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  1. We have 1003 for the 24 WC. Wondering how much of a bother the post is. Doesn't look like a big deal but would appreciate your thoughts. TIA.
  2. Hi all, BbfromCA reviewed 1002 and noted it was not good if you are a light sleeper because of butler access door. 1003 is on the starboard side and while it looks as if the crew doors are down the hall, I would appreciate it if anyone could comment on 1003. This is our assigned cabin for WC 24 so I am quite interested! TIA. Stan
  3. Could you please tell us where Markham is reporting? TIA
  4. I'm also trying to compare the onboard experience between Regent and the new Silversea ships. Like cruiseej I spend a lot of time in the forward observation lounges. In looking at the Moon deck plan it seems to me the Panorama lounge would be the equivalent gathering place just looking aft. Would Silversea/Regent folks comment on this. TIA.
  5. This thread led me to research Silversea. We’ve mainly cruised Regent and Seabourn. I looked at the deck plans for the newer ships and am curious about the entertainment experience. The theater seems to be small and yet there are several venues. Can anyone shed some light on the differences? TIA😀
  6. This has been obliquely referenced but I think you should be aware of the balcony cabin dimensions on the R ships. 215 SF total, 175 for the cabin and the Bathroom is SMALL. After the tweeting birds and warm floor on V you will be amazed. Negative amazement. Having said that I’ve spent 52 nights in these cabins. 24 in Asia. However, I must say, before the cruise was over I knew where all heads on the ship were located and their normal use patterns!
  7. We have over 100 nights on both lines and love them both. I'm not going to try and differentiate since I have seen niggles on both lines. However, I've noticed "value' has been mentioned and I want to make sure, since you are new to cruising, that you are using a TA that provides discounts. Also, we like the lower levels since they are closer to the ocean and less likely to move in rough weather. I have always appreciated that all cruise lines price these cabins lower. Have sailed in V2 with the steel railings and they have not bothered us at all. In fact, DW feels more secure when on the balcony! Regent and Seabourn are both great! Obviously, your Mariner experience was not but I have to believe, based on our experience, that was an exception. We're booked for May 2022 in the Med to London (Splendor). Spent 45 nights on the Quest in 2019 which turned out to be Sophie's last cruise as CD. She is the best ever!
  8. Easy guess. We're in Governor's Land.😀 BTW, we went to Antarctica in 2009 with Regent on the expedition ship Minerva. Our favorite cruise. We did get to South Georgia and we also think that was the highlight.
  9. Colony (as in Ford's?) We have been on 41, 40 and 45 day cruises. For us to continue to be happy and excited on a long cruise, it depends largely on the ending ports. If we are excited about the upcoming ports then we are happy. On the 41 day (Sing-Venice) we were excited til the very end because we had never sailed into Venice. On the 40 day it was Auckland-Hong Kong) again HK a port we were excited about even though we had been there before. On the 45 day (London-Montreal) we did get bored because the Greenland/Northern Canada portion of the trip was so repetitive with many sea days. We were looking forward to Montreal but not quite as much as the other ending ports. Of course, being a little bored for ports did not ruin the last part of the cruise! The 40 day was on Regent, other two on the Quest.
  10. Also glad this thread was started. We are (still) looking at one of these dinners..I suppose the alternative (with $560 to work with) is to book a highly rated restaurant in Bordeaux. Not Michelin as I haven't seen the value there but I'm no food expert. It bothered me when I looked at the du Tertre menu and saw their reference to the 1855 classification. The way they wrote the menu it seemed to imply they were the 1st growth which was Chateau Margaux. (and 3 others). I'm also no wine expert but I have too much time on my hands nowadays and I looked up the 1855 classification. du Tertre was in the 5th growth category. 39 Chateaux were rated ahead in 1-4. Kirwan was a 3rd growth behind 15 chateaux. Of course, the best info is from BillB who said the wines were excellent. Searching the web both wineries 2009 red bordeaux go for anywhere between $45 and $100, rated in the low to mid 90's. I'm going to book one and then ask on board about the details of the evening. If it's a large group, no go. It better not be chicken! I just had another thought. Why not stay onboard, book Chartreuse or Prime 7 and spend $560 on wine!
  11. HI snorkle, That's what I'm doing for 22 Sept21 on Splendor. Too soon to give up. Dinner at the chateau in Bordeaux!
  12. All about Food, I want to dine with you! Love your attitude. And, why not? We have booked the Sept 22, 2021 cruise on the Splendor. London to Barcelona. In Bordeaux we spend two nights and each night you can dine in a chateau on a Choice Excursion (extra$$). You love French, right? Stan
  13. Z on a health kick! This will replace all the news on coronavirus! Stan
  14. papa, I loved this idea so just tried to use WIFI calling . I turned wifi calling on and got this message, "To allow WIFI calling on this account, call Verizon." So, apparently, not all Verizon accounts have this capability. I didn't call as I'm pretty sure I was going to hear that I would need to upgrade my plan. My guess is you must have unlimited data which would cost me $24 per month.
  15. It’s 11am today. I have to go back to room to find location but will let you know.
  16. When evaluating a recent upgrade offer, I think I noticed that some Penthouses have a larger veranda with a large lounger. I would definitely want one of those.
  17. Yes, the Sojourn had the problem but the Quest also, perhaps not as bad. I wasn't on the Sojourn but got off the Quest in August and there were several areas where the decking was coming up, so much so that they had pots arranged to guide you around it. So, I wonder if it's been fixed.
  18. Thanks for letting us know about the Quest's condition. Have they fixed the decking around the pool?
  19. Spent 40 nights in 663. There is some vibration but it did not bother us. Like most ships it is most severe at top speeds which is not necessary most of the time.
  20. Thanks, TC for the great thread. I'm getting interested in Crystal but I hope you can shed some light on the dinner seating situation. I've heard that open dining does not work that well on Crystal. Your thoughts or will that come in your later review?
  21. We disembarked Quest in Montreal after 45 days and I am very much still on board and wondering what is happening as the ship is scheduled in to Halifax tomorrow morning. Anyone on board who can let us know what's happening? Thanks in advance.
  22. Hi all, Thanks for the responses. Seabourn finally responded to my online request. For those who are interested, on board they ask you to cancel 48 hours ahead but if you cancel after 24 hours there is no refund.
  23. I’ve tried to get an answer from corporate on this with no luck. Long holds and no answer to an email. “Contact us”......?? We’re booking our excursions with Seabourn ahead of the cruise in order to get our first choices. Can someone tell me what the cancellation rules are for pre-booked excursions once on board? Thanks in advance!
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