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Master Echo

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  1. Dear SS My dear what a catalogue of problems and disappointments you have all endured, both on the Whisper and the Explorer, and for those maybe not be up to speed, also the Shadow which has spent the last week holed up in Recife, with no date currently, as to their ordeal ending. Seemingly it is now over for some of you and soon you Mr & Mrs SS will be back in dear old Blighty - probably not as you remember it though!! Have a safe flight, and as so many Silversea aficionados have said in the last few weeks, hats off to Silversea and their amazing staff and crew. There are many of us who have had cruises cancelled, and one wonders just how long we will have to wait to assuage our cruising withdrawals. God bless one and all Kindest regards Master Echo
  2. Dear SIlver Spectre Good to see a blue sky and a little sun?!! Long may it continue 😀😀 Kindest Regards Master Echo
  3. Dear SS I totally concur with all the comments made to you - how rotten. Even the ports who have accepted you haven't been very welcoming by giving you non stop rain. As you say, looking on the bright side, you are on a lovely ship, with some lovely shipmates (?), lovely food, and do not have to wash clean and cook!! Hopefully things WILL improve. I can quite imagine you prefer to be where you are than in the UK, apart from the rapid Covid-19 escalation, the weather is also wet, windy and COLD - and I have to do all the chores!! Keep smiling!! Kindest regards Master Echo
  4. Dear Caymus88 I thought that your date wasnt correct. The Lady Shadow will be at sea on the 7th April and she arrives in Lisbon on the 8th. I will - hopefully - be on the cruise before you, disembarking on the 9th. Let us hope we both make it!! Kindest regards Master Echo
  5. Oh dear, Beaujolais - you are quite correct, I had just been talking about a Shadow cruise which is imminent!! Apologies - yes of course it was Silver Whisper!! Kindest regards Master Echo
  6. Brimary I do not think that either of your comments are quite correct. Luna Rossa has retained the entertainment contract for a further three years. However whilst they will still have six entertainers per ship, the concept is completely changing. There will still be a lead male and female singer, but the other four will be two singers/dancers, and two dancers. Thry will also be using LED Screens, and the information that Stumblefoot gave on an earlier post is accurate. I am not quite sure what you mean when you say - more RCI rebranding to add to staff reductions - in which department? On my five week wander round the West Indies on the Shadow last Nov/Dec, the staff ratio was over 200 crew for roughly 250 passengers. From what I have seen recently and from comments from staff on board, RCI has given SS a blank cheque to incorporate many of Manfredi's dreams. However it remains to be seen for how much longer this continues. Kindest regards Master Echo
  7. Which Silversea ship do you mean? kindest regards Master Echo
  8. This is certainly an evolving situation, about which the experts are struggling. At the very start of reporting of the outbreak in China, we were told by the experts that person to person transmission was highly unlikely; well they were clearly wrong about that! Today I learned that analysis shows there is a age gradient for susceptibility, with very few cases amongst the very young, and the largest number amongst the more elderly; this has confounded the experts. Also today we learned that a Japanese person has now contracted the virus a second time, having tested negative, after the first contagion cleared up. Some experts are hopeful that warmer weather will mean the virus will go away, as is the case with seasonal flu. Other experts counsel against this, because it does not happen with all viral infections.. The experts also cannot decide whether the contagion spread on Diamond Princess was down to poor quarantine, circulation round the air conditioning system, or both. The WHO representative who visited China recently, praised its government for the steps taken by way of population isolation. He made no reference to the false reporting by the same Government at the outbreak of the virus, so question mark over the reliability of WHO comments, skewed for political reasons. It is said that WHO will not declare a pandemic for fear of upsetting China. As regards JJ's comments about Crystal, I believe its Chinese backers have very deep pockets. As evidence of this, when they wanted a ship built in a hurry, they bought a shipyard for the purpose!! I have three SS cruises booked this year, one sailing from HK in October, and I have no plans to change any of my arrangements. Whilst this might appear foolhardy to some, this is a rapidly evolving situation about which no one, expert or otherwise can predict the state of play even within a week. Kindest regards Master Echo
  9. Dear SS So sorry to come to the party late! For some unknown reason I was not given notification of any posts - good old CC!! Was so disappointed for all those whose ambition was to see Easter Island, but know that you have already been. Having also travelled with passengers in the past, who had booked cruise after cruise, only to have their Easter Island landings thwarted - I decided in 2018 the only way to set foot on this magical place, was to fly, and I spent four days and three nights there prior to a cruise from Buenos Aires. I was extremely fortunate in having two Rapu Nui guides to myself, so obtained much indepth knowledge which I will never forget. So pleased that you all managed to set foot on Pitcairn, I too hope to do that in 2021!. Do hope that all the succeeding ports have calm seas for you to get into. Kindest regards Master Echo
  10. Lovely to hear from you SS and glad that your flight from old Blighty was good. Hope the DW has got over the lack of baths, and you are all geared up for tomorrow's embarkation. Looks like the segmentarians are well out numbered!! Raise a glass of champers for me. Kindest regards Master Echo
  11. Hello Mr & Mrs Silver Spectre Hope flight to GRU was good, and now of course you must be in Santiago by now? Hope the second leg was uneventful. Now you can relax at the MO and reacquaint yourselves with Santiago. Are you sailing from Valparaiso or San Antonio? The latter is basically a huge hanger with no facilities or was a year ago, so I hope you will have the benefit of sailing from the former. The only asset from sailing out of San Antonio, it is marginally nearer to Santiago. I will be avidly following all your posts and your comments on the various ports, and hope that all the WC'ers treat all you segmentarians with charm! Wishing you a fantastic cruise with good company, sunny skies and smooth seas. Kindest regards Master Echo
  12. I also have over 350 days with Silversea, and have travelled on all the classic fleet, as well as the Discoverer. It is definitely a matter of personal preference, and what is okay for one is not for another. It is correct that the mattress has a soft and a firmer side. If passengers requested a mattress topper, in the past this was often the "egg crate" affair, which frankly was of no use. I now ask in advance for two duvets to put on the top of the mattress and under the bottom sheet. The only downside to this, is as the days increase the "bounce" of the duvets decreases and it is not as comfortable as initially, it therefore needs a shake when the sheets are changed, in our experience, every four days.. Incidentally I have sailed on a 20 days cruise on Regent Explorer and did find the bed more to my liking. However, Costacostacosta, I would definitely choose the Spirit cruise and request your bed to be "doctored" before embarking. If it is not to your satisfaction, ask your butler to utilise the duvet solution. Enjoy - you will have a whale of a time - and there is no such word as "No" in the Silversea crew's vocabulary! Ask any SS aficionado!! Kindest regards Master Echo
  13. Dear Qld13, You will note that some of my comments were in quotes - stating what SS had told me. I totally agree with both you and Kool Cruiser that the reasons given are totally at odds with previous Jane McDonald cruises, and I am surprised that SS would think we would believe their explanations. BTW Kool Cruiser, I note you live in the UK. On Quest TV which is operated by Discovery Inc, there is a whole series called Mighty Cruise Ships which you may be interested to watch. Unfortunately I am not sure when they are broadcast, but I have seen many repeats. Kindest regards Master Echo
  14. Dear All, First a very Happy Healthy & Prosperous 2020 to you all with lots of cruises on our favourite cruise line. I was very interested to read all the comments above, initiated by Silver Spectre and was so disgusted after watching the programme I burst into print. I found Jane McDonald's behaviour, jumping on the bed the first time she entered the suite, quite childish, and not something expected of a grown up. It was obvious she was extremely well looked after, not only with regards to her accommodation but seemingly, being given a ship's tender all to herself when going ashore. Apart from a handful of passengers who were on deck, the Lady Shadow appeared to be a ghost ship. and there was very little footage of the ship's interior, other than her suite and the stairs! Having a long history in television and marketing I was dismayed, as others have said, how SS could have apparently missed such a golden opportunity. However the reply I received from a suitably informed and authorised person in Silversea (not Silverseas, a mistake even Fernando makes), came across as very defensive. The comment made was that this series concentrated on destinations rather than ships, and "at the same time broadcasters are more alert and rule-bound to ensuring these sort of programmes are not seen as too commercial and therefore again in this series there has been little if any mention of the actual brand or ship". This is why SS informed all Venetian members of the date that the programme would be aired, knowing there was nothing obvious that this was the Silver Shadow, nor indeed what shipping line! Very surprisingly, SS claims they have seen a significant increase in enquiries since the programme went out because travel agents were also given advance notice of the broadcast. Conspiracy theorists will no doubt continue to have a field day over this episode! Kindest regards Master Echo. .
  15. Dear Unibok Catching up on SS threads, I have only just found your posts, whilst sitting at the airport for the last leg of my journey home from Silver Whisper. I must admit to laughing out loud at your mammoth ships' description!! I do so enjoy your expressive writing. Although Captain Arma has ' jumped ship' and is now the Master of the Shadow, I note Colin Brown is still wedded to the Wind, I wonder where he will go when the ship is expeditionised. Kindest regards Master Echo
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