Sending and receiving e-mails aboard the QE2
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Subject: for passenger ******, cabin # ****
I have just sent a test email to this address, I hope it works.
I kinda agree with you. When i'm on board, I love the isolation that comes from being at sea. It begins when I enter my cabin, and I say to myself ....
"No computer ... no phone ... no radio ... no stupid Lexus commercials ...
no CNN .....
Ahhhh .... I'm free!! " :-)
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Your international calling card will not work on the ship and maybe not with the pay phones on the dock. I tried the ones on the dock and was unsuccessful. It should work in your hotel if you are staying before and after, however. This was with a UK international calling card, which was very cheap. I ended up not being able to use all the minutes.
You can go directly onto the internet on the QE2, it is just that it costs $1 per minute and is slow and unreliable. I teach an online course and spent about $100 checking student emails and responding to questions. It was great fun to tell them I was writing from the middle of the Atlantic, however!
ENjoy this wonderful ship!
I was on QE2 as recently as two months ago. Part of the work done on her when she was drydocked in Bremerhaven after her tandem crossing was all new equipment in the Computer Center. I'm pretty sure that the charge for internet access was 50 cents per minute then, lower than it had been in the past. They also sell an internet access package. I didn't buy it, so I can't remember the details, but if you use it, the per minute charge is less.
You will get your faxes delivered under you cabin door. My cabin was switched on-board, and even with the incorrect cabin number on my incoming faxes, they all arrived very timely. I like this system, as it's sort of like the old days of getting a radio-gram delivered to your cabin.
The mall basement internet cafe in Southampton previously mentioned is adjacent to Bar-Gate (or Bargate?), a major central Southampton landmark. Very easy to find, and inexpensive. You may bump into some ship's crew in there, as I have.
Personally, I'm more in line with Vic the Parrot and Richard. Being at sea is, for me, about leaving behind all the bother of life at home. Peace, quiet, and relaxation.
Either way, ENJOY!!
I've heard that the new QM 2 does not do this... all cabins have internet on the TV set and emails are just electronically forwared to your cabin (more efficiant but less fun!)
Anyway on QE2 it is around 75 cents a minute in the computer room.. and be very diligent about your time and checking with the desk about what you are being charged. I was overcharged constantly by tens of minutes and was always having to correct things at the desk. Also be wary of the satellite calls. My friend made a call, and was charged for three, 3 minute calls.. however they were each initiated a minute apart on the bill - an impossible bending of time.
Your calling card is only good on land. In my years of travel to europe, I have found IDT's Global Access card to be the best.. and they have very good toll free access in the UK. Any leftover minutes are easily used for long distance calls within the US.
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Subject: for passenger ******, cabin # ****
We went to the communications room adjacent to the pursers office and enquired about the address. They said they had changed the address from qe2@cruisemail, however they were not making the address widely known!!??
All ended well. Our boys (men), left at home, were able to send their mum a greeting on her birthday. Sure enough it was pushed under our cabin door, along with a card from Captain Heath.
It has been a little over 2 weeks since we disembarked and my wife is already looking at when we can go on her again. An amazing experience, we feel so lucky to have travelled in such a sophisticated manner.
Which email address do we use then, is it cruisemail or cunardmail?? or maybe even both????
counting the days till the 2nd October and QE2 !!!!!!! with an upgrade !!!!!