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Old March 2nd, 2004, 08:16 AM
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Default Charge for Todd English Dining

Okay, this is the beginning of the end. The email below was issued by Cunard in regards to dining in TE. Cute, let's just start charging for alternate dining in the TE and oh by the way, let's also change the category of the obstructive view cabins and charge a lower price. What about those who paid the higher price before the new cat change? what about the TE charge? This is the problem when you rush to bring a product to market, you fine tune and make more money. Read on..
The excitement of the QM2 inaugural has reached epidemic proportions! World wide attention! No other ship launch in the WORLD has ever had so much publicity as Queen Mary 2!

Last week, a special general assembly was held for Cunard Line employees in Miami by Pamela Conover, our President. Ms. Conover stated to all employees a sort of 'State of the Union' address regarding QM2.

We have listened and are taking action from our guests and travel partners and there will be some changes going into effect immediately. We want our service levels to exceed our guest expectations and all measures are being addressed to see that all QM2 staff on board not only meets, but goes beyond the call of duty for our guests!

We have also decided that effective with the 2005, Jan, 3 Caribbean cruise, we will restructure our Category coding to reflect that the 'B-3' cabins, the obstructed view balconies, will now become 'B-6' categories... thus making them the least expensive balcony cabins, just above 'B-7', in which there are only a few of them to begin with. All categories thus in the B grade will be adjusted accordingly.

My personal opinion here is, this is going to be the BEST DEAL ON THIS SHIP, if you don't mind the lifeboats! The cabins are spacious and the balconies are the 'glass panel' balconies!

One last note is that, because of DEMAND for the Todd English alternative restaurant, effective with this Saturday's Caribbean sailling, March 6, we will be instituting a surcharge on dining in this restaurant to hopefully alleviate the demand a bit and thus allowing the passengers to DECIDE themselves if they wish to pay. The charges are as follows:
Lunch will be $20 USD and Dinner will be $30 USD, per person. Comparing that to the prices to dine at Todd's restaurants on land, this is still an incredible deal! And in fairness to ALL GUESTS, we will be only allowing one visit, per guest, per voyage, so that as many of the QM2 guests that wish to dine in the restaurant, may do so.

We are listening and QM2 is only on her 4th voyage!

Space is filling up quickly and the hype that you have experienced these past weeks will only become greater when our ship calls on NYC for the first time in April, and sails in tandem with the QE2 on April 25. Publicity will be high and its great for all of the travel business.

So there you have it! By the time I get on board this Saturday they'll be charging for life jackets:-)
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