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  1. This happened to us on the Riviera. Oceania attempts to contact everyone's TA via email to announce this delay. If no TA, they will attempt an email to those who booked direct. I say attempt, because quite a few folks don’t read their emails, and probably should. We stayed at the same hotel as Oceania puts their folks up at, so we all banded together, had the hotel keep our luggage and went out shopping and lunch! We all boarded around 3:30, and walked straight on! No fuss, no lines, no anger.
  2. I would try to convince him to stay home with the following (since he won’t listen to his Dr): Who is he taking with to carry him around the ship? Obviously he doesn’t want a wheelchair, but even then, who will he be paying for, to take care of him? What nurse is he bringing with to assist in his day to day activities, and getting from cabin to other parts of ship? Also, he realizes that the ship is not capable of handling post stroke patients, and he may be taken off at any port if on-board Doctor says so. Advising him that you or your loved ones will be busy and not able to attend to his needs, may slap some sense into him. Sorry, but I think a solid no, with a stern look, and some tough love is what I would do. You have enough on your plate already! Let us know the outcome, I feel bad for you and the family member, but there are times that you just need to say no.
  3. Certainly don’t want to discourage you from having a beach day, but did want to give you some things to think about. And, yea, I think the bar is an excellent choice...why not split your time between the two! Have fun!
  4. Using any POC at the beach is tricky. First, the heat. Most POC’s have a high end temperature shut off (overheat value). Most are set between 95-96F. Along with a humidity range. So be aware of heat and humidity levels, and keep the unit shaded. Second, the sand...all you can really do, is place the unit on some kind of mat so as it doesn’t directly sit in the sand. A bamboo mat is an excellent choice for this. You can’t block the intake or exhaust paths, so another screen would be of no use, and would allow unit to overheat more rapidly. We have found that keeping the unit under an umbrella on a table is the best you can do. We have found the higher the table or elevating object, the better for eliminating sand. I would personally limit beach contact, however it is nice to have the freedom of a POC, so I hesitate to say don’t go to a beach. With a bit of common sense (keeping it dry, out of direct sun, and off of direct sand), you should be ok for awhile. Try asking the mfg for their suggestion as well as check the operating environment info in the operations book (we have Inogen, and the suggestions I gave you is what we were told when we moved into our beachfront home here in FL)! Unfortunately there is no sure fire way to keep sand out of the intake other than not expose your unit to sand! You could make a lot of money if you came up with a design for this type of bag or coverall!!!! We would buy one!!!! Good luck, and enjoy your cruise! I will monitor to see if anyone else comes up with ideas.
  5. Connecting cabins may come with restrictive seating. IF AVAILABLE, you can ask for the chair to be replaced by a loveseat. OR, a handicapped person previously sailed in this cabin, and reversely asked for the loveseat to be removed, and chair placed instead...again, have seen one scenario, and heard about the other on the Regatta, but we were able to exchange for loveseat on first night. We asked Butler, and he had housekeeping replace while we were at dinner.
  6. While I agree broadly with the OP’s assessment as we prefer the Serenity to Oceania’s Riviera for other reasons, I do have to say, that comparing one entire cruise line to another is really difficult if not impossible. I would compare ship to ship not cruiseline to entire cruiseline and point out what I feel is similar and then different. The O Class Oceania Ships (Riviera and Marina) are like day and night comparison to the R Class smaller ships (Sirena, Nautica, Regatta...etc). I feel that a comparison could be made from O class to Serenity, but not R Class, as there really is such a difference between Oceania ships in general. I agree in most points, having been on the Serenity twice, however, I do disagree about scrounging for food. The Terrace has made to order items every night (fresh fish, Lobster tails..) as well as sushi and a wonderful pasta selection, that is not in the GDR. Also many side dishes ala carte... I believe it is a very personal decision, and Marina and Riviera would be a better comparison and closer to what the OP is up used to IMHO. My anger would be directed at the TA who misrepresented the ship and neglected to advise of the allergy process with the chef, and smaller cabins, etc. Shame on them, and I would xfer to a luxury TA that has actually been on the ships they book. We also prefer Serenity over Oceania’s Sirena, but have had a negative experience on the Symphony and will never sail on that ship again.
  7. While I agree broadly with the OP’s assessment, I do have to say, that comparing one entire cruise line to another is really difficult if not impossible. I would compare ship to ship not cruiseline to entire cruiseline and point out what I feel is similar and then different. The O Class Oceania Ships (Riviera and Marina) are like day and night comparison to the R Class smaller ships. I feel that a comparison could be made from O class to Serenity, but not R Class, as there really is such a difference between Oceania ships in general. I agree in most points, having been on the Serenity twice, however, I do disagree about scrounging for food. The Terrace has made to order items every night, as well as sushi and a wonderful pasta selection, that is not in the GDR. I believe it is a very personal decision, and Marina and Riviera would be a better comparison and closer to what the OP is up used to IMHO. My anger would be directed at their TA who misrepresented the ship and neglected to advise of the allergy process with the chef, and smaller cabins, etc. Shame on them, and I would xfer to a luxury TA that has actually been on the ships they book.
  8. I do not know anything about Carnival, however, I searched and found this video made in April, 2019. Not sure when ship was refurbed, but it is an ADA accessible cabin per documentation. I would call their special needs number (again), to verify width of door. Not sure how wide your wheelchair is, but they should be able to verify width of door. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6WSx2s2XjSQ
  9. We last sailed on Oceania last Year, just prior to the menu change, and it was about the same as it was in 2018. We split our cruises up now between other lines, but I think folks are negative because “it’s not what it used to be”, or they drank the koolaid of some prolific posters or advertisements, believing it was a luxury 6 star experience, and were let down. Nothing now-a-days is the same as it was years ago, and expectations are hard to reset once believed, so I take opinions with a grain of salt. Folks on our Regent Seven Seas Explorer Cruise (we took a b2b), moaned and groaned about the service and food, and to be honest, most was superb for us because we hadn’t cruised on the Explorer before, and it was miles above what we had on Regent Mariner. So mileage does vary.
  10. Right after you push the “book” button, I would find yourself a good TA to assist you in obtaining perks, OBC, and assist in the process. Now, to your questions: 1)Per the FAQ here https://oceaniacruises.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360005477653-How-many-dining-reservations-am-I-allowed-in-each-specialty-restaurant- Marina and Riviera Owner’s Suite, Vista Suite and Oceania Suite Cruises 7 days or less: 1 reservation at each restaurant Cruises 8-17 days: 2 reservations at each restaurant Cruises 18 days or more: 3 reservations at each restaurant Penthouse Suite Cruises 17 days or less: 1 reservations at each restaurant Cruises 18 days or more: 2 reservations at each restaurant 2)I believe the cost is $59 per day for the Prestige pkg. Excursions are listed in the website, per cost, and at a lower cost if you purchase a set amount - someone will chime in with payments and name of program. 3). These are strictly opinions. After 13 cruises on Oceania, we have noticed a slight decrease in food quality, but it’s been 7 years, and during that timeframe, I believe on every single cruiseline, you will see the same complaints. It’s great food for a premium plus cruise, and to be honest we just got off of Regent‘s Explorer, and had several poor quality meals, so it can happen even on Luxury lines, also check Lyn’s review of Crystal below in this forum....meals can vary person to person and ship to ship. It’s expectations and your experience. Are you coming from a mainstream cruiseline? Then Oceania’s food is a step up. YMMV, and others will chime in with their opinions.
  11. +1 . We have been moved at no cost from B1 to Concierge 2 times on Riviera, and IMHO it would not have been worth it to pay for it. Last 2 Cruises were in PH.
  12. Like this? https://www.cruisemapper.com/wiki/761-cruise-ship-passenger-capacity-ratings
  13. Sorry, calling you out on this one. Clock shows 1800, (could have been 0600), except pool setup doesn’t begin until 0700 most days on deck. At that time, 60% or more passengers getting ready for drinks/dinner. Not the same as 1300 or 1400 on sea day in good weather. Not a good comparison IMHO. Most sea days even on O you have to seek out chairs. Pls don’t exaggerate to make a point.
  14. Our friends That have been on 2 WC update the “world cruise” forum here on CC. Lots and lots of hints, tips, generic and cruise line related info. If nothing else, a reminder here that the forum contains a massive amt of information, not many folks know it’s used. Most stuff here, has been mentioned on that forum multiple times.
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