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  1. Westiesheepie, How disappointing and upsetting though. New travel advisory indicates they will "host" you in hotels, etc. https://www.seabourn.com/en_US/news.html " February 14, 2020 Seabourn Cruise Line has cancelled the next voyage on Seabourn Ovation. The decision comes out of an abundance of caution considering the highly dynamic and unpredictable changes we have seen the past couple of weeks in travel restrictions and port operations that could affect the cruise. While we expect things will stabilize, we never want to put our guests in the position of a having an experience that doesn’t live up to their expectations. Seabourn Ovation was due to depart Singapore on February 15, 2020 for a 14-day round trip cruise. We have had no known or suspected cases of coronavirus on board. Affected guests will receive a refund of the fare paid for the 14-day voyage. Because the cruises were cancelled close to the departure dates, guests will also receive a future cruise credit. Guests and travel advisors are being notified and those guests in Singapore will be hosted in local hotels while they rebook their onward travel. While this decision will be disappointing for our guests, we feel they will understand the commitment to continue to work closely with the health authorities because we share a common goal of looking after the safety and well-being of our guests, crew and the places we visit. We continue to assess the situation and will provide a further update on future voyages in Asia once we have more information."
  2. New Travel Advisory, posted in the past few hours since I last checked: https://www.seabourn.com/en_US/news.html February 14, 2020 Seabourn Cruise Line has cancelled the next voyage on Seabourn Ovation. The decision comes out of an abundance of caution considering the highly dynamic and unpredictable changes we have seen the past couple of weeks in travel restrictions and port operations that could affect the cruise. While we expect things will stabilize, we never want to put our guests in the position of a having an experience that doesn’t live up to their expectations. Seabourn Ovation was due to depart Singapore on February 15, 2020 for a 14-day round trip cruise. We have had no known or suspected cases of coronavirus on board. Affected guests will receive a refund of the fare paid for the 14-day voyage. Because the cruises were cancelled close to the departure dates, guests will also receive a future cruise credit. Guests and travel advisors are being notified and those guests in Singapore will be hosted in local hotels while they rebook their onward travel. While this decision will be disappointing for our guests, we feel they will understand the commitment to continue to work closely with the health authorities because we share a common goal of looking after the safety and well-being of our guests, crew and the places we visit. We continue to assess the situation and will provide a further update on future voyages in Asia once we have more information.
  3. We booked this one directly. https://travelagents.viator.com/tours/Waiheke-Island/Full-Day-Waiheke-Island-Food-and-Wine-Tour/d32653-23077P1 it was an agent recommendation because she took this tour herself and enjoyed it.
  4. These guys are addictive...final count is 25 hatched this year.
  5. Thank you for posting this photo...good to know cruise access is available...barring a cyclone or whatever other natural disaster lurks out nearby.
  6. I don't know about that tour, other than you could also see some of those destinations from our first port if concerns are too much for one day. In searching information about Auckland, I did notice a Photography Tour. https://www.newzealand.com/us/plan/business/auckland-photography-walks/ and some other stops, like the Canterbury area and Wellington, also have specific photography tours. https://www.newzealand.com/us/photography/ On Wednesday, we booked a 6 hour food & wine tour on Waiheke Island, supposedly also a with beautiful scenery.
  7. Seabourn updated their Health Advisory Sunday, and again yesterday. https://www.seabourn.com/en_US/news.html Any individual who has traveled from or through mainland China, Macau, or Hong Kong within 14 days of the start of their cruise, (including transit through their airports), will not be permitted to board the ship. February 10, 2020 For Seabourn Sojourn in Asia, in light of new restrictions throughout the region on travelers coming from or traveling through Hong Kong, the ship will no longer call in Hong Kong on April 3, 2020. Itinerary revisions are currently being confirmed and details of the revised itineraries will be communicated to guests and travel advisors as soon as possible.
  8. The Health Travel Advisory on the Seabourn Press page, first linked to the Feb 3rd press release, is now prominently at top of page. https://www.seabourn.com/en_US/news.html Both advisories signed by the Chief Medical Officer. I believe this one is stricter than previous statement, now including prohibition of transit through Hong Kong and Macau. https://www.seabourn.com/en_US/news/travel-advisory.html An excerpt from current advisory: We have also adopted measures intended to keep you safe. These include: Any individual who has traveled from or through mainland China, Macau, or Hong Kong within 14 days of the start of their cruise, (including transit through their airports), will not be permitted to board the ship. Shipboard staff will be scanning guest passports to verify transit through any of the prohibited areas. Given the serious nature of these circumstances, false responses on pre-boarding documents will result in immediate grounds for disembarkation at the next opportunity. Guests who do not disclose travel through prohibited areas in Asia may also face additional legal consequences. Any individual who has been in contact with a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus or a person under monitoring for coronavirus within 14 days of the start of the cruise, will not be permitted to board the ship.
  9. 13 days from sailing, checked yesterday and it was not yet assigned. A V6 on deck 8, mid-ship. Very pleased.
  10. Need those antioxidants in red wine to protect us. We are still on board with you and the good doc.
  11. The Royal Cam's Facebook page and Twitter account, linked here, https://www.doc.govt.nz/royalcam. Post clips of the more happening events...recent hatching, placement of hatched chick back into the nest, daily weighing of chick, etc. they have posted ships as well. Watching live a few days ago about 7:40am local time, Saw a Viking ship enter port. Assume ships stay off shore until close to docking time to save fees? Watching the live cam is addictive. Thanks to the NZ conservation dept for providing.
  12. CruiseMapper indicates Feb 4th 8 am arrival at Batesman Bay, rather than Eden, for current sailing of the Encore. Under way from Phillips Island now.
  13. You've found a great cruise forum to glean answers of what to expect by specific cruise line and ship. Check the editorial review for the Encore, https://www.cruisecritic.com/reviews/review.cfm?ShipID=1068 then the recent guest reviews for the ship, https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/getreviews.cfm?action=ship&ShipID=1068 and the most recent for the same itinerary you are taking. And not all marketing fluff, but watch all those short video clips on the Seabourn website of the services they offer, the restaurants, etc. There is even a general forum section for first time cruisers that may help too. We have an upcoming Encore trip ourselves, first time on Seabourn...checking around all the sections of this forum helps a lot.
  14. We are booked on a 6hr Food and Wine Tour for my birthday. Our travel agent raved about it...and she wasn't even selling the tour, bought it directly. If I'm to enjoy the wine, want a driver to deliver me back to the ferry. 😉
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