Launderette etiquette

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#42
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Originally posted by tv24
Doesn't matter which launderette you use, but please don't throw the iron at anyone!
I purchased an IPad and an IPhone for my wife which she uses constantly also an IRon that you refer to, this has never been out of the box, claims she cannot get a signal. Should I return it?
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#43
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Originally posted by pepperrn
Or quite the opposite.

On the huge QM2, having the launderettes either aft or forward (they almost alternate as you rise up the decks) means that, instead of walking the entire length of the ship to find a laundry, there may well be one above or below you, and therefore closer (by lift/elevator). Passengers in the middle of the ship only have to walk half the length of the vessel.

So, not awckward (sic) at all. An entirely user-friendly layout.
Thats an interesting theory, which is the shortest half and does altitude aid drying time?
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#44
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Originally posted by BobnJac
I purchased an IPad and an IPhone for my wife which she uses constantly also an IRon that you refer to, this has never been out of the box, claims she cannot get a signal. Should I return it?
Is this post Iron-ic?
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#45
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I'm too embarrassed to send my unmentionables to the laundry. They are so ratty. Have you noticed that there is no laundry on the QG deck? It's discrimination, I tell you. Even QG likes a change of undies.
#47
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I have not cruised on Cunard yet, but have 19 days booked on QM2 this coming summer. I have booked a BU balcony on one leg and a BC balcony on the other for around the same price I pay to be in a 450-600 sq ft full suite on Princess. In a full suite on Princess I get free same day laundry (amongst other great perks). They show the charges on the account and then credit you. This is nice because now I know how much I spend when having unfettered access to same day laundry on Princess at their prices. For our 15 day Panama Cruise (hot and sweaty lots of laundry) it cost a total of $266.10 for an average of $17.74 a day. I know I kept a slip showing detailed per item prices somewhere and will compare them to QM2 prices. If they are at least somewhat equivalent, then I would absolutely pay that amount to have someone else do my laundry. I found the service to be exemplary on my 4 cruises with Princess. I would surmise that the QM2 would be as good or better.
#48
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Originally posted by HaveDogWillTravel
I have not cruised on Cunard yet, but have 19 days booked on QM2 this coming summer. I have booked a BU balcony on one leg and a BC balcony on the other for around the same price I pay to be in a 450-600 sq ft full suite on Princess. In a full suite on Princess I get free same day laundry (amongst other great perks). They show the charges on the account and then credit you. This is nice because now I know how much I spend when having unfettered access to same day laundry on Princess at their prices. For our 15 day Panama Cruise (hot and sweaty lots of laundry) it cost a total of $266.10 for an average of $17.74 a day. I know I kept a slip showing detailed per item prices somewhere and will compare them to QM2 prices. If they are at least somewhat equivalent, then I would absolutely pay that amount to have someone else do my laundry. I found the service to be exemplary on my 4 cruises with Princess. I would surmise that the QM2 would be as good or better.
I know exactly what you are writing about. We have crossed the Atlantic many times on the QM2 and once on the Caribbean Princess in a big suite. The free dry cleaning feature on Princess was terrific as was the Club Class dining. And the suite on Pricess was a very good buy. However we found the quality of the ship experience on Princess (maintenance, activities, ambience) to be a little too down-market, not of the lovely quality of the QM2. We were actually quite bored on Princess, while we are never bored on the QM2 with all the high-quality activities going on. We are crossing again on the QM2 in just 2 week, and crossing again on Princess (Royal Princess) in a big suite in April, looking forward to both, but for different reasons.
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#49
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Originally posted by tv24
I know exactly what you are writing about. We have crossed the Atlantic many times on the QM2 and once on the Caribbean Princess in a big suite. The free dry cleaning feature on Princess was terrific as was the Club Class dining. And the suite on Pricess was a very good buy. However we found the quality of the ship experience on Princess (maintenance, activities, ambience) to be a little too down-market, not of the lovely quality of the QM2. We were actually quite bored on Princess, while we are never bored on the QM2 with all the high-quality activities going on. We are crossing again on the QM2 in just 2 week, and crossing again on Princess (Royal Princess) in a big suite in April, looking forward to both, but for different reasons.
I completely agree about looking forward to Princess and Cunard equally but for different reasons. May I be so bold as to ask what level you travel in on Cunard? I understand after 19 days in regular passage on the QM2 I will know for myself if the QM2 experience surpasses my Princess suite experience.
I am interested in the general trend of other passengers'feelings on this.
#50
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Originally posted by HaveDogWillTravel
I completely agree about looking forward to Princess and Cunard equally but for different reasons. May I be so bold as to ask what level you travel in on Cunard? I understand after 19 days in regular passage on the QM2 I will know for myself if the QM2 experience surpasses my Princess suite experience.
I am interested in the general trend of other passengers'feelings on this.
Jacqueline: We've had a lot of Cunard experiences, almost all on the QM2. We've traveled in a sheltered balcony in Britannia Class, in Britannia Club class, in Princess Grill class, and in Queens Grill class. In October we will cross the Atlantic in Princess Grill, which seems to be our current favorite. It's quite expensive, compared to the huge suite on Princess Cruise line. But we love the beautiful design of the QM2 and some of the excellent activities like the enrichment program and the jazz concerts in the Chart Room. There is nothing, nothing on Princess Line that is comparable to these features.
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#51
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Have they started charging for the washing powder? Just been onto our VP to see if we have a cabin yet (we haven't) and noticed a comment saying that the powder can be purchased from guest services.
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#52
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Originally posted by babs135
Have they started charging for the washing powder? Just been onto our VP to see if we have a cabin yet (we haven't) and noticed a comment saying that the powder can be purchased from guest services.
Wow That is reading all the t&c lol on VP

Top Tip
  • Each ship has a number of complimentary washing machines, dryers and irons at your disposal. Washing tablets can be purchased on board.
  • A full washing, dry cleaning and ironing service is also available for a nominal charge.
Laundry and Specialist Cleaning

Make the most of your voyage and let our team take care of all your laundry needs while on board. Cunard offer a complete laundry service including washing, ironing and specialist cleaning for a nominal fee. An express ‘same day’ and standard 48 hour service are available. Self-service washing machines, dryers and ironing boards are available in the ship’s launderette.


and on Cunard FAQ
Self Service

There are self service launderettes on board which are complimentary with washing machines, washing powder (you may bring your own personal washing powder if you wish), tumble dryers and ironing facilities which are available from around 7.30am until 9pm (subject to change).
Launderettes can be found in the following locations:
Queen Elizabeth & Queen Victoria - Decks 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Queen Mary 2 - Decks 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11
#53
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That bit of misinformation has been hiding out on the Cunard website (and discussed here) for a few years.
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#54
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As of June, 2017 laundry washing powder was still free. Save room in your suitcase for samples!
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#55
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Free washing powder capsules on Queen Victoria earlier this month. I found if you get the timing right you can get washing done quickly, if you get it badly timed there can be a queue.
Still, always meet interesting people in the launderette who have stories to tell.
#56
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Joined Feb 2013
Originally posted by tv24
As of June, 2017 laundry washing powder was still free. Save room in your suitcase for samples!
What a sad comment.
#57
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Joined Feb 2013
Originally posted by buchhalm
At least on the QV, they really should have a small window in the doors to the laundry rooms. It's very tight inside and it's easy to bump people with the doors. Personally I open the doors slowly, but z lot of people just barge in....
That would be a good idea
#58
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Joined Feb 2013
Originally posted by tv24
Doesn't matter which launderette you use, but please don't throw the iron at anyone!
This reminds me of our world cruise on the QM2 maiden world voyage, a message came over the ships tanoy, blood needed of a certain type please contact the medical centre urgent. It turned out the blood was needed due to a German lady attacking another German lady in the laundry over some dispute, needless to say both party's where removed from the ship at the next port of call, which was some place in South America.
#59
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Joined Jun 2017
1) Washing powder is still free
2) I overhead a woman in the pub complaining about arriving in the laundrette just in time to see another woman remove the complainant's still-damp laundry from the dryer. Fortunately we did not encounter anything like that!
#60
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Joined Feb 2013
Originally posted by amias
"Can't afford to send washing out' is (or in our case WAS understood). However, while the items lost were not expensive at all (four to a pack socks and underwear as opposed to designer labels) it still probably cost more in items appropriated by another passenger than it did do have the laundry sent to the ship's facility! I get it - we can either sail Cunard or buy designer undies (budget does not stretch to both...) but the $15-20 worth of clothing lost could have paid the laundry fees for the items lost.

I know this is probably a one off scenario, but my advice is to just bite the bullet and eschew the laundromat unless you have a good book and a lot of patience. As already reported, the husband is now a covert to the ships laundry with very little encouragement from me, apart from a wry expression and much eye rolling (both mine) when he realized he had only two pairs of underwear and five days left without sight of land....
Unfortunately people think things like this do not happen on Cunard, but they do, and on most ships, you should never underestimate your fellow passengers. Once on the Queen Victoria, my wife and I having coffee in the Corinthia when a elderly couple came in ordered coffee, drank it then picked up the silver tray on which the biscuits had been on placed it in their bag and off they went, I told a waitress what had happened, shocked at the answer, "I cannot do anything about it, I did not see it happen". Going back to the laundry, the only safe way is take book, read and wait till your wash and dry are complete.