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    Cruising, travel, sailing.
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Silversea, Seabourn, Crystal, AMA Waterways, Hebridean,Cunard
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    French Polynesia, Greek Islands, Norway
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  1. I agree on the length. It should have read "75-ft" not 65 and I have amended accordingly. I found this definition in a story about chartering super yachts. Thanks for alerting me.
  2. I think so. And I have included SeaDream in my story as an example of one of several small luxury lines that come close to a super-yacht experience at a fraction of the cost. Click on the link to read and comment. https://gentlemansportion.com/2021/07/19/super-yachting-isnt-just-for-the-super-rich/
  3. Here is my latest blog post. The mega-rich can afford to build their own super-yachts and fill them with expensive toys. And more are doing so than ever before. But for those who don’t have $50 million to spare, there’s always the option of chartering someone else’s yacht, or cruising aboard a small luxury vessel that just feels like one. https://gentlemansportion.com/2021/07/19/super-yachting-isnt-just-for-the-super-rich/
  4. Thanks for your kind words. I also like to watch The Love Boat reruns when they are available. My grown-up kids don't understand why I like it so much. But the show is the reason why I fell in love with cruising before ever getting on a ship!!
  5. Today's blog post is a tribute to the late Gavin MacLeod who played Captain Stubing in The Love Boat, and an update on what has happened to the rest of his team. https://gentlemansportion.com/2021/06/21/farewell-to-captain-stubing/
  6. Here is my tribute to the late Gavin MacLeod and the rest of the Love Boat crew. Did you enjoy the show as much as I did? https://gentlemansportion.com/2021/06/21/farewell-to-captain-stubing/
  7. Silversea reluctantly came to the same conclusion that most had made weeks before -- there won't be any cruises in Scotland and Norway in July. I cancelled mine last week and rebooked for next year.
  8. Barbara, thanks for the response. I'm afraid I will probably cancel as I have other reservations connected to the cruise for international and local air flights, trains, and hotels, some of which I need to cancel soon for a refund if the cruise will not be going ahead as planned. Just too much uncertainty right now which is making travel to certain destinations a huge question mark.
  9. I'm wondering the same thing. This was billed as a Q&A with Barb Muckermann on Tuesday, May 18, with most of the questions posted many days in advance. It is now Wednesday, May 19 and hardly any questions have been answered.
  10. I agree. In addition to the cruise cancellation deadline, many of us make our own air arrangements and additional travel plans (hotels, trains, etc.) pre and post cruise that must also be cancelled by a deadline. So, Silversea needs to think about the entire impact on their customers of waiting too long to make a decision to cancel what most of us already know will be made, or it will leave a bad taste in the mouth of many loyal customers.
  11. The UK's listing of US and Canada as Amber on their traffic light system for international travel means up to a mandatory 10-day quarantine on arrival in the UK and two PCR tests (5-day release possible after negative texts on day 2 and five.) In addition, Norway is still closed to all international travel. Will Silversea need to change the itinerary or cancel the voyage for the Silver Whisper from Edinburgh to Tromso sailing to/from the UK this summer?
  12. My blog post of today, inspired by SargassoPirate, is called "Should vaccine passports be required for travel?" https://gentlemansportion.com/2021/04/19/should-vaccine-passports-be-required-for-travel/
  13. Here's my take on this controversial subject. What's yours? https://gentlemansportion.com/2021/04/19/should-vaccine-passports-be-required-for-travel/
  14. I just added a reply that supports your message.
  15. Thanks for you comment. I support your letter and if I'm not mistaken, some cruise lines have already announced they will be doing this including Saga Cruises. I suggest you go to the comments section on the blog, particularly at the link below for a story published in January called "When will it be Safe to Cruise Again?", and provide a copy of your draft letter for other people to use. I think it will strike a chord with avid cruisers. WHEN WILL IT BE SAFE TO CRUISE AGAIN? – Gentlemans Portion
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