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  1. Back to the original topic (not complaining, Clo!) ... We aren't big spa users but on one cruise I used the spa for a series of acupuncture treatments (that was back in 2013 on our way to Rio from Barcelona). More recently we both had pedicures on Riviera. We were happy with the services we received through Canyon Ranch (especially since we used OBC to pay for most of the bills) but I'm sure we'd be happy with any other vendor as well. And if NCL is already using this new company, I'm sure they do a good job. Plus, I agree, that it probably helps the company get the bill reduced ... Does this mean the Canyon Ranch specials on the GDR menus will also be gone? I'm just curious ... I don't think that we personally ever used them. Mura
  2. We are usually in a suite but we've always just ordered from the room service menu located in the suite. Too bad I never was aware about being able to order from the GDR, etc., but then when we're ordering from room service it's usually between lunch and dinner -- we missed lunch and are planning on a late dinner. Mura
  3. Back to the problem with clothes put in the dryer that should not have been -- most of our items are cold water wash so I always specify that on the paper that lists the items you have in the bag. It should be easy enough to say "do not put in the dryer". And if only one or two of your 20 items should not be put in the dryer, perhaps you could just pin a piece of paper to the item in question. We have used this 20 item service several times now without a problem ... but then most of the clothing we bring with us on a cruise is generally not expensive.
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    In the days of paid internet the system DID log off after a certain amount of time. I don't know if it still does but I would assume so ...
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    I am fortunate in that my (retired) aerospace enginering husband is computer illiterate. So we don't have to share ... But if he were, we would! I make it a policy to log off when I'm not using the internet. Just my effort to reduce the total usage on the system, even if it IS free. Mura
  6. As someone who has taken to booking suites later in our cruising careers (is cruising a career?), I too am wondering where Bootman came from. We got spoiled when we upgraded once upon a time and decided we didn't want to go back ... but when we "downsized" after a spectacular offer by Oceania in 2016 (I think) we ended up not in our original PH but in a B1 and it stood up much better in our experience than in our memory! But that downsize paid for a VS on our next cruise ... Once you are in a top suite it IS hard to go back. But if you can't afford it, you do! I have never met anyone on Oceania who judged others by the level of cabin they were occupying ... And I've never seen a crew member do so either. Have I misunderstood? Mura
  7. By the time I got back on due to all the "boot-offs" from CC, then it was too late to edit my comment above. I do wish they'd give us more time to edit! Anyway, here is what I found out after my first post: Our 2003 cruise was on the QE2 and back then I didn't keep track of our itinerary (other than the ultimate destination) but googling told me that the port is Fort-De-France. So for the OP, Fort-de-France IS the port. Beyond that, I don't know where the ship would dock but as I recall it wasn't huge ... From my diary we did a ship's tour -- we were relatively new to cruising back then. We enjoyed some of the stops, the others not so much. But it wasn't awful!, Today we'd probably try to find a guide, or even a taxi to see the island. My diary does say that once we returned on the bus we saw lots of taxi drivers who were offering a similar tour for much less money. But this was 2003 so who knows! Hope I've helped a little ... We did enjoy Martinique for what it is worth ... Mura
  8. We were there on a cruise some years ago. I'd be happy to check our itinerary/diary if I could only remember which cruise it was! But since this was some years ago, it might no longer be valid info anyway ... Mura
  9. Some people will go to extreme lengths to find something to do on a sea day ... CONGRATS TO THE HAPPY COUPLE! Mura
  10. There ARE places (small ones) where Oceania -- and/or other cruise lines -- will have booked up all the available tour guides. This has happened to us on occasion. So there can be times when the ship's tour is your best option, whether you are paying for it or you have the oLife benefit. What I mean is -- there were several times when we looked for private tours and no guides were available. So doing your research is always a good idea! Mura
  11. On a 7 day Caribbean cruise, how many non-port days do you expect? I'd not think there would be any, but I haven't checked any itineraries and it's a long time since did (a) a 7 day cruise and (b) one to the Caribbean. What we have encountered on our cruises where there are sea days are guest lectures -- often dealing with the area in question but not necessarily. Also cooking demos in the Lounge. I drafted this before other people chimed in. I can see where no lecturers would be available on such a short cruise BUT also that I'd be surprised for sea days on a 7 day Carib cruise. (Yes, I agree, I can be wrong. It wouldn't be the first time.) Come to think of it, we've never done a 7 day cruise anywhere. Maybe 10 days ... but not in the Caribbean! Mura
  12. We all have different opinions about what to do. We enjoyed Civitavecchia and neighboring environs so would happily go there again. We'd also be happy stay in Rome for more time there since we have only had a few days although if we did so it would be for several days. I agree with Dan about the merits of just resting after such a long flight! Since we fly from NYC it's not so bad for us. But that is why we have always planned on a few days pre- and post-cruise in the beginning and ending ports. We were always able to do so because even pre-retirement my husband had the time from his job, and I just told my job when I'd be there! (Heck, my office even bought tickets for my concerts.) I just disagree with Dan about the merits of the port area but we are all entitled to our own opinons! Have a wonderful cruise. We've always enjoyed our time in Marriotts, even if we just crashed in bed upon arrival and slept for 10 hours! Mura
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    I believe so. Things have changed. It's several years since I paid for a per-minute charge.
  14. Clo, in fairness to Red Ginger they WILL spice it up on request. Obviously, not all of the menu items will benefit from that. But you shouldn't assume that everything will be bland. Mura
  15. No denying that RG is extremely popular, but it isn't popular with everyone. If we were into Asian fusian style cooking we'd probably love it, but we prefer Szechuan. Sometimes we'll go to RG once on a cruise, but no more than that. We rank it 4th on the specialty restaurant list. Which I'm sure makes those who rank it first very happy because they can snag "our" reservation! Mura
  16. Okay. If you have wine left over (assuming you are having it with your dinner in a restaurant, YES, they will write your suite number on the bottle and you can ask for it in any other restaurant later on. On occasion it has helped if we told the staff where we'd last consumed the bottle. Usually that wasn't necessary but it did happen on a couple of times. Likewise, this also applies to any bottle purchased from the wine list. They do not compel you go finish the bottle in one sitting! We haven't done much with the 7 bottle purchase program (that is, we haven't at all) but I assume it is equivalent to the 6 bottles given to the top suites. Yes, you can take it back to your room if you wish. OR, you can do as in the previous paragraph, and ask them to hold it for you for future consumption. I believe that the 7 bottle purchase program is similar to the top suite 6 bottle program in that the corkage fee is waived. It is very clear on the bottle (at least with the top suite bottles) that that is where you got the bottle ... I assume it's the same with the 7 bottle purchase program. If I'm wrong, someone will chime in for sure! Mura
  17. I've seen comments like this before but we haven't experienced these problems. Maybe we were just lucky ... or on different cruises from those had problems! Or maybe we cannot tell good food from bad ... I'm not saying everything on board has been perfect every time. We've just never had to send back a dish ... or even think about doing so. Mura
  18. One of your favorites ... I shall say no more. Back to the topic!
  19. Seattle wouldn't be a problem. Neither would Normandy. But there are plenty of places that DO have a problem. I love mussels but know there are other slimy kinds of fish that I won't touch ... Mura
  20. There are plenty of safe Brooklyn locals -- I live in one of them and tons of tourists come here for the view from the Promenade. But there are Brooklyn locals I wouldn't venture into. When I was a student at Mills -- more than a few years ago -- I wouldn't go to the Mission District even then. But we spent a lot of time on the weekends in "The City" and never felt less than safe. As for mass shootings, nowhere is safe from one nut with a gun. We just have to hope we aren't there when he/she goes into action. All I'm saying is that as bad as some areas are "out there", we have more than our own share.
  21. Considering the number of shootings we have here in the U.S. perhaps we should be more careful in our judgments. I'm not saying many of these places are completely safe. But we're not longer completely safe here at home. Mura
  22. Agree. There have been very few changes on the specialty menus. They aren't samples, they are what you will see. At least the ones I see here are the same as I've always seen on all the ships. I do remember some years ago -- we were on an "R" ship and the food demo was given by the Toscana head chef. One of the samples was a risotto that was just fabulous, and I''m not really a fan of risotto. When we complimented him that night at dinner he told us it was leaving the menu ... But certainly if you are new to Oceania and would like to know what kind of food is served at the various restaurants, this is a good way to get an idea. Early Jacques menus had a fabulous mussels appetizer which I always ordered. That was discontinued pretty early ... I always wondered if that was because it can be difficult to GET the mussels. Certainly on the itineraries where they were to be found, they always ran out before the end of the cruise! Mura
  23. Likewise, we've usually done the cruise oLife benefits and not OBC when we have the oLife cruise. I don't think we've done a cruise only trip yet but we WERE booked that way for one of our latest cruises ... I just don't remember if it stayed that way!
  24. Back to the original question, we haven't found much difference in any of the specialty restaurants on ANY of the ships. Yes, the "O" ships have four, the "R" ships only have two. But we haven't found that, say, Jacques varies from Marina to Riviera, or that Polo varies from any of the "R" ships -- assuming Polo still exists and isn't Tuscan Steak ... Mura
  25. I beg to differ (and also with RJB). There are plenty of people who like the OBC, others like excursions. And plenty who don't want the drink package option either! It does depend on where people want to spend their money. Either excursions or OBC can be desirable to many. When we are limited to those three choices, we tend to go for the OBC or a few ship's tours ... it depends on what we find available in terms of tours. Bear in mind that while we prefer private tours, we aren't above using ship's tours. Yes, with OBC (because we're at a level where we get quite a bit anyway and our TA also contributes) we sometimes we find ourselves in the shop trying to find things to buy at the last minute. Generally what we "buy" is nothing like we'd buy if we didn't have the OBC! It might be a very nice travel bag or it could just be a small bottle of Listerine! Or chocolates. Mura
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