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About ruthnlarry

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    Traveling, fishing, observing nature
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Azamara & Oceania
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Greece & Galapagos

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  1. Yes, I have checked the airfare. Nonstop flights to Auckland are expensive, and limited. We've been using the itasoftware site for a very long time, and have found it to be helpful.
  2. Yes, I've considered that. However, it looks like O's air might be the best way to go. Will know for sure after we request our complimentary deviation. We rarely use their air, but my reserve of miles is very low, and there is no way I am going to pay an exorbitant amount for business.
  3. We're in a similar situation. We booked our free cruise onboard Marina with the Oceania Club Ambassador in July. We had several future cruises that would give us 19 cruise credits, but we had only accumulated 15 cruise credits at the time of booking our free cruise. The Ambassador was aware of everything, and assured us that there would be no problem. We had all of our cruises written down, and she verified everything. The Ambassador told us that our free cruise included RT coach air, and attached and dated part of the T&C's stating this. The original invoice that we have f
  4. I agree. On our first cruise to FP, Ruth did not snorkel. She is not a strong swimmer, and didn't like snorkeling. However, she loved Patrick's excursion. She loved it so much that we went on another Oceania cruise from Tahiti. On our second cruise, she bought a mask and fins, and snorkeled with the help of Patrick's daughter. Now, we have booked a 3rd cruise that includes FP and 2 days in Bora Bora. We have booked Patrick's excursion for both days. Go with Patrick. You and your wife will love the experience!
  5. We were already Silver on the Dec. cruise. Wine, cap, and tote were the listed amenities from OC on our invoice. We really didn't care much about the cap and tote. We just remembered how a previous OC ambassador treated us when she wouldn't look inquire about our pre-paid gratuities Oceania Club Silver Benefit. She said that it wasn't her job as OC Ambassador to look into why we didn't receive our OC silver benefits.
  6. In Raiatea, we have booked a tour for next year with Arii Moana, the #2 tour company on Raiatea according to TripAdvisor. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g309691-d9869732-Reviews-Arii_Moana_Tours-Raiatea_Society_Islands.html In the past, many have booked with Bruno of L'Excursion Bleue. You can read our experience on TripAdvisor: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g309691-d2181691-Reviews-or30-L_Excursion_Bleue_Day_Tours-Raiatea_Society_Islands.html
  7. We disembarked Riviera in December, and did not get the cap or tote even though they were listed as a silver amenity on our invoice. We asked the OC ambassador, and she said that they ran out of the caps and totes. Weren't expecting much, but OC can't even honor their reduced benefits. This is not the first time that we have encountered problems with OC. Previously, we had to meet with the GM because we didn't get our prepaid gratuities. The ambassador on ship wouldn't do anything. She said it wasn't her job.
  8. We were also on this Riviera cruise that disembarked on Sunday. We booked our specialty restaurants as soon as reservations opened for veranda cabins. We were able to get reservations at 7:30 sharing a table for 3 of the restaurants, and met some very nice people. For Jacques, we got a table for 2 at 6:30. We do agree that the quality of some of the food is slipping in the specialty restaurants. At Jacques, both of us had the dover sole, and thought that it was too salty. This may have been due to the capers. Our best meal was at Toscana. We had 3 dinners at Terraces, and had
  9. We enjoyed staying at the Blue Keys Hotel https://bluekeyshotel.co.uk/ after reading their excellent reviews on TripAdvisor https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g186299-d210579-Reviews-The_Blue_Keys_Hotel_Bar_Restaurant-Southampton_Hampshire_England.html In addition to Smiths for Airports, we have been happy with transfers taken with https://www.blackberrycars.com/southampton-airport/
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