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WESTEAST

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    Canada
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    Travel
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Oceania
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Europe, Australia + New Zealand

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  1. I can attest that Reliefbands do work! Have used them for the past few years of travel including cruising the Tasman Sea. I also wear my band when taking land/bus tours as roads with switchback turns are problematic and I request a seat up front so I can look forward out the window. We request that our cabin refrigerator is stocked with Gingerale and take ginger tablets with me (Gravol Ginger https://gravol.ca/en/product/ginger-tablets/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIwrvR8aqI7wIVjSCtBh1kTAPiEAAYASAAEgJTkPD_BwE as well as regular Gravol).
  2. FYI, the OC Ambassador on our February 2020 Regatta cruise, told us that the name of the first Allura class ship was to be 'Vista' . She also indicated that the new Allura ship's schedule was to be available January 2021 which of course with the COVID-10 pandemic never happened Time will tell what the official name and timing will be.
  3. Cruising with Oceania with a published dress code is on average 60-40% followed which is annoying. We enjoy dining in the Grand Dining Room and the Speciality restaurants which are all very elegant with great cuisine yet, you still see people walking in wearing t-shirts, ball caps etc. Many of the Maitre d's politely advise them but, not all enforce it. Jeans, shorts and t-shirts are appropriate for the Terrace and Waves restaurants.
  4. We've sailed on the Sirena, the other R ships and the larger Marina and Riviera and enjoyed all of them. Our most recent was Sydney to Auckland onboard the Regatta in February and the recent R refurbishments were lovely (Nautica the only R one not renovated to date). On the Sirena (which has our fav, Red Ginger restaurant) we were in a PH and the extra space was great as it was a long cruise however, we didn't see much benefit from having a butler other than he secured additional speciality reservations for us. On the R ships, we miss Jacques restaurant. For shore excursions we do
  5. I agree with the above statement and if physical distancing of 2 metres cannot be achieved for drill, simply wear a mask (this is what we are doing in most provinces in Canada now). Last year on Marina, we went to Grand Dining Room and this Jan-Feb, on Regatta also went to Grand Dining Room for our drills; on renovated Regatta, they also had safety video online as part of their new smart TVs but, don't recall the details (point in case that people don't remember videos). Perhaps other changes could be made as recall a time when you had to bring/wear your life jackets for drill e.g., two drills
  6. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. Successfully Secures Over $2 Billion of Additional Liquidity in Oversubscribed Capital Markets Transactions Well-Positioned to Weather COVID-19 Impacts Upon Completion of Proposed Transactions MIAMI, Florida – May 5, 2020 – Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NCLH) (the “Company”) today announced it successfully secured over $2 billion of additional liquidity in response to impacts of the COVID- 19 global pandemic on the Company and the cruise industry, including the temporary suspension of voyages, and to s
  7. We moved our Japan April 2021 cruise to April 2022 with the hope that the vaccine is readily available to everyone (all countries) else, will cancel. Have a FCD Certificate that expires February 2021 so hoping to book a cruise for late 2021 or another in 2022.
  8. Dining at our favourite, Red Ginger onboard the Marina, Riviera and the Sirena. Miso-glazed Sea Bass -- sweet and savoury complemented by lime/the fish is always moist - simply delicious!
  9. Blarney Castle + Cobh, August 2019 - Celtic Kingdoms Cruise onboard Marina. We didn't kiss the blarney stone but, threw it a kiss! In Cobh, we enjoyed walking the charming port town, seeing the Cathedral & Titantic Memorial.
  10. Thank you and sending good wishes for your family's recovery. Updated Travel Advisory online: https://www.oceaniacruises.com/coronavirus-statement. Excerpt: Oceania Cruises General Travel Advisory and COVID-19 Coronavirus Protocol Update as of 3/30/20 GENERAL TRAVEL ADVISORY The safety, security and well-being of our guests, crew and communities we visit is our number one priority. We continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 coronavirus situation and the global health environment. With COVID-19 continuing to impact communities and ports
  11. Sunset from the Terrace Cafe onboard Regatta in February leaving Tauranga enroute to Auckland, NZ. Dined on grilled lobster tails and a bottle of wine - sublime!
  12. Perhaps this will delay many of the new builds across the industry until the industry resumes to previous capacity levels and personal feeling is that industry may have now too many ocean/river ships sailing as some ports struggle to handle larger ships. We always wonder 'does the world really need to have more floating amusement ships for 4,000+'! On the positive side, it may provide improved 'industry' health sanitation standards for every day and especially at time of risk e.g., GI, Noro and heaven forbid another COVID19; expect there are standards now but, maybe areas for improvemen
  13. It is interesting that with the magnitude of cruise lines currently (or since January) sailing the world that to date (other than the river cruise in Egypt) only the Princess line has had COVID-19 outbreaks.
  14. Agree. We were onboard Regatta last month and temperatures were being taken starting Feb. 11th (approx.) each time we (passengers and crew) boarded ship after our days in ports of call in NZ; we were told it was a NCL mandatory protocol.
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