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  1. The Insignia (heading west) and the Marina (heading east) are both in Panama Canal today. The Insignia is just now clearing the Gatun locks and the Marina is just clearing the Pedro Miguel locks. They should pass each other in canal in a few hours. The Insignia and Marina will pass each other again in the South Atlantic on February 28th when the Insignia leaves the Falkland Islands heading for Uruguay and the Marina (which we will be on) will be heading to the Falklands from Uruguay.
  2. Based upon our experiences with over two hundred days on various Oceania ships we are stunned by this statement.
  3. We just got our Blue Book for our January 22nd Marina sailing out of Miami on Tuesday. It just stated departure as "Port of Miami" with additional information forth coming by electronic communication. Yesterday, January 1st, we received our final summary documents, by email, which stated "terminal name: portmiami, terminal J." It then states: "Ship's location within the Terminal is subject to change at the sole discretion of the port authority without notice." RJB is right, look at the sign board as you enter the port.
  4. Anyone experience the new Auquamar spa?
  5. Interesting that the start date for each ship is two days after the start of a cruise. Wonder if that means for the first two days of each cruise the spas will be closed? We are booked on Marina for a January 22 departure but the new spa management begins on the 24th. No spa credit for us “Goldies” on that cruise?
  6. Betsy and Bob: All the best to two wonderful people! Susan and Dick
  7. Can not tell you why a credit card "rebate" is generally treated by the IRS as a "discount" for tax purposes rather then a dividend or interest. You will have to ask them. That interpretation seems the most logical to me.
  8. Hawaiidan; Who told you the rebates are taxable income? In general, the IRS considers credit card rebates as discounts, not income. Anyway, "pure mile" rebates and cash rebates would be treated the same.
  9. To Betsy and Bob Congratulations to two wonderful people!!! ❤️❤️ Dick and Susan
  10. Bob, I know you will be reading this thread soon, so “get well fast my friend !” We met you as we did the Sydney to Singapore segments and really enjoyed our time together. You take care and hope to see you posting soon and rejoining the ship. Dick and Susan
  11. Eating Turkish Gozleme from “the rocks” open air market watching our ship come in. I was the idiot waving like crazy. See you all tomorrow. Enjoy your time in Sydney.
  12. Lisa, just did the Opera tour this morning (as we are here to board Insignia on Monday) and it was great. It takes one hour. We did the first tour which was at 9am and it was not crowded but was getting crowded by the time we finished. We are doing HOHO bus tomorrow. It is suppose to be 90 minutes for the red line and 90 minutes for the blue line. The blue line goes to Bondi beach. We are staying at “the rocks” which is enjoyable and historical. There was a major outdoor market today but it will not be going on on Monday. You are trying to pack a lot into your stay. I wish you luck and hope you and Connie can do it all. Weather is great with mostly sunny and temps around 80. See you all on Monday and hope you all enjoy one of our favorite cities (Sydney).
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