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About kej1

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    SF, Calif.
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  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Seabourn and Silver Sea
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Exotic locales

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  1. My husband and I are sitting on our deck in San Francisco watching the Mariner cruise by. Seems like it’s on its way to Los Angeles. It looks so lovely cruising along the bay. Looking forward to the day when we can safely cruise again!
  2. Oceania Regatta just cruised by our home on Russian Hill in San Francisco. It appears from the marine website to be heading for Oakland. i don’t know where it’s been but the last cruise ship we saw go by was Princess on its way in and out of Oakland some time ago. It ended up overnighting here on its way out after they dropped the passengers. I’m curious if anyone knows what Regatta is doing here? It is a gorgeous day so the ship looks lovely motoring along on the blue bay with bright blue skies, but I assume no passengers are on it.
  3. The spa staff do not work directly for Seabourn, but for a company that subcontracts. Part of their compensation includes gratuities. ( should you think they have done a good job). I think it’s acceptable to leave 10%-20% depending on the quality of your service and your country’s norm. But if course it’s up to the individual based on the service you receive!
  4. I am also a target for the bugs! If you are doing the type of excursions you mention I would take the malaria tablets and use lots of Deet. My husband always says he can likely forgo them when traveling with me as I will surely keep them away from him! Having said that he took them too just in case. Have a great trip! I’m sure you will enjoy! Kim
  5. Stephen, My husband and I just got home from the first leg of the Seabourn World Cruise which included the African ports you mention. We are US citizens so maybe it’s different than the UK but we did it need to get any visas in advance for these countries. Seabourn offered those needed on board for a price. I believe the only ones we needed were Gambia, Ghana, and Angola ( which was at no cost). I think Gambia and Ghana were about $85 each. We used dollars everywhere and hired quite a few private guides on our own in advance. They all wanted dollars. If you were g
  6. I have been on PHSS on both Soujourn/Quest Class and Ovation. On the Sojourn/Quest they are very good sized. There is the spiral staircase and no elevator so anyone with mobility issues would have a problem. We have seen several people really struggle going up and down the stairs, particularly if it’s bumpy. Yes in bumpy weather you feel it and more so on the corners, but it doesn’t bother us. We love the corners, but the two middles suites are larger and the balconies more protected from the wind. Also don’t quite feel as much motion. People we have met in the middles
  7. I would have it unless you have auto immune issues. Or you will need to get a note from your doctor stating you cannot have fore medical issues.
  8. We are US citizens. We contacted Seabourn and their recommended visa service. After much confusion from both, a Seabourn mgmt employee said it was not needed for US citizen as we were not overnighting. If you are referring to the upcoming first segment of the world cruise in January, we were told as follows for US citizens: Cape Verde and Cote D’Ivorie - not needed as not overnighting Senagal - not needed gambia - required but can buy on board ghana -needed but can buy on board angola - can obtain on board at no cost namibia and South Africa - not neede
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