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  1. 5 hours ago, lincslady said:

    It is the humidity - and I noticed especially in Singapore that the aircon is set so cold indoors that outside feels even worse than it needs to.  

    It's weird the way they do that. When we lived in Hong Kong it would be 40 degrees and 100% humidity in summer but if you went downtown to eat you had to carry a sweater. Glad I wasn't paying the energy bill. 

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  2. Another true story:


    Around the turn of the century I was part of a group that examined candidates for postgraduate qualifications from the Royal College of Surgeons of England. 


    On the final evening the dozen or so of us would go for a group meal and each examainer's individual food allowance would be pooled for one big blow-out. Sadly, alcohol could not be claimed against this allowance but there was no limit (within reason) for food. 


    So at a Chinese restaurant somewhere in London the chief examiner asked for the bill but said to the waiter:


    "When you make up the bill, instead of itemising the beer and wine can you put it down as food?" 


    "Of course, Sir." 


    When the bill came the final lines were:


    6 bottles red food - £xxx

    6 bottles white food - £xxx

    12 pints draught food - £xxx

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  3. 2 hours ago, Dolcevita Diva said:

    On another site, passengers aboard the Silver Dawn have just shared a letter they received from the Hotel Director suggesting appropriate amounts for "additional appreciation."

    May be an image of ticket stub and text


    Truly shocked. 

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  4. 32 minutes ago, nfcu said:



    That left a bad taste in my mouth.  Should we be paying for something that in my mind is the cruise line's responsibility?  I have not donated since but tip individuals who provide great service. 


    By that argument should the cruise line also pay the staff properly so that tips are unnecessary and don't only favour the few at front-of-house? 

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  5. 1 hour ago, Windsurfboy said:


    There will be between 60000 and  75000 cabins to sell for a year for the two  ships . So 3000 pre registering is at most 5% of what they would like to sell. It seems an awful lot of flaf to sell what would be two average weeks of sales .

    But it does suck people in. No 1 lesson in dodgy sales academy? Get the punter to make a snap decision. 

  6. We had an odd experience at Raffles in 2005. 


    We went to have a look round and found they were serving afternoon tea. Well, that's got to be worth an hour or two of our time. Anyway, we asked the person allocating seats if we could have afternoon tea, that we hadn't booked and they seemed only half full.  There was no further conversation. 


    The guy called security and we were encouraged to leave the premises. No explanation. Really, really odd. 

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  7. 2 hours ago, Will Work for Tiramisu said:

    This fashion suggestion from a popular song from 1959:

    "He wore, tan shoes and pink shoelaces,

    A polka dot vest and man-o-man, 

    He wore, tan shoes and pink shoelaces,

    A big panama with a purple hat band".

    I'd like to show up at a SS dining venue in that get up!  

    As long as it's not your itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny, yellow polka-dot..... 

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  8. When we visited Manaus, maybe 7 or 8 years ago, the Chronicles warned of a high rate of pickpocketing and not to wear  jewellery or ostentatious symbols of wealth, hide purses and wallets, and be discreet with valuables such as cameras etc. 


    As we left the ship the couple in front included a man with a camera round his neck and a fanny pack (I'm guessing it held his wallet), both were wearing Rolex watches and the female was wearing a chunky gold (or at least gold-coloured) necklace. 


    I bethought myself that if the pickpockets were active then this couple were an excellent decoy. Made us feel safer. 

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  9. 5 hours ago, Host Jazzbeau said:

    Didn't the new faucet come in a box?  According to dozens of memes posted lately, all you need to do is put the cat in the empty box – problem solved! 😁

    But if the cat is in the box - is it dead or alive? 

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  10. 17 minutes ago, QueSeraSera said:

    Your approach will work fine.  We also put money in the crew appreciation fund on checkout.  Lots of threads on this if you want more details or other opinions.

    Yes, do remember the crew fund which also benefits those you don't see but without whom there would be no cruise: deck hands, engineering crew, laundry, kitchen staff etc. 

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  11. 5 hours ago, Texas Tillie said:


    Excuse me, I'd consider myself a long time Crystal customer, since 2007, with close to 50 cruises, have done 2 cruises with the new Crystal and have 2 more booked, and NONE are at a deep discount. I have paid whatever the  posted fare was for the category I booked at the time I booked. Don't believe I'm the only one missing out based on the people I know. You are right that the money behind the relaunched Crystal is Manfredi. He got a BIG payout selling Silversea to Royal Caribbean.

    And what do all these pro-Crystal posts have to do with a thread entitled Silversea vs Seabourn on the Silversea board?

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