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#41
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Next sailing 07/07/18 is Named the World Cup Cruise, Silhouette is scheduled to be in Saint Petersburg 14, 15 y 16, The 14 will be the 3rd place match at Saint Petersburg and the 15 the Final in Moscow. Hope they have a good weather to dock safely
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Originally posted by villauk
If I recall correctly, we embarked from Amsterdam on that Baltics cruise .
Possibly - they had several similar but slightly different itineraries. Ours sailed from Harwich.

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Originally posted by gerelmx
Next sailing 07/07/18 is Named the World Cup Cruise, Silhouette is scheduled to be in Saint Petersburg 14, 15 y 16, The 14 will be the 3rd place match at Saint Petersburg and the 15 the Final in Moscow. Hope they have a good weather to dock safely

That's what I'm hoping for as we are sailing on that cruise in a few days. Didn't know about the world cup dates until after we booked, but makes the stop all the more interesting.

So sad for the people who had to miss the port on current cruise. Kudos to all who understand that mother nature has her own mind, and the captain(s) places passenger safety over itinerary.
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Originally posted by wendyam76
We were on the cruise 2 years ago that only got one day. SPB were amazing, refunded the one day immediately and tried to fit in as much as possible.


We had a two day private tour booked with TJ Travel. They crammed in as much as possible, except Peterhof, and prorated the cost of the tour.


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We are on the 7/7 sailing so fingers crossed as St Petersburg is a bucket list visit for me. safety first though. We were on the eclipse last September that docked in Citvitavechia in a mssive thunder storm which wasn't fun and many of the tours didn't get into Rome due to flooding. X imediately reimbursed our tour costs.
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This must be truly disappointing to those on board as it is the most beautiful and historic Baltic port. We were on a smaller ship in July 2015 (Brilliance) but made it through the high winds.
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#48
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I am currently on the Silhouette and I understand that Mother Nature makes up her own mind, but can anyone tell me how come Britannia got in to St Petersburg and we didn’t even though we are the same size?


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Originally posted by sarar
I am currently on the Silhouette and I understand that Mother Nature makes up her own mind, but can anyone tell me how come Britannia got in to St Petersburg and we didn’t even though we are the same size?


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So sorry to hear what you have been through and that you were unable to dock in St. Petersburg. Was just on board Silhouette in the cruise prior to this one (Jun. 9-23) and thankfully we were blessed with great weather... but I would like to know how the staff (who were wonderful during our cruise) are responding to this issue.


I also understand Mother Nature can reek havoc... but I do hope Celebrity is offering some kind of compensation for this great loss.


Sending you warm regards and wishes of a very happy last few days of this cruise and look forward to yours, or anyone else's feedback that was on board.


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Also on the previous cruise.



All depends on the Captain and how risk averse he/she is. Cruising is very weather dependent and having been on the Ventura at the beginning of the year when a gust caught the ship and she 'tipped' quite severely in the Bay of Biscay, I can only say that if a Captain has any doubt at all, he/she should not try to dock, as it could be extremely dangerous.

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#51
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Originally posted by sarar
I am currently on the Silhouette and I understand that Mother Nature makes up her own mind, but can anyone tell me how come Britannia got in to St Petersburg and we didn’t even though we are the same size?
When was the Britannia in St. Petersburg, on day 1? She wasn´t in on day 2 when you turned around and went on to Warnemünde.

And if the Britannia was in port on day 1, did she arrive that day or the day before?

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Originally posted by sarar
I am currently on the Silhouette and I understand that Mother Nature makes up her own mind, but can anyone tell me how come Britannia got in to St Petersburg and we didn’t even though we are the same size?


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I probably think only the Captains and other officers know the 'truth' and everything else will be speculation unless they make a statement. On paper, Britannia is slightly bigger than the Silhouette and has more decks but perhaps the size difference makes her handle differently, I know previously our Captain said we'd managed to get into a port but a Captain of another ship wouldn't risk it, we docked and they didn't. It came down to the confidence of the Captain and how the risks were as he saw it. Doesn't help the frustration when there isn't anything obvious.
#53
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Originally posted by sarar
I am currently on the Silhouette and I understand that Mother Nature makes up her own mind, but can anyone tell me how come Britannia got in to St Petersburg and we didn’t even though we are the same size?


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Brittania docked at 7am on the 30th June and left at 18.00 on the 1st July according to the St Petersburg passenger port schedule.
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Originally posted by Er12001
I also understand Mother Nature can reek havoc... but I do hope Celebrity is offering some kind of compensation for this great loss.
Typos can be amusing: I guess it must have been a very smelly wind
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#55
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Originally posted by Mr Sea Gull
Brittania docked at 7am on the 30th June and left at 18.00 on the 1st July according to the St Petersburg passenger port schedule.
So she came in a day earlier than the Silhouette which should have been there July 1st and 2nd. Obviously the wind/weather conditions were different on June 30th.

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Originally posted by Er12001
I also understand Mother Nature can reek havoc... but I do hope Celebrity is offering some kind of compensation for this great loss.
Why? Weather issues are not within the control of Celebrity and ports of call are unfortunately missed all the time. Your cruise contract clearly points this out. A refund of port fees and any ship sponsored tour costs is all that they are liable for in terms of compensation.
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Originally posted by leaveitallbehind
Why? Weather issues are not within the control of Celebrity and ports of call are unfortunately missed all the time. Your cruise contract clearly points this out. A refund of port fees and any ship sponsored tour costs is all that they are liable for in terms of compensation.
Yep, you are spot on. I am quite confident the only compensation received will be refunded tour and port fees.
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Originally posted by leaveitallbehind
Why? Weather issues are not within the control of Celebrity and ports of call are unfortunately missed all the time. Your cruise contract clearly points this out. A refund of port fees and any ship sponsored tour costs is all that they are liable for in terms of compensation.
That is true, but the Captain is assessing the conditions and making a decision. We have to trust in that decision, but sometimes I wonder how close the decision is (or if other Captains would make same one).

Last year we tendered at St Peters Port and watched an Azamara ship tender back and forth...We continued to watch and then left...to rough for us! (but not them...they were a LITTLE closer to shore than we were...seas between our ships didn't look that threatening or choppy...but we have option but to trust the Captains decision)
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Originally posted by dodger1964
That is true, but the Captain is assessing the conditions and making a decision. We have to trust in that decision, but sometimes I wonder how close the decision is (or if other Captains would make same one).

Last year we tendered at St Peters Port and watched an Azamara ship tender back and forth...We continued to watch and then left...to rough for us! (but not them...they were a LITTLE closer to shore than we were...seas between our ships didn't look that threatening or choppy...but we have option but to trust the Captains decision)
Not sure what your point has to do with compensation for missing a port of call, which is what I was commenting on. But you are correct, as passengers we have to trust his judgment as he is the Captain and knows best.

It is always the Captain's decision as to whether or not factors outside of his control will result in him missing a port or not. And he alone is responsible for his ship - not what another Captain may or may not decide to do under similar circumstances. He will determine the risk to his ship, his crew, and his passengers regardless of other ship's Captain's actions.
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