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  1. So it reinforces what I wanted to post about. CONSIDER THE SOURCE!. 


    I see people get stuff wrong ALL the time. Not only on FB but here on a regular basis. Right now there are multiple posts that obviously are posted from confusion. I learned a long time ago that people either get it or not, and I don't have much time to waste with those that don't. Try to explain a couple of times then shake the dust from my feet. 

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  2. 7 hours ago, Redtravel said:

    Not combinable with any promo sales prices.  Booked cruise shortly after returning home. We received a letter offering $200 discount if booked within 45 days. At same time, got a promo brochure in the mail with deals for past guests.  It was perfect getting them together. We booked. Thought we would get that $200 discount. Not happening. Found out later that discounts don’t apply to promos.  Kind of felt that we had been victims of the sales force.  
    on Marina now.  Noticed that the offer to book a future cruise changed during the cruise. During the first half of the cruise, the offer was $250 obc plus discounts day length of cruise and cabin category.  Now that obc has dropped to $100 obc.  If you want to book a future cruise onboard, do it early in your cruise.   With higher fares on future cruises and smaller discounts, booking onboard isn’t as attractive as it used to be.  While we like Oceania, we also like other cruise lines.  Since we seldom drink and hate big group tours, we are looking at lines that don’t include drinks or excursions in the fare. We are now on Marina with Simply More .  We have taken 5 excursions. One was excellent. The rest were meh.  One was bad.  No listening devices and huge groups don’t work.  


  3. 8 hours ago, Flatbush Flyer said:

    Oceania paper items are the Bible as regards everything. (Invoices, prepurchased excursion, dining reservations….) actual docs (even if stored on your phone) are what win disagreements.

    Absolutely, and although you shouldn't have to, I've had multiple times over the years that I've produced the document to back up what I was trying to get to happen, and it did. 

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  4. Do you know what you spent $660 on? 


    The website will not give you all of the information. Also, if your TA is giving you cash you won't have that on the invoice, unless the TA creates one of their own. You should have cards in your room showing what all you have when you access your room. OBC from the TA takes a couple of days to show up. Some of their bookkeeping is old fashioned. 

  5. 1 hour ago, clo said:

    Great comments here...except 🙂 I'd prefer a word other than "fussy." Don't even like "picky" although both can describe certain people. I'm really kinda 'into food'. Love to cook at home and go out. I've almost never returned a dish - except an overcooked egg 🙂 - but I have a good bit of history to compare lots of dishes to.   I wonder what I'll think of their lasagna 🙂


    I thought you'd been on Oceania before?

  6. 1 hour ago, EJL2023 said:

    Persnickety?? 🤷🏻‍♂️

    Most of the people that I personally know that describe themselves as a picky or fussy eater would more accurately be described as having a child's palate. Many times I've seen orders of grilled cheese, plain chicken breast, french fries, chips & cheese dip. These are a main order by over age 60 adults. 

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  7. 2 hours ago, See_More said:

    Please read “Sorry You Cancelled Reservation” thread.  This is definitely a Phishing scam that your computer luckily blocked when to tried responding. It was recognized by your malware. 
    it seems it was Oceania’s website that got hacked and got all our emails. 

    While highly probable that really hasn't been verified yet, just a lot of assumptions and suppositions. It could be a third party that is doing the survey for them that has an odd email address. I find it funny that everyone has a program that stopped it. I use Avast and usually when it sees something that is not right it has a window that pops up and tells you about it. Also no one here has said it opened a file and infected their computer. 


    Has anyone been contacted by Oceania and told that it is a Phishing scam? Definitely is a strong word without proof. 

  8. This is what I was talking about the other day in a post. They will bend over backwards to accommodate Vegan, Celiacs, Vegetarians, etc, but ask for a simple sandwich with meat, cheese and bread and you'd think you asked for the combination to the Purser's safe. What's up with that?


    Not that I think they shouldn't accommodate people with special dietary concerns, but cmon. It's just silly. My money is as good as theirs, I can't stand lettuce, or tomatoes. I could take them off, and have, but I don't want them touching my other food. 

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  9. 2 hours ago, mlmdaisy said:

    That's exactly what we're trying to decide and we did confirm that Oceania can book only the flight from MIA to Barbados.  


    It's a miserable 5+ hour drive from where we live and the last part in S. Florida is grueling for us.  We have to balance that against two flights to get home a few days before Christmas.


    I'm looking for a hotel to stay the night before flying MIA to BGI, preferably where we can leave our car until we come back.  It's a lot of moving parts.


    My dream is for there to be more interesting cruise options, on smaller ships, from Tampa.  It's an underutilized port and so much easier to get to than MIA and FLL.  Just my two cents.

    I believe there was recently an Oceania departure announced from Tampa. 

  10. 1 hour ago, iowananny said:

    After thinking about Bob Dylan, maybe it's time to get Arlo Gutherie's Alice's Restaurant on board.  After all you can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurant.  Everyone would be happy.  But that would come with Officer Obie.  If you're a chair hog you might find yourself in the ship's brig with Officer Obie with 27 8 by 10 in glossies of your chair hogging ways and they would come complete with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each.


    If you have no idea of what I'm talking about you're not a real baby boomer

    Will Alice's Restaurant be on both sides of the ship?

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  11. 1 hour ago, mauibabes said:

    I saw the CC posting but then I open the Oceania website daily and there was the Flash Sale, big as life. We noticed a Marina TA so put it on Hold to make up our minds. We are coming off Riviera a day earlier in Barcelona and will hop to Lisbon for the Marina TA. This will let us experience her refurb and compare it to Riviera’s refurb.

    When we deposit next week we’ll have to see if we get it as a B2B to save another $150 pp or if we keep it booked as two separate cruises for the two cruise credits toward our next O Club goal. DW says two credits is best 🤪, she is on a mission to reach next level. 
    Enjoy those Sales,


    Wouldn't it be two separate ships? I don't see how that could be a B2B, unless I'm missing something. 

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  12. 22 minutes ago, thebsinmiss said:

    The give away is the "explore" in the email address.  That identifies it as not coming from oceania (their emails are typically "oceaniacruises.com) 


    The larger question is how did a scammer or AI spam system apparently get numerous individuals email addresses to target Oceania cruisers specifically as noted by the large number of people who got them.  I have no proof of anything but I'm guessing its related to the cruise critic forum.


    The wording/timing is pretty shrewd given all the press the one family got when scammers canceled their cruise 3 days prior to sailing (DONT SHOW YOUR INFO IN POSTS!).  Putting the word "cancellation" in the subject line likely causes more people to open the email out of fear of being subject to that well publicized incident


    As someone else said, just delete them without opening and you are fine.  Generally if it is actually a valid communication the business will send a follow up if they don't get a response.

    You are making a lot of assumptions that are unfounded. And pretty much all large businesses have multiple wording in their emails. For example, when I booked an excursion we get it from this email. specialservices@oceaniacruises.com, when I booked onboard I got one from this email, noreply@oceaniacruises.com (most common) and others. 


    Then again you might be right, but I don't think so. 

  13. In all fairness, historically the sandwiches at Waves were much too large. I sometimes get a Cubano and my wife likes the Ruben. Half of either is enough. They have reduced the size of them which I think is a good thing. 

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  14. 2 hours ago, pinotlover said:

    Be careful, you’ll be branded for your negativity!! 😂


    Spot on on analysis however! 😇

    But I do like the hot dog ok, it's just the chili is not very good. My wife could teach them a thing or two about making chili. But that shouldn't be necessary. 

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  15. 14 minutes ago, Harters said:

    A much smaller deposit than usual.

    Keep in mind that the upper suites have the 20% deposit clause. I think Jim usually books these. But the discount increases the more expensive room you book. For example, the top is 20 to 35 day cruise in an Owner's, Oceania or VIsta will get you $1500 off. Keep in mind not all cruises will be eligible for the discount. 

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