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  1. yes that's the standard welcome bottle .. people were asking whether you can order a replacement bottle when you run out or not.
  2. Seabourn Retreat .. preferably without one.
  3. To be fair, having just done a search, so does the Internet. If it's not San Francisco .. what is it? Excellent news about a) Chef Jes being on board and b) the new tea service. Perhaps slightly less excellent news that caviar privileges are being .. stretched.
  4. The cruise line, Seabourn.
  5. Might be a little early yet. We, too, have been monitoring a couple of cruises for summer 2020 and they've been through 3 sale events (the latest starting this week) and the price hasn't moved at all. The now nearly constantly running 'signature savings' event really just showcases current pricing and that doesn't usually seem to start to drop until 4 months before sailing. There are some good deals on the weekly specials, sailing-soon, and the recent 5% off for club members (which still appears to be running) on many voyages and the short-term 10% off one a smaller set (which I believe has now finished) were the only special savings I've seen in a while.
  6. I found a windows machine and that does show it, neither Chrome, nor Firefox, nor Safari on Linux or MacOS do; at least not on the versions of Linux or MacOS I have at work or at home. Thanks for telling me where it was .. that got me to go and try Windows.
  7. As in the below, which is the first cruise listed under the banner. There's nothing underneath View Itinerary, just blank space. If it's there on other browsers this may be another example of Seabourn's recent web upgrade which often appears to work only on Windows.
  8. So we have a new Seabourn Signature Savings Event a whole 4 days after the last one expired. If you go to the website you can see all the possible things that might be included, upgrades, credit, internet. If however I pull up the list of cruises and start browsing them I can't work out which of those benefits is actually included on any given cruise. The upgrade availability you can work out from the pricing of Ocean View vs Veranda, but the other benefits for a given cruise, I can't find a link to. There's an icon which says "special offer", but it goes nowhere. Anyone know of somewhere on the Seabourn site which lists the actual benefits for each of the cruises under the latest Signature Savings event? I'm sure I found one once, but finding it again has defeated me. Seabourn continues not to be very good at this whole internet thing.
  9. Not our experience ever in over 10 years of sailing Seabourn. The staff have always been happy to open any bottle we brought to the table and pour it for us. Never asked for it to be decanted so I have no idea whether they'd charge for that. They will often also provide 'revenue glasses' for us to drink it out of although that's random and depends on who's serving. I believe some eagle-eyed cruise critic member did note a year or so ago that the terms and conditions include a provision for corkage however those terms are likely uniform across all the lines under the company umbrella. As has been pointed out, on an all-inclusive line there's rather little point charging people not to consume the included selections.
  10. rols

    Laundry

    Amazingly on most cruises we take we end up making good friends and dinner companions from people my wife, the long-suffering Mrs Rols, meets in the laundry room. It's a remarkably social piece of the ship, they need to put a bar in.
  11. It is. On the one occasion it happened to us however it was a penthouse suite upgrade, which we didn't work out until we got to the suite, we just knew it was a different number. I'd been grumbling for an hour, but stopped after that.
  12. Not on any of our cruises ever. If the wine was on the included list and they had some, you could have a bottle in your suite gratis. I have never, ever had even the suggestion of a charge. Champagne has always been a mixed bag; we started on Silversea where you could always get a bottle in your suite, when we first asked on Seabourn we were told sorry no full bottles, only glasses which you could order at any time. On the last couple of cruises however we've found our room stewardess quite happy to replace the full bottle, perhaps our diligent use of the champagne saver (cork) so that none is wasted was noticed or .. I have no idea. However the answer has always been yes, or a polite no, never, ever have we been told that anything which is not premium would be charged.
  13. our last two cruises .. pretty much dead on a week before.
  14. Oops - yes you did say Feb 15 but I looked up the wrong cruise and found the one before yours, sorry about that. So definitely not back to HCM, but Bangkok has a lot more than you'll manage to see in a few hours and Macau is a choice you can almost make as the ship docks. Tokyo is pretty chilly that time of year, it's another great city to visit however if you've never been, just need to take winter wear with you on what is a summer cruise. That would probably put me off given the amount of luggage we always seem to end up taking already! At least you're looking at options and are determined not to let anything going on in HK ruin your cruise, and in the end, that's all that matters.
  15. There's no reason this cannot still be a trip of a lifetime. You have whatever time you're spending before the cruise, the cruise itself heading up, I believe, through the Philippines and via Xiamen and all those are going to be wonderful. Please read sfvoyage's posts above based on a very recent visit during the worst trouble they've had yet and my post which is from a short trip a few weeks ago. The TV and newspapers might have everyone believing that the entirety of the territory is burning to the ground but the reality is far from that. There are protests and there is disruption and they do make travelling around Hong Kong harder than it usually is; there have been a few dreadful acts of violence but Hong Kong still remains a very safe city, if a little less convenient than it usually is. I still felt more at ease in HK on my last visit than I do in London, and I was born in London! I think you're doing the right thing waiting until closer to the time to choose a hotel. Whatever HK looks like in 4 months time it's going to be very different from now. If you're not comfortable closer to the time, don't stay in HK, get off the ship and go to Macau, or fly to Ho Chi Minh or Bangkok, two places which I believe your cruise is not visiting and would be an awesome addition for a first trip to asia. You can even check your heavy bags at Hong Kong airport and travel light for the approx 3 hours it takes to get to either of those cities.
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