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  1. We’ve cruised aboard Azamara R ships, Oceania Riviera and Viking Oceans. Viking Oceans was the best for handicap accessibility. Next: Oceania Riviera. The most difficult to maneuver on was Azamara R ships (same as Oceania smaller ships). Problem with Viking is they supposedly don’t allow scooters onboard. However, we saw about 3 of the small, compact type when we cruised with them. We left ours at home and I pushed my husband in his transfer chair.
  2. We just returned from an Oceania Riviera cruise to the Eastern Caribbean. We have also cruised with Viking. Our friends and I couldn’t help but compare this Oceania cruise to our Viking cruise. Viking is our all-time favorite. We’ve also cruised with Azamara a few times. We loved Viking’s bright and airy ship. Lots of places to spend time enjoying the scenery and never felt crowded. We missed having a walk-around promenade on the Riviera. Not as many places to enjoy the outdoors on Riviera compared to Viking. Food? Tough call. But we thought the red meats were much better on Viking and the seafood better on Oceania. I’d probably take another Oceania, but there’s no question about Viking... absolutely.
  3. We just returned from an Oceania Riviera cruise to the Eastern Caribbean. We have also cruised with Viking. Our friends and I couldn’t help but compare this Oceania cruise to our Viking cruise. Viking is our all-time favorite. I think much of it has to do with Viking’s spacious ships. Lots of places to be and never crowded. We missed having a walk-around promenade on the Riviera. Viking’s ship are brighter, more modern and prettier. Love, love, love Viking. Food? Tough call. But we thought the red meats were much better on Viking and the seafood better on Oceania.
  4. Had to order 3 of the ingredients online. Went to Safeway today, but no duck. Chicken thighs (with skin on) will have to do. Watermelon is out of season, but they had some precut. I’m going to give it a try, but geez... what was I thinkin!!!!
  5. We returned from our first Oceania cruise. Loved the Red Ginger restaurant and the watermelon, duck salad. Has anybody made it? Can I use something else besides duck? What's palm sugar and lemongrass stalk? Galangal? Thank you! SWEET FISH SAUCE INGREDIENTS ¾ cup palm sugar, coarsely chopped ¼ cup water ½ large shallot, coarsely chopped 1 lemongrass stalk, bulb portion only, coarsely chopped 1 kaffir lime leaf ½-inch piece galangal, peeled and coarsely chopped 1 to 2 tablespoons fish sauce 1 to 2 tablespoons tamarind concentrate DUCK AND WATERMELON SALAD INGREDIENTS Canola oil, for frying ½ cup raw cashew nuts Kosher salt 6 confit duck legs 2 to 4 tablespoons hoisin sauce 6 cups 1-inch-cube seedless watermelon ½ cup Thai basil or sweet basil leaves ½ cup mint leaves ½ cup cilantro leaves 1/3 cup thinly sliced shallot FOR THE SAUCE: In a medium saucepan, combine the palm sugar and water, place over medium heat, and heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is melted – about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in the shallot, lemongrass, lime leaf and galangal and let sit at room temperature to cool and to infuse the flavors for at least 1 hour, or preferably overnight. Strain the liquid through a fine-mesh strainer into a small bowl. Discard the solids. Add 1 tablespoon each of the fish sauce and tamarind, mixing well. Taste and adjust seasoning with additional fish sauce and tamarind if needed. Set the sauce aside at room temperature. FOR THE SALAD: Pour 4 inches of canola oil into a large, deep saucepan and heat to 325°F on a deep-frying thermometer. Line a small plate with paper towels for draining the cashews and line a larger plate for draining the duck. Add the cashews to the hot oil and fry until crisp, about 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to the towel-lined plate. Sprinkle with salt while hot. Increase the temperature of the oil to 350°F. Add 2 duck legs to the hot oil and fry, turning to brown on all sides, until crisp, 4 to 5 minutes. Using tongs, transfer to the towel-lined plate to drain. Repeat with the remaining duck legs in two batches. When the duck legs are cool enough to handle, peel off the skin from each leg in as large a piece as possible. Cut the skin into strips and set aside. Bone the legs and shred the meat into a bowl. Season to taste with the hoisin sauce. In a separate bowl, combine the watermelon, basil, mint, and cilantro. Add the duck meat, duck skin, cashews, and shallot. Toss with enough of the sweet fish sauce to coat lightly. You may not need all of the sauce. TO SERVE: Divide the salad among individual serving plates or martini glasses.
  6. BD51540F-9C2F-476B-874E-F429732A695F.MOV Prior to our cruise, I searched long and hard for pictures to no avail. We are cruising aboard the Riviera as I type. I hope the photos come through. Downloading has been slow and a bit frazzled to say the least. I believe 7084 balcony cabin is the same. I’m glad I brought some magnetized hooks as there aren’t many in the bathroom or cabin. Also, our room service menu is a ‘concierge level’ menu. It certainly wasn't expected, but is quite helpful and considerate of Oceania for those with mobility issues. Any questions? Just ask. I hope those with ‘challenges’ find it helpful.
  7. Thank you for trying. We’ll be in Puerto Rico next week. I’m sure we’ll find plenty to do. Thanks again
  8. Keithm, Long jeans were not allowed in the Terrace /buffet?
  9. I know, I know, another dress code question. I did a search, but still need to find out if jeans are appropriate in the terrace for dinner? Yay or nay? Thank you!
  10. I’d also be interested. Thank you! dcsam@comcast.net
  11. Ashland, what stops did you make with Cosol’s private trip? We have one booked with him in a couple weeks. So far: waterfall, scenic stops, beach and hike at Tet Paul. Did you get in on some of the snacks/beer that’s common with the group tours?
  12. We’re booked with Random Wind for an upcoming day on their catamaran. My husband is disabled too and I was assured he will do fine. He can walk very short distances, but his balance is poor. In addition to his scooter, I’m bringing his foldable transfer chair. I figure we’ll take that to where we meet. We’ll do the same when we meet up for a tour while at St Lucia. I simply don’t want to risk leaving his scooter.
  13. It may be too much to ask. And it may be too late. But if you’re out and about and happen to go by cabin 7087 or 7084, could you snap a few pics of the interior and balcony? There are no online photos (and I’ve searched a lot). I thought it might be easy to do since it’s a turnaround day. No worries if it doesn’t happen. Thanks so much!
  14. I purchased this for my husband. Didn’t like it. Very slow, and bumpy!! A bit heavy too. We sold it at quite a loss and purchased a Travelscoot. Money well spent.
  15. Great idea! Sounds like it would be doable for my husband who would be using his Travelscoot scooter while out and about. Could work. Thanks for the suggestion.
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