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  1. Comparing the 2021 deck plans to the 2024 deck plans for structural changes: Deck 5 changes: - Casino moved to Deck 8, and the Casino Bar eliminated - Boutique expanded into old Casino space Deck 7 changes: - Connoisseur's Corner moved to Deck 8 - La Dame expanded into its space - A new Card Room was added to a previously blank space beyond the Conference Room Deck 8 changes: - Library eliminated - Internet Cafe eliminated - Casino and Connoisseur's Corner moved into their spaces No way to tell from the new plans if the suites (or other public areas) have been refreshed/refurbished in the dry dock. I hope someone just getting off Whisper today can confirm these, and give us their overall impressions. I'm boarding June 6th.
  2. Good to know. It seemed like the Whisper contracts would have ended before the dry dock, so more of their experienced crew would have been available for Ray in June. It sounds like from what you heard, they may have signed up for new longer-term Whisper contracts instead in May, is that right? If so, great!
  3. Yes, thx, that is my hope too. But with Silver Ray's debut right around the corner, some of Whisper's experienced staff from before the dry dock might be transferred to Ray, meaning more newbies than usual might start with the new Whisper contracts. Another thread raised that possibility. This is our first Silversea cruise and our last cruise was on Seabourn, so I was just trying to correctly set our expectations. In any case, we plan to enjoy the ports and the newly-refurbished ship!
  4. Easterncommand, We are sailing on Whisper on June 6th, so we are very interested in this refurbishment. I hope it all is finished on time for you. If possible, could you post your impression of the changes/upgrades? Also, how you find the service levels and experience of the crew, since I assume they all are starting new contracts? Thanks! -- MJ
  5. We are sailing on Silversea for the first time this summer, but I'm not sure I would risk booking with them again after this.
  6. Newbie to SS here, hoping to switch to Whisper in June from our just-cancelled Oceania. The only available verandah is a Superior Accessible (cabin 535). Can anyone explain the difference in the layout of an accessible verandah vs. standard verandah on Whisper, or point me to a diagram or video? There are no pictures on the SS website, and I've Googled and looked on YouTube, and nothing recent shows up. I like the standard layout so I hope the accessible layout is close to that (except wider and no bathtub). I don't know what Whisper will be like post-drydock, but I assume the differences would be similar. We'll watch in case a standard Verandah opens and we can switch, since we hate to keep this cabin from someone who might actually need it. But in case another one doesn't open up, I'd like to know what we are getting. Thanks!
  7. Lauren, I feel exactly the same way about this Barcelona-Southampton itinerary for our segment. It was perfect, and rare among the Western Med cruise itineraries. Even though I'm disappointed, I understand why they had to do it. Wishing everyone safe travels.
  8. No penalty because we were upgrading our cabin and staying on the cruise, not cancelling the trip. They did the cancel/switch for us. They just wanted to be sure we knew we could not go back to our old cabin after the cancel/switch. Also, you only get the discounts available today for that new cabin. They may not still have all the discounts you had when you originally booked. I think I read on a different thread that you may have luck getting some grandfathered in, but I'm not sure. This is my first Oceania cruise, so I am no expert - just wanted to share my experience. And you will have to have Simply More now - it is no longer optional, so that could affect pricing if you didn't have it before.
  9. Here is how it recently worked for me: We'd been waitlisted for months on PHs on our upcoming Western Med cruise (a segment of the ATW cruise). A PH3 just showed up with status Available on the O website last week, so I called my TA, and she was able to learn what the price difference would be for me from Oceania, so we could decide if we wanted it. It is true I had to release our current cabin before I could finalize the switch to the PH3. However, I knew exactly how much extra I had to pay over what we had already paid before agreeing to the switch. We were past making full payment and into the 25% penalty phase already. I think your TA should try again with a different O representative.
  10. I just got off Koningsdam Dec 21st and she definitely has a Deck 14 that we visited. The only one of the four forward elevators with the button for 14 is the forward starboard elevator. A fellow passenger walking on that deck with us said it gets quite windy there when sailing (we were docked when I visited). It is strange that it does not show on the website deck plans. The ship plans in that elevator bay do show Deck 14, but as I said, I think only one of the elevators has the button. The Crows Nest is a more comfortable place to view forward (especially in the cushy center chairs), but you are seeing through windows rather than being out directly on deck. Koningsdam is a beautiful ship - enjoy!
  11. We visited these ports (except St John) this month from Oct 7-12. The trees had just started turning in most places, not in the spectacular numbers and colors like we hoped for. On the other hand, we had warm dry weather during almost all those days, and it can apparently get colder and wetter later. A couple of other considerations: Some restaurants and stores seem to close for the season after Columbus Day/Canadian Thanksgiving, which is October 14th next year You can still get remnants of hurricanes or tropical storms coming up the Eastern Seaboard in early October. We had the remains of TS Philippe come through Halifax during our overnight there on Oct 7th, and it delayed us getting us out of that port on Sunday by almost 7 hours due to swells. Seabourn could only make up some of that time, so we were late into Bar Harbor the next day.
  12. On October 11th on Seabourn Quest, we also were dropped off at Perrotti Park. It was a very convenient location to walk and see everything downtown, plus the Transit Center is only a long block away to pick up bus or trolley tours. I took a Viking Trolley tour and it was very good.
  13. PinonLover, do you get any noise in your PH suite from the pool area or Terrace Cafe above you? We are trying Oceania for the first time on Insignia next June, and hope to move up from our A3 to a PH if one frees up, but noise from above would nix that idea. I've appreciated hearing about your positive experiences so far!
  14. Do not worry - we had this same Sushi bar every night 6PM-9PM in The Club on Quest (Montreal-NYC Sept 30-Oct 12). Chef Christophe said on the Galley Tour that Quest and Odyssey were the first two ships to get it.
  15. I second this - thank you all!
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