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  1. OK, there is an apartment hotel, good to know. It looks quite nice, twice what I’m paying, but still quite nice.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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)
  8. Moon would be good. Evening truffles all across the pond ... I am doing the Whisper crossing this September and September 2020 too.
  9. 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.
  10. Ouch, you’re not to name agents! CC rules.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Hey Stumble, I've had the Moon TA booked for ages - really looking forward to it - seeya then if not before! PS Was it just speculation here, or was I told onboard my last cruise, that they are thinking of using the 'Indochine' dining space with changing menus to reflect the cuisine of the area in which the ship is sailing? That'd suit me, I disliked the Indochine food altho' I liked the actual room. An Atlantide larger than on the Muse is an obvious necessity, but looking at the deck plan, the Moon's doesn't look any different to the Spirit's Atlantide. Which is adequate, so that's OK.
  15. I've never had a dining reservation cancelled or changed - possibly because they can always 'squeeze in' a solo - but I have been onboard with large groups and use of dining areas maybe modified. I haven't personally seen La Terrazza made unavailable but I have seen large areas of the pool deck set aside and extra tables put out for large groups to dine together in Hot Rocks. And it's always 7 day cruises in the Caribbean when I've seen large groups on board ... PS les37b - why are you so down on Hawaiian shirts? There's jerks in every kind of garment, a tux does not a gentleman make.
  16. I noticed this yesterday for my upcoming cruise. Just another thing to completely ignore, like the onboard shops ...
  17. It’s possible - I’m not saying this is the case - but you’re on a 7 day Caribbean so it’s possible that there’s a big group on board. Even so, it’s unusual if they’ve (or anyone else) been allowed to book the whole of Terrazza. But I can’t think of many other reasons why a confirmed booking has changed to waitlist. On the bright side, you may have more fun in Hot Rocks!
  18. Looking at your itinerary, I'd say the formal might be the third night because you are in Bequia till 11pm and St Lucia till 7pm. They generally avoid 'special' nights on late port stops. Much as I love Bequia, there isn't anything really to do there, particularly in the evening, so most pax will be back aboard by dusk I'd guess, so it might be the formal. It's usually earlier rather than later in the cruise so that they can fit in the Venetian night (for past guests) which will probably be on the 14th. Either way, when you go into 'my Silversea' to book your dining by clicking on the 'activities' tab, under the dates on the left hand side of the page it should say (in tiny script) which are the formal nights. PS For a March 10th cruise, you should already have booked your dining by now!! If in doubt, book more rather than less, it's very easy to cancel once onboard, just tell your butler or the reception desk people.
  19. I was booked on that Shadow crossing - very disappointed when it was cancelled but also slightly relieved - who would want to be in the middle of the Atlantic on the first post dry dock cruise? But no other SS cruise fit my dates or interest so - to Silversea's loss - I am trying a Crystal cruise. I have been looking at Crystal for years because they also offer some lower solo supplements but the fixed dining was a deal breaker. Now they've redone the ships to allow open seating, and I had a spare cruising slot and a refunded cruise fare burning a hole in my pocket, I decided to go for it. So, something different this year!
  20. I wouldn't bother with the prearrangement unless you want to - I've been on a ship in port with another SS ship several times recently and each time we have been told that we were welcome to visit using just our keycard. Do visit the Spirit - she's well worth seeing - she's my favorite ship both before and after the stretch. If it's Antigua where there's only two piers, you might even be docked on either side of the same pier!
  21. As a solo sailor on SS I love sea days and have done many crossings. I travel with just carry on luggage these days so careful wardrobe planning is vital. My evening wear is basic black pants, with navy capris as an alternative, topped with casual or maybe slightly glittery tee shirts to cover casual/informal/formal dress code nights. There's free launderettes on board so you don't need many different clothes. I'll usually add a shiny pashmina for formal, a light cardigan other nights if it's cool. Shoes are flat, strappy Crocs (NOT the clog type!). I never wear a dress - don't own any! As for what to do on sea days - I mostly walk around the deck or sit and read and just watch the sea go by. Good for the soul. There's also pretty good quality enrichment lectures, port talks, cooking demos, bridge games, and spa stuff (altho' I don't do that myself) - and, the highlight of the afternoon, TRIVIA! Gets the brain in gear, great fun. Then there's a solo cocktail get together each evening which often leads to dinner arrangements. I don't do the solo stuff so much any more because after nearly 300 days with SS I know a lot of folks and it's so easy to chat to people on SS, they're (nearly) all so welcoming, but I sometimes do the solo thing, more often I'll dine now and then with members of my trivia team. And solos are often invited to dine at an officer's table on formal nights - that can be very interesting. If you're looking at a cruise with a 0% supplement, I'd say go for it - you'll never find a cheaper way of trying out a luxury ocean cruise line. I moved up from the majors when I saw an offer for a Silversea transatlantic at only 25% supplement in 2012, and I've been hooked ever since.
  22. To the OP: I think Stumbles and co. have been a bit harsh on you, but your original post did come over rather unpleasantly - and being from NY only partially exonerates you. However, when this question arises (trying a new cruise line), my answer always is - only you will know if you like it and you will only know that if you try it. I have been sailing solo on Silversea for a while now (over 250 days) having moved there from the majors and I'd suggest that if you can see an itinerary that suits your dates and interests and attracts the 0% solo supplement, you should try it - I doubt you'll ever get a better chance to try a luxury line for the price. Go with an open and optimistic attitude and who knows? You might have an amazing time. If you don't you will have learned something useful for your future cruising. PS In my experience, Silversea cruising is nothing like you seem to think it's going to be.
  23. The only time I was there, I hardly saw any of it at all, the cloud was so low and so thick. Ah well, just an excuse to go back some day ... soon, I hope.
  24. Colin replaces Allan on the Wind in mid March, then Allan returns in mid June. I am on the Wind for the Apr 10th and the June 22nd cruises so I asked Allan when I was recently on the Wind and it'll be Colin for the first, Allan again for the second.
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