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  1. You’re making assumptions about what percentage of passengers actually avail themselves of the EBB. I have no idea, might be a lot, might not. Still just waiting for March 1st.
  2. Isn’t Barrie the CC on the world cruise?
  3. Or we could just wait till the 1st of March?
  4. I'm booked on quite a few cruises with SS through Nov '21, all paid to get the EBB. I like to book well in advance to lock in the price, and get the best cabin in my category (which usually means I can book a lower therefore cheaper category) - after all, I'm only gambling the $200 admin fee if I cancel and that can be applied to a future cruise. Where else can I get a 10% return on an investment? Not easily! And I certainly plan to keep on cruising. And in the past if there seems to be a benefit to it (for example when there was a 'sale' on cheaper solo supps), I ask my TA to get my cruises re-fared by SS and I sometimes get quite a fare reduction which I could have refunded to my credit card but usually apply to another cruise. Whilst the Covid epidemic is an awful (but inevitable) thing, I can't help wondering if it will bring in a time of competitive pricing ... It'll be interesting to see how it plays out for the cruise industry, they must be tearing their hair out right now.
  5. Every time it comes to it's expiry date, a 'new' EBB offer starts with an expiry date another three months hence. If SS truly stop offering it after Feb 29th, that'd be a major change.
  6. No FOMO for me - if I get even a hint in myself, or see it happening around me, I go and lie down till I'm back to my lazy WWGB self. Talking about first crossings, I must say I'm a bit worried about the Moon first crossing this November; there's so many energizer bunnies on board I'm going to be exhausted just avoiding all the activity and finding time to be lazy.
  7. Smoking areas on the Shadow are: Pool deck starboard side Out back of Panorama lounge starboard side Connoisseur's Lounge (indoors starboard deck eight) and the semi-closed off area on deck just outside. It used to be permitted at the outside tables at La Terrazza but I was on the Shadow in January and never saw anyone smoking out there, I'm not sure it is still permitted. The smoking at outside tables at La Terrazza is a contentious issue - it may be still technically permitted there on all SS classic ships but, while I used to see the occasional smoker out there in past years, I have never seen any smoking there on any ship in recent years. On my recent Shadow voyage in January, while there were some smokers on the starboard side of the pool deck, they weren't adjacent to the pool, they were at the tables along the side and the smoke was barely evident. Also there always seemed to be plenty of room at the tables forward of the pool and on the port side. There was no smoking at the loungers around the pool. As an ex-smoker, I am always aware of where there is the tiniest whiff of cigarette smoke and, unless you are unlucky enough to sail with a bunch of very heavy smokers, you'll probably hardly notice any.
  8. And really quite attractive although the plants are fake. Almost made me regret quitting smoking ... no, not really ... On my recent voyage, I found most smokers used the Connoisseur's Corner - inside, which is also an attractive room, or out on the deck, yes it is deck 8 - and not so many smoked out the back of Panorama or on the starboard side of deck 8 around the pool - making a proximate and attractive outdoor smoking area appears to have been a success, so far. And, while I always eat indoors at La Terrazza so I can't say for sure, I was never aware of anyone smoking out back there on deck 7. Mind you, we had a gale warning most days so you couldn't even eat out there sometimes, never mind try and light a cigarette!
  9. I'm glad there's still a few of us - I don't, never have and never will, FB, tweet, twit, insta, etc.etc. And I'm appalled and frightened by how fast false information spreads far and wide, and by how many people garner most of their 'news' from only one source, mostly Facebook. How dangerous. And it seems impossible to fight it, didn't do the Luddites much good ...
  10. I went out and had a look around but I'm not staying out till 11pm. Not much going on yet - it's Friday night, everyone's still in the pub. And it's Britain. It's raining. Of course.
  11. It’s actually going to be 11pm, not midnight, on this most depressing and distressing of days. And by chance, not choice, I’m even in Central London this week. Oh woe.
  12. Silversea means what it says. There is no need at all to tip anyone. Altho' I tend to agree with wripro that something well out of the ordinary might be worth a tip but I also couldn't imagine what that might be - SS butlers seem to take all requests in their stride with a smile and a 'yes, of course'.
  13. Just because you've "read that the mattresses are very hard" doesn't make it true. Or your assumption that Regent mattresses will be any softer. I have over 350 days with SS and one of the attractions is how comfortable the beds are. Sure, the mattresses aren't saggy soft - they are flat and firm but no way would I call them hard. If you want really soft, I'm sure your Butler can arrange for as many mattress toppers as you need - you should not be rationed to only one - the sheets are plain flat ones, not fitted, so they will accommodate quite a thick extra layer on top of the mattress.
  14. Hi Spins, Sorry you had A/C issues, def. fixed now. I am not really complaining, I’d always take more fresh air rather than less, but I came on this cruise equipped for usual southern Caribbean weather which we haven’t had, my fault, I usually try to cover all possibilities. You can be sure I’ll be prepared in March!
  15. Mistress Shadow definitely continues to be a cool ship - all the public areas are very close to uncomfortably cool - I can just about manage with a tee shirt over capris but it's a close run thing, I'd be more comfortable with a light sweater over the tee shirt. When I return in March for the TA, I will be bringing more cardigans, wraps etc than I normally would. This for sure beats a ship where all the cabins and public spaces have too little air flow and feel stuffy and hot - sweaters I have aplenty!
  16. After being regaled by friends with the tale of their increasingly frantic search for their lost phone (they eventually found it), it occurred to me to go looking for something that wasn't there. And sure enough, I didn't find it. There is no computer for passenger's use. To connect to the outside world, you must use your own device. I checked with Reception and they are not able to let you use the ship's computer system. Not a problem for most people most of the time, but if your device is lost or stolen and you don't have another one, then you're offline. I think we all expected the loss of the library and Internet cafe (the Observation Lounge is now officially the Observation Library), but I assumed some arrangement like the Muse and Spirit where there is one computer near the desks in Dolce Vita - but no, the super whizzy new Shadow Atrium is not to be sullied by such things. IMO the super whizzy new Atrium is actually very attractive, but when they replaced the Reception and Shore Concierge desks with little podiums, p'raps they could have included a tiny podium for a passenger computer? Time will tell if it is actually a problem, may not be, everyone has so many devices these days, even I travel with three ... There are, on the plus side, in the card room two tables set aside for doing a jigsaw with a sign asking people not to clear away a puzzle in progress. I've had that happen to me in the past - a huge, nearly completed puzzle cleared up and put away to accommodate some meeting - frustrating!! And just as well that there is something to do as we are sailing into bad weather again - we have already had Mayreau, Les Saintes, and Antigua cancelled; now our visit today to St Barths has been shortened and Virgin Gorda tomorrow is cancelled - instead we will be at anchor at Roadtown (no free berths to dock) so if it's too rough to tender we'll be stuck with nowhere to go. I've been very abstemious with the foo foo drinks so far, maybe that's about to change ...
  17. The current story is a washcloth flushed and they had difficulty locating it. Why are people so stupid?
  18. Possibly. It's a very pale grey, nothing like 'battleship grey'. Just the sort of bright idea someone in an office might come up with, sounds good on paper I expect.
  19. Either the A/C or I have settled in - so long as I keep the thermostat at the warmest setting, the cabin is comfortable now. Maybe it’s because the very strong and cold (for the Caribbean) winds we’ve had have now moderated and warmed a little? On the question of the hull, I remembered to look at it today and was hard pressed to tell it wasn’t white - IMO the grey is barely noticeable and utterly unimportant. Turquoise and royal blue stripes might have been striking ...😁
  20. I used not to pre-book because I thought 'I don't know where, when or with whom I'll want to dine' but now I make a lot of bookings on 'My Silversea' pre-cruise because it is easier to cancel unwanted ones, (or change the number of diners), than try and be squeezed into a fully booked venue. You can cancel by phone, by Butler, or at the Reception desk - all very quick and easy. And that doesn't stop you making other bookings once on board. For non-fee venues, they like cancellations by 6pm on the day, altho' it's a courtesy to cancel as soon as you know you're going to. For fee venues, it's cancel by 2pm on the day to avoid paying the fee.
  21. Speak for yourself Spins - warm weather and calm seas for me (I wish!)
  22. Well damn! I also disembark on Jan 24th so will miss Moss returning to the Classic fleet. Will just have to wait till the crossing 27th March, hope he'll still be onboard then. (Although I wonder if he'll board in Key West on 23rd, for a day's handover, sometimes they do that) Another ship note - the A/C seems to be uber efficient. High volume of air flow means I can't quite get my cabin warm enough - I'm not freezing but another degree or two warmer would be more comfortable. I thought it was just me (my personal inner thermostat being entirely unreliable) but a guy on my trivia team also commented on it so it's not just me. (Did I mention we won again yesterday? We're gonna get seriously unpopular at this rate). And this being a southern Caribbean itinerary I didn't bring a sweater ... thought of it and said nah, don't be silly, you'll be too hot ... We're docked at Point Seraphine today in St Lucia so plenty of shopportunity to buy a sweatshirt, maybe I'll do that.
  23. Cruise Director is Adam Wright (but he's disembarking at the end of his current contract in Lauderdale 24th Jan, dunno who's next). HD is Paolo Percivale Skipper is Captain Cataldo Destefano Cruise Con is Natsjha Horn My Butler is Olivia. I'm loving the ship. Still only go to The Bar for trivia (did I mention we won again yesterday?) - Spin's 'intimate and cozy' to me is small, dark and crowded - but I am finding myself in the Reception Bar in preference to my usual Panorama. As my first leg is a 7 day Barbados - Barbados the ship is full of Brits, it being easy to fly from London (a much easier trip down than mine, in fact, I have terrible flight connections) so the pool deck is crammed with them sunning themselves, but the deck guys are coping admirably. This despite 40knot winds and 12ft seas which has meant cancellation of Mayreau, Les Saintes and Antigua - substituted by sea day, Pointe a Pitre and Castries - an improvement IMO, but that's because I don't like tendering and I've been to Antigua far too many times. Otherwise the ship doesn't feel terribly different apart from the Museified cabins and color scheme, such an improvement over brown ... La Terrazza hasn't changed much either, nor, sadly, has the menu. Surely time for something new? The outdoor smoking area by Connoisseur's Corner is quite cute with fake greenery and I thought the partitions would interrupt my walking laps when it's raining too much for Deck 9, but not many people use it as the other areas closer to the pool bar and out back of Panorama are still active so it's no problem. I know the smell of smoke bothers many people but as an ex-smoker I don't really care about the smell - and there's plenty of deck space where's there's no smell of smoke at all. I'm not interested in La Dame, the Casino or the Spa so I can't comment there. The 'Observation Library' is pretty much the same as the other ships where an actual library has been abolished - a pathetic selection of fiction and a useless paperback exchange. Whilst I have my iPad loaded with books, I hardly ever actually read them, I so much prefer a real book, I'm such a dinosaur. I used to bring a dozen or more books with me but that's one of the things I've had to sacrifice in the trade off for the convenience of travelling with only carry on luggage, now I only bring two or three, soon read.
  24. Actually now I think about it, I think she’s the one I had on the Whisper in September. I suppose I could ask her but I haven’t.
  25. The lighting for the boxes of bijoux adds a pleasant pop of sparkle around the edges of the Reception Bar, a nice theatrical effect that significantly adds to the attractiveness of the area. As for the contents of the boxes ... I can scarcely contain my indifference. They don't obstruct the exit from the room, that's all I can say. The Bar by contrast seems even more dark, claustrophobic and gloomy than before - I hate it and never go there except for trivia (did I mention that we won yesterday?) - I always used to prefer Panorama because if I'm on a ship, I want views of the sea, but the Reception Bar is giving it stiff competition for a pleasant place to be. And better people watching. SS calls it the Arts Cafe but I can't quite bring myself to do that because it really isn't the same as the Arts on the Muse and Spirit.
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