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Gourmet Gal

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  1. I think in general you will not find an evening buffet on any of the true luxury lines but some of them do an outstanding room service, course by course for dinner...Silversea comes to mind. Works well for formal nights or any night you prefer to be casual. But don’t let dress codes be a turn-off. It’s really just a matter of creative packing!
  2. Good feedback all. Thanks. We would be staying at Four Seasons either stop...not sure if there’s anything special about their location in Koh Samui but their villas look very nice. The FS Bangkok is a brand new one on the river.
  3. Any particular reason? Have you been to both?
  4. I have a choice of one or the other on a tour I just booked. Having never been to Thailand I would appreciate any insight that could help me in making the choice. It is understood that everyone has different interests and priorities but I need help in which factors I should even be considering. On this trip I will be traveling from Great Barrier Reef just before and going on to Jordan from Thailand. Bora Bora, Cairo, Athens and Madrid will be on the same itinerary plus a few other cities.
  5. Seems better to use the Roll Call on the main community page rather than the one on the SS forum. There is more activity on the main one and I noticed on the SS roll call Silver Cloud is not listed at all. There still is not much activity on either site. I think people generally use roll calls to find like minded travelers who may be interested in booking private tours or cars together. The SS forum seems better for everything else.
  6. If one is a purist then I am sure the SS butlers would not be up to snuff. But really, they are unobtrusive and there to be helpful to the extent that you desire. But of course you can just dismiss them and tell them right away that you prefer not to have to subject yourself to their assistance unless called upon. Don’t call me, I’ll call you and all that. The idea of paid help really seems to be sticking in your craw so perhaps SS really is not for you.
  7. It’s still Silversea not Silver Seas. There is really just a division of duties between the butler and the cabin steward with the latter being the one to do the cleaning and the butler handling everything else. Really no different than the arrangement when staying in a suite on other lines.
  8. Just wondering, do they all have afternoon tea, still?
  9. First of all, it is Silversea. On my last Silversea cruise there was: A main dining room Afternoon tea with an impressive tower o treats No dinner buffet, thank god! Who would want that! The specialty dining rooms did not change their menus but offered choices that could be enjoyed on different nights. No reason not to book the specialty restaurants early, you can easily do it on line 120 days out. Things change daily, though and quite often you can get in last minute. Never noticed slow service anywhere. BTW, in room dining service is excellent. You can be served course by course if desired. Yes, there were formal nights with some going all out and other seasoned travelers able to comply with simple business attire or not dining in the main dining room. There are lectures, lessons, trivia, card room, etc. Sounds like you are reluctant to deviate from your familiar lines. All lines are different and so far in my experience, none are perfect...can’t please everyone all the time. Good luck with your decision.
  10. There’s good info here regarding air whether it’s biz class or econ.. But in short, you can definitely request your flights and then see if they fall within the standard fee structure of SS Air. On my most recent booking my requested flights did not but even with the air deviation fee plus extra airfare I still saved a lot of money.
  11. Surprised they would even charge you for the switch after all the time you’ve spent on SS ships and all the nice reviews.
  12. Sounds like a fun trip. Thanks for all the detailed reports. I’ll be on The Cloud in May for a culinary cruise, totally different vibe, I’m sure. I started a thread a few months ago after reading some very negative reviews of the ship, especially regarding a sewage smell...can anyone comment on that? Still an issue or not? We’ll be on deck 5.
  13. I can assure you, it is nothing like a mass market cruise ship.
  14. Same here. But I read this thread a few days before receiving the email so was able to book all my first choices on the May 7 sailing. I guess I could have booked them all in November.
  15. Perhaps the wineries can ship it to you? Chilean wines can be lovely but with so much availability in the states I can probably think of other more lightweight gifts to bring back. Lugging wine is no fun.
  16. Complimentary overnight laundry as The Peninsula Hotels provide. A daily gift such as Four Seasons places in your upgraded room. Being personally greeted by the general manager upon check-in. A lovely thank you gift mailed to your home after a Four Seasons tour. A beautiful thank you gift from Kensington Tours. Fun little surprises of gifts or experiences provided on Tauck river cruises. And minor but much appreciated is a salon-quality hair drier.
  17. Agree. All-inclusive does not necessarily equal excellent service, high-end accommodations, excellent cuisine, thoughtful upscale wine lists and other high-end amenities but it can be all those things. And of course the opposite is true. Luxury doesn’t have to be all-inclusive but somehow, either way, a true luxury experience must have little unexpected extras in service, food or amenities.
  18. I liked the first name better...the second one just doesn’t have a nice ring to it.
  19. Perhaps galling is too strong a word and it certainly is not upsetting but my observation is there is a lot of waste. I don’t really feel I am personally being ripped off....just hate to see such waste. Calliope and Wripro can calm down now.
  20. My husband and I drink occasionally but don’t think we’re subsidizing...it’s all a package to us. Though, I must say, it is a little galling to see people take one sip of a drink, one bite of a dish and leave the rest and just be wasteful. It happens far more in the all-inclusive environments whether it’s a formal event, ship, hotel, plane. Now, if the food or drink are just plain bad then that’s another issue!
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