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Dusko

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    Victoria BC
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    Seabourn, Paul Gaugin

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  1. Quoted by IC this week: InterContinental Tahiti Resort and Spa Day use on December 28th from 3pm to 10pm Best Flexible Rate: Does not require prepayment, can be cancelled and/or modified without penalty if done so at least 15 days prior to arrival 1 x lagoon view room at 39.837 cfp with taxes and fees, room only Day use on December 28th from 8am to 10pm Best Flexible Rate: Does not require prepayment, can be cancelled and/or modified without penalty if done so at least 15 days prior to arrival 1 x lagoon view room at 59.756 cfp with taxes and fees, room only So the full day room is about $555 USD
  2. Interesting. At one point in my career we studied the design of Ferries (also human cargo carriers) to try and implement changes that would make them safer. It was difficult because by far the greatest number of accidents on vessels are caused by the failure of passengers to use handrails.
  3. You are going to love this trip. We did it after the Norway cruise in July. In St. Petersburg we managed to get on the three day Seabourn package with Moscow in the middle day. It was sold out before we sailed so we're glad we booked in advance. A small group (19) with fantastic guides. Apart from getting off the ship early Catherine's palace had a day open only to cruise ship tours and the Hermitage opened 1.1/2 hours earlier that for non-cruise ship tours. That really reduced the crowds; which are substantial!
  4. Hi Kate Ovation did indeed do the Trollfjord spin in July. I have no idea why the restriction was lifted but I'm sure it must have been in place when you visited or I don't think Seabourn would have extended the OBC. We were very lucky with the weather, apparently 10 knots is the cut-off point. I was lucky enough to have viewed the event from a Zodiac and it was indeed spectacular.
  5. That's a great question! I believe the answer is 'water makers' like on a yacht. Have a look at item 8 here on Cruise critic in the article on '9 Things you didn't know about your cruise ship' https://www.cruisecritic.com/articles.cfm?ID=1475 . Large tanks are one of those things we assume but are not correct. I always thought hotels had large hot water boilers. Turns out it's not so. They, like cruise ships, use instant hot water heaters or 'flash boilers'. That explains why the temperature shifts sometimes in the shower as the heaters try to keep up. All interesting stuff (at least to me).
  6. Thanks Dave the Wonderer. It was never my intention to cause strife and I hope I haven’t. I agree, kudos to SB.
  7. Yes, you can get cans of water. They are good for disaster relief or emergency preparedness. They still need expensive recycling. I think the idea is to reduce or even eliminate the use of plastics, particularly single use plastics. Thanks for thinking alternate solutions.
  8. Yes, you can get cans of water. They are good for disaster relief or emergency preparedness. They still need expensive recycling. I think the idea is to reduce or even eliminate the use of plastics, particularly single use plastics. Thanks for thinking alternate solutions.
  9. Glad to hear that the single use plastic bottles will be discontinued and replaced with some form of refillable. It doesn’t have to be stainless, that was just a nice gift to take home and I understand the weight issue. The hygiene question will, I’m sure, have been well addressed since the last thing a cruise line wants is a health problem. Sounds like SB are being proactive which is really good news.
  10. We haven’t been on SB yet this year but are sailing shortly. Are they still handing out water in plastic bottles as you go ashore? I certainly hope not. Several years ago we were provided with a really nice stainless bottle by Uniworld and use it whenever we can.
  11. Swixpat, your comment “We tend to keep to ourselves but won’t decline shared tables if invited.” makes you sound like great traveling companions. We enjoy good humour and impromptu conversation but I’m not going on a cruise to find a new BFF.
  12. Thanks for responding SLSD. I do understand that aspect and hadn’t considered it. I can think of a couple of more reasons but I wondered if I was missing something. Clearly I was. Anyone else?
  13. OK I’m going to play devil’s advocate. What does Alla Tours offer that the SB tour does not? Do they have the 2 day in St. P and 1 day in Moscow option? Do they go to places that the SB tour does not? They are going to leave 90 minutes later than an SB tour, are they going to make up the difference? Maybe they have smaller groups. I don’t know. Maybe it’s the lure of “we went private, not with the herd”. Also understandable. It can’t be price as anyone who is on this cruise, ourselves included, are spending enough to keep a Mexican family of four in comparative luxury for 2 years. Price is irrelevant. We are rich. Seriously, why wouldn’t I just book with SB?
  14. SKP946, my sincere apologies for not responding sooner and my even more sincere thanks to you for going to such great lengths in order to provide me with this information. You really are a hero. I had no idea that 0545 actually existed on a cruise ship! I will certainly be trying my workout later in the day. These are great screenshots and much appreciated. Let's hope that I haven't raised my own expectations too high. I'll report at the end of July.
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