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  1. Problem with Tower Bridge is that only the little ladies can go under it. I’d much prefer it for embarkation, even to Greenwich, but the Whisper and up won’t fit!
  2. No, I believe it is seriously (permanently?) delayed because of planning objections from nearby residents. One ship at a time can dock (maybe, anchor?) at the existing Greenwich pier (near the Cutty Sark) and the 'terminal' is a pop up tent - not sure, but I think that's how it goes. We had to leave from Tilbury last September because Azamara gazumped us from Greenwich. I'm doing the same cruise again this year, on the Whisper this time, and the itinerary still shows Greenwich. I must see if I can find out for sure from the Port of London website! PS Even if they eventually build the new port, there will still only be a berth for one ship at a time but there will be actual terminal facilities.
  3. Moon's appeared in roll calls so I've started one. Now over to all you energizer bunnies ...
  4. No, they didn't. Can't really, the only way would be to sacrifice one of the adjacent silver suites - ain't gonna happen, that'd be revenue down the toilet ...
  5. If you really wished it, (to travel light) you just have to make it happen. All it requires is careful planning and a very carefully curated cruise wardrobe. And a lightweight but capacious backpack and roll aboard. I was wandering through MIA recently with time to kill before my flight and, passing a luggage scale, on a whim I placed all my luggage (backpack and roll aboard) on the scale - just under 30lbs. Last November I did an eleven day Caribbean cruise followed by ten days in London, and this June I intend to do fourteen days on the Wind up to the Arctic Circle plus a couple of weeks in England, all just with said backpack and roll aboard.
  6. Perhaps try: specialservices@silversea.com or informationdesk@silverseas.com
  7. Sorry this is no help to you but I absolutely cannot imagine why anyone would travel with so much stuff, no matter how long you are travelling for. What an utter pain to pack and unpack it and deal with it. Free ship's laundry or no, (don't forget the free launderettes on board, I just rinse clothes out in my sink), a week's worth is plenty. No-one remembers or cares if you wear garments repeatedly, and a clever selection of separates allows for many different looks. I travel solo and do it with just carry on - soooo much more relaxing - no worries about stuff getting damaged or lost. So as I said, not much help to you but perhaps consider making life easier by taking less in the first place? PS You can get two suitcases under each side of the bed if you need.
  8. Well ... possibly, I agree it could be fun ... but Madeira has awfully steep hills and I rather suspect you gazelles will be leaping around the heights while I'm still grazing the flowers at the bottom ...
  9. Basic internet is free and unlimited, even to the pax not in fancy suites. The only limit to your use of the ship's computers would be if other pax wanted to use them. Never seen a queue, most pax use their own devices. If you have your own devices, only one device per person/account can be signed on at once but the hand off between devices is very smooth. Basic is free and unlimited, 'premium' is somewhere between about $20 per day whole voyage or about $30 for a 24 hour package.
  10. Thanks for starting this Stumble, I was wondering if a Moon roll would happen. But OMG, the energy of you youngsters! After even reading about all the endlessly energetic outings you get up to, I have to have a lie down. Being on the same ship might be exhausting. Hopefully with lots of sea days and the bigger ship, I’ll find little corners to idle away in. Can’t be a tired trivialist.
  11. Jimmy told me he wants to move up to be a Hotel Director on SS - I expect he has a few interim steps to get there, I wish him all success. He'll be a loss as CD, gonna be some new blood, I guess. Luke should be about ready to step up to CD by now.
  12. So sad, , I'll be disembarking that day. Normally, I'd love to do the crossing too but couldn't work the timing this year. I hope the weather gods smile on you and the Wind is in fine form; I'll be back on her in June.
  13. OK, there is an apartment hotel, good to know. It looks quite nice, twice what I’m paying, but still quite nice.
  14. I have disembarked in Dubai after a cruise from Athens - I had a day and a half in Dubai and IMO that was one day too long.
  15. I'm a little surprised - I wasn't aware that there is an apartment hotel at the pier - in fact, I don't think there is. If you mean the Tower Hotel, it's just an ordinary hotel (at least it was last time I stayed there which was an awful long while ago) and it's at St Katherine's Dock, not the Tower Pier - next door to each other but not the same pier. However, they've done a good job of developing St Katherine's Dock and it's a pleasant enough walk along the river to Tower Pier. Of course, you can stay any where in London, there's plenty of buses and the tube to Tower Hill. I shall be in Islington before my June Wind cruise and will just get the bus.
  16. I'm guessing that you didn't quite understand that the paying in full within a month gave you the 10% off Early Booking Bonus (EBB) - if you had not done that, your fare when you originally booked it would have been 10% more so you did get the advantage, it's not a scam. Look at your quote and see if "10% early booking bonus" is showing as the first deduction after "Silver privilege fare". If it's not, then I don't know why you 'had to pay in full within a month'. If it's there, that's the 'advantage' you kept when you had the booking re-fared for the new offer.
  17. I've never seen anything to this extent - you really must have an unfortunate passenger bunch. Most unusual. However, I must admit that I tend to just rinse out my clothes in the cabin sink and hang them over the bath (since I only use the shower) because I'm too lazy to organize myself to set aside time to check for a free machine and then return exactly as the wash is done - wouldn't dream of leaving my wash in and inconveniencing others. Much less stressful.
  18. SS ain't like the mainstream lines - the Casino is hardly ever used - I was recently on two 7 day b2b Caribbean cruises (the demographic being rather different on the shorter cruises) and I saw people in the Casino quite often - this was of note because it's so uncommon. You can't smoke in there anyway. Although there are several designated smoking areas, in practice you generally only find smokers outside the back of Panorama and on the pool deck port side. And the Connoisseurs Corner, a closed away room which is where the cigar smoking is meant to happen altho' if you have inconsiderate cigar smokers on board, they smoke in any of the designated areas. Not a problem most of the time. As an ex-smoker, I know where it all happens!
  19. Please ... we're not interested. I'm beginning to think that the worst consequence of the RCI takeover is being pestered by this sort of posting. (And yes, I know, I must stop reading them)
  20. Moon would be good. Evening truffles all across the pond ... I am doing the Whisper crossing this September and September 2020 too.
  21. Er ... no ... not to me. Quite the reverse if a lot of RCI pax dilute SS benefits. No intention of cruising Celeb again, couldn't even consider a Whale of the Seas. Cabins on Az too small. PS gkbiiii why are you so obsessed about this? You resurrected a dead thread and now you've started a new one. I suspect most SS regulars aren't interested and don't want to know.
  22. Ouch, you’re not to name agents! CC rules.
  23. Not to put you off but I suggest you start a roll call, although I confess to being more of a lurker than poster on those, but these multi - subject threads get too confusing. And I’ve got a whole bunch of other cruises before next March, I’ll get confused too! Might be interesting to see who else joins it? Definitely sign up for the M&M.
  24. I do nearly all my bookings onboard and have them transferred to my own TA who deals with any subsequent issues. She loves me! I do all the research (which I enjoy) and most of the work and she gets the commission, but that’s fine, she always comes through when I need her. Having a TA you work with all the while is so much better than one provided by a cruise line, and you aren’t limited to just that cruise line, for example my TA has just booked me with Crystal for a cruise to substitute for the Shadow crossing in November that SS cancelled. Silversea’s loss. Don't forget l’m offshore and don’t have access to a toll free phone number for SS, or most companies for that matter. On the plus side in this tiny island, my TA’s office is just in town, I can drop in for a chat anytime I want - I mostly deal by email but if some problem gets a bit convoluted it’s easier to fix it face to face.
  25. See you aboard, skleeb! I had booked and paid in full last year for this cruise , but when the 0% solo supplement offer came out I got my TA to ask SS to re-fare me and I got such a big discount I added the subsequent 7 day leg to Barcelona. I got another couple of cruises re-fared too, and the total discount almost paid for this extra cruise which definitely wasn't cheap as it is a Med cruise - always high priced - and at a 50% solo supplement.
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