Posted September 14th, 2015, 03:19 AM
Last edited by pepperrn; September 14th, 2015 at 03:23 AM
I've kept menus from my first QM2 crossing, handed to me without asking for them on the last evening. I believe they did this on early QM2 voyages, but not later.
I've also a set from a (special to me) cruise, that I requested.
Other than those, I don't bother anymore.
(I was told by a steward, whom I asked why the sets of menus weren't handed out to passengers as a matter of routine anymore (as a souvenir) that "many passengers just discarded them in their cabins". Either not interested, or maybe weight considerations if they were flying post cruise (or had no room in their cases). So they stopped giving them out, but will still do so on request.
(Furthermore he told me that they prefer passengers to ask on the first night for a set to be reserved, so they can keep them handy, rather than have to try and find a complete set on the last evening)).
I've also kept the following:
In a Cunard wallet... Cruise cards...
When they used to have your photograph on them, one from Queen Mary 2
and one from Queen Elizabeth 2
nicer than the current versions.
A few from very recent trips (to remind me of dates).
In a scrap book...
Invitations... To the QM2 Bridge in 2007, several senior officers cocktail parties etc.
Any information sheets handed out that give useful stuff to help answer questions posted here (can't rely on my
"Behind the Scenes" tour info etc. Port information sheets. Shore tour tickets (where possible).
A deck map/cutaway diagram of QE2 as I'm still trying to find my way about (
Almost all (but not quite all
) Daily Programmes from my trips. I find these esp interesting as I use a highlighter pen on board to mark what I mustn't miss. So now these bring back great memories of enjoyable times, funny moments, great speakers, etc. I'll certainly be ensuring I keep all
these from now on.
Also pens, pins, items won from trivia quizzes... and purchased on board: mugs, books, souvenirs etc.
In an Album...
Any photographs taken by the ship's photographers (I don't have many of these, I avoid the dining room ones esp, but I do have a handful of very special ones, that bring back great memories).
(My proudest possession; a 3ft approx. model of QM2, built by my 80yr old father)
Hope this helps...