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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
  16. I didn’t try it but it was available in the living room bar. I saw some eating it and they seemed to enjoy it. I did enjoy the pickled herring in Mamsens. My question is why that wasn’t available in the World Cafe? I suppose it makes Mamsens unique.
  17. Wendy, not agreeing one way or another but virtually all lines that offer packages require both to have it AND for the duration. Peigrine, in my opinion, very high double digit to triple digit scotch is a totally different category. For example, Seabourn includes alchohol, but the really high end scotch isn’t included. We really are talking about a small group who are willing and able to comfortably pay in excess of $100/shot, while a good selection of very good scotch is included. My point is that Viking has a very limited included selection. On my recent trip, Bowmore 15, and Glenfiddich 12, were the only single malts that were included. Bowmore is fairy well peated and therefore a more limited group of consumers. Both are great but two selections is not really competitive. I’ll guess that Seabourn and Silversea had 8-12. Since my SSBP was complimentary and the other options were decent Cognac I survived the “ordeal”.
  18. Yes, Grey Goose is included in the package. They actually have a decent selection of Vodka.
  19. We used Barcelona Day Tours also and we were very happy with the tour. We were happy to be in a comfortable van with 12 others instead of a bus full of people. The logistics of getting on and off, listening to a guide, asking questions etc. is more user friendly. The cost was a push with the ship’s tour but IMO a superior product. BTW we did the Montserrat, Barcelona, and Güell Park tour that included Sagrada Familia (outside). The outside tour was so good that when we toured the inside (next day) we felt like we already had the best experience. We did have an excellent guide and that does make a difference. BTW included pickup and drop off at the port.
  20. The price of the SSBP is very reasonable and ultimately less than buying drinks if you want premium booze. The catch, for some, is that both occupants of the room must buy it, and, it is for the entire cruise. Our only Viking experience demonstrated the bar staff is well trained and friendly. My only complaint was the very small selection of premium single malt scotch. That is what I enjoy and two choices for a 23 day cruise is too few. On the other hand, I did enjoy the selection of Cognac and Armangac which was pretty good. I believe the Bourbon selection was slightly better but I didn’t try it.
  21. wildcat68

    Ice bucket

    We didn’t either. We were not mixing drinks in the room so the need was minimal. Sure took advantage of the Silver Spirits Beverage Package though. Janet, did you get a drink or two 😳. That was a good time.
  22. I have personally never seen a bargain with add on pre, or post cruise packages. On our recent trip VO Rome to Miami we booked our own air. It was more dollars than Viking offer but we sat in the front of the aircraft instead of the sardine section. I figured I saved over $5000 over the Viking upgrade. I did not use miles! Bed and breakfast for two nights in Civitavecchia was $205, total for two. Transfer from Rome to Civitavecchia was 75€. That was 1/2 the private rate for four pax as we set it up in advance. Ship to Miami airport was offered by Viking for$49, pp. $98 total. Taxi was fixed rate at $27 per ride. It was also faster, more comfortable and convenient. None of this included a tour guide, or large bus. We did relax after the direct flight to Rome from LAX. Explored Civitavecchia on our own and ate in nice places, enjoyed wine on our balcony overlooking Civitavecchia harbor and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. If we had decided on a Tuscan pre cruise stay we would have probably beat the price offered by the cruise line by 50% at least. Just my opinion.
  23. We disembarked the Viking Sun on the 27th in Miami. Not sure why but clearance was approximately 45 minutes late. Going through customs and passport check was fast for our group. TSA at MIA was no problem whatsoever. Had a nice 23 day cruise and am recovering 😳
  24. We are across the aircraft and ahead in row 2. Yes, I figured by having two cruises back to back we got assigned cabin early. We (I) will do more research on train and sharing a transfer and get with you later. Mlh7629 at gmail dot com
  25. We were an early guarantee but have been assigned a cabin for some time. Unusual to be assigned months in advance. My bias is to take the train. With two couples, you can move luggage up and down stairs with some observation while being moved. It’s a short trip into Rome, then about 1 to 1 1/2 hours to Civitaviccia. Get in around 7pm ish. No driving while fatigued. Another option is to look into a scheduled shared transfer which brings the cost down. We are staying in the La Casa Sul Mare B&B.
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