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  1. Thanks. I was rather surprised to think that the "R" ships would have to go far out. We certainly found it extremely convenient to leave the ship and find our driver right in front! That IS one argument for sailing on an "R" ship, even if you prefer an "O" ship. Always assuming Bermuda is one of your ports, of course! 😀
  2. Mura

    Forgot Meds

    As I am thinking about it, probably when Howard learned his lesson about carrying prescriptions it was on an independent trip, not a cruise. In that case the particular med was a super-strength headache remedy and he hadn't brought any with him ... we rarely use it. But in this case he did need it. With other regularly taken meds, he NEVER forgets ... nor have I. But I can understand that in the last minute rush in packing one could forget meds that will be necessary. I once walked out of our apartment without my camera which was waiting by the door downstairs, but due to circumstances I had to leave from the upstairs floor and totally forget that I didn't have my camera. I only had to wait 6 days on a TA to be able to buy one in our first port ... It does seem to me that talking to the cruise medical staff could solve the problem ... although ... how abstruse are the meds in question? The doctor could give a 'scrip, I'm sure, but probably wouldn't have the med on hand. Our experience in Europe has been that pharmacists did accept our U.S. prescriptions. Mura
  3. Has this changed? Or are you maybe on one of the "O" ships? When we were on Sirena in October 2017 we did dock downtown. Is that no longer possible even on the "R" ships? If so, I absolutely agree with you! Mura
  4. From what I just read elsewhere (well, not right now but a day or two ago) this delay for private tours is not Oceania's fault ... it's the goverment's changing the rules. When I first read the post I wondered why the government would feel a need to delay those on independent tours to this extent. When we were in St. P. on Renaissance we had our own visas and just left when we wanted. When we were in Russian ports in 2012 on the black sea cruise we had no such limitation. If I were in to conspiracy theories I MIGHT think that Oceania had encouraged this change ... but somehow I really cannot believe that! The cruise line knows that they cannot place ALL of their passengers on ship's tours. Mura
  5. I think the answer is no. Since we never buy the package I'm not positive, but I believe I'd read here that Oceania is different from other lines that DO require both people to take the liquor package.
  6. Mura

    Forgot Meds

    This is why Howard has learned to carry prescriptions for any med that he might need while traveling. He learned the hard way!
  7. I believe that is $60 pp per day, also once it starts you can't stop it. If you're on a shorter cruise that doesn't seem to be a problem, but sometimes it can be if you are on a long one. Mura
  8. Back to OP's first comment, we've been to Bergen several times -- which yes, is well worth a visit -- but is not really close to the fjords that OP wants to see. To see those I think you really need a cruise that goes further north. Oslo and Bergen (and also Kristiansand as well as Krisansund) are wonderful ports. But they aren't that close to fjords. They might be close enough if you are on a land trip ... but on a cruise visit of one day, nope. Having said that, this is still a lovely itinerary. Mura
  9. I have yet to see a negative review about Joe Bananas here. I heard about them from a CC friend and booked two tours with them in November 2017 and May 2018. Both were wonderful. I wouldn't hesitate to book them again. Mura
  10. But do we assume the third person would want to take the tour? Maybe compare price differentials. By sharing a room the third person is saving a lot of money -- no longer having to pay a single supplement. I'm guessing that even the lowest category room would cost more as a single than sharing a larger room with a couple does. (I won't get into the discomfort that might be involved for everyone with three people in a room designed for two!) And I'm wondering if the three people can't pass around the tickets. I hear that people have done that when they had to cancel a tour after the refund period, so why couldn't the threesome do the same? Does it really hurt O if the two people using ship's tour tickets are not always the same two people? I'm asking -- NOT advocating! If Oceania WOULD object, then I wouldn't try it. Perhaps the third person can take into account the cost of the room as a triple (as opposed to a single with a single supplement) and then calculate what just paying for those tours would cost? I'm just trying to think of ways to calculate real costs. Mura
  11. As I referenced in my post I was well aware how the thread started and of course SOME discussion would be had of the merits (or lack thereof) of Princess cruises. What I was trying to get at in my comment was that suddenly there was a very detailed discussion of various ships, restaurants and the like. I myself have been guilty at times of digressing from the subject matter of a thread -- as have most of us, I think. It can happen quite easily. But it really did feel like we were now a Princess board, not an Oceania board.
  12. When we've been in PH category we've never had a trouble getting the reservation we wanted -- usually sharing: sometimes with strangers, sometimes pre-arranged with others on our Roll Call. Usually at 7:30 or 8:00. I've never tried to be at the head of the line when bookings open. It's easier if you are in a higher suite but I haven't found that it mattered in getting what we wanted. If you are insistent on a particular time or only want a two-top, then it could be more difficult. All of that said, as the cabin categories descend, I can see where there would be problems ... in which case it would be a good plan to try to book asap. Mura
  13. Has this thread turned into Princess from Oceania? I CAN see how it migrated given the topic title ... Mura
  14. In case there is any doubt, I'm delighted to hear that you were able to get the non-combo items after we were not. At least it means hope for the future.
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