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  1. I allowed pop-ups, but it still didn't work. It tells me my session expired and I must log in again. When I do that, I see "unable to reach server." Anyone else having that problem? Thanks in advance for any suggestions. ~Maya
  2. As for door noise in a cabin near the outside doors, we were in 371 on the Veendam, adjacent to the hallway to the outside doors, and heard no door noise. We occasionally heard some banging and scraping from above early in the morning. We loved being on that deck and would book an OV cabin on it again. We wouldn't pay extra for the lanai cabin, which has less storage space than the OV. Maya_C
  3. Thank you to everyone who has provided helpful advice about visiting St. Petersburg. I appreciate your taking the time to share your experience. ~Maya C
  4. Thank you so much for your information about where the ship docked. If we can get a tour that will allow us to spend more than just a few hours in the Hermitage, we would definitely prefer that. If not, we'll go through the red tape of getting a visa. I appreciate your assistance. ~Maya_C
  5. Would you please tell me where the Nautica docked in St. Petersburg. Was it close to downtown (walking distance to the Hermitage), where only smaller ships can dock, or was it farther from the center, where the larger ships dock. Thank you.
  6. The double upgrade deal for the cruise I was watching was based on raising the price of an interior to the price of a veranda cabin, rather than lowering the veranda to the price an interior previously cost. So it's now way more expensive to book an interior or oceanview cabin than it was before the "bargain" double upgrade.
  7. Hi Roy, I got the photos from the site called Crystal, HAL, and Other Limited View Cabins: https://limitedviewcabins.wordpress.com/. Is that your site? If so, thank you for making this helpful information available. I intended to put only the link to the photo in my message on this board, but as soon as I typed the link, the photo itself showed up automatically. I didn't mean to insert photos without giving attribution. :-) ~Maya
  8. We liked the Veendam so much on our June 2018 cruise to Bermuda that I checked where else that ship was going. We ended up on a Greek Island cruise in May 2019 in a Lower Promenade cabin, oceanview not lanai. Those OV rooms have more storage than the lanais, but the. We liked the location a lot and would book on that deck again. Yes, it's an older ship and the elevators could be better, but its smaller size means no crowds getting on and off the ship. We had Select Dining, didn't make dinner reservations, and never waited more than a minute to be seated, except when we asked for a two-person table (5-10 minute wait). The dining room was quieter and the service more efficient than on the Celebrity Summit, our most recent non-HAL ship. The MDR food was comparable on the Summit and the Veendam, though the Summit had a better buffet, larger because it carries 50% more people. Here's a photo that will show you what the view is from 385. Straight on, it is fully obstructed, but look either left or right from the window and you will see the ocean. The view from 383 is below Even if you've booked, you can switch to another room, but these two HH rooms have better views than the ones fore and aft on that deck. ~Maya
  9. Thank you so much, Go-Bucks. This was exactly the information I needed. I really appreciate your taking the time to post the details. ~Maya
  10. The excursion is offered by a local vendor, not Oceania. To get to the meeting point for it, I would need to take the ferry from Harvest Caye to Placencia. The ferry exists. The question is whether it is a ferry that anyone may take or if it is restricted to those who have paid for a ship-sponsored tour.
  11. Thank you for your information. I had no intention of going to Belize City or wandering around on my own. I'd hoped to take a guided snorkeling excursion to Laughing Bird Caye National Park. It leaves from the ferry dock in Placencia. My question, which I'd hope someone on this board could answer, was whether I could take the ferry from Harvest Caye to Placencia without being on a ship excursion.
  12. Since you have been to Harvels Caye on an Oceania ship, can you please tell me if it was possible to take the short ferry ride to the mainland to see more of Belize? People on NCL ships have reported that only those who'd paid for a ship-sponsored excursion could get off the island. If Oceania does the same, I will cancel my February cruise on the Sirena and find another cruise line that goes to Belize.
  13. If you want to go inside Sagrada Familia, which is well worth it, you need to buy tickets ahead of time--and soon. Don't wait until the week before because they might not be available for the morning you want. Last October, not during the high tourist season, the first tickets available to those who didn't buy them online were for a day and a half later. For our Azamara cruise out of Barcelona last October, we also arrived at 7:45 and had arranged for a guide to pick us up at the airport, give us a 3-hour tour (with stops and walking area in three areas), and then drop us off at the port. A do-it-yourself approach to the morning is cheaper, but we didn't think we'd feel up to it after going a night without sleep.
  14. For a less expensive Venice option, consider a B&B either through airbnb or a booking site. Both give you access to reviews. We were very pleased with our reasonably priced room at a B&B. It was about a 5 minute walk to the nearest vaporetto stop and 10 minutes to the Rialto Bridge. It was a few years ago and I don't have the name of the B&B to pass on. The owner gave us a list of and a map to restaurants with excellent food and reasonable prices, not tourist spots. We had a similar experience booking a B&B directly with the owner in Rome.
  15. Thank you for your help!
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