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  1. PaulMCO

    Bam to back with one booking number

    For what -- taking two years to fix???
  2. PaulMCO

    Singapore to Dubai on Symphony Advice Needed

    Our last Serenity cruise we were forward Veranda. No issues or vibrations. Since there is a lot of Ocean/sea days in this specific trip, the front could be more noticeable in rough weather. As far a the Itinerary -- it does miss some of the more desirable places like Myanmar. Goa and Mumbai are pluses -- you might want to check (if that is a desire) to see if Crystal is offering a land detour to the Taj Mahal. The start and end are two of my favorites being Dubai and Singapore.
  3. PaulMCO

    Serenity Electrical Outlets

    My DW did that once -- pop it went. Engineer was not happy... To the OP Blew on --- I would recommend the Cruise On unit. It plugs right in and is compliant on any line. Some cruise line like RCL bans extension cords, so your first pick would not be OK. Others like Carnival (including HAL, Princess etc.) and NCL bans surge suppressors. Some cruise lines are going further to make sure nothing containing Lithium batteries are plugged in when you are not in the stateroom. FIRE risk is key. .
  4. PaulMCO

    Movies in cabin

    Oceania NEXT replaces all the TVs and electronic systems. Since the OP asked for Insignia. The answer is movies are all by On Demand. As far as TV shows. Depends on the location of the world you are traveling. The MTN satellite feed varies. Typically FOX News, MSNBC, sometimes TCM.
  5. Keith can we get added for our upcoming cruises Jun 21 (OCY190621-16) Reykjavik to Copenhagen -- PaulMCO and Moggyhill (Paul and Mindy) July 7 (OCY190707-10) Copenhagen to Stockholm -- PaulMCO and Moggyhill (Paul and Mindy)
  6. PaulMCO

    Serenity Electrical Outlets

    The issue with a surge protector is that guests tend to use these in the 240VAC plug with an adapter. These devices are designed to clamp anything over 120V to ground. As a result a large pop, and circuit breaker will trip. Worse case is a fire. Therefore FORBIDDEN..
  7. Just a note -- CC has just added Crystal Endeavor to the roll call list of ships. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/2450-crystal-endeavor/ Likely if SS Expedition ships is an example the number of posts will be slim. Any case link above will get you there.
  8. It is final... as of October 2018. The "target" date is still soft but pegged at 1 Jan 2021 They still will have to develop the SW to implement and modify all of the CBP systems in each country. Right now the systems are not inter-operable. There was a recent EU directive to do so. Just like Australia, the site you linked is one of the many hungry ESTA sites that will pop up to offer you an ESTA for 20-30 Euro.. There is no official application site yet, even the so called google "official" site is a phony, located in the UK.
  9. We have done this itinerary on Insignia in 2010... I do not think there was an advantage to one side of the ship. The trip can encounter rough seas. We had such through the straights, and I think 50% of the crew were down with malaise... So mid ship cabin would be a preference. Oceania tends to use AA and DL. We were on Delta down and AA back from MIA. Oceania flew us up to ATL to catch the flight down. This was the first and only time using Oceania air. The connection times were short and even with an air deviation at 270 days before the routing was poor. O could/would not get us an economical flight down. Return flights leave late -- around 9/10pm. So my suggestion would be to do a private tour (we did a wine tour from Valpariso to Santiago) and a 6pm airport drop-off. We did mostly private tours -- exception being the Puerto Arenas, which was Oceania.
  10. PaulMCO

    Power outlets on Dreamliner?

    Definitely a stretch. The outlets are rated 75 to 100 watts. Will shutdown if you plug a heating pad.
  11. PaulMCO

    Suggestions for making a flight more comfortable

    You certainly do not fly United. Even the non revenue passengers (ie. FA's) traveling bring big bottles of water. LH -- big difference. Come through regularly - at least twice, between Dinner and breakfast service on a TransAtlantic. What is worse, is that UA does this even in Business. Only difference -- the bottle they give you is bigger 🙂
  12. PaulMCO

    Venice hotel pre-cruise

    I would second the Londra Palace. Restaurant was so - so, but so many choices nearby.
  13. PaulMCO

    Polar bears?

    We did it on Explorer. Sometimes you get lucky...
  14. PaulMCO

    Antarctica Silver Explorer vs Silver Cloud

    Not true. The limit is 100 passenger landing. Some areas may have even smaller restrictions. SS limits the Cloud to 200 for manageability. Seabourn will have 400+ passengers meaning only one landing per day. We have done the Explorer 3 times. If you want to maximize the number of stops (2 per day) and maximize the amount of time you spend on shore, I would chose Explorer.
  15. PaulMCO

    Suggestions for making a flight more comfortable

    Yes there is a difference. But the upgrade cost from Economy to a E+ seat is very little compared to the extra cost of going to a full Premium Economy seat. You do get the benefit of extra legroom which eases the leg cramps.