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  1. Everything looks stunning! I noticed there was no mention of La Terraza, however.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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".
  7. Is this elegant looking lady the actress Jean Marsh from Upstairs-Downstairs?
  8. 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
  9. 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 re
  10. 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
  11. 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 h
  12. 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 th
  13. 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.
  14. 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 liste
  15. 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!
  16. 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).
  17. 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 Silv
  18. 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.
  19. Just received notice that our June 2021 cruise on the Silver Cloud (Lisbon to Reykjavik), which is a segment of the 2021 Expedition World Cruise, has been cancelled. We were offered to transfer to the 2022 World Cruise (same segment), a 110% FCC or cash refund.
  20. Mr. Terry's information made me think that you could write a whole book just about Lincoln's trip from Springfield to Washington for his inauguration. Well, Someone just did! "Briefly Noted" in the New Yorker magazine recommends "Lincoln on the Verge" by Ted Widmer (Simon & Schuster, 2020) which talks about that trip and how it formed Lincoln's growth as a statesman. I'll bet Columbus is more than "briefly noted."
  21. Royal Caribbean's 49% subsidiary Pullmantur has filed for reorganization under Spanish insolvency law: https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/23124-pullmantur-files-for-reorganization.html According to the article, Pullmantur was on "cold" lay-up, as opposed to RCCL's other ships. As I recall from RCCL's annual report, Pullmantur sells mostly to the Spanish market, which has seek bleak times recently.
  22. We did part of this itinerary in 2019 on the Shadow before the refit. If you are looking at the Dec. 2021 voyage, it goes from Aqaba (Petra) to Mumbai with stops at Safaga, Egypt (overnight), Muscat and Khasab. There is no downside to Petra - it is beautiful and there is something to explore no many how many times you have been there. Safaga is a good 3.5 hours from Luxor, but they may offer an overnight excursion in Luxor (there is at least one elegant classic hotel). Luxor Temple, Karnak Temple and the Valley of the Kings are all there, so that is another can't lose location.
  23. Dr. Fauci was interviewed yesterday on NPR's "Science Friday" radio program. He reported that at least three vaccines were going into stage 3 human trials by the beginning of summer and they would involve tens of thousands of participants. He anticipated that there would be at least one, maybe more, effective vaccines available by the end of 2020 or beginning of 2021. By "effective", he said they were looking for 70% effectiveness. When asked about how long the vaccine would be effective, he said that the big hurdle was finding an effective vaccine in the first place. Once you
  24. Just received notice that our Cloud voyage October 8, 2020 (Vancouver to San Diego) was cancelled. I assume that the prior cruise (Nome to Vancouver) was also cancelled.
  25. Thanks, Terry! That is very similar to the guess my (medical student) daughter made. She thought it was a grackle with a genetic pigmentation problem, and that's what leucism is, more or less. We do have the occasional standard grackle. On a different topic, is that the Ohio State Capitol building in the background of your photograph?
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