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  1. 8 hours ago, Lirio said:

    I hope and pray that SS management will see all these posts before sep. when I will cruise Alaska on the Muse.

     

    Will see and take an action!

     

    🙏

    I suspect there may be an interested party from SS now contributing to, and therefore reading, this forum. 

     

    Pre-virus (ie the RCLvirus) there would be occasional reports by dissatisfied cruisers but most posts were positive. That situation now seems to be reversed. 

     

    Whether SS has been eroding its standards or whether people are emboldened to complain because the cheerleaders are conspicuously absent is hard to determine. 

     

    I really want our cruise on the Wind next month to be as good as all previous ones but the current tenor of reports on this forum concerns me. 

     

    However, sailing SS ain't compulsory. But I hope it's still amazing! 

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  2. 5 weeks from now we will be boarding the Wind. It's going to be very hard to approach that voyage with our normal excitement in view of the opinions expressed in this thread (and elsewhere). 

     

    Of course, some aspects of the experience will have changed since our last trip on her in 2019; that's normal, things change. What we don't expect is change for the worse. And what we certainly don't expect is overt penny-pinching, upselling, mediocre food, diffident staff or gauche fellow passengers (although there's always a few...).

     

    Hoping to be pleasantly surprised. 

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  3. One thing I don't understand. You get off the ship at, say, 9.30 for the 3 hr trip home. The other passengers need a loo stop after a couple of hours. Fair enough. But do they really need to spend 45 minutes having a cup of tea, a faceful of food and a wander round the retail outlets? They've only just had breakfast for crying out loud. 

     

    L'enfer c'est Les autres

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  4. 45 minutes ago, commodoredave said:

    Glad to see you are demonstrating the class that a fellow passenger does not have. There is no excuse for treating any crew member in the manner you described and if I were Captain they would have received an official warning. 
    I no longer travel long distances with tuxedos, but I do bring a navy blue suit that I can also mix and match with other items for the informal nights. 

    Even that is too difficult for those turning into McSilversea. 

  5. 2 hours ago, ziggyuk said:

    You will get an exit stamp as you get on the ship.
    All the stops in the EU will be counted as transit stops and don't count towards her 90 days, so as far as time in the EU that adds to her allowance goes, it will be just the time period from landing in Portugal and getting on the cruise ship.

    She has a right to unlimited stays in the EU as long as she is accompanying an EU spouse (me!) but it would be much safer to have an exit stamp. 

     

    Your response is most reassuring. 

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  6. On 17 May we arrive in Lisbon by air from where we take a cruise ship calling at ports in Portugal, Spain and France before arriving at Tower Bridge to disembark. 

     

    Now, I'm Irish so can enter and leave the EU freely; however, OH is a  British Citizen and will have her passport stamped on entry - the problem is will she also acquire an exit stamp at some point?

     

    Does anyone have experience of a similar situation? 

  7. I invoked the wrath of the Shanghai police when we visited 10 years ago. 

     

    Walking along the Bund there was a statue of Mao affixed to the plinth of which was a small plaque written in Chinese characters with a small-type translation (I assumed) underneath. So I strolled over to look at it which provoked high-pitched whistling, everyone - the locals at least - stood still and a Chinese copper came running towards (at?) me furiously blowing his whistle. I was given a good old dressing down (actually he was shouting in Chinese so for all I know he might have been giving me his favourite pulled pork recipe). 

     

    Apparently, I had commited the offence of approaching the statue. But how else to read the plaque? 

     

    Top tip for Mysty. Take binoculars. 

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  8. 6 hours ago, mysty said:

    Yesterday was our second day in Hong Kong.  We ventured out for an excursion called New Territories - Heritage & Tradition.  The New Territories is one of the three main regions, alongside Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula.  It makes up 86.2% of Hong Kong's territory and contains about half of the population of Hong Kong.

     

    First stop was the Tang Chung Ling Ancestral Hall.....

     

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    Next was the Man Mo Temple in Tai Po.....

     

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    That makes me feel so homesick as an erstwhile New Territories resident. The best place we ever lived. 😢

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  9. At what point can Covid still be considered to blame for inadequacies of the current product?

     

    Covid and the sellout to mothership occurred, to all intents and purposes, at the same time. I'd posit that current deficiencies owe more to the latter than the former. 

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  10. 17 minutes ago, twotravellersLondon said:

     

     

    The facts are that SAGA is looking at a partnership... not to "be taken in hand." SAGA has already declined unsatisfactory offers over the last few years from a private equity company and an Aussie Insurance company. 

     

    Nooo....

     

    Dont go spoiling this thread by stating something verifiable. 

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  11. 6 hours ago, QueSeraSera said:

    Our bit of lemonade without the sugar today, reached a difficult decision regarding our elderly dog Biscuit and had her put down.  15 years since we adopted her at the Richmond shelter.  No data as to how old she was then.  Blinded by some genetic condition, hobbled by arthritis, and mentally she just wasn't with us as anymore.  The vet agreed, my wife agreed, so why do I feel like s**t?

    Lion King  

     

    It's the hardest, but kindest, decision you can ever make. 

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  12. 3 hours ago, AandASailAway said:

    As for pricing going up—like almost everything except pay—I can't help but think things will settle down in another year or two. We will likely stay land-based in the USA in 2025... maybe 2026, and see what happens. We have had some of our best trips right here in the USA. As much as I would like to see more parts of the world, I am not willing to sacrifice to make it happen. 

     

    You are very fortunate when a "home" vacation can offer so much geographical variety. 

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  13. I suppose it's not surprising that once SS was sucked into the mothership that changes would come along. I'd expected some sort of alignment with the new company's core values - ie fleece the customer to the last cent - what has surprised me is the slow dribble of nicks and cuts and tweaks that are slowly transforming SS into a very expensive mainstream line. 

     

    SS is now, seemingly, a branding exercise rather than a unique product. 

     

    It's so sad. 

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