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  1. Good for you, Lois! Many people reading these boards will secretly envy you, and we all want to hear about the impression that the stunning new Moon makes in person.
  2. I think we must expect that higher prices are here to stay, at least until cruise competition gets back to where it was in 2019 with all fleets in operation. The cruise lines have few ships sailing, and they may limit the number of passengers even on those ships. There will be more expense in testing and sanitation, not to mention the additional medical care and the plan B's for taking care of passengers who may have to be disembarked. And don't forget there is all that borrowing to repay. For now, however, it looks like prices have not gone up for Moon cruises after the special summer sa
  3. Yes, notwithstanding the statement on the website (updated today) that the Moon will start on June 18, the first cruise listed, if you search for all cruises by ship name, is September 16, 2021 from Athens. That seems to be the inaugural cruise now.
  4. Regarding Travel Agents vs. cruise line consultants, there are are discussions on these boards from time to time debating which is best. I have used both for Silversea and would not say there is a significant difference; both have been responsive and get me about the same deal. I personally think the Silversea in-house consultants are better informed about upcoming drydocks and what cruises are selling fastest.
  5. Just noting: as of this morning, all May departures other than one in Australia have been changed to "Waitlist".
  6. Coincidentally, the Silver Cloud is scheduled to dock at Tower Bridge at 6:30 pm May 16, to disembark May 17.
  7. Our daughter informs us that the Feb. 14 weekend is also known for "Gal-intine's Day" celebrations, where ladies without current romantic commitments (or those whose wish to augment them) have fun lunches, dinners or activities with other ladies.
  8. Just noticed that this has been added to the "Cruise with Confidence Policy" on the SS website in an update dated December 15: COVID-19 PROTECTIONS Should a guest or a member of their travelling party test positive within 30 days prior to the cruise, at the boarding terminal or during the cruise, the guest will receive 100% Future Cruise Credit or 100% refund for the total booking amount.
  9. Lisbon to Dakar, October 12, 2021 on the Wind. Then, Dakar to Buenos Aires Oct. 29, 2021. And then from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, with stops at Falklands, South Georgia and what appears to be an eclipse viewing at sea. Nov. 21, 2021.
  10. Yes, Tokyo to Seward on the Muse 5/6/22; SM220506014.
  11. But we should not assume that there will only ever be just two vaccines available. The New York Times reports that there are 58 currently in human trials and dozens more in development: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/science/coronavirus-vaccine-tracker.html
  12. Everything looks stunning! I noticed there was no mention of La Terraza, however.
  13. I note that the three cruises I have been watching (two of which I have bookings on) all went up in price in the past two days (vista/veranda suites): May 2021 (Cloud) went up about $1,200/person October 2021 (Moon) up about $180/person February 2022 (Muse) up about $270/person This comports with other posts I have seen that cruises being cancelled now cannot be rebooked for next year at the same price. I have observed that SS will raise the price as the sailing date approaches and cabins get sold out, but the February 2022 price rise seems unu
  14. According to this article in the Atlantic magazine, John Adams did not attend the inauguration of Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Johnson did not attend the inauguration of Ulysses S. Grant. (Adams and Jefferson later famously reconciled.) No sitting President ever just walked out after election day, but I am sure such "lame ducks" (as they are called in the U.S.) suddenly lost a lot of motivation, other for than creating a robust list of pardons (Presidents can pardon federal crimes and commute sentences, so the period between election day and January 20 is the time for lame ducks to repay pol
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