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jwindham

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    North Georgia USA
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    Cruising
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Oceania
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Western Caribbean

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. jwindham

    Wi-fi

    Nice to know we could bump each other off if one of us forgot. Thanks for the update. Julia
  5. jwindham

    Wi-fi

    Also the free is one device per cabin at a time not really one person. My friend and I had to be sure the other was logged off on our Tahiti cruise before we used our devices. Only one person could sign up but we just used those credentials and both used it. Worked OK for us. I am a super early riser so found first thing in the morning I got much better timing than middle or later in the day. Julia
  6. I love the afternoon trivia and have been on a couple of teams that won consistently on the last two cruises. However, we had fun and just laughed when we had the wrong answer. We also quietly made fun of the team that was so serious. It is a game and most are there to enjoy it. So please go try and find a good team with like minded people. Julia
  7. I HATE those huge lobbies. The worst was on a large NCL ship where the smoke from the casino and the sound were off the scale bad. What you consider "lively" to me is annoying or worse. I love the design and layout of the Riviera and Marina. As stated, there are options for everyone but I am not really looking back after being on Oceania. Julia
  8. Looks like the mdpa is on the Insignia roundtrip for a week from NY. You will enjoy the food a lot. I have not done Silversea but was a convert from Celebrity after moving up from NCL and RCCL. I also like the smaller ships and the people that I meet on Oceania. Enjoy your cruise. Julia
  9. Yes. You can take on liquor. We take a bottle of bourbon on most cruises. You can consume it in your cabin but not take it out and about. So what you want to do will be fine. Julia
  10. The one way I really enjoy using the butler is to get a favorite appetizer from one of the specialty restaurants delivered on a given night that we really are wanting to just go to the Terrace to relax. I love one specific one from Jacques and will just get that delivered at 6:30 when the restaurant opens then after that we go to the Terrace for the rest of our meal. Enjoy your cruise. Julia
  11. On my last two cruises, one last April, I just walked on with my bourbon in hand through the line and had no issues. Just drink it in the room. Nice perk from all the other cruise lines I have been on. I would not try to do anything against the rules so again, nice to be able to do this. Julia
  12. On our very first Oceania cruise, the Riviera, we had a GTY Penthouse and ended up with the one right as you walk out of the elevator and stairwell space. I thought it would be an issue but we never heard anything so I would book again. Enjoy your cruise. Julia
  13. My first cruise on Oceania was on the Riveria. Then the next one was on the Mariana. We had a PH on the first one due to a great upgrade offer to take a guarantee and were happy with what we got. It was a Caribbean cruise. Then the next one last April was a Panama Canal transit from LAX to MIA. It was 16 nights but we felt that the concierge was good enough for us. We are 2 women who travel together as our husbands do not like to travel. I would take the room again and again at the concierge size. The layout was fine for us and having a nice sitting place is there. BUT the storage was horrible. I take my own snorkel equipment and on the Panama Canal cruise I was going snorkeling in Grand Cayman. I never found a place to put the fins, mask, and snorkel up so had to keep them under my bed most of the time. I also has to keep a lot of my clothes in my suitcase under the bed. You can do this but dragging out the suitcase and putting it back each day was a hassle. The closet itself was OK but there were very few drawers at all. I have a lot of clothes that do not need to be hung up. And the drawers were not very deep and were short front to back. Our next cruise is this coming January to Tahiti and with double snorkel equipment (many places do not have it or if they do, they do not have fins which take up a lot of space) and the need for more than one swimsuit, and hot weather clothes that you cannot really wear another day without laundering, we decided that we would go back up to the PH. This decision has truly been driven by the storage space. I agree that the butler is something I do not use much, a good one is great but I have only had that one time so it does not matter to me. I was able to make my dining reservations for the concierge cabin with no issues so that was not an issue for us either. But I will now pretty much only look at a PH for the storage. I just did not enjoy having things out all over the room as there was not enough place to put it all away. The bath in the concierge is smaller but the same layout and we were fine with that too. As others have said, your needs are different than everyone else. Just gather the information you can, evaluate it to your desires, then chose. You will have a good time no matter which cabin category you chose. Julia
  14. Welcome to Cruise Critic. You need to post this to your roll call for this cruise. There you will find people who are on the ship with you. The link is below. Enjoy your cruise. Julia https://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2489897
  15. We are on the Oceania Marina leaving PPT on January 21. It is a 10 night cruse. We get into PPT early morning of January 18. Julia
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