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About ExArkie

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    Charlotte, NC
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    Science, history, food and wine
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Cunard, Celebrity
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  1. Remember that the definition of revolution in terms of planetary motion is that the object (planet) makes a complete loop and returns to where it started. So, in that context, B&W to color to B&W is, technically, a revolution.
  2. I know from reading these boards that I am an outlier in this experience, but on our one HAL cruise about six years ago, I found the MDR service horrible (almost an hour wait for appetizer, then the order was wrong) and the food worse. Everyone else on these boards seems to not have had this problem, based on what I read, but we certainly did. I am willing to believe our cruise was an anomaly, but we were definitely not the only people on the ship that had the same opinion. We did not have any other problems and quite enjoyed other aspects, but the dining experience soured me on their line rather drastically. This trip was on the Oosterdam, Vancouver to Seward, at the very beginning of the Alaska season. Perhaps it was just a new crew and kitchen staff that hadn't learned how to do their jobs?
  3. I also had some difficulty requesting luggage tags online for our first cruise on Celebrity. Followed all the instructions, but never got an acknowledgement that the request was received or being fulfilled. After about eight days when they had not arrived, I called to request the tags. They arrived within three days...and the ones from the online request arrived a day after that.
  4. She was also our butler on QV a couple of years back and was the best. She took service to a new level - ask a question about something and she'd take care of all the arrangements
  5. All is perspective - my wife would agree, since her feet leave ample room in the slippers. I, on the other hand, (size 13 shoes) cannot get my feet into them past the tips of my toes.
  6. They did a year and a half ago when we were last in a CS (on Millennium).
  7. We were in a Celebrity Suite on the Millennium trans-Pacific. No one came to us at check-in to escort us, but as we were walking toward the ship after checking in, the Captain's Club representative saw us with our suite folder and escorted us to Michael's Club. Wasn't something I was expecting, so we were pleasantly surprised.
  8. I have had an occasional problem with the page not loading properly when I am going through our VPN. Something about the multiple-path data transfer that Celebrity Web site (and a small number of others) has difficulty with.
  9. Speaking of which - has the floor plan of the aft corner S1 suite ever been posted or published? We have one booked on the Solstice and were just curious about the layout. Searches only come up with the non-corner floor plans, and there seems to be videos and pictures of the corner S1 (with widely variable picture quality). Gives the general idea, but I'd be interested in an actual floor plan if anyone has seen it somewhere.
  10. We did this a couple of years ago - ordered them online about 40 days out, waited a couple of weeks without receiving them, and called. They ordered tags for me and both sets arrived on the same day, about 5 days before we were flying out.
  11. I have used Cunard Air to book one-way from US on a couple of occasions, both for westbound TAs. Once, I was teaching a class in Dublin and they booked me into that city a few weeks prior to departure (I arranged my own short flight to Southampton). Doing the same thing in Manchester this year and they booked me into that city, arriving tomorrow (Nov. 30), when the TA is December 15. In both cases, I got to specify which airline (I am Gold Medallion on Delta, so prefer it for the benefits). There did not seem to be any additional charge for different cities or travel in advance, but it is impossible to tell for sure from the US as the airlines here do not sell actual one-way tickets. What you can buy as one-way are sold as the full fare price for a round trip (unless you use airline miles, which I have also done). As someone else noted, I can only vouch for this being the case for travel from the US for a person with a US address. I am not even remotely implying that this might apply to any other country...or even for some other people in this one, I guess.
  12. A while ago, one of the Queen Elizabeth speakers was left at the dock when he failed to return on time. See thread: Therefore, no guarantees as to speaker availability even if they ARE on the ship at the beginning of the trip.
  13. I remember a dvd player on QV when we got moved up to a Q4 penthouse (great upgrade, if I may venture off-topic). I do not recall having one in any of the QM2 staterooms. Is it still possible to purchase a portable CD player?
  14. I had this picture of the train. According to the display, it was made from 60 kg of Godiva chocolate,
  15. I have heard the complaint of Cunard's "class differences" many times from those who have never been on one of the Cunard ships. With a lot of questioning and prodding, the underlying concepts that makes the ones to whom I have spoken believe in the class consciousness are (1) Cunard has a history of class separation in the grand old days of ocean travel (everyone has seen the movie Titanic), which is sort of like never buying a Ford automobile because you think their 1918 model was not of good quality, and (2) Cunard requires male passengers to wear a tie on some nights. The latter seems to be the overriding reason, that anyone wearing a tie is automatically presuming himself to be in a higher social class, regardless of cabin category. The reverse snobbery of deciding that casual dress is the true sign of societal exceptionalism appears to be lost on them.
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