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  1. We must have picked the wrong day to break down! Hopefully - should we need it again - our experience will be better. Reassuring to know that your travel insurance claim was dealt with efficiently. We've found the only way to get cover for a higher amount would be via an insurance broker. I would be interested to know if any other UK Seabourn cruisers have found cover for more than £10k so as not to be under insured for cancellation on longer cruises and/or premium suites. We've taken a chance a few times and travelled without anywhere nearly enough cover for cancellation but last year we had to cancel a short land based holiday due to medical reasons. Fortunately we were covered for the full amount because we'd spent much less than we do for our Seabourn trips. Following that experience we don't intend to take any chances in the future.
  2. It does appear to offer more comprehensive cover than most UK policies. Cancellation cover is £10k per person which is better than the UK Amex Platinum card. However, that level of cover isn't enough to cover us for longer SB cruises, but it's adequate for trips that are shorter, depending what suite type we book. Just wondering though, have you any experience of dealing with RBS Black for a claim or assistance? I'm hoping that the travel insurance side is more efficient than breakdown assistance, fully aware it will be a different organisation but I'm not familiar with the UK travel insurance underwriter. We needed breakdown assistance last year and the handling of a straight forward "we're in such and such a car park at such and such a town and the car won't start" assistance request was farcical. Eventually the assistance company turned up about 3 hours later (bearing in mind it was a summer day, midweek, and we were in a suburb of a major UK city) but getting to that point was stressful given that it wasn't a day of bad weather or a remote location or in the middle of the night when roadside assistance may be especially busy or understaffed. But certainly, given the relatively low compulsory excess, the higher level of cancellation cover and other benefits it's definitely one for UK cruisers to consider, especially if they have no pre-existing medical conditions and are under 70.
  3. I was surprised when told it was for a dry dock and do believe that's unlikely, given the amount of preplanning it would require. Are you able to keep us updated with regard to how long Ovation stays there?
  4. Interesting.This is in line with what I just heard from friends, that they sent Ovation to dry dock. But it's early in Ovation's history to do that so I don't know if it will be for dry dock or just some other maintenance.
  5. I'm not at all surprised by this news but it must be incredibly disappointing for those who are in Singapore waiting to board.
  6. They were on Sojourn a couple of months ago. I developed a fondness for the cherry flavoured one.
  7. No NF champagne! They now serve Montaudon which is a tad sweet for my palate but is overall far more pleasant than the Nicky F. No heartburn after consumption of the Montaudon.
  8. Hi Julie. Indeed. I moaned incessantly about internet speed in our suite in December on Sojourn, but elsewhere on the ship the speed was better than it had been on previous cruises around the Caribbean, although not as good as on Ovation. I was on Ovation Singapore- Hong Kong. The signal was very good most of the time.
  9. Your mention of a blog has reminded me of one other thing that I liked about Ovation more than the O class ships. Internet was generally very reliable and quite fast (compared to the other ships).
  10. Exactly this. SLSD, I'd say that the letter-box is still more frequently found in the UK than a mailbox but certainly in my area, mailboxes attached to the external wall just next to the front entrance to the house are becoming quite popular as an alternative. As for size, our letterbox is quite narrow so lots of packages which may fit sideways are too deep/thick to go through the slot. Such is the case for our SB docs. Deliveries are by Royal Mail ('Postie' is our regular mailman) or by other courier companies. Some are notorious for leaving packages in stupid places if the recipient isn't home when they call.
  11. Our docs don't fit through the letterbox. Postie usually finds a place to hide them but this does beg the question, who is doing the 'Signed For' ? !
  12. I'd advise you to give the Ovation a try, although I completely understand the current health concerns and would be reluctant to be taking any leisure trips at the moment. That said, I didn't care for Ovation. Not so much that I'd say "never again" but so much that I'd only choose E or O based on a fabulous and unique itinerary. As a starting point I should say that my experience on Ovation was a full cruise during a hot weather itinerary with a number of sea days. Prior to booking the trip I wasn't too keen to go up to a higher capacity ship. The largest I'd sailed on previously was Silversea's Silver Spirit which was 540 passengers at that time. (It's since been extended). I did notice the higher guest number, especially on sea days around the pool. The pool deck felt crowded and it was very difficult to find space there. This was the biggest issue for me. We had service issues too, which probably didn't help my overall perception. Previous posters have mentioned the other aspects of Ovation that I wasn't keen on, so I won't repeat them. Positives for me are that the ship is beautiful (albeit too big!) and the TK Grill bar is a great spot pre- or post-dinner either in the Grill itself or the other venues.
  13. He isn't responsible for all of those, some of the items on your list were available in the spa before Dr Weil's association with Seabourn. Likely you can guess which ones are the good doctor's contribution to spa activities. 😉 That said, We have four yoga classes a week in my very small town in Norway. And in my even smaller village in England we have daily classes. Is yoga considered to be an odd, or off the wall activity in the U.S . ?
  14. Complimentary Wine Selections - Extended Holiday sailing - Sojourn 10 December 2019 - 4 January 2020 White La Scolca, Gavi, Piedmonte, Italy Santa Margarita, Pinot Grigio, Valdadige, Italy Maison Louis Latour, Grand Ardèche Chardonnay, France Sebastiani Chardonnay, North Coast, Calif. USA Virgina Dare Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, Calif. USA Gruber Roschitz, Riesling, Niederosterreich, Austria Clarendelle, Bordeaux Blend, Bordeaux, France Feudi Di San Gregori, Greco di Tufo, Campania, Italy Paco and Lola 'Lolo' Albarino, Rias Baixas, Spain Mahan Sauvignon Blanc, Nelson, New Zealand Flanagan 'Riley's Row's' Sauvignon Blanc, North Coast, Calif. USA Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand Red Canepa "Finisimo" Cabernet Sauvignon, Colchagua Valley, Chile Betz Family Vineyards L 'Elegance, Columbia Valley, Washington State, USA Sebastiani Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County, Calif. USA Bodegas LAN, Rioja Crianza, Spain Trivento Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina Gerard Betrand Nature Merlot, Southern France Masi Poderi BellOvile Serego Alighieri, Tuscany, Italy Castello Banfi Chianti Superiore, Tuscany, Italy Chateau Latour Camblanes, Bordeaux, France Intipalka Reserve Cabernet, Petit Verdot, Peru Terlato and Chapoutier Shiraz/Viognier Australia 9 Hats Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington, USA Cardwell Hills Pinot Noir, Willematte, Oregon, USA Sparkling/Rosé/Sauternes Mautadon, Champagne ,France Centine Maschio, Prosecco, Italy Beringer Main and Vine White Zinfandel, USA M. Chapoutier Belleruche Rosé, France Roquesante Provence Rosé, France Domaine Sichel Sauternes, Bordeaux, France. I definitely prefer the new champagne to the NF. I like my champagne a tad more dry than the Mautadon, but it's far gentler to my palate than the rough NF and it does not give me heartburn as the NF did so it's a win from me! As ever, I was able to find several wines that were perfectly drinkable (for my taste) amongst the included wines.
  15. I plan to post a couple of the new MDR menus at some point in the coming week along with a list of the included wines.
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