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  1. Looking at it from a teenager’s perspective, I would’ve been thrilled to have my own cabin at that age. If it’s cheaper, and you trust your teen enough to have his own cabin, I’d say go for it. I think it’s a win situation for everybody.
  2. Delta is notorious for posting an early departure time on international flights. They did it to us returning home from Rome last November. To make things tighter, our ship arrived an hour late. We were already stressed about the late ship arrival but we were truly sweating bullets when we checked the flight status enroute to the airport and we learned that the flight was departing early. We made it, but it was not the way that I wanted to end my vacation. On Delta’s defense, they post the early time to maintain the integrity of their schedules and to minimize the possibility of delays. We arrived back in Atlanta almost an hour early.
  3. I travel internationally for work almost on a weekly basis and I never inform my credit card company of my travels. My international activity has never been flagged, but it got flagged when I attempted to use my card at my local Target, 10 minutes away from my house. I truly wonder how the algorithm to determine fraud works.
  4. They give you bigger 1 liter bottles, but there’s not cheaper option. It’s either $47 or nothing.
  5. Let me get some clarification about your statement . Because there are many “unattended brats who scream in the pool, run up and down the corridors, push all the elevator buttons and run around the restaurants”, does that mean that all children are that way? Is it possible that there could be children who are being raised better than that? Respectfully, I believe that your generalization is as broad as saying that every adult lacks proper manners, social behavior and etiquette (or the opposite). We all know that neither one is fully accurate. Do you want to know where the children that you describe come from? Take a vacation on a family friendly cruise line or to a family friendly destination and you should have your answer quickly. Children are usually a reflection of the adults that are raising them. When we’ve sailed on family friendly cruise lines, there are many children that do fall under the description that you gave, but there are many more who don’t. All you have to do is sit at your MDR table and watch. Watch the adults behavior, their adherence to dress code and protocol and normally their children are following suit. We sailed on the Disney Fantasy a few years back, where easily more than 90% of tables were occupied by families with small children, and the differences were striking. You definitely couldn’t lump all of them under one description. My children are far from perfect, and I’m not one of those delusional parents who believes that their children can do no wrong. But I’ll tell you what I am. I am a father who has bent over backwards to make sure that my children know more about the world at their young age than most adults do in a lifetime. I’ve also worked tirelessly so that they are NOT the brats that you describe. What was not acceptable behavior for me when my parents were raising me is not acceptable behavior for me kids now that I’m raising them. I do know that we live in a time when behaved children seem to be an exception and not the norm, so I can’t fault you for thinking the way you do. It’s an eye opening sign of the times when people feel compelled to compliment your children because they do something as basic as saying “thank you”.
  6. Observer: Thank you as well. I do agree that toddlers would most likely be disruptive in a Silversea environment. Even with the best intentions, and based on our experience, it can be hard (to almost impossible) to truly ensure that a child that young can behave in a way that won’t affect others. But at the same time, I can see the benefit of such a promotion for say, a multigenerational family trip where grandparents wish to treat their grown up children and their families to a luxury cruise. While I would’ve not considered taking Silversea as a first cruise when my children were toddlers, I can see how my parents would’ve invited the whole family to come along on a cruise with them, and how this promotion would’ve made it more enticing and viable to do so.
  7. Nowornever : Thank you for your kind words. I do like the idea of taking a Silversea cruise without children first. As much as I’d like to think that they are ready for it, the idea of taking a vacation for just mom and dad is enticing! As much as we are enjoying raising these children, I do look forward to the day when they are grown enough, and we are comfortable leaving them for the longer period of time that a Silversea cruise will most likely require. As far as onboard activities go, I won’t deny the allure that kid friendly activities and amenities have. We’ve experienced them on more family friendly cruise lines. But we’ve learned that these activities don’t make our cruise vacations. Our cruise last November was in the Mediterranean, and it was port intensive. Our activities ashore are what made that vacation memorable. Our next cruise (during the kids winter break) will be aboard Holland America. Outside of the kids club, activities will revolve around music (Lincoln Center Stage, BB Kings, etc). There’s also the BBC Planet Experience at the World Stage. No water slides, surf simulators, or more kid friendly activities. I’ve already told them what to expect, and they are looking forward to these new experiences. We’ll see how well it truly goes, but I’m hopeful that it will be an enjoyable cruise!
  8. Admittedly, the most luxurious cruise line that I have sailed on is Cunard. But rest assured that we are familiar with the travel experience that Silversea delivers. Fortunately my land travels, since an early age, have always been considerably more upscale and sophisticated than the cruise vacations that I’ve taken. It’s much easier to tailor a luxury land vacation to fit a family schedule than to do the same with a luxury cruise where specific departure dates and cruise lengths can’t be altered. Yes, we have sailed frequently on more family friendly, budget minded cruise lines, and that’s in part due to the fact that their more frequent and shorter itineraries make it much easier for a young family to go on vacation. Another reason is because many of those cruises were complimentary perks which I enjoyed for years from a previous employer. There are many reasons why families flock to family friendly cruise lines. For us, it’s been mainly due to ease and convenience. No matter when we can take vacation, we know that we can find a cruise on a mass market line to fit those dates. On luxury lines it’s harder. Most of the time, the luxury cruises that I really like don’t match the days when we can take time off. So until that changes, we’ll continue allocating more of our travel funds to land vacations than to cruise vacations. The search continues. 😀
  9. Definitely not. When my children were that age, we were testing the waters with what they could handle. Purposely, we selected a quick 5 night Bahamas cruise on a budget line for his first cruise. Several nights, we would skip the main dining room, or if we did go, we would cut dinner short at the first indication of fussiness or crying. But with every vacation that we took, both by air and sea, we kept expanding our horizons, to where we are now. Admittedly, Silversea would not be where I would’ve tested the waters, and started my kids cruising. But I’m confident that they could handle it now without disrupting fellow passengers.
  10. This is wonderful news! We are a family of 4, including 7 and 9 year old children. Time to give Silversea a try! Before someone starts slinging mud this way, please hear me out. Our children may be a bit out of the norm. We’ve taken the time to teach them proper etiquette and protocol in various settings. They are cultured and multilingual. At their young age, they have already visited 17 countries, and sailed over 10 times across 5 different cruise lines. From Malta to Alaska to Cuba and places in between. They know what’s expected of them while traveling and they behave accordingly. I understand that many of you may be worried about the possibility of sharing the ship with hordes of poorly behaved and untraveled children, but I have a feeling that Silversea will be attracting a different type of family than the ones that may frequent mass market, family and budget friendly cruise lines. Humbly I request, please give families like mine a try. I promise, my children won’t be banging their silverware, or throwing crumbled crackers at your table while screaming at the top of their lungs. 😉
  11. For whatever it’s worth, when we returned from our 4 night Pacific Coastal, we booked a 12:30pm flight out of SNA Orange County (much farther away). We took Super Shuttle and we first stopped at one hotel near Disneyland to drop other guests off. Even with that, we were through security and sitting at our gate by 9:30am.
  12. The deviation fee is probably the best thing your money can buy on that cruise.
  13. Carnival’s water is a steal. Compare to Royal Caribbean at $47 delivered to your cabin.
  14. I just find it a bit extreme when someone would rather cancel cruise plans or travel plans unless they can fly Southwest. I get that the OP is trying to use points, so I respect their decision, but I’m referring to other people who are “do or die” about Southwest even when it’s more expensive. I live in a city that’s a major hub for Southwest, so I do check their prices often. Sometimes they are the right choice (like when we sailed to Alaska 6 years ago, and they were charging $280 while others were charging $600), but it’s been years since we’ve flown on them simply because they are not the cheapest and/or the itineraries are horrendous. We were looking at flights to San Juan over Christmas, and even on opening day, Southwest was charging over $1000 per person and with bad connections. Other airlines are charging as little as $550. No Southwest for us.
  15. The best ship to Alaska will be the one with the best itinerary. As much as I’m dying to sail on Ovation, I wouldn’t sail on her in Alaska. She has one of the worst itineraries. If there’s one thing that I learned after sailing in Alaska is that this region is all about the destinations and very little about the ship. When I think of our sailing to Alaska, the vast majority of my memories are from what I did off the ship and very little about what I did aboard the ship.
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