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Hello, 

My wife and I just booked our ever sailing on any commercial line. I say that because we have had a few sailings on the USS L.Y. Spear back in the days ;-). We have booked a one way transatlantic on the QM2 for April 26, 2021. I'm hoping the covid crud will be more under control by then. We are booked in the Queen's Grills in a Q5 cabin. I figured we might as well go all in for a first time. 

 

I'm looking forward to learning from this forum. 

 

H Green

 

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Hello and welcome to the Wonderful World of Cruising.

I think most of us hope that this COVID virus will be under control by next spring and cruising will resume safely.

If you have any questions, ask away.  Lots of good advice available (ok, some snarky comments occasionally, but most Cruise Critic members are great).

Hope you love your cruise.

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4 hours ago, Cranky64 said:

Hello, 

My wife and I just booked our ever sailing on any commercial line. I say that because we have had a few sailings on the USS L.Y. Spear back in the days ;-). We have booked a one way transatlantic on the QM2 for April 26, 2021. I'm hoping the covid crud will be more under control by then. We are booked in the Queen's Grills in a Q5 cabin. I figured we might as well go all in for a first time. 

 

I'm looking forward to learning from this forum. 

 

H Green

 

 

@Cranky64

 

Howdy H Green and welcome to the Cruise Critic message boards! emo22.gif 

 

Cruise Critic is a great resource for new as well as experienced cruisers and we are so glad you found us! emo34.gif  Please feel free to browse the Cruise Critic Community Categories list. Read a few threads in the different forums to get a feel for what each forum is about. Make sure you read any pinned threads on the top of the first page of threads in a forum. You will find very important instructions or information there.

 

You will want to browse the Cunard Line forum. The majority of your fellow Cruise Critic members that have sailed on QM2 frequent the forum and provide feedback there. Browse through the thread titles on the forum looking for threads of interest. You will probably find your fellow Cruise Critic members have already posted questions and received answers that will be of interest to you.

 

 

Please remember the following stated in the Guidelines we all agreed to follow when registering for our free memberships:

 

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Anytime you need to start a new thread/topic on a forum, first make sure you are in the correct forum for your topic. Word your new thread title in a way to help the members know exactly the information you seek. This greatly helps the members browsing through the thread titles and if they know the information they will reply to you.

 

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H Green, I want to add my welcome to CC as well.  This is a Forum that offers much information and discussion on many topics related to cruising, ocean travel, maritime history, and personal cruise experiences.  I hope that you will find it as interesting and as friendly of a Forum as I have and do.  

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On 10/25/2020 at 11:10 AM, puppycanducruise said:

Hello and welcome to the Wonderful World of Cruising.

I think most of us hope that this COVID virus will be under control by next spring and cruising will resume safely.

If you have any questions, ask away.  Lots of good advice available (ok, some snarky comments occasionally, but most Cruise Critic members are great).

Hope you love your cruise.

Hi, cdc has come out with guidelines saying no cruises from the US more than 7 days and their order is in effect until nov 1st 2021 I believe, unless amended.

 

The cruiselines are still letting people book longer cruises so who knows, but I would be concerned. 

 

I hope you have a good cruise and find one that makes you love cruising.

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Welcome to the world of cruising.  A little advice:

  1. Don't believe everything you read.  Everyone has different opinions and things they like.  Read, research and evaluate.
  2. Make sure you join the Roll Call for your cruise.  It will give you hours of enjoyment planning your cruise with other people going on your cruise.  I have as much fun planning and researching my cruise as going on it.
  3. Every cruise line and ship is different.  When first starting to cruise try different ones.  You can eliminate some by price and target audience.  An example is Alaska, cruise in the middle of the summer and get lots of families and kids.  Cruise in May or September and get an older quiet crowd.  Or by pricing target Viking Cruise = High End  Carnival = Low End.
  4. Last but not least... Do not expect to do everything, every day.  It is a vacation with lots of things to do or some of the time the best thing to do is nothing.
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I would echo much of what has been said before.  As for the Roll Call, I don't know how active they get for transatlantic crossings having never done one myself, but I always join the Roll Call.  Also look at the cruise line under the "Cruise Lines" headings and get a feel for what the line is like in general.  You can also post general questions about the line there rather than the Roll Call.

 

I agree also about not accepting every comment at face value.  There will always be someone who has a gripe, and many who feel that they have to tout the line.  Look at the general tenor of the comments to get a good understanding of how things are.

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