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  1. Pack carefully, being sure to have clothing suitable for dinner in the evening and for exploring ports. You can have Seabourn do laundry for you while you are onboard. A laundry bag is provided and it holds a lot. SB will do the whole bag of laundry for $50.00. Shirts/blouses/trousers/pants will be returned on hangers and put into your closet for you. Socks, underwear, etc will be neatly folded. Take advantage of this instead of spending time trying to do it yourself while you are on vacation. Knowing that you can have the laundry done, means you can pack lighter. Bring sturdy walking shoes for port exploration. In the first couple of days, try to enjoy all the different venues and activities of the ship so that you will know what you most enjoy---the sail aways on the deck, meals in the different venues (MDR, Colonnade, Earth and Ocean, around the pool at lunchtime, etc. ) Go to the Club and see what that is like. Go to the shows and see if you enjoy that. Go to tea in the afternoon and see what that is about. Go for pre-dinner drinks and tidbits in the Observation Bar. Order room service breakfast! Order caviar whenever you want it.
  2. I understand what you are saying. Our first cruise on Ovation was planned on short notice (about four weeks). I remember being really nervous that the ship was larger than we were used to, with more passengers. All those fears were allayed when we boarded and the ship was delightful. Right now, I just want to be back on a Seabourn ship!! This pandemic is a menace. I try to keep in mind that the least of the issues is the ability to cruise. Wishing good health and happiness to everyone here.
  3. I have sailed on both ships and enjoyed them both. Some people prefer Sojourn, while others prefer Ovation. For us, Ovation seemed to meet our wants/needs just a little bit better. First, a newer ship is fun, fresh, and up to date. Initially, when we boarded Sojourn, we felt it was just a bit "down at the heels". But, after that initial feeling, and, as we got used to Sojourn, we enjoyed it immensely. We liked the TK Grill Bar outside of the TK Grill on Ovation. It was a great spot (as you probably know) for before dinner drinks whether or not you are dining at the Grill. The Sojourn does not have this bar. At the same time, we found that we preferred the smaller, more intimate TK Grill on the Sojourn. It is a small restaurant and we found it to be quite comfortable. The larger TK Grill on Ovation is very attractive, but we preferred the smaller venue. We are not pool loungers, but know that the pool area on the Ovation does not seem larger than that on the Sojourn, even though there are more passengers. Some may prefer the Sojourn for that reason. Decor---We found the decor on Ovation a bit more up to date and attractive. Specifically, I am thinking of the Observation Bar with its glass fish above the bar--and the colors used for upholstery. The Sojourn's Observation Bar is a bit more low key in terms of decor. But, we got used to that too, and enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed the Obs Bar on Ovation. Suites--While some have said that the Ovation suites are a bit more narrow, than those on Sojourn I did not notice this. MDR--The MDR on Sojourn is larger and perhaps a bit more elegant in terms of decor. At first, I was a bit taken aback by the plastic ceiling of the MDR on Ovation. Neither ship seemed crowded to me--even though the Ovation had more passengers. Since we are not very late night people, we enjoyed the option of an earlier show on Ovation. On Sojourn, there is usually just one show time (unless there is a before dinner show) . Sojourn does have a sushi restaurant, while Ovation does. Some have said that the Sojourn seems more luxurious. I tried, but could not really see that. If both ships had the same itinerary at the same time, we would probably choose Ovation. We would not hesitate to sail on Sojourn again as we had a wonderful time on the ship. I don't think you can go wrong. Some people do not care for the larger ships--but since you already know you like Ovation--I think you would enjoy either ship.
  4. I agree with you. I heard a report on the news tonight saying that Canadians will only be able to enter the US by air, not by car. Perhaps this will change. I hope so. It does make it unclear about arriving by sea.
  5. Some good news for those of you in the UK and Europe:https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/travel-ban-us-europe/2021/09/20/d78b5aae-1a22-11ec-bcb8-0cb135811007_story.html?utm_campaign=wp_main&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR3awJi6X2NFKydOyzmDDjzfjeM6spiBouTUPWftcre9AVKTW5UGE1itmE8 From the article: The White House announced on Monday that it would be lifting blanket travel restrictions on visitors from Europe, Britain and other countries that had been imposed at the start of the pandemic. Under rules to take effect in early November, fully vaccinated travelers from anywhere in the world would be able to fly to the United States, though they would also be subject to new testing and contact-tracing procedures, Jeff Zients, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, said in a call with reporters. Zients said the new system “follows the science” to keep Americans and international travel safe and would be “relying on individuals, rather than a country-based approach, so it’s a stronger system.”
  6. We are not pool lounging people, but I have heard the same complaints on Seabourn----inconsiderate guests who reserve loungers and then don't use them while others are waiting. We have really enjoyed Seabourn room service breakfasts, but have only ordered very very occasionally for other meals. We prefer to go to the restaurants.
  7. I have not cruised with Oceania, but I know people who have who really liked the line. I do know that Seabourn is more all inclusive in terms of alcohol. Seabourn does not charge extra for beer, wine, mixed drinks unless you choose something off of their included list. Also, Seabourn provides caviar at any time you order it at no extra charge. I'm sure there are more differences as Seabourn is considered a luxury line, while Oceania is a premium line. Hopefully someone here has sailed both lines and can give you more specifics. I know you will enjoy Seabourn. It is a wonderful cruise line and I have had very few complaints. I did do a search on this forum for a compare and contrast and did not find one. That does not mean it has not been done. The search function is not optimal. I just did a google search and found this:
  8. I have never had this issue with a SB hair dryer in our suites. Perhaps you should report this.
  9. I know. It is just so incredibly frustrating (and sad). I just asked my husband to check the Covid infection rate in the city where we live (Dallas) and infections are still increasing. While we are TRIPLE vaccinated now (on doctor's advice) , we have still been warned by our physician that "now is not the time for socializing". While I had kept my spirits up for 18 months or so, it is hard to continue being upbeat. The CDC (and I will admit that their pronouncements have been all over the place) is currently warning against cruising--and especially for those of us over the age of 65. I am so envious of those of you who have gone successfully on cruises during this pandemic and hope that your future cruises go-- and are uneventful when it comes to illness.
  10. The article goes on to say that The Netherlands is the only country to adopt such restrictions. I haven't checked to see when SB planned its first cruise including Amsterdam.
  11. I just read that The Netherlands is only going to admit Americans who are vaccinated and have a recent Covid test AND will require them to quarantine for 10 days. https://thepointsguy.com/news/airlines-cancel-flights-eu-entry-changes/?utm_term=Editorial&utm_content=349F7398-0CDA-11EC-9B55-C3F1923C408C&utm_campaign=facebook&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR2VbzUv-LCRJKPrJO9VK3eWIeBUzldgf7yXq9hTSkha6jnnkiIjnPLu-sw
  12. Another thing to consider is that the United States has more domestic tourists than foreign tourists and Americans can travel domestically in spite of the pandemic (however Hawaii has asked tourists to please not come right now). Most foreign tourists stick to the East and West coasts, with comparatively few going inland. This is anecdotal, but when we are in NYC, San Francisco, Florida (I'm thinking of West Palm Beach) etc, we see many tourists, with foreign travelers being in the minority overall. So, our tourism industry is alive, but of course hurt by the pandemic as you would expect because many Americans are staying close to home due to the virus. It will be a real shame if foreign tourists cannot board a Seabourn ship in Miami, but I would be surprised if entry into the United States was suddenly granted at this time as the infection numbers are not going down at the moment. This is not a happy time.
  13. What exactly do you mean about U. S. tourists considered a number one target group?
  14. I agree with you cruiseej. We know people who are fully vaccinated who thought they were bullet proof and became infected with the virus. Some have symptoms and are quite ill--others remained without symptoms, but had the ability to spread the virus. We are avoiding fully vaccinated friends who are not being as careful as we are. It is just not a happy time. We are hopeful for an opportunity to cruise with SB again next year, but it will depend on the trajectory of the virus for us. I understand Europeans being peeved about not being able to visit the US when we have been able to visit there. The simple fact is that the US does not depend on tourist dollars as a country like Greece does. I just don't think pressure on the US government is going to matter. Of course I could be wrong. We'll have to wait and see.
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