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  1. Greetings QSS & Mrs.QSS. That's a wonderful itinerary & you will love the 2 Norway ports - actually you will love all of it! Many of the passengers on our similar Wind cruise in May did the Flam Railway & we were so lucky with the weather. Be sure you book an excursion to the Giant's Causeway in Belfast. In Leith, if you moor where the Wind did, you will be next to the former Royal Yacht Britannia. The ship ran a shuttle to a very central part of Edinburgh if you choose to just walk around & not do an excursion (but you probably will.) The best to both of you.
  2. Hi Stumblefoot and Lois. Is there another link for those of us on the previous cruise From MC- BCN? I don't see a roll call even though Lois said she checked in on that one? Apologies to those on the BCN-FLL for intruding.
  3. SSCA - We have just returned from this same cruise on the Muse. Mostly the weather was fine, raining in Seward, gorgeous in Kodiak & Dutch Harbor (lightweight sweater sufficient) & not bad the rest of the way...except for a tiny brush with the typhoon that hit Tokyo. In fact the Capt. decided to cancel Hakodate because the typhoon was headed there & instead go to Tokyo a day early. We still got a middle of the night brush with it - 75 knot winds but nothing major for comfort since it was the middle of the night. Otherwise, the seas were fine & the Muse handles a bit of swell very nicely. I'll hope your crossing was as uneventful, and as much fun, as ours.
  4. Hi JP, I realize that you asked for people who have done both & we have not been on a Silversea Expedition although we've been on many "regular" Silversea cruises. We have been on a Tauck sponsored Antarctic trip on L'Austral. We were not the only group - there was a French speaking group & a very small Japanese group who had their own translator. I did not like the ship. We were in a superior verandah, or something like that & it was very small, only a chair & a bistro type table. The bath was small & the "ocean view" bath consisted of having a rolling cover on the outside of the bath room so you had no control. God forbid your traveling partner decided to play a practical joke ! Tauck, as always, took care of us extremely well, but they were at the mercy of the ship. The staff of naturalists was extremely knowledgeable but all spoke French & the English translation was very shortened. The joke was that they went on & on in French & when it was English time they said "Whales." It was not, of course, that bad, but when the English translation came, the French speaking travelers all started speaking as loud as humanly possible so it was hard to hear the translation. The food did not compare to Silversea & the dining room was totally uninviting. It was on a lower deck with portholes, & in the Drake Passage was sort of like being in a Maytag. The wines offered were ok if limited selection & of course, French, which isn't a bad thing at all. There was a nice forward lounge for viewing. They were extremely well organized when it came to landings & offering different levels of excursions, i.e. Zodiac rides through the icebergs rather than hiking up some hill. We have also been on their Levant & a ship they formerly had, Diamant (the old Radisson Song of Flower.) Both were completely chartered by Tauck & not expeditions, although the Diamant had Zodiacs which were deployed frequently in the Chilean Fjords - fabulous! Maybe the ships built after L'Austral do not have some of the cabin issues. While on the Wind in the spring, we saw "Le Champlain" in the Shetlands (or maybe Orkneys?) We have seen a couple of the others in Ushuaia from the comfort of our beautiful Muse & Spirit & not been envious at all. But they are very nice looking ships. I have photos of the cabin on L'Austral so if you want to see them, I will be happy to send via e-mail. Please get more opinions & hopefully more recent ones & again, we have not been on a Silversea expedition, only on the Cloud before it was converted. Aren't we all lucky to be able to make these decisions? Sometimes I need to pinch myself!
  5. Thank you Stumblefoot.. Mea Culpa & apologies for the confusion. Looking forward to meeting you all on the crossing leaving from BARCELONA!
  6. My mistake...yes, Monte Carlo, we're flying into Nice & staying there. I'm blaming it on Tokyo jet lag! Will look forward to meeting you .. will you be on the MC segment also?
  7. Oops.. I meant that the previous segment is leaving from Nice rather than BCN.
  8. Updating... Just found this thread. We will be on board & I've signed up for the M & M. I'm a little disappointed that it's not leaving from Barcelona but we'll keep calm & carry on.
  9. Hello QueSeraSera & Mrs. QSS. It was wonderful meeting you both on the Alaska adventure. The cruise continued to be great all the way to Tokyo with only 1 evening of rocky weather (Hakadote had to be canceled but we got an extra day in Tokyo.) So happy to see you booked the Shadow. I will certainly look forward to hearing your thoughts after the refurbishment. We will be sailing on it in late Jan. so I'll welcome your thoughts. All the best to you both !
  10. Greetings from on board the Muse. It’s a spectacular day in Vancouver & I’m shedding “crocodile tears” that we’re staying over. They’ve offered several very nice comp tours...we’re doing the Foodie Tour. Haven’t heard that they’ve encountered any problems with the repairs. The 15% future cruise discount is more than generous in my opinion. All is well & we’re delighted to be back!
  11. I know that Alaska cruises attract families but I'm sincerely hoping that the one we are boarding next Thursday will be an exception since most schools are back in session. Of course that wouldn't affect the 18 mo/1 & 3 year olds. Pretty sure the person in charge of the restaurant will be hearing about it if truck-banging-on-table or head or anywhere occurs. Room service (them, not us) is always an option. And don't forget Scannapoli (pardon spelling) on the Muse & Spirit. Pizza always a big hit with the little darlin's.
  12. 18 month? 1 & 3? What are they thinking? That is not a vacation, that's pandemonium - for all concerned! Shouldn't the head waiter have taken a parent aside & ask that they take the offending child out because of the general disturbance? Simply not acceptable behavior from anyone's children (or alleged adult in charge.)
  13. I suspect it's all about all of those new ships, Silversea & others, coming into the various fleets, with all of those cabins to be filled. Competition is going to get tougher & they will need to replace those of us moving up the age ladder. How better to do it than to attract a family willing to spend the $ for a "sample" cruise? There is another thread started by a poster whose children are the model of "decorum, good taste & refinement" - aren't they all? But she was probably the target of this new and most unwelcome promotion. As much as Mr. Conroy might agree with the majority of us, his hands are probably tied by the corporate bottom line driven marketeers. Moving to another upper end line will probably only swap one bottom line for another. Anyone know what the new Ritz Carlton line policy is regarding children?
  14. Still keeping my fingers crossed !
  15. Hi Worldtraveller. They are not listed in the daily bulletin. Those who are invited get an invitation in the suite. There is about a 99% chance you will have one hosted by the Cruise consultant & the social staff so that they can tell you how smart you were to choose Silversea & offer to sell you another one right NOW!
  16. Thank you Terry, you (and your photos) are awesome ! Keep them coming.
  17. Hi Calm.... I noticed that your roll call is titled "Silver Muse". It might get more response if you changed the title to your specific date. Or maybe not, as Silver stated, the longer cruises get more interest. Good luck & don't worry, you'll meet lots of people once on board & there will be a reception for first timers early in the cruise. Please let us know how you enjoyed the cruise.
  18. Tibi, You are are so impressive & I'm in awe of your ability to expand your children's horizons. The music experiences sound fabulous (and a little enticing also ... BB King? Seriously awesome) You rock. Consider the cruise you & your partner will enjoy on Silversea a test drive...purely for research in the name of "good parenting." And.... a la BB....may the "Thrill (never) Be Gone." Safe travels!
  19. Tapi, yours sounds like a wonderful family & that you are parents who go out of their way to expose the little ones to a more sophisticated lifestyle. Kudos to you both for raising them to appreciate nice things. I do, however, agree with Observer that you two might want to take a Silversea test run without the children to see if it's a good fit. (Call it research or a 2nd honeymoon!) I think you've probably surmised that Silversea is not a family friendly experience, no matter how worldly your children are. There are no activities other than the pool, which most assuredly is NOT geared for children, and a ping pong table. The shows do not start until 10 and lectures are on subjects that may or probably won't interest your children. There are so many lovely cruise lines out there that will welcome, appreciate & cater to your children. I can see by your history that you have experienced the family friendly lines. Again, congratulations on being the exceptional parents who are anxious to expose them to a new experience.
  20. Hi Que Sera.... We are on your cruise also. I, like you, have read the comments about Alaska being a little less "formal" than other itineraries but if our past Silversea cruises are an indicator, yes, you will need a sports coat IF you want to go dine anywhere other than the Grill on "Formal Optional" night. Someone on a recent Alaska cruise will probably be able to answer that more precisely. Usually men wear sports coats (no tie) on "informal" nights, & embarkation & last nights are always casual. I see that the 2nd night is our "formal optional" night so if you don't want to take a sports coat, you might want to make reservations at the Grill. Since we are in the inside passage and there are heaters at the pool grill, it should be comfortable. Terry who posts here regularly has just returned so let's hope he will answer. My husband will carry both sports coats, & suit for formal night but we are on the crossing also. I'll look forward to meeting you both. We're really getting close now & I'm very excited. Are you spending a pre-night in Vancouver? We are staying just across the street from the port so we can walk our luggage over (or the bell person can.) Someone started a roll call but I don't see a M & M. If you start one, we'll sign up.
  21. Oh no, Mary Ann. We were lucky enough to meet you both on the Wind this year. I am so saddened to hear this. You are correct, he best exemplified his generation & I'm so sad for you & for all of his family. He will be remembered by all who knew him. Thinking of you.
  22. Oh yes, first day of a cruise. The crew has been going full speed ahead since very early morning. There's the clean out & set up of probably 90% of suites on those 7-11 day itineraries. Many requests made on line never find their way down the line which shouldn't be but in the real world..... The various restaurant staffs have been up since the crack of dawn getting ready for the new passengers. It's a tough day for all...especially since people are arriving with very high expectations. The Venetians are very excited to return to see old friends among the staff & passengers & the newbies aren't sure what to expect, other than 100% excellence. Give everything a day or two to settle down. By then, peanuts will arrive, extra hangars will be in place, restaurant reservations will be settled & you will accept the fact that you're not going to download anything as quickly as you do at home. You'll not have time anyway....too many martini's to taste, different restaurants to try, nice people to get to know (and some not so nice to avoid) and mostly, fabulous sights to enjoy. I find the smell of cigarettes &, most especially cigars, abhorrent also, so please make your thoughts loudly known on the subject when you get your mid-cruise questionnaire. Internet at sea is frustrating to all of us who depend on the "free wi-fi." There is a caveat that says something like "speeds may not be what you are used to". No duh! I hope you will enjoy your time on board....fair winds to you ! And tell Katherina (the asst. CD) that her "earring friend" misses her! She's the very best, ever !
  23. Is this old news? https://latteluxurynews.com/2019/08/02/silversea-forges-partnership-with-lalique/
  24. Thanks so much for the info. The hotel was not listed there a week ago - it pays to check back, doesn't it? Now the post night offer has disappeared, probably because it's sold out, but it's on our "contract". Just hope it's not the same hotel as we fly out of FLL early the following morning - excellent non stop flight to SEA. (I know, real first world problem!) Yes, totally looking forward to seeing the Muse-ification of the Shadow. Again, thank you Observer!
  25. Observer, would you mind telling me where/how you found that because it's not available on my website or through our travel agent? Are you in the UK in which case the website might be different. The hotel looks quite nice but Coral Gables is pretty far away (not as the crow flies but traffic wise) from Ft. Lauderdale so that seems a little odd. Yes, we are on the full GV.
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