Posted March 13th, 2018, 02:53 PM
IME a significant number of folks on a QM TA are using the ship as a mode of transportation rather than a 'cruise holiday' ....
folks who won't fly
folk with separation anxiety wrt their dog (QM2 has a kennel)
families who don't want to deal with small children on airplanes
folks who don't want to deal with 'luggage restrictions'
but I'd go on to say that most of these DO participate in the full QM experience (the dress code) so as to not be restricted to the 'non-participant' portion of the ship. There are some non-players to be sure - you won't be alone - but even families with small children seemed willing to make an effort to play along with the Cunard ethos.
and yes ... NYC to Hamburg is EAST
Costa (1982), Commodore, NCL, Windstar, Princess,
DCL, RCL, Viking River, Cunard (TA)
50+ cruises; up next Viking Ocean
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