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  1. regular Zoom only allows up to 100. could not make it at these impossible times without Zoom and it’s clones for board meetings and telemedicine. Of course family in our virtual home is the best.
  2. Part of always available in the buffet and by request in the Dinning Room. With so many choices we have never found steaks necessary and don’t eat lobster.😺
  3. Having been on 2 VO and 13 Oceania cruises we would definitely say Oceania is a step up from VO. VO has newer more modern ships but to us not the level of service and amazing speciality restaurants you get on Oceania.
  4. Better you than me! The numbers of new COVID cases in the US and Europe should push Cruising as well as all group activities out of the future until EVERYONE has been vaccinated. Anyone else thinking 2023?
  5. steamboats, thanks for for the pictures. Unfortunately I don not see anything that would put this ship on the luxury part of CC. Very cold and unappealing .
  6. Agree 100%. Unfortunately cruising is in the same category as indoor dining for us for the near future.
  7. We were in a Penthouse suite which has the worst bathroom we have ever had on a so called luxury cruise which the QM 2 QG was not.
  8. Crystal beats Viking on every front. First step on Viking I said to my BH “where are the FLOWERS? Crystal is warm while Viking is sterile Crystal includes all fine wines and drinks while most of the free wine is bottom shelf. Food on Crystal also beats Viking. No comparing service where Crystal gets an A+ and Viking a B-. Viking cabins may be larger but definitely cold and colorless. Viking does have many nice public spaces. It all boils down to your expectations. For us it was one b/b on Viking and straight back to our beautiful comfortable Crystal
  9. We did what your thinking of doing and NEVER LOOKED BACK. Crystal has the best service, food and most importantly great lectures. Yes our suite on Crystal was smaller than on O but the amazing butler service and great comfort easily made up for size.
  10. All of our Crystal experiences were Ritz beyond five star while our Viking experience was more Hilton. Nice ships but large suites do not make up for the level of service and food and general high class atmosphere. Missed the amazing butlers, fresh flowers and very interesting lectures. Love you CRYSTAL.
  11. IN additIon the two Vistas on deck 6 get any and all noise from the stage right below them. Rehearsals in the afternoon and then you would be treated to the even louder version in the evening.
  12. Oceania Suite is a SUITE, meaning several rooms. NO comparison for luxury and service. Go for it.👍
  13. Cunard is NOT luxury in any way. What they call luxury is Queens Grill which is fifties food in an unimpressive room with stuffy overly pompous people. Once and never again!
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