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Forum: Celebrity Cruises October 13th, 2014, 01:39 PM
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Posted By Aloha 1
Short answer is no, as long as they are...

Short answer is no, as long as they are maintained and dry-docked for refit on a regular basis. X has NOT done this with the M class. Sure, they spruced up the public spaces during the...
Forum: Oceania Cruises September 30th, 2014, 07:34 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,227
Posted By Aloha 1
To be honest, La Reserve beats any Chef's table...

To be honest, La Reserve beats any Chef's table on Princess, Celebrity, RCCL, etc. The quality of the cuisine and the number and variety of wines paired easily outshines the others, and I've had some...
Forum: Oceania Cruises September 24th, 2014, 03:07 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,744
Posted By Aloha 1
And now we are back in the land of clean...

And now we are back in the land of clean restrooms and underarm deodorant. :) Here's my overall impression of Oceania:

Suites (and other Veranda cabins) = A+ Roomier than Regent and Princess....
Forum: Oceania Cruises September 23rd, 2014, 08:07 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,744
Posted By Aloha 1
Monday morning brought the sad news of that...

Monday morning brought the sad news of that horrible word, disembarkation. We had arranged private pick up at the port to transport us to the Intercontinental Hotel. Leaving our beautiful home for...
Forum: Oceania Cruises September 23rd, 2014, 07:48 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,744
Posted By Aloha 1
We had booked a tour with another couple to see...

We had booked a tour with another couple to see as much as we could cover in a half day of the Old City. Our guide, Lale, actually worked for Rick Steves when he was filming his Istanbul episodes. In...
Forum: Oceania Cruises September 23rd, 2014, 07:29 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,744
Posted By Aloha 1
Our last port of call was Istanbul, or the former...

Our last port of call was Istanbul, or the former Constantinople. We had never been to this city before but I was certainly aware of it's storied history. Founded in the 2nd century CE as Nova Roma...
Forum: Oceania Cruises September 23rd, 2014, 07:06 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,744
Posted By Aloha 1
Glad you enjoyed it. More to come!

Glad you enjoyed it. More to come!
Forum: Oceania Cruises September 21st, 2014, 04:19 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,744
Posted By Aloha 1
Saturday was Kusadasi, a port we had been to...

Saturday was Kusadasi, a port we had been to twice before. The ancient city of Ephesus is the main draw. The former Roman capitol of the province of Asia Minor, Ephesus is one of the best preserved...
Forum: Oceania Cruises September 21st, 2014, 03:48 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,744
Posted By Aloha 1
We were supposed to be in Haifa, Israel for three...

We were supposed to be in Haifa, Israel for three days (two overnights) plus a sea day. Instead, Haifa was cancelled and Alanya, Turkey and Santorini, Patmos, and Mykonos Greece were added.
Forum: Oceania Cruises September 20th, 2014, 08:25 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,744
Posted By Aloha 1
Yesterday, we anchored off Mykonos. Originally...

Yesterday, we anchored off Mykonos. Originally this was to be a sea day but the island was added and we were glad as we had not been there before. Mykonos has a permanent population of only 5,000....
Forum: Oceania Cruises September 20th, 2014, 08:12 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,744
Posted By Aloha 1
Wednesday, brought Patmos Island, our second...

Wednesday, brought Patmos Island, our second unplanned port. We'd been here before and knew this would be our least favorite stop. Patmos is a dry barren island who's only "claim to fame" is that it...
Forum: Oceania Cruises September 17th, 2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,744
Posted By Aloha 1
Regarding the culinary classes: Our chef...

Regarding the culinary classes: Our chef instructor was Noelle Barille. She is a CIA graduate and currently lives in Italy. She is an excellent instructor who combines humor with great teaching...
Forum: Oceania Cruises September 15th, 2014, 11:35 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,744
Posted By Aloha 1
This cruise was supposed to spend 3 days in...

This cruise was supposed to spend 3 days in Israel docked at Haifa. That went out the window with the Hamas missile attacks so alternative ports were chosen. Our first of these ports was a mere 45...
Forum: Oceania Cruises September 15th, 2014, 11:19 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,744
Posted By Aloha 1
Thanks to all for your kind comments. Very...

Thanks to all for your kind comments. Very little, if any, internet the last two days. A notice came in today's Currents that due to the solar storm that hit this weekend, satellite connection had...
Forum: Oceania Cruises September 13th, 2014, 02:07 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,744
Posted By Aloha 1
Dinner was at the last of the specialty...

Dinner was at the last of the specialty restaurants on Riviera, Red Ginger. We are fans of Asian food plus the Chef's cooking demonstration featured the Head Chef from this restaurant so we looked...
Forum: Oceania Cruises September 13th, 2014, 01:54 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,744
Posted By Aloha 1
Our next port of call was Crete. Recent...

Our next port of call was Crete. Recent archeological discoveries have now pushed human occupation of this island back 100,000 years! Most likely our cousins, Homo Erectus. Our main objective was the...
Forum: Oceania Cruises September 13th, 2014, 11:13 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,744
Posted By Aloha 1
Not much in that way. Did see a one day limited...

Not much in that way. Did see a one day limited offer for a 15 minute facial or back diagnosis, or hair comb out. Plus a Pick & Mix package of two 25 minute treatments for USD $120. Don't know if...
Forum: Oceania Cruises September 13th, 2014, 11:07 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,744
Posted By Aloha 1
I didn't take the wine package as DW is not much...

I didn't take the wine package as DW is not much of a drinker and we already have the Prestige drink package. The listed bottles seem a nice mix of Cali, Italy, Chile, France, Spain, and NZ but with...
Forum: Oceania Cruises September 12th, 2014, 09:07 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,744
Posted By Aloha 1
Almost forgot, last night was our CC Meet &...

Almost forgot, last night was our CC Meet & Greet. Kudos to Randall Abrahams, our very capable Executive Concierge. We had initially planned to do this on the first Sea Day at 5PM in Horizons....
Forum: Oceania Cruises September 12th, 2014, 08:55 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,744
Posted By Aloha 1
Day three brought us to Malta, the fortress...

Day three brought us to Malta, the fortress island and the most bombed place on earth during WWII. We took the Hop On-Hop Off bus and went to Mdina, the former seat of power. Amazing to think that...
Forum: Oceania Cruises September 12th, 2014, 08:34 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,744
Posted By Aloha 1
No, there is a list of wines. 2 sparkling, 8...

No, there is a list of wines. 2 sparkling, 8 whites, and 12 reds. Pick any seven at $42.50/bottle to make your package. Not aware of any per bottle discount package but did note that we got a 20%...
Forum: Oceania Cruises September 11th, 2014, 08:19 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,744
Posted By Aloha 1
Thanks to all for your comments. Regarding POLO,...

Thanks to all for your comments. Regarding POLO, as I stated you either love it or not. Although the food was good, I did not feel it was a "wow" experience especially when compared to the other...
Forum: Oceania Cruises September 10th, 2014, 11:44 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,744
Posted By Aloha 1
Dinner last night was at Polo. Seems on this...

Dinner last night was at Polo. Seems on this board you either love Polo or hate it. Here's my take. My wife is not really a red meat eater and was disappointed there weren't fish offerings other than...
Forum: Oceania Cruises September 10th, 2014, 11:32 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,744
Posted By Aloha 1
Sailaway from Barcelona was short and sweet. We...

Sailaway from Barcelona was short and sweet. We bid farewell to Insignia which docked nearby around Noon. Dinner at Jacques was superb. DW and DS had the Dover Sole and I managed to sneak a taste....
Forum: Oceania Cruises September 10th, 2014, 11:26 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,744
Posted By Aloha 1
Had lunch in Waves which was very relaxed and not...

Had lunch in Waves which was very relaxed and not as crowded as the Terrace. Based on recommends from some of this Forum's most prolific posters, we ordered the "double surf, no turf, no bun" Thanks...
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