Caribbean on Seabourn
My daughter and I headed off to Miami in November to meet the Seabourn quest, staying overnight in Miami. First surprise was we sailed through arrivals and customs in around 15 minutes. As we were visiting so soon after the hurricane damage, the original hotel we had booked was shut and they put us in a sister hotel, The Delano. Not our scene really, It was Saturday night and party central. The lobby and reception was dark and gloomy but the rooms were brilliant white. But at least we had some accommodation. Sunday and onto the ship, great experience of boarding, on board quickly and directed to lunch at the Colonnade, glass of wine and a lovely view. Bliss. Our suite on deck 6 was wheelchair friendly and well laid out with a wardrobe instead of the walk in closet and was wider than normal. We actually did not need it to be wheelchair friendly but it was a late booking on guaranteed basis, and as I wasn't keen on our allocation we rung and was offered this one. So a 6 day cruise Miami to Barbados and due to the hurricane the original itinerary was significantly changed from BVI, St Barts, Guadalupe, to St. Kitts, Guadalupe and 3 sea days. We were offered a catamaran trip at St. Kitts but when we got onboard it was cancelled as they were unable to source it. Luckily we are both veterans of many a caribbean holiday and it was actually the cruise experience we were both looking forward it. So pluses and minuses. Thomas Keller evening in the Colonnade was bad, all outside seats taken so sat indoors, lights were on full so no ambiance. The starter of salad was good, but the ribs were soo spicy, we gave up and went to the outdoor grill and carried on our dinner there! The Thomas Keller restaurant was so so, actually didn't like the up selling of premium wines, I had to be quite insistent that we wanted the package of wines available at all other bars/restaurants. Embarrassing. Also the staff were not dressed very well, our waiter had shoes on that were too big so he shuffled around trying to keep them on!! The suite attendant was lovely and couldn't do enough for us. The entertainment staff were all great, Emma asst cruise director was fun, we dined with her one night and it was a highlight for us. Jan the CD was professional, although the CD don't have any handover time so Jan spent the first day or two catching up and sorting herself out, which on a 6 day cruise is crucial. Enjoyed relaxing by the pool, lots of space and plentiful supply of drinks. The one really bad experience was at the port of Barbados. As we exited the terminal the taxi drivers were fighting us and each other to grab our cases and take us off to their taxi's regardless of the fact they were all parked and unable to get out. It was truly stressful and after 20 minutes sitting in a taxi trapped, they put 2 more people into the taxi even though they were not going to the same place as us. We managed to get out and get our cases, lots of shouting and screaming and walk to the port exit where we got a taxi for half the price of the taxi inside the port area. Horrible, this really needs sorting out. We had arranged our own accommodation for a night in Barbados and Seabourn was quoting a ridiculous price to arrange a taxi for us.
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