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  1. There are a couple of folks on this board who have done Black Sea on SD so hopefully they will weigh in. I know one cruise had some badly behaved kids on board and another had some issues with the Russians delaying clearances. But they enjoyed the Black Sea, except for these issues. I think they were in the summer of 2013? Before the Sochi Olympics and rising tensions with the Ruskies? I’m pretty sure SD hasn’t done these in awhile, so maybe a good sign? vandrefalk
  2. Just watched Ben and David - does anyone know who the server is who tested positive? My heart goes out to ALL the crew! Vandrefalk
  3. Jess, SD said you can stay in Barbados post-cruise - just not pre. No pre-stay will be difficult for many. We’ve always taken the flight from MIA that gets in at 2:30/3 pm, but always the day before. I keep wondering what Ho Hum thinks of this new (and welcome) transparency..... vandrefalk
  4. Andreas, this is wonderful news! Kudos for planning it. Sadly, I have another commitment and won’t be able to attend. Will it be recorded and available afterwards? Hope so! I also second a return to Norway in the future! I was on the inaugural cruise in 2011 (with your family!) and loved every minute of it. Vandrefalk
  5. Thank you Andreas for the reality check and contradicting the misinformation from other posters. While we all wish SD were more forthcoming about things- that is perhaps a lesson learned. Know we wish you all the best and we hope to return when we can! vandrefalk
  6. Yes they do - or at least did - but it’s not fold out. Years ago on a President cruise, Bob Lepisto’s daughter stayed on it, I think
  7. Well, the picture in the article certainly isn't SD! There was a FB post from SD that said all the crew were negative. SD was very complimentary about the speed with which the tests were processed. Guests on board were expected to be tested promptly as well. Apparently Norway knows how to do this! But so sad that the rest of the Norway cruises appear to be cancelled. It was a great idea for them to do this and I know they do it well, having been on the first cruise back in 2011. We will just have to wait and see what the future holds. Vandrefalk
  8. HH, welcome back. You have been sorely missed! what WONDERFUL news about Capt Michael McLeod!! Very happy to hear this! Haved sailed with him several times. Word of warning - he is exceptionally good at Liar’s Club! and, yes - the website is totally hosed..... vandrefalk
  9. Marine Traffic indicates that SD1 is enroute to Rotterdam? I do know of at least one sales director in the US who has been brought back to work this week. Don’t have any other intel! Also know Capt Swein is no longer listed on the website.... vandrefalk
  10. Great idea, Ragnar! Talking about Monserrat -- our very first SD cruise (2004) with Capt Berg sailed past Monserrat. It was surreal to see Plymouth completely covered in ash. I swore I would someday visit. In 2008, Monserrat was on the itinerary -- main reason we booked that particular cruise (yes, I know you're not supposed to do that -- we're still trying to get to Anegada!). However, that was also the year I broke my leg the day before embarkation! I was still able to board but not sure I was going to be able to take the tour. SD was trying to help the locals restart their tour
  11. And, latest update — a (former) sales director says all sales directors have been terminated.... US, Europe, all? Don’t know but this was a good gal. What are they thinking? vandrefalk
  12. Welcome home, HH! You have been terribly missed! vandrefalk
  13. CTBJR - we saw the same post, right? She is on her way home -- where she will likely face quarantine..... Vandrefalk
  14. Marine Traffic is not incorrect. The Activities Manager on SD 2 posted on FB yesterday that SD is indeed headed to Lisbon. Very sudden decision it appears as everyone (crew) was scrambling to pack and get out. No word on why, but SD 2 isn't scheduled to sail in the Med til may 7. So they may well be going into drydock in Lisbon. This is before the crossing that Beignet Boy got kicked off of because they were going without guests anyway. BB - glad Windstar offered you a refund! The fall crossing isn't for another 7 months, so we can only hope all this will be under control by then. No w
  15. I started following this thread when Jim Avery was on board (Hi Jim!) and stayed with it as your stories are amazing! Magical Mystery Tour indeed! I am delighted at the attitude almost all of you show and your ability to weather these strange times! Will follow your adventures with interest. Jim agree with you about the TP. While I've never used a lot of hand sanitizer and seldom know where it is in the store -- now it's easy! Just look for the empty shelves😃 Vandrefalk
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