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#21
LI NY
608 Posts
Joined Oct 2009
Originally posted by funcruiser2000
I just booked a round trip crossing for my husband and myself. I would love to stay in the UK for a few days but found the trip planning part extremely stressful. It seemed crazy to spend so much money to go to a port for a few hours and then I read some of the comments. Does anyone know if any excursions are available?
Our next crossing has two days in Southampton, Hamburg and LeHarve for the round trip. It would have been possible to omit the Hamburg segment and just book a pair of crossings with a few days in between.
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#22
Hawaii
322 Posts
Joined Aug 2012
Funcruiser. I doubt that anyone books a TA crossing because they want to see Southampton. The point of the TA crossings is the magnificence of the 7 or 14 days at sea ( esp the QM2)...... esp. in winter.

We've done it Twice, both November, in 2016 & 2017.


We did the tour to Winchester the first year, and it was interesting.


The 2nd year we did a walking tour of Southampton/ titanic museum and the Tudor house, also interesting.


I'm sure you will Love the Crossing !!!
#23
New York City
154 Posts
Joined Feb 2013
Hi you lucky people-There are two independent trips that we have made within the time constraints of arriving and sailing. In both cases we disembarked as soon as the ship was cleared and Self-Help was announced.

You can head for the Red Funnel pier and buy tickets to the Isle of Wight on the regular ferry ; they will also sell admission to Osborne House-Queen Victoria’s residence that was designed for her by Prince Albert. The bus stops right at the front gate. After your visit, there is (or there was when we visited) an excellent pub just across the road where we had a good lunch and had good time to get back to the ferry terminal and return to Southampton and QE2.

You can also grab a taxi to the Central station and go by train to Salisbury to visit the town and Cathedral, have a nice lunch and return to QM2-which we did in 2004. Have a good time whatever you decide to do-you lucky people!
#24
14 Posts
Joined Feb 2004
Thank you so much! So glad to know others do this also. I looked into flights back after 2 nights in London (booked through Cunard) and it was nearly as much as just cruising back.
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#25
North East England
1,776 Posts
Joined Feb 2009
Originally posted by Lanky Lad
I will find out if it was a good idea in November, but I am pretty sure I will enjoy it.
Hi Lanky Lad, looks like you're still enjoying cruising with Cunard. We have done a B2B and loved every minute, it was lovely to know we weren't leaving the ship in New York. We booked a Cunard excursion which took us to places we missed last time we were there. Never got bored once and soon got into the routine of being on board for 14 days.

We are looking forward to our trip on QE in November to Canary Islands, its be a while since we cruised so really looking forward it it.

Catherine & Tony
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#26
Metro-Detroit area, MI
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Joined Apr 2005
Originally posted by jaycruises
I noticed that Cunard is showing a lot of Roundtrip crossings on the QM2. I wonder why someone would book that? Now we are real cruisers and that might appeal to us.
We're going on the M929B 9/15/19 to 10/4/19. It's two separate crossings with two separate days in Southampton, one day in Hamburg, and one day in Le havre (you can visit Normandy, Paris, etc.) and the National Symphony will play two performances! We can avoid flying overseas and will explore three cities/areas for the first time. I really enjoyed the NY to Southampton crossing on the QE2.
#27
Iowa
1,619 Posts
Joined Mar 2010
Originally posted by bluemarble
Yes, Cunard will offer shore excursions from Southampton for passengers continuing on the round trip back to New York. Here is a link to a page on Cunard's web site showing a list of the possible shore excursions that might be offered from Southampton.

http://www.cunard.com/destinations/b...d/southampton/

Be advised that Cunard most likely will not offer all of those listed excursions. The specific excursions that will be offered on your voyage should show up in your voyage personaliser approximately 12 weeks prior to your departure date.

Just to give you a couple data points from crossings we did a few years ago, in November 2015 Cunard offered excursions to Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and Beaulieu. In August 2016 they offered the excursions to Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and Winchester.

Regards, John
Following up on my earlier post to provide another data point about Cunard shore excursions from Southampton. Our upcoming 21-day round trip voyage from New York on QM2 in June 2018 (including a voyage to Norway) will have two days in Southampton (17 June and 24 June). For both of those days, Cunard is offering the following Southampton shore excursions in our Voyage Personaliser.

Cathedral City of Winchester
Prehistoric Stonehenge
Royal Windsor Castle
Bombay Sapphire Distillery
Half day and full day private car/minivan tours of Southampton
Full day private car/minivan tours of London

When the excursions were first posted on Voyage Personaliser a couple weeks ago, there was also a listing for the "Southampton Titanic Trail" excursion, but that has since disappeared. The description for that excursion states "Your walking tour begins at Ocean Terminal". We are actually scheduled to be docking at the QEII terminal, so I wonder if that may have had something to do with that particular tour no longer being offered on our voyage.

Regards, John
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#28
NYC
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Joined Mar 2011
Originally posted by bluemarble
.. there was also a listing for the "Southampton Titanic Trail" excursion, but that has since disappeared. The description for that excursion states "Your walking tour begins at Ocean Terminal". We are actually scheduled to be docking at the QEII terminal, so I wonder if that may have had something to do with that particular tour no longer being offered on our voyage.

Regards, John
Could be due to poor advance sales. Twice I was signed up to take ths tour. One time it was cancelled due to insufficient interest. Last December it was cancelled the afternoon before supposedly due to a safety inspection at the Titanic museum.
#29
LI NY
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Joined Oct 2009
Originally posted by bluemarble
Following up on my earlier post to provide another data point about Cunard shore excursions from Southampton. Our upcoming 21-day round trip voyage from New York on QM2 in June 2018 (including a voyage to Norway) will have two days in Southampton (17 June and 24 June). For both of those days, Cunard is offering the following Southampton shore excursions in our Voyage Personaliser.

Cathedral City of Winchester
Prehistoric Stonehenge
Royal Windsor Castle
Bombay Sapphire Distillery
Half day and full day private car/minivan tours of Southampton
Full day private car/minivan tours of London

When the excursions were first posted on Voyage Personaliser a couple weeks ago, there was also a listing for the "Southampton Titanic Trail" excursion, but that has since disappeared. The description for that excursion states "Your walking tour begins at Ocean Terminal". We are actually scheduled to be docking at the QEII terminal, so I wonder if that may have had something to do with that particular tour no longer being offered on our voyage.

Regards, John
We did the Winchester tour this past September - it seemed a bit short, only an hour or so in town post cathedral tour, then the bus back to the ship in time for lunch.
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#30
Kansas City
517 Posts
Joined Nov 2012
Originally posted by TheOldBear
We did the Winchester tour this past September - it seemed a bit short, only an hour or so in town post cathedral tour, then the bus back to the ship in time for lunch.
We did it independently last December by taking a train to Winchester. A short taxi ride from the ship to Southampton Central train station and about 20-25 minute ride from Southampton Central to Winchester. The Cathedral is a fairly easy walk from the Winchester train station since it is mostly down hill. You can make Cathedral tour reservations on the internet. Our tour had only 4 people, so we had a really good, interesting tour there. Lots of time to shop in town before or after going to the Cathedral. We walked back to the station, but some may wish to take a bus or taxi back to the station since it is an up hill walk.
#31
East Lancashire
2,732 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
Originally posted by north east girl
Hi Lanky Lad, looks like you're still enjoying cruising with Cunard. We have done a B2B and loved every minute, it was lovely to know we weren't leaving the ship in New York. We booked a Cunard excursion which took us to places we missed last time we were there. Never got bored once and soon got into the routine of being on board for 14 days.

We are looking forward to our trip on QE in November to Canary Islands, its be a while since we cruised so really looking forward it it.

Catherine & Tony
Yes we are still cruising with Cunard. We are off on QV in April, to keep us going before QM2 in November.
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#32
Derbyshire, England
132 Posts
Joined Oct 2013
Originally posted by jaycruises
I noticed that Cunard is showing a lot of Roundtrip crossings on the QM2. I wonder why someone would book that? Now we are real cruisers and that might appeal to us.
We have been fortunate to do two QM2 Roundtrip Trans Atlantic crossings - "lunch in New York darling". They were wonderful voyages and a real holiday rather than a cruise. No jet lag, Westbound you have 25 hour days on five of the seven days and back Westbound you lose an hour in bed for five days of the seven days; but a lye in and a late breakfast in bed more than compensates . The entire experience is amazing. Some days just float by (pun intended) sitting on a steamer chair watching the North Atlantic slide by.....we even forgot to have lunch one day........on a ship, surely unique. Other days were full of things....busy, busy, busy. Lunch or dinner in the cabin. Reading, chatting - NO INTERNET FOR 7 DAYS.....BLISS, I USED UP THE COMP. MINUTES IN NEW YORK. We travel a lot now as we are retired and have a bucket list of places to see. But when it comes to a real holiday we only consider QM2 to be the ultimate relaxation resort - at sea!
- We love it so much we are doing a Back-on-Back TA on QM2 3rd June this year, 2018. Southampton-Southampton.
- Try it if you have the time - it is a classic liner experience DOUBLED!!
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#33
England
44 Posts
Joined Sep 2009
Did our first transatlantic Queen Mary 2 last November. Only been on Brilliance of the sea some years ago. Although its a crossing it was very much a cruise for us. When you have a wheelchair uses this is a excellent ship. Spacious elegant welcoming. Plenty of deck space without annoying other travellers. Wined and dine on tap room service entertainment. My husband loves the sea and it's here in ocean loads.
Perfect!
So much so we have booked for longer December to the Caribbean.
#34
18 Posts
Joined Oct 2017
Originally posted by funcruiser2000
Thank you so much! So glad to know others do this also. I looked into flights back after 2 nights in London (booked through Cunard) and it was nearly as much as just cruising back.
That's why we're doing a round trip. For 7 people to fly home was only $1000 less than an entire extra week on board. Easy decision. Honestly, even with 2 weeks I'm afraid we won't have enough time on board! :
#35
Weston, CT
2,052 Posts
Joined Nov 2004
We've done it twice, round trip NYC (well, Brooklyn). Once in August where we had fabulous summer weather all but one day; the second time in July where it rained every single day. You never know what you are going to get crossing the Atlantic. Would do it again in a heartbeat!
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#36
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Joined Oct 2004
I love my BTB TA last year - so I am booked for another BTB TA for next year- can´t wait. I can highly recommend such a vacation for stressed out people- nothing is more soothing than two weeks on board the Mary- with nor more worries than which lounge to choose from- and deciding what to take for dinner...! Walk around the prommenade deck- enjoy the view- enjoy the wind. Perfect to relax and unwind!
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#37
NE, UK.
14 Posts
Joined Mar 2009
Good morning,
We are sailing on a back to back on QM2 in July. Need some advice whilst in NY city please. We want to walk the Brooklyn bridge, then visit a certain camera shop at 420 9th Ave, maybe something to eat and back to the QM2. We are reasonably fit as walking the Santiago to Compostella Camino way (only 5-7 miles) in October again with Cunard. Is this possible and how to organise, can it all be walked, is it safe to walk etc? - ideas please from anybody who has knowledge of NYC.
Thanks in anticipation.

Photo Andy.
#38
Oakland, CA USA
2,086 Posts
Joined Jan 2013
Originally posted by Photo Andy
Good morning,
We are sailing on a back to back on QM2 in July. Need some advice whilst in NY city please. We want to walk the Brooklyn bridge, then visit a certain camera shop at 420 9th Ave, maybe something to eat and back to the QM2. We are reasonably fit as walking the Santiago to Compostella Camino way (only 5-7 miles) in October again with Cunard. Is this possible and how to organise, can it all be walked, is it safe to walk etc? - ideas please from anybody who has knowledge of NYC.
Thanks in anticipation.

Photo Andy.
Andy: I'm sure you'll get some excellent ideas from native New Yorkers. Here are my ideas: First it's a doable plan and perfectly safe. In case you didn't know, New York is now the safest big city in the US. I suggest taking a cab/Uber/Lyft from the Red Hook ship terminal in Brooklyn to the Brooklyn Bridge. Walk across it, it's great fun. That will put you in the City Hall area in lower Manhattan where you can catch a cab or subway to your camera shop. Have some lunch. Then for your return trip, you can meet Cunard's shuttle bus at Macy's, or do it on your own. On your own you can take a cab/Uber/Lyft all the way back to Red Hook, but note that due to traffic that would be slow. Or you can take a subway to somewhere near downtown Brooklyn and a cab from there.

Native New Yorkers will tell you about the closest subway station to the Red Hook terminal, but it's a rather long walk to the ship from there and through an industrial area, so not so pretty.

Have fun...I love exploring New York!
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#39
Lincolnshire, UK
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Joined Oct 2016
We are booked on the QM2 next April round trip from Southanmpton.
Reasons:
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#40
Pennsylvania
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Joined Jul 2010
Originally posted by tv24
Then for your return trip, you can meet Cunard's shuttle bus at Macy's, or do it on your own. On your own you can take a cab/Uber/Lyft all the way back to Red Hook, but note that due to traffic that would be slow. Or you can take a subway to somewhere near downtown Brooklyn and a cab from there.
There are some East River ferry options that will drop you off right at the Red Hook cruise terminal, including a trip down from East 34th Street (i.e., as far north as Macy"s). This would include sailing under several bridges including the Brooklyn Bridge. Same $2.75 fare as the subway.

https://www.ferry.nyc/routes-and-schedules/
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