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Able Seaman H

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    Commercially endorsed Yachtmaster, enjoy travel particularly to Asia.

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  1. Seedlip and a good tonic like Fever tree would be be a very welcome addition. I have a bottle of Spice 94 on the go at present. A "grown up" alcohol free drink. Henry 🙂
  2. The TK Rib Eye is, for me one of the finest steaks in the world. It presents more like a fillet than a traditional Rib Eye due to the butchering process which is somewhat luxurious, they keep the good bit and discard the less premium elements. You almost have to view the TK Rib Eye as a separate cut all on its own. Henry
  3. On mainstream lines like Royal Caribbean a cruise critic gathering is almost always organised. Play your cards right and you come away with a key ring !!! But I've never come across such a gathering on Seabourn unless organised via the Roll Call. To publish it in the Herald is a great idea. The number of times people on here have retrospectively said they were on the same cruise as us. Henry 🙂
  4. How interesting. A $40 checked shirt with a $30 polo shirt sewn on the back in such a way that you can pretend to be superman with your own cape as you walk around. I don't think people would make fun of you at all either on the ship or elsewhere. Crack on and get that money spent. You're going to make a shop keeper somewhere very happy. 😂 Just before you press the buy button take advice from an English gentleman and Google "Thomas Pink" of Jermyn Street, London. A great starting point when developing an adult wardrobe.....
  5. To this day they still talk about it. Like meeting royalty they say..... H. 😂
  6. By that time it will be too late and the price will have gone up. just be careful. I'm always a bit sceptical when people discuss suite availability on here. The only people who really know are Seabourn themselves. Unallocated OB bookings (of which there are lots) could well muddy the waters. I'm also not sure Seabourn reduce fares until the ship sails full. They need to maintain a base price and encourage people to book early. They would rather sail with fewer people paying more money. Ultimately there comes a point you don't see per day prices drop below and that cruise you're looking at is pretty much there. Book through a good travel agent and you'll get some discount on Seabourn's web pricing. If you have a future cruise voucher you also enjoy a bit of discount as well. Henry
  7. We were looking at the Dec 2nd cruise on Ovation. It was £3,600 (GBP) then went up to £4,300 on the SB website when I called to book so we didn't. The longer cruise which incorporates Christmas and the New Year has remained at £9,995. Basically they've removed OB and you have to book a V1 now at £700 more per person. The cruise being discussed is still listed at £3,800 with the longer cruise that incorporates Christmas / New Year £10,495. Per day the pre-Christmas cruises are good value for a number of reasons. Lots of sea days, time of year etc. The Christmas cruise on Ovation last year went crazy, it was more expensive than Antarctica !!! What will happen with the OP's cruise is the fare will go up to £4,495 as a V1 booking but you will get an upgrade to V4 and $250 on board credit. In my humble opinion. Either way if I was looking at it I would press the button at £3,800 and take a punt on the OB allocation. Worst ways use the £700 extra you'll have to pay if you leave it too long before booking to upgrade your OB allocation - but I suspect you'll get a decent enough cabin anyway. Henry
  8. We did this in the Caribbean when some friends were unexpectedly in the same port on another (far inferior 🙂 ) ship. The square and the bridge were fantastic in sorting things out, our friends emailed over passport details and we greeted them at the gang plank. I will say it is totally at the discretion of the bridge and the security team so please don't get upset if you find it impossible to arrange. Different ports pose different security risks and have different regulations. For us it was more than whether lobster was available in the restaurant or not. We enjoyed meeting up in a relaxed environment and showing them round a Seabourn ship. They were equally curious. As it happens when we were enjoying lunch in the Colonnade a small gathering of staff suddenly appeared and champagne was served unexpectedly. One of those little Seabourn moments. It did feel like we were hosting them on our private yacht ! We spent a pleasant time together before wandering round the port on foot. Henry
  9. I would suggest you get that cruise booked now. It's excellent value and traditionally a cheap cruise with people gearing up to Christmas and the new year. We had been looking at the equivalent cruise on Ovation and went to book it yesterday only to find the price had gone up from £3,600 to £4,300. It is no longer showing in the "suite deals" heading and I suspect is pricing as a V1 rather than an OB. The reality is it means you get a guaranteed V4 rather than an OB for the extra £700 / pax but I would rather have just gone OB and paid £1,400 less ! Your cruise is still listing as £3,800 but I can see it going up to around £4,500 at some point following the sister cruise on Ovation. Once increased it is unlikely to fall again. Our experience of the Christmas / New Year cruises last year was that they went mental the closer we got to sailing, hence we didn't cruise on Seabourn. In your case I would get it booked. If there's is significant price drop (which there won't be) then haggle for a bit of OBC or a cabin upgrade. You have been warned...... Henry :)
  10. I've just read through the whole thread and found it an informative read. I too have looked at Europa 2 and indeed seen her at close quarters sailing in and out of Portsmouth - we have a modest Penthouse for occasional use overlooking the harbour 🙂 Europa is definitely a much more expensive cruise and for us that is the deal breaker, we enjoy Seabourn, don't need any more looking after so probably wouldn't benefit from the extras. I also enjoy my conversations with fellow guests. I am interested to hear your views after sailing on Encore / Ovation. To my mind they raise the bar when it comes to interior fir out. More like a private yacht. The changes are often very subtle, wooden trim on the outside of a winding staircase rather than steel, panels in the lifts and so on but combined you do feel as though you are in a different space. Yes, the theatre is still a single height space but Thomas Keller becomes a proper eating space with a dedicated bar area (open to all), sushi chips in with a dining alternative - go in the evening and let them bring you a selection topped up what you fancy. I'm not suggesting one is better than the other but await your thoughts on the newer Seabourn ships which might address some of the shortcomings you identified. Dare I say it as someone clearly not cost averse you might even find sanctuary within the infamous Retreat area !!!! Anyway, have fun and let us know how you get on. Henry 🙂
  11. And a video covering the Singapore Hong Kong cruise specifically. Henry 🙂
  12. We've done the last few years onboard with Seabourn and it is a wonderful experience. The right mix of Christmas without being over the top - bar the elf outfits on Christmas Day :) New Years Eve is also a good celebration. There will be one off events from the crew and entertainment staff, special meals and so on. This is in addition to all the usual Seabourn elements that make the brand what's it is. Sadly for s year the pricing got a bit silly so we have other plans ashore in Thailand but the Seabourn product is excellent. I will post up a link to the last Christmas cruise we did. Henry
  13. Ah, I see. If I'm honest I struggle to see the value between many of the V grades. A basic cabin and a Penhouse suite are very different beasts but the same cabin on different decks or different parts of the ship? I'm not so sure. Is it really worth paying £1,500 more for next door, identical size, layout, soap, toilet paper, bed, pillows and amenities? Anyway, have a great cruise if you're going to be onboard. I hear too many stories on here where Seabourn fail to honour price drops to hand over my money on the basis I'll get the best deal come what may. We're all booked up for Christmas and New Year in the beautiful Krabi Province, just sorting out a rather nice suite for Bangkok pre Christmas & working out a way to keep the girls out of all those shops...... :) Henry :)
  14. Had a missed call from number 2 travel agent yesterday saying cabins were now available and prices were coming down. Price down from £8,500 per person to £7,300 per person. Still expensive by about £800 but moving in the right direction. Too late for us as we are booked elsewhere now but I can't help feeling something has gone wrong when there is such a huge swing in pricing. People are going to get very upset when they discover they paid £4,000 or more too much for their basic cabin and ultimately Seabourn have lost out on our business breaking a chain that has held together for 5 years. Henry :)
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