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  1. It was me who mentioned Chinois on Main in Santa Monica our favorite for 40 plus years fir Asian fusion
  2. It is difficult to find post-COVID quality even at increased prices. And that's unfortunate. I hope that the pruce increases would result in maintaining quality but not necessarily so. My experiences on Explora Journeys the exception but at high prices
  3. Absolutely correct. You a truly fortunate to travel as you do a true blessing
  4. I think from my 40 plus years of cruising I have personally had food far better than O's current food offerings. Some were on Crystal Silver Sea maybe 12 years ago Azamara 9 years ago and the like
  5. I trust Hanks opinions having sailed with him and agree Explora Journeys is best food at sea and compares to high end restaurants on land. Red Ginger and Polo were our favorites
  6. Try Chinois on Main in Santa Monica California for best fusion I've ever have eaten. The mix is French Asian It's wonderful when in California
  7. Yes Red Ginger sea bass was wonderful and lobster salad was tasty unique and lovely
  8. Hank should never be assaulted by anyone he's my buddy and knows a lot. I however loved the specialty dining on board more than GDR however the difference that makes a hugh difference is having a waiter such as Hank has found to be served by each evening. We found such a server Jimmy but wush we had him more. We liked Ember and had shared table with a delightful couple with the man being a vibrant 90 year old and his wife. We had a great time and met up in Barbados for lobsters. Every meal/bite on Vista is neither succulent or excellent however food was certainly above adequate and many times enjoyed especially in specialty restaurants
  9. Excellent thank you so very much as we are working on a possible new booking that may have more passengers than our cruise in October. Thank you for letting me know Enjoy
  10. With your passenger count does the shop feel roomy and we're you able to dine freely at all venues Thank you
  11. I too have been on both Explora Journeys and Oceania Vista. Hands down Explora Journeys is and should be number 1
  12. I like that itinerary also january 5 is possible
  13. What date in January thanks I'm working on a possible booking in January
  14. Past passenger reviews and comments about the ship personnel food and front of house great back of house business issues could use improvement. The best way to tell the story imho is to have experienced cruisers with broad multi line experience share their experiences input and observations. As for me I'm trying to catch the deal if it happens to book again. My October trip from last year still resonates great feelings. That's a pretty good story to tell.
  15. I am currently in California with family at Disneyland. I will connect with you later in week after our return. I look forward to connecting with you
  16. Stickman you obviously have seen me on this board and I am thinking of a new journey Is there a way I am able to make contact with you. I'm not even sure what country you are in All the best to you
  17. Just went on the oceana vista in february and was on the explora journeys Last october hands down explore a journey is a food paradise, absolutely spectacular.
  18. I might be on that cruise too but not sure just yet and liked the idea of Tortola as it's beautiful. San Juan has some fun stuff too but generally less nature we have found
  19. Hank I noted in one of my posts from our Vista cruise in February is the ability to adjust the brightness of the round bathroom mirror by simply pressing and holding the visible dot near the bottom of the mirror which both dims and brightens the mirror. We used this feature in lieu of the blue light and light under sink Enjoy
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