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  1. During my stay at Hacienda Siesta Alegre last year, I spent a few days scouting out potential trails with Jorge, who is in charge of their stables there. They were planning on offering trail riding in addition to their current services, but don't know if this has happened yet. They are in Rio Grande and the property and stables are absolutely gorgeous and Jorge is a fantastic instructor and all-around guy. You can try reaching out to him and see if they've rolled this out yet.
  2. Why don't you just take a stroll over the bridge after you check into your hotel, sans luggage? Grab some dinner have a drink or two, and then worry about schlepping yourselves and luggage to the pier the next day.
  3. I'm hoping to see good things on my Shadow cruise later this month. Honestly, I'll just be happy to see the return of complimentary caviar!
  4. Just saw a blurb about Invictus on Linkedin and a link to some interesting photos, press releases and a highly food-pornographic video: Silversea Project Invictus. Question - doesn't serving caviar with a metal spoon spoil the taste?
  5. Uh huh! <g> It's like when you've just having finished dinner on a cruise and you're secretly lusting for that warm, buttery, tarte tatin. If you're with company, you don't want to hold them up by having desert if no one else is interested, but on your own... Well I know, I'm going to enjoy every bite along with a nice tokaji (oh yeah!), and might even request a few pralines be sent to await me in my suite as well! DAMN delightfully self-indulgent! We all deserve this once in a while and there's nothing sad or pitiful about it. Just trying to reiterate, because this silly idea comes up FAR too often, and there's no reason to think traveling by oneself should involve "being brave and making the best of it"; it's devoting some well-deserved pampering and "ME" time to oneself and exploring and allowing yourself to grow as a person (figuratively - unless you're really enjoying that tarte tatin!) When you travel solo, you tend to engage others more, and try more new things, which can be really eye opening and enriching. You may return home with a new passion, a new hobby, a new outlook.
  6. Thank you Butterfly!
  7. Good for you Butterfly! I've been taking solo cruises since I was in my early thirties and would get the occasional remarks on my supposed "bravery"; meanwhile I was having the time of my life! I know Lois is having a ball, as I've followed along on a few of her adventures on the Silversea board. I'm not sure if solo females occasion less comment on a luxury line (all of my solos have been with Silversea), but it seems that lately, the only comments I cause are due to my choices in shore activities. The average passenger age is a bit higher, so I often get wistful remarks from a few passengers when they see my kitted out in tall boots and breeks to roam the countryside of the day's port on horseback. I've been able to arrange some really fantastic hacks throughout the world, although it does take a bit of research and work to set up. That just happens to be my "thing", but when you don't have a companion, it's a whole lot easier to arrange to do your "thing", whatever it may be. My upcoming cruise is with my young man, so activities will be quite different; only as much riding and diving as I can sneak in without him feeling neglected! You've got the right attitude and you're going to have a stellar time!
  8. Butterfly & Lois, I'm the rebellious poster that revels in solo travel, so blame me! I can understand how you may be a little apprehensive on your first solo trip, Butterfly, but I just wanted to interject that it's not necessarily something that you need to apprehensive about. A woman enjoying herself on her own, is not necessarily brave, it's delightfully self-indulgent! Unfortunately, women suffer this stigma more than men. We are expected, and unconsciously, come to expect, that we need to be chaperoned in some way, any time we are in public, a Western state of purdah, if you will! As long as you are open to meeting people and making new friends, you will. Often, I find the most difficult part of socialized when traveling as a solo is managing to find time by myself! I've been known to request a table for one behind a pillar in order to have a quick breakfast or lunch before going ashore or to trivia, etc. so I don't feel guilty when new friends see me and ask me to join them in a more leisurely meal! You're going to have a fantastic time. Bechi
  9. Butterfly, For me, traveling solo IS my comfort zone; I have to make much more of an effort when traveling with my young man! It's still a vacation, and still enjoyable, but all of the negotiating and checking and confirming about what he thinks he may or may not want to do, where he may or may not want to eat and with or without others - Argh!!! Once on our way, it's more or less fine, but the lead up is horrendous! The freedom when it's just me, is pure bliss and although the planning and lead up is a lot of work, it's exciting and no one to grump about it! And it's also so much easier to meet new people as a solo. You never have to be focused on "us" just yourself and those around you.
  10. Thank you Jenn. It was only that I was taken by surprise since I had never had that happen before. Thank you for your explanation!
  11. I just tried to reply to a post on the "Cruise Foodies" board and received a message that my post needed to be approved by a moderator before it would be unhidden. I have never had this happen before to any of my numerous posts of the years. Is this a glitch? Do I need to repost? Thanks! Bechi
  12. Silversea does not share their list of complimentary wines, due to the constant variation in inventory, but I have always been able to procure a very good wine. Silversea's complimentary selections tend to be in the $10 to $25 USD range and one red and one white are offered at each meal. If the proffered wines are not quite to your liking, you can inquire about a different selection or request a wine enjoyed earlier. As an example, I am decidedly NOT a fan of over-oaked Chardonnay; I may request something more in line with a Sauv. Blanc or a Sancerre instead, or a dry Rose, which I find fantastic al fresco with a pesto alla genovese (this IS an Italian line after all; no reason to not indulge in the wonderful pasta!). I haven't sailed with Seabourn in years, and never with Crystal or Regent, so I can't offer you any reliable info there, but the last time I did sail with Seabourn it was very similar, although I found the wines not quite as good, but still quite agreeable. One other thing I will mention is that the prices for the Connoisseur's collection wines on Silversea can be very good bargains, and I will often come home with a few bottles for my own cellar at half the cost I could acquire them locally. Enjoy! Bechi
  13. pf778c


    It appears Silversea is now pushing overpriced tchotchkes on My Silversea. Or maybe it's just on my upcoming cruise. Looking at the reservations page, there is now a link to "Shop" along with the usual links to make dinner & spa reservations, and book shore excursions, hotels, and land tours. Is there really anyone left in sore need of a Silversea bookmark or luggage tag? Or is this one of the first influences of RCCL?
  14. No picture of aforementioned fabulous toes??? Sounds wonderful!
  15. Agreed 100%! That "look" is not for the child not responsible for booking themself on a cruise woefully inadequate to the task of accommodating and entertaining small children, but for the "parents" that decided their enjoyment outweighed that of their fellow passengers' as well as that of their child. I can see how it can work when cruising as part of an extended family where each member is happy and willing to do their part, but I do still think (for what my opinion is worth), that in most cases, families with little ones would be much better served on a cruise line focused on them, whether that's a mainstream line like Disney or one of the luxury lines that actively cater to families with young children during specific sailings. Don't recall offhand exactly which and when, but I have heard that some of them have say, Alaska sailings with nannies onboard and some type of "kid's club" to help strike an amicable balance between the well being of all age groups. I'll admit that personally, I prefer to be on a ship with no children whatsoever, but that's because due to numerous experiences in the past with the type of "parents" who are disinterested in watching and controlling their children, or raising them in any way, I find myself expecting the worst whenever in the company of children. Thankfully, my apprehension is occasionally unfounded! Glad everyone enjoyed their cruise!
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