barbara) Jan 4 (5301) R/T Miami - Buckerook (Joe) World Cruise 2015 Full Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami - Keith1010 (Keith/Anne Marie) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami - Goldenage (Sharon) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami - SnoBirdcruiser (Pat/Ray) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami - Mpetropo (Mary/Helen) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami - Liv4cruzin (Becky) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami - Buckerook (Joe) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami - Katrina’s Grammy (Celeste/Bill) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami - Rrobbins (Bob/Karen) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami – Sage (Bev/Jim) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami – ijkh (Andy/Ilene) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami – Missi Queen/Crown Imperial (Allan/Helen) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami – Bucket Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami – brlight (Pat/Bill) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami – pennysfbay (Penny) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami – makaha (Candy/Ed) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami – cruisecrossings (Shirley) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami – ryndam (Rob/Jim) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami – MiLo12 (Mike/Lois) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami – bigjer (Jerry/Helen) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami - kristysu (kristy/duff) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami – Koko’s Mom (Caryn/Stan) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami – Acker (Nancy/Husband) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami – txladycruiser (Karen/Wayne) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami – Kingfoot (Peter/Nancy) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami – Travel2Learn (Linda) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami – Drgigi (Jean/Rob) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami – Don1 (Don/Gloria) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami - Ricki (Ricki/David) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami - Jayayeff (Anne) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami - NHBob (Bob) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami – Markmich (Mark/Liza) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami – s2000drvr (Rich/Bev, John/Brooks) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami - Terry Anne (Terry/Jerry) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami - MamSam (steve/mary anne) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami - Goingforit (Bob/Jackie) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami – Prouss1 (Philip/Lorena) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami – sullaRaffaelo Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami - BarbaraM (Barb/Steve) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami - latsyrc (Caryll/Lee) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami - jess6612 (Susan/Stan) Jan15 (5302F) R/T Miami – quacky (Christeen/Carl & Pat) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami – jdymiller (Judy/Bob) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami – Traveler26 (Barb/David) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami - suzn43 (David/Susan) Jan 15 (5302F) R/T Miami – Captain Janeway (Sandy/Madalyn) World Cruise Segment I Jan 15 (5302) Miami to Lima – kirkNC (Kirk/Barbara) Jan15 (5302) Miami to Miami - Drib (Penny/David) Jan 15 (5302) Miami to Miami - Contessa925 (Barbara) Jan 15 (5302) Miami to Lima – Baden (Jane/Bill) Jan 15 (5302) Miami to Lima – BUgrad (Susan/David) World Cruise Segment II Jan 31 (5303) Lima to Auckland – Contessa925 (Barbara) World Cruise Segment IV Mar 13 (5305) Perth to Cape Town – Canadian Kate (Kate/Husband) Mar 13 (5305) Perth to Cape Town – twochomic (Graham & Jacque) World Cruise Segment V Apr 3 (5306) Cape Town to Rio - twochomic (Graham & Jacque) May 4 (5308) Miami to Lisbon – skinexpert ( Janis/Scott) July 25 (5316) London R/T - Margie2 (Margie/Ronnie) Nov 29 (5330) Marseille to Lisbon - guffy (Sammie Kay) Dec 11 (5331) Lisbon to Miami – guffy (Sammie Kay) FUTURE BOOKINGS – CRYSTAL SERENITY – 2016 Jan 5 (6301) Miami to San Francisco – Keith1010 (Keith/Anne Marie) Jan 5 (6301) Miami to San Francisco – Buckerook (Joe) Jan 5 (6301) Miami to San Francisco – travellingtobroadbeach (Christopher/Sally) Full World Cruise 2016 Jan 24 (6302F) R/T San Francisco - Keith1010 (Keith/Anne Marie) Jan 24 (6302F) R/T San Francisco – Sage (Bev/Jim) Jan 24 (6302F) R/T San Francisco - Buckerook (Joe) Jan 24 (6302F) R/T San Francisco - Koko’s Mom (Caryn/Stan) Jan 24 (6302F) R/T San Francisco – CruiseCrossings (Shirley) Jan 25 San Francisco to Sydney (6302) pdx13 PDX13 (Karla/Garr) April 14 (6307) – Tokyo to San Francisco - RockyandMoose (David/Rocky) April 14 (6307) – Tokyo to San Francisco - skinexpert (Janis/Scott) Future Bookings – Crystal Symphony 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 ======================================== FUTURE BOOKINGS – CYRSTAL SYMPHONY – 2013 Nov 2 (3228) NY to Miami - Holand (Cheryl) Nov 2 (3228) NY to Miami - Summer Time (Ellen/Kate) Nov 2 (3228) NY to Miami - Marienbad (Gloria/Steve) Nov 2 (3228) NY to Miami - Nooosey (Philip) Nov 2 (3228) NY to Miami - CruzinMommas (Carol/Frank) Nov 2 (3228) NY to Miami - Bettylee (BettyLee/Herb) Nov 2 (3228) NY to Miami - Rafinmd (Roy) Nov 2 (3228) NY to Miami – Seafairer (Linda/Peter) Nov 2 (3228) NY to Miami – Ancientmariner (Trudi) Nov 2 (3228) NY to Miami - Suitedreams (Len/Marilyn) Nov 2 (3228) NY to Miami - Nancygp (Nancy/Larry) Nov 2 (3228) NY to Miami - Texas Tillie (Patty) Nov 2 (3228) NY to Miami – Joyous (Joy/Pete) Nov 2 (3228) NY to Miami – Peapod2 (Patricia/Eddie) Nov 2 (3228) NY to Miami – San Bar (Frank/Jackie) Nov 2 (3228) NY to Miami – Wrobichaux (Bill/Carolyn) Nov 2 (3228) NY to Miami - kjeffr82 (Jeanie/Kay) Nov 2 (3228) NY to Miami - yrrah (Harry) Nov 2 (3228) NY to Miami – jdymiller (Judy/Bob) Nov 2 (3228) NY to Miami – Contessa 925 (Barbara) Nov 2 (3228) NY to Miami – JohnKen3 (Ken/John) Nov 2 (3228) NY to Miami – mpetropo (Mary/Helen/Georgia) Nov 2 (3228) NY to Miami –Memlin (Linda/Bill) Nov 2 (3228) NY to Miami – Blackpool UK (Chris/Sheila) Nov 2 (3228) NY to Miami – Kentucky Mockingbird (Jim/Nan) Nov 2 (3228) NY to Miami – The A-Train (Fran/Anthony) Nov 2 (3228) NY to Miami – vunico Nov 16 (3229) R/T Miami - Rafinmd (Roy) Nov 16 (3229) R/T Miami – Ancientmariner (Trudi) Nov 16 (3229) R/T Miami – janisegn (Janis/Ken) Nov 16 (3229) R/T Miami – TITISSA (Leticia/Eric) Nov 16 (3229) R/T Miami – sp2 (Sharon/Paul) Nov 16 (3229) R/T Miami claudiaYVR (Claudia/Blake) Nov 16 (3229) R/T Miami mudhen (Linda/John) Nov 16 (3229) R/T Miami koko's_mom (Caryn/Stan) Nov 23 3230 Miami to Rio - Snuffie (Pat/John) Nov 23 3230 Miami to Rio - SCW Cruisers (James/Annette) Nov 23 3230 Miami to Rio - LOVE@CRUISE/Rally (Mary/Mike) Nov 23 3230 Miami to Rio – travelingator (Steve/Arlene) Dec 21 (3232) Buenos Aires to Valparaiso - Sunbubble (Janet/Jim)) Dec 21( 3232) Buenos Aires to Valparasio - Bissel Dec 21 (3232) Buenos Aires to Valparasio - Old Sea Dog Dec 21 (3232) Buenos Aires to Valparaiso – Iamabigcheese (Diana/Perry) Dec 21 (3232) Buenos Aires to Valparasio – MalibuCa – (Shelley/Rich) Dec 21 (3232) Buenos Aires to Valparasio – CruiseQE2 –(Mark) Dec 21 (3232) Buenos Aires to Valparasio - mogilevk9 (Christine/Mike) FUTURE BOOKINGS – CYRSTAL SYMPHONY - 2014 Jan 8 (4201) Valparaiso to Papeete - Old Sea Dog Jan 8 (4201) Valparaiso to Papeete - Roving Researcher (Martie/TJ) Jan 8 (4201) Valparaiso to Papeete - Mel (Merilyn/John) Jan 8 (4201) Valparaiso to Papeete - Roland (Larry/Monica) Jan 8 (4201) Valparaiso to Papeete - AS0E28 (Abby/Peter) Jan 8 (4201) Valparaiso to Papeete – Contessa925 (Barbara) Jan 8 (4201) Valparaiso to Papeete – travelberlin (Ivonne/Bernd) Jan 8 (4201) Valparaiso to Papeete – Opso (David/Glenda) Jan 20 (4202) Papeete to Auckland - 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mariennbad -(Gloria/Steve) May 1 (4210) Tokyo to Los Angeles – haikou (Carolyn) May 1 (4210) Tokyo to Los Angeles – Silverfoxxy (Diane/Ajit) May 1 (4210) Tokyo to Los Angeles – mogilevk9 (Christine/Mike) May 1 (4210) Tokyo to Los Angeles – vtbobby (Bob/Beatrice) May 1 (4210) Tokyo to Los Angeles – Seahorse1 (Gaylord) May 15 (4211) Los Angeles to NYC – cruiserobin (Robin/Rob/Kathy/Harris) May 15 (4211) Los Angeles to NYC – Tony Matt (Gerry and Marie) May 15 (4211) Los Angeles to NYC - jultash2003 (Julie/Jack) May 15 (4211) Los Angeles to NYC – bettylee (Herb/Betty) May 15 (4211) Los Angeles to NYC – mpaurazas (Mike/Laurie) May 15 (4211) Los Angeles to NYC – Seahorse1 (Gaylord) Jun 1 (4212) NYC to Reykjavik - nancygp (Nancy/Larry) Jun 1 (4212) NYC to Reykjavik - yrrah (Harry) Jun 1 (4212) NYC to Reykjavik - travelingator (Steve/Arlene) Jun 1 (4212) NYC to Reykjavik – Lobes (Ed/Mary Ellen) Jun 13 (4213) Reykjavik to Copenhagen -Summer Time (Kate/Ellen) Jun 13 (4213) Reykjavik to Copenhagen – Basherpan (Pat/Derek) Jun 13 (4213) Reykjavik to Copenhagen – yrrah (Harry) Jun 13 (4213) Reykjavik to Copenhagen – travelingator (Steve/Arlene) Jun 24 (4214) Copenhagen to Stockholm - 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NJBelle (Eric/Jan) Oct 5 (4223) Lisbon to Miami - NHBOB (Bob) Oct 5 (4223) Lisbon to Miami – Jinn (Julia) Oct 5 (4223) Lisbon to Miami – Crusintwosom( Michael/Nancy) Oct 5 (4223) Lisbon to Miami – FeelingCruisy (Yeang/Terry) Oct 5 (4223) Lisbon to Miami – The A Train (Fran/Anthony) Oct 5 (4223) Lisbon to Miami – marienbad (Gloria/Steve) Oct 5 (4223) Lisbon to Miami – Kwaj girl (Sandy/Dana) Oct 15 (4224) Miami to San Diego - NJBelle (Eric/Jan) Oct 15 (4224) Miami to San Diego - Crusintwosom (Michael/Nancy) Oct 15 (4224) Miami to San Diego - mogilevk9 (Christine/Mike) Oct 15 (4224) Miami to San Diego – NHBob (Bob) Oct 15 (4224) Miami to San Diego – Guffy (Sammy Kay) Oct 15 (4224) Miami to San Diego – OwlCPA (Kay) Oct 28 (4225) San Diego to Auckland - Bodogbodog – (Terry/Kerry) Oct 28 (4225) San Diego to Auckland – guffy (Sammie Kay) Oct 28 (4225) San Diego to Auckland – mskatiemae (Catherine) Oct 28 (4225) San Diego to Auckland – NHBob (Bob) Nov 13 (4226) Auckland to Sydney – Bodogbodog (Terry/Kerry) Nov 27 (4227) – Sydney to Bali - ancientmariner (Trudi) Dec 7 (4228) Bali to Bangkok- Texas Tillie (Patty) Dec 21 (4229) Bangkok R/T - Texas Tillie (Patty) FUTURE BOOKINGS – CYRSTAL SYMPHONY - 2015 January 11 (5203) Singapore to Hong Kong - mogilevk9 (Christine/Mike) March 29 (5208) Beijing to Hong Kong Psoque (Naoyuki/Richard) April 23 (5210) Tokyo to Vancouver – Wrobichaux (Bill/Carolyn) April 23 (5210) Tokyo to Vancouver - MalibuCA (Shelley/Rick) June 12 (5214) New York to London – Nancygp (Nancy/Larry) June 12 (5214) New York to London – guffy (Sammie Kay) June 28 (5215) Londonto Reyjavik - MalibuCA (Shelley/Rick) July 8 (5216) Reykjavik to Dover - Lovebora (Karen/Dennis) July 8 (5216) Reykjavik to Dover - Summer Time (Kate/Ellen) July 8 (5216) Reykjavik to Dover - mogilevk9 (Christine/Mike) July 8 (5216) Reykjavik to Dover - MalibuCA (Shelley/Rick) FUTURE BOOKINGS – CYRSTAL SYMPHONY - 2016 January 13 (6202) Buenos Aires R/T - mogilevk9 (Christine/Mike) January 13 (6202) Buenos Aires R/T – digtexas (Danny/Nancy) January 27 (6203) Buenos Aires to Valparaiso - 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  21. The traditional dining car meal/service is still available (for now) on the long distance Amtrack trains west of the Mississippi. Sadly, I don't expect that to last for long either.
  22. As I suggested in krb1000's thread my extended absence from Crystal ships is nearing an end. There are actually 4 ships involved: Queen Mary 2 to Southampton departing October 18 Crystal Bach Amsterdam to Basel October 27 Crystal Serenity Barcelona-Lisbon-Ft. Lauderdale on November 5 Crystal Symphony Caribbean Cornucopia on November 24 I started the ball rolling on this way back at the beginning of or even a bit before the 2018 World Cruise while on the Panama Canal Voyage leading to the WC start. The Bach was originally a 14-day cruise but it got shortened first to 10 and then to 7 days. At that time I also booked the Serenity Transatlantic out of Lisbon. Once the River cruise got shortened there was time to add the Barcelona-Lisbon segment in the newly created gap. The QM2 voyage fit in perfectly. At first I was flying the day of QM2's arrival to meet the Bach, something I was willing to do as it started with an overnight. While it's a single booking my Serenity voyage is a bit of a strange animal. I'm in my usual Serenity choice (a C2 cabin) for the transatlantic but the Barcelona-Lisbon is my 25 cruise milestone and I'm in a balcony for that, moving down to my new cabin in Lisbon. The other change was that the Symphony and Serenity were supposed to meet November 24 in Fort Lauderdale. Symphony got moved to Miami so that is no longer such an easy transition, but the 2 ships will still meet 2 days later in Grand Turk. With the policies against having river information on this forum, my reporting will be a bit complicated. My blog with Reflections, menus, more photos, and all will be at one I haven't used for Crystal before: https://getawaysfrom21044.wordpress.com/ I will have a total of 4 Cruise Critic threads for this melange. The one for the entire trip will be on the Maryland Cruisers forum: This is the one for my first segment on Queen Mary 2: I've also established a thread on the River Cruise Board and will post a link to it later. Roy
  23. Hi, Because I am still working, I am unable to take a world cruise at this time. However, I certainly hope to take a full world cruise on a Cunard ship after I retire. I have done short segments during two world cruises: the Queen Victoria in 2015 and the Queen Mary 2 in 2017. These segments provided me with a taste of a world cruise. I had an excellent time on both of these cruises and greatly enjoyed talking to some of the passengers who were taking the full world cruise or long segments. There is a wonderful atmosphere on the Cunard ships. Chuck
  24. We just got back from our wonderful trip on the Queen Elizabeth and I thought I'd do a trip report since i haven't seen one for this itinerary. Internet was very limited so I couldn't really do it live, so here is the replay. We chose the queen Elizabeth because it was a round trip that began and ended in Vancouver and the ten day itinerary allowed us to visit more ports. We also love to dance, so I wanted a ship with a good dance floor. We have now decided that this ship was a good fit for us because we had a wonderful time. Our trip started with us flying in on the 8th of June because we don't like the stress of flying in the day of. This gave us the chance to explore Stanley Park and my husband finally got to see the Vancouver aquarium. We stayed at the Hotel Marriott Residence Inn. It was quite convenient, but I found that the bed was very soft and I woke up in pain on the second day. Luckily I was able to work out the kinks doing yoga in their gym. My husband says his side of the bed was fairly firm, so it may have just been a one off. We also decided it would be better if I didn't use the safe after I accidentally pressed two buttons by mistake and programmed it with a combination that we didn't know after I locked our passports inside. I suspect I wasn't the first person to do it, because they called someone to unlock it for us. The morning of our cruise we had a good breakfast and checked out and decided to drop off our luggage at the port. It was about 10:30, but the port was too busy so they wouldn't' let us down and the driver had to drop us off in front of the hotel with all our luggage. It was on wheels so I figured we may as well walk around Canada Place for a bit. Around 11 o'clock we found an elevator that took us down to the luggage drop off and we eventually found the place where we could drop it off. After that we headed to the checkin because the train and airport transfers hadn't arrived yet. That part got slightly confusing because everything I'd read on the departure ports said that check in was after security for the port of Vancouver. However, this time it was before security and we missed a turn in the maze and ended up in security before we'd received our id cards, so they sent us back to get them. It was still quiet and we got through the next two steps fairly painlessly and reached the place of the chairs where we were to wait for the boarding call. The person I sat beside seemed a little cranky about the wait, but it seemed reasonable to me and there were plenty of chairs for everyone to sit on, so it seemed quite civilized. They gave the boarding call before I even had a chance to haul out my book. Our cabins weren't ready yet, so they invited everyone up to the lido restaurant where they fed us. Before we were finished eating, they announced that the cabins were ready, so we headed down to unpack before muster drill. We were quite pleased with our cabin and enjoyed it for the entire trip. It was right across the hall from the laundry room which meant I could put in a load of clothes and then go out on the balcony to watch the dolphins until it was time to shift the laundry. (I set the time on my phone so I wouldn't' trigger any laundry room drama.) We were also on deck 5 and the captain opened the bow for scenic viewing several times during the voyage. Sometimes we took advantage of it, sometimes we just watched from the balcony in our cabin. The laundry room closes to passengers at 9pm so there wasn't any noise during sleeping hours. I wouldn't hesitate to chose that cabin again. We were also able to sit on the sofa and still see the scenery. At night we would leave the drapes open so we could watch Alaska go by. Our muster station was in the theater and they had us carry our life jackets there and made sure everyone knew how to put them on. On the Allure we watched a cartoon detective movie that seemed more concerned about hand washing than what we should do in an emergency. After that, it was time to dress for dinner and meet our table mates because the early dining had been moved from 6 pm to 5:30 pm. That was a bit of a scramble on some nights but our table mates were very interesting and congenial and they helped to make our trip special. Two of the couples at our table liked to dance as well and they were great for moral support. This particular cruise had a number of very good dancers on it, so we were too intimidated to dance in the Queens Ball room for a number of nights because we are just social dancers. the first night we went to the show in the theater.
  25. I just finished up a 12 day voyage on Queen Mary 2 last month. The first four days were from Southampton to Hamburg and back with a straight couple who are very gay friendly. At six in the evening we would meet in my suite or the the Queens Grill Lounge for a pre dinner drink, so I didn't get a chance to attend the Friends gathering those days. The remaining eight days the Friends gathering was as enjoyable as in years past with the usual couple of 'characters' who tend to make pills of themselves for some reason. but I Iet it pass. The ages of the Friends ranged from 30s to at least 75(me) which I think reflects on the Queen Mary passengers in general. On prior voyages from Hamburg with a large number of Germans aboard, there were few Germans at the Friends gathering. It would have been interesting to see if that were the case on the latest voyage where there were a lot of Germans on the Hamburg to Southampton leg. For the Southampton to NYC leg there were a few English speaking Germans who attended, and I wonder if language is the barrier. Interestingly because I was traveling solo for the Southampton to NYC leg, I was seated at a table by my self in the Queens Grill. Those couples at tables near by went out of their way to talk to me, I guess feeling sorry for me, but they were very kind. I enjoyed this voyage so much I am doing it again in 2020 (July 22 from Hamburg) and 2021 (also July 22 from Hamburg).
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