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  1. Yes, well that would make sense SKP946. Wouldn't mind if the ship was sailing at less than capacity though.
  2. From what I understand last year the same cruise did not sail full - I think 540 or maybe 560. We are just looking forward to a cruise not far from home and with lots of sea days. All our other cruises have been port intensive - can't even remember having a sea day and also taking ages to get there (but you would know all about that coming from Melb). The time it took us to get to Bridgetown from Melb for our Carib cruise has left me scarred. We are not near qualifying for complimentary week yet but I can see your logic in wanting to offset against a pricier cruise. Hope to see you on board!!
  3. SKP946, got the same email. Yes noticed the increased OB price but all other V cats remained the same. We actually have booked a V5 a few weeks ago, as I believe the price is really good. However I wouldn't be surprised if it still comes down a bit closer to sailing. We shall see ...
  4. Pushka, I have never sailed Viking but do read these boards as friends of ours just love Viking. I feel very disappointed for your experience. It's not fun when something you look forward to does not live up to your expectations. Just wanted to chime in regarding you losing your deposit on the future cruise. That must be Viking's policy not an 'Australia wide' policy. We sail with another line and are currently booked on a cruise leaving Dec 4 this year. We have only paid a deposit which if fully refundable for any reason up to Aug 6 (4 months out). Our final payment if due Sept 5 (3 months out). So your deposit situation is due to Viking's own policies. Happy future cruising Pushka.
  5. Stickman1990, I too believe that the price will drop a little further. Lots of suites still available online. Since we have booked on this cruise Seabourn has ceased sending us any advertising, specials etc. But prior to our booking we were receiving so much from Seabourn via email but also at least twice a week by normal mail. We commented here just how much we were being bombarded.
  6. rols, this particular cruise has featured in specials emails here in Australia for a long while. Maybe because the cruise is local to us here and they are pushing it really hard down under. The current OB price is A$6499 (includes taxes, fees etc). Has been at this level since around mid May. We have had the 3 cat upgrade offer here for some time also. We booked a V5 for the price of a V2. With our booking was US$500 OBC but not internet. Just had a look at Seabourn site and heaps of suites are available. Even though we have booked, I still believe price will come down a bit more. Incidentally we still have some time with zero penalty, if we decided to cancel/rebook etc.
  7. zship, my DH loves snails (escargot). On our last Odyssey cruise he requested them for dinner. I think he requested them the day before and they were served in the MDR the following evening. He absolutely loved them.
  8. Hello everyone. Thanks for all of your input. We have now booked on this cruise. We booked a V5 as we generally prefer to choose our own suite. Just as a point of interest - immediately prior to us placing our booking there were 10 V5 suites showing as available on Deck 7 (where we wanted to be). Immediately after our booking there were still 10 suites showing. The one we selected had of course been removed and a new one was now showing as available. So at the moment there are clearly more suites available than Seabourn are showing on their website. I do believe the price will go down a little more, but we are happy at the price we have booked. Also we will be in a zero penalty stage for a while yet where we can cancel and rebook should we desire. Thecat123, thank you so much for your suggestion. Pink Beach would certainly be something that my husband would enjoy greatly and will look at booking. For me, I am not so confident in the water. From what I understand the Indonesian Government plan on closing the island to tourists for one year from January 2020. So our cruise will probably be one of the last to visit the island for some time. Hopefully we will get to meet during this cruise. Do you know if a roll call has been started?? I had a quick look but could not find one. We paid A$435 each per night for a V5 that we selected. This includes taxes etc. Plus we get the US$500 OBC. So overall very pleased and can't wait for December to roll around. Again thanks to everyone for your thoughts and opinions.
  9. Thecat123, thanks for your detailed response. We feel quite comfortable with the level the pricing is ATM for this cruise, and would happily book at the current prices. It is just when we go online, as if to book, and see the volume of suite availability (62 V cat suites showing ATM) we feel there is no downside to waiting a little. Plus being local, organising a one way airfare to Bali is not a big drama. However if I do notice a sudden uptake of available suites I will certainly then book immediately.
  10. It is interesting to read all your input. You are correct the cruise I am looking at ends prior to Christmas (Dec 21) in Sydney. From what I read on a review post for this same cruise last year, it did not sail full (around 540 I think). The prices here in Australia ATM are as follows: OB A$6499 (this incidentally has come down in the last day or so, I think by around $400/$500). V1 & V4 A$6998, V2 & V5 A$7398, V3 & V6 A$7798 (the V1-V6 prices all came down A$1000 p/p about 3 weeks ago). All of these prices come with onboard credit of US$500 per suite. From when I started monitoring this cruise closely, suite availability has remained very high. Plenty of suites available and maybe even more available than what Seabourn are showing through their website - who knows?? Also there are plenty of suites on the 24 day cruise leaving Singapore late November (it is actually a B2B of the cruise I am looking at, plus the 7 days prior). The suite numbers showing as available on this longer cruise are different numbers to those showing on the cruise I am interested in - so logically if the suites still available on the longer cruise would definitely be available on the shorter one. So by reckoning there are over 100 suites available for selection on the SB website at the moment (possibly more as they don't seem to list more than 10 suites as available for any particular V category on a specific deck level). I will continue to observe but I think I am pretty content to sit tight for a while longer. But it will certainly be interesting to see what happens with pricing.
  11. Thanks to all who have responded. My gut feeling is that prices will still go down a bit further and your comments Stickman seem to support this. The OB price ATM is A$6998. As we are local we have the luxury of being able to wait until September/October even later, to book this cruise. So I will continue to check into the Seabourn site regularly to monitor suite availability.
  12. Hi rols. Thanks for your input. I agree with you, I too believe that the cruises just leading up to Christmas offer better savings than say cruises in the Med. Given that we don't have to travel far to meet this cruise we are happy to wait a bit longer and see what happens with the pricing. I check the availability every so often on the Seabourn website and there still appears to by many many suites available, so I daresay we will wait a little longer and wait and see what happens with pricing.
  13. We are looking at the 17 day Encore cruise from Bali to Sydney, Dec 4 this year - V cat suites. I had been tracking the pricing of the suites for some time and in late May the prices dropped on each category by A$1000 per person, plus US$500 onboard credit per suite. At the moment there are heaps of suites still available according to the Seabourn website (over 60). Also there is a longer cruise from Singapore that includes the 17 day one we are looking at, and that also has over 40 suites still available (different suite numbers to the ones showing on the 17 day cruise). So my logic tells me that there are at least 100 suites currently available. I understand that those with OB bookings may be allocated from this ?? The same cruise last year did not sail full - I think around 540 pax (as per a post by a cruiser on that cruise). We always select our own suite, and there are plenty still available that we would happily choose. Our past cruises on Seabourn have been on more popular itineraries so we booked much earlier than this, but I have less understanding on Seabourn pricing patterns as sail date approaches for cruises with plenty of availability. We don't mind booking now, but then I think why do that if there is a real likelihood of further price reductions. It is a local cruise for us, so airfare planning is not a big issue. Would love to hear when fellow Seabourn cruisers would book in this situation.
  14. Raphael360, sounds like your holiday cruise was terrific. Can I ask what area and what ship you were on. Yes we are very lucky being in Aus for the Aus/NZ cruises but for all the others we have a very long trip. Two years ago we did SB caribbean - Melb to LAX, LAX to FLL, then FLL to Bridgetown (both ways). We were wrecked by the time we arrived in Barbados.
  15. Isklaar, thanks for your comments. If we do take this holiday cruise it will be on the Encore - our first SB cruise on one of the larger ships. Can I ask where you cruised with the Ovation when you found the feeling very different onboard.
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