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Offline Chris Frame

2003 World Cruise “Leave At Home” Directory
« on: Apr 02, 2021, 08:22 AM »
Came across this little leaflet from 2003.
Internet still wasn’t as much of our lives in 2003 so they still had these little leave at home guides for family who weren’t cruising.


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Re: 2003 World Cruise “Leave At Home” Directory
« Reply #1 on: Apr 02, 2021, 09:54 AM »
Thanks for posting Chris, I wonder why the leaflet was to be left at home?
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Re: 2003 World Cruise “Leave At Home” Directory
« Reply #2 on: Apr 02, 2021, 10:02 AM »
I wonder why the leaflet was to be left at home?
That's bizarre.
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Re: 2003 World Cruise “Leave At Home” Directory
« Reply #3 on: Apr 02, 2021, 12:09 PM »
Thanks for posting Chris, I wonder why the leaflet was to be left at home?

For Family and Friends to keep track of their relative's/friend's world cruise if they didn't have the brochure perhaps - but perhaps more specifically how to maintain direct contact with the ship if they so wished to (like the very expensive ship to shore, and vice versa, calls that were possible from the cabin phone). I can't remember the exact charge for those sorts of calls but I remember it was obscene which is not surprising for satellite calls!

Onboard internet speeds in 2003 and in fact up to 2008 on QE2 were not great for email so I recall - chewing into one's allocation of internet time to the point one could've almost made a cup of tea while waiting for a web page to load or an email to send  ;) , and the same happened even on QM2 nearly a decade ago (when I was doing school/college work in her library). I gather the shipboard internet setup on QM2 has improved dramatically since as it has across the industry! Maybe some people with money to burn, such as those on the world cruise, preferred the satellite calls over the slow internet!
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Re: 2003 World Cruise “Leave At Home” Directory
« Reply #4 on: Apr 02, 2021, 09:28 PM »
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Came across this little leaflet from 2003.
Internet still wasn’t as much of our lives in 2003 so they still had these little leave-at-home guides for family who weren’t cruising.   

A marvelous bit of information, albeit a bit impractical if sending stuff via mail to overseas ports. They also told you how to address items of mail. l always left the information at home prior to any cruise , incase for whatever reason you had to be contacted urgently.

Ever since my very first cruise back in 1986 l had family send Bon Voyage cards to the ship, l was also forever sending Bon Voyage cards and small gifts to various friends (and sometimes crew) but this was usually for when QE2 was in Southampton , If im honest l rarely sent them via Cunard and their Southampton address, mainly for the fact that if the mail was late in getting there it could end up at the Head Office on a weekend and there would be no one there to take it to the ship, so l simply ensured it was addressed to the persons name , Passenger  on QE2 , sailing date and Southampton.  Knowing how good the staff are in Royal Mail, l always had complete faith it would be delivered to the ship in time. It always was . It was always a nice touch l thought to open the cabin door and find a Bon Voyage envelope there. Once a friend simply wrote on the Envelope Myles Devin, QE2, Southampton and it was delivered. (being a postman at the time , there was to my mind simply no reason whatsoever why it would not be delivered
   
 The local Port Agent when l lived in Orkney and worked for the post office l would quite often see items of mail (usually cards) addressed to them via the port agent. Of course if there was no agents address marked then they were delivered to the Harbourmasters office and would be taken aboard pretty soon after arriving.    On a ship visit day the port agent would call at the sorting office to collect their general mail and any mail for the ship. The agent then came back with the Paquebot mail (Posted onboard) In the old days we applied the rubber  Paquebot stamp ,  This allowed mail with foreign stamps to be accepted into the system and processed as regular mail. Southampton Post Office at one stage would have a special all in one date stamp for ships postings.
The Pursers Office if you asked them, had a posted onboard QE2 rubber stamp for passengers to rubber stamp their own postcards, there were various designs of rubber stamps over the years .

Sometimes the leaflet would include the various Telex and fax numbers to contact QE2 , and in later years the email address. The emails at one stage were sent to the onboard business center, where they would print it off, staple it closed and then have it delivered to the cabin, You could also email Cunard and ask them to forward it.

I only ever received a handful of calls at sea , a satelite call was always very clear and expensive , indeed friends once called QE2 at sea, l wasn't expecting their call , and as there was no answer a typed note from the Radio Room was under my door saying who had called and what the message was .
Sadly Mobile phones and Facebook have put paid to the old fashioned practice of sending snail mail cards, and now that there is no QE2 sailing l haven't sent a Bon Voyage card since.               
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Re: 2003 World Cruise “Leave At Home” Directory
« Reply #5 on: Apr 02, 2021, 09:53 PM »
Thank you Myles! These are fascinating bits of information.

We never got a "Leave at Home" Directory, but maybe that was because we never did a complete World Cruise.

 

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