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  1. Just first impressions, but it reminds me of the look of the Viking ships. Mia
  2. I get what you are saying, though the "Atlantic bubble" seems to be having some success. In hindsight, perhaps more restrictions on travel, especially non essential travel. I felt particularly betrayed by members of our leadership, some who lied to us, who took holidays in December, at a time that we could not see our families for Christmas. Mia
  3. Yes, we've been seeing the numbers go up with Ontario as well. Very alarming as now we have more virulent and deadly variants in the mix. Unfortunately the politicians didn't have the moral fibre to deal with the necessary levels of lockdown. Especially when you contrast Australia and New Zealand who dealt with it very harshly - no ifs or buts. But when you get this waffling, of course people will not buy into the reasons why life has to be like this for now. It is a war and we need to treat it seriously. Now did I just offend a lot of people? Mia
  4. We are seriously envious! I'm in need of grandson hugs!!! We are starting a 3rd wave and the number of infections are getting to an all time high in BC. Mia
  5. We did this from Vancouver a few years ago and flew AC to LAX and then Air Tahiti Nui charter to Papeete. Arrived early evening and managed to get ourselves organized and onto a taxi which whizzed us to the ship ASAP (I think she was trying to maximize her trips) Very efficient, very safe, and much cheaper than Oceania's transfer. The return was the the same airlines. So I am imagining that your routing might be AC Toronto to LAX and then the charter to Papeete. But, I saw mention of an Air France flight from Paris to Vancouver and then direct to Papeete. It is an unknown on how ai
  6. I know it sounds very pessimistic, but I personally feel that we should be very cautious going forward. We were suppose to sail from Lima to Buenos Aires Mar 15, 2020. Even with news of the virus spreading, I was confident that we would be able to sail and get home safely as, after all, South America is about as far away from China as you can get! Then the disastrous news from the Diamond Princess and other cruise ships made cruising a bit chancy - but we were still going. After constant urging from my Dr Daughter, (who was experiencing the begining of care home shut-downs), we fin
  7. Was just talking to my TA about this as my (non) payment penalties will be kicking in soon. The word from Oceania is that they have changed the final payment date for cruises that are 21 days or more. Ours is 20 days, so no luck! Doesn't seem right somehow... I would like to have some more time to see how the world is evolving with COVID 19 infections. As it is, I have no stomach to proceed past our penalty date as the number of infections in South America is pretty high and at this point, I don't see that resolving. Even with the possibility of a vaccine, there is no guarantee of
  8. You have to be careful of taking unproven remedies. As in the sad case of the couple who poisoned themselves with chloroquine phosphate, with the man dying! I think we would all like a magical pill but we need to have the science to prove it. Otherwise it is witch-doctoring.
  9. We met a couple when we were doing our "social distancing" walk the other day. Coincidentally, they were booked on an Oceania cruise that was cancelled as well. Oceania was not going to reimburse them for payments they made for tours booked with O. Someone suggested that they contact their credit card company, who agreed with them that it wasn't right for them to have to pay for something that would not be provided and they got their money back. Has anyone talked to their credit card company? Mia
  10. I can't help but feel that O has been pretty conniving in the way they handled the offers of FCC and then cancelled the cruise approximately 7 days later. We might not be able to prognosticate what was going to happen with COVID19 and how it was going to affect the cruise industry, but you can bet your buttons they have experts up the kazoo who do!! To give an early offer to their clients to encourage them to "jump ship" before they would have to give a more meaningful settlement is rather nasty. Especially as now they are holding your money. Especially as now, if you
  11. The 1st time we cruised with Oceania it was a transatlantic from Rome to Rio. It was also the 1st time we sailed in a veranda stateroom. I will admit to being somewhat of a cruising novice, but we used that balcony constantly. One of the pleasures of doing a transoceanic voyage is to have time for yourself. There was a lot of pleasure reading a book on our veranda (sometimes not even very actively) and watching the ocean and the spray from the ship (we were on 8th level so did not get wet - I don't think we would have gotten wet in the 7th either). Of course we might have been exceptionally f
  12. I know there are several people on our roll call who have landed in Lima already. I hope that Oceania has contacted them about the cruise being cancelled. Did you get an official Oceania update about the cruise? Mia
  13. John & Elda, I don't have you on my cancellation list. Are you in Lima? Mia
  14. I'm afraid that is the scenario for the whole cruise industry. I imagine the market will shrink - perhaps remarkably. I am wondering if there will be a coronavirus associated recession, which will impact salaries and pensions. Those people who are living on the edge will have a tougher time! Mia
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