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  1. I’m on board, and first impression is (having disembarked the Muse in June) how very, very familiar it feels. The Spirit is Musing me. And David Bilsland is onboard too! Oh joy! Sent from my iPad using Forums
  2. I've been in London since Friday, done all I needed to do, and am ready to get the Tilbury train tomorrow. Weather forecast to be pleasant. Looking forward to being aboard and checking out the stretched ship - that'll be the most interesting sight, the scenery around Tilbury docks won't be much to feast one's eyes upon. PS It may still be dark when we pass the White Cliffs - we sail at 11.30pm, presumably with the tide - not sure how far we'll have gone by morning.
  3. Interesting ... it was only three collisions on the other thread you are running about this cruise ...
  4. Sorry - much as I enjoyed spending time with all you Stumbles, it was nowhere near long enough to achieve that! It's taken me many, many cruises to achieve.
  5. If you're lucky! When I booked my upcoming Spirit cruise, it was from Greenwich but we've been gazumped by Azamara (there is only room for one ship) and now we have to trek out to picturesque Tilbury.
  6. Jimmy gets on in Boston, Moss gets off in NYC after the handover - that’s what Jimmy told me in June. ‘Course, Moss might jump ship in Boston if he’s totally exhausted, we’d better be nice to him. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  7. I tend to wear classic black pants every evening, just add a smarter top with maybe a sparkly scarf/stole and jewelry for formal, and more casual tops other nights. That’s one of my tricks for cruising with only carry on luggage. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  8. I’d say SS never docks at Pier 2, it’s usually Princess. I was merely demonstrating that pedestrian access to Port Everglades is possible, just not very practical for the higher numbered piers. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  9. You can walk in to Pier 2 - I have done it a couple of times - but anything beyond is really too far, especially to the piers around 21 where SS usually dock. Cab is about $12. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  10. The Chronicles usually state something like 'no shorts in indoor venues after 6pm' (I don't think passing through an area or being on the stairs is any sort of problem) Around the pool deck bar and Hot Rocks and outside of Panorama one will see some shorts in the evening, but mostly men wear long pants and women wear dresses/skirts, long pants or capris. I find this frustrating as, coming from Bermuda, I find nothing wrong with smart Bermuda shorts for evening, even formal, wear but you just know that if they said smart shorts were OK, people would push the definition of 'smart' beyond reasonable. So I have to equip myself with capris just for cruising since I live in shorts all year round! PS Don't be afraid to make as many dining reservations as you like - it's easy to cancel once on board, by lunchtime of the day is usually OK.
  11. It's about a 20min walk from Santa Apolonia to Praca do Comercio altho' there have for some years been roadworks going on which confuses things a bit. Taxis in Lisbon are generally plentiful and pretty cheap.
  12. SS ships generally dock at St Apolonia. The big ships dock at Alcantara. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  13. Worrisome. The main reason I gravitated to, and remain with, SS is the availability of low solo supps on so many cruises. I'd like to try Seabourn (if only for comparison) but the 75% supp makes it soooo expensive, especially as I'm coming up to 250 days with SS so my loyalty awards are not trivial. However, in the past is was usual for SS to only show the solo supplement offers for the rest of the calendar year - showing them a year or more out is a recent change - so going back to only showing the rest of this year may not be too sinister - who knows? Can only hope for the best ... and will definitely quiz the cruise consultant about it when I'm on the Spirit next month.
  14. Boarding the Spirit on the 10th, as am I. At Tilbury, ugh. I leave home 6th, arrive London 7th, so I guess we'll miss. Other coolers on the Spirit aren't coming till 8th or 9th, I think.
  15. And upgraded internet, the free version is about 0.6 MBPS ... slooooow ...
  16. I have flown many times BDA-HNL via MIA and have looked at lots of ways of doing it. Finally settled on MIA-DFW-HNL on AA as best for me. The first (shorter) leg might be a narrow body, but the DFW-HNL is currently a 772 and is quite comfortable. I avoid flying via LAX to HNL because I don't want a 6 hr flight in a narrow body.
  17. The hotels I'd recommend for proximity to the water taxi stop are the Hilton Marina, then the Renaissance, then the Embassy Suites 17th St - all walkable with the Hilton the closest. I've stayed at them all (and several others in the area) pre-cruise. They get booked up fast as they are also close to Port Everglades, and are expensive in peak cruise season so book early. The water taxi is fun, I've done it and enjoyed the day - it's more a hoho boat than a taxi but watch the schedule, it isn't that frequent. https://watertaxi.com The Sun Trolleys are fun too and are more useful for getting around: https://www.suntrolley.com/routes-schedules-fares/ Fort Lauderdale isn't exactly a foodies mecca so don't get too excited. The Boatyard isn't bad and is situated on the small Seminole River so the outside tables are pleasant enough. http://boatyard.restaurant
  18. Hi Spins, Last time I was in Athens (2014), I stayed at the Hera Hotel: https://www.herahotel.gr It's a very friendly, reasonably upscale, boutique hotel centrally located with a useful rooftop bar and restaurant with good views of the Acropolis. Not as posh as other recommendations maybe, but very satisfactory and probably less expensive. Looking forward to Sept! B
  19. I have used dayuse.com several times and have found them to be reliable.
  20. Why would you expect 'weird' food? We're a normal civilised little island. More civilized IMO than some countries with Atlantic coastlines.
  21. Yes, it's amazing how cleverly they do the sums - seldom can you do better with new offers because the base fare has increased. Or the different discounts are worth less. A couple of times, I have seen cruises (that I have already booked and paid for) offering a lower solo supplement but when I get mine re-fared, the base price has gone up just enough so that the re-fare with the lower solo supplement is the same as what I originally paid, to the exact dollar. That said, once ... just that tantalising once ... I did notice that the base fare for a cruise I had booked and paid for had decreased significantly so I asked my TA to get it re-fared and I got over $1,000 refund. So it can pay to keep checking the website for price decreases (I unsubscribe from the emails, they're way too annoying) but don't expect to find any very often.
  22. It'll be Moss. It's the end of his current contract, he's been on since the stretch. Jimmy K is boarding in Boston to take over for a few months. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  23. I had a similar sort of credit following a cruise - not the Spirit one - and nothing happened until I sent to my TA a copy of the letter that I had received onboard telling me about the credit. She followed up with SS and very quickly received the official form with the code that I'd need to use to apply the credit - it seems that you may have to ask for your code.
  24. I think tickets don't show till 50 days out. No sign of my silver box yet but then it's a loooong way to Bda, always takes ages. My TA will let me know when it's here. Not that I need it, I just keep the bag tag and throw the rest away.
  25. I fly across the Atlantic several times a year and generally get the best prices about nine to ten months out. After that, you may get seats in the cheapest fare buckets but it becomes less likely (but by no means impossible), particularly if you don't have much flexibility on dates. However, this tends to be less true of one way prices - is that what you are looking for? If you have airline mileage status, one ways are a good use of award tickets but availability trans oceanic is limited, again you need to book as early as you can. For a cruise next April, I would have bought the plane ticket by now.
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