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  1. Here we agree. When I make them at home, always mushrooms and cheddar, and often spinach or some other green ... tomatoes, too. It depends on what is around. I've been making (occasionally) a Spanish scrambled egg dish that has asparagus, potatoes and sausage ... Truly delish. Mura
  2. Pretty much the same for us, Pinot. If a tour day, we have breakfast in the room. If a sea day (or we don't plan on leaving the ship early) we go to the GDR. A couple of years ago we took a downsell to a B1 from a PH for a bundle of money, and so on tour days we went to Terrace for breakfast. We hadn't done so in years, just because of crowds ... NOT because of food quality or availability. I have to credit my mother for convincing us to have breakfast in the GDR when we could. We took her on our first Oceania cruise and since that's what she preferred, that's what we did. And we discovered we preferred it to the buffet -- unless there were times when Terrace was better. Mura
  3. Mura

    Evolution

    Our first "modern" cruise was also on a Princess Alaska cruise in June 1990 -- I even think it was Vancouver to Vancouver. Much of what you mentioned is what I recall, although I really don't remember how we got INTO our stateroom. Which was more of a room than a stateroom! Back then we looked for cheaper costs than we do these days! I did change our assigned table for dinner but not because we didn't like our companions -- we were sitting (it seemed) right over the engines and I couldn't handle the motion. So they very kindly moved us to a smaller table. Our "real" cruising started with Renaissance in October 1999. So our differences ... * No assigned seating for dinner, let alone an assigned time. * No formal nights. * A card key to get into the room. * A laundry room! Only one in those days since these were "R" ships. * We were rarely the only ship in port, although on some itineraries that can still be done today. * On our first Renaissance cruise there was a boarding day tour of the ship which included the galley and other locations, although I don't recall a bridge tour. After 9/11 that galley tour seemed to disappear. And so on ...
  4. I agree with Lyn as well ... WE would probably pick Jacques since that's our favorite specialty (and we don't find it at all stuffy 🙂) but as we often say: to each his/her own. Any of the specialties serves wonderful food so pick the cuisine you want ...as Lyn also said! The question you've asked is really the same as another that often appears here: which specialty restaurant do you like the best? Some will say Jacques as I did and Sny did not! Others will say Polo or Toscana. And very many will say Red Ginger, which would be our LAST choice. Look at the menus if you can to decide. In Polo my favorite is the prime rib, King's cut as rare as I can get it (because I like it bone-in, not because I can ever finish it). In Toscana I like the veal chop. In Jacques I like lots of things ... and even I manage to find something in RG that I will like. (I just like Szechuan food better than Asian fusion, which is the only reason we are somewhat negative on this venue.) As I said, we all have different faves. Have fun making your choice. Lyn gave you the proper rundown for booking with others. Booking numbers are essential.
  5. I agree with much of what you say, and besides -- I can't debate the issues you described on that night since I wasn't on the cruise, let alone dining in Terrace. But I find the same problem in buffets all over the place where warming trays really don't keep things all that warm, especially as the amounts of the contents diminish. We have always enjoyed the GDR as well. I'm just not happy with the menu changes, but I can live with them. There's always something I want to try even with the choices are more limited these days. As to salt, I much prefer that they let me add the amount I want! Far better than asking someone to eat food that they consider too salty. We haven't had the problems you have often described regarding alcohol service -- again, it's more than a year since we've been on board. We did have a problem one night when our butler brought a bottle of wine to Terrace from our room but unfortunately he gave it to a wine steward who never made an attempt to find us. This even when we'd asked a wine steward about our missing wine! It probably was a different wine steward, but even so ... In the end our butler had to go back to Terrace to retrieve our wine. We managed without ... Mura
  6. Same for me but I'm talking about omelets. I always order them "soft" because the standard omelet comes out of the kitchen cooked more than I like. I'm talking more about the GDR, though ... it's easier to tell the guy in Terrace how you want your omelet, just as it is to tell him (or her) how you want your scrambled eggs.
  7. We have never done escorted land tours for just that reason. We wanted to do our own thing. We've done a lot of private land (self-drive) trips over the years ... once we discovered cruising we shifted over. But our first European cruises were tied to self-drive tours before and after. MurA
  8. I'm not much of a fish person but DH is. This looks like a lunch he'd love! And we've been known to abandon a group as well ...
  9. I agree. But from my memory of MANY Daily Currents they do exactly that. Look at the page that talks about the port, not the ship. It is before the pages that talk about what to do on the ship! Now, they may not talk about events that are happening that day that do not normally happen -- like an annual festival parade, or something like that. They may be talking about the usual sights to see. Those ARE there in Daily Currents if you look for them. I'm just wondering if the degree to what OP is suggesting would be difficult for a Daily Currents that has a limited number of pages. Besides, in most ports there are local people who come on to give maps, make suggestions, etc. From Oceania's standpoint, if the port is a big one they might publish a separate document that could talk about "thing to do today". But something like that -- I think -- should be for larger ports. I agree with Lyn that if you are looking for unusual activities, then do your own research. You don't need to depend on the ship's information, although I admit we've always checked out their recommendations as well ... especially when in smaller ports. The ship does a good job and letting you know where local museums, art fairs, etc., are available when we are in port in larger ports. They may not be able to do so easily in smaller ports. Dinner calls so I'll have to sign off ... but I think I've said everything I was thinking about!
  10. These all sound very familiar, Clo! I recently read a report that adding a ton of salt at the early stage was necessary ... wish I could remember which food that was! I probably saved it ... somewhere. Of course that article DID recommend experimenting so you find the right amount ... Mura
  11. You and my mother, Clo! I inherited that dislike as well. Have been reading lately too many articles about how salt is essential to food really tasting good! Not salty, but good! It's one thing if you are told to avoid salt because of b/p issues and the like. But if that's not a problem, salt isn't evil. I've been reading too many comments in general on this list where some complain that the food is salty and others say it doesn't have any salt. Mura
  12. Cool your jets, Clo. Firstly, we do like Terrace on all the ships -- but you can't compare Terrace on Marina/Riviera to the "R" ships because they have so much more space. The "R" ships have indeed added a grill since it was such a hit on the larger ships but even so, not much room. I don't know if Pinot is generalizing to all of the ships about food temp, etc., but we haven't noticed that problem. I will admit that often I just head over to the grill where various food is prepared right there for you, so no sitting in a warming plate. We've also considered the GDR and Terrace equally desirable. Perhaps Pinot's Nautica cruise was an unusual degradation in quality, I don't know. We've been on Nautica (although not for a few years) and weren't unhappy with quality of food in Terrace. We all taste food differently, of course. I know you love good food and are a fine chef yourself. I'm considered a great cook by my friends as well (although I don't categorize my cooking as such) so I think if I'm happy, you should be. OTOH, I won't be on your cruise so we won't be able to compare our reactions! Pinot, I'm not trying to negate your reactions or diminish them. If you only ate once in Terrace on that Nautica cruise, perhaps it was an unusually "off" night. I'd like to think so! Mura
  13. Jan, you aren't allowed to retire!!! Mura
  14. It seems to me that the Daily Currents does just that. Is it that you want more detail about what they mention?
  15. Would I take just any child on an Oceania cruise? No, absolutely not. I don't have to worry about it since we don't have children, let along grandchildren. Even the grandnieces and -nephews are adults now. But I'll go back to my point first: it depends on the child. I'd have loved a cruise around Baltics, Norway, western Europe as a youngster. I'd have disliked the Caribbean as a child as much as I do now. It sounds to me like Carollouise's grandson is more like me as I was as a child than those who'd be bored to tears. Don't be me wrong: I'm one who also advises people to take their children or grandchildren on a ship that has a program for them. We were very impressed with programs we saw on NCL and the QE2 in years past. And while I'd be very unhappy to see a troublesome child on an Oceania cruise, I'm fine with the well behaved ones. And some of them do still exist. The only ones I've seen on Oceania have indeed been beautifully behaved ... sometimes better behaved than some adults. Mura
  16. We were on board when the "new" menus first came out and we were disappointed. We don't order lots of courses either but we were used to a larger list of choices -- and also not used to having a fair percentage of the items on the menu one night being repeated within a couple of nights. It's not like we never found nothing we wanted, but there were fewer choices that tempted us. As to the quality of the food in GDR we didn't notice a decline BUT our last cruise was in May 2018 so these comments may well be right on the mark today. Mura
  17. Not trying to compare them at all. Of course they are totally different. But I was always interested in cultural things and travel. I was simply trying to illustrate that there are children even of a young age who would love a cruise, and others who would NOT.
  18. I think it depends on the port in question. When we had a B2b last year that ended/started in Civitavecchia we did NOT have to leave the ship. B2B-ers were able to have a private lunch in the GDR if they wished. We did not have to re-register and our original room key continued to work. But I have seen from comments here that in some ports you DO have to leave the ship for at least a little while, and perhaps check in again. If you indicate where this port is on your B2B, someone may be able to answer more definitively. Mura
  19. It does depend on the child. I'm pretty sure that I would have loved such an experience at a young age. Probably not 4, though! My mother took me to my first ballet (the Bolshoi) and first Shakespeare (the Old Vic's Hamlet) when I was a little older, about 11, and I loved both. She actually took me out of school for the occasions because she felt it was more important for me to see these art forms than it was to spend a day in school. I'm glad the principal didn't know ... (She never considered doing the same for my younger sister because it would have been a waste.)
  20. Mura

    Dress Code

    I guess I SHOULD have said "back to my cabin to change"! 😀
  21. I wonder if this is a more recent change. (I don't mean last month by any means.) We had Dottie as our CD on our Black Sea cruise in the summer of 2012 and we thought she was fabulous. We certainly didn't hear these long announcements that people have complained about. Since so many people here, at least, aren't happy with them you would think that TPTB would ask her to tone them down. One of the benefits of an O cruise that we discovered from the outset (and the same was true of Renaissance before O came into existence) was indeed the LACK of unnecessary announcements. At least they didn't broadcast them into the room. Are people complaining about excessive announcements when they are in public areas? Just asking! Is Dottie the only one doing this? If she is, I'd say it would definitely be appropriate for the higher-ups to tell her to tone them down. We thought she was just great on our cruise. That's the only time we were on board with her, and I have said that was 7 years ago. Mura
  22. Mura

    Dress Code

    Good reasons, Essiesmom ... but as I said before, I don't think anyone would blink if you wore them to a dining venue earlier in the day or Terrace at night. Lots of women wear slacks of various kinds to the main evening dining venues with a sparkly top or just an ordinarily "nice" top. Some wear pants suits, even today. (Lots of political ladies wear them even now I have noticed.) I have long skirts and palazzo pants that I typically wear in a dining venue with a nice but not sparkly top. I've never been sent home to change. Mura
  23. If they use the ship's intranet it evidently wouldn't be possible. But I was wondering if it is possible print out the questions on board the ship. Maybe it isn't, but if it IS then it seems to me that you could prepare something at home and send it on to Oceania later. Or just make up your own questions saying the pros and cons. As I said very recently here, perhaps complaints will create a change. After all, not all of O's demographic is computer literate. I'm up there myself in terms of age but pretty adept ... not a pro by any means. But my office considered me their tech guru. (Which is saying a lot, none of it very good.) Back then DOS was the king and I bought a few books and read up quite a bit for general info which did help. Of course, today is not what it was pre-December 2000! On our first QE2 cruises (the first of two) in 2004 I went up to the internet cafe to see if it was possible to get a flat-rate price. It wasn't, but virtually everyone up there when I arrived was a senior (older than I was at the time) who were told by their children that they had to take the internet classes so they could email with their children and grandchildren ... Mura
  24. Many, MANY years ago we flew on SAS from JFK to Bergen non-stop. I don't know if they still do ...
  25. I mentioned earlier on this thread, I think, that I recently purchased reuseable shatter-proof glass straws from Amazon ($10.99 for six straws with 2 cleaning brushes). I haven't used them for drinking yet but they worked just fine when I sucked the air out of a ziploc bag ... Amazon has many different types available. No doubt other sites do as well! Mura
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