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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. Hello Coolers, Can anyone identify this bird? It has come to the feeder for the past two summers. We are located in western Pennsylvania along the Ohio River. It is about the size of a bluejay and eats off the ground and on the feeder. It's not in our Audubon book. Thanks!
  6. I think Mr. Stumble makes a good point. Many insightful and experienced businesspeople post here. One suggestion might be to introduce some program to encourage people to keep their cash in the company rather than ask for cash refunds. For example, assure customers that anyone who makes a reservation with FCC will get the benefit of any discounts, price cuts, benefits or enticements offered to those who reserve later ("a most favored nation" situation). Or, give people "interest" on their FCC so that their FCC goes up the longer the cruise line holds the money (this would partially assu
  7. Fudge, that doesn't sound petty at all. I am in the same position, except my cruise is in October. Prior to March 24, when cancellation policies were not changing every three weeks, the one protection the cruise lines would offer is that, if the price went down before you cruised, they would refund the difference to you so that you would not be penalized for booking and paying early. I believe that Silversea did have this policy, but it was irrelevant because no one ever saw the price go down as the sail date approached - it always went up. Everyone would consider
  8. You can see why RCL drew down cash on its credit line. There are going to be a lot of immediate demands for cash refunds. So, rather than RCLL being 'in trouble', I think they acted with foresight.
  9. As of this morning, we cancelled our cruise on the Muse out of Auckland, to have boarded on March 17. We paid for the air upgrades outside of SS; haven't contacted the airline about whether it's refundable yet. We told the private tour operators to keep the prepayments and deposits even if refundable; they are going to need them.
  10. As the OP of the table question, I would assure JsJourneys that I wholeheartedly endorse the Silversea vibe overall and I feel Js will think the same. I have two other SS cruises already scheduled and paid for, so this must be a sincere endorsement! My thanks to everyone who offered advice; I feel more comfortable knowing how more experienced travellers would handle the situation.
  11. To Gourmet Gal, First, I fully endorse your earlier statement that it is the duty of the Line to impress me, not the other way around (by the way, I maintain the same philosophy about any new potential boy/girl friends my children present). You raise several good fact issues. DH and I arrived at the opening of the MDR soon after opening at 7 pm and there were many open tables in various parts of the dining room, with a few groups in each area. We didn't get the only table left. There was definitely no eye-roll: everyone was professional, and that is what Silv
  12. I have been following this topic regarding dress code issues and behaviors with interest and respect for experienced Silversea cruisers. As I've told my children, just like showing up on time, proper attire shows respect for your host and your fellow guests, and when in doubt, it's always better to be overdressed than underdressed. That said, I've been on the other side of this issue too, and I would be very interested in reading how you would handle this situation. It was the last night of a 15 day cruise on the Shadow this year, and my husband had already packed his jacket and
  13. I agree with Turtlemichael - don't lose hope because you are waitlisted. I contacted my SS consultant to get a reservation on a segment of the 2021 Expedition WC. All staterooms were shown as available on the website, but the consultant told me that all were "sold out" except for a handful (5-6) of basic verandas. This was almost two years in advance of sailing and the cruise had just been listed, so I was a little dismayed until I remembered that it was a World Cruise, and therefore they are sensible to hold back the more desirable cabins for people who want to buy multiple segments. I w
  14. When I first saw the deck plan for the Muse, I noticed an "Activities Area" room opening to a captive portion of the deck on Deck 9. "This has kid's club written all over it" I thought. Those of you who have been on the Muse, is that what it is reserved/used for? On the Silver Moon, that same space is the Connoisseurs Club.
  15. Also, I'd like to pass on that Imogen Corrigan's book "Stone on Stone, the men who built the cathedrals" has been published. The publisher is Robert Hale, a division of Crowood Press.
  16. We were on this cruise in 2018 with Wellseasoned and 2fromTO and loved it. We have made reservations for the 2021 version on the Cloud which was recently announced. It leaves June 16 2021; the voyage is listed as Lisbon to Reykjavik (17 days). It does not have the overnight to Bordeaux but does have the overnight at Tower Bridge.
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