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About WesW

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    Metro Atlanta
  • Interests
    Tai Chi, Yoga, indoor cycling, traveling/cruising on Silversea or Regent with Dear Wife Ida
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Silversea Expedition (1), Silversea Classic (2), Regent (2)
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Arctic, Iceland, Norway, South Pacific (Bora Bora, Vanuatu)

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  1. From discussions with our TA (Travel Agent) believe having more SS decisions coming out of Florida than Monte Carlo will be good for the future direction/pricing of Silversea.
  2. We have enjoyed about 15 Regent cruises since 2004 and I have been actively involved in organizing these meet and mingles prior to the formal meet & mingle and previous informal meet & mingle program. Each one of these meet & mingles was attended by at least twenty cruise critics and supported by the Regent ship on board staff. Our last Regent cruise on the Mariner (Hawaii to Tahiti) in 2017 we had over 50 cruise critics attend our meet & mingle. We firmly believe, like the traditional wonderful Regent Block Parties these meet & mingle events are nice social events where you get to meet like minded Regent cruisers. Now, with Covid 19 it will be interesting to see how future meet and mingles are handled.
  3. https://www.cntraveler.com/story/how-cruise-ships-are-updating-protocols-after-coronavirus?fbclid=IwAR0EPXKa4WM2OZ4G71e35TEkY5rL3r8MIWn5OkRALgP4nuO_Y53PURmuXV0
  4. https://www.cntraveler.com/story/how-cruise-ships-are-updating-protocols-after-coronavirus?fbclid=IwAR0EPXKa4WM2OZ4G71e35TEkY5rL3r8MIWn5OkRALgP4nuO_Y53PURmuXV0
  5. thanks 4 posting Les--u booking anything?
  6. According to our Travel Agent, cruiselines have agreed to allow CLIA to represent each cruise line (Cruising Lines International Association) to develop the new Covid 19 Plan to be approved by CDC/USCCG. Once approved, cruiselines will implement accordingly.
  7. An additional 24 hour coffee machine option is found on the pool deck.
  8. Having done half our cruises ( 15 on Regent and 17 Silversea), generally participate on both Regent & Silversea cruise critic threads. Absolutely concur with SS Cooler assessments by Marc and Flossie earlier & cruiseluv/Maria's spot on summary of the SS Cooler thread above. Have observed since the creation of the Silversea Cooler thread a few years ago, that the personality of the Silversea cruise critic thread, and the focus on Silversea cruising in general, has changed adversely. Maybe the intent (discuss related topics) of a Cooler thread here without contentiousness on the Regent board will work, but I doubt it.
  9. Thanks Brian, hope to Book the NWP on either the Wind or Cloud in 2022/2023. Expect we will have.a Covid vax/therapeutic solution by then tool
  10. Silversea Expedition cruise aficionados, tonight Avid Cruiser is hosting a podcast with Silversea Expedition SVP Conrad Combrink and key Expedition staff...pls see: On Wednesday, May 20 at 5 pm EDT, we’re fortunate to host Silversea Expeditions’ Conrad Combrink, SVP Expeditions and Destination Management, and staff from his expedition team during our weekly Happy Hour. We’ll hear from Conrad and company about their favorite itineraries and why these destinations rank among their most memorable. We’ll also hear about a few new developments for Silversea Expeditions. If you’re a small ship lover, this is one Happy Hour that you won’t want to miss. Register by clicking here to receive an email reminder. www.avidcruiser.com Topic: River Cruise Advisor & Avid Cruiser Meet Up Time: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 5 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
  11. Bill; concur with your German fest (liters of German beer) assessment, tho we enjoyed the annual German Christmas Markets as much (Gluhwein, steaming jagertee). We lived in Germany for ten of our three decades+ of military service and enjoyed both Octoberfest, Bad Cannstatter volksfest and Christmas markets in Heidelberg, Stuttgart, Garmisch, Munich, Plochingen, Kaiserslautern, and Frankfurt). We lived in Stuttgart/Moeringhen (next to Mercedes HQ). One of our fav restaurants was in Neu Ulm(85-88), the cuisine was outstanding plus they always put out a pad for our dog to lay down while we ate dinner. After dinner the owner would bring a bowl of meal cuts for her to wolf down.
  12. Thanks for posting Brian's NBC article Stumblefoot/Brian. Brian Bailey did an excellent job with this interview/article. Want to share with our Silversea cruis critic members that I experienced a very similar feeling (on Day 17/of our 21 day cruise) that my time was running out to get back to USA/Home. This is where mega kudos go to Stumblefoot/Brian who private messaged me on March 16th and said "Wes you need to get your heine (k Brian used another word) home soonest" Thanks to his heads up, even tho I had SS return air the Cloud Guest Relations could not assist guest with air until we docked in Capetown. Why? Silver Sky was swamped working getting guests/crew from the Whisper (WC docked in Perth, AUS before we were allowed to dock in Capetown. And Silver Air was working getting guests/crew home from the Shadow stuck in Recife, Brazil. Fortunately, our Travel Agent went above & beyond, and decided in the interest to get me home soonest, bought my non stop return Biz Class air from Capetown to Atlanta.
  13. Jacko, not Marc--however, the Managing Director for US (Mark Conroy) let me know a few weeks ago that due to the restrictions the Canadian Government put on traffic in the Canadian Arctic, "it is highly likely we will be forced to cancel the NW Passage this year, tho we r still in conversation with the government." Mark also let me know SS will operate the NW passage in 2021. Further, he said, if we're interested there is space this year on the Silver Explorer's NorthEast passage if we wanted to book. Further, about the same time, the SVP of Expedition itinerary development, Conrad Combrink let me know SS will offer either on the Wind or the Cloud the NWP in 2022.
  14. We met a couple on board a Grand Voyage (we were on board for just 21 days), (Donna and Alan, have known them on cruise critic and another travel board for over a decade) who were on the 64 day Silver Spirit Grand Voyage, Los Angeles to Los Angeles a few years ago. Here is what they said on their travel blog, my itchy travel feet. If I recall; Donna later said this one was of their best cruises ever (and they have done dozens and dozens of luxury cruises). Alan and I enjoy South Pacific cruises so much that we keep booking them—again and again. At last count, we’ve cruised the South Pacific six times. But this page is all about our 64-day Silversea South Pacific Cruise experience. We call it La-La because the small ship luxury cruise began and ended in Los Angeles. Because the cruise was one of Silversea’s Grand Voyages, the fun began before stepping onto Silver Spirit. Silversea hosted full Grand Voyagers at a special dinner and night at the Montage Beverly Hills. Ooh-la-la. After embarking in Los Angeles, Silver Spirit crossed the Pacific to the Marquesas, explored French Polynesia, cruised both islands of New Zealand, touched on Tasmania and a few Australian ports before our voyage turned back toward L.A., stopping in Fiji and Hawaii. With a mix of plentiful sea days and interesting ports, South Pacific cruise itineraries don’t get much better than this. Hope this helps, will send Donna an email so, maybe she can further discuss their Grand Voyage on the Silver Spirit here.
  15. alithecat; strongly recommend the Silversea Cape to Cape option on either the Wind or Cloud in 2021 or 2022. Tho, u will miss Antarctica and either Drake the lake or Drake the Shake (more likely) you will (most likely) get five landing days in South Georgia. Plus, u will visit the Falklands and get the added bonus of possibly landing in the World's most remote Archipelago (Tristan Da Cunha) en route to Capetown, South Africa. Since this is a South Atlantic crossing, the price point is significantly less than Ushuaia to Ushuaia. We were booked (but canceled) on the same voyage as Rachel, Brian/Stumblefoot, and JP (in fact, in 2019, gave Stumblefoot and JP) a heads up that the 15 day Ushuaia to Ushuaia voyage this past January was an incredible deal.. The Cape to Cape itinerary was truly a spectacular itinerary except for how the Covid 19 virus crisis affected our last seven days on board. So, please take a look at not only the Silversea Antarctica voyages but also the Cape to Cape voyages. No matter which itinerary you choose--believe Antarctica or a sub-Antarctica voyage will be one of your most memorable cruises.
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