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  1. One suggestion that might assist: although it is not really a salad as such, one thing I have done regularly in The Restaurant is order a selection of the various vegetables on offer from the waiter for my entree. On the waiter's tablet, there is a screen which lists all the vegetables which can be ordered as "sides" in addition to what is provided on the plate for whatever the menu item is. I just take a look at what's on the tablet and ask for a side of this, a side of that, a side of something else, etc. They arrive on separate plates and then I just put them all together on my plat
  2. I met a married woman on a cruise in 2015 who told me that she traveled on her own because the ONLY thing her husband was interested in doing was scuba diving. Over the years, she had been on a number of trips with her husband, and had to choose either to spend the day(s) on her own while her husband went out scuba diving, or to accompany him and other scuba divers on the boat and sit on the boat while they went diving, and listen to diving stores both there and back to the dive site. Needless to say, she got quite fed up with either choice. So, she traveled on her own to the places sh
  3. I would love to go on a cruise, having had to cancel the one I had scheduled, literally days before my departure back in February 2020. However, as a solo traveler, one of the things I enjoy most about cruising is the opportunity to meet, mix and mingle with other passengers. Whether at a bar, sharing a Hosted Table at dinner, lounging around the pool, on an excursion, or whatever. If I were required to keep only to myself, i.e. social distanced from everyone else on board, that would make the cruise a real downer for me. I can keep myself to myself at home for free. I won't spend a
  4. Your points are well taken, rl787. Lots of opportunities for the virus to be caught even before boarding the vessel, and the cruise lines will be understandably extremely cautious about locking everything down if there is even a hint of someone sick with COVID. It would make for a cruise fraught with anxiety and uncertainty, wondering if the next day would bring a lockdown. Does not sound fun at all! Or indeed something that anyone would want to spend a bunch of their hard-earned money on. <sigh> Perhaps the more realistic notion would be sometime into 2022.m Time will
  5. I've been reading this thread with a great deal of interest, as I have been looking at a Caribbean cruise on Sojourn from November 29-December 10, 2021; round-trip Miami. My last cruise with SB (Sydney to Bali in Feb/Mar 2020) was cancelled and like everyone else I have been staying home ever since. Due to my (ahem!) relatively "young" age (61), and lack of any pre-existing conditions, it looks like I may get vaccinated here in Canada by the summer, or perhaps September. It is looking like everyone in Canada and the U.S. will be vaccinated by the end of November, but I wonder about
  6. I have sailed on several larger ships in the past: Princess, Royal Caribbean and NCL, but have sailed exclusively on Seabourn ships since 2017 and I would never go back to the larger ships, even with booking a more expensive category that provides more exclusivity regarding dining, service, etc. For me, the atmosphere on SB is just much more conducive to a pleasurable cruise experience than is provided on the larger ships (think 1,500 or more (many more) passengers). If I were to book a concierge-type class cabin, let's say on Royal Caribbean for example, once I left the areas exclusive
  7. Yes, plan7C, I too appreciate that the couples seated at the Hosted Tables are deliberately separated by the staff. It really fosters the conversation and puts everyone at the table on a similar footing. I would imagine that the spouses also appreciate an opportunity to chat with people besides their better half!
  8. I could not agree more, CabinBoy2020! I too am completely comfortable doing my own thing, on my own during the day, including have breakfast and lunch on my own. In fact, it's kind of nice to be able to do what I want, for as long as I want, when I want, without having to consult with anyone else. And SB really does seem to welcome soloists (as I refer to myself!). I also appreciate and always attend the first solo gathering for cocktails to meet the other soloists on board. It's a great chance to meet other people traveling on their own. In fact, I met two people at that gather
  9. Sure! It's sticking out like a sore thumb. The only one who is not paired up, or with a group, or family. Kinda, "Gee what must be wrong with her, that's she's on her own?" I realize that most people are not thinking that at all, but the world often seems to be a Noah's Ark kind of place, and if one is on one's own, it can feel uncomfortable.
  10. I have read this thread right from the beginning and I find the comparisons provided by various posters between Crystal and Seabourn to be fascinating. I have very much appreciated reading them. I have never cruised with Crystal, and based on the consensus that seem to exist among the reviews posted regarding the standoffishness/rudeness of fellow passengers, I never shall. I am a solo traveler and have cruised now with SB five times, with the sixth booked cruise canceled due to COVID. One of the most enjoyable aspects for me as a soloist is the friendliness of my fellow cru
  11. I really like your idea for the day between sailings, although I also agree that it is unlikely to happen due to the effect it would have on the cruise line's bottom line. And the crew would absolutely love it as well.
  12. Thank you KKMIAUSA for the information re docking location, that is good to know. And your experience re the Hallowe'en celebration. Still pondering, "To dress up, or Not to dress up". That is the question. LOL. However, from Isklaar, I take it that the sail-in (and out?) was still wonderful, which to be honest, is what I am most looking forward to. I appreciate the heads-up on the weather as well. I am preparing for some rough seas with Gravol+ginger and the wrist bands. Crossing my fingers for smooth sailing, but at that time of year and that area, definitely should
  13. Yes, you are quite right Isklaar. It's the Montreal to Miami cruise on the Quest. Leaving Montreal on October 25th, arriving in Miami on November 6th. The highlight for me will be NYC, sailing in and out of Manhattan harbour, where the ship will overnight giving us 2 days to see something of The Big Apple. I'm also looking forward to Charleston which I've visited once before and found it absolutely charming. So a return visit will be enjoyable for sure.
  14. Wow! The 10% single supplement is very rare. The lowest I have received is 25%. Worth checking into for those of use like me, who sail solo. I call myself a "soloist" by the way. LOL!!!
  15. Thanks everyone! This is good to know, and great to see a pic of some of those in costume. I'm still debating with myself as to whether or not to dress up. October 31st will be a sea day, but the very next day, we sail into Manhattan harbour. So, I'm thinking maybe The Statue of Liberty???
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