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Zimmy

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    SeaDream Yacht Club

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  1. I think it certainly could mean something. Leaving for Cuba from PR is embarking from the US. Leaving from St. Martin is not. We have been told by friends who are doing a Cuba cruise later this month that their cruise will be the last one that cruise line does to Cuba because the US is making it too tough.I can't remember the cruise line, but I know it is leaving from Miami.
  2. I think you should be receiving them at any time now. It's generally been about three weeks, but it has varied. Bon voyage, Piaa.
  3. Thanks for the post, Vandrefalk. 34 on board sounds fabulous - I can't even imagine.
  4. Enjoy, Vandrefalk. Glad to hear that you have connectivity to post. We were pleased to discover while in Cuba that the internet on the ship was quite good. A marked difference from previous voyages.
  5. I would like that, too, Vandrefalk, but a crossing is never going to be in our future. We took the repositioning cruise prior to Cuba, which was like a crossing in the sense of many sea days. We've always loved sea days, but apparently Trapper can take only so many of them.
  6. If it is new itineraries, bring them on!
  7. He never has any because I steal them all.
  8. I sympathize. We had that experience in Italy last August. I don't think that there were any large groups on the voyage, but for whatever reason, most passengers did not do excursions. We were extremely disappointed. And it was just the luck of the draw, because on the voyage prior to ours with the same itinerary, all the excursions went. You do not mention the impact on your enjoyment of the voyage of having half the passengers in one group. This kind of soft charter can turn into an unpleasant experience, having nothing to do with the excursions. I hope it worked out OK for you.
  9. Jim, on our Cuba cruise we had a discussion with someone in management regarding the engines. He said that the engines on both the I and the II are effectively new engines - everything has been replaced. I know nothing about this topic and you could tell me anything and have me believe it, but I consider this gentleman a credible source. So tell me Jim, could this be accurate or am I a prime candidate to purchase swampland in Florida?
  10. I don't know if it is expected. On the slip you sign to pay, there is no separate line for gratuity, but a tip can be written in and added to the total. I do tip in the spa, but I have no idea what others due.
  11. Compulsory excursion for each port. We took them, and we wanted to take them, but if you didn't, I think that SD made you sign something so they could show the US government that it wasn't SD's fault. They seem to be pretty serious about this. Almost all US passengers took the tours. By and large, the tours were good. I think the passengers were there to see Cuba. If they wanted to just sit on the ship (and nothing wrong with that) it would be easier and cheaper to go to SDI and take a more traditional Caribbean itinerary. Disembarkation easy. Nothing like SJU or STT.
  12. A number of years ago, when SD was first venturing into electronic communications, they offered a discount to those who were willing to accept e-docs for their voyage. We opted in at that time. However, there is no longer any discount, and no financial advantage to us (only to SD) to receive the e-docs. Consequently, last year we contacted our TA and asked her to request the box for future cruises. It is so much more fun!
  13. Haven't turned on my computer yet, so I'm writing on Zimmy's. Just got home. Lots to write about. We may be snowed in tomorrow, so I will have plenty of time. Quite a shock being in Havana and Chicago the same day. Your Man in Havana, Trapper Zimmy
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