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  1. Mary229 and Kazu, thank you both also for your posts. I agree with what you said. I have found O to be much over rated in terms of service and food. Their R class ships, not good, old and small and the bathrooms (and showers yikes), totally not acceptable for a premium line. Also, the mechanics of the R ships, especially Regatta with its very dubious mechanical history. Essentially, the arrogance of the staff and officers and the seemingly constant missing of ports, is a total turnoff. Will not patronize O again.
  2. Thank you RuthC. My analysis is the same as yours after 4 cruises with O, will not patronize. Very over rated. The staff, and especially the officers, are arrogant and cold and perform like autobons. Much of the food is very overrated, particularly the Grand Dining Room. Granted, versus the main lines like Celebrity, there is no class discrimination and no nickle and diming per se, but not at all a pleasant experience. I was on edge the entire time. The downgrading (like all the lines) was substantive in late 2019, frozen tea sandwiches at high tea, brought them to the m
  3. Will not consider cruising for quite some time until the product offering is clear and consistent. There was entirely too much downgrading and nickle and diming and promotions that were price increases happening before covid and I suspect this approach will be accelerated due to debt levels. I have not forgotten whatsoever. I took refunds, not Fcc, so my $ are available to me for wide deployment. Escorted and private escorted land tours are the vacation option going forward. Considering none of my friends will consider a cruise going forward, it will be
  4. Hi Mary229. Thanks for your post. Re:, Oceania, what were the negatives. I am interested in real consumer experiences vs the bull marketing. Thank you very much.
  5. Thank you mysty for your post. It is a vaccine fiasco in Canada to say the least. An important point is the Canadian federal government is mandating a 4 month gap between shots. This is very significant and in total disregard to the manufacturers instructions. So when the cruise lines say you need to be vaccinated, are they talking 1 or 2 shots required? At the snails pace vaccination in Canada, it will be a long time before the travelling public will have both shots. Been through many lockdowns in Ontario, no obvious progress to date. Likely stay at home Orde
  6. RocketMan275. It is my understanding from the "experts" that there is no proof that having a shot stops the transmission of the virus.
  7. Further to your excellent post Peachypooh, a very significant limiting factor for me is what will the product actually be - ie how much downgrading will there be with the increased prices. If people remember back a year CC was awash in posts about constant downgrading of all cruise line product. Now add in their debt loads, I do not believe the food, service levels will be anything like we remember. So until there is a good body of consistent assessment of the cruise product, I am not putting any $ down on cruising. However, I will do land trips and trains.
  8. Well Canada is well behind in vaccine procurement due to legacy issues related to no vaccine manufacturing facilities and generally limited manufacturing in general in everything, nothing much is manufactured here anymore. . Be careful about reading in any benefits to Canada - be very careful to calculate the urban vs rural % pop
  9. I agree. It is really interesting the difference between land and cruise. If you want to see the destinations, then land it the way. That is me, limited cruises going forward unless the ship is the best way like Norway, Cdn Arctic etc. Otherwise land, trains, real local restaurants, private guides and private driver who get you to the front of the line, the best authentic places. But then, to each their own.
  10. Hi Fouremco. What are you referring to specifically? Have you by chance had the vaccine yet? Shots 1 and or 2?
  11. Yes indeed ChucktownSteve and cantstopingcruising, well said, the lemmings will follow and obediently book. Not interested in all inclusive and have no intentions of booking Celebrity. Most fascinating to follow the changes on this board and their delusions of grandeur re: Celebrity is a luxury line, what bull. Spent today scanning in old pictures from my Century cruise in 1999, high tea in the forward lounge with tuxedoed wait staff with white gloves and tiered carts with incredible edibles - pretty darn close to my last Oceania high tea experience and Nothing like my
  12. Hi there. From Ottawa at the moment. Been no vaccines for 5 weeks now here, the public health line is not active. I am on the priority list as an essential care giver. Nothing, no first shot cause the vaccines ran out. The first group of Pfizer are now over due I understand, so the retirement homes are mulling are the first shots valid anymore, in discussion with public health. Some rumblings in the media about LTC folks getting shots, no idea if first or second or even if it is a real situation. People I talk to here are tuning out and I am ignoring the entire issue as there is no
  13. Last time I checked, Canada was 33rd in ranking of vaccinations. A federal government national failure of epic proportions. I am currently in Ottawa, Canada. The public health line for booking has been closed for 4 weeks. I am eligible for a vaccination as an essential care giver, nothing. My elderly dad of 93, nothing. Residents in his retirement home, nothing. Nothing happening in a city of +1million. So I am ignoring the vaccine going forward and getting out and living and thriving.
  14. Canada has fallen from 10th to 20th place in vaccination progress. Under 300,000 people in the entire country have had the dual shot Pfizer. All vaccines "scheduled" for Canada originate in the EU and now there is apparently a potential hick up re: trade boundaries. Picking up the pace big time is required if there is even a chance of an Alaska season since Canadians often make up 30% or more of cruisers on voyages. I have no expectations of having a completed vaccine process any time in the near future.
  15. Thanks TeeRick: I have not seen the recommendations to continue with masks and social distancing much if ever in any communications in Ontario. If it happens it sure is not consistent. Well they were nurses as they had badges on with their employer name.
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