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  1. Wow, sounds incredible! I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time.!
  2. You are most welcome. We haven't been to Asia yet. One of these days! (Hopefully) ;}
  3. It is something like 9 am to 4 or 5 pm. It will be posted in your daily newsletter. It's actually not the Maitre D, but a person from guest services. They have a separate desk in the lobby area or you can call them from your room. The last cruise we were on with them was in August and after you have used up your allowed reservations, they would only make a reservation for same day so your best bet is to contact them in the morning of the day you want a reservation for. Good luck, it's not always easy to get them.
  4. I've never been on the Sirena. I've been on Marina and Riviera. I have never seen the buffet offering any of the food from the Specialty restaurants, though I could be wrong. They do often have the same offerings in the buffet as the GDR. Your best bet would be to go to the dining reservations desk early in the morning and request the Red Ginger. If they are full, they will call you if they have an opening.
  5. Yes, this makes sense as well. I specifically remember that the tables were set for certain number of people. For instance, we were seated at a four person table that was only set for two.
  6. Ha, ha, I know we always do. What i mean is do they give their butler an extra tip for getting them a reservation.
  7. We just got back from the Marina. I believe seating times were 6:30 - 9:30 on the half hour.
  8. That's interesting. Do they "tip" them?
  9. There were empty tables at all the specialty restaurants we were in. I think they have to limit it depending on servers available.
  10. We are just back from an Oceania cruise--they are top notch, as usual. BUT we had made our specialty restaurant reservations in advance. Supposedly, once you are aboard, you can make more reservations on a first come, first serve basis. When I went to make the additional reservation, the first thing they ask is, "what is your stateroom?" Then, "What restaurant do you want?" Then they look on their computer and say there is nothing--this happened two times on different days. This person has been sitting in front of the computer all day and should know if there are openings. It makes it seem as though only "certain people" get the openings. We were in Consierge level balcony cabin and are Silver card. Does anyone know how this truly works?
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