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  1. Their costs may be lower, as fewer staff would be needed fo accommate fewer cruises in the cabins and the dining rooms.
  2. I'm in the same situation and also regret that the cruises next year will be 12 day rather than 14 day (and at a slightly higher price even though the cruises are short While I was tempted re rebook on the APEX out of Amsterdam, I chose to book the Silhouette as we were looking forward to also visiting London. The other temptation to book the new ship,, the APEX, is that it docks right beside the Movenpick hotel in Amsterdam, whereas I will have to travel down to Southampton to board the Silhouette. I had an NRD deposit and the only advantage for me was I didn't have to pay the $100pp penalty charge for the switch. Best wishes on whatever direction you take.
  3. This may have been mentioned already, but since vaccines will probably be very difficult to obtain at first even when they are released, perhaps the cruise companies could offer them to anyone taking a cruise with a company, in fact insist on having a vaccine to board (while offering the option dockside). That way everyone on board would be. vaccinated and hopefully not a carrier.
  4. Couldn't cruise ships sail out of Seattle, as many have in the past?
  5. I find l like both of them. With Cruisemapper you can focus on just Celebrity ships, etc, but Marine Traffic lets me (usually) project their paths.
  6. In looking at the anticipated future tracking, it appears the ship is headed for the dockyards at Freeport, which makes sense in some ways, to add some more items or fix any problems that arise.
  7. The Coq au Vin is the best I have had anywhere!! It is the featured dish for Saturdays.
  8. Thanks Esprit. So in the future (2021) when we are dining in the Lawn Club Grill, we can be entertained by the movie playing across the lawn from us. I think I might enjoy that. And best wishes to your SIL.
  9. Thanks. So it appears that the Silhouette after leaving Florida on Jan 3, will only be in actual dry dock for about 3 1/2 weeks, and then work will continue onboard until its first scheduled cruise on Feb 14 And thanks for the further details HS2BS. I hope you will write a review after your B2B on the newly revolutionized Silhouette
  10. Just curious. Where is the Silhouette going for it's Revolution dry dock?
  11. When I was trying to compare non-refundable and refundable, and wanted to compare with 3 perks (love my perks), I eventually noticed on the "lowest price" (NRD) option that when I selected it I could ignore the 1 perk choice it presented and instead chose the 3 Perks-Sail Plus option (which stated that the avg per person additional cost was $247pp) and found when I chose the 3 options OBC, tips, classic beverage, that the resultant cost was $1,000 CAD lower for the 3 of us on a 14 day Europe cruise. So since we were sure we were taking that cruise, it was easy to select the NRD option.
  12. One time recently I choose the decline option under the perks and noticed the per person fare at the top dropped quite significantly and I even acquired a bit more OBC. At least as I recall.
  13. Thanks for your replies. On Celebrity they let you know the difference early in the booking process, but Royal makes you fill in all the guest details etc before showing you the difference. It's a bit frustrating when one is just looking at potential options.
  14. That's been the arrangement for some time but it looks like the Baltic cruises may be quite interesting in 2021. Starting June 9 to Sept 7 both the Brilliance and the Jewel will homeport at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (ptamsterdam is the abbreviation they use) and they will both home port on the same days during that period. So depending on the itineraries, one could take one of the 12 day cruises and then either do a B2B on the same ship OR switch to the other ship on the same day. This does not seem to hold true for the summer of 2022 (yes they do have a calendar for that), where only the Brilliance is listed and the Jewel only visits the port twice.
  15. In Rome I have found Albergo Santa Chiara to be an excellent choice. It is only one block behind the Pantheon, and we enjoyed using the restaurants facing the Pantheon and the fantastic central location we had to the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, etc. As a paraplegic I found the bed in room 120 to be low enough for easy transfer to the bed and there are 2 bathrooms, one my wife used and the wheelchair washroom was huge, as far as I remember there was a roll in shower, but you could ask the hotel. The staff are very friendly and the included breakfast was fine. I believe they have another accessible room, but Room 120 is outstanding in my view.
  16. I just wish Viking was more accessible and friendly for full time wheelchair users. Maybe they make more money in not providing well for these individuals. If you doubt my comment, read reviews on this and look at how few accessible rooms they provide.
  17. We will be on a Celebrity Baltic cruise next summer, with an overnight in Copenhagen. Does anyone who has been on such a cruise remember how late the shuttles into and from town run, as we'd like to stay into the evening and not use a taxi to return. Also does anyone remember whether these shuttles are wheelchair accessible? Thanks.
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