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  1. Since we will be first timers in January a few questions for those who have sailed recently... sailing on the Odyssey and in the spa area do they have heated loungers? (I see they have different steam, sauna and showers) - are all these extra charge areas? (would assume so) I am dairy free and gluten free and have recently discovered oat milk as a great non dairy alternative - would assume there would be soy and possibly almond milk on board - what about oat milk? I know you can submit dietary restrictions pre boarding but that seems like a stretch for something that specific. Thanks all Bob
  2. There will be 6 of us sailing mid-January (yup just booked this week!) 3 couples - all first timers on Seabourn! if anyone has 3 coupons that would be amazing! assume if we are lucky enough to receive - instructions are on them as to how to redeem once we have a booking number?
  3. Galeforce As a possible newbie on SB and on the Odyssey - would be very interested in your feedback and experiences in the near future. When are you sailing and where ? Bob
  4. Kenster Would love to hear about the active excursions - ones you did and others that were available to guests. Have you sailed on any other river cruise lines - as a comparison to Avalon? Hearing a lot of positives about them recently.... Thanks Bob
  5. 1 of 4 Thank you as well for taking us along on your trip Definitely now have Scenic on my radar as a contender. Very informative information that you have shared and your photo's are amazing. What's next for you? Another River Cruise in your future?
  6. 1 of 4 Thank you so much for posting. The Hotel looks charming! - something right up my alley vs a large chain property. One of the things I love about these boards! All the information and insight one can gather! Enjoy - looking forward to traveling along! Bob
  7. 1 of 4 Safe Travels today! Will be following along as well. This sailing is on my bucket list. Post when time allows but most importantly enjoy your first river cruise!!!! We have sailed one so far and are hooked vs ocean sailings. Bob
  8. Melissa We sailed Christmas to New Years - so made no use of our balcony to be quite honest. Even though I was on vacation - I was checking in to work and the desk area in our cabin worked great. I can tell you the restaurant that houses the chef's table in the evening was always empty during the day and depending on what type of work you do - the lounge was a very comfortable spot to hang out in and you can always bring your laptop with you. That is a significant price jump to me that you mentioned - but each person needs to weigh their needs in terms of comfort and what will make their sailing as enjoyable and stress free as possible when one has to work during the sailing. Just heard an interesting story on NPR about this same subject - unplugging during vacation and how American's don't! I for one am in that category unfortunately!
  9. No168 We ended up booking on Violin Deck in BA Cabins 323 and 324. No noise what-so-ever throughout the entire sailing. One piece of advice - would stay away from any cabin next to and or above the small gym on board. On the Serena it was on Violin deck at the end of the hall and there was a cabin next door - Gym on our sailing though quite small always had people on the machines (treadmills included) so would have to believe there could be some noise from those. Would sail on another river cruise in a heartbeat - had a fabulous time! Any questions ask away! Bob
  10. Yaya999 Definitely agree with capriccio on their suggestion about reading the stickies as a start. Being in your age range 😉 and having sailed one sailing to date on AMA - it really depends on what type of nightlife your group likes - esp if you have sailed on ocean sailings and are using that as a comparison. If you read other posts and reviews you will get a really good sense of "evening" entertainment and what is offered. We have sailed on ocean sailings with groups of friends and on our river sailing and afterwards we talked about which friends would enjoy a river cruise and which ones would be ready to jump ship (those who love the casino followed by big production show and then dancing the night away till the early hours!). River cruising is all about the ports - we view the ship as a floating hotel getting one from point A to point B in comfort. BTW - love Boston - our youngest did her undergrad and is entering her grad program in the fall in Boston. Such a great city - hope she comes back to the NY area after graduation!
  11. Wags So will you/would you take another river cruise? Was it what you expected? After so many ocean sailings - it is a big change (no matter what lines you have sailed on) but appears you enjoyed the experience. We sailed on our first river cruise about a year ago and I had done a lot of research prior to booking and sailing so I knew what to expect regarding the onboard experience prior to stepping on board - Bob
  12. HBC Just wanted to thank you for taking us all along on your sailing. Really enjoying your photo's and your detailed reviews - was really surprised at the interior shots of the ship you posted above - such a spacious and expansive atrium - for a minute I was not sure it was of the ship! Having only sailed on one river cruise (so far!) on AMA Serena - it's atrium/lobby was much smaller. thank you again! Bob
  13. AF-1 Agree completely with Jazz. As many others will tell you - read as much and as many stickies at the start of this section and read others reviews and posts (and keep an open-mind!). A well informed cruiser whether ocean or river cruiser (in my opinion) is the best cruiser in terms of managing ones expectations! Our first river cruise was on AMA as well - and I am completely hooked on river cruising now. Would sail on another (vs an ocean sailing) in a heartbeat. Just as ocean cruising is not for everyone - river cruising is the same. Specific questions - ask away - the boards are extremely helpful as I am sure you know ! Bob
  14. Bob Thank you so much for all your very informative postings, your wonderful photos both on and off the ship (s) and for taking the time to post all of this information ! Really enjoying traveling along with you - ! Thanks again - Bob
  15. Bob Thanks again. Really enjoying your posts and photo's. Normandy Beach day - what time did the excursion leave the ship in the morning? And assume back on the buses around 4:30 to reach the ship at 7:30pm? Monet's gardens look absolutely beautiful. It would be a completely different experience for us if we sail on the sailing between the holidays at year end - thats for sure! Bob
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