Help - I am thinking of travelling on a Transatlantic crossing this year with my husband
Ron and our daughter Coral. My husabnd Ron sleep walks and I would like to know if the balcony doors are lockable or would I be safer booking inside berth.
Cynthia, I had the same problem as your husband when we went on our first cruise as, unfortunately I have found through bitter experience that no amount of locks or barriers will stop a sleep walker getting to where they want to go.
However, a friendly chat with the people in the cabin below usually does the trick. They were more than happy to put a mattress on the floor of their balcony for emergencies.
If that fails, you can't beat tying his ankle to the leg of the bed.
Good luck with your cruise and always remember the check the lifeboats.
A suggestion...take some old neck ties. Tie them together one by one just like you would a piece of rope or string. Once you have several tied together as if they were a rope, when in bed tie one end to one of his ankle one to one of yours....if he goes to get up you will know instantly by the tugging on your ankle....it works!!!
To answer your original question yes, the balcony doors do have locks on them. The balcony doors open out from the cabin. Even while awake I had difficulty opening the lock because you have to turn it a full turn. You might want to try and place the table infront of the door. The tables are very heavy and difficult to move.
I couldn't believe it when i saw this email from you - I lost your address when we returned home after our Caribbean adventure and thought that I had lost touch with you.
Sorry to hear that Ron still has his sleepwalking problem - remember the night in St Kitts when he sleep walked and started a Congo - it must have had 30 people by the finish.
How is Coral - still looking for a husband? and Sonya did she get married to Malcolm Desk as intended.
Please let me know if you decide to book with QM2 and maybe we can fix up a meet.
Happy sailing ship mate
Sara and Tom
Unfortunately I cannot put a photograph of Coral on Line because she does not photograph too well. Have you cruised on the QM2? Are there any single clubs on board where she can meet people. Are you intending to travel? can she meet you?
are you married? are you looking for a wife?
Great news - Coral as got a boyfriend !!! (her first in 48 years so we hope it lasts)
We now have something special to celebrate so we are making arrangements for a crossing later this year - We will let you all know which date and possibly we can meet up - it would be so good to meet some of the new found friends we have made on this site - particularly you Brandy (PS we have just acquired a golden labrador puppy and named him after you).
(We are Sailing - We are Sailing - home again cross the sea )
I have finally booked and am travelling NY to Southampton in May - Can anyone advise me on the seating arrangements for dinner - My husband Ron can be very boring most of the time so I would like a large table where he can speak to other people and I can get some peace. He loves to tell everyone about his weather gauges and butterfly collection - Is there anyone travelling on this trip who has similar interests? If you would like to share our table people let me know.
We just returned from our QM2 trip (and loved it, barring a couple of bumps along the way). We stayed in a Premium Balcony room (Category B5), and our room had a locking balcony door. My wife's father was in an interior room, and I can tell you that you're not going to want to stay in one of those! Go for the balcony and lock the door...Plus, the Premium Balcony room's balconys are actually cut out of the hull, so while there is a pretty large opening, it is more protected than a regular balcony.
Have just returned from the New York / Southampton crossing 10th / 16th April and here are my comments
1) Food and Service - Excellent on all fronts - although I could not get fried eggs at 11.00 am hence my nickname through out the ship
2) Entertainment - Very Good overall particularly in the Royal Court Theatre.
The quiz competitions in the Golden Lion were very weak, too short and generally not very well organised The Lectures were uninspired and at times tedious but extremely useful if you had trouble sleeping during the night. My wife enjoyed them !!!
3) Cunard Staff were superb from the baggage handlers on arrival through to the Senior Staff. Bryan Price the Cruise Director worked very hard and made sure that all passengers were kept informed and entertained the whole time.
4) The crossing was very smooth with 1 or 2 minor bumps which lasted a very short time.
5) Casino - staff were very good apart from one member ( an american guy) who seemed to enjoy reminding people after every spin of the roulette wheel that it is customary to tip him (however this is usual in USA where service can be very poor but they still expect exaggerated tips )
6) Other passengers were very friendly and I meet several most interesting and intelligent people expecially Alfie and Kathleen who gave me my nickname
My stay in the US and trip on the QM2 was very enjoyable and I would recommend it to anyone. My rating for QM2 would be 9..5 (9 1/2 to our American Friends) out of 10
Book your trip with confidence and have a great time
We were also on this crossing and agree with the comments you are giving
my wife Gunhild and I had a very good journey and would say that we will have many memories to share.
I also remember the croupier you are refering to - very unprofessional - but usual
I think. In my country people do not beg for gratuities for good service - we would expect this as normal and honour only special service.
Did you dine in the Lotus restaurant ? Gunhild did and recommends it
you can sample different foods. The staff in Lotus are very friendly and explain the menus in detail. We also were surprised by the German menu during the day in Kings Court. The waiters in Brittania were very hard working and caring and should have special mention.
We spent many hours in the Commodore Club It is very comfortable there and is usually not busy. Did you meet the famous Dorothy - we are not understanding who this lady is but we are told that she is very famous in this room the bar person told us she has lots of friends.
We also enjoyed the entertainment particularly Rock at the Opera and the comedian which was good. We also liked the films in Illuminations and very much enjoyed the film Ray.
We liked the Art sale but were disappointed that they did not have pictures by famous German/Austrian painters` Which we are interested in
We are now planning our next trip on this wonderful ship.
Nice to read reviews of your recent trip on QM2 it is good to know of other peoples
Not good news on the Coral front she is not getting on very well with her boyfriend so it looks like she is on the lookout again. Were there any single men on your recent crossing? where would be the best place to meet them - is the Commodore Bar that you refer to a good place? We are travelling in May and are really looking forward to it - and are very much hoping to meet lots of people - we have asked to be seated on a table for 8 people so maybe we will be sharing with some of you readers. Ron is busy learning the Fox Trot for the dancing in the Queens Lounge while I am busy shopping for evening wear.
Our trip is now getting close - today we received our wallet containing tickets and baggage labels - it is getting quite exciting - Coral is booking several treatments in the Canyon Ranch Spa (Ron says it is a waste of time - he is only joking) while myself and Ron are frantically trying out our waltz's etc.
Are we likely to have a smooth crossing this time of year?
I am determined to get invited to one of the Officers Tables for dinner so I can see for myself what all the fuss is about (see 'Dining with Ships officers') if people think that the officers stories are interesting wait until they meet my Ron. He can bore the birds out of the trees with his endless tales.
I have been lurking on this thread with interest. You and Ron sound so interesting, I would like to meet up with you on board. How will I recognise you?
I don't want to get your hopes up but I have a son who sounds like he might hit it off with Coral. He should get out in time for the cruise but it does depend on whether he behaves himself. He's an unpredictable soul but to be fair, he has kept his nose clean ever since his 'troubles'.
We would love to meet you on our trip - along with anybody else who would like to be there - we suggest that we meet in the Wintergarden at 3.00pm on the Tuesday
Myself and Ron always wear our Manchester United football shirts while cruising
so you will be able to recognise us - I am No 9 Rooney and Ron is obviously No.7 Ron-aldo why not all wear football shirts as a theme.
Coral would love to meet your son - Coral ( No.1Tim Howard for obvious reasons ) - has also had quite a lot of trouble in her time I will expand upon this when we meet - at least they will have a lot in common. We are getting very excited now about our trip and counting down the days.
Thanks for the reply. I'm so looking forward to meeting up with you. Unfortunately the football shirts might be a bit of a problem. Neither myself nor Neville are particularly sporty. However, we do have the new North West Devon Bird Watching Society T shirts. Would they suffice? I don't suppose you and Ron are twitchers.....?
Little Lennox phoned last night (he completed his mailbags extra quick and was given a phone card). He is delighted at the prospect of meeting Coral and asked me to ask you what colour you were planning on wearing for the big day. He doesn't want the mother in laws to clash. He's so considerate bless him........
Counting the days till the Wintergardens. It's just a shame that Wilhelm and Fried Eggs won't be coming. They sound such fun!
Have you read the thread from 'Johnny G' about poor service on the QM2.
what a happy bunch they sound, hope none of them are on my crossing - some people dont know what to moan about next. As my Ron would say 'Happy is as Happy does'
(no I dont know what it means either - but I think it sums that lot up) what is the point of going on a cruise and finding something to complain about the whole time - My Coral would have sorted them out she wont put up with them - I bet they are all from the USA - always complaining - but if you knew what they put up with in New York - they wouldn't know good service if they saw it.
I suggest that Cunard open up an 'Old Moaners Lounge' specially for them then they can complain to their hearts content to each other and form their little groups that no one cares about and give the rest of us some peace. My Ron could also join them
then they really would have something to complain about - and they would soon see how lucky they are. Oh they really make my blood boil - especially that Ted and Alice
We have managed - through a contact of Ronnies to get an invite to an officers table for one of the formal nights so hopefully we will see what all of the fuss is about..
As this week is victory over Europe week Ron intends to wear his old uniform to dinner one evening - is this allowed - surely not - Ron recently spent 3 days at the Imperial War Museum in London relating his wartime experiences to anyone who would listen - He was in the Home guard or so he says- I hope that there will be people on board who will have the patience to listen to them.
Wish us a trouble and boring person free crossing - I will report back with my review when we return.
I think may know Ron! I was in the home guard and I knew a Ron but can't remember the surname memory going a bit now! I didn't know about the do at the war mem wish I had I woul have gone too. I have kept my uniform in pristine condition ujust in case you never know.
I attend a home guard old codgers club if Ron would be interested in joining in Walworth Road. let me know and I'll send you details.
Ask Ron if he played darts and drank rum and black, thats the Ron I remember.
I am sure you will remember my Ron if he is the chap you are refering to - he is about 5'8" will a slight skip when he walks - he used to smoke Old Holborn rollups (well anything he could get hold of actually) and served in the East London area, he has 2 sisters Vera the baby (named after Vera Lynn) and Marlene the oldest who served in the WRAF.
Its good to read your polite message, so different to some of the other messages where they are rude to me, my Ron says that people who pick on a 73 year old lady are bullies and should be ashamed of themselves. I just tell him they are probably our Americans cousins and not to take them too seriously.
I was upset to hear that you have been receiving nasty messages, I had a spell of that myself when I joined a bowls chat forum. Obviously the young ones having a laugh. Ask Ron if he remembers Berty the boot. He used to drive the bus when we went on our beanos to Margate. He is dead now unfortunately but I went to his funeral lovely day it was.
Have you asked Ron about the club? I can introduce him to the next meeting if he is interested, we also have a ladies night which you would enjoy in August.
i was reading your messages as I am trying to get information for a cruise me and my wife Doris are going on in July and I couldnt help noticing the message from Sooty. I knew a Sooty while I was in basic training for the army. I wonder if by any chance this is the same sooty? The chap I knew was called Sooty Smith and he was from Catford. He was a good fella but didn't last in the army for very long. His shooting was appalling and when he used the bayonet he would constantly missed the dummy. It was later found out that he had a glass eye and couldn't see properly. He said he joined the army to get away from his mum who he said was worse than the officers. Sooty had one leg shorter than the other and we had such a laugh watching him marching as he would always veer off to the left (his shorter leg). I got in trouble once for laughing at him and lost my privileges for a week (I wasn't allowed to write to my Doris or anything). Anyway I just wondered if it is the same Sooty?
Sorry but I think you have me mixed up with the other Sooty, I am Sooty Dean and do not have one leg shorter than the other. I wasn't in Catford I was in the Old Kent Road and which is near but not the same. Are you interested in joining the club I belong to I have mentioned it to Ron's wife. we meet and go on outings last year we went to Dunkirk very emotional that day. Nice to hear from old comrades lets hear from some more of you out there.
I have recently returned from QE2 'Iberia in Bloom'cruise and have been reading through the Cunard forum - your 'thread' is by far the most interesting - whilst some of it is obviously tongue in check I found it very informative and helpful. You seem to have been very lucky to have meet some extremely interesting people on your various trips.
Would appreciate an update - did Coral find anybody ?
Have now booked my next trip on QM2 -and was wondering did you manage to get on the Captains table for dinner during your last trip?
I seem to remember reading that your Ron was hoping to pull a few strings through a contact. Is it an honour to be invited ?, my wife Rene says she would rather have a large vodka and orange and a cadburys cream egg.
Rene, would like to know what you would recommend her to wear on the formal nights - she usually wears gowns but has she has rather short legs she is always tripping over the hem she would prefer to wear her diamonte trouser suit with matching beret and ostrich feather boa ( I think she looks stunning in this outfit ) would this be OK - there seems to be a general lack of information on dress requirements whilst on board sp any information would be appreciated.
In response to 'Gooner's' request for an uo
pdate - I thought you would all
like to know about our journeys since I last posted.
Ron, Coral and myself sailed on QM2 to New York last August in the Princess Grill which was wonderful - As a result of this trip we are now platinum members of the Cunard Family, I understand from Roma and Yoyo that there are only 2 million of us - so we feel quite priviledged. The trip was a special treat for Coral who has just passed her finals with honours in Aromatherapy - although Ron says it hasn't help with her own hygiene - he is only joking (I think), Coral has had several companions since I last wrote but so far they have come to nothing so she is still actively looking. I have told her to get herself a nice career and a man will follow (well it keeps her happy)
Ron was rather taken with some of the excellent Art that was on sale during the crossing and threw caution to the wind and bought a picture by a Russian artist who I never heard of but the Cunard Rep said he was really famous. it was rather nice and Ron doesn't often treat himself - I think the last thing I can remember him buying was Sailor by Petula Clark. How apt. I think winning the quiz in the Golden Lion went to his head (I actually think he may have cheated
but he assures me he did not - how he knew who the Sister in Law of Hillary Clinton is I will never know - althought he has always been a man of mystery to me.
We met some new friends during this crossing Zara, Tom, Kris, Ali, Annie and Izzy, we have since met up with them and shared our memories with the help of the ships DVD and our family photographs - Tom is such a nice person (I think Coral was rather taken with him and spent most of the trip looking at the picture she took of him on her mobile phone - she has now had it enlarged and it is prominent on her bedroom wall)
We have also had a reunion with some friends from previous trips where we went to see a West End show and had a meal - Fried Eggs came along with his new girl friend (Harriet) and they have promised to come on our next trip with us.
Must go because Rons at the door and I have not put his Chicken Nuggets is the oven.
Good to met up with you and Ron at our reunion, both myself and Harriet had a wonderful evening it was very emotional remembering all the good times we had during our crossing. The photographs of Ron and Coral
at the Black & White Ball were really excellent, trust Ron to get it wrong and dress up as Al Jolson, Coral looked very pretty in her long white gown, hopefully she will find somebody soon and get her of your hands. Is it possible to post any pictures on this thread I am sure that your many readers would like to see them?
Harriet and myself are thinking of booking the QM2 5 day trip to Hamburg in July any chance that you and Ron can make it? we could get on a table for 8 and hopefully meet some more people to join our little group.
Willhelm telephoned me yesterday he can meet us on shore in Hamburg during our stop over and will shown us the interesting sites - I made him promise that Gunhilda would not bore us with tales of her famous Apple Strudel,remember the long long nights in night club listening to endless tales of her prize entries, still it kept Ron quiet. How is his sleep walking? Harriet was in stitches when I told her about the night when we were all chasing after him down the corridor after he managed to get past the various obstacles you laid out for him.
Did Ron really win the quiz in the Golden Lion - is this the same Ron
who thought that Ramsay McDonald started the hamburger chain?.
I must go I am due on in 45 minutes and the orchestra can't start without a conductor.