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Sounds fun and hopefully not too disruptive to those sailing on December 8th.

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Very interesting. The announcement seems to be rather vague about the date(s) though, just December 2017.

It does say "Please visit [URL]https://www.cunard.com/campaigns/greatest-showman-sweepstakes/[/URL] for more information and rules and regulations." That page seems to imply the premier screening will be an invitation-only event to be held on board QM2 while she is in port in Brooklyn. But even that page doesn't appear to provide a specific date.

Since the theatrical release is scheduled for December 25, 2017, it would seem the most likely date for this event would be December 22, 2017 while QM2 is in port prior to the Christmas cruise, but that's just speculation on my part.

I'm sure we will learn more as time goes on.

[COLOR=#ff0000]Edit: I just noticed you have mentioned the date December 8, 2017 in your post. Did I miss that date mentioned in the announcement?[/COLOR]

Regards, John

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[COLOR=#787878][FONT=Helvetica]Received the following from Cunard this morning. Can't say that I'm too thrilled about it considering that it apprears that parts of the ship other than the theater may be off limits to paying passengers.[/FONT][/COLOR][COLOR=#787878][FONT=Helvetica]
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[COLOR=#787878][FONT=Helvetica]"as our valued guest travelling through New York on 8 December, we wanted you to be the first to know that Cunard and 20th Century Fox have partnered to roll out the red carpet when flagship ocean liner Queen Mary 2 hosts the world premiere of 20th Century Fox’s [I]"The Greatest Showman"[/I] on 8 December, 2017.[/FONT][/COLOR][COLOR=#787878][FONT=Helvetica][URL="http://emails.cunard.co.uk/c/12htZweUBqieWMm5JNwVN93VRil"][I]"The reatest Showman"[/I][/URL] is a bold and original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and the sense of wonder we feel when dreams come to life. Inspired by the ambition and imagination of P.T. Barnum, [I]"The Greatest Showman"[/I] tells the story of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. [I]"The Greatest Showman"[/I] is directed by exciting new filmmaker, Michael Gracey, with songs by Academy Award® winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul ([I]"La La Land"[/I]) and starring Academy Award® nominee Hugh Jackman. Jackman is joined by Academy Award® nominee Michelle Williams, Zendaya, Zac Efron and Rebecca Ferguson.[/FONT][/COLOR][COLOR=#787878][FONT=Helvetica]Due to this special premiere on board, Queen Mary 2’s original departure from Brooklyn Cruise Terminal will be delayed until midnight on 8 December. Due to the event, there may be some restricted areas during the evening, however regular dining options will be open for dinner.[/FONT][/COLOR][COLOR=#787878][FONT=Helvetica]There will be exciting opportunities for you to enjoy on board activities during the evening, in association with the premiere event. These are currently being finalised with FOX and we will be sharing details of these with you over the coming days and weeks. The premiere itself is a private event and tickets will not be available to guests travelling on Queen Mary 2. For those of you who would like to capitalise on the extra hours in New York, we have organised a number of special opportunities to further experience New York City prior to departure, if you so choose.:"[/FONT][/COLOR]

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Elsewhere a passenger on the Dec 8 eastbound TA reports having been informed that that sailing will be delayed until midnight for the premiere, and that while dinner service will be unaffected other parts of the ship will have limited access (one assumes this to mean Illuminations, possibly the Royal Court Theatre as a reception area as well as areas on Deck 2 and/or Deck 3 forward of the Grand Lobby). There's an entrance with a gangway on Deck 2 port side in the passageway forward of the lobby that I'll be so bold as to predict they'll use.

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Thanks for the follow-up posts. December 8 it is then. Underwatr, it looks like you will be missing out on the excitement then (which I suppose may or may not be a good thing depending on your perspective).

Regards, John

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We are on this crossing; received the email this morning. I have no problem with it unless the Commodore Club is commandeered. THAT would result in 2 very unhappy people.

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Assuming our most recent E/B crossing (12 August 2017) was typical, guests will presumably be missing either the Welcome Aboard Show in the Royal Court Theatre (7:45 pm) or a film in Illuminations (6:30 pm and/or 9:00 pm) to accommodate the Premiere. Other shipboard limitations remain to be seen. In addition, unless they are willing to stay up until after midnight, guests will miss the spectacle of sailing out of NYC.

It must also be noted that the sweepstakes for tickets to the Premiere is available to all comers, not just those sailing.

Request to Host Hattie: As we prefer to lurk, would it be possible for you to post this information on the appropriate roll calls? Thank you.

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A further update.

Just received the information from Cunard. Among offers for how to enjoy the extended stay in NYC:

20% off tickets Radio City Rockettes with discount code QUEEN. Unfortunately, as per the linked website, discount for code QUEEN is only available on/after 10 December 2017. QM2 sails 8 December 2017.

Savings on tickets (quantity not defined) for Phantom of the Opera. Unfortunately, saving cannot be determined without creating sign on account with linked website.

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On this sailing. Cannot say I am thrilled but leaving NYC at midnight might be fun. I really think they should comp a glass of champagne on departure as a small price for the inconvenience.

Any delays in boarding won’t go down well and restricting access to parts of the ship on boarding day for a new comer is disappointing. But overall life is short and have 7 more days on board.




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I think my DW might be hoping for a glimpse of the stars, but failing that I might take her up to the 13th deck and hope for a clear night. Personally I would be pleased to see Cunard celebrate the film night in some way with on board Cunarders, perhaps a Greatest Showman cocktail of some sort or a special offer on bubbly might go down well.

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[quote name='robbie_3']I think my DW might be hoping for a glimpse of the stars, but failing that I might take her up to the 13th deck and hope for a clear night. Personally I would be pleased to see Cunard celebrate the film night in some way with on board Cunarders, perhaps a Greatest Showman cocktail of some sort or a special offer on bubbly might go down well.[/quote]

I suppose those with port side cabin assignments might have a chance to catch a glimpse of the stars on the dock below from their cabins if the plan is to have any sort of red carpet ceremony for the stars outside on the dock. I always book a starboard sheltered balcony for an eastbound crossing but in this case a port side balcony might turn out to be fun.

Just as an aside, after re-reading the Cunard press release, I now realize the date of the premier really shouldn't have been much of a mystery to me as I was speculating about it in my first reply. While it is true the Cunard announcement only refers to December 2017, it does mention "the Transatlantic Crossing from New York to England following the premiere". That statement nails down the date as December 8 right there. I would have failed miserably as detective Poirot by not picking up on that clue.

Regards, John Edited by bluemarble

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[quote name='S1drfl']A further update.

20% off tickets Radio City Rockettes with discount code QUEEN. Unfortunately, as per the linked website, discount for code QUEEN is only available on/after 10 December 2017. QM2 sails 8 December 2017.

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My apologies, the QUEEN discount is indeed available on 8 December 2017. I was looking at the wrong month.

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Assuming that everything forward of midship on decks 2 & 3 will be off limits, I would hope that Cunard will hold something special in the Queens Room for us mere passengers. Perhaps they could have a (combined QR band and RC band) Big Band dance night since the theater show band probably wouldn't be working the movie premier. It's a safe bet that all of the ship's bars will be packed solid with the theaters unavailable and they can't expect everyone to stay in their cabins.

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Cunard is running a contest to win 2 tickets to the premiere. That includes "wo (2) tickets to attend The Greatest Showman pre-screening reception in the Queens Room venue on board Queen Mary 2 vessel while stationed at Brooklyn, New York Cruise Terminal;" in addition to the movie itself.

I wonder where they will set up the Red Carpet? I've only disembarked at Red Hook, but I can't envision where they can set up with out disrupt "something"

ps: I did sign up for the contest :-)

Aloha,

John

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I hadn't seen that the Queens Room also was going to be used for the movie premier. Maybe they [I]do[/I] expect us to stay in our cabins :(.

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We are on this crossing and not too thrilled at losing out on much of a day's time on the water, in addition to access to much of the ship. Oh boy, we can stay in town for another day in order to spend additional monies not budgeted for this trip!

I think it would be nice if Cunard would give passengers on this crossing an extra discount for a future Cunard trip.

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any idea on what is the latest time we can board if departure at midnight.


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By "board" you don't mean "check in", do you? My impression is that check in is the normal, assigned time. You're then free to leave the ship.



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[quote name='Pavovsky']any idea on what is the latest time we can board if departure at midnight.


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My TA is contacting Cunard to answer that same question. I'll post when I hear a reply.

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Cunard won't talk to me about this. Or our travel agent, it seems. Taken our cash for a Princess Grill, so an expensive trip, but now there's the lure of making a quick buck by renting out the ship. Or at least space on the ship we've paid to use. And they pretend this is somehow exciting for the suckers left with second best. I think they're in breach of contract and should do something significant to make amends. Our boarding time is noon, 12 hours ahead of departure. Who will pay the $100 bill for a return cab trip back to Manhatten? Can't see us booking too quickly again in future - shame as the Atlantic crossings have been fun previously. Cunard's arrogance and cynicism have already spoiled the trip for us.

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Welcome to Cruise Critic, I am sorry to hear that you are so upset about this but I wouldn't have thought a delayed departure constitutes breach of contract.
I hope you can make the best of it.

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[quote name='marmitecat']Cunard won't talk to me about this. Or our travel agent, it seems. Taken our cash for a Princess Grill, so an expensive trip, but now there's the lure of making a quick buck by renting out the ship. Or at least space on the ship we've paid to use. And they pretend this is somehow exciting for the suckers left with second best. I think they're in breach of contract and should do something significant to make amends. Our boarding time is noon, 12 hours ahead of departure. Who will pay the $100 bill for a return cab trip back to Manhatten? Can't see us booking too quickly again in future - shame as the Atlantic crossings have been fun previously. Cunard's arrogance and cynicism have already spoiled the trip for us.[/quote] I don't blame you. The QM2 is built to be a passenger carrying Ocean Liner used for crossings and cruises not to be a floating movie theater being used for Hollywood premiers. Hollywood itself has it problems with its recent scandals that is turning off people from going to the movies. I myself will not go to the movies anymore because of this recent scandal, high movie ticket prices and other reasons which I don't want to reveal what these other reasons are. What publicity does Cunard think that it will get by holding this film premier aboard its Flagship the QM2? Another question I'm asking is who's idea was it to have this film premier aboard the QM2? Cunard or 20th Century Fox? I hope that Cunard did not come up with this idea. I guess that if 20th Century Fox did ask Cunard use of the QM2 I know that Cunard probably said yes for a fee thinking that they could use the income from the movie studio. It is interesting to note that this coming December will be the 20th Anniversary of the release of the movie Titanic and that 20th Century Fox was also involved in the production of that movie. And at that time 20th Century Fox did not call Cunard to stage the film premier of Titanic aboard Cunard's then Flagship and the only Ocean Liner doing transatlantic crossings the QE2. Remember that Cunard and the Titanic's owner the White Star Line did merge in 1934. 20th Century Fox presented the film premier of Titanic at the Tokyo Film Festival. Regards,Jerry

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[quote name='flatcircle']My TA is contacting Cunard to answer that same question. I'll post when I hear a reply.[/QUOTE]



Thanks.


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It isn't just the delayed departure that offends, its the fact that some - and I suspect a lot - of public areas will be out of bounds on the first evening.
Arrogance on the part of Cunard - they'll obviously make more in terms of cash and (perceived) prestige, so why bother that they're grabbing something repeat customers have already paid for?
They speak of "valued customers" in their correspondence. The real valued customer is the film company and its large cheque. When that gets waved around, they lose interest in regular passengers. But I bet they'll continue to bombard us with brochures. Well, more fool them.
The fact they won't talk to me, our travel agent or the firm selling the overall package speaks volumes, I think.

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[quote name='marmitecat']It isn't just the delayed departure that offends, its the fact that some - and I suspect a lot - of public areas will be out of bounds on the first evening.
Arrogance on the part of Cunard - they'll obviously make more in terms of cash and (perceived) prestige, so why bother that they're grabbing something repeat customers have already paid for?
They speak of "valued customers" in their correspondence. The real valued customer is the film company and its large cheque. When that gets waved around, they lose interest in regular passengers. But I bet they'll continue to bombard us with brochures. Well, more fool them.
The fact they won't talk to me, our travel agent or the firm selling the overall package speaks volumes, I think.[/quote]
I am glad that the QM2 was built and I do understand the income that Cunard will get from this film premier. But you are right that to make up for this silly film premier charade, Cunard should make it up to loyal passengers like you aboard the QM2 for this Dec. 8th crossing being disrupted by this silly film premier charade by offering a discounted fare for a future crossing or cruise. Regards,Jerry

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I will be on this sailing. Very exciting for me, just have to stay up to watch us leave NY. Sure it will give us an extra buzz for the evening. Plenty of other days on board to explore...

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[quote name='English Rose']I will be on this sailing. Very exciting for me, just have to stay up to watch us leave NY. Sure it will give us an extra buzz for the evening. Plenty of other days on board to explore...[/quote]

This sailing will be the return leg of our Caribbean cruise to Southampton so with the later departure we are rather hoping for some extra time in lovely NY fingers crossed, if my DW also catches a glimpse of the stars in the evening that would be a bonus.

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[quote name='Pavovsky']any idea on what is the latest time we can board if departure at midnight.


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Cunard just updated my TA. Latest boarding/check in at 4pm (starts at noon). Everyone must remain on board for the muster drill which will take place at the normal time.

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[quote name='flatcircle']Cunard just updated my TA. Latest boarding/check in at 4pm (starts at noon). Everyone must remain on board for the muster drill which will take place at the normal time.[/QUOTE]


Thanks. Thoughts are board late (4pm) and then post Muster droll get the ferry into Wall Street area or just stay on board and relax.



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Cunard still won't talk to us about this! No response to email (should be within four days). No response to call back request (should be within 24 hours).
Yet they have the audacity to call us "valued customer" in emails. The only value Cunard attach any importance to is money and clearly a Hollywood film company is giving them rather more than we are. So despite having paid up, we get elbowed aside to make way.
Aside from that situation, our check in time is noon, so what happens if we turn up at 3pm?
Also what time is the muster - its a few years since we've done this trip, I'm thinking just before the 5pm departure?
Any guidance would be appreciated.

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If you show up at 3:00 you'll breeze aboard because almost everyone shows up at 12-1 regardless of their suggested time.

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[COLOR=Navy][B]Dear Hostess Hattie,[/B][/COLOR]

[COLOR=Navy][B]Thank you Maam for all your doing and it is well.[/B][/COLOR]

[COLOR=Navy][B]We arrive back on the QM-2 too the A.D. 2017 , 8th of December, Friday we would have left Black Sunday November 26th.[/B][/COLOR]

[COLOR=Navy][B]The Old Navy Pier 12 which became a Road Salt pier and the last Brooklyn Borough President Marty made all us area Cruisers happier with more cruise ships and a great area too.[/B][/COLOR]

[COLOR=Navy][B]Across is Governors Island , part of Manhattan and the NPS.gov ( National Park Service) m which was the first settlement and fort started by that Moon Ship.. yes Henry Hudson, under the Dutch Flag.[/B][/COLOR]

[COLOR=Navy][B]A FYI: This island was used as well to pasture sheep, goats, and cattle which could wade across before the US Navy dredged so as US Navy Warships could come about here right before World War Two.[/B][/COLOR]

[COLOR=Navy][B]Are you coming over what was the Old Cod Pond now ?[/B][/COLOR]



[quote name='Host Hattie'][URL]http://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/Cunard-to-Host-World-Premiere-of-20th-Century-Fox-s-The-Greatest-Showman-On-Board-The-Greatest-Ocean-Liner-Flagship-Queen-Mary-2-1005709839[/URL]

Sounds fun and hopefully not too disruptive to those sailing on December 8th.[/quote] Edited by AAAAmerican

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All very interesting and as a "Cunard luvvie", I rarely complain (normally little to complain about), but I do feel that there is a certain arrogance with regards to the cruise in question. To take people's hard earned money for to some what may well be the trip of a lifetime and then to forbid them to visit certain parts of the ship for Cunard's ends seems out of order.

There may be some "glitz and glamour", sailing out of New York at midnight should be a wonderful sight, but when people originally booked the cruise they should have been made aware of the possibility of restrictions of access to parts of the ship on certain occasions.

David

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We are on that cruise (actually the round trip from Southampton) but as of tonight we haven't heard a peep from Cunard - not even the letter everyone else seems to have received by email - Cruise Critic should bill them for the communication service ;)

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> We are on that cruise (actually the round trip


You know, I think at least one other passenger who hasn't received the email is on a back-to-back. Are you booked on M745, or some other cruise number? I'm wondering if Cunard only sent the "premier email" to those booked specifically on M745.

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[quote name='davef65']We are on that cruise (actually the round trip from Southampton) but as of tonight we haven't heard a peep from Cunard - not even the letter everyone else seems to have received by email - Cruise Critic should bill them for the communication service ;)[/quote]


[B][I]I've not heard a word either........[/I][/B]
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[B][I]Jennie[/I][/B]

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This has been an interesting read. I have to say I understand the disappointment in Cunard over this situation. I have never done a transatlantic cruise, and if this was my first or even one of many, I think I would be upset. I think everyone on board should be given some compensation, be a free bottle of wine/ free cocktail or at the very least, be given an exclusive showing to the film, i.e just for the guests on the ship. It’s the very least they could do considering they are disrupting the sailing of the ship. I feel for everyone affected by this. And wish Cunard would think more about their customers than the money they make from this.


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Still no response from Cunard to our requests for a phone back or written emailed reply to our concerns. No surprise there, of course. Our travel agent has still had no response after making the same enquiries on our behalf.
Nice firm to deal with, after taking customers' money, refuse to talk to them when the goalposts are moved. Something all should remember.
And the muster time will remain as normal, meaning boarding times can't just be shifted back by six or seven hours. Muster could be done later, of course, under normal circumstances with a midnight departure. But we wouldn't want fare-paying passengers getting in the way of the film premiere, would we?
Arrogance and cynicism in its purest form from Cunard, I'm sad to say.

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On the website it is still available to book, however doesn’t not state anywhere about the film premiere, surely they should be stating this before people try to book the cruise.


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