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    california
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    Golf, travel
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Oceania
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Europe

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  1. OMG folks, the stock price has taken off, $17+. Yes, it can go back down but at least it is making a move in the right direction. Someone on here bought in in the $7 range, congrats. Not the smartest investment for some but we will call it a symbolic investment. Our real hope is the industry comes back, the virus is arrested and we get a vaccine in due time and we learn some valuable lessons. We enjoy our cruise experiences and our Oceania family Ciao and see you on the high seas.
  2. Hawaiidan, If one thing I have learned in life; Happy Wife, Happy Life and it isn’t about the dollars. We just celebrated our 50th Anniversary and two things my wife loves, her annual trip to Maui to see the Humpbacks AND a cruise on Oceania. Oh yes, and 14 days is a minimum and the more the merrier, especially if long flights are involved. Another part is the wonderful people we meet on our trips on Oceania. We have been on numerous cruise lines but we feel we are returning home as soon as we set foot on board. Even when you start the boarding process, it is a totally different feel and we love it. Oceania is Home. We do get great benefits through our TA; Oceania Club Free Gratuities, SBC, and Excursions. An extra $250 SBC is always welcomed because it can add an evening in Prive with friends which is a very special experience. Any cruise on Marina or Riviera always includes an evening or two in Prive which our friends always look forward to when we are together. Now they embrace an evening in La Reserve and a Dom Perignon dinner. Many friends have also become Stockholders and believe me, they know how to spend the SBC. Again, Happy Wife, Happy Life.
  3. We were cancelled off a June Tokyo cruise, and one was refunded within 30 days. Three of us rebooked to September and December so rolled the money forward. Another couple also got their refund within 30 days. I think the 90 window was them giving themselves time to handle the volume because the people were fielding thousands of calls a day. NCLH tapped credit lines and the Government is stepping up to ensure the industry stays “afloat”. Don’t panic, they are a very good company and they care about their guests. Why else would you see 60-70% returnees on your cruises. The Club Ambassador’s parties, are always jammed. I am in contact with several ship staff from Regatta and Riviera and even though they have no passengers, the crew is being well taken care of by Oceania. They too want to get home to see family during these terrible times. Things will all shake out in time but not everyone will be happy. It is impossible to make everyone happy all the time but they do an excellent job of trying to achieve the impossible.
  4. OMG Pinotlover, So close to sharing a glass. We will be getting off in Rio on January 18. The conditions of rebooking our Insignia Tokyo to SF cruise was we had to select a cruise departing prior to Dec. 31 .We had some friends getting aboard on Dec. 5 in Miami for a Panama Canal trip so we selected this Extended Journey, Miami to Rio. BUMMER, we would have loved to sit and chat over a fine glass of vino. Back to the Stockholder benefit, that kind of benefit has been around the industry forever. We are looking forward to reaping the benefits as a Christmas present from NCLH. If Scrooge does not come through, that's life. I did have to smile this a.m. as I looked at the Stock market and saw things up for NCL as was Carnival and RCL. I would never buy any of these as a mainstay in our retirement portfolio, but it is fun to see the reactions of some to my "idea". Ciao all and lets pray the Covid 19 is left in our wake and medical science comes to our rescue. In the mean time we pray for all to remain safe, healthy and blessed.
  5. Hawaiidan, If one thing I have learned in life; Happy Wife, Happy Life and it isn’t about the dollars. We just celebrated our 50th Anniversary and two things my wife loves, her annual trip to Maui to see the Humpbacks AND a cruise on Oceania. Oh yes, and 14 days is a minimum and the more the merrier, especially if long flights are involved. Another part is the wonderful people we meet on our trips on Oceania. We have been on numerous cruise lines but we feel we are returning home as soon as we set foot on board. Even when you start the boarding process, it is a totally different feel and we love it. Oceania is Home. We do get great benefits through our TA; Oceania Club Free Gratuities, SBC, and Excursions. An extra $250 SBC is always welcomed because it can add an evening in Prive with friends which is a very special experience. Any cruise on Marina or Riviera always includes an evening or two in Prive which our friends always look forward to when we are together. Now they embrace an evening in La Reserve and a Dom Perignon dinner. Many friends have also become Stockholders and believe me, they know how to spend the SBC. Again, Happy Wife, Happy Life.
  6. Hawaiidan, If one thing I have learned in life; Happy Wife, Happy Life and it isn’t about the dollars. We just celebrated our 50th Anniversary and two things my wife loves, her annual trip to Maui to see the Humpbacks AND a cruise on Oceania. Oh yes, and 14 days is a minimum and the more the merrier, especially if long flights are involved. Another part is the wonderful people we meet on our trips on Oceania. We have been on numerous cruise lines but we feel we are returning home as soon as we set foot on board. Even when you start the boarding process, it is a totally different feel and we love it. Oceania is Home. We do get great benefits through our TA; Oceania Club Free Gratuities, SBC, and Excursions. An extra $250 SBC is always welcomed because it can add an evening in Prive with friends which is a very special experience. Any cruise on Marina or Riviera always includes an evening or two in Prive which our friends always look forward to when we are together. Now they embrace an evening in La Reserve and a Dom Perignon dinner. Many friends have also become Stockholders and believe me, they know how to spend the SBC. Again, Happy Wife, Happy Life.
  7. We can only hope the SBC continues for us Shareholders. IF it all holds together and you happen to be on Marina for the Holidays heading to South America, I will buy you a glass of Pinot and we will celebrate together. If not on board, hoist a glass to the dummy who made such a suggestion, you knew better. Ciao
  8. I will say any NCL stock purchase will be speculative and full of risk. That said, nothing ventured, nothing gained. I would rather be an optimist and believe the industry will not be allowed to sink, figuratively or literally. I was just sharing a thought and a minor way to show some support for a cruise line we really enjoy, especially our Oceania family. It wasn't much, call it equivalent to a few Shore Excursions that turned out to be less than stellar. I put my money where my mouth is and ponied up a $1,000 and when we hopefully take our cruise in December, as a Stockholder, we will receive an extra $250 in SBC. I will call that a good Return on Investment. A cruise or two in 2021 or 2022 with a couple more $250 SBC gifts and it will be a $750 ROI. I am betting into 2021 it will be well above what I paid for it. Like everyone, we all make some dumb expenditures in life so time will tell the story. Just a thought and a gamble and worth every cent that was paid for it which was $0.00. With luck and an end to this Covid 19 pandemic, we will see you again on a future Oceania cruise.
  9. Up to 6 days is $50, 7-14 days is $100, 15 days + is $250 we figure we will get a bonus every time we sail and we believe the industry will rebound so the potential is great. Like was said, it isn’t a huge investment and after several longer cruises, your SBC will have paid for the investment. If it gets back to $50 in a year or two, that’s over 4 times return on your investment. Buy low sell high! I will buy a second block of shares to make sure I always get the SBC on all future cruises and use the other block to “ride the wave”. Ciao all O lovers
  10. Quick read and post guys. Yes it looks like a great and profitable opportunity and I love the extra SBC. You can never have too much. Bonnie got a lovely necklace last trip for a fraction of the cost. Gerry
  11. The cruise line industry is in the “Tank” and stock prices are VERY low. When you are a Shareholder of NCL cruise line, 100 shares, you receive a benefit from NCLH of $50, $100, or $250 in Ship Board Credit on every cruise. Yesterday the price was under $12. A bunch of our Oceania travel friends have also become shareholders. The stock price will eventually go up AND we are booked on some future cruises and looking forward to taking advantage of this benefit. At $60 a share I opted out but at today’s prices, it presents a great opportunity for us travelers. Check it out and NO, I am not an employee of any NCL company but I am a travel agent so this applies to any of the major cruise lines. Just sharing an idea. Gerry
  12. I can’t speak as a Single but we have had several single friends travel with us and they met guests who have become very good friends. Be willing to Share your dining table, be it in the Grand Dining Room, or any of the 2-4 Premium Restaurants. We just got off 30 days on Riviera, Southampton to NYC, wonderful, and one of our friends traveled as a Single. Try out the Artists Loft, Noel Suarez may be the artist on board and he is from Miami and very good at helping you create a frame able painting, whether you consider yourself artistic or not. You MUST DINE IN RED GINGER. OUTSTANDING! Country Club Casual is a blessing, NO FORMAL NIGHTS! Join the Cruise Critic Roll Call for your cruise and start meeting people before the cruise and possibly join some small group tours. The staff thrives on your interest and chatter with them. They can be amazing and we are still in touch with many of them. Met a Sommelier in Toscana this past trip that we initially met on her first cruise contract 6 years ago, she called us by name and we remembered Sean instantly. 😁 For a first timer, Riviera and Marina and its Premiums, enhanced services and staff would be great, 1250 pax max. Best description, they are an Oceania R Class ship on Steroids, luxurious but an intimate feeling. If you enjoy cooking, the Culinary Center is great fun, hands on with the chef and small group of guests, and you eat your creations. The other ships are also excellent with max 684 pax. We always meet the Oceania Club Ambassador, aka future cruise guru. Oceania is different than other lines, the BEST price is sold on board, discount given and the Best Price Guarantee with a reduced Deposit along with an extra $100 SBC added to your current cruise. Enjoy, Gerry and Bonnie, 20 O cruises
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