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  1. It’s not true that Oceania won’t put you on the direct flight to Europe from the west coast. Last year for our London to NY cruise we were given non-stop LAX to LHR in premium economy by Oceania. Unfortunately this flight was canceled last minute due to the British Air strike. Oceania was able to switch us to AA flight with a short stop in SFO. Just one hour in economy to San Francisco. We were satisfied with that arrangements. Also, while we prefer to fly business to Europe this flight in premium economy was manageable and allowed us to save our airline miles for future travels. Unfortunately, with all cancellations this year we are stuck with a lot of miles and nowhere to travel for now.
  2. I’ll take a long Oceania cruise to the exotic places over fine new Porsche any day. We’re all different. The lucky ones don’t have to choose.
  3. We’ve been on the Nautica multiple times and don’t mind she’s being smaller ship at all. We actually like it that way more intimate and less crowded. As others already mentioned, you’ll need to go on the overnight safari to maximise your chances of viewing the wildlife. On our South Africa itinerary we arranged an overnight safari with Thanda Private Game Reserve by contacting them directly. They picked up the two of us in Durban and returned to the ship in Richards Bay. The cost was half the price Oceania was charging for the same overnight excursion at that time. We had to get a permission in advance to return to the ship in the different port. We were able to see all of the Big Fives and a lot of the other wildlife. It was an amazing experience that we wouldn’t forget.
  4. Thank you Jancruz. Your post is most helpful as usual. There are so many of us who are desperately trying to figure it out when we’re able to get on the ship again.
  5. Hopefully this is just your personal opinion and more countries are looking forward to getting back to normal. There’s no indication that All New Zealand, Australia and French Polynesia will be still closed in Jan - Apr next year.
  6. That’s also true, but Oceania didn’t limit anything before even when they knew that the cruises would not sail. It doesn’t make sense now unless they are obligated to follow certain requirements to be able to restart cruising. Also, when they prepared to cancel before, they waitlisted all categories at once, but I can see some more profitable cabins are still opened now. I guess we’ll see what is in the books, hopefully sooner than later.
  7. I’ve noticed that ALL cruises through December are waitlisted now for almost all categories except the expensive Penthouses and above where available. Though, our January cruise on the Sirena is wide open. I hope Oceania limited the number of reservations in preparation to resume cruising with the lower passengers number and cabins sold this fall.
  8. I believe that they are doing the best they can trying to stay in business and give us an opportunity to sail with them again like we used to do before this difficult time to everybody. Whether or not to support them with your booking is a personal choice that depends on one’s beliefs and desires.
  9. The difference is mostly attributed to the huge price drop for the summer/fall 2020 cruises that most likely won’t sail anyway. Otherwise, it looks like the prices for 2021 comparable cruises are pretty similar to those of 2020 before the price drop. Also, it’s possible we’ll see the price reduction for 2021 cruises closer to the sail date.
  10. They haven’t cancelled that Alaska cruises yet not because they consider to sail. Just don’t want to deal with all that refunds at once, prefer to do one month at a time.
  11. I guess they picked the particular date just over a month ahead not because they really consider to start operating after May 11th. They just don’t want to deal with so many cancellations at once when all of us start to complain about not getting our refunds in the timely manor.
  12. Thank you Paul, I’m aware of custom tours to Bhutan , but we were booked on a small group tour that we had chosen for the most inclusive itinerary. We’ll consider some other options as well for the future tour. Hope it won’t be that long before we can travel again. I have a feeling we’ll be doing more land tours rather than cruises for some period of time then.
  13. Paul, can I ask you how did you traveled to Bhutan. What tour company did you use if it was a group tour? Our trip to Nepal and Bhutan on April 8Th was canceled. While there’s no way we’ll be going at the moment we’re very upset that our dream tour didn’t materialize. We’re definitely thinking of going there in the future. Olga
  14. Thank you all for your responses. It’ll be helpful if Oceania delay the final payment dates for upcoming fall cruises. We’ll have more time and maybe confidence and they will be dealing with less cancellations right now. Our cruise is 28 days and the final payment is due in four weeks. We’ll see...
  15. It’ll be helpful if Oceania delay the final payment dates for upcoming fall cruises. We’ll have more time and maybe confidence to decide and they will be dealing with less cancellations at the moment.
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