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  1. We took a cruise over Christmas/New Years last year, and for the first time ever I contributed to the crew wellness fund. (I arranged it at the same time that I turned it my 'no I don't want to contribute to the charity' form at reception). My reasoning was to help the crew have their own 'holiday' celebrations below decks. They seemed appreciative, and the hotel manager sought me out later and thanked me personally, but I didn't do it for recognition, so was actually somewhat embarrassed at the time. Past discussions with various crew members has given me to understand that far more than a tip, they appreciate a positive review in the mid cruise (if you're on a longer cruise) and end of cruise surveys. I've been told that SilverSea pays better than average wages, and the crew want their contracts renewed. Getting a good review on the survey helps get that renewal. Tips are included in the fare you've already paid.
  2. The Silver Muse seems to be sticking closer to the Vancouver Island side of the strait tonight. I could only get a far-away picture. Glad you enjoyed your Rocky Mountaineer experience. Getting the full view of Robson is breathtaking, isn't it? Fair winds and following seas for your upcoming adventure.
  3. TLC: Lots of things to do in Vancouver: Granville Market (on Granville Island) Grouse Mountain Capilano Suspension Bridge Stanley Park shopping on Robson Lots of delicious seafood There's also a Vancouver to Victoria (V2V) day cruise that goes from downtown to downtown if you won't be going there as part of the Muse cruise. Other options include taking a ferry up to the Sunshine Coast (where I live) for a day. (You'll be passing where I live at around 7 pm on the day your cruise leaves Vancouver - look to your right. I'll try to remember to snap a picture for you.) Weather forecast calls for nice weather (down here anyway - can't speak to the rest of your itinerary). Enjoy your travels.
  4. Good to see Silver Explorer is out of drydock in Vancouver, and according to MarineTraffic.com, is heading to Rudyerd Bay. You can barely see her, with the black hull, just off East Trail Island. (The big ship in front is Radiance of the Seas).
  5. Uncloaking for a brief visit. DaveyWavey, et al: hope you enjoy your cruise thru the inside passage tomorrow. You'll be in my backyard. The Muse will pass by our place around 4 am, so I won't expect you to get up and wave (despite your nickname on this forum). Pictures at night are difficult - we just see floating bundles of light in the distance. But here's a shot of the Muse from our deck when she was northbound. (She's the smaller ship in the photo, but in the lead!)
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