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  1. We've sailed twice on Seabourn Encore and previously on Seabourn Sojourn. We enjoyed both, but prefer Sojourn. We felt that the Retreat was a waste of deck space, despite trying it twice. Thomas Keller is a beautiful restaurant, much larger than on Sojourn. But we would gladly sail on any Seabourn ship. I have a series of Seabourn videos of Encore and Sojourn on my YouTube Channel, Cruise Video Memories https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbYW-Y1IjRSD9MECilTBG5A This may help you to make your decision.
  2. Some time ago I started a comparison thread for Silver Spirit and Seabourn Encore. Maybe this will be helpful. You can read my thoughts along with those of other posters. https://boards.cruisecritic.co.uk/topic/2774767-silver-spirit-or-seabourn-encore/?tab=comments#comment-60889738 I also have several series of videos of Silver Spirit, Silver Muse, Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Encore on my YouTube Channel, Cruise Video Memories - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbYW-Y1IjRSD9MECilTBG5A These may help you further in your comparisons. We prefer Silversea cruises but would be happy to sail on either cruise line again.
  3. It's not clear yet if Silversea will provide transfers to the ship for all passengers from wherever check-in is provided, e.g San Basilio or Venice Marittima. If they don't, some alternatives are shown below:- Fusina Terminal for water taxis and water buses is in a different location to Fusina Ferry Terminal where the ship would be berthed. Fusina Terminal is 2.7km (1.5 miles) away in an industrial area. There is a number 16 bus which takes you from the terminal to a car park where people park their cars and catch the waterbus to Venice. Then it would be 1.6km (almost 1 mile) walk to Fusina Ferry Terminal on a road without any footpath. You would need a taxi booked for this area as it's just a dead end for people to travel to Venice by water bus. Venice to Fusina by road (taxi) is 11.6 miles and takes around 20 minutes according to the travel website rome2rio and costs around £40/$55 to £50/$69. https://www.rome2rio.com/map/Fusina-Italy/Venice#r/Taxi/s/0 From Venice to Fusina Terminal via ACTV water bus takes 25 minutes and costs £7/$10. The distance is 3.7 miles. In a water taxi it's 7.5 miles from Venice to Marco Polo airport and costs around 130euos/$153/£111. I can't see any online cost for a water taxi to Fusina Terminal, but the water taxi probably wouldn't have a return customer like they usually have at the airport. So although it's half the distance, you might have to pay the return journey cost. This is just my speculation. But even after that you'd still need transport to the Ferry Terminal. Getting to Fusina Ferry Terminal from Marco Polo airport should be relatively easy, but if you're staying in a hotel in Venice I think it would be best for a water taxi to San Basilo terminal or Piazzale Roma and then get a taxi or book a car transfer to the Ferry Terminal as there would be many people wanting this service. To help understand this further the image below could clarify things:-
  4. Thanks for these kind words. I'm pleased and amazed to hear that others enjoy my videos. I started the channel as a personal project to keep my memories alive until we can cruise again, - hopefully next year. I felt that this was the best way to share them so that people can choose to watch them directly from the channel instead of viewing individual videos from this forum.
  5. Yes but as you say, it's doubtful that they'll ever need to sail into or out of Venice again.
  6. Hi Lois This thread has lots of discussion and opinions but no-one knows yet. We await announcements from Silversea https://boards.cruisecritic.co.uk/topic/2790315-italy-bans-cruise-ships-from-venice/
  7. Hi Lois Anything over 25000 tonnes is now banned. Silversea have several planned cruises to or from Venice. The next one is September 8th 2021 on Silver Shadow which is 28000 tonnes, but no alternative arrangements are yet announced. Silver Moon, Dawn and Spirit are all around 40000 tonnes. We were hoping to try Silver Moon or Silver Dawn next year from Venice, but it remains to be seen what will happen. This article explains the problems - https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/13/world/europe/venice-italy-cruise-ship-ban.html
  8. There are doubts about cruise ships being allowed into Venice from today, August 1st. However we've previously experienced transferring either by land or boat to Marco Polo airport You can transfer to the airport from San Basilio cruise terminal by private boat transfer which takes 30-40 minutes. Or you can choose a land taxi transfer which is a similar time but cheaper price. Both were arranged by our travel agent. However the water taxi was more exciting, but you don't get much help in loading luggage into the boat. It remains to be seen whether any future cruises will use Venice for arrival or departure but it's best to book in advance if they do.
  9. Hi Brimary, Thanks for these kind words which I really appreciate. I'm continuing to post my videos on a regular basis on my YouTube Channel, Cruise Video Memories - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbYW-Y1IjRSD9MECilTBG5A I understand that some people are not concerned about adverts, but I know from experience that other people are. So I give people the choice who want to view the videos that they can do so by going directly to my channel and choosing which ones they prefer to view. I'll post when I've added new videos for Silversea cruises, but I won't embed the video in this site. At present I'm posting a series of Seabourn Sojourn videos Athens to Monte Carlo and a Cunard Queen Victoria Princess Grill Baltic cruise.
  10. Thanks for these encouraging words. Greatly appreciated.
  11. Hi Lois We're sure you'll love Silver Muse, as we did. We loved reading about your Silver Moon experience and hope that Silver Muse will measure up to it, as we're sure it will. We've never experienced Alaska like you have, or Silver Moon, but we look forward to hearing your reports soon. Hopefully we'll get to enjoy Silver Moon or Silver Dawn next year as we're not quite as adventurous as you are at present. Have a great time, and thanks for all your previous appreciate comments.
  12. I've previously posted a number of videos from my personal Youtube channel, Cruise Video Memories. However from mid July 2021 Youtube have changed their policy and will be putting adverts on all videos which they believe are suitable. YouTube’s terms of service “Right to Monetize.” “Starting today we’ll begin slowly rolling out ads on a limited number of videos from channels not in YouTube Partner Program. This means as a creator that’s not in YPP, you may see ads on some of your videos. Since you’re not currently in YPP, you won’t receive a share of the revenue from these ads.” As I have only 152 subscribers and you need 1,000 subscribers to qualify, and also I never started this project for monetary gain, I think it's only right not to post any further video links on this site and impose advertising on viewers, as I feel this would go against the ethos of these boards. I'm still uploading videos to Cruise Video Memories channel and I'm working on Silver Spirit Rome to Nice 2017 at present. But thanks for all the past encouraging comments I hope to create new memories in 2022 on Silver Dawn if the Venice issue gets resolved.
  13. Just discovered this article. We were hoping to sail on Silver Dawn next year from Venice. https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/exclusive-italy-legislate-keep-liners-out-venice-lagoon-sources-2021-07-13/?fbclid=IwAR36yROVHcf99N35uTrUOhLRFpLKDypnNT7xKz-cMkOTJZbLCItgbangpuA
  14. No I am not monetized by You Tube. The channel is for my own personal videos.
  15. Our first Seabourn cruise was on Seabourn Sojourn in 2013 from Athens to Monte Carlo, and we had one of our most magical evenings on an included tour to Ephesus to enjoy an amazing classical concert. It was a wonderful introduction to Seabourn and it's one of our most special cruise memories.
  16. This was one of the best arrivals in port that we have ever experienced as we sailed into Palma, Majorca for a lunchtime arrival. The ship's orchestra and band combined with a fantastic concert of Glenn Miller era music in perfect weather. Certainly a day of outstanding memories!
  17. We totally agree that prices have tumbled. After our early P&O cruises we tried Royal Caribbean Cruise Line where they offered free flights to Miami on a brand new ship , Sovereign of the Seas with private facilities. It seemed bizarre at the time that it was cheaper than a cruise from Southampton, but they were just trying to break into the British market then. So we ended up with free BA flights to Miami, pre-cruise hotel and transfers and post cruise day-room for less than P&O prices for a very basic cabin.
  18. Hi Lois Thanks for all your positive comments about this cruise. I have lots more videos on my YouTube channel from various years and cruise lines. I started this project during the lockdown absence from cruising so that I can relive my cruise memories easily without searching out DVDs. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbYW-Y1IjRSD9MECilTBG5A My current project is a 2014 Seabourn Sojourn cruise from Athens to Monte Carlo, with a classical concert in Ephesus and also a 2013 Cunard Queen Victoria Princess Grill Baltic cruise including St. Petersburg and Stockholm. We are also thinking of one of next years Silversea cruises from Venice as we love it so much. And of course, we're envious and eager to hear your impressions of your Silver Moon cruise very soon.
  19. The final port of this cruise and disembarkation in Venice is now on YouTube. It includes the early morning arrival into Venice, a short walk into St Marks Square, and the water taxi transfer to Marco Polo Airport.
  20. The final port of this cruise, La Coruna, is now on YouTube. It includes a short walk around the city on a rainy and blustery morning, then back onboard for an early lunch in the Saffron Restaurant. Also shows sailing home across a choppy Bay of Biscay, dinner in the Epicurean Restaurant, as well as some photos around the ship.
  21. That's an amazing experience and memory, Valfan. It's funny what you can put up with when you're young and just excited to be on a cruise like we were in those good old days. But don't think we could manage bunk beds now!!!
  22. Hi Lois This was an appetiser on the Atlantide dinner menu - Vegetable Vol au Vent as seen in this photo
  23. Our day in the port of Dubrovnik is now posted on YouTube, including a walk around the picturesque city, followed by poolside lunch on board. Then evening dining in Atlantide Restuarant and poolside entertainment with Death by Chocolate Buffet.
  24. One of our first cruises was on board Canberra in 1991 which we loved, despite having bunk beds and a bathroom down the corridor!!! In the recently enforced absence of cruising I decided to resurrect my videos, edit them and post on YouTube to avoid the need to search out DVDs, and so that I could relive the memories. Part 1 of a Canberra Mediterranean cruise from Southampton, with a rough crossing of the Bay of Biscay before the first port of Gibraltar is now posted -
  25. Thanks mrsgoggins, - you're just so kind. I only started my video project for the personal benefit of not having to search out DVDs to revive my memories until we can cruise again. I'm absolutely amazed that others find them enjoyable. I'm almost ready to post the first part of a Canberra video from 1991 sailing from Southampton with the first stop in Gibraltar.
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