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  1. Captain Eldering is one of the best captains with which we have sailed. He was our captain on the Quest when we crossed the Atlantic Ocean back in April 2017. We were on this same voyage last year (w/Captain Golubev); Captain Eldering came on board when we stopped at Punta del Este to take the Quest upon its departure from Buenos Aires. I had a chance to talk with him by the Sky Bar as we left Punta del Este. A very approachable captain and he takes time to speak with guests when he is out and about. It is our understanding that he will command the second of Seabourn's new expedition ships.
  2. Does anyone know which port Seabourn typically embarks when in Reykjavik? There is the small harbor by the Reykjavik Maritime & Saga Museums and also the larger commercial port about 2 miles to the east. I have only Googled up pictures of various cruise ships at the commercial port. Another possibility might be the harbor by Sudurhofn; headed out back to the airport on Hwy 41.
  3. On the Constellation, there are 2 USB ports and 2 120V outlets built into the alarm clock on one of the two bedside tables.
  4. We were on the 1-11 October Grand Puget Sound cruise and had a similar experience to the OP. However, we had CAPT Brown the entire time and as the OP stated, he was everywhere and was involved with everything from schlepping food onto the ship to carting waste oil to shore. VERY personable. He is a role-model for cruise ship captains. He joined us for dinner one evening. Also some tales of the dining room. The second night's menu listed snow crab; we ordered it. King crab legs appeared. Okay, so that's good. However, later in the cruise osso bucco was served and one of the cooks had inadvertently placed a habanero pepper into the sauce as it was reducing. We don't know if that was done by Overcook or Undercook. Twice my wife had to raid the public restrooms for toilet paper. We had only 98 passengers on our cruise, which probably made it a slightly better experience than the OP. Good note: I asked at happy hour if they had Aperol to make Aperol spritzers; they did not. Two nights later it showed up. Concerning the itinerary and Victoria, ACL's map should show the dotted line from Port Angeles to Victoria to help eliminate any confusion. We were driven to a small butterfly conservatory before continuing on to Butchart Gardens. This took an hour away from seeing the Gardens. No forewarning was given. Each passenger was provided a $15 credit for lunch at Butchart Gardens; if you didn't reach $15, you were given change (Canadian). I would be wary of reserving cabins aft on the 2nd Deck. Although we did not cruise at night, the noise from the engines directly below can be annoying. At full speed (we were going from Seattle to Anacortes), the dining room is quite noisy. The center, farthest most aft dining room table vibrated so much the coffee cups and butter knives were falling off. Also, music from the evening entertainment can be heard just aft of the Cascade Lounge on the 3rd Deck and around the forward cabins on the 2nd Deck (there are stairs here going from the 2nd Deck directly to the Lounge. Just food for thought. Eight ounce bottled water was provided upon departing the ship in port and in the gym. We arrived a day ahead and had booked a room at ACL's cruise hotel HQ, the Crowne Plaza Downtown Seattle. We were previously told breakfast was not included at the Crowne Plaza hotel; however, we were provided a breakfast buffet prior to boarding the busses for a city tour and arrival at the ship. We do not plan to sail with ACL again.
  5. How are tips handled on American Cruise Lines? Suggested amount?
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    They have rice crackers!
  7. I recently received a 4-page Seabourn brochure titled “Seabourn’s Northern Europe”, which focuses on Britain, Iceland & Greenland and Norway & the Baltic. What caught my eye, on the first page, was their “added values and unforgettable experiences” bullet points that included “Shopping with the Chef excursions.” Correct me if I am wrong, but I have never seen this specifically called out in any of their brochures before. In all of our past Seabourn cruises, shopping with the chef was typically placed in the daily Herald, which you would see the night before and Seabourn typically accepts no more than 15 guests (per our last voyage to Antarctica on the Quest in January 2019). What concerns me is if Seabourn is now going making these paid excursions and they become a profit center for Seabourn. In my opinion, it will kind of suck the soul of what the original program was intended to be. Anyone have any insights on what Seabourn is doing with this program?
  8. Thank you 2SailingNomads. Where exactly do we "arrive"? Is it the (main) entrance to the port? I'm trying to determine where to specifically tell the driver to go once we arrive down by the water. Were signs posted by Seabourn? Thanks. Hopefully, Sunday traffic won't be too bad.
  9. We are booked on the Quest departing San Antonio on January 13th. We have a private car taking us from Santiago to the port. What is the process for getting dropped off at the port and getting on the ship? Thank you.
  10. Very nice review. Question - were the two handicap-accessible cabins on the main deck (110, 112) not available to you at time of booking?
  11. It appears Crystal may also offer helicopter flightseeing excursions, as Deck 8 houses twin helicopters in a hanger and a helipad behind it. They could also be used to scout ice conditions when in Antarctica. Crystal Endeavor Deck Plans.pdf
  12. The Endeavor brochure: Can't get the brochure to post from Imgur. Grrr....
  13. And a magical ship it will be indeed. According to the brochure from Crystal, the Crystal Endeavor departs on its first Antarctica & The Ross Sea Expedition on January 6, 2021 from Hobart, Australia. After 22 days, it returns to Christchurch/Lyttelton, New Zealand on January 28, 2021. Then, based on the cruise map in the brochure, it departs Hobart, again, on January 28, 2021. Moving from New Zealand to Tasmania...in less than a day! Magic! --or-- Crystal goofed on their brochure. I think it's the latter. :D
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