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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. I second this - thank you all!
  12. I've read these posts with interest, thanks, as we will be there on October 3rd. How long is the transit time from the entrance of the fjord until the ship is docked? We dock at 8AM, so I'm wondering how early this night owl will need to rise to see it. On the other hand, we leave at 5PM and sunset is not until 6:20PM, so I might instead be able to sit on deck, drink in hand, as we leave instead.
  13. This answers my question perfectly, as we will be docked at Motril - thank you so much!
  14. There is no official Meet and Mingle on Seabourn, but on my Roll Call, I suggested meeting informally in the Observation Lounge bar at a certain time early in the cruise. Perhaps that would work for your roll call group as well.
  15. I am on the same Insignia cruise with Daydreamer62, and would like to ask a followup question: Spain Day Tours has a guide that day for the Alhambra (and Generalife?). However, if we want to see the old town/cathedral, Albaicin quarter, or the Carrera del Darro afterwards, we'd be on our own. In your experience, are those doable by independent walking without a guide?
  16. Here is the Carnival Corporation link with the documentation requirements and email addresses: https://www.carnivalcorp.com/static-files/50351a91-4dc0-4f6b-bfec-684647e6129f
  17. Florisdekort, you and Cruiseej are of course correct that he can't answer that particular question due to legal constraints, and I know that. But the prompt was "Is there a question you'd love to ask Mr. Weinstein?" (without any caveats about whether he can answer), and the potential sale is a question I am curious about. Others on this board seem to be as well, since the thread on it last May (https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2854642-carnival-corp-in-talks-to-sell-seabourn/ ) had over 100 posts with over 16,000 views. I thought I'd raise it so Corporate knows we are watching with interest, but if that is not appropriate for this thread, I'm happy to withdraw the question (though I can no longer edit my previous post).
  18. Mr. L, when Jan Swartz detailed the Holland America Group restructuring last month to Seatrade Cruise News (https://www.seatrade-cruise.com/news/jan-swartz-holland-america-groups-restructuring), she said: The reorganization has been driven within the group's leadership team, with input from Carnival Corp. & plc CEO Josh Weinstein. 'It ties to Josh's vision of focusing on strengthening each and every brand's positioning and commercial agility and performance,' Swartz elaborated. 'He really is focused on who is the target market for each brand, who is the customer, how do we market to them, how do we sell the product effectively, how do we elevate the guest experience.' I'd like to know from Mr. Weinstein exactly what his vision is for the Seabourn brand now, the one he is communicating to Ms. Swartz.
  19. Is Carnival in informal talks with the Saudis or anyone else now to sell Seabourn? The Seabourn partnership with Chef Thomas Keller is 8 years old this year - any plans to reimagine and refresh the culinary concepts on Seabourn going forward, as Silversea did with S.A.L.T? How will you strengthen and position Seabourn in the face of new competition from the rebooted Crystal and MSC's Explora?
  20. OK, so if Seabourn Square doesn't work for both the bridge and galley tours, I'll throw the Seabourn App into the mix as well (though there have been reports of issues with it). I'm excited about the chance to take these tours, so I appreciate all the help and tips. MJ
  21. Thank you both! I'll watch the Herald and also talk to Guest Relations in Seabourn Square, just to be sure.
  22. CanAmBrit, where do you sign up for the bridge tours?
  23. Thanks for this tip, BlueExpedition29. We'll be on Quest in October, and would like to sign up for these. Who would I ask when we board in Montreal - Seabourn Square or someone/somewhere else? MJ
  24. Thanks for posting these helpful observations and tips for Seabourn newbies like me, Missabby! Most of them are general enough to use on our Quest cruise next year, even though it will be to Canada/New England rather than Alaska. I plan to use your luggage tip then, as well as several others.
  25. Catlover54, we are new to Seabourn and booked a PH because like you, we love to stretch out to read or watch the view. I didn't realize the sofa was so hard. Will the staff bring a pad or other cushioning to make the sofa usable? I hope I didn't make a big mistake. -- MJ
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