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milepig

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About milepig

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  • Location
    Chicago
  • Interests
    History, Food, Local crafts, art, villages
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Windstar
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Too many to list - Tahiti, Med, Europe, Scandinavia

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  1. well, yes, but not a one day cruise ship type. We’d find a local apartment for a month, shop in the shops, eat in our favorite spots away from the throngs, do a museum a day, and just soak up the beauty without being jostled right and left, and walk and walk and walk.
  2. Do the 11 day. The outer islands are wonderful and quiet.
  3. We only requested and received the FCC since were WS regular. We also didn’t have much in this cruise yet other than the deposit. We rolled that over to Japan in spring 2021 and now have that credit after that was canceled.
  4. About “Seattle”. That’s where WS is headquartered and they’ve long been known to be an operational mess. I would never book WS without a TA doing the lifting for me. But, when you’re on board it’s night and day, the crew on board can do things that Seattle said were impossible. But, on board they retain the great staff for years and when we board our first thought Is who will be on board. Then we’re greeted with hugs at reception. That’s WS, and the motor yachts are great. We were supposed to be on the “new” Breeze in Alaska in June, but THAT didn’t happen!
  5. For those who would consider Windstar but have concerns over the steps or small cabins, there is word that the Breeze will also be down there for, I think, part of 2021 and 2022. So, you can get the Tahiti experience in the just refurbished and lengthen Breeze. Smiling WS service and large cabins with verandas (if you wish) and lifts to each level.
  6. Your cabin will be ready, but it may take a little while for your bags to come. We get checked in, drop our carryons in the room and then head for lunch. Generally by the time we're done eating the bags will have arrived.
  7. Yes. We just booked Singapore to Tokyo in May 2022, taking advantage of our credit and the June promotions. I guess we’ll decide in early 2022 to bail for only $200, if things are still ugly. Everything down to that huge long air trip the way things are now gives me the Willie’s. But hopefully things will be much better 2 years from now. To the comments on Venice/Ravenna. Ravenna is too often overlooked. It’s quite amazing and still close enough to Venice for an easy trip. And, I know many disagree, but those ships disgorging thousands of passengers just don’t belong in Venice. I’d actually love to sneak in now and see Venice without the throngs of tourists.
  8. Thanks. Can I ask about the process? Did SS contact you one day out of the blue saying "these are the flights we propose"? DId they just book them? Did they offer a chance to discuss options first and then make a proposal? How far out did this all happen? If you used a TA were they involved?
  9. All good to hear. I will be prepared for when it comes time to book. The only time I’ve had economy mixed into itins I’ve book we’re indeed for short hops, usually in cases like a regional jet where there IS no business class. This may be what they’re protecting themselves for. My TA was also encouraging so I’ll just sit back for, oh about 18 months.
  10. Thanks for the detail. This cruise is a fair bit out - just under 2 years (using up a credit) so too soon to plan specifics, or book anything myself. I was aware of the inter-asia connections, so my hope is that SS would count the entire ticket, so ORD-SIN is one itin and all in Business, and not by each leg. If my TA doesn't have a firm answer I may decide to cut out the airfare and do it myself, even though the price is good. Some of those inter-asia connections can be long! I wouldn't fly UA international under any circumstances, and especially now,
  11. Thanks to both of you. A domestic leg would be managable but not international!!
  12. So sorry if this has been answered, Cruise Critic is very hard to search! For the first time ever, we're doing a booking with Business Class airfare included, since our TA explained why in this case it was a good deal. On my confirmation for the full cruise I saw this fine print: Business and Premium Economy Class air upgrades are capacity-controlled, apply to international flights and do not apply to U.S. domestic or intra-continental flights within North America, Europe, South America, Asia or Africa, in which case economy class will be substituted. The mention of “Premium economy Class” as a possibility frightens me, but I think is a generic phrase since it also mentions “upgrades” and we're actually booking Business!! Please tell me that we’ve booking actual Business Class with no possibility of getting Premium Economy instead!! That's a huge difference for Chicago to Singapore! It also sounds like a flight within the US will be economy class? I've asked my TA as well, but you folk often have the full scoop on such things.
  13. Thanks for the information and that is indeed a deal. We bought some in a market in Spain when we were on a walk about with the ship's chef, and he took us to the places he uses for such stuff.
  14. Just have to ask. Buying saffron at a knock-down price sends my scam shields up. How did you determine that is was as advertised?
  15. Without saying anything about my opinions, why are you so obsessed about a physical location. What an obsolete concept. Everything in the world is moving to virtual with no fixed address. A street address these days is meaningless.
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