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  1. I think I will accept the Oceania shortcomings, over being evacuated by helicopter because the captain sailed into 115mph rough winds and rough waters and being evacuated. But that is just me.
  2. RC and other cruise lines have purported a myth, and most people here have had the wool pulled over their eyes. Its a shame more people don't do their research. Although RC adds "gratuities" on to your account, the fact of the matter, it is far from a gratuity. If you take the amount multiple by the number of passengers, then divide by the number of crew members, it becomes apparent that the "gratuity" is not a gratuity, it is the crew pay. These crew members are from countries with low pay, and crew members don't have to pay for food, housing or healthcare, so at $18K salary is quite good. So your "gratuity" is salary. If you pay the standard amount, your just rewarding crew for working, they are not getting some magical amount above their pay. If you withhold your gratuity and give it out to some crew, then you are cheating other crew members of their pay. If you give crew money on top of the "gratuity" then that really is a gratuity. I do not agree with paying the crew with the gratuity. Its unfair to customers and unfair to the crew. But RC loves the fact that they don't need to pay for most of their employees because your added "gratuity" does.
  3. Think of it this way, the cruise company does not care about you, it cares about the bottom line. If you were assigned a room two months out, it just means the cruise company wants to to save the better rooms for the people yet to sign up for the cruise. One time a long time ago, I was upgraded from the cheapest inside room. I asked why, and they told me they wanted to save the cheap rooms because they attract first-time cruisers. In other-words, having a full ship is more important than how much they make on every room. Their biggest profits are alcohol, gratuities, and all the extras people buy. Norwegian does bidding for upgrades, but for the most parts, they really don't exist. If you are offered an "upgrade" be very skeptical, and REALLY check it out before agreeing. Its usually a trap that you will be sorry about later.
  4. In a survey of 253 people that have missed the ship on a port stop, 0.000% have done it a second time.
  5. My guess is they just assign cabins on-line because their web site doesn't yet support picking one, but I bet if you wait 6 month or a year, don't be surprised is that feature appears. I was impressed with their cancellation policy. I think very fair and probably better than I have seen elsewhere. You really only "lose" your money a month and a half before the cruise, but you still can give it to someone else. Certainly better than nothing. No reason you can't sell your spot and at least recoup some of your money.
  6. Maybe go back and read the title of this thread for that answer. "Can Oceania survive Viking Ocean? So lets see, Norwegian, which owns Oceania made $5.4 billion in 2017, up 11% over 2016. In 2018 it was $6.1 billion, up 12.2% over 2017. In 2018, Oceania ordered two more ships for $575 million each and received favorable funding for both. (Viking has 6 ships and is ordering 6 more for 2027.) Norwegian doesn't break-out profits or revenues per brand, which is typical, so its impossible to see how Oceania compares with Norwegian or Regent, but by all measures (total revenue, total cruise passengers, total cruise days) Norwegian is doing just fine. They did give a warning about potential "oversupply" in the industry, but they Oceania also ordered two new ships. so it can't be too much of a problem. So the number of ships keeps going up and the fun keeps going until the recession hits. So, despite all the "noise" here, the answer to the OP, "Can Oceania survive Viking Ocean?" is rather simple, YES yes Norwegian can and will have no problem dealing with Viking. Viking is private and doesn't disclose revenues but they have 5,000 employees (in 2017). Norweigian has 31,000 employees or more than 6 times more. So anyone believing that Viking is going to somehow put Oceania out of business, really needs to look at the facts a bit closer. There just is no proof of that.
  7. Hmmm you might not think Oceania is a "brand" of Norwegian, but they certainly say they are... Our Company..
  8. Yeah have always get the credit, but if you want to benefit more, skip the NCL stock and buy Carnival Stock. We've made enough on a 100 shares to go on a free cruise.
  9. I think we decided that we will not turn them in, as they aren't even required given a Miami to Miami loop and US citizens. I prefer to keep them with us. We have been on excursions where upon returning they ask everyone to open their passports to show them. I can't remember where this has happened, Mexico maybe.
  10. By the way, on a closed loop cruise like this one is from Miami to Miami, for U.S. Citizens, like we are, there is no requirement to even have a passport. (Although they are usually recommended, of course.)
  11. We have gone to all these ports before, on other cruise ships that never collected our passports. They sat in our safe and we usually took them when in port, but nobody ever checked them. If someone at every port has to now check the passport of every passenger on board, this is a new requirement that didn't exist last year.
  12. The ports we are going to are just the Caribbean ports we have gone to before, so thought that was weird. None require any kind of VISA. It just seemed like a pain to collect the passports every morning. We go to Columbia, which I haven't gone to before. That would be the biggest country. Most are like Aruba and St. Barts which can't have a very complex immigration requirements.
  13. So we are going on our first Oceania cruise, and the booklet says Oceania collects your passport at the beginning of the cruise, and you get it back at the end. I have been on many cruises on other lines and never had that done. What is the reason? Also, when you get off the ship, in other countries, aren't you supposed to carry your passport? I know in some countries, that is the law. If we were to miss the cruise, of course you need a passport then, but again, wouldn't have it. Maybe someone can explain this. Thanks.
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