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    Warwick, NY
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    God, family, traveling
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Seabourn
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Mediterranean

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  1. From the Seabourn FAQ The link provided in the comment was very helpful for us. There is mention of Seabourn working with Quest Diagnostics with 1500 locations in the US. I got on their website and they provide PCR testing within 1-2 days and apparently the testing is free if you provide your insurance information. We live in a somewhat rural area and was pleased to see a Quest Diagnostics location about 10 minutes away. We now have appointments for the Wednesday morning prior to our cruise that departs Saturday 10/9 from Athens. This is much better for us as we now don't have to stress over the busy airport option of getting tested. Thank you!
  2. You are exactly right. It's not shared, but the hand held device the waiter has in their hands to take your order has your profile pop up, even with your picture. I believe this helps the staff build a connection with the guests.
  3. I can't confirm they read the CC forum, but during our 3 week cruise in July to Greece, there were subtle indications folks on the Ovation were reading the forum comments. As it pertains to the FCC issue that would be a corporate issue that I don't know whether it's being seen online and falling on deaf ears or not.
  4. Just saw in the small print this is an antigen test and therefore unacceptable.😔
  5. The various choices are still confusing for me. I search the Abbott BinaxNow website and can't find specific info on whether it's antigen or PCR. Only that it's approved for providing proof when traveling although not specific which ones. Not sure why Seabourn would have different requirements for sailing from Athens vs Miami. I have not seen where Greece added requirements from our cruise in July. I believe it's Seabourn that has added the additional PCR requirement along with other cruise lines based upon the Delta variant. Hoping for more clarity from my TA.
  6. An article popped up in my notifications showing a new home test kit approved by Carnival for $70. Interesting and looks like a great option if acceptable to Seabourn also. I did some further online research and saw nothing official from Seabourn, but Seabourn was mentioned in the articles.. I also found a YouTube video where the person is using the home test kit with the Emed Procedure. Looking at the Abbott BinaxNOW tests YouTube videos it appears the test kits are the same, but the Emed component is someone online watching you administer the test. Watching the example you can hear the person online and she is reading from a script and just verifying you are following directions and not cheating the test by watching you. If you follow the test procedure properly and show a negative test result, they immediately send you a digital certificate showing you are negative which is supposedly good for travel. As a side note, my wife is filipino and we can tell from the Emed person's voice that she is filipino and most likely working from a call center in the Philippines. Again, the process is not working with a medical person, but just a third party confirming you are following the directions properly and not cheating. The process seems like a great idea to facilitate getting testing prior to showing up for embarkation. Would be great if Seabourn would provide further information and clarity. We are traveling Oct 9th on the Ovation and this would be extremely helpful to do from home and eliminate stress of doing at the airport or elsewhere. Has anyone heard anything additional specific to Seabourn? https://www.cruisehive.com/carnival-cruise-line-provides-home-test-kit-option/56039
  7. I would normally trend toward the red meat dishes on my own and have found this has opened my experiences to foods I would normally not try. The staff also gets a taste test and review of the evening's menu each day before the dining room opens. I know this would not work for most folks, but I have fun with the staff and it puts a little stress for the waiter as he always wants me to be happy with his choices. Overwhelmingly great choices and always enjoyable for me. After a few days the girl at the desk that seats us would only bring the one menu for my wife. Have fun, it's your vacation!
  8. We always find someone in the dining staff that we enjoy and then request their area each evening. Never an issue. The last two cruises I have had tremendous fun with the waiter by having him bring me his choices from the menu from what he thinks is best. Often they will be creative and I end up having awesome flavors that I most likely would not have chosen. It's lots of fun for me and the waiter as I never see the menu. This has become one of my favorite parts of the cruise. My wife orders from the menu and while her food is great, often I will have the better overall meal.
  9. Don't overthink this... If you arrive early, go to the terminal to check in. You will receive the normal friendly Seabourn welcome. Safe travels.
  10. From your profile signature, it's apparent you are well traveled with many cruise lines. I have always based my travel choices on past experiences, price and itinerary. I have never considered a company's website as being even remotely a consideration. We are back on Seabourn Ovation in October. Safe travels.
  11. I don't begrudge folks in the PH suites for having coffee machines as part of the perk for the larger, more expensive suites. For me, I am happy in any Veranda suite and happily will walk the apparently long distance to Seabourn Square to get my morning coffee, donut and interact with the wonderful Seabourn staff, ie. Amra and Yuri on the Ovation. My apologies to others if I may be a little unkempt at this time in the morning. We have a Nespresso machine at home and I have no interest in having this appliance in my Veranda suite. Safe travels.
  12. Not sure if this is reassuring or not, but when traveling to Greece and then back to the US in August airport reviews of the vaccination/covid test information was cursory at best. They are basically "checking a box" to see that you have documentation. This was the same at both Newark and Athens airports. No one has the time to read the details of your documentation and they are not looking for counterfeits like you might see with a drivers license in the US. I would honestly not sweat this detail and would feel confident being vaccinated and having the normal CDC card.
  13. I can confirm they have gelato near the pool at the bar. 😀
  14. We very much enjoy the experience of the various places to eat with Seabourn. A few minor changes, improvements we have noticed since being on the Ovation 2 years ago. The ice cream has greatly improved at Seabourn Square and assuming its the same elsewhere on the ship. Inquired last evening and was advised they had upgraded the ice cream machine to a product from France. The ice cream in the past was a bit icy and it's now much creamier. Second, the donuts at Seabourn Square have improved quite a bit. In the past they looked much better than they tasted, a bit like frosted bread. They are not the world's best donuts now, but a huge improvement. A third items is the bread sticks in the MDR. These have always been good, but for us now, even better. With the inquiry last night was advised they have revised the recipe a little and added additional parmesan. They have an even better flavor and texture. In my opinion a nice improvement. As you can see from my posts we very much enjoy Seabourn. The crew continues to be the best part and we look forward to more enjoyable travel time with all of them in the future. Steve
  15. Spetses was nice, but just a typical stop in the Mediterranean. It was extremely hot and therefore we did not stay long. Nice walking, shopping area near the tender drop off. It was not a marina day and I remember having one since we have been on, but don't remember where it was. Sorry for the lack of info regarding Spetses. Pleasant place, but nothing memorable.
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