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  1. 3 hours ago, Lois R said:

    I have a logistical question for everyone please. I leave here on April 5th---flying to Ft. Lauderdale for the crossing.

    Then sailing for 16 nights....arriving in Barcelona---from there I fly to Lisbon and taking a river cruise on the

    Douro with another 2 days in Madrid post cruise....I will be away for a total of 28 days. There is a 3 day

    land trip in Lisbon before the actual cruise.


    This is my question----I am trying to figure out what to do about my car.  I know all about paying my bills early,

    having my mail held and letting my property manager (who I have known for a long time) that I will be away

    for a month.  I am just not sure what to do with the car. I can use long  term parking (they have a covered  area)

    but was just wondering if you think  the car sitting for so many days without starting it would affect it?  I always

    drive myself to the airport but just wondering about how it is when those of you sail for such a long period in

    one stretch?  If I took a cab from home to the airport--would have to do the same thing when returning home

    on May 4th so in that case the car would be in my garage all month...…...


    Your thoughts would be appreciated!



    Lois, not sure if this will help or not, but whenever I take long cruises (50+ days), I use a hire car to get me to the port.  I have a friend of mine on my car insurance (brought the cost down, amazingly).  She'll take the car out occasionally and then she'll bring the car to the port, I pay for her overnight hotel and then drive the car back (with her, I don't leave her there!!).  It works for me and she's a good friend!

  2. 4 hours ago, jeanlyon said:

    Andy, yes agree, but I do find the choices very boring.   I always go down at some time during the day to look at the menu and if there is nothing we fancy, we would go to one of the themed evenings.


    I know you can have the "always Available" but I can eat that at home.  Salmon, chicken, steak.  They do dress up the descriptions of the meals, but to me they are still fairly tasteless.   I always look forward to the one night they put an Indian dish on in the MDR>


    There's been a curry on almost all the nights I've dined in the MDR over the last 9 years.


    Vampiress, you can always ask the night before to see the menu.  People with special dietary requirements do this all the time.  I must say that whenever I get fed up of all the fancy food and just want something plainer, I ask for eggs, chps and peas.  Some waiters aren't happy and try to put me off, but I've never been refused.

  3. My take on Harry and Meghan.  I worry about history repeating itself.  The last time a senior royal married an American it ended in abdication.  It won't be so serious this time but I worry that they (she?)  will sully the royal family with unseemly commercial ventures.  I'm guessing that it is mostly a clash of cultures although our tabloids (not that I read them) can be vicious.  I know Americans have married into the lower ranks of the aristocracy without any problems.  And I guess  Meghan is nothing like Wallis Simpson and Harry (as far as I know) is nothing like Edward VIII with his abhorrent right wing Nazi views.


     He obviously didn't get what he wanted, he's had to give up his royal military duties and he had a very close affinity to the armed forces.  She was accepted by most of the British public.  Her ethincity was never a problem for most people.  She did manage to alienate people fairly quickly though.  The public were stopped taking photographs of her at Wimbledon by her royal protection officers as 'it was a private visit'.  If she didn't want to be photographed, watch it on TV!


    It'll be interesting to see how they manage to live in Canada, whenever I've been there, the maximum length of time I could stay was 6 months.  He may be a member of the royal family, but he has no right of abode in the country.


    He's made his bed and in it he must sleep.

  4. On 1/16/2020 at 3:00 PM, john watson said:


    I beg to differ:  1. in three years Iona will not be "the new ship" as other new ships will take the title.   2. Offering the cheapest price means you cannot increase your price as you will no longer be the cheapest price.  Economies of scale will likely drive bigger ships being cheaper again leaving Iona without these two USPs.


    Regards John

    Whenever RCI introduce new larger ships, they are more expensive not cheaper.

  5. 2 hours ago, Britboys said:

    If they are that keen to recruit P&O customers maybe they'd like to sell me one half price with no single supplement 😉😁

    I'm off on my first Silversea cruise next month.  Sailing solo and paying full price, but only(!) 25% single supplement.  Having said that, the price for 9 days is about half of what I paid for my P&O world cruise in 2013.  Mind you, it is the Gapapagos (top of my bucket list) and I'm flying business.  Mind you, I'm still looking forward to Iona in September 😋

  6. 17 hours ago, Lois R said:

    Hi coolers, wishing all of you a very Happy 2020---health to all of us (yes, me included). I have a Dr appt on Friday

    with my Oncologist.   And of course today was my LAST DAY AT WORK!!!!!!!!!!:classic_biggrin:.  It really has not totally

    sunk in yet. Maybe after my cruise in 2 weeks and I realize I don't have to go back to work? LOL...…...

    No plans for the next few days. I fly to Ft. Lauderdale on 1/15 and sail on The Wind on 1/16.

    Thanks for being my friends:classic_smile:

    Enjoy your retirement Lois.  I retired early 8½ years ago.  It's the best career move I ever made and I'm loving retirement.  I'm sure you will too.  Just make sure you tick off some of your bucket list.  I did number 2 last year and ticking off number one in February.  So get planning 😉

  7. 17 hours ago, Stumblefoot said:

    At some point you’ll receive the infamous silver box.  Inside it will be more paper tags for your luggage than you will most likely need.


    The silver box for our cruise next week came 2-weeks before departure, whereas the ticket arrived about a month prior to embarkation

    The silver box arrived about a fortnight ago.  Quite disappointing really!

    3 hours ago, jollyjones said:

    They sent you just one of the rigid plastic tags with steel attachment cable, put that one on whatever bag you want, probably best on your checked one. They last forever and you'll get a new one with each cruise so you can end up with them on every bag you own.


    What SS means is the soft peel-off cruise specific luggage labels with your cabin number - you've probably got four of them in a booklet in the silver box - then if you don't want to carry your hand luggage with you at lunch while waiting for the cabins to be ready at 2pm, you can leave it with reception or somewhere and it'll be delivered to your cabin.


    You don't have to if you don't want. I travel with only carry on and don't use any of their labels and keep my bag with me - as a solo, it occupies the other chair at lunch.

    That makes sense.  I musunderstood what they were saying, I thought they meant the plastic thing that came with the silver box.

  8. 23 hours ago, Unibok said:


    In the Guest Info tab, you'll see this at the bottom:



    Yep!  They're all ticked and have been for ages.  I've had no reply to my email, so I guess I should phone.



  9. 2 hours ago, jollyjones said:


    The only thing I can suggest is to double check that you've completed everything under 'Guest Info' on My Silversea and that you've checked the three boxes for "Travel Docs', Terms & Conditions', and 'Passage Contract'.

    Otherwise, apart from being lost in transit, I can't guess why you haven't received it.

    At 50 days you can go to 'Documents' on My Silversea and if that shows your 'Cruise Ticket' available for download, at least you'll know you're getting on the ship, just download and print it.

    Everything is complete.  But. having said that, I can't find the three boxes to tick!

  10. 3 hours ago, jollyjones said:

    Everyone gets one.

    Box 100 days out.

    Ticket 50 days out.


    (But only if you've completed your on line check in on My Silversea)


    Silver coloured cardboard box contains luggage tag, luggage labels, and travel journal.



    I'm 70 days out and still waiting.  My consultant called a couple of weeks back and asked if it had arrived.  It hadn't!  She said she'd check and since then, silence!

  11. Both of my cruises are now on the new system.  They've got some details right, misspelt others and missed even more.  I'd also noticed that the default is now electronic booklet rather than through the post.  That was promptly changed!  For some reason the picture for my cabin on Iona was of an inside, but still no cabin number.  A pretty major omission I think.

  12. 26 minutes ago, Lois R said:

    Good morning, not out of line at all...I appreciate the words.:classic_smile:  The shower (or lack of it) won't be till after the surgery----- I will just deal with it. Sponge batching a lot....LOL Maybe that earlier post was

    confusing....the surgery is on Wednesday.  So once I get home, that afternoon....the post op stuff will come into play.  Right now, I am ok. I still get a bit teary  sometimes but that is human nature. (for me).

    I appreciate everyone's support on here very much---it helps a lot.

    That Get Well part will be staying with me throughout...…...especially after the surgery.


    Good luck on Wednesday, Lois

  13. I did a solo Christmas cruise on Ventura a couple of years back and I'm considering another one next year.  Being 'family friendly' there were lots of kids but, amazingly, they were no trouble.  They (the kids club) put on a nativity(!) in the theatre on Christmas Day.  Wonderful. On Christmas Day which is a formal nght, they'll plonk you on a table with other solo cruisers.  I'd recommend you take the plunge.  Some pics here http://www.mickberry.co.uk/ventura.htm

  14. Drinks are cheaper on P&O, though much less choice than on RCI (I've never cruised Carnival).  No 18% service charge added to drinks, meals etc.  No daily tips.  Most P&O ships are less 'blingy' than American ones.  Sterling prices on board.  The food is very much geared to British tastes.  Sample menus are available on the website.  There'll be a curry every day.  You'll often find a proper British pudding (spotted dick etc.)  on the menu.  Especially in the buffet.  Custard!  There'll be tea cakes and scones in the buffet after about 3pm.  You'll get a decent cup of tea (PG Tips now rather than Twinings), as you'd well expect with a British line and lots of Indian crew onboard!  White Company toiletries.  I'm looking forward to my cruise on Iona and I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

  15. When I try to log in for my Iona cruise, I get redirected to the old CP.  On my Arcadia one, however, I can use the new one.  I put in some details, but it claims my phone numbers are wrong.  Still accepts them though!  Also it doesn't give my cabin number, just the cabin type.  Some progress I guess.

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