Category Archives: Cunard

Cunard World Club

Cunard is one of the last cruise lines to still decide loyalty tier based on number of cruises. When P&O took over management from the end of 2007 and changed many things, I was surprised this unfair system remained. Likewise … Continue reading

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70th Cruise!!!

I can’t believe I’ve done so many, though have slowed down a lot since my 50th on Norwegian Breakaway in 2013. That’s due to work and ongoing health issues over the past couple of years so getting my priorities right … Continue reading

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Cunard Dress Code Changing? (Updated)

There has been no official announcement but cruises booked from mid-June 2018 no longer state Formal or Informal on the Voyage Personaliser. As with Carnival Cruise Lines and Holland America Line, Formal becomes Gala Evening while Informal is Smart Attire. … Continue reading

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Happy 10th Birthday Queen Victoria!

Call me old fashioned, but I prefer to think of a ship birthday as being from the day they entered service, not when they were named. Cunard used to do that, hence QE2 being 21 in 1990 and doing a … Continue reading

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Cunard Cabin Confinement

With 64 cruises under my belt, I’ve usually been pretty lucky when it comes to requiring medical help onboard, even during a huge norovirus outbreak. That all changed during my 65th and most recent cruise on Queen Victoria from Barcelona … Continue reading

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Lisbon’s New Terminal Building

The Port of Lisbon have made some major changes over the past few years for cruise passengers. It used to be callers docked at Terminal de Cruzeiros de Alcântara behind the 25 de April bridge. A little further along is … Continue reading

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Queen Mary 2 Celebrates US-France Cultural Legacy

On the 24th June, QM2 will return to her birthplace of Saint Nazaire to take part in a special charter commemorating 100 years since American troops landed there in World War I. Once there, The Bridge, a celebration of cultural … Continue reading

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Busy Weekend in Southampton

While four and five cruise ships have become the norm in the Port of Southampton over the past few years, it’s very rare to get six in one day or even seven but that is what will happen over the … Continue reading

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Goodbye Vistafjord

Today, the very last UK built passenger liner arrived at her final resting place at plot 58, owned by Malwi Breaking Co. in Alang, to join her former fleet mate, Sagafjord in maritime memories and history.  Every time I mention … Continue reading

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QM2 Cunard 175

The 2nd and 4th July were the real 175 celebrations for Cunard. Beginning in their homeport on a cloudy but dry July day, the Red Arrows had to cancel their 25 minute display at 3.05pm due to weather at Bournemouth … Continue reading

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Cunard’s Thank You To Southampton

As everyone knows by now, 2015 is the 175th anniversary of Cunard or British and North American Royal Mail Steam Packet Company as it was originally called. Since returning from the world cruises on the 3rd May, we’ve had all … Continue reading

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Cunard’s Liverpool Rendezvous

Well today was the day history was made on the River Mersey as all three of the fleet were together to celebrate Cunard’s 175th anniversary.  I didn’t go because they were together just two hours before QM2 departed then QE sailed … Continue reading

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Cruise Ships & Southampton Registry

The brand new P&O flagship, Britannia, was unveiled to the media on the 21st and 22nd February 2015 as she was handed over to the company by builders Fincantieri. She is due to leave Monfalcone on the 27th, hopefully making … Continue reading

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My 2014 Highlights

It’s been a funny old year for me, most notably because only did TWO cruises! Since my back, which has been bad since June 2010, was a good 90% better, it was time to start looking for a job and … Continue reading

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Cunard at 175

We’ve already had P&O UK’s in 2012, when they achieved the remarkable feat (and logistical nightmare!) of having all 7 of their ships in their home port of Southampton. Next year it is the turn of Cunard to celebrate the … Continue reading

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UK Storm Affects Cruise Itineraries – Updated

The impending storm across England has resulted in several cruise lines changing their itineraries to avoid most of the bad weather. Southampton has sometimes had ships divert from Dover Cruise Port and it’s very rare Southampton is closed. One example … Continue reading

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Cunard Loves Solos Again!

A few months ago, Carnival UK decided in their wisdom to ban single travellers, as well as 3rd and 4th sharing a cabin, from booking the P&O and Cunard Getaway Fares. Instead we were forced to book their Vantage Fares. … Continue reading

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Norwegian Breakaway Transatlantic – Sea Days

Our first sea day to New York on the 1st May was sunny but a bit chilly. We gained an hour but I forgot to change it on the phone so thought it was later than it was. I had … Continue reading

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Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013

Well here we are on the last day of the old year and what a busy one it’s been. Sadly the maritime year began with tragedy on the 13th January, when Costa Concordia his a rock off Giglio, partially capsizing … Continue reading

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Independence OTS Cruise – Tenerife to Southampton

The afternoon’s weather wasn’t much better as we had heavy rain showers from nowhere. Thankfully, by the time AIDAbella sailed at 4pm, it had stopped. Our departure was 6pm only we went 20 minutes early. I really wished Captain Remo … Continue reading

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Celebrity Constellation Cruise – Southampton to Le Havre

Well here we were. My first Connie cruise from Southampton since they changed her itinerary for refit and added one from the 25th-30th April 2007. My second cruise, first solo and just had a fantastic time. My love affair with … Continue reading

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MSC Opera Cruise – Bergen to Southampton

The tour bus only stopped in one place in Bergen and then we went on a 40 minute drive to go on a boat, which would bring us back to the port. We sailed on time and the weather was … Continue reading

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Cunard Jubilee Rendezvous – 8th-10th June 2012

As we waited we watched security waving people away on the webcam, but some were rebels, constantly trying again as though sticking two fingers up to them. The guard once ducked under a partial barrier to stop someone. We went … Continue reading

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Cunard Jubilee Rendezvous – 6th-8th June 2012

We were en route to Rotterdam, in the wonderful Netherlands. We’d gone west to Swanage before turning into the shipping lane along the French coast. It was a smooth ride, though we were both so knackered after if we’d had … Continue reading

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Cunard Jubilee Rendezvous – Departure

We headed out to catch the 11.40am ferry and the queue was horrendous, which is no fun in the rain! It was also running 2o minutes late due to the number of fair weathers who couldn’t be bothered any other … Continue reading

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Jubilee Rendezvous – Southampton

It was an early start on the 5th June to see Cunard’s three liners arrive in their home port. Since the ships weren’t sailing till after 10.30pm, there really was no reason why it had to be the crack of … Continue reading

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Cruise Line Loyalty Schemes – Points or Credits?

I touched on this back in February 2011 after P&O announced changes to their Portunus Club from April 2012. P&O, as well as Fred Olsen and MSC, use points per night. P&O give you 10 (and used to include 5 … Continue reading

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Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012!

Well it’s that time again when it’s out with the old shippy year and in with the new. What a year it’s been, beginning in January with a trip to Southampton Docks to help the journalist, Steve Read document the … Continue reading

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QM2 Cruise – Lisbon to Southampton

It was another flipping drill, this time for all crew doing In Port Manning. I chatted to the Maitre ‘D of the Queens Grill as he waited. He’d been with Princess before. Since I hadn’t bothered doing anything I went … Continue reading

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QM2 Cruise – Gran Canaria to Lisbon

Gran Canaria is beautiful. It rained in the mountain on our tour but then was boiling back in Las Palmas. Once we got back to the port, I went wandering for ship pics. This is why I prefer a cruise … Continue reading

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