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  1. This pretty much sums it up. I have stayed there tho' not recently - cleanliness was OK and the location and price were right.
  2. I have always used Supershuttle LAX to the port - not the quickest or most comfortable but generally reliable - then I use the ship transfer back to LAX. These are the most reasonably priced options. That is, reasonably priced for a solo, price being per person. For a couple or group, I'd suggest a taxi. If you are able to use Uber (I'm not signed up, it doesn't exist in Bermuda, so I don't know from experience), I suspect it would be competitive price wise.
  3. She’s at Santa Apolonia, although is on her way to Casablanca soon. I use Marine traffic live app to check location - very useful when cruising to see which pier we’re actually at and assess walkability to whatever is nearby.
  4. I think your problem (not sure tho’) is that you are opening the thread. Just go to the Silversea Cruises section and tap on the star to the left of the Cooler thread, that gets you to your first unread post.
  5. jollyjones

    Rugby Classic

    Unless you are up by the stadium, which is out of town, not really crowded, no. May be more drunken rugger players in a certain Front St bar late evening, but most cruisers are back on board by then since the ferries are done for the night.
  6. Yes, that's how it works, laptop or iPad. I use my right index finger to tap so that means reaching across the screen every time and since the dots/stars are small, a certain amount of wrong taps are happening. Not the end of the world but irritatingly unnecessary, as are the navigation links being in very small, pale grey script. Why? Even the 'home' link is almost cowering from view. Bad design, IMO. OTOH, it looks like attaching photos etc may be easier - haven't tried it yet - so if they sort out the current design faults, (and we get used to it), the site will be better ... maybe ...
  7. As I posted a few weeks ago, the Cruise Consultant on the Spirit told me that RCL had given permission for six SS ships to come. So that’s the Moon, the Dawn, the two Evolutions, the Origin and ... Maybe the Cloudified Wind? Maybe a third Evolution ship, if the first one is well received? A bigger fleet, more choices, yesss! Sent from my iPad using Forums
  8. No, I’m a dinosaur, I do email but nothing else. Nor do I particularly want to, only occasionally it would be useful to have toll free calls. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  9. Thanks for calling - I'm always a bit limited here on a small rock in the middle of the pond with no toll free calls (and emails are so ignorable) - as you say, information is the key!
  10. Your phrase "connecting flight to Southampton" is a little worrisome altho' I expect you put it in for convenience - won't you be flying to LHR or LGW? Then you'll need to take the train, express bus, or car service. I have chatted to many US folk who don't necessarily realize how far they still need to go after landing in the UK - Southampton is a great port tho', pretty easy to get to.
  11. Very interesting ... I'm booked on the cruise ending Apr 6th - a TA to Lisbon - so will follow this carefully. The voyage immediately before or after dry dock work are generally to be avoided. A 3 month window is long if it's to do with charters (yes, could be holding dates open), but is I suspect, long enough to Cloudify.
  12. Lunch yes, later evening don't do it - can get rowdy.
  13. I appreciate it too - it's very comforting to know that if I have any little query, no matter how silly it seems, the chances are that I can find an answer here.
  14. Hi Emtbsan I hope your slight silence is more to do with enjoying your cruise too much and not related to the frisky weather in the Med? I have a friend on the two legs to Lisbon, and while she does have two legs of her own, one is not so good and she is currently walking with a cane, I hope she isn't struggling with the motion of the ocean. Solo lady of a certain age, blondish curly hair, no doubt in the bar of an evening pre-dinner - tends to be noticed.
  15. Meow was on Az, not SS. Different lines hand out different “certificates “ ie printed bits of paper, could be Arctic Circle, could be crossing the equator, could be crossing the date line, could be finding the Observation lounge ... Sent from my iPad using Forums
  16. I don’t own dresses and skirts. Of course pants are fine as part of a formal outfit, why on earth wouldn’t they be? Basic black pants, a plain black top, and a shiny wrap and/or jewelry. Works anywhere, every time. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  17. Or bring one formal outfit and wear it three times - I guarantee that other pax will remember little about what you wear, and will care even less. If that doesn't suit you, bring two outfits and alternate. An outfit for every formal night is a total waste of packing space and time.
  18. I find wanting to join random strangers at a table odd - sure, by all means dine with new friends met before dinner. Unless you all walk in together, how can they time the service? To the OP’s point, Indochine and La Terrazza changed after a week, Atlantide didn’t - I was not much in a meat mood and did find the vegetarian selection small and boring. However, with these three and Hot Rocks and Spaccanapoli (don’t like LaDame or the Asian place), I wasn’t eating in the same place all that often. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  19. Generally, you can’t. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  20. Day 14 of 15 and we are swinging at anchor off Newport, RI. And I do mean swinging, the Crystal Symphony is nearby, keeping position with side thrusters, but we are swinging through quite a large arc. 20 min tender in cold weather under grey skies, definitely not going ashore, hate tendering at the best of times, and these aren’t. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  21. And for the next installment in the ongoing series "Unsubstantiated Rumours I have heard" - I had dinner last night here on the Spirit with the Guest Relations Manager, he said that RCL has given permission for six new ships. He doesn't know for sure but believes that there will be four more 'Muses' after the Moon and the Dawn, and that the Wind will be Cloudified because it is uneconomic as it is. So, more grist for the rumour mill ...
  22. Could be interesting when baby boomers, who are currently a huge part of the cruising market, feel too old and creaky to leap in and out of zodiacs .... Sent from my iPad using Forums
  23. THREE HOURS ?!! Each way?!! Are you crazy? I think hard about embarking on a thirty minute drive and only do it if I must. And that’s at 30 mph. OK, much further and I’d fall off the end of the island, but still ... Sent from my iPad using Forums
  24. What a pleasure it was to come into Halifax yesterday under clear blue skies - I'd almost forgotten what blue is. So much of the rest of this cruise has been under grey, grey, grey heavy clouds. And wind, and often rain. There were three ships in so it was fairly crowded, but once past the rather chaotic, noisy and smelly (bus exhausts) shuttling out of the commercial port, the walk along the seafront and boardwalk was very pleasant. Or should have been, but I was on a tour supposedly showing us the local gastronomic delights interspersed with Halifax history, but it was a curious order of stops (e.g. beer then lobster then wine then rum cake and fudge then fish chowder) with a poor tour guide - we spent long intervals just standing around doing nothing, nor did we learn much history. The next group who started an hour after us were just ten minutes behind us when I gave up and abandoned the tour. Shame, it should have been good - next year when I'm back in Halifax (on the Whisper), I'll do it on my own at my own speed. We've been speeding along overnight (nearly 20 knots) to get to Boston by 4pm today (an overnight stay). Our itinerary said a 6pm arrival but since we must do the face-to-face US CBP interviews after arrival, maybe they thought that would ruin this evening if we arrived at 6pm. Who knows. Quite windy and rough this morning but suddenly warmer than it's been - 70 degrees - so far we've been mostly well below 60 degrees. Sky overcast but some blue bits starting to show, could be another beautiful day ahead. Hope so. Looking forward to Boston, another market visit tomorrow with David (Hannover St Market). BTW I've been so fed up in the past with the free internet that I purchased the premium tier this trip and have been quite pleased with it - pretty consistent and fast enough (~2 MBPS) to not drive me crazy every time I try to do something. OK, that's not exactly lighting fast - here's hoping that one benefit from RCL might be better speeds.
  25. Well, we bounced a bit coming across the pond but clearly nothing like what Mino is expecting - we’ve had the ‘secure all loose objects’ recommendation. Not quite out of the harbour yet, we await developments. Since it’s an ill wind etc ... one good thing is that we now go back half an hour tonight instead of forward half an hour then back an hour after leaving St Pierre. Shouldn’t really matter but after so many time changes I’m increasingly uncertain whether I want scrambled eggs or a gin and tonic. First world problems. Sent from my iPad using Forums
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