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Baandb

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  • Location
    Auckland
  • Interests
    Travel, Food
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Oceania
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Mediterranean

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  1. With all due respect, I suggest the environmental impact of not washing a towel is dwarfed by the other environmental impacts associated with the cruising industry. https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesellsmoor/2019/04/26/cruise-ship-pollution-is-causing-serious-health-and-environmental-problems/#4f0a86ec37dbI
  2. Of course not...... But then again, at home, I also have to make my own bed, cook my own meals, do my own dishes, pour my own drinks arrange my own entertainment - and all the myriad of other activities that the wonderful Oceania staff do for me when I’m holiday. By the way, I’m a bit bemused that this thread is dominated by sentiments related to looking generous the wonderful stewardesses. However, the actual work is performed by the faceless team working in the laundry.
  3. Apologies, I’m clearly not a true left coast/tree hugging, green leaning environments, as I like having the fresh towels replaced each evening as well as the chocolates. However, despite the above failings, I’m a bit horrified by the amount of waste paper that must generated each day. Inevitably there is the currents, the port overview, the 4 page newspaper summary, the multi-page inserts promoting future cruises and various cards indicating that the deck is being washed, the clocks being moved back or forward. This is further exacerbated if you receive the full sized newspaper printouts that can be upwards of 50 pages (complimentary in the upper cabins) where you receive all the advertising inserts related to property/cars etc as well as the core newspaper. I hate to think how much paper is wasted each day. Sure the majority of this information can be provided electronically......
  4. Many thanks for the prompt response
  5. We have a nice bottle of wine that we want to take to an onboard restaurant to share with friends. We would fully expect to pay for the corkage. However, as it is a magnum (1.5 litres) we are wondering whether the cost would be $25 or $50? Has anyone had a previous experience of taking a larger bottle to the restaurants?
  6. I understand from one of our previous butlers that have their own database where they can keep notes about passenger preferences. I was also told that they are required to memorise the names of their guests before they board, and as part of this “research” they may consult the system to get a high level overview of your history with Oceania (eg Oceania club status).
  7. I’m intrigued by the assumption that missed ports are driven by a desire to reduce costs - by eliminating port fees. I would have thought that missing ports would end up costing the cruise line extra costs. eg: * The cost of fuel * No doubt most ports charge the shipping fee a no-show/cancellation fee * Loss of deposits for onshore excursion companies * Loss of revenue from excursions * Increased back office admin costs associated with the change of plans * Increaded food costs - with more passengers aboard for lunch.
  8. Are you serious? Do you really expect the captain to send out a survey to guests, asking them if they prefer to skip a port or visit it and risk injury to guests? Sorry - but I would rather put my trust in the captain (and his support team in Miami) who have the data, skills and experience to interrupt the information and make the most appropriate decision. Although in general I disagree with your assertion that Oceania treats guests as idiots - in this particular scenario I am glad that they do. The day that Oceania consults my fellow passengers about how to navigate the ship in inclement weather is the day that I stop sailing with Oceania.
  9. Behind this slightly flippant remark lies a very serious question. According to Google, the definition of a newbie is "an inexperienced newcomer to a particular activity." Therefore, the status of newbie is entirely dependent on the definition of an activity. For example a passenger could be a non-newbie on Oceania, whilst a newbie on the Renaissance class of ships. Which leads to an intriguing observation... The usage of the term newbie has varied considerably over the years. However, there are 2 distinct spikes: 1. In the 1600’s there was a significant increase in the usage of the word. This coincides with the end of the Renaissance Period 2. From 2000 onwards, there was another significant increase in the usage of the “newbie” - which coincides with the demise of the Renaissance Cruise line. Clearly this is no coincidence.... Also, observant readers of Cruise Critic will be aware that many newbies in the current era fret over what clothing attire is suitable to wear to the Grand Dining Room. However, we can take comfort that newbies in the 1600’s experienced exactly the insecurities. Looking back at the first cruise to America (onboard the MayFlower), one passenger carried 126 pairs of shoes and 13 pairs of boots in his luggage. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayflower#Mayflower_officers,_crew,_and_others It is not clear if this included flip-flops. Unfortunately it is not clear from the historical documents whether or not the maitre d' sent the passenger back to his cabin at dinner time to get changed.
  10. Presumably the flip flop wearer was a friend, or part of a pre-arranged group? Otherwise, I would have expected the Maitre'D to ask the wife the wife to take a seat, and seat the remaining guests at a smaller table - or with other guests looking to share. I would certainly not be impressed having to wait 25 mins for the recalcitrant guest to arrive!
  11. On our last couple of cruises, we have been more conscious of the behaviour of some of our fellow passengers when using buses for excursions. 1. There is inevitably a couple (travelling together) who will take 2 seats on opposite sides of the aisle - so that each can have an unimpeded window view. (This also tends to correspond to those seats where there is no pylon separating the glass panels) 2. Our expectation is that (like egressing from an aircraft), those at the front egress first, whilst those further down the aisle wait their turn to exit. However there always seems to be guest who will force there way down the aisle earlier so that they can be off the bus 10 secs earlier... 3. Guests travelling as a group will have 1 member of the party arrive early at the bus, and then reserve seats nearbyfor others in their party using hats and umbrellas etc. This seems rather pointless as busses are not conducive to extended conversations 4. There are often 2 sets of doors on the bus, with one set midway down the bus, enabling those at the rear of the bus to egress quicker. However, those passengers slightly forward of these middle doors will typically want use these doors as well. Although they more convenient or these particular passengers, it ends up slowing down the exits for the majority of passengers - as the load transfers from the front doors to the rear doors. 5. The Oceania process is for guests to receive there bus number, and then it in the lounge for their number to be called. However, it seems there are passengers who ignore the instructions and head of immediately to the busses. This is particularly evident in those excursions that require significant travel on the bus. Whilst the majority of fellow passengers are courteous, it is bemusing to watch the above behaviours... im interested in seeing whether others have noted similar actions?
  12. We were in 7114 on the Sirena last May for 18 days from Papeete to Los Angeles. Despite 10 sea days crossing the Pacific we did not have any untoward vibrations. However, one night we did hear some rattling coming from the air conditioning unit in the bedroom ceiling. After mentioning it to our butler the next morning, within an hour an engineer arrived and quickly sorted the problem out. This is a wonderful cabin and we wouldn't hesitate to book it again.
  13. I’m sure we have all observed customer service interactions where there was in issue related to how a question was being asked, rather than what was being asked. As an aside, there are typically 2 sides to a story. It is bemusing to sse the label “cheerleader” used disparagingly to discredit the opinion of somebody who (having only heard one side of the story), does not immediately assume that a post portrays a situation objectively, without being selective and/or self-serviing.
  14. You asked for thoughts, so here are mine... The fact that you: (1) chose to engage in a protracted back and forth exchange with the customer services team; and (2) needed to have your agent sit in on your call makes me think that your predicament is of your own making. Thanks for asking for my opinion... :)
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