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Solent Richard

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  • Location
    Hampshire, England
  • Interests
    Scuba diving, Cruising and Ballroom Dancing
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Cunard and P&O
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Far East

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  1. Good afternoon Ipmom. We did St John's this time last year and decided on doing it all ourselves on foot. While that may not suit you for whatever reason it is certainly very doable. While I wrote a review on how we spent our day, which may be of interest to you... https://solentrichardscruiseblog.com/2020/09/20/one-way-to-do-st-johns-newfoundland/ ...there is an element of good news for you. While climbing Signal Hill I turned to take a photograph of my wife who just happened to have the local HoHo bus behind her... So they are available and, as shown, do take you to probably the most important of the historical sights. Good luck, its a great visit.
  2. Hi Babs. Did that exactly one year ago on Arcadia. We only had two days in Quebec and I carried out extensive research on DIY to Montreal by rail. You may have better luck but only if you did it on Day 2 as the best train leaves rather early (in our case less than an hour after our sceduled arrival) The good news was that P&O did a Full day excursion which we took. There is an account of our day in my cruise blog of the 'whole' cruise so you will have to scroll down to the itinerary section if interested... https://solentrichardscruiseblog.com/2019/10/28/arcadias-canadian-round-trip/ Personally I thought the day was good value for money and was very pleased we booked early prior to the ship sailing as it had sold out by onboard.
  3. ...And just for good measure, you may like these two reviews of Halifax, Nova Scotia... https://solentrichardscruiseblog.com/2015/09/11/one-way-to-do-halifax-nova-scotia-second-edition/ ***** https://solentrichardscruiseblog.com/2013/09/17/one-way-to-do-halifax-nova-scotia/ ...the second of which includes a trip to Peggy's Cove...
  4. Here's your starter for Ten, St John's, Newfoundland... https://solentrichardscruiseblog.com/2020/09/20/one-way-to-do-st-johns-newfoundland/ My review has over 70 Photographs... *****
  5. To celebrate the anniversary of my visit to St John's, Newfoundland, exactly a year ago, I've just written a review of how my wife and I spent our day there. We certainly managed to pack in a full day sightseeing. Here's the link... https://solentrichardscruiseblog.com/2020/09/20/one-way-to-do-st-johns-newfoundland/ The review may prove useful for any members booked for a future cruise that follows a similar itinerary. *****
  6. Thanks for adding to the story. All contributions greatly received.
  7. It's hard to believe that it was a year ago yesterday that Arcadia berthed at St John's, Newfoundland, the first stop on her Autumn Canadian round trip. To celebrate the anniversary of that visit I've just written a review of how my wife and I spent our day there. We certainly managed to pack in a full day sightseeing. Here's the link... https://solentrichardscruiseblog.com/2020/09/20/one-way-to-do-st-johns-newfoundland/ The review may prove useful for any members booked for a future cruise that follows a similar itinerary.
  8. I fully concur Princeton. Indeed, I mentioned that exact view two days ago # 10.
  9. Yesterday, 16 September, Queen Mary 2 called into Southampton. We were enjoying pre-dinner sunset cocktails with friends on our balcony as she sailed out along the Solent amidst a rather spectacular red sky backdrop..
  10. I had considered mentioning an MSC ship for your return journey from Cape Town but it would have depended if the particular ship(s) catering for that route had a 'Yacht Club' then, having spotted the above statement it would probably not been a good idea.
  11. I'd certainly agree with your overall synopsis AM,HMF though I wouldn't go so far as saying the Grills are the best restaurants at Sea by any stretch of the imagination. The Grills are of course up there and the real pleasure is the class and style they offer as opposed to the actual dining. I too have cruised with Seabourn, plus Silversea, Regent and of course the real show stopper Hapag-Lloyd's Europa 2: all of whom offer outstanding dining experiences. Though the true advantages with the smaller luxury ships has to be their itineraries which accounts for my gradual move away from Cunard. The one exception, where the ship comes above itinerary, is of course Queen Mary 2 for Trans-Atlantic. I feel you have never truly tasted Cunard until you've done both ways. But I digress from the OP.
  12. Yes and I'm feeling even more fortunate that before we get into September I can still count 4 cruises under my belt in the last 12 months.
  13. Good morning Chuck and thanks for the kind comment. I have to confess that initially, following lockdown, we did seem fortunate to still be able to enjoy watching cruise ships pass. I photographed over 20 different cruise ships, the majority of which we had at some stage cruised on. However, as time progressed and the numbers increased, the reality of the situation struck home and the dreadful situation we are living through, as are the cruise lines themselves, became more and more graphically played out before our very eyes. On that note I'm happy to complete the Cunard fleet on your behalf: her is Queen Elizabeth outbound on 26 July... Have a nice day and here's to getting back cruising.
  14. Hopefully no one on this board is feeling too 'smug' about these changes. Having watched both QM2 and Queen Victoria passing our home in the last week I find it all rather sad even though my own booked future cruises (4) weren't with Cunard. *****
  15. All 2020 and 2021 Queen Mary 2 cruises, including the 2021 World Cruise and its sectors are cancelled, up until and including 18th April, 2021. Her next anticipated departure is 19th April, cruise M110, a Westbound Transatlantic Crossing. Her 2022 January to March Caribbean & South America sailing and it’s sectors are also cancelled, it is being replaced by a 104 night world cruise. This will go on sale on 8th September, 2020. It does make sense to change this cruise to a full World Cruise, as there will be a lot of pent-up demand following the cancellation of both 2021 World Cruises.  All 2020 and 2021 Queen Elizabeth cruises have been cancelled. These sailings are being replaced by a new programme of ex-UK and fly/cruises roundtrip Barcelona that will commence on 23rd March 2021. She will finish this new season with a transit through the Suez Canal, crossing the Indian Ocean to Singapore via Jordan before venturing back to Melbourne over 14 nights in December 2021. These new cruises will come on sale on 29th September, 2020. Currently, her early 2022 Australia and Asia programme is still anticipated to take place. All 2020 and 2021 Queen Victoria cruises up until 16th May 2021 are also cancelled. This includes her 2021 World Cruise and it’s sectors. Her next anticipated sailing is the British Isles cruise on 17th May, 2022, cruise V112. Cunard will email all affected passengers today. Passengers will automatically be entitled to 125% Future Cruise Credit. This will be automatically applied to your Cunard World Club number in the Cunard reservation system, you will not receive a written confirmation of the credit. Alternatively, affected passengers can apply for a 100% refund by filling out the online form that will be included in your email from Cunard. Please note that refunds are currently taking up to 60 days to be processed by Cunard.
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