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  1. 16 minutes ago, ORV said:

    They’ve never been on Oceania and from the looks of things probably never will. 

    OOPS! I should’ve instead asked if they like those items - expecting the answer to be something like “too exotic.” 
    (Of course, either could pass for a version of “chicken fried steak.”😎)

    The point I had hoped to make is that “picky” eaters sometimes never get past the name of a dish on a menu. 

  2. Regardless of what a cruise line’s advertising may say about not leaving without passengers on one of the ship’s tours that returns late, the truth is found in the fine print of your cruise Ticket Contract and Terms & Conditions. 

    I’ve yet to see or hear of a cruise line that truly “guarantees” the performance of its contracted services (which can include ship’s shore excursions, pre/post cruise flights they arrange, etc). As the old saying goes: “Time and Tide wait for no man” (or woman). All sorts of things from weather to sea conditions to port labor issue and ship traffic can (and do) impact the ship’s time flexibility.


    And let’s not forget that the person with the final say about any changes to port arrival/departure times is the Port Captain (not the ship captain).

  3. 14 minutes ago, EJL2023 said:

    Could someone help me on this issue. I have checked out the Regent’s website.  For the restaurants such as Compass Rose and the Verandah cafe I seem to be able to only find one Sample Menu for Dinner and one for lunch, etc. for CR.    I am hoping someone might be able to show me where the 14 different menus show up for each day on their rotation. I must be missing it…thanks. Also I can not find them on the Viking website, even using their search feature.  Found a very generic description of The Restaurant, but no samples.  Now I’m curious what all these two lines offer. Not to good I guess on finding things on here. Any assistance welcomed. Thanks. 

    This is the Oceania forum. 
    That said, I doubt you’re going to find all the menus online for any cruise line’s meal rotation (which can be longer than 2 weeks). Even then, there’s occasional variation in the rotations and specials, including the regional menus in the Terrace Café at certain ports. And, remember too that, with advance notice, O chefs will make custom dishes for you if the ingredients are readily available.

  4. 18 minutes ago, CaptainCook808 said:

    My aren't you the condescending little food snob. You'll likely never realize it but people that prefer foods different than those you like often are very discerning in their preferences.

    No disrespect meant. Rather, if you’re a “meat and potatoes” person, Oceania is probably not a good choice (unless you don’t mind paying the premium fare that covers all of the complex food ingredients/preps you won’t eat).

  5. 1 hour ago, 1985rz1 said:

    With statements like:

     

    "- if space is available. I don’t want to go on a 2 week cruise assuming we can get additional nights in the steak restaurant when that is a maybe."

     

    "For me heaven is breakfast at Denny's, lunch at Fuddruckers, and dinner at Ruth's Chris' Steak House. I've never liked fancy or weird foods."

     

    the OP is setting himself up for a major disappointment if he books O.

    Ain’t that the truth!

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  6. 2 hours ago, CaptainCook808 said:
    • Speaking as someone with a lot of experience and success in online marketing, they absolutely should have all their menus up on the website. You need to do it thoughtfully so it doesn't overpower the page, but yes they should all be there. (And if not, the single menu should have in the top, in red lettering, that there is a 14 day rotation and this is one of those days.)
    • For me heaven is breakfast at Denny's, lunch at Fuddruckers, and dinner at Ruth's Chris' Steak House. I've never liked fancy or weird foods. With that said, I love Chinese & Korean food (the beef dishes), Mexican, & Italian food.
    • As to your comment about Viking - I agree 100%.

    Sounds like you may have forgotten about IHOP and Panda Express.😳

    In all honesty, Oceania’s food may be a waste of your hard earned fare dollars given your apparently limited taste profile.

    And don’t hold your breath about ever seeing all of O’s quite varied menus on their website. Not going to happen and O regulars neither need nor want that.

     

     

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  7. 1 hour ago, tvlbum said:

    Can some please recommend a hotel, airbnb or other accommodations in Vancover that won't break the bank?

    I always chuckle when someone posts requests for hotel recommendations that “won’t break the bank” or are even just “reasonably priced.”

     

    Without a frame of reference, those terms are useless. 

     

    And even when someone identifies a well respected property which, at $300/night they find reasonably priced for them, that rate may vary significantly due to all sorts of circumstances.


    Here’s a great cruise port example: Few folks will disagree that the Intercontinental in Miami is the best all around property for a pre-cruise stay  in terms of location, amenities, service et al. And the price is often, IMO, “reasonable” at $300+\- per night. But, check the price during a convention or certain holidays and that $300 can easily be closer to $600.  

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  8. 8 hours ago, CaptainCook808 said:

    This post is me doing my homework. Because I was surprised by the limited menu their website listed.

     

    Their website shows the single menus with no mention of a rotation. I assumed they would list it if they offered more.

     

    The speciality restaurants are available for additional nights - if space is available. I don’t want to go on a 2 week cruise assuming we can get additional nights in the steak restaurant when that is a maybe.

     

    Finally I find it interesting that you think Oceania is substantially superior to Viking and Regent. You of course are entitled to your own opinion on this but I think most would agree with me that Viking is comparable to Oceania and Regent is superior.

    If O listed everything they serve for dinner during an approx. 18 day menu rotation, it would take up way too much website real estate

    And, while a “steak” restaurant has a certain degree of appeal for folks who may not “get out much” at home (or who live in a culinary desert), Oceania has far more interesting menu offerings across its full array of dining venues.

    As for comparing O to Viking and Regent, let’s get real: Viking Ocean is nothing more than a competitor of upper end mass market lines like Celebrity and HAL. Where Viking “shines” is in its strategy of buying a ton of self-aggrandizing advertising that pretty much guarantees it glowing magazine reviews. As for Regent, it is quite similar to O except for its all-inclusive pricing. That said, however, most food oriented publication (and major metro news food reviews) have always placed O at the top of their cruise ship accolades list (and way ahead of Regent).

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  9. 9 minutes ago, AMHuntFerry said:

    You must need a vacation!

    We’ve got Disneyland (the real one in SoCal) with grandkid coming up in several weeks. THEN, I’ll need a vacation!


    That said, hold on to your hats! We’re jumping ship from Oceania (briefly) to a Tauck Machu Picchu/Galapagos trip including a really small expedition ship.

     

    But, we’ll be back on O to Polynesia in February.

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  10. 9 minutes ago, KiRiMi said:

    We are hoping to pack more lightly for our upcoming cruise n the Marina in July. It is our first ever cruise on Oceania,  We have booked a Concierge Cabin which I think has complimentary laundry service, a bit confused if that is one bag for each of us or only one per cabin. Is there also a self service laundry on the ship?

    One bag per cabin.

    On Marina, there’s a self serve free laundry on at least four different decks.

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  11. 3 hours ago, CaptainCook808 said:

    Hi all;

     

    We are considering Oceania because they focus on having the best food of any line and the food is a big deal to us. But I went and looked at the menus on the Sirena which has:

     

    So The Grand Dining Room has nothing that appeals to us. The Terrace Cafe has some things that are ok (pasta, burgers) but nothing great. And we'll get very tired of that over time. The Waves Grill looks great - but lunch only and not that many choices so for anything over a week long cruise, way too repetitive. (Tuscan Steak we would happily hit every night, but it's a one night only restaurant.)

     

    Are the menus in the above links accurate? I assumed a focus on food would deliver a much wider selection. The Regent has an incredibly wide selection (all good to great) and Viking has a pretty wide selection (2 - 3 times the number of choices on Oceania). So if it's this limited, I'm very surprised. Hopefully these menus are inaccurate and there are additional choices.

     

    thanks - dave

    Dave

     

    Perhaps you don’t realize that the GDR and Terrace menus you’ve posted are for a single night. Those menus change daily! 

     

    Also, you’ve neglected to post the specialty restaurant menus, which are varied and include daily specials. AND, your mention of a “one night only” specialty restaurant reservation erroneously suggests that you can only eat in those venues once during a cruise!
     

    There’s no charge for O specialty restaurants and you can eat in them nightly (space available).

     

    Finally, you mention dietary restrictions. If you contact O at least a month prior to embark, they’ll arrange a meeting with dining managers/chefs to start the process of custom tailoring your menu options.

     

    In all honestly, it sounds like you’ve not had much extensive experience with premium/luxury cruise lines like O. Certainly, none of the ones you mentioned can compare to O.

     

    But, it’s your choice. That said, however, you really need to do your homework regarding Oceania.

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  12. 49 minutes ago, Stockjock said:

    Taking the GF on our first Oceania cruise for her birthday.  It's actually a couple of weeks after, but that's how things worked out.

    Do they do anything in particular for special occasions?  Is there some place where you let them know?

    You can pre-request a cake and there are other items you can purchase. Make arrangements weeks prior to the cruise. If you do nothing and birthdates are correct on your cruise record, there’ll probably be a small individual baked good with candle if you’re dining at a specialty restaurant (or probably the GDR).

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  13. On 6/15/2024 at 7:33 AM, FlyerTalker said:

     

    And the information is SO general as to be virtually useless.  Every kind of "flexible" fare, be it for air, sea or land, has specific qualifications and application standards.  So unless you have the actual terms and conditions of a program, saying it is "flex" or "flexible" means nothing.

     

     

    I agree.

    That said, what further sleuthing I have done suggests that the term “flex fare” (as regards Oceania) may be a TA referring, at least, to O “quiet sales”  which are time limited and rotated among O Connoisseurs Club member agencies.

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  14. 7 hours ago, navybankerteacher said:

    If the ship you are referring to is one of NCL’s fleet, and the MDR food is better than what you eat at home, I  strongly suggest that you invest in a cookbook.

    Absolutely.

  15. 5 hours ago, sparks1093 said:

    Yes, I am aware that sometimes deals are available that would make Oceania a possibility, but unfortunately I've never seen these deals when we are booking a cruise (we typically book about 18 months out, a last minute cruise like this isn't doable for us right now). But for grins I did check out your first link. The $4300 veranda was sold out, and the closest they had would be a Concierge class veranda at $7400. We aren't in a position to take anything longer than 7 days, so a 10 day cruise wouldn't work so I didn't look at that link. (And just for grins a cruise on Carnival to Bermuda during that time frame is $2608. Add in what we use and we're looking at $3900 or so for the week. I know- Oceania is known for higher quality but that isn't a selling point for me.)

    You may want to get connected with a good cruise specialist TA who sends out regular notices about the best deals available (close in, far ahead, etc) and who provides substantial perks including rebates.

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  16. 3 hours ago, katz said:

    What does Flex Fare mean?

    No such thing on O. It may be a term used by a particular TA, where they add or subtract their own perks or non-O air, transfers, gratuities et al. amenities.

  17. 3 hours ago, sparks1093 said:

    I specified if "I'm happy with..." so I wasn't assuming anything about anyone, simply talking about me. Frankly I've seen nothing the premium/luxury lines have to offer me, personally, that would entice me to book with them. The "better" doesn't matter to me. Now, if I really could book with them for what I would pay with one of the mainstream lines or even close to it I might consider it. Our week cost $5k or so all in for two people in a balcony for our last cruise and we feel that we received a good value for our vacation dollar. 

    During Oceania’s recent Flash Sale over Memorial Day weekend, there were quite a number of cruises that would meet or beat your price criteria. There’s also a continuing 4 category upgrade sale with a number of shorter itineraries that would easily beat your criteria. You said a week? If you mean 7 days (in a balcony) check this out: 

    https://www.oceaniacruises.com/bermuda-cruises/boston-to-boston-NAU240918/?sr=%2Fspecial-offers%2Fupgrade-sale. At $4300 per veranda cabin (without included air or air credit) but with $400 excursion credit, wine/beer at meals, all other available beverages, unlimited internet an all specialty restaurants, I’m sure you’d find that price meets your criteria.

    How about 10 days for $4700 (no air) with same perks with an additional $200 in excursion SBC. 
    https://www.oceaniacruises.com/caribbean-cruises/miami-to-cartagena-NAU241203/?insider=8j3p-tahryn-nicastro&sr=%2Fspecial-offers%2Fupgrade-sale
    And let’s not forget that we haven’t added TA SBC or rebate to the deal.

     

    I think that sale is still on for at least a few more days. It includes more than 50 cruises (or course some are more expensive for a variety of reasons. But, Oceania cruises can be quite the value laden bargain if one keeps their eyes open across the multiple sales each year.

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  18. 9 hours ago, sparks1093 said:

    If I am happy with a $20 steak why would I want to pay $50 for a steak? One could put forth the argument that the $50 steak is better for any number of reasons, but those arguments are subject to individual judgment. 

    Your post sounds like you’re assuming a retail restaurant $50 steak is considered by some to be better than a $20 steak. That might be possible but not in every situation. A better question might be “how do I get the best steak for the least cost?”

     

    The actual/specific cost for the steak is open to interpretation. After all, what does that US Prime filet mignon cost the cruise line that provides it as a no extra cost item? It may only be a $15 item in your “bottom line” fare calculation on a premium/luxury line.
     

    This is not much different than looking at the cost of cruiseline airfare. That “bargain” RT intercontinental economy air add-on of $1000 on a mass market line might get you a $1200 DIY air credit on a premium/luxury line.

     

    Ergo, my constant reminder that “net daily rate” of the vacation (for all required and optionally desired items) is what matters in looking solely at the math of the cash outlay. Of course, we then add the quality (as much as if not more than the quantity) of what we get to determine what true “value” exists when doing comparisons.

  19. On 6/11/2024 at 7:04 AM, AKJonesy said:

    I can only speak about Holland America.  Your question is subjective.  At least on HAL, there are die hard regular cruisers that embrace the smaller ships so keep that in mind as you read the posts.  I have grown weary of them because even with some updates, they still appear dark and old to me.  Two things I can say about the older class HAL ships that I like is that the staterooms are larger as compared to HAL Pinnacle class ships, AND you can lounge on the promenade deck.  The promenade deck on the Pinnacle class ships are for walking only.  However, having specialty restaurants is a bonus on the Pinnacle class including Club Orange.  You can find quiet places on all of the ships despite the number of passengers.  Lunch time will be busy in the Lido on any ship but breakfast and dinner is easier to find a place to sit.  Look at some vids on YT of various ships and classes and you will get an idea.  HAL does not have any mega ships but for some of my fellow cruisers, I am sure the Pinnacle class does feel that way.  

    Sounds like it may be time for you to follow so many other HAL (and Celebrity/Princess) cruisers and move up to Oceania.

  20. 16 hours ago, George C said:

    Another factor on a bigger ship is I believe they handle rough water way better than a smaller boat…

    Missed that lesson/discussion in your Naval Architecture class?

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