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On what ships have you sailed where they have a selection of wines for no charge? You have to take into consideration the fact that there might be only 100 people on board. If they are pouring a Chardonnay and you want a glass of Sancerre, they might have to open another bottle. If nobody else is going to drink it, what are they supposed to do with the rest? Things are different when there are a couple thousand passengers and they can expect to sell (that's right, sell) the other three glasses from the bottle. I may be wrong, but I have never known SeaDream to sell wine by the glass. I will confess that Zimmy and I are not wine connoisseurs, but we have been very satisfied with the poured wines and have rarely felt it necessary to order a bottle. On occasion, we might ask if there is something else available, and there always is. From what I can tell, their cellar wine list is reasonably priced, and returning passengers get a discount coupon. Wine is only one aspect of the cruise. Don't get too hung up on it and try to enjoy the total package.

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Wine is only one aspect of the cruise. Don't get too hung up on it and try to enjoy the total package.

 

This is brilliant advice which I highly recommend following.

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Hi Trapper,

I agree with Charlie (always ;p) that was a perfect statement covering a SeaDream voyage. We have never felt slighted in the least over wine choices and have, on occasion, asked for something other than the evening's pour. Never "no" or "we can't do that". But then I am cheating on SD again. Not my fault this time as SeaDream does not go to Alaska. It would be a bit nippy around the TOY Bar at night.....:cool:

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Thanks Charlie and Jim. Hey, Jim, we were quite comfortable at the TOY Bar in the Norwegian fjords, so Alaska could be done (if they can figure out how to get the yacht there). Of course, that was the summer I had to buy shorts and a polo shirt to visit the glacier because we didn't bring clothes for hot weather.

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Thanks Charlie and Jim. Hey, Jim, we were quite comfortable at the TOY Bar in the Norwegian fjords, so Alaska could be done (if they can figure out how to get the yacht there). Of course, that was the summer I had to buy shorts and a polo shirt to visit the glacier because we didn't bring clothes for hot weather.

Amazing how a few Tequila shots will warm you right up....;p

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That was the cruise I decided to try the Aquavit. When in Rome, and all that. Strange drink. Best taken with herring.

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Thanks Charlie and Jim. Hey, Jim, we were quite comfortable at the TOY Bar in the Norwegian fjords, so Alaska could be done (if they can figure out how to get the yacht there). Of course, that was the summer I had to buy shorts and a polo shirt to visit the glacier because we didn't bring clothes for hot weather.

 

We actually went to Alaska on Sea Goddess II in 1996 so back then it was possible. SG did a good job of keeping us warm by replacing towels in the hampers on deck with warm blankets and serving "Bull Shots" as pass-arounds regularly. As I understand it, Alaska is not in the cards for SD these days due to updated emissions requirements so JIm is technically not cheating and thus forgiven :)!

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That was the cruise I decided to try the Aquavit. When in Rome, and all that. Strange drink. Best taken with herring.

We learned to love Aquavit on Viking Sun. First taste the Crossing the Line ceremony. Kiss the fish, shoot the Aquavit......... What fish smell???:eek:

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We actually went to Alaska on Sea Goddess II in 1996 so back then it was possible.

 

But that was before the TOY. Wonder if we can talk them into doing Bergen to Nome.

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Norway on SD was fabulous! We had lovely warm blankets and jugs of gluwein when we returned to the ship. Since we were on the inaugural voyage, we also had lots of perks -- like lunch and a gift at the glassworks and a big bash at a small village. I wish SD would go back again!

 

And agree on the wines -- my only gripe is that they don't seem to be carrying pinot noir (my favorite) anymore (they used to). But the crew does their best to find a reasonable facsimile thereof!

Vandrefalk

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But that was before the TOY. Wonder if we can talk them into doing Bergen to Nome.

 

I'm thinking not but if you get them to do it, we'll book it!

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On what ships have you sailed where they have a selection of wines for no charge? You have to take into consideration the fact that there might be only 100 people on board. If they are pouring a Chardonnay and you want a glass of Sancerre, they might have to open another bottle. If nobody else is going to drink it, what are they supposed to do with the rest? Things are different when there are a couple thousand passengers and they can expect to sell (that's right, sell) the other three glasses from the bottle. I may be wrong, but I have never known SeaDream to sell wine by the glass. I will confess that Zimmy and I are not wine connoisseurs, but we have been very satisfied with the poured wines and have rarely felt it necessary to order a bottle. On occasion, we might ask if there is something else available, and there always is. From what I can tell, their cellar wine list is reasonably priced, and returning passengers get a discount coupon. Wine is only one aspect of the cruise. Don't get too hung up on it and try to enjoy the total package.

 

 

Thank you for your insight. I've always purchased a full beverage package on my cruises and have factored that "idea" into this cruise knowing my beverages were covered. You make an excellent point on less guests and therefore not being able to pour something should it be opened. I hadn't thought of that. Thank you. I am planning this trip for a group of 12 and am wanting it to be perfect, and know my guests are wine drinkers over dinner. At this price per person, one would expect to have more than one option. So while I am not hung up on this situation, I'm just getting all my ducks in a row and planning accordingly. Someone has to have all the details for the group :) Again, thank you.

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Thank you for your insight. I've always purchased a full beverage package on my cruises and have factored that "idea" into this cruise knowing my beverages were covered. You make an excellent point on less guests and therefore not being able to pour something should it be opened. I hadn't thought of that. Thank you. I am planning this trip for a group of 12 and am wanting it to be perfect, and know my guests are wine drinkers over dinner. At this price per person, one would expect to have more than one option. So while I am not hung up on this situation, I'm just getting all my ducks in a row and planning accordingly. Someone has to have all the details for the group :) Again, thank you.

As you have a group of 12 I would think SD will provide choices in wine. Might be wrong but I would call SD direct and ask them what sort of wine you might be able to have for your group. SeaDream is not like anything out there that sells "packages" for drinks. I have sailed SD since 2004 and have NEVER had a drink request of any type refused or charged extra for. Don't worry, it will all be fine. After all, what could possibly go wrong??.......:eek::cool:

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With a group of 12 wine drinkers, my bet is that you are going to be buying bottles. And probably plenty of them. I don't know if you can do this (I think Jim has done it for his favorite beer), but you might want to give the ship a shopping list to stock up their cellar. Just do it well in advance.

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With a group of 12 wine drinkers, my bet is that you are going to be buying bottles. And probably plenty of them. I don't know if you can do this (I think Jim has done it for his favorite beer), but you might want to give the ship a shopping list to stock up their cellar. Just do it well in advance.

Haha, that "shopping list" has worked quite well...;p And didn't cost me a dime..... Well, other than the cost of SD in the first place, and air, and hotel, and.......

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Haha, that "shopping list" has worked quite well...;p And didn't cost me a dime..... Well, other than the cost of SD in the first place, and air, and hotel, and.......

 

Did you contact SD ahead of time and request a certain beer to be onboard? Curious how it didn't cost you a dime.

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On SD requests are almost always filled. Depending on where the ship is can affect what is available. They stocked Presidente beer in the Caribbean at no charge to me.

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SeaDream will spare no expense when it comes to keeping Jim happy. You don't want to see him when he can't get a bottle of his favorite beer. Not a pretty sight. :eek:

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