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  1. Thanks for sharing pics of the Dawn. We are hoping she sails the Med in 2022. If she does, we are onboard. Hope springs eternal.
  2. That’s great news, Pies. Hopefully, we will be sailing on the Dawn too when our cruising season starts in May. She will be stunning. Here’s to good times ahead.
  3. We are not yet convinced also. We were booked on the lovely inaugural on the Dawn....Rome to Venice....with overnights in Sorrento & Corfu on Sept 22, 2021. So very disappointed. Looks like the inaugural will be Barcelona to Lisbon before she sets sail for Florida....to spend the Winter in South America. I think at the very least an antibody cocktail will be coming forth soon from Regeneron, this September. We expect it will be well received, but lots to sort out in 2021. The Pharmas are working at warped speed. We will look forward to May/June 2022. The Dawn looks amazing as does the Moon. We were on the Muse last Dec and loved it. Dawn seems to improve on the things we felt lacking on the Muse. Keeping our fingers crossed for a big turn around.
  4. We certainly want to sail again. We were refunded, at our request, for the Dawn’s inaugural cruise in late September 2021. After receiving our money back, we rebooked with a promotional deposit. We are holding out hope that this virus will be history and that the Dawn will actually be built and delivered and sail on time. I know that is a whole lot of hope, but that’s all the cruise industry has to offer at this point. If the restrictions are too cumbersome, then we will reconsider.
  5. Yes, I believe that will be the case.....a waiting game. We received our full refund for our fully paid Dawn cruise Rome to Venice Sept 22, 2021 a few weeks go. Silversea is offering a $1000 deposit for Booking/Rebooking with a refund offered up to a May 25, 2021. Offer ends June 30th. It would cost us a bit more in the end unfortunately without the fully paid discount. The only advantage we see at this point is that we can guarantee the cabin we like and give us something to which we can look forward. Read today that RCCL has announced that Venice embarkations have been moved to a nearby port for all future sailings. Not sure Silversea will be affected, but that writing has been on the wall for sometime.
  6. How I wish we could get some definitive info on the Dawn. We hesitate to rebook our Dawn cruise because SS will not confirm the build status....just that the cruise is still on the website.
  7. The wonderful part of evening dress on small luxury lines is that you will feel comfortable whether your wearing silk pants and blouses or a lovely gown. The formal dress code is there to act as a guide so we all recognize that the evening is a bit special. We ladies have great choices. I have seen heavy sequined gowns, gowns that are just a mere slip of a dress, fancy trousers & gorgeous silk blouses, lovely cocktail dresses, magnificent hats with sequined veils. I think the trend seems to be less fussy, but the the entertainment troupe is always dressed to the nines on formal night.....so if putting on the ritz brings you joy, you will have plenty of company. I just think it’s nice to put some effort into those formal nights....unless of course, you choose to avoid them altogether.
  8. Thanks catlover54.....great info. My basic question was always do you check Yes or No on the form if you are traveling with basic meds for blood pressure, cholesterol or a sleep aide in their original pharmacy issued bottles. I am assuming if you say yes....they will pull you aside.... and if you say no....it’s a crap shoot. Either way I am not worried..... just curious.
  9. We have been wondering about that also. Seems like they are marketing the expedition cruises for the time being. My TA asked her rep and she said they only release them when they are totally ready. (Whatever that means). In the meantime, we are looking at Silversea for 2021 and will book them if Seabourn takes too much longer. We like the slightly larger ships like Encore & Ovation..... and SS has the Muse, the Moon and the Dawn which is coming Sept ‘21. Hopefully, SB will get their act together soon....we like lots of choices. 18 months out seemed to be the past practices of SB.....that would bring May 2021 itineraries online soon.
  10. Thank you all for sharing your experiences. So do you normally answer yes or no on the drug question if you are carrying just your prescription meds, like blood pressure or seasickness meds etc.....? Here in the US none of these are considered restrictive or illicit. There are controlled meds for say...migraines...but are still not considered restrictive when traveling. Also, still not clear on weather my husband should bring his fav cigars or wait until Sydney to purchase. I am sure they are much more expensive in Australia.....but that is his problem.
  11. I’m sure it wasn’t funny at the time. Who needs such as hassle. The question is now presented in such a vague way.....are you carrying drugs that MAY be prohibited or restricted etc, etc, etc....in the same sentence with the term illicit drugs.....well is blood pressure medicine restricted in Australia🤪who knows!
  12. Thanks Turtlemichael.....especially for the copy of passenger form. Looks pretty straightforward. I was on the gov website a few times.....the drug & tobacco restrictions, duty free, declarations etc, etc etc.....were more confusing.
  13. We are arriving in Sydney prior to our cruise Sydney to Auckland. Is anyone familiar with customs......do we really need a letter from our doctors describing our prescription medications or is having them in their pharmacy issued containers sufficient? Also, with the restrictive Australian smoking policies, will the Connoisseur Lounge be open during this cruise. We heard cruises from Australia forbid those areas from operating. My husband enjoys an occasional cigar and was hoping to bring a few from home or enjoy the cigars offered in the lounge. I will ask my TA to look into it, but thought I would ask for first hand knowledge. Thanks.
  14. I don’t think anyone notices if you wear ensembles multiple times. I know I never filed in my memory what anyone was wearing. I did admire some lovely gowns (very few) but I don’t pack them for Seabourn. I was happy and appropriate with a couple of knit dresses and nice trousers and silk shirts.....some fun jewelry and scarfs. Wear what brings you joy!
  15. Hi Maddie....sorry that I cannot comment on the noise with regard to connecting suites, however I can comment on the location of your suite. On our first cruise on Encore we were just a few doors down on Deck 10, we liked the location so much that on a subsequent cruise on Ovation, we requested the same location. We really liked the feeling of walking out of our hallway into fresh air, overlooking the pool (above the fray), the little Sky Bar and comfy seating at your finger tips with glorious views. In the evening, On the short walk to the staircase lobby, the ship is so lovely.....note that if the weather is bad, there is an elevator at the end of your hallway that accesses all floors. The large Observation Lounge is just a floor up (staircase or elevator) also at end of your hallway. As lovely as our veranda was....it was a bit bigger than yours, we used Deck 10 much more. It might have had something to with a very pleasant crew member who handed us glasses of champagne as soon as we emerged through those doors on Deck 10. Hope someone answers your question more throughly and you enjoy your SB cruise as much as we did.....it was marvelous.
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