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  1. We had Bacardi,Gin,Pisco,spiced rum,gran mariner and red wine.It was nearly three weeks.The drinks are disposed of at end of cruise.
  2. We had basic drinks package and upgraded to premium.We did not get the discount.It is written in very small print that the discount does not apply to upgraded packages.
  3. Surely code red is code red regardless of the percentage of affected.I for one,would like to know when any ship has code red in any year.I,as some of you know, believe I it isn’t just the passengers and if there is a frequent gastric problem,it could make me consider booking anything on that ship. I note our cruise which was heavily affected with a gastric virus,is not on the CDC list.
  4. We loved the back of Saphirre in warm weather,for lunch.The fresh cooking outside was superb.The sofas were comfortable and great for a quiet hour or two drinking and finger food.Best outside on any ship we have been on,
  5. . They also have a staff member spray the hands of passengers with a 99% ethyl alcohol solution before entering the Grand Dining Room and Terrace. This did not happen on our cruise this month.And now what????
  6. We were on the Lima cruise in 2018,with a ‘gastroenteritis’ outbreak. The handling of the situation was very poor.I wonder if on this last cruise,they still had casino and gym open during code red? On our cruise they were left open and the ‘crew were electro statically spraying nightly’! Concierge and executive lounges were shut. Our cruise director was sick so we had no information as to what was happening,bar a few lines in the currents. To say it’s the passengers ,always the passengers may not be correct.Crew,visitors,contaminated food,water and ice machines.Indeed I was told by Oceania in their reply to my email that ice was removed from cabins as ‘ice has been a known contributor to gastroenteritis problems historically,based on the inability to sanitise it and it’s ability to harbour bacteria’. I was also told that they prefer passengers to ‘wash their hands over the option of using hand sanitiser.Guests are encouraged to return to their cabins to wash their hands frequently’ As for the ships clinic!!!! I am so sad to read about yet another Oceania outbreak of gastric diagnosis,maybe norovirus.
  7. When we did our Regent cruise, we had lively passengers on our buses because the passengers on our buses were about to do physical activities.Such as zip wiring and River cave tubing,Not for the faint hearted or those with walkers etc.😉 If one chooses a cruise company specifically for the over 50s (as we have done) there will inevitably be a few more mature passengers.The bonus is the knowledge and travel experience of many. It is hard to predict an age consensus unless the ship has age specifics.
  8. We never look at people to assess their age.We just book a cruise for the itinerary and the cruise company. I cant say I noticed any difference in the age when comparing those two companies..I guess it will be very young during school holidays. The itinerary could affect age.I really don’t know.
  9. We are just back from Marina,Oceania.One week.Our third Oceania voyage.We did a week on Spirt of Discovery in the summer. There is something ‘polished’ about Oceania that we like.But could be our last cruise with them.We had 3 instances of having to pay for something,unexpectedly. One was the gratuities at La Reserve,even though our blue book ( individual book sent prior to each cruise to each passenger) stated if we had a full beverage package this would not be the case (20%). The Currents daily paper stated limited coach transfers in Valencia between 12-1pm.This was not the case on arrival at bus stop.Turned out to be 1-2.30.So passengers paying for a taxi.Also, although we had drinks package,on Spanish night offered sangria with meal.Limoncello offered in Toscana.Astounded we had to pay for drinks and gratuities.Little things but after a big problem last year, we were giving them the benefit of the doubt. There were two big communication problems and a rude concierge to boot.shame as they have so many positives. Booked Saga for next winter now.
  10. The shows on Oceania generally start at 9.30pm,so maybe the passengers were in the lounge?
  11. To us they were huge portions, maybe to others that is an appetizer portion.🤣
  12. True.The problem was the worry of various missing flights whilst we waited so long for ‘lost’ passengers,I personally was happy to wait for so long, baring in mind there could have been a disabled person to board.Lack of information led to the tip of anger.
  13. Had a wonderful evening in La Reserve last week.The food was very french therefore very rich. Huge portions.All delicious.Staff were so experienced.There if you wanted them but discreetly tucked away if not. Being a French menu obviously paired with french wines. Wines are changing in France due to climate change (even champagne) and some weren’t so good. But a fun evening and good time.Would recommend.
  14. Thank you Lynn. One thing that was extraordinary,was the lady checking us onto the coach,had no communication with ship.I went back into luggage area and could not find one person who could contact the ship to remind the 7 unaccounted for passengers to collect their luggage and hurry to coach.We had very elderly and infirm on coach and a small child.One gentleman did ask at one point if we could stop at the toilets and was told no. Nearly 3.5 hours on coach. 😢
  15. Pleased to hear there is actually a weather warning because we have no evidence of it.Winds lighter here in Monte Carlo than Marseilles. Someone’s father lives her and he said the weather has been fine.Has not seen any warnings.Allsorts of rumours and very angry passengers. Early start to get coach.Ours was 8am leave.Waited 45 minutes on tarmac for 7 passengers who did not turn up.Passengers on our coach were also very angry.2.5 hours after the wait for transfers.We have lost £75 from our private transfer booking being cancelled,but not a lot we can do about it,Some passengers claim they have been told their money will be returned.Seems a lot of extra work for Oceania.
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