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  1. Never tried Windstar Lois, but Sea Cloud is on my bucket list for the Caribbean. If you make it before I do, PLEASE post a review! Bechi
  2. I have a set of soft-sided Andiamo luggage I bought almost thirty years ago that will most likely out-live me. However I started replacing it with hard-sided virgin polycarbonate luggage about ten years ago because it's over airline weight limits before it's even half full. I decided on virgin polycarbonate because it's ridiculously light and difficult to destroy. It is rigid, but yielding, so fragile items do go in my carry-on. I tried to find a video from the UK that I watched back when I was deciding which luggage to purchase, but couldn't find it. It showed about a half dozen carry-ons being driven over, dropped off bridges, dumped in a river, etc. and how they fared. The virgin polycarbonate (not ABS) would crumple and dent when abused, but spring right back into shape when prodded; the ABS would shatter. The brand I purchased was also reasonable water-resistant which I liked. My only complaint is I do prefer two wheels over four spinners, but it does well when tipped and rolled two-wheel style over rough surfaces. I'm not mentioning the model I bought as it's no longer make, but the manufacturer is Delsey. All the videos I'm getting via search see to be sponsored by luggage stores or manufacturers, but this one is similar: ABS+PC vs 100%PC TEST
  3. Since I don't believe there is a set list of checkboxes defining luxury, and most cruise lines generally regarded as "luxury" check different boxes at different times, in my opinion, a "luxury" cruise line makes me feel like a guest, rather than a customer, no matter how valued. It's like when you spend time with a friend; they will provide you with lodging and food, perhaps pick you up at the airport, entertain you, etc., but may or may not cover your each and every expense, but there's never any mistaking that you're a guest in their home. Whereas, you can spend time at a resort where various items are included in the rate, but there's never any mistaking that you are their customer. That is the difference for me. Even though I've paid for a luxury cruise and know it's no more than a business transaction, it never feels like one. Hope this makes sense.
  4. I wear a dive skin, which is a full-body, ankles to wrists to neck suit made out of a light, lycra swimsuit material. Not the "cutest", sexiest, thing out there; it's more "serious" looking, but it's comfortable and prevents a very UNcomfortable burn! It also make donning a wetsuit much easier, if you're in cold water.
  5. Homonym police. Time to watch Schoolhouse Rock again.
  6. pf778c


    Guess you've never gotten the "hairy eyeball"...
  7. Is the SSSS a cruise thing? I got it when flying back to JFK after my cruise to Barbados and I saw at least one other lady from my cruise singled out as well.
  8. Given the choice I would pick a child-free ship each and every time. The ship is my primary destination; the ports are just "gravy". I've encountered enough children on Silversea cruises over the years, ranging from infants and toddlers to university age, and although I have found their behaviour to improve with their age, NONE of them seemed to be terribly thrilled to be there and looked as if they would have appreciated a cruise with more guests closer in age to themselves. Personally, I would rather see NO children on a Silversea cruise; it's really not geared towards families with children. I can, however, understand children of crew members making appearances; I've never really noticed more than a glimpse of them here and there in any case. But I really think multi-generational families would be better served on the bigger ships, such as those on Crystal and Regent, where there is more room to accommodate children's activities without disturbing anyone, and ensuring EVERYONE has an enjoyable cruise. I'm not looking to offend any members here with children or grandchildren, but on the off-chance that this thread comes to Silversea's attention, I'd like to add my two cents and attempt to thwart any attempts at "Royal Caribbean-ing" our cruise experience! I have made Silversea my choice over other cruise lines for a reason. Bechi
  9. And my best wishes and sincere hopes that it will all work out for your fellow passengers on board.
  10. Thanks Missy! I'll check those out and check in with travel agents as well to see if they've got any insider information. Great tip about Ponant; I never even thought of them! Bechi
  11. Thank you all! Got a lot of perusing to do... <g>
  12. Thank you all for your replies. I'll look into Crystal a bit deeper (I didn't see any information regarding single supplements when I looked, but if it's a straight 130%, that may explain why), and some of the European river cruise lines. Basically, I have time available in November and was thinking of a cruise, but Silversea is my "go to" line and currently isn't offering anything attractive with an affordable single supplement at the moment. I singled you out Lois, because although I'm not terribly active as a poster, I believe we've exchanged a word of two over the past year or so and I know from past postings here and on the SS board, you've done a few solo cruises on Silversea recently as well as on some other lines and seem to lean towards Silversea as a favorite at the end of the day, so thought your preferences might most closely reflect my own. The only other line I've tried is Seabourn, so just looking for advice on where I might find the most Silversea-ish cruise with an affordable supplement if I can't sail Silversea! Thanks!
  13. I'm trying to come up with a weekish (7-10 days) long solo cruise for this November, but my go-to, Silversea, doesn't have anything for me. Since it seems Lois has been doing a bit of research lately with the solo offerings of numerous ocean and river cruiselines, and has done sufficient cruises on Silversea to know my preferences, I was hoping she might have some recommendations for me for lines with low single supplements. Naturally, I value the recommendations of others as well; I only single out Lois since she seems to be in the same "boat" (har har) as far as cruise preferences! Thanks!
  14. 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.
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