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Gourmet Gal

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    SF Bay Area
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    Languages, Bridge, Art, Travel
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Silversea, The World, Uniworld, Yacht Charters
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  1. That’s the advantage of booking air with SS. Even so, if it’s Covid-related the airlines may still be accommodating. Hopefully conditions will improve in time to still make the trip. Good luck Lois.
  2. For one, consider packing more lightly by carrying items that are easily hand washed and dried overnight. I highly recommend you check out Anatomie clothing. The pieces are made for travel and are so comfortable, stretchy, light-weight for flying and they are incredibly packable. You can wash in the sink and the pants are so light-weight they dry faster than a swimsuit. The pants are made of a special fabric from Italy and you can dry them in minutes with a hair-dryer. By saving the cost of luggage forwarding you can invest in some Anatomie pieces that can work for casual and dressier. Ju
  3. Good hotels probably have their own good coffee. As an ardent SBucks avoider I can attest that Cafe Nero is a probably a suitable replacement in a pinch. I love to enjoy the local coffee and tea culture wherever I travel in the world but a mass American chain wouldn’t be my criteria for hotel selection.
  4. Cooking as entertainment has massive appeal and I applaud SS for creating a beautiful venue and another great activity for pax to enjoy if interested. I’ve taken cooking classes and culinary tours all over the world and find it’s another window into a culture I may be interested in. It’s definitely not work. You are obviously not a good candidate for this type of activity so no need to cast such a negative vibe here. Just plan to do something else if you ever get to cruise SS.
  5. I would really appreciate the crew being so disciplined with mask-wearing because it cannot be easy during their very long shifts. They do it so passengers can have a break from wearing theirs.
  6. I must be confused on that. Thanks for the response. SF is not what it used to be, sadly. I never go into the city anymore.
  7. Thanks for the quick response. I’m on the west coast so actually I’m up a little later than my usual 6:00 AM. The Arts Cafe sounds great but correct me if I’m wrong, I thought it converted to another restaurant in the evenings?
  8. Lois, thanks again for your recollections. Just wondering, how is the cabin compared to other SS vessels? Any notable differences? Is there coffee service in the observation lounge in the mornings? That’s my favorite spot early morning when coming into harbor.
  9. Thanks JB! I appreciate you taking the time to evaluate the various locations. I think I’ve narrowed down my choice to Hamyard, Haymarket or Soho but your observations are really helpful. I see you will probably hit 15,000 posts today! Congrats. I know I’ve read many of your keen posts before. CC members like you have really made this forum into a valuable resource for travelers, not just cruisers. Thanks again.
  10. The Avenida looks lovely. Quite the bargain, too.
  11. No experience yet but we’ve rebooked at Flora Chiado apartments after our cruise was cancelled last year. Breakfast is included and it has service more like a hotel than apartment. They get great reviews and is a property of my destination club Exclusive Resorts so it is well vetted. Located in central Lisbon right above a Michelin starred restaurant in a vibrant neighborhood.
  12. Has anyone stayed at any of the Firmdale properties in London? After staying at Taj51 for many years we’re ready for a different area and all the Firmdales seem well located. Any feedback would be appreciated.
  13. Stayed at Taj 51 many times as members of Exclusive Resorts. They have several units there. The location is solid-not far from the Royal Mews and there is a great Indian Michelin starred restaurant affiliated with the property. The residences are multi bedroom, bathroom with living room and small kitchen dining area so great for mornings and takeout but breakfast is lovely at the hotel. Service is wonderful.
  14. That ship was rather tired looking on my cruise in 2018. Not sure how old it is but perhaps it’ll be time.
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