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    Travel and food, walking and hiking, sacred and spiritual sites, writing and reading
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    Anywhere I can get to; I'm trying them all!

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  1. Ah, that makes sense now! Thanks, Stumbles.
  2. Observer, I noticed the same about Cuba. As a US citizen, I am desperately hoping that our current political situation changes, reverting to pre-OrangeMan attitudes about travel -- especially in Cuba. Before I sign on for a voyage that fits my schedule (and one of them does, with an overnight in La Habana!), I am cautiously, optimistically, waiting to see how our politics sort themselves out. Like you, I suspect SS must have backup plans just in case.
  3. What is the difference between Seishin (on the Spirit) and Kaiseki (on the Muse, and planned for the Moon)? Have any of you sailed on both the post-stretch Spirit and the Muse, and can speak to this? Interestingly, the upcharge on Seishin is $40, and the upcharge on Kaiseki is $60. What are the less obvious differences -- perhaps in menu offerings, service, or atmosphere? Anyone?
  4. As predicted by many, the Wind will be an Antarctic expedition ship.
  5. Yes, to Randy's point, the examples I know of are only Vistas to Verandas and not all the way to Silver Suites.
  6. I wonder if something has changed, as I was upgraded from a Vista to a V3 a few days before sailing last February. Another solo woman on my voyage was as well; we chatted about what an unexpected and delightful surprise that was. Her upgrade was a week or so before mine, and I know that she has more Venetian days than I do. Our guess was that the upgrades are in order of loyalty. They seem to be rare, still, but no longer unheard of.
  7. Thank you for taking the time to write this thoughtful review, taxare. It sounds like you had a wonderful time, and your description helps me move the Galapagos higher on my list.
  8. Here is a description of the 1 hour-long Zodiak excursion at Tracy Arm. They are running it 3 times that day: 10:00, 11:30, and 1:30, and all three have spaces available. Also offered are 2 kayak outings, and a "wilderness explorer" which seems to be a somewhat larger (but still small) vessel. We are in Hubbard Glacier for a shorter window of time, so only 1 Zodiak and 1 Wilderness Explorer are offered (both are waitlisted for the 5/27 sailing). It will be very interesting to see if, as Terry suggests, the first two sailings are to test out these excursions so that they can offer them all season. All tours are led by expert drivers and guides, using stable and very reliable MK6 zodiacs. With a maximum of only 12 guests per boat, there is plenty of room for everyone to view wildlife and other features of interest from all angles. Upon departing the ship, your driver will take you along the coast, inland through the fjord. The near vertical cliffs, which line each side of the fjord, rise 2000+ feet directly out of the water with numerous large cascades and waterfalls running over them. Your driver might take you right up to the base of a waterfall, leaving you feeling dwarfed by the sheer cliffs that rise straight-up from the bottom of the fjord. Along the way, your expert guide will explain how fjords are created, and give details about the geology of the region. In 1980 this region became designated as the Tracy Arm-Ford's Terror Wilderness area, and has been within the boundaries of the Tongass National Forest since 1907, allowing the wildlife to thrive in the area. Seals haul out on the icebergs near the glaciers, porpoises swim through the arm, bears can be seen along the shoreline and in the valleys, mountain goats climb on the cliffs above the arm, and sea birds frequent the area. Penetrate deeper into the fjord, and you will start to come across floating ice fragments - an indication you're getting close to Sawyer Glacier. As your get to within a close but safe proximity to the glacier, your guide will tell you more about the processes involved in the formation of glaciers. Listen carefully, and you might hear the ice cracking and moaning. If you watch long enough, you may even be lucky to see the glacier calving. Please note: Although no walking is required, guests must be able to manoeuvre in and out of the zodiac which involves a high step. Ocean ride involves fast acceleration and the ride might be bumpy. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility, back/neck/hip problems, those who are pregnant or suffer from motion sickness or guests who utilise a wheelchair. Participants must be a minimum of 6 years of age. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Lifejackets are provided. Child lifejackets are available. Dress in thermal layers, wear waterproof pants and jacket and sturdy comfortable shoes. You may be splashed. Space is limited. Guests must book well in advance to avoid disappointment. Bring your camera and binocular. It is recommended to have electronic equipment sealed in waterproof bags, in case of rain or spray. This zodiac tour is operated and guided by a team of guides/naturalists who will be sailing with you onboard the Silver Muse.
  9. Wish I could! If only I didn’t have this darn job ....
  10. Reviving this thread to post a recent Avid Cruiser newsletter item with a preview of SALT: https://www.avidcruiser.com/2019/04/our-report-from-silversea-an-in-depth-culinary-experience/?utm_source=mailpoet&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=4-16-19-Avid-Cruiser-newsletter It sounds terrific, just the kind of thing I like. Now, to get myself booked on the Moon ...
  11. The first two Alaska sailings on the Muse -- May 27 and June 6 -- are listed as "Enhanced Whale Watching Voyages," complete with zodiac and kayak excursions on glacier days (Hubbard and Tracey Arm). I believe there will be additional naturalist staff who are whale experts. I didn't realize the zodiacs would come from our ship, rather than being commissioned from local concessionaires. We'll be on the first sailing; this is exciting!
  12. Thank you for your kind words, iamdmedina. I received 2 visas on arrival from SS: Cambodia ($40) and Vietnam ($30). Enjoy your voyage on the Spirit! It is such a fascinating and gorgeous region.
  13. With all due respect, celles, you haven't had a single positive thing to say since you started posting, so it is not at all surprising that you are miserable.
  14. Interesting that CC describes Hot Rocks as the more sophisticated of the two dining venues; on classic ships, it is the most casual.
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