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knotheadusc

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  • Location
    Germany
  • Interests
    music, writing, travel, horses, dogs,
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    SeaDream Yacht Club, Hebridean Island Cruises
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Europe
  • If you have a personal or hobby CRUISE or TRAVEL BLOG, include the url here:
    http://travelingovereducatedhousewife.blogspot.com

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  1. You're right to be concerned. I would be too, in your shoes. I really hope the small, unique lines like Hebridean and SeaDream can survive this crisis. I wonder about the crew, too.
  2. Yeah, we’re okay. My husband was exposed to a few coworkers with COVID, but he was tested and it came back negative. So he’s working at home and we’re enjoying the togetherness. Good thing we get along so well. His colleagues are doing fine, too. I don’t blame you for being nervous about the cruise. I hope it will work out. A year ago we were booking our 2019 cruise with Hebridean. Amazing how things can change! I think I read that Hebridean does have people manning emails.
  3. I was actually thinking about you when all of this happened. i recommend sending them an email to ask about this issue. A couple of years ago, my husband had to change jobs and we were unsure if he could join me on a cruise we booked. We considered having me go alone or bringing my mother in law. In the end, my husband was allowed to take leave, but I did find that Hebridean was very responsive when we asked about the scenarios. As for whether or not they’ll survive this... I sure hope so. The line has passed through a couple of companies, though.
  4. SeaDream may be your best bet. We chose it for our first luxury cruise because of its younger dynamic. The few older people on our three cruises with them were very young at heart. It’s really marketed to couples, and we ran into honeymooners your age. Azamara might be worth a look, too.
  5. Well, if you ever do get to sail on Hebridean Princess, I hope you're there during a cruise Dave subs on. He is one in a million! I heard that he was the purser when Queen Elizabeth sailed on Hebridean Princess the first time and she liked him so much that she specifically requested him the second time she cruised. I can see why. He's never met a stranger.
  6. Just got the news today that Dave is stepping down from purser duties on Hebridean Princess, although he will still do the river cruises on Royal Crown and possibly sub on Princess when he’s needed. I have to say, he’s truly an awesome guy, so I’m sad that he’s moving on after fourteen years. But I also think his retirement is well deserved. I know Iain Gibson is a purser now, and he’s also great. I hope whomever fills Dave’s shoes is worthy of the job. I wish him Godspeed. Maybe I’ll get around to doing a river cruise now, although most of the places they go are within driving distance for us...for now, anyway.
  7. Our first time on Hebridean Island Cruises, we did a back to back. The purser booked us a cab and sent us to see the Burrell Collection in Glasgow. While we were gone, they did our laundry for us, free of charge. All of this was paid for by the ship. Later, during our cruise, we stopped at Sanda Island, an uninhabited, privately owned property where there are seals and wild deer (the deer were imported by the owners). We walked the island, checked out the natural arch and lighthouse, watched the seals play-- they had pups at the time-- and when we got back to where the tenders were picking up and dropping off passengers, the purser was there with a hamper full of treats, coffee, tea, whisky, and Bailey's. I enjoyed hot coffee with Bailey's while taking in the views of Sanda, and its amazing natural beauty. Hebridean only takes about 50 people per cruise, so it was very intimate.
  8. Thank you! That comment makes my day! Not everyone appreciates bloggers, so it's really nice to get a compliment like that one! Thank you so much for reading and for the praise! And if you like your gin, Hebridean can definitely hook you up. I'd rather drink gin myself.
  9. I can answer the question about loungers, I have never seen anyone hog them with books. There has never been an issue for us finding a place to sit anywhere on the ship. it’s been a few years since my last cruise on SeaDream, so I’ll let someone else answer the rest.
  10. We have sailed in November, March, August, and September. All were great and surprisingly mild.
  11. Those of you who are interested in Hebridean's whisky cruises may want to have a look at these two posts I've written. So far, my husband and I have been to 16 different distilleries, thanks to Hebridean Island Cruises. We've been to two of those 16 distilleries twice! I wrote these posts mainly because I live in a military community in Germany and a lot of Americans over here want to visit the distilleries while they have the chance. Since they're related to our cruises, maybe some of you will want to check them out, too. Bear in mind, the first one was originally written in October 2017 for my original blog, which I have since moved. Part one https://thetravelingovereducatedhousewife.blog/2017/10/15/whisky-distilleries-i-have-known/ Part two https://thetravelingovereducatedhousewife.blog/2019/11/29/whisky-distilleries-i-have-known-part-two/
  12. You’ll see there are a few of us in the Hebridean forum. I know some don’t consider Hebridean Princess to be luxury, but after five cruises, I can say that the experience was more luxurious than SeaDream, which I’ve sailed three times and loved. Hebridean is unique and once you’ve paid, everything is taken care of. That, to me, is very luxurious.
  13. The first time my husband and I sailed on Hebridean Princess, we did a back to back. On turnaround day, they booked a cab for me, my husband, and another lady doing a back to back. We went to see the Burrell Collection in Glasgow and had lunch. The ship paid for the taxi and our lunch, and while we were gone, even did our laundry for free. 😄
  14. It's great to know people enjoy the blog. I try to be honest and candid, as well as charitable. It's hard to believe three months have passed since we were onboard. Seems like so much has happened in that time. With any luck, we'll be back onboard again before too much more time has passed! I'm ready to try a new itinerary, or if not that, a new theme other than whisky.
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