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    SF Bay Area, CA
  • Interests
    Classical flutist, Gemologist(GIA), Retired VP Software Engineering
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Silversea, Oceania, Princess
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Antarctica, French Polynesia, Norway
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  1. Yes, my TA sent it to me. My July 23 to the Russian Far East on the Explorer is not on this list but I fully expect it to be on the next list.
  2. We have been to Alaska 8 times now, 1 on RC and 7 times in Princess. We have done NB/SB B2B from Vancouver and the 10 day from San Francisco where we take BART (public transit) to the port. We have seen Glacier Bay, College Fjord, Hubbard Glacier, and Tracy Arm. But there are still parts of Alaska that we want to see. So sailing on this cruise in July. Spending 6 days in Alaska and 12 days in the Russian Far East. There are still cabins available if anyone would like to join us.
  3. We visited North Cape too, then farther north to Longyearbean in Svalbard where the Global Seed Vault is, and hiked on mushy permafrost. Then over to Murmansk Russia. It was the best cruise we were on until we sailed to Antarctica on Silversea and made multiple landings daily. We liked Silversea so much that we now have an expedition cruise to Southwest Alaska, the Aleutian Islands, and the Russian Far East this year, and another SS cruise to Greenland and the Canadian northeast. We also have another cruise back to Tahiti (our 4th cruise there) on the Pacific Princess.
  4. Norway is more expensive than Alaska, and Antarctica is more expensive than Norway. 2017 - 18 nights to Norway on the Pacfic Princess in an Owner's suite was $28,130 or $1562 per day. 2018 - 10 nights to Alaska on the Grand Princess in a Penthouse suite was $9,411 or $941 per day. 2018 - 15 nights to Antarctica on Silversea Cloud in a Veranda suite (equivalent to a mini on Princess) was $39,570 or $2638 per day.
  5. Oceania has 4 of the R ships currently. They are currently updating all of them. The Tahitian/Ocean Princess is the Sirena on Oceania. I sailed on their Nautica last summer for 20 nights, fabulous cuisine that puts Princess to shame.
  6. Yes we have been sailing on Oceania as well. We have the same suite 7004 booked for the Pacific to French Polynesia and the Regatta to Alaska. I love Oceania cuisine, 28-day dry aged USDA Prime grade beef in their steakhouse. Lobster every day at the grill for lunch, and a slew of No Sugar Added desserts and ice cream/gelato for me (am diabetic). Silversea is also nice but they are all inclusive and we really don't drink. Alcohol flowed freely on that ship which had 200 pax and 240 crew to Antarctica.
  7. I just looked through all of our photos for the Owner's Suite 8067 that we stayed in on the Pacific Princess and I didn't find a wet bar. We hosted afternoon tea for our CC RollCall group but didn't host a party where alcohol was served. The Grand Class (Grand and Star) penthouse suites that we stayed in had wetbars. The new Premium and Penthouse suites on the Majestic Princess had an area above the mini fridge where our mini bars were set up, however there was no sink with running water.
  8. When we were on her in 2018 it was a 45 min leeway from the start time of the fixed dining times. However I did read that someone more recently could arrive anytime and they were served. It is a very small area of the dining room. We noticed that in Norway pax preferred to dine later than earlier.
  9. Fixed early and late seating. However they do have Club Class (anytime) dining for Full Suite and Club Class Mini suite passengers.
  10. The Pacific is one of our favorite ships. We sailed on her in July 2018 after her drydock. As I understand they continued to change out cabin furniture after we disembarked. Here are some photos http://www.websailor.org/index.php?/category/1047
  11. FYI, Antarctica FAQs https://iaato.org/frequently-asked-questions
  12. We have 32 Princess cruises but this is the 15-night roundtrip cruise from Ushaiua to Antarctica that we took on Silversea an all inclusive luxury expedition cruise. Something to consider for those who want to go in the future. All cabins have butler service and there were more crew onboard than passengers. We missed two stops in the Falklands because the Captain wanted to get across the Drake Passage before the weather got worse. We missed going ashore on Elephant Island (where the Shackleton statue is) because elephant seals were blocking our path and had to settle for phot
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