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They are unlikely to inform you that a group is aboard that might spoil your cruise.NOT SO!
NOT SO!This is my understanding as well. We had an affinity group onboard a few years back in the med. Because it was a triple back-to-back, we didn't cancel.. (was a BIG difference in experience that week)
ANYONE can call up Seabourn and not just your TA to ask if any groups are onboard.
This coming summer (August) the "affinity group" was so large for a popular itenerary in the Med that we were "bumped" from the ship entirely. The new Seabourn just presumed we'd book another time, another itinerary -- no big deal.Yes I agree.
Their decision to charter the ship was in January and no "sorry about that" letter from Seabourn/HAL was ever sent to us (it's now April). All communication has been through our TA to work on a refund which is still in progress.
If anyone thinks there is not a sea change afoot with this brand they are simply not very observant.
I am very sorry that you were bumped from Seabourn, however, if you will check this boards past posting you will see that Seabourn has been doing this for years. I don't believe the HAL management takeover has impacted this issue.Is it not unusual for a charter in August at the height of the summer season?
I have a feeling Seabourn in Miami would have been more generous than Seabourn in Seattle.Yes,you are correct after new Seabourns first offer of compensation.
On our February Spirit Caribbean cruise, we had 2 affinity groups- car dealers(reward cruise) and divorce lawyers. The lawyer group had a couple of business meetings(?write off the cruise), and they took over Restaurant 2 for a whole evening. The groups mainly socialized amongst themselves and comprised about 1/3 of the passengers all together. I feel the presence of affinity groups (especially larger ones)on a cruise could definitely negatively impact the cruise for the rest of the passengers. Is there a way to find out from SB if there will be an "affinity group" on my cruise- especially before final payment? I did ask my TA to check before my Spirit cruise, because I have read on CC about that practice- but she did not get any information from SB.We were on the "car dealer/lawyer" cruise with you in February and agree that it was a huge disappointment. The lawyers generally kept to themselves, as noted, but the other group ran the staff ragged and seemed to have little sense of courtesy for fellow travellers (who actually paid good money to travel on Seabourn!). Thanks for raising this issue and soliciting feedback from other readers - I'm going to call Seabourn before our next cruise in December, so we don't repeat this mistake!