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#1
SF Bay Area, CA
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We just paid off our first Silversea cruise to Antarctica on the Cloud. On the confirmation statement, I noticed a $200 shipboard credit.
Since gratuities and alcohol (we don't drink much anyway) are included, and we aren't interested in spa treatments, how can we spend that?

What are the laundry charges?
Are there shore excursions that are not by zodiac (that are included)?
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#3
SF Bay Area, CA
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Joined May 2004
Seriously, we don't need to add more to our luggage from the boutiques since we will be leaving with a parka, backpack, and water bottle courtesy of Silversea cruises.

We normally cruise in Penthouse/Owner's suites on Princess where they do all of our laundry for us as a perk.
So, we travel light with just a carry-on and a small backpack.

This is our first Silversea cruise so we are not familiar with what happens on board.

Antarctica is a COLD weather place requiring insulated boots (already bought them), thermal underwear, etc. so we will have to check luggage for the first time.

So other than boutiques, what else can one spend shipboard credit on?
The ship deck plans show a self-service laundry on Deck 4.
Is laundry service also available?
Are the prices reasonable?

We cruised on the Royal Clipper over Christmas, and all I bought in their boutique was a $5 lanyard, lol.

Thanks in advance for any advice for a Silversea newbie.
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#4
Colorado
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Joined May 2011
Originally posted by cflutist
Since gratuities and alcohol (we don't drink much anyway) are included, and we aren't interested in spa treatments, how can we spend that?

Originally posted by cflutist
Seriously, we don't need to add more to our luggage from the boutiques since we will be leaving with a parka, backpack, and water bottle courtesy of Silversea cruises.
Well, you asked a general question and provided a couple of restrictions (spa and alcohol), and since executions are included in your fare, I did my best to offer an alternative suggestion without knowing you don't want to shop and add to your luggage.

Since you don't drink much, seems like you probably wouldn't enjoy using it for Connoisseur wine list. Lots of great wines on the list though that'll eat that $200 right up.

I have no idea if you can use it for SS's laundry service, but I know you can't for the self service machines. Prices on SS are the same as any first class hotel.

My only other suggestion is donate it to the Crew Fund if they will let you. What a nice gesture that would be! Lastly, you may also be able to donate it to SS's favorite charity of the owner's wife.


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#5
Albany, NY
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Joined Jul 2009
Some people use OBC for the spa (we don't either, so we're in the same boat as you are).

You can use it for wine that's not included; there is a separate connoisseur's list. You can even buy a bottle to take home. On a few occasions we've done that, to essentially try a bottle for free that we wouldn't dream of spending real $ for. I have a bottle of 1997 Chateau d'Yquem at home from our last cruise that was purchased entirely with OBC.

We did Antarctica in 2009 and no excursions were extra. All were by Zodiac; the only place we docked pierside was Ushuaia. The Cloud trips may be different.

Laundry isn't exorbitant but I don't have a price list handy. I have used OBC for laundry service before. The self-serve machines on other SS ships are free, BTW.

You can spend OBC in the boutique but who knows what that will be like on Cloud. We've sometimes used the last of our OBC there.

Will Cloud have Le Champagne in its expedition ship incarnation? The info on SS' website says that it will. So you can spend your OBC for a meal there.

The expedition voyages we've been on have made a DVD available for purchase. We've used our OBC to buy it.

These suggestions come to mind off the top of my head.


Edited: I started this post a few hours ago before I saw your responses to the earlier suggestions. Sorry if the repeat suggestion about wine and the boutiques is redundant.
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Silver Cloud - Eastern Med - Istanbul to Athens - October 2014 (photo review)
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SS Antoinette (Uniworld) - Castles on the Rhine - Basel to Amsterdam - April 2014 (photo review)
Silver Explorer - Central America - Colon to Puerto Caldera - October 2013 (photo review)
MS Sun Boat III - Nile River - November 2012 (pics1) (pics2)
Silver Wind - Athens to Rome - June 2012 (report) (Greece pics) (Italy pics)

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Silver Wind - Cape Town to Cape Town - Feb 2011 (pics)
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#6
Arizona
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Joined Mar 2013
Well if you don't drink you might eat... they do have a restaurant that you can get rid of $120.00 and use the rest for laundry and any additional internet fees.
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#7
Colorado
1,543 Posts
Joined May 2011
Originally posted by jpalbny
Will Cloud have Le Champagne in its expedition ship incarnation? The info on SS' website says that it will. So you can spend your OBC for a meal there.



The expedition voyages we've been on have made a DVD available for purchase. We've used our OBC to buy it.


Bravo JP! I've never seen those available on the mainline cruises, so great catch on the DVD and of course, being able to dine in Le Champagne.


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#8
Albany, NY
4,387 Posts
Joined Jul 2009
That's right...internet. We've used OBC to buy the unlimited package a couple of times. Pricing plans may be different now.
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Last: Silver Explorer - Along the Humboldt Current, Guayaquil to Valparaíso - Oct 2017 (review)

Future bookings - come join us!
Silver Wind - #2828, Copenhagen to Tower Bridge - Sept 2018
Silver Cloud Expedition - #1918, Reykjavik to Reykjavik - August 2019

Past:
Ganges Voyager II (Uniworld) - India's Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges - Feb 2017 (review)
River Beatrice (Uniworld) - Danube - April 2016
(photo review)
SS Catherine (Uniworld) - Burgundy and Provence - March 2015 (review)
Silver Cloud - Eastern Med - Istanbul to Athens - October 2014 (photo review)
Silver Cloud - North Atlantic - Tower Bridge to Reykjavik - August 2014 - (photo review)
SS Antoinette (Uniworld) - Castles on the Rhine - Basel to Amsterdam - April 2014 (photo review)
Silver Explorer - Central America - Colon to Puerto Caldera - October 2013 (photo review)
MS Sun Boat III - Nile River - November 2012 (pics1) (pics2)
Silver Wind - Athens to Rome - June 2012 (report) (Greece pics) (Italy pics)

Celebrity Xpedition - Galapagos - November 2011 (Peru pics) (Galapagos pics)
Silver Explorer - Longyearbyen to Tromso - August 2011 (report) (Svalbard pics) (Tromso pics)
Silver Wind - Cape Town to Cape Town - Feb 2011 (pics)
Silver Cloud - London to Nice - September 2010 (France pics) (Spain and Portugal pics)
Silver Wind - Black Sea - June 2010 (pics)
Silversea PAII - Antarctica - Dec 09 (pics)
#9
Colorado
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Joined May 2011
Originally posted by jpalbny
That's right...internet. We've used OBC to buy the unlimited package a couple of times. Pricing plans may be different now.
Won't the internet on the Cloud in Antarctica be as bad as the Arctic? I remember when were in the Arctic it was virtually impossible to maintain a connection.


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#10
SF Bay Area, CA
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Joined May 2004
Thanks,

The DVD is a great idea, we have purchased a few from Princess (I was in the hula show on a 15-night cruise to Hawaii).
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08/04/19 Oceania Nautica - British Isles, Iceland, Greenland RT from Southampton
03/13/19 Majestic Princess - New Zealand RT from Sydney
12/22/18 Silversea Cloud Expedition - Antarctica RT from Ushuaia
09/15/18 Majestic Princess - Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia RT from Sydney
07/05/18 Grand Princess - Alaska RT from SF
10/15/17 Grand Princess - California Coastal RT from SF
06/27/17 Pacific Princess - Norway, Spitsbergen, Murmansk RT from Dover
12/17/16 Royal Clipper - BVI Christmas Cruise RT from Barbados Pictures
04/02/16 Grand Princess - Hawaii RT from San Francisco Pictures
10/17/15 Grand Princess - CA Coastal RT from SF Pictures
01/03/15 Star Princess - Mexican Riviera RT from SF Pictures
04/06/14 Grand Princess - California Coastal RT from SF
02/08/13 Ocean Princess - French Polynesia RT from Papeete
09/24/12 Star Princess - Pacific Coastal
05/16/12 Island Princess - Alaska Inside Passage RT from Vancouver
05/13/12 Star Princess - Pacific Coastal
09/24/11 Coral Princess - Pacific Coastal
05/19/11 Coral Princess - Pacific Coastal
10/04/10 Island Princess - Pacific Coastal
05/22/10 Sea Princess - Alaska RT from SF
04/17/09 Star Princess - Mexican Riviera RT from SF
05/19/08 Coral Princess - Alaska Voyage of the Glaciers Southbound
05/12/08 Coral Princess - Alaska Voyage of the Glaciers Northbound
01/16/07 Tahitian Princess - French Polynesia & Marquesas Islands
05/26/06 Regal Princess - Alaska RT San Francisco (Haines, Sitka)
05/12/05 Coral Princess - Pacific Coastal
04/24/05 RCI Adventure of the Seas - Southern Caribbean RT from Miami
04/17/04 Tahitian Princess - French Polynesia & Cook Islands
04/19/03 Star Princess - Mexican Riviera RT Long Beach
06/08/02 RCI Radiance of the Seas - Alaska RT from Vancouver
04/22/01 RCI Voyager of the Seas - Western Caribbean RT from Miami
#11
UK (Deepest Lincolnshire)
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Joined Jan 2013
Originally posted by Stumblefoot
...and since executions are included in your fare...
Cripes! That's one tough company!
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#12
Albany, NY
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Originally posted by Tothesunset
Cripes! That's one tough company!
Use your OBC...or else!

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JP and Chris

Last: Silver Explorer - Along the Humboldt Current, Guayaquil to Valparaíso - Oct 2017 (review)

Future bookings - come join us!
Silver Wind - #2828, Copenhagen to Tower Bridge - Sept 2018
Silver Cloud Expedition - #1918, Reykjavik to Reykjavik - August 2019

Past:
Ganges Voyager II (Uniworld) - India's Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges - Feb 2017 (review)
River Beatrice (Uniworld) - Danube - April 2016
(photo review)
SS Catherine (Uniworld) - Burgundy and Provence - March 2015 (review)
Silver Cloud - Eastern Med - Istanbul to Athens - October 2014 (photo review)
Silver Cloud - North Atlantic - Tower Bridge to Reykjavik - August 2014 - (photo review)
SS Antoinette (Uniworld) - Castles on the Rhine - Basel to Amsterdam - April 2014 (photo review)
Silver Explorer - Central America - Colon to Puerto Caldera - October 2013 (photo review)
MS Sun Boat III - Nile River - November 2012 (pics1) (pics2)
Silver Wind - Athens to Rome - June 2012 (report) (Greece pics) (Italy pics)

Celebrity Xpedition - Galapagos - November 2011 (Peru pics) (Galapagos pics)
Silver Explorer - Longyearbyen to Tromso - August 2011 (report) (Svalbard pics) (Tromso pics)
Silver Wind - Cape Town to Cape Town - Feb 2011 (pics)
Silver Cloud - London to Nice - September 2010 (France pics) (Spain and Portugal pics)
Silver Wind - Black Sea - June 2010 (pics)
Silversea PAII - Antarctica - Dec 09 (pics)
#13
2,234 Posts
Joined Jul 2009
Great idea about using it to purchase the video. Also, you might be able to apply it towards the cost of shipping your luggage home and then just travel with carry on.
#14
Colorado
1,543 Posts
Joined May 2011
Great catch!

Fat fingered the iPhone and autocorrect must have had Arkansas on its mind.
Originally posted by Tothesunset
Cripes! That's one tough company!
Originally posted by Stumblefoot
...and since executions are included in your fare...
#15
29 Posts
Joined Jun 2009
Even if you don't want to use on a spa treatment, see if the Spa carries Elemis muscle soak for the bath. It works wonders on tired feet and weary muscles. They sell it for around $60+ a bottle; great way to use some shipboard credit.


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#16
London
18 Posts
Joined May 2016
I'm also new to Silversea, having booked and paid in full for a Silver Spirit TA next September, direct with Silversea (so no agent's commission involved) and before I came across this thread, had assumed that OBC was a reward for frequent cruisers but the OP states that this is their first voyage with Silversea. So what do you have to do to get OBC?
#17
89,914 Posts
Joined Jul 2000
Originally posted by Twigalina
I'm also new to Silversea, having booked and paid in full for a Silver Spirit TA next September, direct with Silversea (so no agent's commission involved) and before I came across this thread, had assumed that OBC was a reward for frequent cruisers but the OP states that this is their first voyage with Silversea. So what do you have to do to get OBC?
Sometime Silversea has a promotion which includes some OBC whether you book directly with them or thought an agent. Other times if your agent belongs to a consortium there might be a OBC or sometimes it comes directly from your agent. And still sometimes there is no OBC.

Keith
#18
Atlanta
5,911 Posts
Joined Jun 2004
Twigalina, suggest you call the Silversea cruise representative (u booked direct with) back now and ask if you can get any SBC for the fall Spirit 2018 crossing. No harm is asking.

Also, please join our Spirit fall 2018 crossing (Njbelle (Janice & Eric), Lchoi98 (Lawrence and Laura) and Ida and I are now registered meaning Silversea will host (most likely held our first the second day of our voyage) a cruise critic/silversea meet & mingle.

Also, spinnaker2 (Candy & Larry) are booked on this cruise. Am hoping EnglishUSA (David) will book this fall crossing too.

These SS/CC meet & mingles are a nice way to meet your fellow Silversea cruise critics early on during your voyage.

Believe you will really enjoy your first Silversea Spirit voyage. The international hostess (s) will host evening cocktail hours for all singles and also invite many of the solo passengers to dine (breakfast, lunch, dinner).

Pls see this link to register for the Silversea meet & mingle:

https://www.cruisecritic.com/rollcal...ruiselineid=35
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#19
London
18 Posts
Joined May 2016
Keith/WesW
A line to thank you for your prompt replies and to report a result... USD250.00 OBC!
I've also added myself to the Meet & Mingle for the voyage.