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  1. The beach towels provided by the room steward are (or were) yellow. If you don't leave it in the room afterwards, then they say you will be charged for its replacement. The pool towels are/were grey. Even though you're not meant to remove them from the ship, you will likely sea people on the beach lying on grey towels with an X cut into the pile. The laundry bag is made of double sheet brown paper maybe 18" x 10" (45cm x 25cm) - the "all you can fit in" rule specifies "without tearing"
  2. The brochure only covers as far as April 2023 - no summer 2023 cruises anywhere shown
  3. Whenever Jim starts a live blog, I have a little competition to try and guess the page in the thread that has the first occurrence of "Lain". It came much later than I guessed this time, but as Jim says, it's been a chatty thread.
  4. No USB ports, 2 US sockets (110V) and 1 European socket (220V) - all on the desk opposite the bed.
  5. In his latest vlog Don was praising a Celebrity customer services rep for frequently contacting him to provide information, assurances and updates. I'm wondering if there are other passengers in the same situation but don't have a YouTube channel - are they receiving the same level of service?
  6. Unless Air Canada have a crew base in San Diego, then the crew on the flight the previous evening will be overnighting in San Diego and will be the crew on the morning flight. They probably have to take a minimum number of rest hours. It may be worth monitoring the arrival time of the southbound flight and see how much it can be delayed before there is a knock on impact on the morning flight departure time.
  7. And if your looking for things to add to the options - the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth is certainly worth considering,
  8. Slightly off topic - isn't only in US ports that the ship needs to be zero'd out? In Europe, you can stay on the ship during the changeover. The limiting factor for a Europe back to back is how early they issue the new sea pass cards.
  9. I may be wrong, but I don't think they are asking for your right of residence in the UK, they are asking for proof that you actually are currently living in the UK. So they need something like a bank statement, utility bill, council tax bill, mobile phone bill etc.
  10. It was Equinox, the first ship to be revolutionized that suffered the loss of foot stools. The outcry was so vociferous, when it came round to doing Silhouette, the foot stools were included as part of the concierge class balcony furniture. There was mention on here, that Equinox was due to get the missing foot stools replaced, but I don't recall reading that this had occurred.
  11. It would require some joined up thinking between the Excursions team and the Food & Beverages team, but with only (cruise line) organised tours available, they should have a really accurate view of how many people would remain on board.
  12. The tracelets were also discussed on the Silhouette thread. They were included as a requirement on the healthy sailing page until about 5 days ago, when their mention was were removed. Someone on-board today ask the crew about them and was told that they weren't functioning correctly.
  13. Eurofins reviews on Trustpilot would suggest booking your own choice and claiming the refund may be the better option.
  14. Roll call now says that it's not cancelled and the message was an error by a travel agent
  15. I love the irony of complaining that you've been told that you can't enter the terminal until nearer your departure time, inventing non-existent medical problems to get let in early, and then complaining that there's no room in the terminal for social distancing.
  16. UK guidelines do say that you should blow your nose first - see 2:46 here How to do a COVID-19 Self Test (rapid antigen test) - YouTube
  17. 6130 has the bed by the bathroom. For Solstice class ships, the bed alternates between bathroom and balcony in adjacent cabins. On the deckplan a square or triangle indicating 3 or 4 person occupancy is possible for these cabins. These cabins have the bed by the bathroom.
  18. Fully agree - looking at the MSC site, they offer balcony cabins at 17 square metres (182 sq ft) plus a balcony and infinite oceanview at 20 square metres with an opening window. This allows you to choose between a balcony or more space - satisfying both sides of the argument.
  19. I think you must have included Gwyneth Paltrow in your count for question 3.
  20. They are, but only guarantee cabins. The suspicion is that passengers who book insides or oceanviews will be allocated a balcony cabin. They are obviously trying to stimulate sales, with insides starting at £799 per passenger on some sailings, and the 0% single supplement. By doing it this way rather than reduce Balcony pricing, they are avoiding having to comply with any "Best Price Guarantee" that may have been part of existing bookings. With reduced capacity, it's difficult to estimate how many cabins have actually been booked - but for the 3rd July sailing, all 8 sunset views on deck 7 and 6 out of 8 on deck 8 are showing as available. These are priced currently at £1029 per passenger. And with no single supplement it is severely tempting, but I'm waiting to see what how dining is arranged. If there is no table sharing, I don't fancy looking like Billy Nomates every night.
  21. This seems to be an IT bug that started occurring occasionally a couple of weeks ago when the .co.uk site was replaced entirely by .com/gb. Pressing the browser refresh button normally results in the 100% sold out results being replaced with availability and prices.
  22. I think it's another IT glitch, that I've seen a few times recently. When I see it, a hit of the refresh button usually provides availability. I'm not sure if it's related, but a few days ago it seems they turned off the .co.uk site and just route directly to .com/gb - which has changed the search interface slightly
  23. I think you've hit the nail on the head there. If you select the either inside or oceanview guarantee cabins, a message appears specifically to say that the cabin will be assigned at boarding. (Whereas normally guarantee cabins are assigned prior to boarding). Another observation is that, at least for the cruise I checked, the solo supplement is only 25% rather than the normal 100%. Maybe they're realised that when sailing at reduced capacity, they can make more money (25% more in this case) by selling 2 cabins both for solo occupancy, than selling one cabin for two people and leaving the other one empty.
  24. A pedantic point, all the "normal" fleet are registered in Malta, but the Galapagos fleet are registered in Ecuador - presumably a requirement imposed by the Ecuadorian authorities.
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