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  1. I think a good estimate of price would be to look at the Encore cruises currently on sale for summer 2021 in the Med. Looks like around $600 PP per day. In the normal ballpark for Seabourn and a reasonable price considering what you get included.
  2. We read news of these sailings today and are very interested, especially considering that we had to scuttle a trip to Greece that we had planned for October, 2020 that included a sailing on Seabourn. I am a little anxious about booking the first 2 sailings as July will be the initial sailings of many lines and I will want to see how things go. Maybe September?
  3. One of our favorite places in the world is Collioure, France, a couple of hours from BCN. It's a lovely seaside town that was home to the Fauvist painters for a while. Best place to stay is Casa Pairal. The region around Collioure is fun to explore, and there are beautiful towns on the Catalan coast north of BCN.
  4. If you want to book a segment of the 2023 World Cruise on the Sojourn, the segments are available now.
  5. It was a cozy party. Cozy but fun.
  6. As a resident of the US, I would not be eligible. But, my deal breaker is limited seating in dining and drinking venues that would result in waiting lines and resorting to eating and drinking isolated in one's stateroom.
  7. Ir's all about the real estate. The Penthouse is noticeably larger than the Verandah with room for dining (as Jenni wrote) and room to entertain guests. We have friends who entertained a party of 10 in their Penthouse, something you could not easily do in a Verandah.
  8. We do enjoy our wine with dinner, a Guinness in the Pub, and a cocktail before dinner. But we have found that the Cunard drinks package is not a good buy. If it is offered as a promotion, we happily accept.
  9. I am very sorry for all of you with these recent cancellations. We too have experienced multiple cancellations during 2020 and the deep disappointment is still with me. We are booked on the QM2 for a Dec. 3 NY departure, after the still-scheduled Caribbean trip. Sadly I am not optimistic,
  10. While we have enjoyed several very pleasant voyages on HAL, IMHO HAL does not sail any ship that can compare to Cunard's QM2. It's because of the QM2 and its elegant public rooms and spaciousness that we will return to Cunard more frequently than HAL.
  11. My thoughts: I would be willing to wear a mask on board but there are 2 deal breakers for me: We like DIY in most ports, so if all PAX must tour in a cruise-organized group, we would not be interested in any port-intensive cruise. Second, we love the conviviality aboard Seabourn, and if that is discouraged by restricting dining groups, distancing in the bars, etc., traveling on Seabourn would not be the same for us, so we would not be interested. With all such restrictions, I suppose we could live with a short TA, but that's about it. And then there are possible restrictions on embarking
  12. This is of great concern to us and thus we have not booked anything in 2021 or 2022 on Seabourn. The conviviality on Seabourn ships is one of the great attractions for us. Because of the open seating in all dining areas, we love being able to assemble an impromptu group for a dinner or lunch, or make a same-day date with another couple. If that were not possible, I think we would skip Seabourn, except for maybe a short TA.
  13. In fact we have booked a RT TA on the QM2 for December with this very situation in mind. No sun, no outdoors without heavy coats, but we will be quite content to enjoy the splendor of the QM2, as long as the restrictions on board are not too restrictive.
  14. Over the years we have had several cancellations, a couple because we reconsidered or changed our plans, and a few more due to Covid. All were booked through our TA, and he and his company never charged a cancellation fee.
  15. I guess you didn't like HAL, Markham! And I also have to say that I sort of agree. We've sailed HAP a number of times, partially because a family member is a frequent customer. Our last trip was a trans-Pacific that had its pleasant moments, especially the terrific music in BB King's Lounge, but otherwise pretty much as you described. The ship was truly in rundown condition, sort of like a bad motel in a rural area along the Interstate. But for the right itinerary, I would consider HAL again, although we would book a Neptune Suite and that would probably be more expensive tha
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