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    Point Richmond CA
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    Travel, Food, Wine, Sailing.
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    Oceania
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    The Pacific Ocean

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  1. IMO, it makes no sense that a med insurance phone rep would assume the caller will be traveling internationally (and, from her post here, I'm betting she didn't say that). The more usual question they would handle would be related to someone going to the nearest emergency room at home (locally or in the U.S.) but then needing/wanting to be transferred to an "in network" hospital if admission is appropriate/ordered.
  2. That is NOT a "CONVERTER," which would change the current (e.g., 220v to 110v). It is an "ADAPTER," which will accept the plug configuration on your device/appliance but NOT convert the voltage from 220v (the Euro plug) to 110v for American appliances that are not dual voltage (i.e., 110 or 220). Your appliance/device will have a label that says 110v or 220v or 110-220v (like most smart phone/laptop chargers). Smart travelers from the US carry a set of these outlet adapters and use dual voltage appliances/devices. Then you can plug your stuff into any of the available outlets at your cabin's desk or bedside.
  3. We almost always mix O excursions with private. Again, OP should use Patrick's Maohe Nui on Bora Bora. There's just nothing else that will compare. And since OP appears to be staying in Papeete for a few days, s/he might want to consider staying at the Intercontinental and having at least one meal at Lotus (Michelin starred and fabulous).
  4. It's all relative. If someone's income is at a lower end of the spectrum, that same thoughtful expenditure consideration/justification should be employed for a 3 figure cruise as well.
  5. "People" is quite the overgeneralized inclusive term. I'll offer a different view: It is that practice of making sure that everything is "just right" (or as close as possible to it) before pulling the trigger on something like a "5 figure/person" cruise that contributes in no small way to the ability of attentive-to-detail/informed-decision-making folks to afford it. And we've already had the discussion about the potential of an absolutely negative effect on graduated income tax payers due to financial FUBARs by some who are immediate gratification/impulse buyers.
  6. What you are saying makes some sense except for the reality that many active or wannabe cruisers do neither of your points. In an age of increasing desire for immediate gratification, all sorts of folks care only about "how little can I spend" and then overextend themselves financially including a denial of any reasonable consideration of exactly what entails "taking on more risk."
  7. Could be (I recognize the name). He was a younger guy - very nice - who I seem to remember had previously been a member of an Oceania performance troupe (?). In any case, from his self-stories, it was clear that he just "lives for Broadway " and apparently has done some live theater. However, IMO (based on his singing), he might want to concentrate on everything else "Cruise Director" (where, with some additional experience and perhaps some mentoring, I think he'll do well).
  8. Save yourself a lot of research. On Bora Bora, you'll want to spend the day with Patrick (owner of Maohe Nui) snorkeling, touring and enjoying lunch on his family motu. Note that he books solid many many months in advance.
  9. United's new PremiumPlus: everything bizclass but no lay-flat seats. Quite nice. Cathay Pacific's newest iteration of PE appears to be the gold standard right now for PE. Too bad it's not a Star Alliance member. Lately, cheapest bizclass for us at SFO headed to certain Asia ports is Philippine Airlines through Manila.
  10. There may also be some confusion about the terms - "primary and secondary payers." "Primary payer" refers to which insurer (your travel policy or regular insurance) you first go to for reimbursement rather than who pays the foreign medical provider upfront. Also, there are some major hospitals in cosmopolitan cities that may be "in network" for certain "blue cross" policies and willing to bill. But, I wouldn't take that chance. ANSWER: Credit cards with 5 figure limits.
  11. Stop typing and go wash your hands 👀
  12. Wrong. O Life tours cancelled by Oceania are always reimbursed at $100/per person (non-refundable SBC) per tour (that originally scheduled as an O Life choice). The credit, however, may not appear until near the end of the cruise, which doesn't matter since all onboard expenditure are first charged to the non-refundable SBC before using any of your refundable SBC (e.g., from your TA).
  13. Ah yes- "credit" - You don't need it until you need it.
  14. Call them back and be much more specific: "moved in network" by air (and probably internationally) vs by ambulance across town to a network hospital? And, equally important, once you have been stabilized and are ready to be transported to home (as determined by who? - foreign MD and/or insurer MD and/or you [in terms of where you want to be], who's paying for that (particularly if MD orders accompanying nursing care)??? Finally, whatever you are told, call back later or tomorrow and ask all the same questions, Better still, request that the responses be summarized in an email to you. Truly, "the devil is in the detail."
  15. Never suggested that adequate insurance/credit should be required by travel providers (though it already is in certain circumstances [e.g., done an African Safari lately?]. Rather, I am suggesting that it is shortsighted and irresponsible not to have adequate resources to reduce risk.
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