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About Colgal

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    Golf, cooking, enjoying great food and wine
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    Silversea and Seabourn
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  1. Very surprising to hear about the informality and demographic of this cruise. We sailed on Odyssey the first two weeks of January this past year and the average age was typical for Seabourn. The first week was primarily Germans and Americans ( we embarked from St. Martin) while the second week was populated with British citizens- The access of flights from LHR to Barbados is relatively reasonable. Many, if not most, were retired and looking for relaxation after the holidays. I have noticed that the current on-line fares are quite inexpensive which may be a f
  2. Mofrances- we just completed two weeks Hong Kong to Singapore on Silversea and it was a lovely cruise- its itinerary is very similar to Ovation’s in January. Please be aware that the cruise ports are quite distant from the city center which may not be the best option for your family. Our stop in Saigon was one of the closest on the itinerary and it was 40 minutes, while Bangkok was two and a half hours each way (we opted for an overnight excursion). In the past the smaller ships of both lines were able to navigate the rivers and dock closer to the city but the 600
  3. Markham- we just completed a 2 week cruise on the Muse and also cruised on the Spirit in June- we thoroughly enjoyed both ships! We love the size- not too big, not too small. When we tried Seabourn’s Encore after experiences on its smaller ships we were very disappointed in the experience. It seemed as if the additional demand of more passengers and less deck space was too much for the crew. Silversea seems to have managed the increased load without service issues and the ship’s design handles the additional passengers without feeling cramped. The dining options are mo
  4. Currently sailing on the Muse and have enjoyed several breakfasts in Atlantide. Much calmer Atmosphere than La Terrazza and the food a notch above. Would highly recommend it unless you have time constraints.
  5. Just show up- it’s never been completely full and we are into our second week on the Muse.
  6. We are just leaving Vietnam now and boarded the Muse in Hong Kong. I was concerned about the unrest , particularly because we arrived on a Saturday evening. We had no encounters in Kowloon and traveled everywhere. Perhaps we were fortunate but it just wasn’t a problem during our 3 night stay. Our flight from LAX to Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific was a full flight but comfortable. Having a wonderful time on the Muse- the ports have been challenging as they are quite a distance from the city centers, but the food and service are still great! We will be going overni
  7. We returned to Silversea last June after 10 years -we had been cruising with Seabourn following our first two cruises with SS. I cannot express how much we enjoyed the excellent food and service- we felt it was superior to Seabourn and booked another two week cruise - we leave tomorrow! Book a journey and experience fabulous vacation!
  8. We tried to book with both Seabourn and Silversea and found their business class fares to be higher with inconvenient itineraries. When we inquired about the availability of routes we had identified as being more convenient or less expensive, the response was that the airlines had a certain allocation of seats at a specific fare and there was no flexibility. i must add, however, that we were always booking within four months of our cruises which may have influenced the fares and as a result we usually found better prices on our own, even with perks of hotel transfers an
  9. We have sailed some interesting ocean swells but it appears that you are in the midst of angry ones! A silver lining- no one knows whether it’s the turbulent sea or the cocktails that keeps one from walking a straight line!😉 May you find smooth sailing very soon.
  10. It is not ageism or nastiness- it is a question of appropriateness. Children are children- they can be wonderful at one moment and have a meltdown shortly after. The SS brochures do not feature children, or teenagers and young adults partying around the pool………their market is an adult clientele who enjoy fine dining and services. Just as a passenger who enjoys the informality of dining in their shorts or swimwear would most likely choose another line, putting toddlers and even older children together with adults on a small ship with no activities is setting everyone u
  11. Mrs. Waldo you did a fine job with your children- I had my daughter later in life and was always concerned about good manners and behavior as I had seen too many out- of -control kids with indifferent parents. My mother never allowed bad behavior( there were 8 of us ) and our daughter was raised with the same values. Unfortunately there are many parents who have no concerns- and this is the dilemma. Cruising on the top three lines is not inexpensive and when unruly children/passengers ruin the experience it is time and money ill-spent. It is a shame that we all have to
  12. Agreed! The concept of attracting families with the hope of increasing a future client base seems ludicrous. If these customers are turned away to Disney or Crystal it is highly likely they will jump to an adult- oriented experience when their kids are grown, particularly if they have been denied access. We certainly spent many vacations in child -oriented resorts but won’t go near them now! It would seem that the most competitive market is the large ship experience- too many players with the same product. SIlversea, Seabourn and Regent have smaller ships t
  13. Great! I guess you will reconsider Silversea. Bottom line is all the luxury lines will continue to be impacted by families if there are no policies set by corporate since the parents seem incapable of distinguishing “age appropriate” cruises for their children.
  14. You have been fortunate to have experienced “child-free or teenagers only”cruises and it is likely that you traveled in the spring and fall seasons. We have cruised with Seabourn and SS from late May through August, with the exception of two Seabourn cruises in Jan. and Feb., because it was the most convenient time for my husband, who had not yet retired. Our five cruises on Seabourn certainly had more children aboard -and at younger ages than our four on Silversea. We will certainly shift to the shoulder seasons now that his time is flexible- but it does seem unfair that we sh
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