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  1. He was coming around to take orders, and I didn't see anyone else placing orders. Most people wanted to be on deck for the band.
  2. The most crowded experience I had on QM2 last year was when leaving a port and I went to the deck 8 bar to get drinks for sailaway for DH and me to enjoy on our balcony. It was mobbed - but then one of the servers saw me and said, "Mrs. B---, what can I get for you?" You see, he worked evenings in the Chart Room, which was our evening entertainment. And the service was impeccable. This time I just told him what we wanted, he said "Wait right here" and he was back shortly. I can't say enough about the service.
  3. Of course, last September-October the Carnival Sunrise sailings left from Brooklyn - so that could be a possibility if we get back to some semblance of normal. We love sailing from NYC - have done 4 and 5-day Canada cruises. several 8-day Eastern Caribbean cruises, and a 4-day Bermuda cruise. In all our cruises, we never get tired of the NY sailaway - although we've reached the point where we don't get up at 5 a.m. on the return to see the Statue of Liberty.😃 Next up (we hope): QM2 out of Brooklyn next June. That sailaway isn't as good as the Manhattan sailings, but you still get a nice view of the statue and the sail under the bridge.
  4. DH and I were on that same 21-day sailing, and the Chart Room was our favorite! jzopp, I think you'll enjoy QM2. Yes, average ages do run older (at 58 and 59, DH were the youngest at our 10-top in the dining room except for the 20 year-old granddaughter of one of our tablemates), but we saw plenty of families and younger couples.
  5. Based on your signature, it looks like you're on our sailing or a similar one. We too booked long before COVID. If this were a Caribbean sailing, I'd be happy to just stay on the ship if I didn't want to do a ship excursion. But this is British Isles - the ship is not the destination on this one. If this ends up looking too restrictive, I'm inclined to cancel and book a B2B Transatlantic on QM2 (we already have the Eastbound booked to get to the Legend cruise). Nothing against ship excursions - we've done plenty - but I'm inclined to wait on the British Isles until the restrictions are relaxed.
  6. Last year we had a deck 8 unobstructed balcony on our two-week TA and enjoyed it. Port side immediately aft of the last lifeboat. To your question about pool traffic - we didn't notice much at all. We liked the proximity of the aft pool bar, You should note that the steakhouse is on deck 8 aft and, when it's open, you are not supposed to access the outside deck through the restaurant. It's easy enough to go down to deck 7 and back up to 8, though. We also liked being one deck above King's Court - I'm not much of a breakfast person, so getting something light from the buffet is fine for me.
  7. Her AIS signal still says Carnival Victory at the shipyard in Cadiz.
  8. I'm enjoying your review. Victory was our first cruise in 2004 and we sailed on her three additional times. We were supposed to be on Radiance next week, also going to HMC, but of course that's not happening. Nice to think of what might have been....
  9. I'll probably get some angry, indignant responses, but here goes: DH and I love big band, swing, Latin, etc. We enjoy ballroom dancing and don't go to the disco or the casino. However, when we tried dancing in the Queens Room on QM2 we were completely intimidated. There were too many people whirling their way around the floor who simply expected you to get out of their way and had no patience with folks who just wanted an enjoyable, albeit less polished, dancing experience. We retreated to our seats and later found our home listening to jazz in the Chart Room.
  10. We had Suite 1 on our Fantasy cruise. Truly an experience. DH wore his Fantasy t-shirt in her honor today.
  11. Per John Heald, they removed the ship's bell, coin, and model before she arrived at Aliaga.
  12. I watched a video of her beaching earlier today (sorry, can't share a link). Heartbreaking and fascinating at the same time.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.😥
  15. 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!
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