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    Seabourn
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    South Georgia Island

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  1. We've tried The Retreat once. We found that our cabana offered adequate shade, but was quite hot, even with the overhead fan and the louvered doors open. We were, however, docked in a hot/humid location (Sihanoukville Cambodia). The cabana's might be more comfortable in cooler location and when the ship's in motion.
  2. We just learned that Seabourn has issued a refund for our 5/2 cruise. We requested the refund on 4/13. It was credited to our credit card, and we've asked to have the funds transferred to our bank account.
  3. Here’s our info: Sailing date: May 2, 2020 canceled by SB: March 30, 2020 refund requested: April 3, 2020 No refund received as of May 15, 2020.
  4. Carnival has offered as well: https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/5214/
  5. I agree as well. I hope that, if SB decides to extend the shutdown beyond 30 days, it will provide more notice to affected guests.
  6. I agree, norm2002 -- nothing in Seabourn's Book With Confidence policy says that it's limited to US customers. I hope your TA can reassure you on this point, but I think that if the policy were intended to apply only to some booked guests, it was SB's responsibility to clearly state that.
  7. Our cruise will stop at Palamos Spain in May, and I've been searching (so far unsuccessfully) for a company that offers a private or small-group excursion from Palamos. Does anyone know of one? Many thanks!
  8. We’re leaving from Valletta on 5/2 on the Ovation. We’re booked at the Xara Palace, a boutique hotel within the walls of Medina. It’s a Relais & Chateaux property. WeWeWe like the small size,We like it’s smallPalace and the Corinthia Palace are the two that appeal to me. Both are walking distance to some interesting historic sites. The Xara Palace is very small; the Corinthia Palace is larger (297 rooms and suites).
  9. We’ve used LF multiple times and have found it useful and reliable, though pricey. The answer to your questions 1 & 2 is no. Re Barbados— I don’t have first-hand experience shipping to or from this port. You’re correct that each port sets its own rules for unaccompanied baggage. Usually, when we’ve shipped bags to a ship, they’re in our suite when we embark. When we’ve shipped from a ship, we’ve sometimes had to accompany them through Customs before handing them over to a LF rep. In other ports, you just put the LF tags on the bags you’re shipping, put them outside your suite, and you don’t see or touch them until they arrive at your home.
  10. Westport, thanks for taking the time to share this information. Hoping that you and your partner will be able to travel next year.
  11. We've used Context Travel in many European cities, including Barcelona. They offer private and small-group tours.
  12. We sailed from BA to Manaus in March 2019, and a pre-cruise excursion to Iguazu wasn't offered. We decided to go independently, and it was well worth it. You may want to ask your travel agent to check whether Seabourn plans to offer such an excursion in the future. If not, do discuss the independent options with your travel agent. We flew into BA and overnighted at our hotel there, and the following morning we flew from BA to the airport near Iguazu. Because we were returning to the BA hotel after Iguazu, we were able to leave most of our bags there and take only what we needed to Iguazu. We stayed at Awasi Iguazu , which was great. You have a private guide during your stay, and he/she customizes your activities to suite your interests.
  13. You also can use OBC for premium wines.
  14. We've occupied 800 on the Quest, which (like 900 on the Ovation) faces the bow and is directly under the bridge. The views were stunning, but the location means that you feel more motion. If motion is a concern, you probably be happier in 742.
  15. Agree with the above comments re layers, rotation of outfits, lots of black separates, sending laundry out in the flat-fee bags, etc. We've also found the dry cleaning service to be helpful (2-day turnaround is standard, but you can pay extra for 1-day service). SB's fees for dry cleaning aren't outrageous.
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