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  1. We were supposed to board the Muse in Auckland on March 17, 2020. When I was making dinner reservations, the first seating for the Silver Note was 8:00 pm.
  2. One our our favorite places is the Twisted Tail: http://thetwistedtail.com/. It looks like the City has permitted the restaurants in that area to block off the street and expand their outside dining.
  3. So true! And also not have to worry about whether to tip for every transaction, or whether what I want is in my "drink package".
  4. Is this elegant looking lady the actress Jean Marsh from Upstairs-Downstairs?
  5. Also, it's easy to forget this point as we are all familiar with Silversea luxury, but the vast majority of cruise passengers are not on an all-inclusive ticket. Once you get them on the ship, you are not stuck with having to operate the cruise only on the strength of the fare of those 20% who have paid new cash. There are also an unlimited amount of upcharges and extras including fancy sports equipment, excursions, surf machines, climbing walls, premium restaurants and alcohol packages, plus the commission paid by the shops, art auctions, jewelry sales. I never cruised on Royal Caribbean without paying at least 50% over the value of my fare on extra's.
  6. Observer makes a good point. The question has been raised as to how a vaccine solves cash flow/burn problems. It does because as soon as an effective vaccine (hopefully, a number of vaccines) becomes viably and widely available, people will start making plans again and that brings new cash in. I'd be very surprised if the cruise lines don't already have a pricing model researched for how this news will affect the supply and demand. I believe RCL's Mr. Fain when he says there is a pent-up demand. You don't have to look any further than the pictures of the people who flocked to bars and restaurants as soon as the restrictions were loosened a little bit. Those crowds certainly demonstrated a pent-up demand for fun, food and society.
  7. How about a vacation to visit cruise ships? Coronavirus: How ghost cruise ships became a summer tourist attractionOn the south coast, people have started going on sightseeing cruises of, well, cruise ships.Read in BBC News: https://apple.news/AkoD0ycIATCu26ypgnhgvBA
  8. Royal Caribbean's written press release, published in advance of today's call included: "COVID-19 has impacted shipyard operations and will result in delivery delays for newbuilds. Currently, the Company expects that three of the five ships originally scheduled for delivery between July of 2020 and December of 2021 will be delivered within the remaining time frame. Two of these ships are Silver Moon and Silver Dawn, with capacity lower than 600 berths." As Mr. Terry noted, the company's representative did indicate that most capital projects were on hold, but I believe he excepted the Silver Moon and Silver Dawn, mentioning them by name.
  9. I agree with Mr. Spectre that the 10% discount is likely to be continued month to month, and I suspect that you can cancel and rebook to get it at a later point - taking the chance that the underlying base price of your cabin has not gone up to a point where the 10% discount has been swallowed up by the price hike and the cabin you want is still available. Like several others on this board, I have several fully paid cruises "in the bank" and I have a reasonable degree of confidence that even if RCCL faces financial difficulty, the last thing they are going to do is leave customers holding the bag. The ability of any service-oriented company to get additional financing for a successful restructuring is dependent on a number of factors, but most important is the existence of faithful customer base who will continue doing business. According to a recent email from Silversea, over half of their current bookings are from repeat customers. But, I know many cruisers have reasonable reservations about keeping a lot of funds tied up that way. Therefore, the "Double Bonus" promotion seems to me to be a "win-win." For the customer, the sum of $1,000 is not so much to risk (well, compared to paying 100% in advance) and it preserves your reservation for the voyage and cabin you want at a known set price. As some have noted, once ships start moving again, supply is likely to be restricted and demand will push price. You can still re-evaluate your appetite for risk until 121 days before sailing and cancel then. For the company, they can show the lenders that they have a commitment from their customers that is likely to bring in a nice chunk of revenue if they continue to work together.
  10. That is the same deal I was offered when my Cloud World Cruise segment was postponed to 2021. I was offered the same cruise, just one year later, with a 10% discount. I assumed that was why the FCC benefit was 110%,, not 125%. I did elect to use the FCC at 110%, but on another voyage, because I had a conflict with that period in 2022.
  11. Well, here's a bit of news that might be pertinent to that. Earlier this month, our June 2021 cruise on the Cloud was postponed to 2022 because it was a segment of the Expedition World Cruise, which was moved in toto to 2022. With our credit, we booked a cruise on the Wind for May 2021, London Tower Bridge round trip. Looking at My Silversea today, I see that that the ship for this cruise is now the Silver Cloud, not the Wind. The voyage number has changed too, but the itinerary seems to be same. We are fine with either ship. On the Silversea website, the cruise is still listed as being on the Wind. So, if the Cloud is picking up the Wind voyages, what is happening with the Wind?
  12. Silversea cancelled my Cloud Oct. 8 voyage on June 4, 2020. I requested a refund on June 8. The refund was credited to the two credit cards used on July 16 (38 days) and July 21 (43 days). Faster than the 45 days promised!
  13. A hearty amen to Mr. Terry's recommendation about the Air Force Museum at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton. Huge, informative and no entry fee ever. It's indoors, air conditioned and full of not only warbirds but the history of flight, spaceflight and the Presidential Air Force 1's. They recently opened a special exhibit for the WWII Memphis Belle. If our choices now are land travel only, that is worth a visit (it's open, check out their website).
  14. Thanks, you are quite right! On closer review of the email, I see that there is an offer of a 10% reduction, but I'll have to contact the cruise consultant to figure out just how that works. Here is the language: " As compensation, Silversea will offer a 10% savings on top of the price you already secured through price matching (a) . *** " (a) PRICE MATCH WHEN MOVING VOYAGES: Price-match applicable when suite category is the same of the original booking. Should the exact category not be available, possible upgrades need to be evaluated case by case with Silversea Silversea will compensate guests for air arrangements, both in case booked with us or independently The 10% extra savings will be applied after booking is secured on top of all other savings. " I am guessing that this means I am assured of getting the same suite category and they give me a refund or FCC of 10% of my original payment.
  15. No, and the FCC was only 110% rather than the usual 125%. If we decide to go for the 2022 cruise, I would definitely ask for an upgrade.
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