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  1. Thanks, goorawin, for your prompt and helpful, albeit disappointing, response.
  2. Hi, goorawin. Thanks so much for all of the good information about what the Scenic Eclipse is actually like. I have a question that I'm hoping you might be able to answer. My husband is a pipe smoker -- it is part of the way he relaxes at the end of the day. Do you know whether there is anything like a cigar lounge or other smoking lounge on the ship? If not, that would be a deal breaker for us. Even if there is outdoor space for smoking, it really doesn't serve the same purpose. Particularly since the cruise I am eying is transatlantic (Dublin to Boston), trying to relax, sitting outside smoking a pipe in the middle of the Atlantic, would not work. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide. Enjoy your cruise!
  3. As an update, we received our updated itinerary from Silversea with all of the Cuba stops removed. It is now a cruise simply to various other places in the Caribbean (which I understand may be of interest to others but is not to us). The cruise is the same number of days, starts and ends on the same dates and in the same place, as previously. There were no offers of any kind with respect to any kind of "compensation" for the changes, such as included excursions which others have mentioned. We have cancelled the cruise and received a refund of the total cruise cost (which we had paid long ago in order to get a discount) minus a $200 cancellation fee (which can be put towards a newly-booked cruise within the next year). They were unwilling to waive the $200 cancellation fee.
  4. Well, I suppose we can agree to disagree. But you might consider that you seem to be “pouring out negative remarks” about me in your comments.
  5. I assume you are referring to me as having made "vituperative" posts. I actually find your characterization insulting. I don't believe that I was being vituperative in the slightest. I was unaware of anything being done by the cruise industry "behind the scenes." It would have been useful if someone with knowledge of this, such as yourself, had posted this information earlier on this board. But in any event, my view, and my disappointment, remains the same.
  6. Actually there are other parts of the government that have to implement the rule and determine how to do it. As long as, in the end, he is able to say that Cuba has been hurt by his decision, I don't think he cares much about the details.
  7. I’m not sure why you assume this would be a pointless exercise. This is, after all, a brand new policy, so there would be details that have to be worked out. Input by the impacted constituency would, I believe, have some relevance. As a US attorney, I do have some knowledge about how these kinds of things work. Again, they might not be successful, but I would have appreciated their trying. While this might not be important to you, it is to me - both with respect to going to Cuba, and with respect to how Silversea treats its customers.
  8. I couldn’t agree more with respect to whom I primarily blame for this - the US President. However, given how quickly Silversea sent out its decision to eliminate the Cuba stops, I don’t think they spent much time with their lawyers determining how best to handle the change in policy, if there was any way to protect their customers, and whether there was anything that could be negotiated in this regard. I believe there is more that Silversea could have pursued, but I don’t think they made any effort. I’m not saying that I’m certain they would have been successful, but they should have tried.
  9. My husband and I are booked on a Silversea cruise for Jan-Feb 2020 with multiple stops in Cuba. I received an email from Silversea yesterday saying that there will be a new Caribbean itinerary shortly with NO stops in Cuba. I wrote to my travel agent with my unhappiness with how Silversea is handling this, and that I have no interest in simply a Caribbean cruise. If that is what this becomes I told her that I will cancel the cruise and expect a full refund (I have already paid in full for the cruise). Very unhappy.
  10. Thanks to everyone for your really helpful responses.
  11. Hi. Does Cunard provide any discount for booking a new cruise while onboard? Thanks
  12. My husband and I are interested in a cruise to Cuba. I see that in the fall of 2020 Silversea has a cruise to Cuba on the Explorer. I didn’t expect the cruise to be an expedition ship. I’m not clear how that would work for Cuba. Would zodiacs be used to get into ports? I expected for the most part to simply explore cities, such as Havana, and smaller towns and things like that. Not sure how an expedition fits into this. I’ve tried to locate information on Silversea excursions in Cuba without success. Any thoughts or suggestions, anyone?
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