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  1. Thank you. I did eventually find them. Interestingly the one on deck 7 is all the way aft next to the Otium Suite.
  2. Can anyone please advise if there is a laundry room on Deck 9 on the Nova, and if so its location? Alternatively, the location of the laundry room on any other deck? Unfortunately, the deck plans donโ€™t show their locations. TIA
  3. The rooms in the old section of the hotel are in dire need of refurbishment. (check TripAdvisor reviews). I have stayed in both the old section and the Executive Tower and would highly recommend paying extra for the Exec. Tower (especially ones with a balcony). It is a nice, quaint hotel but we will be opting for the Hyatt Centric a few blocks down on our next visit.
  4. We (Canadian citizens) will be flying from Panama City (Panama) into Florida on Tuesday, December 17, 2024 for a cruise departing from Fort Lauderdale on Dec. 19th. We have flown into MIA many times, and often have waited hours in lines that extended well outside of the Immigration Hall. I am trying to decide whether it would be better to fly directly into FLL, or to fly into MIA? It has been years since I flew into FLL and wonder which option would have us waiting less time. Since my husband (80 years old) has mobility issues we could request wheelchair assistance if that makes a difference. There are several flight options (times) into MIA, but the FLL arrival time would be around 3:30 p.m.
  5. It seems like we may have dodged a bullet with them altering our itinerary which then caused us to change to a sailing the Ray.
  6. As @drron29 mentioned it has to be a new booking. But, if the price of what you have booked has not increased significantly, and if you aren't booked with a non refundable deposit, it may be worth it to cancel and rebook. The $250 pp admin fee (for cancellation) can be applied to your new booking (with the 10% discount) so presumably you won't be out any money. However, whether you are working with SS directly or a TA I would confirm with them that my advice is correct.
  7. Dear Esteemed Guest, We hope this letter finds you well. Today, we are writing with important news regarding your 11 November 2025 voyage aboard Silver Spirit. Due to unforeseen logistical and operational changes, we have had to readjust our sailing schedule for Silver Spirit in 2025. As such, your transoceanic voyage will now sail 13 nights from Lisbon, Portugal departing on 25 November 2025 and arriving in Bridgetown, Barbados on 8 December 2025. Please know the itinerary remains unchanged. We apologize for this change to your expected travel plans and are grateful for your understanding. If you choose to stay booked on this voyage, you will receive a 10% saving on the full cruise fare and a shipboard credit of USD 200 per person to enjoy whilst onboard. It is also understandable if you choose to cancel your voyage, and for this, we would like to offer the following for your consideration: A. A saving of 10% should you choose to book a different 2024/2025/2026 sailing when booking before 31 May 2024. This voyage-to-voyage (V2V) offer is combinable with any public fare or live promotions. -or- B. A refund of the full cruise fare paid. Please contact your travel professional to secure either option before 31 May 2024.
  8. Yesterday we were notified (via our TA) that our November 11, 2025 Lisbon to Barbados sailing on the Spirit had been moved to November 25, 2025 with the exact same itinerary. We didn't like the new departure date so opted for the 10% discount if we rebooked by the end of May 2024.
  9. We disembarked the Quest on December 30th in Rio De Janeiro and had an interesting experience at the hotel we booked post cruise through Azamara. The hotel (JW Marriott) had not received payment for our stay. Therefore they reserved the equivalent of $1,500 US (for a one night stay ๐Ÿ˜ณ) on our credit card as security. The next day when checking out I was told the payment from Azamara still had not come through, and as of this moment the credit card hold is still in place. I am not too worried, but it is somewhat surprising since Azamara had our hotel payment for several weeks prior to our trip. In addition, the hotel to airport transfer purchased from Azamara at $26.29 pp did not show up. After waiting 20 minutes past the scheduled time we took a taxi to the airport. Since I had an at length discussion with the Azamara Concierge (Marilyn) about the logistics of the hotel to airport transfer I sent her an email and copy of our taxi receipt for reimbursement, but have not received a reply. BTW Guest Services on the ship kept telling me that the hotel would be the ones to ask about the hotel to airport transfer. As I suspected the hotel knew nothing. Minor inconveniences, but itโ€™s the first time we have ever had issues.
  10. Something that has really come in handy due to the lack of counter space is the foldable baskets I brought. I am sure a lot of passengers had their toiletries flying all over the bathroom last night.
  11. We headed back northward yesterday and the Drake Passage was treacherous. Fifty-five mile an hour winds hitting us port side had the ship listing. Our Chefs Table dinner was postponed until this evening. Both Aquafina and Prime C were closed due to the winds. Having an after dinner beverage in Discoveries Bar we could hear glass smashing, and around 8:30 p.m. we were ordered back to our cabins by the Captain for our own safety. It was an adventure indeed. Today we are finally seeing land, with tendering in Ushuaia, Argentina, and the sun is out!
  12. They have been offering a Chef's Table dinner ($95 pp) every second day. The first was French, then Italian (which we attended) and finally Cuban. Two days later was offered this seafood dinner in honor of Sir Ernest Shackleton. Because of the popularity they have added another French dinner tonight which we have signed up for. We have (had ๐Ÿ™„) a large ship board credit so have been enjoying these offerings. We had dinner twice in the main dining room and it has also been wonderful.
  13. Thank you! That is exactly how our wake looks.
  14. This was a private seafood specialty dinner we attended last evening ($75 pp). There were six courses, and about 14 passengers attended. The food and wine were outstanding!
  15. Same here. I only plan to send out shirts and blouses that need proper ironing towards the end of the cruise. I much prefer to do my own laundry.
  16. Silversea suite laundry bag vs Azamara suite laundry bag. After I add a few blouses and shirts there will only be enough room left for two sesame seeds and the heart of a Hollywood producer. ๐Ÿ™„
  17. It would be unfair not to mention that (other than the lack of heat) the service, food and scenery have been wonderful. I would be very tempted to do this itinerary again on a different ship. It is frustrating that management wonโ€™t admit that the ship has mechanical problems for fear of having to compensate us. My husband is a mechanical engineer and is quite aware the explanation they gave us yesterday (that the sole problem is because itโ€™s cold outside) is not the truth. @uktog It would be a shame to have to overpack, but I would throw in an extra jumper! ๐Ÿ˜‰
  18. Seriously?!? I am from Canada. Not some whining Karen from California or Arizona. Our Owners Suite temperature has been on average 15 to 17 degrees Celsius. I didn't pay well north of $20K to have to wear my down jacket inside my suite to keep from catching my death of cold. But so happy for you that it wasn't a 'big deal'.
  19. Yes, the windows do seem to be a big contributor to the problem. I have cruised to Alaska at least 10 times, everywhere from May to September, as well as from Alaska to Tokyo and never had such a cold stateroom, so I think it is the outside climate as well as mechanical issues.
  20. Thank you. We had a visit from the head of housekeeping, the chief engineer, and the hotel director this morning. They say that the problem is cold air penetration from the windows, and that every stateroom has the same problem. There is an available Owners suite on deck 6 but we are told it is just as cold. We have agreed to keep our drapes closed 24/7. When we mentioned running on three engines they claimed that had been fixed, which I sincerely doubt. This morning there was a person from across the pond falsely telling another woman that some passengers are having blankets attached to their window because they find it so cold. And wondering why would those people even take a cruise like this? Good grief. ๐Ÿ™„
  21. All of our devices seem to charge the same as at home, no problem there.
  22. We are currently on the Quest. One of the issues that we attribute to only operating on three engines is reduced electrical power throughout the ship. It appears that Azamara determined that sending a ship down to the Antarctic without sufficient power to heat our suite would be perfectly acceptable. Granted we are in an Owners suite with a lot of windows, but there is minimal heat coming out of the ceiling vent, and I stress โ€˜minimalโ€™. So after two visits from technicians pretending to fix the problem, and us making note of this issue on the comment card, we arrived back to our suite last evening to the comical sight of blankets attached to the balcony windows with masking tape.
  23. Wonderful post, thank you. I absolutely love port wines. To such a degree that my 'experiment' would have lasted no more than four days, followed by the resulting hangover. ๐Ÿ˜ FYI, red wines get lighter in color with age and white wines get darker. 'Wet horse blanket', and my favorite 'pup tent', refer to the smell. Although, still not appealing. ๐Ÿ˜… We board the Quest in Buenos Aires on the 10th, bound for Antarctica (hopefully).
  24. How was the balcony size in 8091? It appears to be quite large.
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