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  1. Inevitable, but a real shame for those onboard. Walvis Bay was an amazing stop for us. Tenerife is pretty mundane in comparison.
  2. I'm no maritime expert but I wouldn't have thought anyone needed five mins of fame, never mind 15 as far as safety at seas is concerned. It happened, it's over and no one got hurt, hopefully. ๐Ÿ™‚
  3. I'm one of those pragmatic folk who think if the Bridge deem it appropriate to announce anything, then it's announced and at whatever moment they choose. After all, they have a little experience in these things!
  4. When Cunard promoted their 'sunshine cruises to nowhere' summer'22, we booked QE for the first July one which was cancelled [one of very many cancellations for us] and the insurance question was a real issue. As our bank insurance was dithering as to whether they could add a clause which allowed a cruise to nowhere which they did but after we'd made sure by booking a single travel policy with Staysure. However, not being used to single polices, we then realised as we were in international waters near Spain and had to add Spain as an extra which bumped up the premium, not by a lot but was annoying as we didn't sail! Interesting. We were informed, on asking why, it's to do with the cost of their private hospitals. Not something we were used to as our annual ins. covers us world wide.
  5. I tend to agree although once the fact the realisation a Gala night on a cruise ship isn't the equivalent of a shoreside black tie ball whatever Cunard blurb might infer, a dinner suit with cummerbund/waistcoat or neither is easy to source/wear, as is the dark suit recommendation.
  6. Fortuitously, we didn't book the initial Maiden. I think I'd have been a teeny bit peeved with how things have turned out.
  7. SO excited for you all. Should be a lovely event and having heard Midge Ure and Celia Imrie onboard as celebrity guest speakers, you're in for a treat. Here's hoping a certain HRH with the same Christian name, is available for a bit of a do.
  8. As a shareholder, I applaud ours too! ๐Ÿ˜€
  9. I think we must be sisters parted at birth, although I do enjoy a glass [or two] of 'tea' after dinner! ๐Ÿ˜€
  10. Now forgive me, but I don't make a habit of getting that close up and personal with chaps I don't know [or most chaps these days ๐Ÿ™ƒ] in order to inspect their starched shirt fronts and calibre of shirt studs. I do however, make sure my chap is gussied up and presentable and that includes studs on his pleated shirt front and the double cuffs have my favourite cuff links. Those who wish to iron and starch on holiday, go ahead but this refusenik leaves it to 'staff' and will continue to do so too. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Bottom line, pack your own, and don't forget to take it with you when you've finished as the starchers who forgot theirs might find a freebie. ๐Ÿ™‚
  11. Dunno. Must be in the same category as starch! ๐Ÿ™‚ My husband's formal shirts endure the ship's laundry and just get replaced regularly when needed. Keeps them fresh and keeps me happy on holiday. Sorted. ๐Ÿ‘
  12. What's starch?๐Ÿ˜ No, you definitely won't find that in passenger laundry. I'm with The Old Bear. Shirts go to ship's laundry, as do most things to be honest. Silks have to stay the course and get laundered once home.
  13. OK, just googled and they're not angry version of jeans. Revised advice OK for a quick breakfast and OK for lunch after an excursion I suppose but personally, I wouldn't wear them for lunch in the restaurant.
  14. Depends on the footwear. If it's a scramble to get to the restaurant in time, stuff hats etc into rucksack and leave by 'the desk' and coats can go on the back of chairs. or pop into Kings Court for a buffet lunch after wash and brush up in the cabin.
  15. You never know what can be 're-imagined' ๐Ÿ˜€ and I have often double 'cooked' toast when needs be but I suspect you're right.
  16. Even I wouldn't have put those together unless 'chips' is a label for re-imagined rectangular blinis or the slices of thin toast which is what Cunard usually serve with caviar.
  17. No swimwear and possibly keep the thermal Daisy Dukes as deck wear and apart from I have no idea what ballistic trousers are unless they are an angry version of jeans, and the fact heavy sweaters might be too warm in the restaurant, your day clothes sound fine. Enjoy. ๐Ÿ™‚
  18. I have ordered a Bamboo dish on QV but the last time it was catered in the Grills Kitchen and was similar but not the same. I will be trying again on QA so will report back.
  19. We took VIA Quebec to Montreal and Montreal to Toronto years ago [we flew to Quebec from Toronto] and my only piece of advice would be to book business seats. It's a great experience so do it in style. I would say one day in Quebec isn't long enough but you can pack quite a bit in and get a flavour of the place [a dish of Poutine or a bowl of French onion soup is a must] in 24 hrs. We stayed at The Frontenac for three nights and that suited us. Montreal was also a three nighter but at least most of one day was spent watching racing at Gilles Villeneuve Circuit on Notre Dame Island. What astonished us was when a tour guide had difficulty finding some words in English. Quebec Province is French! Quebecois French, but French all the same.
  20. and the way personal knowledge can help members' new experiences. Love the way members on this board can help and inform each other.๐Ÿ™‚
  21. No problem. Fly to Vancouver and spend a few days there, [fabulous city and surrounding area] then fly onto Seattle, also a great city to explore for a couple of days.
  22. OH! OK. Plenty of time to plan then. Great fun thinking about future holidays though isn't it. ๐Ÿ™‚
  23. I have had my '24 bookings acknowledged for obc with Stockperks and I have to eat my words and say once I had the app sorted, it was a piece of cake getting our cruises registered.
  24. 'The shot heard round the world'! I love Boston; the history of the surrounding area; the home of the Minuteman [I thought we were talking people of small stature before I learnt of the history]; Duck Tours; the swan boats and Boston Pops and... Wonderful area of the US.which we've explored many times. Well worth packing as much as possible into an overnighter.
  25. and when trying Cunard Vista Q1s I am so glad you picked QV and not QE as I think the lack of a second/guest bathroom would be a definite minus and although I have not been in any top QM2 cabins, I would think them quite sumptuous and on a different level [literally too in the duplexes] again to her sisters. So with the present three ships in mind, logic says, not all Cunard top cabins are of the same calibre so a generalisation can't be made. Just enjoy the lovely cabin you have booked. ๐Ÿ™‚
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