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DoulaAnn

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About DoulaAnn

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    Houston, TX
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    Reading, golf, travel, grandchildren.
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Oceania, Princess
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Mediterranean so far

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  1. DoulaAnn

    One day in Halifax

    I would second a tour with Paul. His tour was absolutely amazing and we feel like we saw SO much of Halifax and a bit of Fisherman's Cove, where we had a terrific lunch. You might have to share the tour, but if you are the first to reserve, you have first choice in the seats you want.
  2. DoulaAnn

    Plastic straws

    Since I rarely had a need for a straw, I guess I never found myself asking for a straw. We certainly never had to ask for one for our milkshakes. And if I had had to ask for a straw, that would have been no different than having to ask for sweetener for my iced tea, which I had to do a few times. Guess different things bother different people.
  3. DoulaAnn

    Plastic straws

    Got off Insignia recently, and they had straws (plastic) for the milkshakes without asking. In other areas, straws were available/given. I'm perfectly happy drinking iced tea or diet Coke without a straw, but milkshakes are really hard to deal with without straws.
  4. DoulaAnn

    Would you cruise Med mid October, early November?

    We were there in early October, 2016 and my photos reflect that we had light sweaters on at times and short sleeves under those that showed up in some photos each day. The comment about waves must be fairly accurate, as we were supposed to dock in Portofino and tender, but got rerouted to Genoa because of wind/waves. We loved the weather then, and yes, there was a bit of rain, but nothing we couldn't handle.
  5. DoulaAnn

    Plastic straws

    I agree with both comments. I do bring my own water bottle, because the ship's water is filtered as well if not better than most makers' bottled water. Not only would it help that bottles wouldn't blow into the ocean, but taking them into many of these countries and dispose of them where there isn't the available landfill space to deal with that much. I hope Oceania reads these boards and will consider this.
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    first timer question: disembarkation

    We had a cruise that was in port by 6 AM but apparently there was some issue with the immigration people (or whoever clears the ship for disembarkation) and the first to disembark were at 10 AM. So I wouldn't take the chance on being able to cut it so close for a 9 AM flight. Perhaps you can find somewhere to store your luggage and take a quick tour of the city you finish your cruise in.
  7. DoulaAnn

    Insignia on rough water

    So, back to the original topic. I can get motion sick WATCHING someone swing. So I wear SeaBands 24/7 when on a cruise (I get so used to them I forget to take them off if walking around a town). I also bring ginger capsules and Bonine tablets. If things are a little rough, I start taking the ginger (I don't wait for it to start making me feel queasy). If it gets really rough (and that's happened a few times), I take the Bonine. Only on one or two occasions have I felt the queasiness. I guess I could add gingerale on top of all that if I needed. It has never caused me to take to the bed or toilet. There have been some rough seas that have made me think I should get drunk to offset the rocking of the boat, though. j/k
  8. DoulaAnn

    Fresh off the Insignia as an Oceania "newbie"

    Ismail is a FANTASTIC butler!! We felt like he was family by halfway through our cruise. He always was a step or two ahead of us. :D:D:D:D:) We have another cruise in November on Insignia and are hopeful that he's still on board and is assigned to our cabin. Sounds like you had a great cruise.
  9. Does anyone know if the Island Explorer goes near enough to Cadillac Mountain to be able to do a reasonably easy hike up there? We are late 60's who are in reasonable shape and have done a fair amount of hiking (nothing strenuous, but not just flat stuff). Trying to figure out our options. TIA
  10. DoulaAnn

    Tours when docking in St. George

    I have a couple of questions that I haven't found answers to in the 6 or 8 pages of posts I've looked at (59 is too many to read): 1) Are Blue Flag tours available in St. George? 2) If 4 people hire a taxi, how crowded is it in there? Are we better off trying to find another couple and do 6 people in a van? TIA for the the help. Ann
  11. DoulaAnn

    Average age on Oceania Cruises

    We also have to keep in mind that age is a state of mind in many instances. I know some 80-somethings who are still young and some 50 -somethings who are really old. In my experience, I've found the mindset of many travelers on Oceania to be much younger than their calendar indicated ages.
  12. DoulaAnn

    Sydney Itinerary Ideas

    Mary, Your blog makes me feel like I'm already there. Thanks for taking us along. Ann
  13. DoulaAnn

    Does Oceania provide beach towels?

    We are just off the Insignia, and there were no towels at the gangway. There was a card in our room that we put on the bed each evening before a beach or sailing excursion. The towels were there when we returned from dinner and were picked up the next evening (during turndown) when we had returned. Hope this helps.
  14. DoulaAnn

    Stop spamming

    Apparently didn't work completely. My DH got 2 tonight, right after I said "they must have fixed the problem."
  15. DoulaAnn

    Curacao on a Sunday

    Following this thread, as we will be there on a Sunday, as well. The website mentioned is a little confusing to me, so am wondering if anyone else has had experience with Gaby. Thanks for being there, people. Ann
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