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    Scottsdale, AZ
  • Interests
    Travel, skiing, running, vodka (him), bourbon (her)
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Seabourn, hands-down.
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    No favorite as we love Asia, Mideast, S. America.

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  1. Turns our my information was misinformation. And that’s why rumors and hearsay are so unreliable, and so I apologize for reposting w/o waiting and checking. Latest info from passengers taken off is that it was the Greek government that ordered they be removed from the ship and quarantined for 10 days. BUT SB is paying for hotel and food and rearranging flights home. Also removed were spouses/traveling companions who tested negative, although they are not in quarantine. Still rethinking Holiday Cruise. Even if one could remain on the ship after testing pos, not sure my idea of a vacation is being holed up in a cabin, regardless of which suite it is.
  2. Does anyone have information about whether masks are still being mandated indoors and whether indoor activities have resumed?
  3. Wishing your wife a continue symptom-free COVID, and thank you for taking the time to post, especially given that you are having to deal with these issues.
  4. Hi Jeni. My husband spoke today with TA and will post info about what he learned - or more to the point, did not learn. And regardless of how it’s being handled currently, can’t know if the protocol will change. As for being dumped, hey, if it’s a nice port with nice hotels, I could handle that. (I’m a glass half full person and always see the silver lining…). But you know that sometimes we are at nice-so-nice ports 😞 I have to read out travel insurance policy carefully. I know that generally it says if the passenger cancels, SB has discretion to either keep the money (depending on cancellation date) or apply FCC, and if SB cancels, then full refund. So if SB removes me due to pos COVID test, is that me cancelling, or SB cancelling? The lawyer in me says it’s SB cancelling. But even then, am I entitled to a stay in a 5 star hotel and comparable (biz or 1st class) home?? Questions, questions, questions. And answers today may not apply to same questions tomorrow. I am a risk taker and would probably chance it all, but my hubby is a bit more conservative.
  5. Thank you for writing, and hopefully you remain safe. You need not answer this while (whilst, as Brits say) you are still on holiday, but after you are home, I hope you will post to say whether Trivia was held outdoors, and whether fitness center was open (although working out while masked is not for me).
  6. I am sorry to hear about your wife and hope she will be fine. Posters on a Facebook site for SB say that those who test positive are being removed from this ship at the next port. Is that true? If not, for how long will you both be quarantined? If you knew this information ahead of time, would you have gone on the cruise? (I am booked for Holiday Cruise aboard Ovation and re-thinking.).
  7. According to posters on a Facebook site for SB, those who tested positive were removed from the ship at the next port, no refunds, find your own way home. And until then, all indoor activities are suspended. Trying to get real answers directly from SB and our TA but not forthcoming.
  8. Thx so much. You give me hope. I did expedite and submitted at a “Passport Acceptance Office.” Also included date of travel.
  9. Question: How long is it really taking for expedited passport renewal? Facts: My husband was completing info on-line for our upcoming Ovation holiday cruise end of this year. Two weeks ago, he asks me for my passport. I give it to him. He looks and tells me it expired in June. After freaking out, totally, I made appointment at U.S. Passport Acceptance Office. First appointment I could get was September 17th. I trusted it more than Post Office. I’m told 10 to 12 weeks. Anyone know if it could be longer than 12 weeks? Anyone want to go on a pre-paid cruise with my husband?
  10. You will enjoy the buffet at the Colonnade. It is fabulous. And if you don’t like serving yourself, you can be like my mom who tells the server to make her a salad and says what she wants in it, but you lose out on picking your faves and the proportions you want. Don’t know about the IB because I don’t like it, but I would think that SB has it now.
  11. Hello fellow salad cruiser. I favor the Colonnade for do-it-yourself salads. I often create my own salad there and bring it to join friends at the Patio Grille.
  12. I agree. They are there to serve us; they are not our servants. I cringe when I see those who feel so entitled to disrespect, belittle and humiliate staff. Ugh.
  13. Seems like the consensus is that there’s no bang for the buck. I’ll go up for the intro on embarkation day, but best to watch my alcohol intake since I have been known to sign up for one too many wine clubs and drunk shop (hey, it’s sometimes like Xmas at my house and my husband asked what I ordered - I am often as surprised as he). I am most curious about the wines, but I suppose if was Far Niente or Nickel & Nickel, someone here would have mentioned that.
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