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  1. One note on Spirit-class aft wraps: On deck 5, the suite is not the same as the suites on other decks. It's one room instead of sitting area, dressing area and bedroom. Nothing wrong with the cabin (we have one booked for Legend next summer), but if you're looking for the multi-room suite don't look at deck 5.
  2. OP, as you can see by my signature (which has not been updated and 2020 isn't happening😥), we sailed only Carnival until last year when we booked three weeks on the QM2. Here's the thread I posted last year: We loved the experience, but you do need to dress for dinner if you plan on the MDR. As I noted, I met one passenger who visited the MDR only for lunch, as he did not like to dress for dinner. We absolutely loved QM2. We're looking forward to another opportunity to sail.
  3. Yep - I had a text message last week reminding about final payment for our August 2020 cruise on Carnival Radiance out of NYC. Uh ... no. I figure it's an automated message that just didn't get taken out of the system. No real harm - just a sad reminder that vacation isn't happening this year.😥
  4. Last year we had booked the two-week WB crossing via Iceland, with our thought to fly into Heathrow and spend a few days in Winchester before traveling to Southampton to board. We had a deck 8 unobstructed balcony cabin booked. When we started pricing flights, hotels, etc. we realized we could book the prior week's EB crossing for less. Our cabin wasn't available for the EB leg and we ended up booking a deck 6 inside. Changing cabins at Southampton was easy - we packed up (never even asked about keeping clothes on hangars), called the Purser's desk to let them know we were ready to go, and they took care of everything for us. We disembarked to do our own walking tour - used our old cards to leave the ship and the new ones (given to us the previous day) to re-board. No need to wait in lines. Our bags were waiting in our new cabin. All very easy.
  5. I think I read 38 days. We're scheduled for August 10, so for now we're staying with it.
  6. We're scheduled to sail from NYC on August 10. We got an e-mail essentially saying, "We'll keep you posted."
  7. We sailed QM2 last year for three weeks and fell in love with the ship. We've thought about other opportunities to sail her, but were booked for 2020 and early summer 2021. Now our late June/early July 2020 Viking River cruise is likely to be going away, as we had it planned around the Oberammergau Passion Play and that is being postponed to 2022. We're hoping to move the booking. That opens a window for us this year: the QM2 Independence Day sailing is the same week we planned on Viking. We're within driving distance of Red Hook, so flights aren't an issue. I'm just worried about whether this is too chancy to book, given all the health concerns. Canada has banned cruise ships until 7/1, which is when QM2 is scheduled to dock in Halifax. Any thoughts would be appreciated!
  8. Last summer on Sunrise was the first time I heard the gong. No noontime announcement, just the gong and a short greeting from the captain. For most sailings, I was used to a noontime announcement from the captain at noon about our sailing and the sea conditions. Cunard did a unique job on QM2 last summer. On sea days there was a noontime ringing of this ship's bell in the lobby, as well as a sounding of the ship's whistle and a detailed message from Captain Wells about our sailing. Loved it.
  9. I saw this show on Carnival Miracle, back before Playlist Productions took over. They handed out glo-sticks for the "Hey Jude" segment. I'm not a huge Beatles fan, but this show was great.
  10. My middle son the diehard Mets fan sympathizes! I agree with Jeff, though - plan a NYC cruise that would let you go to a Mets game before or after the cruise. Despite the Wilpons, Citi Field is a great place to watch a game. Thanks so much for bringing us along on your cruise!
  11. A few years back oldest son visited Harry Potter World in Orlando and bought a plastic wand for DH, a college professor. The TSA agent tried to confiscate it as a weapon. Son politely said, "May I see a supervisor"? The supervisor couldn't stop laughing.😀
  12. We don't get as many photos as we did in our earlier years when our sons sailed with us - but I really liked this one.
  13. DH and I were on the same crossings. DH was one of the white dinner jackets.
  14. In 1988 DH and I went to San Diego to visit BIL, who was in the Navy. I told DH that the one thing I wanted to do was to drive up to Long Beach to see the Queen Mary. We took a day of our trip to do that (BIL warned us to wait until after rush hour to leave San Diego and be on the road back by 3:00). We bought tickets to see both QM and the Spruce Goose. It was impressive.
  15. I like the newer ships, but so many spaces just seem to be "corporate" - Red Frog, Alchemy, etc. Just about every Farcus-designed ship we sailed has a "What was Farcus thinking?" spot for me, but I always enjoyed his unique designs.
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