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  1. Thanks. I suspect we will have a great time. But not sure I have enough confidence in EJ to book another cruise with them until they clear up their shoreside issues, particularly with itinerary changes. However, once things start running more smoothly, EJ will come back on my cruise radar.
  2. I have yet to begin my first EJ cruise on March 1, but I am already in the "don't trust" category based on what I have heard from others. My attitude may change after sailing with EJ for a week, but some of the issues raised by Hank and others cannot be fixed on board a ship -- they are shoreside management issues. As I book cruises well in advance, that means our next 6 cruises after March will not be with EJ, but with cruise lines I already have experience with and trust.
  3. Agree. I also bring a tie so that on formal nights I can wear my chinos and my blazer with a tie.
  4. During our cruise, the main dining room was open for lunch on most days. We ate there once.
  5. 22 kids is fine, especially if well behaved. But a kids luxury cruise line is not something we see ourselves doing on a regular basis. I don’t think the other luxury lines have anything to worry about!
  6. Our policy is that he who pays the piper calls the tune. If our kids are paying their own way, they can choose whatever cruise line they want. If we are paying for them, it’s a mass market line. You must have very wealthy or persuasive children!
  7. Kid-friendly luxury was not what I had in mind when booking our Explora cruise, but as long as the kids are well-behaved, I'm okay with it. Having said that, it's not where I would take our grandchildren. I prefer NCL, RCL and Princess for multi-generational cruises. As for my wife and I, it's usually Regent, Silversea or Seabourn. And I'm not sure a kid-friendly Explora will make it into that group in future.
  8. The quality of food is a very personal issue and is based on a wide variety of factors. The quality of food can also vary from cruise to cruise depending on rotation of staff. Having said that, we were on board the Pursuit from October 10 to 24 and the food we had was very good -- not a single complaint. And we are foodies. Born in Montreal and grew up with French food. Taken 82 cruises, including all the luxury lines. Taken many land trips in Europe, including long stays in small French towns. And in comparison to all that, we were impressed with the food and service on our 2-week Amazon cruise.
  9. Spent 1 night in Manaus and 3 in Sao Paulo. Enjoyed the latter more. The fact it was much cooler in SP also helped.
  10. No1 - Pool on Deck 5, while Deck 7 is two decks up - not ideal when I need to go No1 never mind No2! No head shown on the deck plan for 7 -- is it in the spa? Ship desigger still a masochist in my view. No2 - I loved my Panorama Veranda but our friends in the veranda cabin had to take treatment for claustrophobia upon return home. No3 - Even two doorstops were not sufficient on a particular rough night. Bring nails and hammer. No4 - It wasn't the alcohol, it was the dancing in the hot tub that did it.
  11. Last time I left my socks over the back of a chair they left a hole in it!
  12. Recently returned from a 14-day Amazon River cruise from Barbados to Manaus. The ship is beautiful, the food was some of the best we've had at sea, the service very good, crew is excellent, and the Expedition team fantastic. Iggy, the team leader, is a joy. As are many of his team. We signed up for another expedition cruise before we left the ship. My only criticisms: 1. No bathroom anywhere near the stern pool inside or outside, which requires one to walk soaking wet through the Colonade restaurant, down the hall past the elevator, and finally to a head. How could a ship designer allow this to happen? 2. The shower stall in the veranda cabins is very small but the bathroom does have a separate tub. Most would prefer a larger shower stall and sacrifice the tub. 3. The walk-in closets would be better described as a crawl-in closet. The space is very narrow and the closet door won't stay open. Bring a door stop with you. 4. The two hot tubs at the stern corners of deck 9 have very steep steps that get slippery and dangerous when wet. I took a tumble down them - be careful!
  13. Is it even politically correct anymore to suggest men wear tuxedos/suits and women wear dresses/pant suits? 😐
  14. It was taken by the CDCA -- Cruise Dress Code Authority. They are vigilant, and have a huge warehouse filled with photos of people who break the dress code. On one occasion I inadvertently wore mismatched socks. They threated to keel haul me!
  15. Depending on one's age, "older passengers" can mean different things. For me, older passenger means over 75 -- everyone below that is "young"!!
  16. Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic?
  17. Business Insider has today published the most insightful story into Storylines since I published my critical piece in September of 2020 at: Search Results for “storylines” – Gentlemans Portion. I was interviewed for this story: Storylines Residential Cruise Faces Backlash From Investors, Ex-Employees (businessinsider.com) Load of Ship A startup is charging up to $8 million to live on a never-ending cruise. Investors and ex-employees say it'll never happen.
  18. We have found most cruise line excursions to be hit and miss. Which is why we always compare offerings from local tour providers to those offered by the cruise line. About 50% of the time we book a private tour, especially if we can find another couple or two to share the cost.
  19. Never rely on Seabourn for information on Visas or entry fees. If you’re lucky, they will advise you 5 days before departure.
  20. The engine room is lovely, and everyone there enjoys self-service.🤪
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