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  1. We would never take our grandkids on a luxury cruise ship. Most have limited activities for kids, have a more subdued atmosphere, and don’t have many other kids aboard. Plus, why pay more for less from the kids’ perspective. We do, however, take multi-generational cruises on NCL and Celebrity. In fact, our next one is in January aboard NCL. The kids love it.

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  2. On 4/5/2024 at 10:20 AM, markandjie said:

     

    We learned on our time aboard Venture that apparently they did not design the ship with sufficient crew cabins so they are constantly on the verge of being understaffed, even with a full crew complement. Sounds like this will be a perpetual nit on otherwise excellent ships. 

    Maybe some crew can share cabins with solo sailors so they can avoid the single supplement.🤩

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  3. 4 hours ago, SFTraveler53 said:

     But, for example, if you're skipping, a port, you expect to be informed as to why.  Same deal.

    We are currently on the Silver Muse. Prior to departure, we had 3 booked excursions cancelled— all for “Operational reasons.”  Our friends recently sailed with Seabourn from Cape Verde, and two ports in Africa were cancelled for “Operational reasons.” While we would all like to have more information about what type of operational issues are involved, saying less seems to be consistent across the cruise industry. 

  4. 2 hours ago, Lois R said:

    My next 2 trips are outside of Silversea too........;going on Celebrity at the end May to Bermuda and then.......doing a land trip with 6 other gals to Jackson Hole, WY and the Grand Tetons. for a week at the end of June. Talk about a change😮. I am getting my own room though, so that part is still solo😀

    We are also going to Bermuda in mid-May with Celebrity. If SS offered a similar itinerary, I still would have chosen Celebrity for several reasons including value. For me, this is an itinerary that doesn’t benefit enough from an ultra-luxury product and price.

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  5. 53 minutes ago, machotspur said:

     

    Thank you cruisinbanjo and turtlemichael before you, for posts that very much capture the feelings of Mrs machotspur and I.

    We've been on 26 cruises, of which 12 or so have been with Silversea, and much of the remainder with Seabourn & Regent. 

    Our most recent cruise on Silver Dawn last month was poor in so many ways and our feelings about the experience are accurately reflected in bold in your post above.

     

    The reality is that the quality of the product of all of the cruise companies we have previously travelled with has declined significantly (IMHO), with the fares going through the roof. We do not believe that any of them are now (ultra) luxury. To us the term 'luxury' is now a misnomer when applied to Silversea et al.    

     

    Like you we are not entirely 'throwing our toys out of the pram' and saying that we are done with cruising. However - there is no doubt going forward our travel plans will more likely be 75/25 land to sea, compared to recent years (COVID excluded) of 25/75.

     

    Whilst we understand - albeit not fully support - the reason for travel companies 'balancing the books', our experience is that - worldwide - the quality of premium land based travel has not been reduced as dramatically as the 'luxury' cruise companies.

     

    As always - "you pays your money and makes your choice" !

     

      

    Well said. Like you, we have been moving towards more land based vacations and will continue to do so. Cruising will still be part of the mix in future, but a smaller percentage of it.

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  6. 10 hours ago, RetiredOnVacation said:

    Agree with you, although other than the fact it is a vacation, I think that there is a difference between land based holidays and cruise holidays. The closest comparison of a land based holiday would be a resort-style property which has several f&b options and multiple facilities including stage artist entertainment, but such a resort doesn't move locations for varied visitor & cultural experiences. 

     

    So cruising is unique in that respect and difficult to truly compare. 

    But I think you are right about a cruise pricing readjustment (especially in the luxury all-inclusive market) catching up to the fare-point it perhaps needed to be at. 

     

    I think SS will survive as it won't be an outlier in the cruise sector it's in! 

    When I choose a land resort over a cruise (and I spend more time in land resorts each year than cruising), I avoid all-inclusive. On land, I like the ability to eat at different restaurants, drink at my favourite bars, and enjoy a variety of local entertainment venues. And I find the quality of all these to be superior to cruise ships. What I cruise for is the itinerary and the ability to see multiple places in one trip, without having to pack and unpack, and to do so in comfort. While this makes it difficult to do direct value comparisons, there is a limit to what I am willing to pay for a vacation, and some luxury cruises are beginning to stretch that limit.

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  7. On 4/5/2024 at 12:30 AM, PaulaJK said:

    I do not consider SS equivalent to the Four Seasons or Ritz…... And certainly recent downgrades in cuisine and provision quality remove it from a high end restaurant group. After our recent experience on Spirit, we will avoid SS.

    I agree 100%. And I have almost always been able to book top resorts at prices below those referenced above. 

  8. 12 minutes ago, drron29 said:

    Just a note @commodoredave the Muse voyage starting in Yokohama tomorrow is completely full. I have asked if getting extra staff but a lot of changing the subject going on.

    At least they should be re provisioning as very little done since Bali if any.

    Let me know if I should bring some strawberries aboard tomorrow for you! We arrived Yokohama yesterday and look forward to boarding Wednesday. Will you be staying onboard for the next leg, and if so, can I buy you a drink!!

  9. 2 hours ago, Tothesunset said:

    At what point can Covid still be considered to blame for inadequacies of the current product?

     

    Covid and the sellout to mothership occurred, to all intents and purposes, at the same time. I'd posit that current deficiencies owe more to the latter than the former. 

    True to a point. However, the financial losses caused by Covid are still being paid for by all cruise lines.

  10. 1 hour ago, Fletcher said:

    Silversea's expedition vessels Cloud and Wind are really old by today's standards and do not comply with current or imminent environmental rules.  Lines line Seabourn, Ponant, Hapag-Lloyd, Scenic, Swan Hellenic have far better options for polar expeditions these days.  

    Agree. It’s one reason I have booked my Antarctic cruise with Seabourn. 

  11. 12 hours ago, pavementends said:

    You can't go home again (cf. Thomas Wolfe) and you can't step into the same river twice.

     

    Fortunately I've only started to cruise Silversea so previous experiences haven't stopped me from having a good time. As for price, I have been able to book at what I consider to be reasonable prices (although this was during the recent sale, not afterwards. And for a couple, not single).

     

    I can't help suspecting that the extremely high cabin price mentioned above for an Antarctic trip was either the last very high end cabin or a website error. Yes, the Antarctic costs a lot but it doesn't need to be that much.

     

    Agree about pricing in Antarctic. It depends on itinerary. The longer 21-day or so voyages that include Elephant Island can be that expensive. But the shorter 10 - 12 day voyages are usually half the price.

     

  12. 1 minute ago, wine-wine-wine said:

    We will be on Sea Cloud Spirit in September for our 25th anniversary.  Will post a write up - probably cross posting on both the small ship and luxury categories. Spirit is a bit bigger than the other two at 136 passengers - but they also have verandas which is important to DW. 

    I look forward to reading it. We are always interested in expanding our cruise horizons.

  13. 20 hours ago, garysarah said:

    The problem with those lists is that Seadream has so many fewer passengers than most of the other ships that they have many more people to vote for them. Having been on several of those lines, to me they don't compare favorably. I do recognize people are looking for different things and it's hard to compare old ships with new ones.  You clearly enjoy many different types of experiences. I admire your breadth of experience. 

    While your point is valid about some of the ships carrying more pax than SD and therefore having more voters, it doesn’t explain why Emerald, which carries the same number of pax is ranked so much higher than SD.

     

  14. On 1/31/2024 at 9:44 AM, misztercruizer said:

    MrDave,

      We sailed on Explora1 from Iceland To NYC last September had a fantastic trip all 1st class service and great food. Would like to book again soon.

      We will be on Seadream1 next week out of San Juan with a BtB for a 14 day trip. We are looking forward to the relaxed atmosphere. First time on SD1  I never see any roll calls for this line I guess people will get to know everyone on board because of the size.

      TA love EJ because of the upgrade they offer in commissions. It helps them fill the ship. I did notice the prices are getting a little high on Explora Journeys.  Enjoy!

     

    PS- Emerald carries the same number of pax as SeaDream, yet ranks 1st versus 9th best for SD. So while your point is valid for the larger ships on the list, it doesn’t explain why Emerald ranks better.

  15. 20 hours ago, garysarah said:

    The problem with those lists is that Seadream has so many fewer passengers than most of the other ships that they have many more people to vote for them. Having been on several of those lines, to me they don't compare favorably. I do recognize people are looking for different things and it's hard to compare old ships with new ones.  You clearly enjoy many different types of experiences. I admire your breadth of experience. 

    The secret to enjoying different types of experiences is to have an open mind, ample curiosity and a desire to get outside one’s comfort zone. We do have a handful of favourite cruise lines, but we like to complement them with a new experience every year or so. This year was Explora. Next year is Emerald. And I hope more to come!

  16. For what it’s worth, her is the list of Top 10 small ship cruise lines in 2023 as selected by readers of Conde Nast Traveler:

    Small ships (Fewer than 500 passengers)

    10. Variety Cruises. Score 86.75
    9. SeaDream Yacht Club. Score 89.66
    8. Silversea. Score 89.93
    7. Seabourn. Score 91.34
    6. Ponant. Score 91.45
    5. Windstar Cruises. Score 91.87
    4. Sea Cloud Cruises. Score 91.94
    3. American Cruise Lines. Score 92.88
    2. Paul Gauguin Cruises. Score 92.94
    1. Emerald Cruises. Score 95.27

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  17. Just received this notice of a change to an excursion. At least this one sounds like an improvement:

     

    ** Silversea Tour Notification ** SM240403014 AKT-BA Tea Ceremony at Geisha House & Senshu Park Stroll (ex Akita Castle Ruins & Tea Ceremony at Geisha House) - Akita, April 13, 2024

     

    Dear Silversea Guest(s),

     

    Thank you for your booking on the above-mentioned tour.

     

    As we strive to always provide excellence, we are pleased to inform you that the itinerary and title of the above-mentioned tour has been revised and enhanced to suit our quality standards.

     

    As the Akita Castle Ruins site was not appreciated by most of our guests on tour during the past season, this site has been replaced with a stroll in the scenic and historical Senshu Park, one of Japan’s top 100 Cherry Blossom’s Spots.

  18. I have found these 3 notices from Silversea of excursion cancellations:

    SM240403014 / 04/04/2024 / Japan / Shimizu / SMZ-G – Steam Locomotive Experience & Wooden Bridge on Guinness Book

    Thank you for your interest in the excursion SMZ-G – Steam Locomotive Experience & Wooden Bridge on Guinness Book, operating in Shimizu, Japan on 04/04/2024.

    We regret to inform you that due to operational challenges, this shore excursion has been cancelled.

    The booking has already been removed from your account and no further action is needed. We invite you to log into MySilversea to choose another shore excursion from our tour program.

    SM240403014 / 04/07/2024 / Japan / Hiroshima / HIJ-M – Taste of Hiroshima

    Thank you for your interest in the excursion HIJ-M – Taste of Hiroshima , operating in Hiroshima, Japan on 04/07/2024.

    We regret to inform you that due to operational challenges, this shore excursion has been cancelled.

    The booking has already been removed from your account and no further action is needed. We invite you to log into MySilversea to choose another shore excursion from our tour program.

    SM240403014 / 04/09/2024 / Korea, Republic of / Busan / BUS-C – Korean Cuisine

    Thank you for your interest in the excursion BUS-C – Korean Cuisine, operating in Busan, Korea, Republic of on 04/09/2024.

    We regret to inform you that due to operational challenges, this shore excursion has been cancelled.

    The booking has already been removed from your account and no further action is needed. We invite you to log into MySilversea to choose another shore excursion from our tour program.

  19. 4 hours ago, Looking 4Answers said:

    Maybe jgmc is asking because they are looking for advance warning as to what might be canceled on their own upcoming Japan cruise - perhaps to have a little extra time to make alternate arrangements?

    My cancelled excursions have been removed from the list of those available, so can no longer be booked, at least for the foreseeable future or at no cost. When I have time, I will go back through my records to find the exact excursions that were cancelled and report back. Until then, everyone is in the same boat (excuse the pun) for this spring. Next year, who knows.

  20. 1 hour ago, jgmc said:

    I am interested in which excursions were cancelled in Japan as I will be on the Muse in April.

    If you booked an excursion that was cancelled, you will get an email telling you. There may be more cancelled excursions than the 4 I know about as I only received notification of mine. 

  21. Today we received notice from SS of the cancellation of yet another shore excursion on our upcoming cruise in Japan which starts in 9 days. This is the 4th excursion for us that has been cancelled on this cruise in the last 3 months.

    Having to find a last-minute replacement for a cancelled excursion is hard enough, especially since the most popular ones tend to sell out within a few weeks of opening up for booking. But try to find a decent replacement with just 9 days to go!

    Are we just unlucky, or is this (cancelling shore excursions) becoming more commonplace with SS? What about the other luxury lines that include them?

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