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  1. it was reported here as well. In the coffemaker thread. About the same details as above.
  2. CDC still requires ships entering US waters after an extended absence to quarantine for 14 days. The transatlantics will require an exemption to this rule. I'm guessing this will not be a problem.
  3. I'm able to access my account on Chrome. Been on a few hours and still active. Just logged off and back in successfully.
  4. https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/cruise/cruise-ship-color-status.html No Seabourn ships on the list yet since they are not in US waters, but that will change in a few months. The chart shows each ship's status with regards to infections and the CDC's investigation status. Green is the best status,followed by orange, then yellow, red, and grey. Thankfully, no reds on the list at this point. Site is updated 2-3 times a week.
  5. I said furnished, not furnishings. Being sent to be furnished includes all the work that you mentioned.
  6. Saw an article recently where Venture was floated-out and was on its way to be furnished.
  7. Starlink is the Spacex satellite constellation that will cover the entire planet, except for the poles. It's in beta now. It's meant for people in the under or unserved markets, not large cities with high-speed internet already available. Costs $99/month plus a one-time $500 base station install. Testers have shown that it works while being mobile. There's a couple other competitors out there, but Spacex has the lead due to their ability to lanuch the satellites themselves.
  8. If I remember right, Ovation was the fist ship to get the service with a dedicated satellite. I wonder if they upgraded all the ships in the past 18 months. I would think ships are the perfect place for Starlink service, which should be much cheaper for the cruise lines.
  9. While E&O share the same space as the Patio Grill, it is certainly not the same food/experience.
  10. My wife got the survey this past week as well. We're not currently booked.
  11. It's been 4 years since at least 2012. That's when we first cruised Seabourn and bought a FCD. If you don't use it within 4 years, they send the money back without you asking for it (happened to my sister).
  12. i've never gotten the hard sell at the TK Grill in the 5 times we've been there.. They show us the list and we politely decline. They they ask we we want wine from the included list. Guess we've been lucky.
  13. Another pricing question. US booking. Sebourn site says cruise is eligible for Welcome Aboard Special Offers, which includes internet minutes, 300 OBC, Combo-Cruise pricing and additional 5% savings with a club membership. I get the same final price if I'm logged in or not, so this implies the 5% is reflected in the price because (even if it's your 1st cruise with them), you'll be a club member when you book. That's a real cheesy way of promoting a discount. Note, when logged in, I do get another 5% off when I apply a Future Cruise Deposit, but that's not what the site is referring to. At least I hope not.
  14. Florida's "mandate" is only in the legislature. Not signed into state law yet. And if it ever is, it will be immediately challenged because it's so unconstitutional, it's laughable.
  15. The CDC issued an order that does not allow any cruises using a US port to be more than 7 nights along with all it's other regulations.
  16. There's a sticky thread at the top of the main Seabourn Cruise Critic page where you can get referrals.
  17. 503 (any maybe 502) also get the anchor action as a bonus. We won the lottery once in the Med and got 503. The balcony was tight, but the built-in early morning alarm from the anchor getting dropped was definitely worse. Couldn't complain too much. We were guests of a relative and didn't pay anything for the cabin.
  18. We're recently off the Sojourn and had a bridge tour. They stated there was a drydock in 2020 for them where whey would be getting all new instrumentation for the bridge. Also said the pool deck would be fixed correctly and get rid of the 'plugs' that are currently used to hide the screws. We also found the veranda furniture to be rather tired and needing replacement. I suspect the drydock is after the world cruise.
  19. Recently off the Sojourn 12 night Caribbean cruise. On the 1st night, we were outside in the Colonnade for dinner. We were early and the 3rd couple seated. Time between apps and entree had grown to 45 minutes. It was getting frustrating as we saw several people seated after us that were already on to dessert. Server comes up and apologizes and says it'll just be another 10-15 minutes. We decided to leave instead. OMG. The ruckus this caused was insane. We were stopped 3 times before we got to the exit and each time the wait for the food got shorter, but they couldn't convince us to stay. Instead, we stopped at Earth and Ocean and had a meal there. Then it got interesting. The Colonnade manager found us to tell us he was having our entree delivered to our suite. Then he offered to serve it in Earth and Ocean. We declined. Then the F&B manager stopped by to apologize. We had a good laugh, but we were now celebrities. Had breakfast in the Colonnade the next morning and had the manager and also the F&B manager stop by to apologize again. From that point on, everyone knew our names and they used them. Naturally, we've been called by name before, just not to this level. Felt a bit like SKP946 when he mentioned them not calling him by name.
  20. Also noticed Formal optional is now just called Formal (in name only).
  21. So true. We're off the Sojourn from the previous cruise. 2 days in a row, I observed 2 people claim 10 loungers in a row at around 8am (I was walking deck 9 at the time). They disappeared, only to return around 10:30 to use them with friends in tow. Loungers were at a premium on our cruise, especially the 4 sea days.
  22. Agreed. Fabulous service. Got us a great private tour guide for the Acropolis as well.
  23. While the Colonnade is quite large, I think they limit the seatings on TK nights. Hence their reason for reservations.
  24. We got a few brochures touting a big sale as well. One of them mentioned our future cruise credit and offered a 10% discount (instead of 5) on around 10 cruises. One looked intriguing, so I checked it out on their website and it was $500 more. Then, I realized the mailing price already took into account the value of our cruise credit to make the price seem lower. Perhaps the OP got a similar mailing. I thought it was a bit deceptive, but I'm sure it was covered in the fine-print.
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