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Unibok

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    North America
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    Travel and food, walking and hiking, sacred and spiritual sites, writing and reading
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    Silversea
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    Anywhere I can get to; I'm trying them all!

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  1. My understanding is that upgrade offers are based on VS days. For example, If you have a GTY, and somebody with more VS days is in the classic, they would be offered the chance to move up to a deluxe. If you, the holder of the GTY, have more VS days, you would leapfrog over them into the deluxe. In my experience, once my GTY suite has been assigned, it hasn't changed. Also, it's important to note that they wouldn't "upgrade" anyone without a GTY without the consent of those passengers.
  2. swindy -- please let us know what you learn. I'm shocked that you weren't informed in early May at the latest.
  3. Hi swindy, My recollection of the dates was a bit off, but here is what I found in my records: On April 30 we were informed by our SS agent that our 5 May expedition was cancelled due to charters. We were offered the chance to rebook one or both of 2 reconfigured ones: 11 - 21 May or 21 - 31 May. I see now that none of those options are currently listed on the SS website. Yours, the waitlisted one, is the first one after that gap from 5 May to 31 May. Interesting! Sometimes a waitlist is truly a waitlist, and this seems plausible since it follows a stretch of the Wind being unavailable. If I were you, I would still call a travel person for some peace of mind (I have done that in the past and gotten honest answers). For our trouble, they offered us several choices: any expedition with a 10% discount, the 2 new combined voyages with a 20% discount, or a full refund. We were actually happy to rebook on a different expedition, so it worked out for us. Hoping a waitlist is just a waitlist,
  4. Hi Lois, I sailed for Thanksgiving on the Wind in the Caribbean last year, and am booked to do it again this year on the Whisper (fingers crossed that all goes well). There were no children at all on my Wind voyage, and very few US citizens. The vast majority of passengers were from the UK, and were a bit confused about what American Thanksgiving signifies. The crew tried to make the day special for the U.S. passengers, and the kitchen prepared a special Thanksgiving dinner that was so popular it caught the kitchen off-guard. I was at a hosted table that night, and with the long wait it was as awkward and uncomfortable as any family holiday dinner I've ever endured back home. If the Whisper does sail for Thanksgiving this year, I will set myself up in La Dame instead. Bottom line: I enjoyed a Silversea Thanksgiving in the Caribbean so much last year that I am ready to do it again this year.
  5. Agreed, Observer. We dined there more often than anywhere else on the Muse last year.
  6. Hi worldtraveller99, When we sailed the Muse last year, the included transfer was a gorgeous bus ride to the coast, which some say is more scenic than the train ride. Coaches left from the Captain Cook in 15 minute intervals starting around 10:00 am, each one about 1/3 full so that it felt spacious and everyone got a window seat. Substantial snack packs were also provided. Luggage was taken directly to the ship, so we could have explored Seward if we had wanted to, but we chose to board the Muse for lunch. My understanding is that the train transfer was more common when the Whisper sailed Alaska, but SS switched to the coach busses with the larger Muse. With each coach leaving at 15 minute intervals, there was no crush of arrivals at any time. With the train, there would have been. Snow City Cafe is right around the corner from the Captain Cook, and is a perfect breakfast spot while you wait for your coach reservation. Advance reservations highly recommended.
  7. Hi swindy, Two Silver Wind cruises departing in May 2021 have been chartered and reconfigured. I was supposed to be on one of them (Lisbon to London Tower), and our booking was cancelled because of the charter. We were offered the choice of several options for rebooking, and ultimately we chose a Cloud expedition in June as a replacement. I urge you to check in with your travel agent or Silversea agent right away.
  8. Unibok

    Refunds

    Just FYI on timing ... my SS cruise was cancelled on 10 March, 5 days before we were scheduled to embark, when India would not allow the Spirit to dock. The cruise refund appeared in my account about 10 days ago, and the refunds for my air and hotel are still in process. My additional 25% future cruise credit has already been applied to a voyage I really hope to take when face-to-face connected life resumes. 45-60 days is a reasonable expectation at this point. Processes, normally slow, are even moreso under the current challenging conditions. Wishing good health to you all,
  9. Final update: I'm home! One friend left home-made muffins in my freezer, and another stocked me with groceries and fresh flowers. Wishing you all well -- good health, good friends, and good distance!
  10. Charles! I've been wondering how you are. Please give my best to your lovely bride. My Baltimore segment is doing very well, hunkering down in her apartment. The theatre company has been very generous with their apprentices, making sure that they all have grocery money, and finding ways for them to do online professional development work to continue getting paid. We've heard of other theatre companies having to kick their apprentices out of housing and fire nearly everyone, so she is very fortunate to be with Baltimore Center Stage. They are doing everything they can to keep all of their employees supported. Their generosity and personal strength has been inspiring. She says the weather is lovely now, perfect for long solitary walks. Looking forward to sailing with you again someday U
  11. Brian, thank you for looking out for me. I'll be on my way home in a few hours, albeit reluctantly. "Indefinite" would have been fine if it meant a few more months, but if that turned into a year or so, I'm not prepared. Qatar Airways is still flying, and at least 2 legs of the flight are filled to the brim. I'll let you know when I'm home safely and starting my 2-week self-quarantine. U
  12. I really appreciate these updates, Stumble. Although a large part of me would love to be trapped on the Spirit indefinitely, the realist in me worries about everyone concerned. Glad to hear that folks are holding up well.
  13. Thanks, Brian and all. I've often liked to think that I am equally at home in a village with no plumbing as I am in Silver Wind's The Bar, so perhaps my stint in the windowless depths of the Mumbai airport has proven that once and for all. I truly appreciate your COVID update, as the news I'm getting is slow and heavily filtered. My Luxor days are over, having gone there 2 weeks ago. My current plan is an Ayurvedic resort in Sri Lanka, starting tomorrow. From what I can tell, Sri Lanka still has only 1 confirmed case. I'm not due in Greece for a month, so there's plenty of time to monitor, and pivot again if needed. THANK YOU again for the Greece updates. You are a good friend, even if we've never met 🙂
  14. Thanks, friends. I've been on a DIY grand adventure again, having left North America in early January (before COVID was even a twinkle in anyone's eye). A few days in Qatar, 3 weeks in Cambodia, 3+ weeks in parts of Sri Lanka I've never explored, then 2+ weeks in Egypt -- which included private meditation time deep inside the Queens and Kings chambers in the Great Pyramid (wow!). The Spirit B2B was going to get me over to Greece in the most interesting 26 days I could imagine. The visa error was entirely my own, although I will give partial credit to the miserable Indian eVisa system that has been overloaded for the past month. Long story short, US citizens are no longer able to do visa on arrival, which meant I arrived unlawfully and was basically put in a windowless holding cell for 3 days. Not fun, but also I have to say I was never afraid for my life -- just frustrated and rather helpless. On the upside, I also learned that with knitting needles and a bit of yarn, you can make friends with women pretty much anywhere in the world, including my armed guards at the Mumbai airport. I kept thinking the 3 days in hell would be worth it once I actually embarked on the Spirit and had that first plate of handmade pasta and an herby amaro. But no, once back in Cairo (with security escort!), I found the email cancellation of the Mumbai-Dubai-Piraeus. I had actually booked that one within days of it appearing, so the disappointment is real. Right now I'm drowning my sorrows at the lovely Conrad in Cairo while I regroup. Hmm ... 26 days of adventure to fill before heading to Greece ... where to go??? Given my misadventures in Mumbai, I will likely return to a place I know well and feel comfortable, one that will still keep me away from the chilly northeast, but will also keep distance between me and the worst of the outbreaks. Now that the cruise has been cancelled, I am so glad I spent 2 layover days in Doha on the way to Cambodia. It's a lovely human-sized city amidst all the new oil megalopolii, and I especially loved the Museum of Islamic Art. It's one of the few museums I've left feeling like I had a much stronger understanding of what I was looking at. Until my next misadventure ... be well, all!
  15. Wow, I'm just catching up on email after being detained in the Mumbai airport for 3 days (talk about being held prisoner!). Eventually they sent me back to Cairo, since there was a problem with my visa. Thank you for the on-board updates -- it looks like India closed their ports around the time I arrived. All in all, I'm glad I didn't get stuck there, and that they shipped me back here. Obviously I'm disappointed in the cancellation of this B2B. Sending best wishes for all who are affected in one way or another.
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