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  1. We booked a 3-day private tour with Best Guides for September 6-8, and though we booked it a long time ago, I have had to make significant changes to the arrangements at a relatively last minute, because I recently broke my foot and therefore can't do all the intensive walking we had planned. Natasha has been astoundingly helpful and efficient at not only rearranging the itinerary, but also making arrangements for a wheelchair rental AND someone to push the wheelchair! I will report back after our return but I am so pleased at how helpful she's been, even going to the trouble of consulting the various museums about what the likely reception to a knee scooter might be (cut to the chase: not good. A wheelchair is the way to go inside the museums.)
  2. Oh, wow, Beagle5, that is really great information! It's been hard to track down info about Visby. We really want to visit some of the stone burial ship sites, and you have given me hope we will be able to do so after all. Thanks!
  3. Great, thanks. This really helps. We had no reservations for excursions on Visby and I was debating about whether or not to try to book a driving excursion in advance given my slower mobility. But I think we will just play it by ear and see what's available via Uber or whatnot on the day we arrive, assuming I can make it to shore. Beth
  4. For those of you who have tendered from the Marina or Riviera before, can you describe how one gets on and off the lifeboat tender? Reason for question is I broke my foot and am getting around on crutches and a knee scooter. Our upcoming trip on the Marina has a tender stop at Visby and I am trying to get an idea of what to expect so as to rearrange our plans efficiently. Specifically, are there many steps down and back up getting on and off the boat? I inquired with Oceania but they didn't have the information I needed, other than to say that the lifeboats are used as tenders and wheelchairs can't be accommodated, which is irrelevant for me because I'm not in a wheelchair, just a bit hobbled. Thanks! Beth Pirkle
  5. Hi all, I am looking to purchase--or possibly rent--a knee scooter that can travel to Europe with us in a few weeks. There are many models but it's hard to decide what features are most important. Trip is 11 days in Stockholm/Ice Hotel (KIruna)/Copenhagen, then two week Baltic cruise. Can begin weight-bearing near the end of the cruise. Considerations will be cobblestones (Tallinn) and gravel pathways as well as sidewalks. Also rain. Any recommendations on brands, pros and cons of lightweight versus all-terrain, reliability etc.? Anyone with experience traveling with a knee scooter who has some good tips/secrets/suggestions? Thank you for your help! Beth
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Does anyone know if Oceania runs a shuttle between Gdynia and Gdansk?
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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 🙂
  13. 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 🙂
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