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  1. Glad you had a good time, ctbjr. I hope the weather cooled a bit for you and the crowds thinned out. We did the cruise before them, PhoebeDeebe, and we had no complaints about the condition of the yacht. Everything worked and varnish looked fresh. A/C performed better than we've ever seen. When a light bulb in the bath went out, it was promptly changed. Of course, the carpeting in our room had spots, but we have seen them changing the carpets frequently when they have open rooms. But other than that, I think SD1, and 2 for that matter, are very good looking for their age. I should look so good when I hit 35. 😎
  2. Oh, one more change since our February cruise. At breakfast they now have 3 dispensers for dry cereal; granola, corn flakes and an oat something. No more individual cereal boxes. ☹️ Not sure if this is for "healthy living" or ecology, but I missed having Cheerios and Special K.
  3. An interesting question. I know that there is some storage space for luggage because we usually have to store one or two empties during the cruise, especially on SD2 because the underbed storage opens only on one side. Whether they will have room during those three days, though, may not be predictable this far out. It all depends upon what space they will need during the charter. I would write to Miami and ask. I suspect they will either say "no" or "maybe, if there is room." I would guess, though, that you might be SOL, which stands for "schlepping our luggage." Best case scenario, though, is you book the same stateroom for both cruises, and they aren't using it for the charter. You may not even have to pack up. Wouldn't that be something?
  4. A four day charter to Nice. A full ship of Norwegians. And tell Marc what a good review he got.
  5. The final post. In earlier posts I hadn’t mentioned the hotman. That is because he is fairly new and I wanted to give him the full cruise before I wrote anything. Marc Peyer is unusual in that he was hired for the job from outside, rather than a promotion. He has broad hospitality experience, and it shows. He showed us a lot of attention, but I think he treated those who had fewer SD cruises than us (which was just about everyone) the same. Very personable and did an excellent job of making everything work right. It shows that he was trained by Cristophe. It it was sad leaving the yacht for our ride to Rome. But knowing that we will be back in a few months made it better. btw, Rome Cabs was waiting for us as soon as we got our luggage. 130 Euros to the hotel. Have a a great trip, ctbjr.
  6. Jim, after spending a day at Montserrat, we sailed past the city covered in ash. It was dusk and we were all on deck. Total respectful silence. My recollection was we had Captain Bjarne on that cruise. We we spent our final day at Capri. We went independent, doing Anacapri in the morning and then going down to Capri Town for lunch. Despite the crowds and the awful heat, we had a good time. Those who did the excursions also had positive reports. We will soon do a limoncello sail away. Suitcases and luggage tags are already awaiting us. Bueno sera my SeaDream friends.
  7. First, sorry for the duplicate post. I guess that is what happens when you don’t finish your post before you lose cell service. WOW. After leaving Taormina, we learned of a change in itinerary. Instead of arriving at Amalfi at 11:00 am, we would get there at 9:00 and Tomasz would lead a chef’s walk in the morning. We, however, had a tour to Ravello, that was then moved up to 9:30. But the tour was wonderful with a very good guide who told us a lot that we would not have known had we gone up to Ravello on our own. But the big surprise was that the Captain had heard the volcano at Stombolli was erupting. We sailed by it at around 10:30 pm and it was incredible. Explosions at the top and hot lava going down the side of the mountain. How SeaDream arranged for that is beyond me. Tonight (Sunday) was the dessert extravaganza. Musical entertainment at the pool, but I didn’t know that Brian sings. A great show. Tomorrow, our last full day aboard, is Capri. By the way, if you are used to getting a pair of pajamas and a tin of mints, you are going to be surprised. A different gift just about every night, and I’m not talking about chocolate covered strawberries. No more details. I’ll let you find out for yourself.
  8. Sicily on Saturday. We took the tour to Mt Etna today. It was a long drive from the port to the volcano, then we took the cable car 🚡 most of the way up. From the top station we took a large 4 wheel drive bus even higher. And then we walked to the top of a crater. All together we were up about 10,000 feet. You could feel the altitude and it was about 40 degrees colder. Had a very good guide who told us everything about the volcano, but also made sure none of us got hurt. Glad we booked this. And even though we didn’t get back until after 2:00, lunch was still being served.
  9. In addition to the $50 bag of laundry at the end of the cruise, you could select unlimited laundry at the beginning. It was $249 for two passengers. We are on a 10-day cruise, so I don’t know if the price varies by the length of the cruise.
  10. Sicily on Saturday. We took the tour to Mt Etna today. It was a long drive from the port to the volcano, then we took the cable car 🚡 most of the way up. From the top station we took a large 4 wheel drive bus even higher. And then we walked to the top of a crater. All together we were up about 10,000 feet. You could feel the altitude and it was about 40 degrees colder. Had a very good guide who told us everything about the volcano, but also made sure none of us got hurt. Glad we booked this. And even though we didn’t get back until after 2:00, lunch was still being served.
  11. Yesterday was the highlight day of the cruise. At 0800 we entered the Corinth Canal for a one hour transit. We have done a few canals, but this was one of a kind. After lunch we we began our tour to Delphi. About 30 passengers, but we had two guides so the numbers worked out well. Awesome tour of the ruins with excellent explanations by our guide. A lot of walking up hill and it was quite hot, but it was very worthwhile. Thermometer on deck when we returned at around 5:30 was over 100. Today we are at sea on our way to Italy. Sea is very calm and there is talk about stopping for a swim. Caviar extravaganza and picnic lunch today. 😃 New things on board since we last sailed. We all received water bottles with personalized sleeves. And there is a bottle filling station by the pool. In the room there is also a glass water bottle that gets refilled. Company’s objective is to phase out the plastic bottles. Also new is a wash sink as you come out to the topside restaurant. It seems to be used as frequently as the hand sanitizers. 😉
  12. Today is Hydra. A charming little island, population around 2,000. But more than that many hotel rooms. Only transportation is the four legged kind. Horses, donkeys and mules. Not even bicycles. Did a walking excursion that ended at a beach. After a dip just long enough to refresh us , a boat took us back to port. Winds have finally died died down enough to permit umbrellas around the pool. And swimming off the marina. Just a perfect SeaDream afternoon.
  13. From what I gather, Tomasz will be aboard until 9/5. Then Alistair returns. Today was Santorini. So glad we have been here before because it was a nightmare. Problem with vacationing in August is that all of Europe is doing it, too. All tendering is on the port’s boats and they come by every half hour. Our entire ship can get on one boat, but there is only one dock. So you wait your turn. Once at the port we elected to take the “speed” boat to Oia rather than take the cable car right up to Fira. It sounded good. For 15 Euros you get on the boat, then a nice bus takes you up to Oia. When you are ready to leave, your ticket entitles you to the bus to Fira, which leaves every hour. So, we catch the first tender at 9:00 and then pay for the trip to Oia. Now we wait a few minutes for the boat and it is a short ride to where we get the bus. But we have to wait to dock because there is one dock and several boats. By the time we get up to Oia it is now 10:30. And it is so jammed with people that you can barely move. After 15 minutes we decided to catch the 11:00 bus to Fira. It, too, was very crowded, but we managed to find a nice place to get a light lunch. We then got into the long line for the cable car down to the port. So disappointing. Sitting by the pool, though, you can really admire the white buildings on top of the cliff with the bluest sky you have ever seen.
  14. Today is Patmos. The primary excursion was to the monastery where the Book of Revelation was written. We, however, booked a six hour boat trip that included beaches, snorkeling and lunch. After packing towels, masks, snorkels, etc and riding the life boat to the dock, we were told that the tour was cancelled due to rough seas. Big disappointment. Have no quarrel with safety being primary, but sure would have been nice to know before leaving the ship. Spent some time in the town and on a small beach, and then returned to the ship for lunch. Like yesterday, perfectly blue sky but strong wind. Still better than being at home. By by the way, Exec Chef Tomasz is wearing the toque this trip. He’s the greatest.
  15. Hmm, wonder if they have a short charter. Captain’s cocktail hour tonight. 102 passengers. 62 repeats. 64 Americans. High winds tonight. They were planning dinner on deck, but moved it to the dining room. We took Robin’s advice and ate indoors, too. It was the Confluence dinner, which they prefer to serve in the dining room anyway. Well, there will be plenty of other nights.
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