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  1. If your mom's worried about a "party" atmosphere, I can say that Carnival's Europe cruises are more subdued since generally there are more port days and they tend to be long days.
  2. I had signed up for text messages for our August 2020 cruise on Carnival Radiance. Not only was the cruise cancelled, there's speculation on this board that Carnival Radiance itself may be cancelled. Three text messages arrived after the cruise was cancelled to tell me to make final payment or risk having our booking cancelled. I just chalked it up to automated programming that hadn't been un-programmed - but the text messages did make me sad.😥
  3. Hi Traveller94 - We're sailing on Legend out of Dover next summer as well, doing the British Isles cruise with 3 ports in Scotland, Belfast, Cobh, and Liverpool. Last year we visited Iceland on the QM2. We've sailed Legend twice before, once an 8-day Eastern Caribbean out of NYC and a 12-day Baltic cruise out of Dover. I agree with the others, Legend and her sisters have the best Serenity deck. Nice pool (most other ships just have hot tubs). plenty of room, and shaded areas out of the sun. Plus a nice bar area. Also agree about Guy's Burgers on Lido - they really are good. I like the forward decks above the bridge, on decks 9 and 10. Good views. The Firebird Lounge, deck 1 forward, is the comedy club. I love the Russian decoration theme and it's a comfortable place for comedy - more comfortable than the newer ships. The Behind the Fun tour - While we haven't done the tour on Legend, we've done them twice on other ships. You can't book them in advance, so if you're interested you should go to the Shore Excursions deck to book soon after you board. They're limited to 16 people per tour (and who knows if it will be more limited next year?) and usually take place on the last sea day. It's a 3+ hour tour and takes you to the galley, laundry, crew lounge, HR training area, bridge, and engine control room. Most folks consider the bridge to be the highlight of the tour. I'm rather partial to the engine control room, as our oldest son is an engineering officer in the Navy. Not specific to Legend, but if you're arriving early in Dover pre-cruise, I recommend Dover Castle. Aside from its medieval history, it's the site from which the rescue from Dunkirk was conducted in WWII. The exhibits are fascinating. And in Iceland, we were in Reykjavik overnight; the first day we did a Golden Circle tour, and the second day we did a DIY tour in town. Happy cruise planning!
  4. Two weeks ago Cunard canceled all trips up to and including November 1. It was very soon after the U.K.'s announcement that all travelers to the U.K. would be required to quarantine for two weeks after arrival. I can't imagine too many folks from the U.S. who wanted to do a 7-day TA from Southampton to NY could do that - two weeks' quarantine before a one week crossing?
  5. We had a Havana aft wrap on Horizon in 2018. We like being able to sit on the balcony and watch the ocean go by, and the cabanas really don't let you do that.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.😥
  9. 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.
  10. I think I read 38 days. We're scheduled for August 10, so for now we're staying with it.
  11. We're scheduled to sail from NYC on August 10. We got an e-mail essentially saying, "We'll keep you posted."
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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!
  16. 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.😀
  17. 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.
  18. DH and I were on the same crossings. DH was one of the white dinner jackets.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. As I was reading pirate's review I thought about the sunflower too. Conquest is a favorite. Thanks for posting your review, pirate, and looking forward to more!
  22. In 2004 we had 13, 8 and 4 year-old sons and most of our vacations were camping or the like. I received a promotion and we were looking for something "different" for a vacation. We thought about a land vacation to Ireland, but the flights were too expensive. Then I was in the doctor's office waiting for an x-ray for the youngest son, and TV Channel was playing in the waiting room. The Love Boat. I started thinking, "What about a cruise?" The next day I saw an ad for a 5-day Canada cruise out of NYC on Carnival Victory. The price was good and we could drive to the port - if we didn't like it, we wouldn't be out much. DH wasn't really sure about this - I think he bought into the "newly wed and nearly dead" mantra. I booked it anyway, and right until we got onto the West Side Highway in NYC he was still nervous about it. We boarded the ship and were hooked. The boys loved it, we loved it - and when we returned DH booked the next year's cruise without even asking me.
  23. We were on the same voyage as bluemarble and took the shuttle the second day of our visit, when we wanted to do a walking tour. The shuttle was available right at the port when we disembarked and dropped us off at Harpa. Reykjavik is very walkable - we went up to Halgrimskirkja (the church), through the downtown area, and along the waterfront back to Harpa. We didn't wait long for the return shuttle.
  24. We did it twice, once on Conquest in 2010 and again on Horizon in 2018. Our thought was that enough had changed in ship design over the years that it would be worth doing again, and it was. Especially the engine control room - so much had changed. BTW, the engine control room is, in my view, better than the engine room. The engines themselves are impressive only in their size, but the engine control room shows you not only engine operation but stabilizers, fire control, climate control, etc. In full disclosure, I'm the mom of a trained marine engineer who is slated later this year to become chief engineer on a Navy vessel.😊 This certainly wasn't a tour I'd do every time I sailed, but I loved it both times.
  25. We had 1112 on Glory and I hated it. Our problem wasn't baking on the balcony; it was a NYC-Canada cruise and it rained, making the balcony useless since there was no cover. No privacy, either; when we were able to use the balcony, often there would be people standing on deck right above us. The other problem with this cabin was that it was below Camp Carnival (now Camp Ocean). There wasn't a problem with noise from the camp itself, but when parents picked up their kids they would take the elevator to deck 11 (the highest deck you can go to with the forward elevators) and then go up the stairs to get their kids. It sounded like a herd of elephants. As a rule, I won't book cabins on deck 6 above the Promenade Deck. One time we thought we were okay booking above the shops, but the sound from the main lounge drifted up the stairs. Our joke was that we got to experience the shows twice - the early show when we went to the main lounge, and the late show when we were in our cabin listening to it.🙄
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