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PostSubject: QM2 November 29/08   QM2 November 29/08 Icon_minitimeMon Apr 14, 2008 6:24 pm

Hi folks. I'm new here. I have been around CC for a while, and googled today for some place to get actual information and here I seem to be!

Anyway, We are booked on this cruise in a Q4 Penthouse at the back of the ship. We recently canceled a Celebrity cruise and will be taking this one instead. We have never sailed Cunard before, although we are Diamond members on Royal Caribbean, so we aren't new to cruising. We've also got a new cruise booked on HAL for New Years, another new line for us, but that's for another forum. Very Happy .

So, I don't know anything about QM2 or Cunard. I do have their brochure, and I am aware of the dress code which is not a problem for us at all. Is there anything in particular I should know? Does anyone have pictures of the Penthouse and it's balcony? Will I get yelled at for asking about the smoking policy, since I hear it's changing next year? Please don't yell at me. I've had as much as I can take of that from "over there". Very Happy

Thanks for putting up with all my questions!
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PostSubject: Re: QM2 November 29/08   QM2 November 29/08 Icon_minitimeMon Apr 14, 2008 6:38 pm

Welcome Marle!! So glad you found the boards! Please don't even think that we would yell at you! That is soooo the other board but absolutely not here! (If I catch anyone even hinting at it I will throw them overboard Very Happy )

I'm sorry that I will have to get back with you on answering your questions as I am right in the middle of something but noticed that you joined and wanted to say high. I will answer them soon though!

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PostSubject: Re: QM2 November 29/08   QM2 November 29/08 Icon_minitimeMon Apr 14, 2008 6:42 pm

Thank you! I'm patient, so no rush!
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PostSubject: Re: QM2 November 29/08   QM2 November 29/08 Icon_minitimeMon Apr 14, 2008 6:44 pm

Well I see I'm first to say hello Very Happy And, welcome, welcome!! Welcome Most of us, if not all of us are former or current CC members so don't worry you're in good company!

I've sailed Cunard a number of times and, usually in Queen's Grill so... Let me start by telling you're in for a treat! Dining is an experience in the Queen's Grill! You will also have access to the Queen's Grill Lounge, and, overall I can tell it's just a more refined experience than the mainstream cruise lines.

As far as your question for photos, our ADMIN here (Tina) is putting together a GREAT website for the Christmas sailing, I don't know if she's the Queen's Grill cabins up yet or not but, there are a lot great photos to give you a feel of the ship. Here's the link: http://www.cunardholiday2009.makeswebsites.com/

Ok just did a fast check, yes, Queen's Grill cabin is there (you'll scroll down to find Cabins):
http://www.cunardholiday2009.makeswebsites.com/3/gallery.htm

As far as smoking, I've heard that it's getting eliminated next year. Maybe Nina can confirm this for all of us.

And no yelling here. Just a friendly bunch that loves Cunard! So relax, you're among friends!
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PostSubject: Re: QM2 November 29/08   QM2 November 29/08 Icon_minitimeMon Apr 14, 2008 6:45 pm

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Welcome Marle!! So glad you found the boards! Please don't even think that we would yell at you! That is soooo the other board but absolutely not here! (If I catch anyone even hinting at it I will throw them overboard Very Happy )

I'm sorry that I will have to get back with you on answering your questions as I am right in the middle of something but noticed that you joined and wanted to say high. I will answer them soon though!

LOL Nina I can't believe we answered almost at the same time!!
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PostSubject: Re: QM2 November 29/08   QM2 November 29/08 Icon_minitimeMon Apr 14, 2008 7:05 pm

Thanks, the pictures are great! I didn't see one of the Q4 category, other than the main part which is what Cunard has on their site, yet so I'll wait patiently.

What I heard about smoking was that it was still going to be ok in cabins,and the casino, and outside on one side, but not in the lounges anymore. In looking at the brochure for the World voyages, the FAQ is a little wishy washy and says check the daily newspaper for locations. I'm ok as long as I've got my balcony to have one in the morning and one at night on!

We are really looking foward to this experience. We've been searching for an upscale cruise experience for a while, but some of the other lines just didn't have the right sailings or times etc.

I understand the ship can be a challenge to get around on for the first little bit!
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PostSubject: Re: QM2 November 29/08   QM2 November 29/08 Icon_minitimeMon Apr 14, 2008 7:12 pm

marle7 wrote:
Thanks, the pictures are great! I didn't see one of the Q4 category, other than the main part which is what Cunard has on their site, yet so I'll wait patiently.

What I heard about smoking was that it was still going to be ok in cabins,and the casino, and outside on one side, but not in the lounges anymore. In looking at the brochure for the World voyages, the FAQ is a little wishy washy and says check the daily newspaper for locations. I'm ok as long as I've got my balcony to have one in the morning and one at night on!

We are really looking foward to this experience. We've been searching for an upscale cruise experience for a while, but some of the other lines just didn't have the right sailings or times etc.

I understand the ship can be a challenge to get around on for the first little bit!

Oh brother, "challenging" is being kind! LOL It's big, big ship!! And, it's easy to get confused, especially the first day or two on the ship but, just remember that decks 2L, 3L and 3 are public rooms, and are the lower decks. Decks 4, 5, and 6 are cabins. Deck 7 is more public rooms. Decks 8 - 11 are cabins. Deck 12 is a mix of cabins and public space and Deck 13 is public space.

I'm sure that didn't help a bit Embarassed Seriously, the ship is large but, you'll learn the lay-out pretty quickly!
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PostSubject: Re: QM2 November 29/08   QM2 November 29/08 Icon_minitimeMon Apr 14, 2008 7:19 pm

Hi Marle7! I'm Marianne, I'm more of a lurker than a poster here but, it's a great forum and we're growing! And like Marina and Nina said, no one here is going to yell. We all love cruising and we all enjoy exchanging information.
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PostSubject: Re: QM2 November 29/08   QM2 November 29/08 Icon_minitimeMon Apr 14, 2008 7:27 pm

Thank you for the warm welcome. You don't know how lovely that is. Oh wait, I bet you do. Very Happy . A question on single seating dining. What does that mean? I think it means we can go anytime between a certain time frame. How does that work if they don't seat you at a table for just the two of you and you have tablemates? Should we try to inform our waiter the night before what time we think we'll be dining?
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PostSubject: Re: QM2 November 29/08   QM2 November 29/08 Icon_minitimeMon Apr 14, 2008 7:41 pm

Oh boy a newbie!! cheers Hi, I'm Nick. I'm harmless but I should warn you, I do tease! Glad you're here! Welcome
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PostSubject: Re: QM2 November 29/08   QM2 November 29/08 Icon_minitimeMon Apr 14, 2008 7:44 pm

Sorry Marle7, you had to meet Nick sooner or later! Actually he is harmless...so harlmess that Nina and I plan on being at the bar early in the morning drinking just to deal with Nick when he cruises with us!! Wink
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PostSubject: Re: QM2 November 29/08   QM2 November 29/08 Icon_minitimeMon Apr 14, 2008 7:46 pm

Hehehe Very Happy I guess now isn't a good time to mention Andy or Eddie or Patrick...
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PostSubject: Re: QM2 November 29/08   QM2 November 29/08 Icon_minitimeMon Apr 14, 2008 9:29 pm

Um, hi Nick. (I think) Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: QM2 November 29/08   QM2 November 29/08 Icon_minitimeTue Apr 15, 2008 9:31 am

Hi Marle7, welcome to the board! Welcome
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PostSubject: Re: QM2 November 29/08   QM2 November 29/08 Icon_minitimeTue Apr 15, 2008 3:13 pm

Hi again Marle,

I see Nick found you alread. Like Tina (admin) said earlier, "The Friends of Nick" meet at the Commodore Club bar every morning at 8:30am to prepare for the day!
(if you thought Cunarder's were stuffy, think again!)

Here is the current information from Cunard about smoking:

For the comfort and convenience of all guests, elevators, and some restaurants and public rooms have been designated as non-smoking. Many public rooms offer both smoking and non-smoking areas. Guests who enjoy pipes or cigars are accommodated in Churchill's Cigar Lounge onboard QM2. We ask that guests refrain from smoking pipes or cigars in other enclosed public areas of the ship. Aboard QM2, each public room and bar have designated smoking sections and all restaurants are non-smoking. Each public room and bar have designated smoking sections. The elevators, theatres and library are designated as non-smoking.

However, although I couldn't find my press release on it I do believe this will be changing to having designated smoking areas on open decks and only some bars of the ship such as the Golden Lion, Churchill's of course and perhaps the Casino like they have done on the Queen Victoria. I don't think (oh where is that release!) that they will be restricting smoking on the balconies although I think they will in cabins.

Hope this helps! (If I can find the actual release I will send it over)

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PostSubject: Re: QM2 November 29/08   QM2 November 29/08 Icon_minitimeTue Apr 15, 2008 3:25 pm

Thanks! If you do find the press release that would be great as at least that's "official". As long as they leave the balconies alone, I'm good! I do know that our TA confirmed with them when she booked this a few days ago, that we could still smoke in our cabin, but this is for 2008 so it could become different again for next year. Here's hoping you find that release!
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