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  1. On our last cruise we had a time later than we wanted as that was all I could get online. The first afternoon before the ship sailed I went to the concierge desk and asked if there was an earlier time. We were given just what we wanted. Granted we were sharing a table but it can be done. Good luck and enjoy your cruise. Julia
  2. I will add to this. Did the Panama Canal cruise in late February 2018 and it was brutal some days. Just know it is the tropics and will not change much any time of the year. Julia
  3. We were on the Marina this past January in the South Pacific and there were more children on that particular cruise than any of the other cruises on Oceania we have been on to date. I think that area draws a different age group that the normal Oceania cruises. There were a couple of babies not walking, toddlers, and what I would call elementary age. Overall I would say about 20 children. But that is a bigger ship so it may be different for your cruise. However as mentioned there were not any children's activities. Julia
  4. Talked to my cruise friend yesterday as she just did a solo around Italy on Sirena and ended up in Monte Carlo to disembark. She said they did use the dock but that another huge cruise ship was tendering in. She could tell as she got off that they were loading new supplies. She was not sure if they had to move out later as she left but they started at the dock. Hopefully that might be the case for you because as a starting point I could see getting a lot of new supplies and needing the dock space. And there is only one dock there. Julia
  5. I struggled with this until my friend that I cruise with told me to go to Booked Cruises and it is out to the side as soon as you get to that site. When you sign in and get to the Overview page, just click at the top on Booked Cruises and there it is. Hope this helps. Julia
  6. The one thing I have really enjoyed is getting the butler to bring me an appetizer from one of the specialties before we go to the Terrace for the rest of our relaxing dinner. I love one from Red Ginger and one from Jacques. But these were nights without specialty reservations and after a long day of shore excursion where we just wanted to take our books to read at dinner. It made those nights special and relaxed. Julia
  7. After reading all of this I have to comment on situational requirements. On our last cruise I met a very nice couple on our trivia team. He was a Vietnam Vet and had dealt with cancer due to Agent Orange. When we went to the reception for return passengers he was in a nice suit, with a tie, but due to foot issues he was wearing sneakers. He had color coordinated them as best he could. I now see people in "not regular" footwear but before passing judgment I look at the whole package. I will never forget him, how very nice he was as I was just coming out of chemo and he worked with cancer patients, and knowing that I could have misjudged him if not knowing his situation. Julia
  8. I have been to 4 La Reserves and love them. But you CAN get extra of any of the wines offered. I have seen several get more as the courses went and I had one woman at our last table ask for the wine she had earlier instead of the one they were offering for that course and they gladly did that for her. Most are good with the one glass per course but they will top off too. Also all of our meals have been 3 hours and as stated, the portions are small and over that amount of time, not over the top stuffed when you finish. I am now watching daily for our La Reserves to open up on our February cruise. They go very fast and can open up a good ways out so keep watch. Hope you can go and enjoy. Julia
  9. All of that may be but we were offered this and took it and were happy. Would do it again. Thanks for the info though. I appreciate it. Julia
  10. Our first cruise on Oceania was a GTY Penthouse. We got a call from our TA over Labor Day weekend and it was a private sale and we got it for only $200 each more then what we were in. It never went on the web page. Since any PH would have been good for use we were tickled. We ended up in a PH1. Julia
  11. Thank you both for the information on Jordan. I figured it was Jordan but did not know the actual port name of Aqaba. Julia
  12. Go-Bucks. Loved the pictures of Petra and that is one of my items on my bucket list. Can you please tell me what port you did that excursion out of? Thanks. Julia
  13. Thanks so much. I figured she could book us both but thought it good to ask. Our agent is sick right now so just came to the great people here. Julia
  14. My friend and I travel a lot together but I am not retired and she is. We do not have our next cruise together until next February. However she is going solo this August to Italy on the Sirena. We want to do a Transatlantic in March of 2021 and know those tend to book up fast. Does anyone know if there would be any issue with her signing us both up in August and let her get the OBC and we both get the reduced deposit? I will not be there then but will be on the new booking. Thanks for any insight. Julia
  15. My friend and I were in the Marina in February, out of Tahiti, for 10 days. As a whole the trip itself had a lot of issues, particularly getting there and getting home, but the best part was being on the Marina. It was good for us. Food is so very subjective so I usually ignore most of those comments. We found it good in all 4 specialty restaurants and at La Reserve, and all of the other venues. We had a good bit of rain but that is not the cruise line's fault so we could not really use our balcony. I noticed the comment in one review about the size of the bathroom. Both of these ships were built with a tub and separate walk in shower. Yes, the shower is small but I like having both. I find these bathrooms much better than even a lot of the suites I have been in across other lines. The friend I travel with did a solo on the Riviera in November and she found it in great shape too. Riviera is also going into dry dock sometime before our cruise on her next February, sorry not sure if the exact date. I will add we do not go to the entertainment so cannot comment on that part but I also know it will not be as "good" as the big lines. We do participate in a lot of the things like trivia, and the deck games. We like you came from Celebrity and other big lines before coming over to Oceania and have found this to be our new home for the last 5 cruises. I think you will enjoy your trip. Julia
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