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  1. Thanks franski. I read many Trip Advisor reviews and concluded there's no bad choice at Cafe Kor. It sounds like our kind of place and we're looking forward to eating there when we're in Budapest next month. I also noticed that a TA poster mentioned that the restaurant accepts AMEX, which seemed odd since other reviews said it was cash only. So I emailed Cafe Kor and got the following reply: We take cash / Forint, Euro, Dollar/ or American Express cards only. We'll test that soon! Thanks again.
  2. Thanks for the recommendation on Cafe Kor. I searched for their menu online but could only find the daily special sheet on FB. Can you suggest any particularly good items on their regular menu? Is there anything that falls into the "don't miss" category?
  3. We graduated to a higher loyalty level in the midst of a B2B cruise in early 2016. We clarified out situation with SB Club before we sailed and had correspondence confirming that we'd be eligible for higher status at the end of our first segment. Once onboard, we were granted benefits associated with that higher level at the beginning of our second segment. Our situation differed from yours in that our B2B was booked as separate cruises with unique booking numbers. I think if the B2B is booked as a single cruise with a single booking number, the enhanced loyalty benefits would not kick in until the next cruise after the B2B. Maybe a quick email to SB Club would remove any doubt?
  4. Agree. Crystal has a good loyalty program but Seabourn's is great.
  5. SLSD, the post you're looking for wasn't in your Kobe-Vancouver thread so no wonder you couldn't find it there! You started another thread specifically asking about Adriatic itineraries. Here it is:
  6. You're right rols. Recently we had the Indian Market Dinner in the Colonnade on Encore and it was a wonderful spread. But everything was spiced pretty tame so my DH asked the line cook if he could jazz up a curry with more heat. The guy beamed, went into the kitchen and concocted a super spicy version and brought it to our table. He waited for my DH to taste and was thrilled that he loved the dish. Seabourn really knows how to deliver on Indian food.
  7. We've requested special items a few times with 24 hr advance notice. They've all been good but most memorable was an Indian meal a few years ago. We asked for a specific menu of mulligatawny soup, lamb rogan josh, chicken tikka masala, vegetable korma and the usual accompaniments of rice, papadum and raita. We like spicy food so we requested extra hot. The chef surprised us with an additional dish of super spicy pork vindaloo. Everything was exceptional. Since then, we've requested an Indian meal on every SB voyage, but we no longer ask for specific items. I think the kitchen staff really enjoy cooking Indian food and they do it very well, so we simply leave ourselves in their good hands and have never been disappointed.
  8. SLSD, I'm not surprised! I find it quite difficult to navigate the SB website, especially when searching for itineraries. In this instance, I scrolled to the bottom of the home page and clicked Find My Cruise under Travel Resources. Since I was looking for our previous itinerary, I then selected Piraeus as the departure port and Sept 2020 for the departure date. Results were populated with 4 cruises and voila! the cruise I posted was there. You can also find it under Destinations from the home page by selecting Mediterranean. A whopping 82 cruises are returned. You can then apply filters or scroll through to 2020. This cruise first appears in May 2020 and if you click More Dates & Fares, you'll see it is offered several times, including Sept 2020. Not easy for sure. That's why I strongly prefer a printed brochure!
  9. If you're interested in an Adriatic intensive cruise, you may wish to consider Odyssey 14-day Gems of the Venetian Empire in Sept 2020. We did a similar cruise in Sept 2017 with many of the same ports. It was fabulous. We had excellent weather (except Venice where it poured) and uncrowded ports (except Venice where it was busy). The itinerary is superb with a mix of must sees like Dubrovnik, Kotor and Venice as well as lesser known gems such as Monemvasia and Brindisi. Only downside is it's very port-intensive, but even with that, we were able to adapt our pace accordingly to enjoy some relaxation time. Truly worth a look IMO. https://www.seabourn.com/en_US/find-a-cruise/E0M14J/4064A.html Athens (Piraeus) Monemvasia, Greece Olympia (Katakolon), Greece Nydri (Lefkada), Greece Brindisi, Italy Dubrovnik, Croatia Zadar, Croatia Venice, Italy Sibenik, Croatia Kotor, Montenegro Corfu, Greece Cephalonia, Greece Pylos, Greece Mylos, Greece Athens (Piraeus)
  10. Hi Qld13. In my experience, pre-cruise requests sometimes are not in the suite upon boarding. If that's the case, speak to your stewardess and she'll fulfill your request during evening turn down on the first night. Hendrick's should definitely not be a problem!
  11. Hendrick's was definitely on Encore last month. I think it's a staple across the fleet.
  12. We are frequent cruisers on both Seabourn and Crystal. We decided to take our first river cruise last year and opted for Crystal, since we were familiar with their ocean ships and knew they delivered a great product. We were not disappointed and ended up fans of river cruising! Had Crystal not been on the scene, we likely would have chosen Tauck, since we've experienced their outstanding job on land trips. I think we made the right choice. In conversation with a server on our Crystal river cruise who had previously worked on Tauck river boats, he acknowledged that while Tauck is very good, in his view, Crystal was superior. You may be interested in my review of our first river cruise on Crystal Bach during tulip season last year: https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=617557&et_cid=3065755&et_rid=16695201&et_referrer=NULL
  13. Chris was Assistant CD on an Adriatic cruise we took on Odyssey in Sept/17. I don't know his surname. Very engaging British chap. Wonder if it's the same guy?
  14. Our thoughts exactly. We reach the 100-day milestone on an upcoming Encore cruise and have decided to skip the club party event. The recognition bit is not our thing, although I'm happy to get the pin, if only for the Tiffany box!
  15. Something's not right. We're on the same cruise and we received our final docs on Jan 18 from our TA. It includes a descriptive booklet and luggage labels preprinted with our names and suite number. The booklet isn't particularly helpful but it does provide info on the embarkation terminal as well as details of any OBC you have. You'll only need the Seabourn ePass to board, but you may wish to follow up with your TA on the missing docs.
  16. Hi Keith! Sounds like you're having a wonderful time in Sydney with your daughter and her family. Continue to enjoy! You captured a lovely shot of SB Encore. It was docked at Circular Quay, is that correct?
  17. Stickman, enough already! I'm kicking myself since we considered that Serenity cruise but chose Encore instead. Oh well, we really do prefer the itinerary. I'm also looking forward to eating at Sushi which is not on the O-class ships. I'll try hard not to compare it with Umi Uma.
  18. I'm inclined to agree with you, even though there are some aspects of dining on SB that we prefer over Crystal. Sadly we've noticed service levels on SB have indeed declined since we started sailing with them in 2014. Your Crystal posts, especially the photos from Umi Uma, are making me envious.
  19. Seabourn and Crystal are our favorite lines and we sailed both relatively recently: Crystal North Cape in July/18 and Seabourn East Coast Canada in Sept/18. Things we prefer on Seabourn: Seabourn Square Ventures by Seabourn Caviar on demand Shopping with the Chef Suite accommodation More interesting itineraries Loyalty program with tangible benefits Things we prefer on Crystal: Magic Castle at Sea Fabulous enrichment Computer University at Sea Specialty restaurant Umi Uma Outstanding cocktail list and excellent bartenders Wrap-around promenade Free wifi All our SB sailings have been on the O-class ships. We will soon venture onto Encore and our opinion may change! Isklaar, looking forward to reading your review of Ovation.
  20. AFAIK, the street art walk doesn't go near Baldwin Street but we hope to tackle it by ourselves later. Thanks for the suggestion of Larnach's Castle. It's on our radar as well as the Chinese Gardens and the Toitu Settlers Museum. We're actually there on St Paddy's Day so a pub visit may be in order as well!
  21. Have a blast Stickman. Looks like you're off to a great start. Our adventure in your neck of the woods starts soon, but sadly without the joy of an Elderflower Fizz or Jade Martini!
  22. Thanks again Leigh. We're all set for our visit to Phillip Island. Rain jackets and layers are packed!
  23. Fantastic Java Spot. Looks like we're now docked at Brisbane Cruise Terminal next to Portside Wharf rather than the Grain Terminal. "Always subject to change" worked in our favour!
  24. Hi Java Spot. That was me! However, I posted on the RC that we're scheduled to dock at the so-called Grain Terminal in Brisbane, not Melbourne. It's 25 km from the CBD.
  25. Isabel, we also sailed Bach last year and we did have Elod as bartender! I agree he kicked it up a notch. He was very creative and always tempted us with special concoctions. However, he didn't have the ingredients to make a Jade Martini, which I thought was odd given that it's a signature cocktail on the ocean ships. I'm hoping Ravel will have an expanded spirits selection when we're on later this year.
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