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  1. GeezerCouple

    Azamara vs Oceania

    With that kind of attitude and claim ("we can make any changes we wish" and no fare adjustment, no waiving of cancel penalty), they could also claim "we changed the 14 day cruise to 5 days, and also cancelled all port stops, so we'll just sail around in circles for less than half the time (or, heck, just anchor slightly off shore and save fuel!). How is this written in Azamara's contract? (And for any/all cruise lines, is it *this* open ended for "any changes we wish"?) ??? GC
  2. This is what DH usually does on vacations (unless it's combined with a business meeting or side-trip). But on O's Riviera a couple of years ago, he didn't bring a tie, even though it was a holiday cruise, Christmas and New Years. Well, it turned out that NYE was a bit more "festive dressy" that he/we expected. Not "fancy", but more people than we expected were just a bit dolled up. O had given everyone a small gift, which was nicely wrapped, including lovely red long ribbon tied around the little package the traditional way. We had opened it carefully, planning to keep the ribbon as a little souvenir. (Yeah, we need more "stuff" in the house ) So DH made a "bow tie" out of the ribbon. It was sort of a combo "bow tie/bolo tie". He got a lot of compliments and smiles. It was much more fun/festive than a regular tie would have been! GC
  3. Can you order a replacement license online? If so, do it before you leave, and you'll have it waiting when you return. GC
  4. GeezerCouple

    Use your Amex Platinum

    Does Amex Plat still have that type of travel insurance? I think they discontinued travel insurance entirely a few years back, for a while, but I'm not sure what they replaced it with... if they did (?). GC
  5. We are eager to see the Chocolate Factory, and spend a bit of time there, and of course, it would be exceedingly rude not to purchase some chocolate, right? Does anyone know how far it is from the cruise port, and approximately how much it costs for a taxi there? Are taxis easily available for a return to the port, or should we ask one to wait? Also, although we don't want a huge tour, are there any special sights that are sort of en route from port to Chocolate Factory? (We probably need to avoid spice factories, or minimize time near them, due to possible allergies.) We understand that this is a "little" factory, but that makes it more interesting. (For example, we were fascinated a few years ago with a tour of the Curacao factory... not at all what we envisioned in advance, and we loved seeing it for that reason.) Many thanks! GC
  6. GeezerCouple

    Booze in room!

    Why not ask this on the Princess cruise line sub-forum, where there will be more of those who sail with that particular line. GC
  7. GeezerCouple

    Hurtigruten sledding options

    I believe Hunding, who posted about the new "several seatings" is on the cruise right now. GC
  8. GeezerCouple

    Need advice on timing dinner, pool, etc.

    Why don't you post this on the Royal Caribbean subforum of CC. Then you'll reach the eyes of people with experience specifically with "how things work" on Royal Caribbean. There may also be some good suggestions here, but it will be better if you can reach more CC members who are familiar with routines on RC. GC
  9. GeezerCouple

    Prescription Mouthwash

    In the future, and especially if you'll be flying, could you ask the pharmacist to dispense the full quantity, but in a few smaller individual bottles? You might need for the physician/dentist to write this out, and it might help if the Rx includes "for travel". Sometimes that can override other defaults (or get insurance coverage, etc.). And if flying, keep the Rx script copy with you, too. GC
  10. GeezerCouple

    Hurtigruten sledding options

    So sorry you are experiencing that type of "dining" situation. It's quite different from what we experienced in March. We still had the "two seating" model. And although it was buffet and not served for breakfast and lunch, we didn't find it unruly. It was slightly chaotic (that sounds worse than I intended!), but everyone was polite and well-mannered. It was just that people were wandering around to see what was laid out so they knew what to choose. That's more a function of the many choices available, which was a "plus", not a negative. But the description of the waitstaff at dinner...!? Not at all what we experienced. In fact, I barely remember being offered any after-dinner drinks. I'm not remembering any, actually. Perhaps that was because we were first seating, and they wanted to clear us out so they could set up for second seating? We ordered wine shortly after we sat down, and there wasn't any pushing of offering "more". (We got wine by the glass, in which case we would have expected more "pushing" of a second glass. Usually we get nicer bottles, but on Hurtigruten, as I had mentioned before, we were delighted to see some of those nicer wines available by the glass. Not inexpensive, but a full bottle would have been even more "not expensive" But we didn't think they were overpriced, compared with other cruise lines or even restaurants. It was just *very* nice to see such a selection, especially by the glass.) I would have thought that having mutiple "tiered" seatings, by location, would make it better, not worse. After all, they don't need to wait for *everyone* to finish before the "next" seating. And serving *everyone* also takes longer, so that stretches out the length of each of the two seatings before people can even start eating, etc. And pushing the after-dinner drinks... that should make it harder to turn over the area in a timely fashion. I wonder if they *just* started this, and either haven't figured out how to handle things? Too bad. We found the dinner service to be very nice indeed, even though it was simplified by the pre-planned servings (including those with special dietary preferences). Let us know if things pick up! GC
  11. GeezerCouple

    Butler Xavier: Still with Oceania?

    Oh, good for you. He was amazing. Everything was always "just right". GC
  12. Or, if this is a strict medical requirement, contact the Access Desk (special needs), and they'll arrange for a contact person to help you select meals in advance. Not everything can be available "with no added salt" on short notice, such as things made in large batches that also require some cooking time, etc. We found them very happy to make items individually (if possible) for specific dietary needs, as long as they had sufficient time. GC
  13. Is Xavier still with Oceania? If so, does anyone know which ship he is on? GC
  14. GeezerCouple

    La reserve...changes ??

    They seemed quite eager to please. I have an allergy to a relatively common ingredient. I always discuss in advance with waitstaff and occasionally a chef. For La Reserve, I notified them in advance, prior to the cruise. When we were served, they double checked that I was <name> and needed a special preparation with the ingredient, and it was then placed in front of me, for one of the courses. It didn't affect the others. I doubt this will be the first time they've dealt with this, these days. We were a bit underwhelmed by the wine selections, but that's just us and "our thing". The food was *excellent*. GC
  15. Guest Relations / Reservations For Immediate Assistance Local:305-514-2300 Toll-free:(855) 335-2363 Call Center Hours:Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Saturday : 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sunday : 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Also, it's Oceania, not Oceanic. GC
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