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  1. Danish viking, thank you SO much for this thread and your helpful replies. My husband and I are in Copenhagen for 4 nights before our September 3 cruise departure. We'd really like to make a day trip to Stevns Klint. My research so far has left me a little confused about the best way to get there and back again. Must we rent a car? We'd rather not if there is a reasonable alternative but I understand from the Stevns Klint website that a shuttle bus that ran last year is not running this year, so I am not sure about the best way to go. Beth
  2. I signed in just now, just to see. No problem. Signed in at home from my MacBook Air. I did it by going to Oceania home page, clicked on Manage Reservation, and my sign-in page showed up. Not sure it helps much but at least you know the site itself is not down. Beth
  3. Thank you, this is exactly the info I was looking for. We booked a Tours By Locals excursion on the strength of your advice. Much appreciated! Beth
  4. Does anyone know if Oceania runs a shuttle between Gdynia and Gdansk?
  5. We stayed at Hotel Rival in Sodermalm in June of 2017 and will be staying there again this coming September. Well-located, within walking distance of Gamla Stan, ferry terminal, etc. Fantastic breakfast included.
  6. About 10 years ago I had a patient who contracted typhoid fever while in Cuzco. She thought she had been immunized but confused her tetanus vaccination with typhoid fever vaccine. Typhoid fever is preventable via vaccine, and treatable with antibiotics but can make you quite sick; this young lady ended up in the hospital there in Cuzco on IV antibiotics for a few days. Typhoid fever is usually transmitted by food preparers who are carriers. Beyond the stray case of typhoid fever, there are lots of other bacterial cooties that circulate in an internationally famous site such as Cuzco/Machu Picchu , which draws travelers from around the globe as well as providing employment to many local folks who don't have access to the greatest healthcare in the world. Good handwashing is essential; if ever there is a time to carry along alcohol gel, this is it. I strongly encourage anyone with a Peruvian itinerary to see a travel health provider a couple of months before embarkation, even if you don't need malaria medication or yellow fever vaccine for your particular land excursion.
  7. Hi Paulchili, Thanks for asking for clarification. The reason I asked the question is because we are cruising "noobs". At home we are late diners, out of necessity more than choice as neither of us is home from work before 7:30pm, so we are used to eating dinner at 9 or even 9:30. Our trip on Marina in September will be our third cruise ever (first with Oceania). On our previous two cruises we ate in the specialty restaurants quite a bit, but both cruises were shorter (one three nights, one seven). We usually made reservations for around 8 or so. But I have noticed that cruise ship dining seems to be a lo-o-o-ng drawn-out ritual and though we enjoy special meals, a 2+ hour dinner every night started to feel...exhausting. By the end of a meal we both found ourselves squirming with back pain from having sat so long in seats that were comfortable for the first 90 minutes and then got logarithmically less so over the subsequent half-hour or 45 minutes. The food has, with one exception, been decent but not good enough to distract us from wishing we could just finish up and go. Usually we just ate and went right to bed because evening entertainment was over by the time we finished, except for late-night dancing, and in any case we were too pooped to do anything but fall into bed anyway. We had made all our reservations in advance--and paid, as the other lines had supplements that we didn't mind shelling out for--and there were times when we would have liked to have moved a reservation up, especially on a sea day when a particular performance that we would have liked to attend conflicted with our dinner reservation.. OTOH seatings at 6 or 7 often felt really early to us--we wanted to get cleaned up, relax with a cocktail, etc. and an 8pm dinner time was fine. With a two-week cruise, I expect that we will eat more meals at the Terrace, so we won't be stuck for long drawn out dinners every night. But I am also wondering if eating earlier some evenings might make a difference in terms of the fatigue/back pain issues. Maybe it's the same no matter what time you eat? I guess what I am saying is that I am feeling some pressure around making specialty reservations, not knowing what we really will prefer. Our cruise isn't until September so we have plenty of time to research, but I am not at all certain what our "cruise dining style" really is yet. Hence I am interested in how others approach this, and what makes for a satisfying evening for people. I am hoping for a range of opinions, and even for explanations on why folks make their choices, so that I can think about how to schedule us. Plus, I just like hearing about what things people enjoy about cruising. Just nosy, I guess 🙂
  8. Ahoy all Oceanians, When making your specialty restaurant reservations, how do you decide what days and times to book? Do you like to top off a fabulous port trip with an evening at Toscana, or do you rejoice at Jacques after a relaxing sea day? Do you like a late dining time as an exclamation point to end the evening, or do you book a reservation that allows for some nighttime frolicking before bed? Do these preferences vary depending on whether it's been a day on the water or a port of call? All biased, passionate and varied opinions welcome here 🙂
  9. Hi Anita, loving your report and your pix. Earlier in the thread you talked about your new Ricoh camera; were all these photos taken with that? Overall, how happy were you with the Ricoh. I am considering purchasing it for our trip in September.
  10. Breathtaking! I can hardly wait for our cruise in September. Hoping we can catch a glimpse of the Aurora the night after we leave Juneau on our way to Glacier Bay. Thanks for the post.
  11. Hi there. As a 40+ year resident of the San Francisco Bay Area who works in and commutes to San Francisco every day, I am somewhat perplexed by this "poop" issue. Yes, there are homeless, and it's a tragedy with no good solution. But it's not like one goes trip-trapping down the sidewalk dodging needles and poopoo at every step. I encountered way more #2 in Manhattan this past April. Fleet week is not the huge event it used to be. There still are sailors in town but the crowds really don't arrive until the weekend, because that's when the Blue Angels perform. If you are lucky you might see some practice flights--though again, I think those are usually more midweek than at the beginning. I pass HOHO buses on my way to and from work most days, and I must say I don't often see a lot of cheerful-looking passengers on there. Uber and Lyft and Flywheel are your friends, in my opinion. The tough part is deciding what you DO want to do and see, and that really depends on you. Are you a museum person? The DeYoung Museum and the Palace of the Legion of Honor are closed on Mondays, but SFMoma is open. Visit the Presidio and walk Andy Goldsworthy's outdoor installations if you like that kind of art/nature meld. If you are a foodie, get yourself to the Ferry Building for the marketplace. Watch the light show that is the Bay Bridge at twilight and into the evening. Do you like Alfred Hitchcock movies? Vertigo was set and shot here--go see Lands' End and Mission Dolores. Go to the Exploratorium. Go to Coit Tower. Do a caviar tasting at The Caviar Co, or a cheese tasting at The Cheese School, or a chocolate tasting at Dandelion Chocolate, or a beer tasting at Fat Angel or...you get my drift. If you are a crafty-lady type, get yourself down to SCRAP SF. The wonder and the beauty of San Francisco is that whatever your passion is, there is someone here who shares it and probably has an organization you can visit. Unlike most of the other cities on a West Coast itinerary, San Francisco is small and dense--roughly 7 miles by 7 miles, so you can get anywhere in the city without too much difficulty. In any case, I would NOT recommend going to San Jose, or driving to Monterey. One thing that is probably not exaggerated is Bay Area traffic. I live 12 miles from my job and my commute is routinely an hour and a half each way. And I work different shifts: 8-5,9-6, and 10-7. There is no such thing as a reverse commute anymore, and you are going to be here on a Monday. Traffic is heavy from 5am to 9pm all week, with minor fluctuations here and there. Don't get me wrong, I love Monterey and the aquarium is world-class. San Jose is a more or less generic big city, the tech museum is great if you have kids to entertain, but you have one precious day. Don't waste it stuck in traffic, unless you really want to feel like a local :-)
  12. I am getting us ready for our upcoming Alaska cruise in September, and reading this thread and then looking over my last several trips I realized that I have developed a core packing list that I always take with me. I don't always take the same items every trip, but I take something that fits each category. The categories/items are: 1) A black-and-white skirt. 2) A striped T-shirt. 3) A heathered-gray linen long-sleeved button-down shirt. 4)A white top. 5) A patterned top that has black and white in it somewhere. 6) Blue denim bottom--usually jeans, but sometimes shorts or skirt 7) Black pants. 8) A black dressy top. 9) A cardigan sweater. 10) A swimsuit. 11) A sporty top. 12)A coat or jacket. For any trip that is 4 nights or longer, I usually choose a color for the trip, and the rest of the items are in that color theme; the patterned top, the athletic top and the cardigan sweater may fit into the color theme as well. I chose shades of coral for last year's trip to Europe; this past spring I took purple tones, and for Alaska I am packing aqua tones. These colored items usually number about 4-5 pieces, mostly tops but sometimes skirts or dresses, depending on what the trip activities and/or weather will be. The tops might be T-shirts, sweaters, cardigans, etc. If it's going to be very hot Everything goes with everything else. I mix and match as needed for whatever activities are on the the docket. I am plus-sized so I cannot depend on being able to find an emergency replacement if I forget something. I think that's partly why I always pack so that I have options no matter what activity or plan develops, even if it's a short trip. I usually also throw in one piece that is not part of the color scheme at all, to break up the monotony; for Europe it was a baby-blue v-neck pullover sweater; for New York it was a bronze metallic skirt. I haven't decided what the piece will be for Alaska; I usually decide at the last minute depending on my mood. I take 4 pairs of shoes. I keep trying to cut back to three but have yet to succeed. I always take walking shoes, black flats, and flip flops. The fourth pair has been water shoes (protection again sea urchins in Croatia), Toms, sandals, heels...it really varies. But I don't permit myself more than 4 pairs. Shoes take up so much space and weight that I always resent them when they sneak into my suitcase, but somehow I am always glad to have them at destination. So. Yeah. 4 pairs come with me. But everything fits into the carry-on, or it doesn't come along.
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