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  • Topdeck, London
    started a topic Bravo. Live from lightweight blog.

    Bravo. Live from lightweight blog.

    Boarded Celebrity Silhouette today for the Bravo cruise celebrating the performing arts.

    Southampton was a breeze the second trip in 2 weeks.
    10:30 it was freeflow boarding with no line at security or checkin.
    Parking car to boarding 15mins with walking time.

    Lunch was ready in the buffet and grill at 11:30, for higher tier the sit down restaurant options also available.
    As we had skipped breakfast we grabbed a quick snack going for a proper lunch at 12:45.

    The ships was very quiet as they had the wedding on in a few venues.

    Music kicked off at 2pm to day headliners are Wynne Evans & Alfie Boe with 7 other acts featuring around the ship.

    Muster drill is early (now) to accommodate the football.

  • Topdeck, London
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    Fog all last night so thick this morning you could not see the dock buildings, cleared for a couple of hours now rolling back in for todays stop in Cherbourg.

    This morning Anthony Ingles tried out a new talk about his families RAF history.
    Very interesting, his father used to do ship lectures often on Cunard.

    Julian Lloyd-Weber got a slot in the theatre to redo his talk that was in an oversubscribed venue earlier in the week.

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  • annie, Glasgow
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    Originally posted by Topdeck, London View Post
    These were sold to the UK market but they got it wrong.
    I don't remember how I first found them but don't recall seeing them come through cruise related marketing.

    A lot booked late after it hit travelzoo when that was the first time they heard of the trips.

    The high initial pricing may have put a lot off.
    On my last cruise I met an Australian who claims to know some of the people who organized the charter.

    He enquired if the cruise was selling well. My reply was there would have to be heavy discounting if they wanted to fill the ship as the initial price point was much higher than the UK market would bear.

    Annie

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  • Taffy, Wales
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    Originally posted by Topdeck, London View Post
    The weather has not been kind for the sea day yesterday cool and a bit windy, seas crossing the BoB were good.
    Some hard core got a bit of what sun there was many stayed in.

    Catherine did her first session Wed 10 songs 3 frocks
    Looking good after dropping a kid around 4 weeks ago.

    Stomping ivories filled the theatre playing past 12:15am.


    Apart from a bit of moaning about venue capacity there is that warm fuzzy feeling around the ship of people having a good time.

    One change we have made is drop the MDR to eat a little later, quicker and less in the buffet.
    We drop in during the quiet period just before 7pm
    The curry selection has been very good on this trip which works for us.

    It looks like Celebrity may be following the trend of more food aimed at Brits for ships sailings out of the UK.
    We were Told on Eclipse that they were the only ship in the fleet allowed to alter the menus, to suite UK tastes, I presume that will apply to any ship they have sailing from the UK, along with drink prices including the tip....Taffy
    Last edited by Taffy, Wales; 25th May 2018, 09:41 AM.

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  • Topdeck, London
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    The weather has not been kind for the sea day yesterday cool and a bit windy, seas crossing the BoB were good.
    Some hard core got a bit of what sun there was many stayed in.

    Catherine did her first session Wed 10 songs 3 frocks
    Looking good after dropping a kid around 4 weeks ago.

    Stomping ivories filled the theatre playing past 12:15am.


    Apart from a bit of moaning about venue capacity there is that warm fuzzy feeling around the ship of people having a good time.

    One change we have made is drop the MDR to eat a little later, quicker and less in the buffet.
    We drop in during the quiet period just before 7pm
    The curry selection has been very good on this trip which works for us.

    It looks like Celebrity may be following the trend of more food aimed at Brits for ships sailings out of the UK.

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  • Topdeck, London
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    These were sold to the UK market but they got it wrong.
    I don't remember how I first found them but don't recall seeing them come through cruise related marketing.

    A lot booked late after it hit travelzoo when that was the first time they heard of the trips.

    The high initial pricing may have put a lot off.

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  • 1fifthavenue, birmingham
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    Originally posted by Taffy, Wales View Post
    Thanks for the link, but starting in Sidney means it's a non starter....Taffy
    Yes I thought so too - I wonder if the low take up of Ozzies wanting to cruise from Southampton has been a factor?

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  • Taffy, Wales
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    Originally posted by 1fifthavenue, birmingham View Post
    Thanks for the link, but starting in Sidney means it's a non starter....Taffy
    Last edited by Taffy, Wales; 24th May 2018, 08:12 AM.

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  • 1fifthavenue, birmingham
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    Originally posted by Taffy, Wales View Post
    Both should be good, looks like a cruise worth trying if it is run again...Taffy
    https://cruiseexpress.com.au/cruise-...o-cruise-2019/

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  • Taffy, Wales
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    Originally posted by Topdeck, London View Post
    Out of the support acts one the Stomping Ivories two pianos and a drummer have become very popular.

    Having filled the other venues they are getting a theatre slot tonight after Ruthie Henshall and Katherine Jenkins have done their slots.
    Both should be good, looks like a cruise worth trying if it is run again...Taffy

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  • Topdeck, London
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    Out of the support acts one the Stomping Ivories two pianos and a drummer have become very popular.

    Having filled the other venues they are getting a theatre slot tonight after Ruthie Henshall and Katherine Jenkins have done their slots.

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  • Topdeck, London
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    Yesterday was a sea day kicked off with a 10am jiaxin Lloyd-Weber we did not go, noon was Mirusia for one group we ate scheduled another day.

    The evening show was the National symphony orchestra with Jonathan welch with a pax choir, Mark Vincent,Tommy Fleming, Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Alexander Flood.

    They did this 3times once for each group, this system works well as it spreads people and there is no need to queue or struggle to get seats.

    Other artists performed through the day and evening.

    As the week goes on some acts are gathering a following which can overload the chosen venue.
    This ship only has one big space the theatre the second is the sky lounge which is a very nice space as a lounge but does not work well for watching performances, other spaces have very limited capacity resulting in people unable to attend and disappointed.

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  • Topdeck, London
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    Go compare.

    Good bit of banter from Wynne Evans, more orchestra time to help fill an hour show.


    Apart from the theatre the ship does not have a good second venue for popular acts the sky lounge is the biggest and is rammed standing room only and more coming in, word us Mark Vincent us very good should start soon.

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  • Topdeck, London
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    Perk situation resolved generous OBC.

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  • Topdeck, London
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    The first batch of excursion coaches have arrived back at the same time.

    Big queue had formed in the terminal backed up to the escalator and stairs, they have just opened the snake barrier to clear in time for the next coach.

    Port security has the line moving quite quickly.

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