Travel and the EOS Effect

Here’s the story of our travel life:

  1. We decided to go somewhere
  2. We check out airfares and hotel prices
  3. We find a great airfare and good hotel prices
  4. We think about it overnight
  5. Go to book it the next day
  6. The airfare is now triple and the hotel rooms are no longer available

Always! Enter our decision to travel this October.

Remember long long ago there was a post about us taking a cruise or being secret Duggar family fans?

Since you deduced we are not Duggar groupies, by process of elimination, you likely guessed we would taker a River Cruise. Close, but not quite.

We researched and looked and talked and got brochures and gabbed with friends about every known River Cruise line there is. Then there were all the river great cruise lines suggested by you all, plus the ones in the WSJ article on the topic, you’d think we’d come up with one that suited. Nope.

For every good review we read, there were five negatives – no matter which river cruise line it was. It goes back to that old You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know. I talked to a travel agent who specializes in river cruises and no matter what she said or what deals were out there, I only saw lukewarm. I can’t get excited about watching paint dry.

Not gonna happen

Then we talked about taking a land tour of some kind. Iceland is high on our bucket list. So too touring World War II sites in northern France. Also Scotland. Castle tour? Golf?

Then, out of nowhere, Mr. EOS said, Hey, How about a transatlantic sail on the revitalized Queen Mary 2?

Yes! Yes, as long as we can travel one class above steerage so I’m not recreating my Italian ancestors trip in 1900! 


We looked over the QM2 itineraries, found a date in October that works, looked at all the classes of staterooms, decided which one was right for us financially and aesthetically, made a list of questions to ask the Cunard booking rep and put it on the to-do list this morning.

Guess what! The ONE class of room we wanted is now SOLD OUT! Last night, late, there was availability. This morning, poof, gone. At first I thought maybe it was a computer thing so I called Cunard and yes, true enough, that date, the level of room we want is sold out. That’s the EOS Effect. If it’s there at night, it’s gone in the morning.

I asked if there was such a thing as a waitlist. Yes. Are the chances zero to none we get off the wait list? No, we were told there was a decent chance since the sail date is far off yet. So I continued with the booking info, got a booking number, was put on the waitlist, and now we just have to wait.

I hope it happens because I want to look just like these couples.

And dance like these two…….

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If you were a betting person, you say yea or nay to us getting the room?



26 thoughts on “Travel and the EOS Effect

    1. Ya know, if I were younger, I might do a freighter crossing. I know someone who did and loved the experience. The QM2 is about our speed now.

  1. Google is reading your email and on-line searches and leaving its special cookies, so when you go back to book, you’ve been set-up for the price bump and “only 2 places left” inducement to buy.

    Works like a charm for the travel industry. Did you think they were giving away free information?

    1. I’ve heard that’s how things work – that when I Google an airfare and go back they know I’m interested and double the price. Cruel. Bring back DOS.

  2. Wife and I sailed on the QE2 many years ago and loved the experience. It’s a lot more formal than we live our daily lives so I had to rent a tux for the week and my wife had to buy a long dress, but we really had fun. The QM2 has gotten good reviews for being redone and I read from their website she is about to undergo a month long revitalization this summer in Germany. The extras can get pricey but if you go accepting that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, the bill at the end is less painful. I agree with chris, and say yes, you will get a room.

  3. Why not the river cruise?

    I vote yes, you’ll get off the wait list. I hope so, so we can see photos. Is there WiFi?

    1. Jane,
      We looked at a thousand and one itineraries, talked to travel agents and friends, spoke with several river cruise companies directly and what we really didn’t like was how little time you get to “see” a city. The plus side is that with such a small group, going off for the day with a guide isn’t like a Carnival ship disembarking in San Juan, but I like to absorb a city for more than five hours. This way, our adventure is the sail and (if we get to go) we can choose to stay in London a few days afterwards and sightsee at our leisure. Plus, it seemed every river boat line had identical itineraries, almost on the same dates, so I envision five river boats docked at one town. The bad reviews were across the board – and some veteran river cruisers said one line was good one trip and lousy the next – crap shoot. We just had a crap shoot in St. Lucia. We aren’t looking for another so soon.

  4. we have the same problem when traveling and it didn’t dawn on me why until my husband explained it how Earth Image spelled it out. The Cookie Monster is out to get you. Since then, any searches I do, I do from my OFFICE computer so when I get home, my cookies are not dropped all over their website. I went to Cunard to look at their ships and no sooner did I get there than a Cookie Box came up, saying Hello There, we know you are here.

  5. I now use a travel agent affiliated with a network called “Virtuoso”. So far, it has cost the same BUT the agent comes through with a nice shipboard credit, better room locations and sometimes an unexpected upgrade.

    1. We’ve used Virtuoso many times before and they are always good, you are right. AMEX has some connectivity and deals with the QM2 that we expect to use if we do get on board.

      1. One thing I forgot to add about river cruises is that you need to make sure the cruise line actually owns the ship & isn’t leasing it. Learned that the hard way.

        1. Ouch. Do I want to hear your story of learning the hard way? I hadn’t even thought of that, but another item for the No column in river cruising.

  6. Not to be the least bit maudlin, given the far off time frame for your excursion, and the average age of stateroom guests…it is more likely than not that someone will fall ill and/or expire by October! Thus opening up a spot for you two young things!
    Start dreaming about all the beautiful lounge chairs, endless crab legs & shrimp buffets, captains table dinners and endless ice cubes!
    ⛴😎🍸🍾🛳 Bon Voyage!

    1. Funny you should say that. It’s almost identical to the words Mr. EOS and I used when determining our odds of getting a room. AARP special.

  7. Well, one doesn’t usually lose weight on a cruise but on a Uniworld trip on the Douro River in Portugal we lived on bar snacks & booze. The food was worse than any school food I’d ever been served.

    1. Yikes. Not that a diet of bar snacks and booze is a bad thing ….but surprising to hear since Uniworld gets some of the best reviews and has quite a high standard in the river cruising arena.

    2. The boat used on the Douro River cruise is neither owned nor operated by Uniworld. It’s a lease arrangement.
      My trip on the River Royale through Burgundy and Provence was fabulous. Wines and food were excellent throughout. I’d travel with them again- but not in Portugal.

      1. Uniworld was in the top three of our choices, had we gone that route. Tauck has the best Travel and Leisure river cruise rating at 96% and you recommended them way back when we first started talking about this idea, but we really couldn’t raise the enthusiasm level from meh to meh+. On the other hand, we are REALLY excited about the prospect of the QM crossing. So it must be the right choice, for us.

    1. Sheesh, aren’t YOU the bearer of fun cruise news – deaths aboard ship, fires, norovirus. What, no Dateline murders to report? If I go, I’m taking you down with me pal! 🙂

      1. Relax, EOS, and pack a box of saltines for the crossing. I watched the video. Didn’t feel the least bit queasy. Wondered why the photographer ventured onto the balcony in the middle of the storm, though.
        I’d love to cross the Atlantic by luxury liner. Maybe someday…..

        1. I wondered the same thing re the photographer venturing out onto the deck, far enough even to see the deck below being broken. Dumb.

          We are trying not to get our hopes too high re this trip. There are many unknowns.

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