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  1. We are about 1 week to 10 days from realistically expecting our suite assignment. This is where I begin to get excited.
  2. I'm usually one of, if not the, first in line in Seabourn Square coffee bar. Some baristas will go out of their way to serve early, but they have preparation for their shift and I do appreciate, but don't expect it. Typically they know your drink and if you just sit patiently it will come, in order of your arrival. Gotta love them.
  3. Hoping for a Penthouse but expecting deck 5 or 6 in a veranda which is very nice.
  4. Thanks Raphael, not a bad idea to test drive the therapist. They really differ.
  5. Peter and Ann, really nice to hear from you. I figured the massage would be short. Think we’ll go with the bags of laundry. Hopefully will have decent weather and, I’ll try to drain some Single Malt as a tribute to you. Thanks for the post.
  6. I guess it’s not a concern but more anticipation. I’ve seen posts when people were leaving for the ship without knowing their cabin and some get “antsy”. There is a certain amount of fun hoping for the big upgrade, or, just not knowing.
  7. Thanks again SLSD. Did you enjoy the Thomas Keller? I booked it for us but we generally don't like to eat late and our reservation is 8:30pm. I'll try to get an earlier one on board. Actually, the MDR is usually very nice, and much more flexible.
  8. Thanks, the Thomas Keller question was odd in that I thought it was outside. New since we last cruised Seabourn. 4. What is the Seabourn massage offered as a perk for Silver? Is it a free massage of choice or an abbreviated massage that may need an additional fee to enjoy? Subjective for sure !
  9. The main concern for me is not knowing your actual assignment until just before the cruise. Last December we sailed on Viking Ocean and received our cabin assignment in June. That’s unusual.
  10. We are booked, just recently, for the August 31 Sojourn trip South to Vancouver. I have a couple questions. We have not sailed Seabourn for about three years. 1. There was mention of blue jackets in a recent review. Are these automatically provided for our use while on the cruise? 2. When we last sailed there was an opportunity to request liquor to be stalked in your stateroom. Is this still the case or is it small bottles in the mini bar? 3. The Grill has apparently changed to a tough reservation. Is this likely to affect a cold weather cruise? I'm sure I'll have more questions but this is a start. Thanks for the replies in advance.
  11. We are booked on Sojourn for 14 day Alaska Aug. 31st-Sept. 14 in an OB. We have done this several times on various lines and ships and have never been disappointed, but, if you get a cabin you wouldn't have chosen, I guess you should accept or choose as this is not a guarantee of a particular room but of a category level. Having said that, I'm secretly hoping for a Penthouse!
  12. No, a standard package on Viking includes limited selection beer and wine During Meals. The Silver Spirits Beverage package is different. It includes upgraded wine and beer, plus liquor and cocktails.
  13. When you consider the gratuities, and drink package, Seabourn is competitive and probably better overall product. Viking ocean charges $20 pp per day with no added gratuities. Their selection is comparable (possibly better in some liquor/Cognac categories) but without the package Viking's per drink price is less by quite a margin. Viking's drink prices include the gratuity. And Grey Goose is still Grey Goose regardless of which ship it is being poured on. If I didn't feel like I was being taken advantage of I would probably not be as concerned. Windstar has a great product but.....They are not cheap cruises and overpriced regarding drinks.
  14. I guess I'm not going on any more Windstar cruises. My history with WS began on the Surf several years back. They would not allow you to bring on any liquor but the bartenders poured good sized drinks and unless staying drunk was a goal I felt the pricing without the package was pretty decent. Then we went on the Legend and they didn't seem to care if you brought some liquor on, but again, the pours were decent and prices not too bad. The last experience was the Breeze last summer. Nothing allowed to be carried on, very carefully measured shots, higher prices, and generally poor service made it a very poor bar experience. Now, I was about to pop on a 14 day Caribbean but $135 per day extra and the bar prices has turned me completely off Windstar. ($59/day plus 15% X 2) Much of their product is great, but being fleeced after ponying up pretty big bucks to ride their boat has given me a poor taste. That will be it for us.
  15. I think you will find Enhance rather than Enrich your trip
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