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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 7 hours ago, Daveywavey70 said:

    Good Morning all. 

    Thoughts are with you Lois.

    Well, This time tomorrow I’ll be on my way to Luxor. Unfortunately no flights from MAN so a long journey to LHR before an Egyptiar flight to Luxor and arriving at the Ship at 11.30ish. Luckilly the temp looks like it’s dropping from 35 this week to a more bearable 29 (not sure what that is in feet and inches sorry). 12 years since my last visit and let’s just say I lost 3 stone in the 3 months following my visit. Hoping the Pharoes don’t get me again. Anyone have any tips on avoiding their curse other than not touching, eating, drinking anything or breathing? Looking forward to taking lots of 360 footage esp since camera use is allowed now in many places that weren’t before. Will try to post a bit but no idea what t’internet will be like. 

    I'm impressed you've managed to find a ship in Luxor!  On my last visit they were all boats!! 😉

  9. 3 hours ago, daiB said:

    I only use the site to access my CP before a cruise. This was successfully done yesterday and all inputs made.


    i did use the new system but it then redirected me to the old one.

    I tried yesterday and got directed to the Cunard cruise personaliser.  Gobsmackingly, it didn't recognise me!!

  10. 2 hours ago, davemorton said:

    I missed a port the other week, and have missed port cover.  It pays out £100 but didnt bother claiming as I thought the excess on my policy (£75) would have wiped it out.  Does the excess not come off the missed port cover? 

    I missed a port last year and claimed.  No excess charged and nor was I penalised with a huge increase in premium the following year.

  11. 5 hours ago, Lois R said:

    I am sailing to the Caribbean in January and just got my silver box a couple of days ago. When is your cruise?

    February 15, so I guess it'll be a couple of weeks or so, then.

  12. I'm off on my first Silversea cruise in February on Silver Galapagos.  When can I expect my silver box?  Also, when do excursions become avaialable online?  As it's an expedition, I don't even know if they'll ever be online, to be honest.

  13. On 10/5/2019 at 3:06 PM, Eglesbrech said:

    Interesting, can I ask what you disliked about it?

    It wasn't hot (temperaturewise), quite tasteless, well below Sindhu standard of old and slow service.  If that had been my first experience of Sindhu then I would probably never eat there again.  However as I have eaten there before (on Aurora and Britannia) and always had a good experience then I'll give it another bash on Iona.

  14. 4 hours ago, TangoYork said:

    We had this on Oriana. It was a seven course tasting menu which was held on selected dates in the evening. The heat of the dishes could be adjusted to suit your palate and it was very enjoyable and filling!

    We did not know that it was available on the ship until it was advertised on board. Menus were then available to look at nearer the time.

    Hope this helps.

    We had it on Oriana too.  It was my friend's first time in Sindhu.  Neither of us enjoyed it.  It was the worst meal I've had in Sindhu on three different ships.


  15. 5 hours ago, Showingthatgame said:

    Ionas abandonment of set dining times is a very welcome move but i do feel they should take it further. If they were to change the MDRs into 4 different types of restaurants that offered different dining experiences I think it would attract more people alongside the introduction of more tabels for 2's. It would not surprise me if Iona has significantly more smaller tabels. Only issue is it would likely sacrifice revenue in the speciality restaurants so I don't expect them to introduce the different dinning experience concept. 


    The itineraries need changing. We want to sail from Southampton for a week but the Norwegian Frojds aren't exactly a destination we had considered. They either need a week long "Baltic" or a week long Spain/Portugal cruise that Iona can alternate between. 



    RCI tried splitting their MDR into 4 different concepts.  It never really worked and they gave it up on the newer ships.

  16. I did all my own visas for the world cruise in 2013.  They were India and China.  India I had to go to London for and China I sent off.  My friend is going to China in a couple of weeks and she had to fill in a multi-page form and then go to London, so thngs have changed since my last visit.  US, Australia and NZ are all online.  Oz is free (at least it was in May), the other two you have to pay few dollars for.  Apparently there's an app for NZ and if you use that you can save $5!!  The ship arranged the rest of the visas while we were on board (Vietnam etc.).  Last time I cruised to Vietnam they were free, so it's worth checking.  Don't let it stress you out, just enjoy the cruise, it'll be fab 👍

  17. 3 hours ago, Selbourne said:

    most people will continue to opt for ‘free’ parking, oblivious to the fact that it isn’t and it is dead easy to take additional ‘on board credit’ in lieu and then book parking with another operator at reduced cost. 

    The OBC offered to me is wayyy less than the cost of parking with any other operator, so I've opted to take the 'free' parking.  If it's as bad as they say then I'll have to get there at 8:30 to be on board in time for my lunch! 😂🛳️🍷  Seriously though, I'm not on Iona until September, so hopefully they'll have it running smoother by then.

  18. 2 hours ago, jeanlyon said:

    Just been reading about it the BBC news site.  How disgusting.  This is going to start happening more and more on the huge ships I fear.

    Nothing to do with the size of the ships and everything to do with the passengers.  I've been on the Symphony of the Seas, most people (including me) were on the alcohol package and I saw no bad behaviour.  I'd say half the passengers were Brits.

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