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  1. Regarding noise on Deck 4, it depends on what is directly below on Deck 3. I have never had a cabin on that deck and won't take a chance. There have been many complaints on these pages. Some have said even during the day a nap can be impossible due to rehearsals in the Royal Court Theatre. Of course there are some quiet areas below. A few years ago we booked a future crossing on board the ship. The consultant said to avoid Deck 4 because: "You do not want to be above Illuminations, the Royal Court Theatre, the Queen's Room or G32." That is about two-thirds of the deck.
  2. Now that cruise itineraries are set about two years in advance changes can be made, even close to the departure date. A few years ago we were hoping to find a cruise on the QE that included both of the ports mentioned above. We settled on one that had Geiranger but not Flaam. About a month before the cruise Cunard substituted Flaam for Olden. Needless to say, we were delighted. A change in itinerary can work against you if you have your heart set on a particular port. I"m referring to changes made in advance. Of course, emergencies can occur at any time.
  3. Travel insurance may cover that, depending on the policy. But it is a concern. As for the possibility of a cancelled planned disembarkation in Halifax, the worst that can happen is being taken to New York, which of course is what one has paid for.
  4. I'm glad to hear that Cunard is making it easier to disembark in Halifax. As I said in my posting above we were given a time and location on board to appear before an immigration/customs officer. I hope it is as easy for you as it was for us. We were asked to disembark immediately after that (which was about 9:15). If you have your luggage taken off by the ship's staff you might not want to leave it sitting on the pier too long, even though it was in a secure area. Porters were available to assist. We were pleased that the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel had our room available for us at the early hour of 9:30. I considered booking this extended crossing but booked an Alaska cruise instead. But we are taking the equivalent 14-day crossing next year, although it is eastbound. We may request to board in Halifax rather than N.Y. Our travel agent doesn't recommend that in case an emergency requires the port call to be cancelled. I have been following Cunard crossings and cruises involving Halifax for many years and I have not seen one cancellation. There was a delay of many hours a few years ago when the QM2 went to rescue a yacht, but it still made its call. Some lesser ships have cancelled calls at Halifax due to weather conditions, but not the QM2.
  5. We had an unfortunate gap in our Cunard travels, although we had the first crossing in 1973. When we were able to resume travelling abroad we booked a crossing on the QE2 in 2008. We showed as first-time travellers. I contacted the World Club to indicate we had five previous crossings and was promised to be given Gold status if we could prove it. Amongst our souvenirs were the passenger copies of the tickets. Upon receiving copies of those, the Club assured us we would receive Gold benefit on our voyage. On checking in at N.Y. we were still showing as first-timers. (This was only the first time the California office of Cunard has messed up and they have done so or given us wrong information several times since. Fortunately I would never book directly with them and our travel agent has always shown them the error of their ways.) The on-board Club rep. and future cruise booking agent known as “Yoyo” (many on here will know her) sorted it on her computer within a few minutes and issued us with new cards, invitations to the Club World party and gave us information about the complimentary Internet.
  6. It has been a little over a year since I was on Cunard and in Britain, but I recall the liquor measures on board were a choice of one ounce or two ounces. In my experience in Britain, a standard measurement was 25 ml (.8 of an ounce) with a double being 50 ml (1.6 ounces) which is the usual amount in a miniature bottle served on planes and trains.
  7. This is not the first time we have seen comments like this. Even though it is 2019, there are benefits to using a travel agent. I don't mean just any travel agent who might be chosen because they offer a discount on the fare, but a specialist in cruises. A knowledgeable agent who may have “connections” can be of great assistance. When Cunard (or any cruise line) says in answer to your request: “It can’t be done” or “the ship is sold out and the wait-list is too long so forget it” you may be pleased with what an experienced travel agent can do. It would take too long for me to tell you the wonderful experiences I have had in the past decades. I book almost all our air and rail travel and hotels on-line, but an ocean voyage is serious business to us and I will always use an agent.
  8. In 2014 we disembarked in Halifax rather than go to N.Y. The World Club site, before they essentially shut it down, showed six nights instead of the eight we paid for. It didn't matter to us because it was the number of voyages, not nights, that brought us to Diamond.
  9. So am I. I well remember the days before the ship had to tell people what night was what. It was so simple, at least in First Class or on a one-class cruise: it was formal every night except the first, last, when in port and, on voyages longer than an Atlantic crossing, Sundays. I have never gone to dinner on a Cunard ship without a minimum of jacket and tie and I won't start now. As I mentioned before, there are only two gala nights on these 10-night Alaska cruises. One of our friends and I will create a third on a sea day even if we are the only ones. Cunard suggested that is something we can do if we are not happy with the lack of gala nights.
  10. On my VP for the 10 June cruise it is for the first night. The dress code for the non-gala nights has been "relaxed" a lot in the past decade or so. It should not be a problem for most people.
  11. The temperatures vary from room to room and voyage to voyage, but I have rarely been uncomfortable. I prefer it to be a little cool than too warm. Only on one crossing in the month of October did we find one location ridiculously hot; that was the Royal Court Theatre. On most voyages there is little going on there that appeals to me, but there were some talks, RADA and the occasional classical concert I sweated through. I have never found any of the four main restaurants to be uncomfortable.
  12. I admit to being fond of club rooms at hotels. We stay at the Pan Pacific in Vancouver even when we are travelling by air or VIA Rail. We have stayed in the Club floor five times. My only minor disappointment was last year when they discontinued offering one free alcoholic beverage from the self-serve bar. The excuse offered was: "We have been told by the authorities that we can't do that and we didn't know that before." What piffle! Will Air Canada stop having a free self-serve bar in their Maple Leaf Lounge at Vancouver airport? I doubt that. Anyway, that will not deter me from enjoying the lounge. The offerings of food are generous. If you want a full hot "fry-up" breakfast it might be better to stay in a basic room and have breakfast in the restaurant. But the breakfast with limited hot items is more than enough for us. The goodies on offer at cocktail time are splendid and there are some light desserts put out later in the evening. When we are taking a cruise we enjoy watching our ship arriving under the Lions Gate Bridge whilst we are having breakfast in the lounge. We do not pay the extra charge for a harbour-view bedroom. The "non-view" rooms on the east side have a lovely view anyway. You can see a different part of the harbour and mountains in the distance. The Club rooms can be pricey in the cruise season. For our June cruise on the Queen Elizabeth we booked a Club room long ago at $675. From experience I know that the prices usually come down closer to the date, although they go back up again. A few months ago the price had dropped to $475 and we re-booked without any penalty. I notice the price has gone back up. But each time we have stayed at the Pan Pacific the rate has been cheaper than at any of the nearby Fairmont hotels which have a Gold floor - sometimes a lot cheaper.
  13. I agree totally. To a degree, Cunard has dumbed down the dress standards over the years. On our many crossings on the QE2 a jacket and tie was required on all nights, including the first and last. On our first crossing on the QM2 - six nights as it was then - there were four formal nights. I am, however, pleased that they still have three. For our Alaska cruise next month there are only two gala nights out of ten, a ratio as low as I have ever seen on Cunard. When I wrote to Cunard to complain about this the reply said that passengers could dress as well as they want on any night. There is one "sea day" designated as smart attire, so one of our friends and I may wear DJs that night.
  14. If you have a travel agent, preferably an experienced one, have that person make arrangements and a certificate entitled "Deviation of Itinerary" will be sent to you. If you try to do it yourself the U.S. office of Cunard is likely to say: "It can't be done"as they told our travel agent. He had 40 years experience and knew a lot of people in the industry and was able to go up the ladder and reach someone who said: "Of course it can be done." I don't know if I mentioned when I first joined a similar discussion two or three years ago, but on that crossing we had tea with a couple from Halifax. They had wanted to disembark in their home city but Cunard had told them the usual: "It can't be done" and they must go to New York then fly home to Halifax. They accepted this as the final word. I told them about our experience and suggested they see the purser's office. They did so and it was arranged immediately. There is no fare reduction for unused days. The full point-to-point fare must be paid. We could have returned to Toronto by train the same day we arrived in Halifax, but we wanted to spend two days and meet friends who took the train back with us. It cost us more than simply disembarking in N.Y. and flying home the same day, but we prefer the experience of Halifax. (The VIA Rail trains between Halifax and Montreal and Toronto are vastly superior to the Amtrak train between N.Y. and Toronto.)
  15. They did not charge anything. Permission was granted in advance and our "cruise cards" read SOU - YHZ. There was, of course, no refund for the shortened voyage of one and a half days. The reverse is also possible. British friends were on board one of the e/b crossings the next year when the QM2 called in Halifax on its way to Southampton. They told me about 20 people had made arrangements to board the ship there instead of NY.
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