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    SeaDream Yacht Club

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  1. ctbjr1309

    Cuba

    Thanks, Trapper. Great info and quite informative. Very helpful.
  2. ctbjr1309

    Cuba

    Thanks, Zimmy. Very helpful. Much appreciated.
  3. ctbjr1309

    Cuba

    Trapper, thanks for taking the time to complete the trip summary. A couple more questions: 1. Are there compulsory excursions at each port? Or once we do one are we good to go? I assume we can do as many as we want but just not sure if we're looking at a requirement to do one or several. 2. What is the disembarkation process like? Is it like Europe or certain Caribbean ports where you can walk off the ship whenever you like (prior to 10 AM) and head to the airport? Or is it like SJU or STT where passengers are summoned to the Main Salon at a specific time? I assume the former since US CBP not involved but want to confirm. Thanks.
  4. ctbjr1309

    Travel Documents Arrived Today 🤪

    I don't believe so. We have used the same agent for SD (and predecessors) since 1996 and presentation and delivery of cruise docs has varied wildly over that time. We received cruise tix by email last December and a fancy box containing tix, itinerary, luggage tags and baggage straps for our upcoming voyage.
  5. ctbjr1309

    Travel Documents Arrived Today 🤪

    Ours arrived this week. Nice new presentation.
  6. ctbjr1309

    Cuba

    Very helpful. Many thanks for the thoughtful and helpful responses. Much appreciated.
  7. ctbjr1309

    Cuba

    Trapper, thank you for the updates. They are most appreciated. We are on the March 4 (Cienfuegos-Havana) sailing and have some specific questions that I hope you won't mind entertaining. In no particular order, they are: 1. Are any kind of health documents required for entry into Cuba? I'm not aware of any but wondering what you heard from those boarding in Cienfuegos. I know that your experience might have been different since you entered the country on SeaDream. 2. What did you do about visas? I understand that visas are required and can either be obtained in advance on line or by purchasing them at the US departure airport. Any thoughts or did you hear anything worth passing along from fellow passengers? 3. How did you obtain CUC's? I read that there is a 10% tax for changing USD into CUC's . Is there an easy and legal way around that? Are credit cards of any use in Cuba? 4. Regarding the compulsory tour, are all passengers required to take the same tour? Or are there multiple tours with a choice available? Must we comply with this requirement in Trinidad? Or can we take a tour elsewhere if we prefer? 5. You mention insurance in one of your posts. I understand that our airfare includes the Cuba health insurance required for entry into the country. Should we expect to be required to purchase insurance a second time once on board? Or was there an opportunity for passengers to demonstrate that they had already purchased the required insurance. Finally, is there anything else you can think of that would be helpful for first time Cuba travelers to know prior to departure? Many thanks in advance for any information or guidance that you can provide.
  8. ctbjr1309

    Cuba

    Thank you for these updates. We board on March 4 in Cienfuegos so are very much looking forward to your reports as this week unfolds.
  9. ctbjr1309

    Current staff on SD1

    As of last week, the following were on board: Capt. Smorawski Gareth (Club Director) Mark (new Hotel Manager) Silvio (Maitre d') I believe that Capt. Smorawski will be on vacation in 6 weeks. Don't know about the others. Hope you have a great trip!
  10. ctbjr1309

    Christmas Cruise - any thoughts?

    Yes, I agree as to passenger mix. I recall the number being 80%. Biggest percentage of repeaters we've ever experienced.
  11. ctbjr1309

    Seadream 1 in March 2019

    They are above the desk.
  12. ctbjr1309

    Seadream 1 in March 2019

    I have never tried to get off the ship at Spanish Town but based on my experience with Seadream I can't imagine that they wouldn't let you off the ship there even if not participating in the excursion. I'd just confirm with the Activities person on board the ship at least a day ahead of time.
  13. ctbjr1309

    Seadream 1 in March 2019

    A (reasonably reliable) friend currently on board SD I confirms that the 2 USB ports have been added in the rooms on SD I as well.
  14. ctbjr1309

    Seadream 1 in March 2019

    I'm fairly recently back from 9 days on SD II in the Caribbean. I noticed and specifically commented on the number of dinner menu items labeled as Gluten Free. Menus should be consistent across both ships so you should have plenty of GF options. Visiting the Baths at VG shouldn't be a problem. The ship will stop at Spanish Town around 8 AM and you could just get off with the group going to the Baths and organize your own transportation. Alternatively, but less conveniently, you could wait until the yacht arrives at North Sound (around 10 AM), go ashore at Leverick Bay and then organize your own transportation to the Baths and back. Have a great trip!
  15. ctbjr1309

    Cuba

    While on board SD II last week I discussed wifi with a SeaDream exec. For what it's worth he told me that SD wifi is delivered by satellite so my guess (and that's all it is) is that the on board wifi during the Cuba voyages will be the same as experienced elsewhere on SD.
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