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  1. Yep, the brightest things outside are the whitecaps. Probably a good 7 on the Beaufort scale. Significant difficulty on the trying-to-type-accurately-as-we-bounce-around scale.
  2. I got the email from both SS and my TA last week; it's open for booking now to those of us on a ship, from tomorrow for Venetians, and from 17th for the rest. I'll try and attach it, it's a big document. SS 2021.pdf
  3. Latest from Cap’n Destefano is that we are running full steam ahead to make it to Canada a day (well, 14 hrs) early because the weather is going to get much worse. Not so much worse out here at sea (phew) but a storm will be brewing up near Newfoundland just at our originally scheduled arrival. Just purchased another Transatlantic (am I mad?) - this time on the Dawn - Nov 2nd, 2021. 13 days Lisbon to FLL. Cruise Consultant is a young guy called Daniel on his first contract with SS - very pleasant, very efficient. From LA. Very LA.
  4. Not much to say about the Venetian evening - the most memorable thing was the theory that it was held so early in the cruise because the Captain thinks that it’s going to get seriously rough in the days ahead. The sea is certainly making up this afternoon. There was much mention of Silversea being 25 years old. There are nearly half a million Venetians. There were the usual pax with hundreds and thousands of days. We toasted. Something operatic was sung. And we all went off to dinner. Today the the sun has appeared but IMO it’s far too cold for civilised humans beings out there so indoors I remain, eating to build up my body fat in hopes of surviving the frozen north. I went to David Horner’s talk today on Newfoundland - he’s quite a good lecturer - but there’s not much else enriching today (rather than commercial) until trivia. Not looking forward to that; I dislike The Bar at the best of times, it’s poky and claustrophobic, but with something like 17 teams it’s very unpleasantly crowded, noisy, and suffocating. Then there’s the questions. Maybe I’ll go to afternoon tea, see if cucumber sandwiches give me inspiration rather than indigestion. Oh well, as a Venetian of stamina, I expect I can make it through to cocktail hour somehow. Never failed yet.
  5. Internet’s fine, the trip hasn’t so far been very photogenic. There was this just after dawn in Falmouth.
  6. Whoever is causing confusion on this thread, I wish you’d be more careful before you post, the consternation you are causing is concerning. The header clearly states that we are talking about the November 8th Moon departure which is from Barcelona AFAIK - has anything changed?
  7. It's a shame we missed Cobh, but the Captain is very bothered about the impact of Lorenzo on the North Atlantic - I don't blame him because, although we should be well across before the storm makes it as a post tropical cyclone to menace the Ireland and UK, we would be extremely vulnerable any change in it's forward speed and direction with nowhere to run and hide. Having just been hit by one hurricane, I'm not in any rush for another. We're on a great circle route from Cornwall to Newfoundland so I'm not sure we're going any further north than we would have without the storm, but it's nippy outside - 57 degrees, with a 40 knot headwind. Not a good deck walking day, maybe I won't wear my shorts today. It's the first of the 25 hour days today - one of the reasons I love east to west transatlantics. But I doubt it'll help with trivia which, as Candy says, is not proving to be what we normally enjoy. Lecturers are Laurel Corona, always good value, has so far lectured on Falmouth, the history of tea, and today it's cod, history and economics of. Other lecturer is David Horner who, now he's stopped doing war stuff, I might attend - today is early navigation across the Atlantic and how they did it. Venetian night tonight, on an informal dress code night, a bit unusual. Somehow that's in keeping with this cruise, it all feels a bit unusual in an indefinable way, I really haven't settled in to it yet.
  8. Good grief, I can't be bothered with that fuss, on a luxury line I expect to be able to board the ship, mention to my butler or attendant that I want milk and assume it will happen. A liter of any old milk (yes, it's always long life) every three or four days shouldn't make any impact on a cruise ship's stock. But thanks for the information.
  9. When I sail Silversea, which is my usual line, I have no problem getting a litre carton of milk in my fridge all the while - I like to drink several large glasses of milk in the morning (and no, I do not want room service breakfast). I hope Crystal will be as accommodating. A 'small glass' won't suffice.
  10. What about a carton of milk?
  11. Well, I started it and several screens in, it said my browser wasn’t supported and wouldn’t proceed, wanted me to download chrome or Firefox. Since I use safari I was unimpressed, and sent them an email saying that if they really wanted my opinion they should craft a properly functioning survey. What a waste of time.
  12. I’m pretty sure she is going into a European yard, I think it might be Fincantieri. I was on the crossing that was cancelled for the extended dry dock - I looked for a replacement crossing but it never appeared, I suspect there’ll still be work going on while they bring her across for the Caribbean season. It’s still very unusual and rather strange to miss the opportunity for a revenue cruise.
  13. From what I can see on marinetrafficlive, I think the Wind has steered a more southerly course than expected and is currently well east of Newfoundland, probably going to give St John's a miss and go on to her next port. Hope the seas aren't too lumpy.
  14. I would have thought changes between wide body and narrow body are related to aircraft deployment needs and load factor - I've had 772s changed to 738s not infrequently and the planes still weren't full. The daily AA BDA-MIA flight which was supposed to change to MAX 8s a couple of months ago is now served with either 738s or 319s - I'm guessing varying with load levels. But there's not so much difference between a MAX 8 and a 320 so who knows?
  15. I have the opposite experience - one of my AA flights in early Jan (MIA-BGI) has just been changed from a MAX 8 to a 320 - I took that to be a sign that AA aren't confident that they'll have the MAX 8s back in service by then. I don't think I'd worry too much about flying a MAX 8 anyway - by the time they're back in service they'll be the most checked plane around, could possibly be safer than an old 737!
  16. I notice that the Wind is currently sailing from Reykjavik to St Johns, Newfoundland (due in Mon 9th) which might bring her uncomfortably close to the remnants of Dorian - on today's forecast track she should leave him adequately to starboard so I hope that continues. I know about being careful in the Caribbean in hurricane season but it would never have occurred to me to avoid an Icelandic itinerary!
  17. And nobody emphasizes that the NCL solo cabins are inside cabins and only 100 sq ft - that'd feel like living in a coffin to me - much too small and claustrophobic. And they're expensive for what they are, particularly if you know about NCL's nickel and diming (I have sailed on the big ships in the past before I gratefully moved up {down?} to smaller ones).
  18. And this is exactly what I feel about Silversea. Since I have nearly 350 days sailing with them, you can guess that I completely disagree with DancerBob!
  19. Absolutely! No way would I put up with a cramped cabin in the worst area of the ship. I always cruise solo and have found that sticking with one 'solo friendly' cruise line (i.e. Silversea) that also has good past passenger loyalty programme discounts eventually gets me the best value for my dollar. Alternatively, I would suggest solos look at mainstreams and just look at the bottom line, don't think about the solo supplement, it'll just upset you. After all, I book hotel rooms without thinking that I'm paying twice per head compared to a couple booking the same room. Only way to stay sane.
  20. I can only offer a limited opinion because I haven't cruised with Seabourn or Seadream (mostly because their solo supps are so high) but I do have over 300 days solo with Silversea and I can attest that the onboard treatment of solos is very good - you feel as though you are actually a welcome guest rather than a slight annoyance who has to be accommodated and will hit the profit margin. Also, I think the Silversea loyalty programme and the low solo supplement offers are some of the most generous around.
  21. Keith, you were very unlucky to have to tender in Bermuda, our dock schedule is usually better controlled, tendering is seldom necessary. As for GT, if there's going to be 4 ships in port (where there are only two berths so someone's tendering) it'll be crowded so I'm even more sure it'll be a sea day for me. I've been to GT many times before so I don't feel the need to go ashore, even to see the 'Bermudian' architecture in Cockburn Town (it kinda is) altho' I would recommend the little museum in town, it's one of the best small museums on the islands of the Atlantic and Caribbean. And sorry but that's a little bugbear of mine - Grand Turk, like the Bahamas and Bermuda, is not in the Caribbean, it's in the Atlantic - seems like a lot of people think that all the small islands are automatically in the Caribbean! PS What I consider ridiculous about Crystal's planning is to have two of their own ships in a two berth port on the same day. And a port with a rather small capacity at that.
  22. I can barely believe the amount of bleating going on in this thread - to which I say, who cares? I don't. I've cruised SS with children and without and I can tell you that the cruise that was partially chartered to a Korean company (it wasn't the they were Korean, it was that they remained separate form 'regular ' cruisers) was waaaay way worse than anything an obnoxious ankle biter could do.
  23. Who cares? Not me , that's for sure.
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