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  1. Awesome and great to know!
  2. Is the deck in 7128 still wider than the deck in the adjacent concierge rooms and in the other decks' PH suites?
  3. When in Mykonos a few years ago, my husband took the ferry to Delos (ship's excursion, as I recall) and truly enjoyed learning the history of the island and seeing the ruins (and that's not usually his thing). I, on the other hand, was concerned about getting motion sick, so walked around Mykonos. While I found it cute, I don't think I did more that about 2 hours before heading back to the ship. Wish I had gone with him. I can't tell you what to do, but wanted to share our experience.
  4. Fauci was one person and, IMHO (as a health professional), went overboard on his cruise comment. There are places within your own town/city that would put you in closer proximity to people than a cruise, and you have no idea who those people have been around. There are people in many places in the US alone who may have been exposed that you don't know about. Good hygiene, keep distance from most people, and keep wiping down those phones, tablets, and purses and wait for this to blow over. People canceling cruises for fall, etc. are succumbing to the panic that pervades society right now. As has been said, Oceania is allowing a cancel up to 48 hours before the cruise, so wait and see what is happening.
  5. From bitter experience: be sure your tour guide has checked the schedule for St. Peter's. Our tour guide was unaware of the fact that St. Peter's would be closing for a private service at 12:15 the day we were there. We had had a leisurely tour through the museum and were in the Sistine Chapel when they locked the door in discussion, so our group was unable to get in that day. Had she reversed the tour and done St. Peter's first, we would have been able to do it all in one day. As it was, it was with her for the museum and chapel, and a totally different guide after our cruise for St. Peter's and the roof. Once burned, twice shy. Ann
  6. Yes. They want them to be unplugged when you aren't in the room.
  7. No more slamming drawers?? YAY!!!! That's a plus right there.
  8. redshine, is that the only closet in the room? That would never work for the two of us.
  9. I'm having trouble seeing why this wouldn't work. Can you help me understand?
  10. Are you talking about the electric kind or the ones that use a bottle and reeds? I would think the electric ones would not be overly welcome because a) they are electric and thus a fire hazard and b) the vapor, as thin as it is, can leave a little film.
  11. My favorite was hearing people (sounded like native English speakers) wondering what time the animals were put back in their cages at night. Some people think the parks are just like Disneyland and that the animals are tame. And in Yosemite, they don't give trails near waterfalls the respect they deserve and some wind up falling into the fast-moving water. And then, there are those who take selfies and fail to look behind them and fall (sometimes to a not good end). Well, we got a bit off topic here. Back to Machu Picchu.
  12. Paul, but of course! Bison, too. Blows my mind.
  13. And I'm not seeing on the site anywhere that a guide is required. Perhaps they provide you a guide when you arrive? If that's the case, the only thing that has changed since we were there in 2015 seems to be the 4 hour limit inside. I see nothing about 3 and 2 hour slots on the website. Our guide made sure we knew the rules and followed them, but we were then allowed to explore afterward (and we were allowed re-entry, which is no longer allowed). Perhaps the discussion centers around which of the 3 trails the tour takes. There is one that takes in a good portion of the area. And I understand about people not respecting rules. We were in Yellowstone in 2018 and saw people (non-native English speakers) off the boardwalk in the geyser basins -- not only wrong but seriously dangerous.
  14. Classiccruiser, this was such a help. We were able to book our reservation just as the process opened and get exactly what we wanted. Thanks so much for the tip. Would have waited until the next morning and might have missed getting what we were hoping for.
  15. I've never noticed any noise from the deck above in our PH suites. Maybe I'm just getting hard of hearing ? (I doubt that).
  16. The one thing to know is that the only plug in the bathroom is for shavers and is very low voltage (or something along that line). Hair dryers have to be plugged in at the desk/dresser. So don't count on drying your hair in the bathroom.
  17. I lived in Michigan for 2 years and asked for iced tea for breakfast, lunch, and dinner year round. The looks I got were "interesting". They would be like "what's this woman thinking? It's the middle of winter and she wants ICED tea?" I finally got to "just give me a pot of tea and a large glass of ice."
  18. Thanks, all. We'll see what we come up with.
  19. Under "Manage Bookings" look for the "Dining" tab. You should see La Reserve under that -- second one down on my screen. One thing to know -- this is only on "O" class ships. "R" class ships don't have La Reserve.
  20. We've done La Reserve twice, and intend to do it on our next cruise, as well. We found the food wonderful (and fairly small portions when we did it -- maybe it's changed) and the wine was as described above --- good, not wow. The group we were in the first time really made it for us -- they mixed us up and didn't seat us in couples, so there was much more mingling. The second time, we were allowed to seat ourselves and the groups seemed to self-isolate. The people we were with the first time just plain had fun and we dined with several of them later on the cruise. Hope this helps some.
  21. We will be making a repeat visit to St. Lucia in March, 2020, and I'm trying to figure out what to see this time around. We did an excursion from the ship last time that was called Land & Sea to Soufriere, and it was great. We made stops along the way during the bus portion, including one at Morne Coubaril. Looking to avoid much repetition this time yet see something else. Not a fan of snorkeling, sooooo.... Any ideas?
  22. We were on Oceania in 2018 and did this tour. It was called Land & Sea to Sourfriere. We thoroughly enjoyed it, though it didn't stop at the mud baths (that was okay with me). We had a couple of snorkeling stops, and then a bus ride from Soufriere back to Castries. Well worth it, we thought.
  23. For additional reservations in the specialty restaurants, if we are willing to roll the dice, we simply call or go down as they are opening the day we want reservations and are able to get some. They may not be at the hour we really want, but we can get them. Enjoy. Ann
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