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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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!
  6. 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!
  7. 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).
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Who cares? Not me , that's for sure.
  14. I'm on the Symphony sailing so I guess that means Grand Turk will be another sea day, I absolutely detest tendering and avoid it as much as possible. Ridiculous itinerary planning by Crystal.
  15. Silversea's Silver Cloud is up there now. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2687830-silver-cloud-expedition-live-81419-82619-reykjavik-to-kangerlussuaq/
  16. Thanks for the good news, JP. Moss used to be on the Spirit, maybe if he’s back on her next summer, I’ll get to cruise with him again, hope so! I think I can still remember the four countries that border Zimbabwe - this makes sense to those who’ve trivia’d with Moss.
  17. Quite possibly because I'm overseas. Happens to other things too - for instance sometimes I get my Admiral's Club card, sometimes I don't. And yes, I absolutely did get an email to my ordinary personal account with an attached pdf letter showing my approval and KTN (which I printed out and carry with me, but it's not accepted like a card), but this was 2016 before they completely changed the website and who you deal with - it went from CBP to DHS.
  18. I did my interview there too and got an email the same day with my KTN, but they never sent me a GE card. Don't need it for flying, but it would've been useful occasionally when cruising. Maybe I'll get one when I renew next year.
  19. Thanks for the info Stumbles, but what a loss to the classic ships.
  20. Anyone seen Moss recently? He was sent off to develop an entertainment program for the expedition fleet and I've not heard a peep about him since. Is he on a ship or stuck in an office? Or maybe retired? I miss him!
  21. Of course I'm reading this Chris - thanks for the mention, maybe we'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when, but I cruise frequently enough so it could happen. And that's a pretty fair summation of the cruise, shame the weather gods weren't kinder to us. I take very few excursions because I'm waaaay too impatient with their pace, prefer to go striding off on my own, so I totally agree with that comment. Shows ... I really don't care, I seldom go to them, music does nothing much for me, I prefer a good book with my feet up in bed.
  22. Yet another person conned by marketing. There really isn't enough difference between 'shampoo' and 'shower gel' to worry about which one you pick up. Pretty much all liquid detergents are the same and do the same job, they just have slight differences of colour, smell and consistency. I think the little bottles are ecologically bad so I just line my first set up in a row and leave them there. I use solid bar soap for everything - washing me, my hair, my undies - works just fine. It's what I do at home, I haven't had a plastic bottle cluttering up my shower in years. Free your mind from the indoctrination of advertisers and try it. It makes travelling with only carry on (as I do) much easier too.
  23. How about it’s not that I’m not ‘adventurous and cosmopolitan ‘, I just didn’t like the food in Indochine.
  24. OMG Pearls. At lunch. Best response possible to jeans in the evening.
  25. I think you haven't yet grasped the style of Mr TTS's humour.
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