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Everything posted by wesport

  1. On the Ovation and Odyssey, it was 6:15 am in the Observation Bar. I was a regular.
  2. On my recent cruise on the Ovation, I picked my tours, then called Seabourn to see how many spaces were available for the tours I wanted. I booked the couple that were close to selling out, and booked the others on board using my OBC. Just another option. I booked on the TV day one and got all the tours I wanted. Just another option.
  3. We are on the 11/28 previously Cuba trip with a call to Carambola Beach. What time of day is the Caviar in the surf normally. The itinerary does say that is the day for the event. Interesting that there are 4 excursions that day.
  4. Tmobile. You get 2g speed and calls at 25 cents a minute. Most countries have a service partner with tmobile. You can get a high speed pass for 5 dollars a day. All I need to do is check email on my phone, so it is perfect. You also can have your family download the WhatsApp app, and call through that app for free via the tmobile signal. Have been around the world with tmobile and have saved many dollars.
  5. It happens on the HAL and Seabourn sites all the time. They use the same platform. I always just log back in and everything reappears.
  6. Having the Thomas Keller ribs in the Colonnade outside and watching the sun set while sailing out of Rhodes on the Odyssey in July 2018 with six of our closest friends. I thought, it doesn't get much better than this.
  7. Will be on the Zuiderdam 10/20/19 in a Neptune Suite. Will report back.
  8. Just off the Ovation for 15 days. Most evenings in the restaurant, people were fairly dressed. Probably 30 to 40 percent of the men had a sportcoat on. Not many ties. We found it enjoyable to people watch, as many of the women were very elegant. Didn't see many people that dressed down.
  9. Taking a cruise in October as a five star mariner, how does one get the dinner at the pinnacle grill. Is it built into the reservation, or do you remind the pinnacle grill when dining there?
  10. We did a Seabourn tour in the am which picked us up at the port a dropped us off in Fira. Then later in the day, we took the cable car down when the crowds were starting to thin out. Oia was extremely crowded though. We were there on the Odyssey in the middle of July last year.
  11. This may have been discussed before, but here is my recent experience with changing a reservation with a non refundable deposit. When I called HAL about a month ago, I was told we could change our reservation as long as the new cruise has the same non refundable deposit. Having decided that we wanted to cancel and book a new cruise, my travel agent called and tried to switch the reservation to another cruise with the same non refundable deposit. However, when she called HAL, they would not rebook another cruise that was less than the one I booked originally. Had to book a suite to get the spend to the same level as the original cruise cancelled. Glad I did it during the three day sale. Got additional obc, and a suite for not that much more than a verandah. Sure this has been discussed before. Just a heads up.
  12. Fortunately , we already booked the Cuba cruise, so reservation is already made. Got the new invoice recently with the additional OBC on top of the original reservation OBC, so with the shareholder credit, we should be able to drink some nice wines. Also received 300 internet minutes per person with the original invoice. So, why not. Just off the Ovation in Northern Europe, so maybe on this cruise we can have caviar in the ocean hopefully.
  13. With the reduced price and additional on board credit plus the fact we live in Fort Lauderdale, we are leaning towards taking the cruise on 11/28.
  14. Close to one million cruisers across all lines now have their cruise cancelled. They have to eat their airfare, so it is kind of a big deal. Also cruise lines will lose millions of revenue which affects a lot of their workers.
  15. Seabourn does. $400 for the person referring and $400 obc for the newbie.
  16. I knew it was too good to be true, Cuba via Seabourn. Was really looking forward to that cruise.
  17. 20 nights gets you to Silver. One night per actual cruising, and one for every $500 spent on board.
  18. Seems like the pattern is the earlier open bookings get a lower category than ones made later. Only Seabourn knows. Have always been curious about this subject.
  19. We booked an open booking on the ovation 6 weeks ago for June 7. Our friends booked an open booking one week later. We are silver and they have no status yet. We got a v3 front of ship and they got a v 5 directly in midship. Seems like cabin assignments are related more to time of booking. Happy to be going on the Ovation, no complaints. Just interesting.
  20. I believe early risers start at 6:15am in the observation bar.
  21. One may know this, but I just got off the phone with Seabourn Excursions for my June 7th 15 day cruise. Having onboard credit, and wanting to use if for shore excursions, the rep gave me the spaces allotted , and the spaces reserved for the tours I am interested in.. This way I know if one has 150 spaces, and only 31 booked, I can book that on my first day and not have a problem. I am assuming I can still use the tv to book as I have done in the past. This time I am on the Ovation.
  22. We did West to East. Great trip. Getting off in Buenos Aires was another story. Three cruise ships fighting for a single line of taxies. Two hours later mob still fighting for the same taxies. Arrange your own transportation or book something through HAL. Just a suggestion. Fabulous trip.
  23. I don't mind supporting San Juan, but having been there three times in the past, not interested in that as a substitution. Paying premium for Seabourn to go specifically to Cuba, a vanilla Caribbean cruise would not be worth the premium.
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