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  1. thank you. this has been helpful. Im planning on packing dressy black skirt and several dressy tops to mix like black crepe, silky red plus a sparkly wrap or two. I always bring several pashminas and thin cardigan. It is freezing in dining rooms as stated. Also have slacks to go with the tops. Daytime just a couple of capris pants and tops. One long tropical type dress. I hope to spend a lot of daytime in beach and pool attire! 

  2. 1 hour ago, gotta cruise again said:

    We often sail to the Caribbean in December, either just the week before Christmas or for a New Year’s cruise. To me, these seem to be dressier cruises due to the holidays but even if others aren’t so dressy, DH and I do like to dress up on formal nights. 

    This NYE cruise, I plan on wearing velvet narrow slacks with dressy top on one of the formal nights (though I’ve worn the pants on multiple formal nights with just a different top). Then on the other evenings, I’ll still wear the velvet pants with more casual tops (makes packing easy!); the casual tops can be worn again later in the week during the day with shorts. I also have a dressy jump suit and I’m taking it this year for NYE but it will only be worn once. All are machine washable too!


    I’ve also worn sparkly sweaters in the Caribbean as it can get quite cool inside so I think your winter white will be just perfect.


    I do bring another pair of slacks for non-formal evenings in the event we choose to skip the main dining room, which I’ll wear with one of the casual tops.


    Hope this helps!!

    Thanks so much for taking the time to write that! Much appreciate and was helpful. I am also wondering about colors - Do you pack bright and light colored summer things ... for example, would you wear a summer sundress or white slacks etc or are you sticking to black for evening - or bringing some of both?... Any other time of year and I wouldn't even have a question. Thanks again. 

  3. Have not been on a cruise to Caribbean before although have gone to Aruba during holidays several times.  What do I pack esp for evening? 14 days over Xmas and new year leaving from Miami to various southern Caribbean ports and key west. I went shopping and everything being sold now of course is lots of black, red, sparkles, gold, winter white etc. Should I bring summer colors and styles? Will it be warm and summery? Especially want to know what to wear evenings.  Only bring summer clothes or some of the lighter weight typical Xmas holiday type stuff? Can’t pack everything.  Bought a nice winter white outfit with sweater top.  Is this going to be ridiculous in that climate and look silly? Thanks all.  

  4. 2 hours ago, leaveitallbehind said:

    My advice would be to talk with your physician, who would best know your medical history and any potential risks you would face, and follow their guidance.


    Our suggestions or experience really would have no bearing on you individually, and as you seem to be concerned about this, your doctor would know best how to advise you.


    FLY EAGLES FLY! ( also from Philly) We are both going to get the HepA vaccines. Thanks for all the input from everyone here.

  5. 1 hour ago, new_cruiser said:

    If you read carefully, the CDC recommendation for Typhus vaccination is not as strong as that for HEP A:

    Hepatitis A

    CDC recommends this vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Barbados, regardless of where you are eating or staying.

    get_vaccinated eat_drink

    You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Barbados. CDC recommends this vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.

    The text above is an example from the CDC Barbados web page: 


    For Hep A, it says: "regardless of where you are eating or staying". For Typhoid, the recommendation is more targeted to those going where food sanitation might not be as well controlled: e.g. smaller cities and rural areas; or for adventurous eaters. 


    On the CDC website about the vaccine, it doesn't mention any need for boosters.


    For adults, it only mentions getting the vaccine if you have not had it previously.  I've not seen a recommendation for getting a booster anywhere.


    There have been Hep A outbreaks in the US, some where restaurants were the source. Since you only need to get the two shot vaccine series once (or 3 shot series if you do the combined Hep A / Hep B vaccine), it makes sense for an unvaccinated adult  such as the OP's husband to go ahead and get the vaccine. 


    Thanks New Cruiser.  Appreciate. This stuff is not cut and dried which is why I posted in the first place. UPenn Infectious disease and travel med  and the CDC state that immunity lasts for twenty years after two shots. I’m about twenty two years since. they said that one shot for me  might suffice as yes a “booster”.  

  6. 1 minute ago, Shorex said:

    If you know the CDC suggests it, then you have probably visited their Hepatitis A vaccination website page here. That information is more valuable and reliable than opinions (even mine!) on a public cruise forum. Basically, it's a risk analysis decision. Given your age and health, are you willing to tolerate the risk of contracting Hep A? Does your personal physician have any reservations about you being immunized?


    Hep A is about $60 pp per administration at our Costco (no consultation fee). Whether one dose is valuable as a "booster" is a question for your physician or pharmacist.


    What other random people on the internet do should have no influence on your decision making process about your health. Timely immunizations for Hep A, Tdap, flu, and a couple others are part of our health maintenance routine. That's us - do what's right for you.




    50 minutes ago, mom says said:

    ?? Then why are you asking the question here? If you have read all of the CDC advisories and information on Hepatitis A, why do you need input from total strangers who likely have zero medical background? 


    And the statement from some travellers that they've visited the area more than once and didn't contract it carries no weight since it IS present in the area, just as it is present where you live. Therefore there IS a chance you could come down with it. Do you feel lucky? Well do ya?


    And FTR,  we keep all of our recommended immunizations up to date, including Hepatitis.



    CDC also suggests Typhus vaccination in the same sentence where they suggest HEP A yet most ppl would not get and do not need Typhus vaccine. 

  7.  What other random people on the internet do should have no influence on your decision making process about your health.


    Really? Gee I never would have figured that out on my own.  I realize what you are saying. People come to message boards for opinions which i find helpful. I do believe I have the adequate IQ and intelligence to come to the correct conclusions but thanks for the warning "Mom". 

  8. Would never have thought about getting it again (first time for husband) but i saw something mentioned on a message board about it. - Found out that CVS has it in stock and with our insurance a little under $80.00 per shot. I called BC/BS directly and they said not covered - but the pharmacist put it into the computer for me and found out that insurance actually WILL cover a portion of it. BC/BS rep on the phone was wrong.  They often are.... it takes so many calls and digging around and due diligence for just about everything these days - almost like a full time job. Thanks for your reply.

  9. We will be going on a 14 day cruise to many different Caribbean ports. CDC says Hepatitis A is recommended. I had it in 1998 (two doses) before travelling to the Med. My husband never did. We were wondering if we really need it. It is not cheap (but getting sick is obviously much worse). 39 per person for consult at Infections Disease and Travel medicine dept plus each shot is about 86.00 (you need two each) - one of them at least 10 days before travelling and the second one six months later. Some people have said that Hep A can be contracted almost anywhere - it is a food and water borne virus.  Two shots I heard are said to confer immunity for up to 20 years. I may only get one shot as a booster. However, I know so many people who go on Caribbean cruises and I have never heard of anyone talking about or having gotten this immunization. The CDC however, does suggest it. Just curious about what my fellow cruisers know and think about this topic. 

  10. 2 minutes ago, LHT28 said:

    No Hassle

    walk to the taxi stand   or call UBER   go to the hotel  in downtown Miami

    next morning  take a taxi or UBER to the port


    If you take  a free or fee based shuttle you are waiting for others to fill  the van then  going to the port there are multiple  drop offs at the different  piers


    Thank you. yes that is the simplest. we used uber to go to airport in our hometown. worked out well. Thx again. 

  11. Hi, We are leaving on a cruise in December out of port of Miami and want to fly in to MIA the day before. Anyone have suggestions for best and easiest way to do this? Are there any hotels where you could get directly from your flight at MIA to the hotel without needing a taxi or shuttle (walking). If not, are there any hotels near to the cruise ship terminals and or near to the airport that might provide transportation. Looking for hotel suggestions and ideas. Never sailed out of Miami before. Was looking at a Marriot at Biscayne Bay - but trying to avoid two taxi trips (i.e. from the airport to the hotel and then the next day to the cruise ship terminal) - THANKS ALL!

    I apologize if there are already threads about this - I searched and could not find. 

  12. 17 minutes ago, klfrodo said:


    I would have to assume that is because you wanted to either waive pre-existing conditions, was looking for Cancel For Any Reason coverage, or both.

    Most insurance companies require you to cover all non-refundable trip costs to add those coverages.


    However, I was in the same boat as you. My websites that I use to compare companies and coverages did not show me a policy that covered what I wanted. I sent an e-mail to Steve at tripinsurancestore and he helped my find a policy that would waive pre-existing conditions but only based on a trip cost of $500 rather than the entire trip cost. (I really only wanted Medical and Evac) ((I can absorb possible cancellation)).    

    The caveat is you residency. Each State has it's own insurance commission and regulates what can and what cannot be covered and/or sold.


    Thank you KLFrodo. Our issue is that I have a 91 year old mother. While maybe we can absorb a 12 K loss on the cost of a cruise - I sure would not want to risk that much money. I looked at the policy onine in detail that Oceania has.... (Aon underwrites it) - it does not contain clear language that says you are covered for cancellation due to a family member who is not travelling with you - that is a glaring omission. I am not a lawyer but I can read. In contrast, the Alllianz policies clearly state in two separate paragraphs what is covered for both family members travelling with you and not travelling with you. We don't really have any pre-existing conditions right now = even my mother - that we need to be concerned about.  last cruise Atlas travel provided us with coverage via Allianz that was their own "custom blend" - it allowed pre-existing condition coverage however you did not have to pay for it until you paid the final deposit. If you purchase Allianz on your own - they will not cover you unless you pay for the policy in full within 10 days of initial deposit. That is too soon to cough up that much money imho.  Also, the Citi Advantage American Airline card has excellent medical and evac coverage on it.  This is way too complicated for me. I have a headache now (that may be a pre-existing condition -  😉  ) - thank you for that email - I have written it down for future reference. Take care. Happy sailing. 

  13. Thanks so much for your response LDV.  I think you are correct.  I find that insuremytrip website borderline useless.  No real descriptions given. I may actually look into the Oceania policy.  They don’t make you pay for it until final payment. If it’s a couple hundred more or less than competitor may be worth it to just go with them. I like to save money as much as anyone else does, but at a certain point the hassle factor and value of my time just isn’t worth it.  

  14. We have a premium credit card with American Airlines. CitiBank Advantage. Before 2017 it gave $5,000 per insured of excellent trip insurance coverage. They still offer the same coverage but now it is only $5,000 per TRIP.  We recently went on a cruise and travel agent placed a policy with Allianz. They said they would not insure us unless we purchased coverage based upon the full value of the cruise. Is there a way to just purchase supplemental coverage. I do not feel as if I researched this adequately. Thank you.  

  15. On 8/29/2018 at 8:49 PM, Paulchili said:

    Agree with sitraveler.

    I doubt very much that any are sold out this far out (unless it is on the RTW cruise) - most likely they are not listed yet. The excursions for some ports may not have been finalized yet (like Tokyo, for example)

    Keep checking periodically.

    Yes the Alhambra tour is still sold out and has been from the gitgo. Have booked it privately with Spain Day Tours instead. 

  16. I'd like to resurrect this thread. My husband and I enjoy dancing and we like classic rock and roll too. We were on Oceania Riviera in April 2017 and somewhat disappointed - no real dancing that we saw other than at the Captain's reception. Maybe we just did not know where to look. We had previously been on a very small ship - Uniworld SS Catherine Riverboat and even though only approx 100 passengers they had music and dancing every night - it was a lot of fun - for those that stayed up in the evenings.

    It is a port intensive cruise and cruise line and people need to be up pretty early - but not every day... Was wondering if anyone who has sailed recently on Marina or Riviera can provide more info on this topic.

    Sailing on Riviera April, 2019.

  17. Thank you as well. So the 25% discount is 5 or more excursions per-person, correct? So if we have 8 OLife, 4 per person, the 5th and beyond is 25%, or is it the 6th and beyond?


    I do have to say, after looking at Oceania excursions, their pricing seems weird. I saw one excursion that can be had for $30 from the vendor (Its a simple trolley ride) priced at $149 with Oceania. Others are your typical cruise markup like $39 for $49.


    I see they also have an "unlimited" excursion price, it's $985 for a 10 port cruise, and I'm guessing its per-person.


    Ano the 25% is applied when you have SIX shore excursions pp not five!! Yes some of the pricing seems weird.


  18. Just checked again - the tour to Alhambra on April 30, 2019 is listed as SOLD OUT in red. Rather annoying. In fact, the whole excursion process seems disorganized. The PDF, as I posted, that was emailed to us doesn't even have all the ports listed and they are in different orders than what is on the website. It is a very long time from now to be sold out already - i don't get it. There is also another tour that day to some type of antique car place that is also listed as SOLD OUT>

  19. Just booked Oceania Cruise for April 2019 London to Barcelona (yes - looked at roll call page - not much activity there). So, put the deposit down today. We are puzzled. We got a PDF emailed to us with the excursions. It is missing excursions for several of the ports that we see on the website. Porto for example. Also, a couple of tours we looked at are already sold out. The one to the Alhambra. So, does that mean our only option is to go with another tour company? We don't want to but if it is sold out eight months in advance what are our options?

    I thought we read that tours could not be booked more than 180 days out in the Oceania literature. It also seems that prices are not even given for some of the ports as yet. So, my conclusion is that they release tours in dribs and drabs? Not sure how to go about this. Very confusing. If anyone can clear it up would appreciate it.

  20. The Reserve Card also gives you entry into Priority Pass airport lounges. It was a nice benefit after having a flight delay that caused a missed connection and a 8 hour connection in Singapore. We visited 4 different lounges after we became bored with the scenery in each. :D


    Yes the American Airlines advantage upgraded Citibank master card I refer to gives access to their lounges, no baggage charge , priority boarding status is easier to obtain and other percs. It costs 450 per year. However recently they lowered the trip coverage for cancellation From 5000 her traveler to 5000 per trip which is a major disappointment. American Airlines is now pushing the Barclay visa card called aviator. However that card doesn’t have trip insurance even though it’s only $95 per year. Hard to keep up with this stuff and we don’t like having too many different cards.

  21. Thanks to all of your for helpful quotes. I have been researching the past few days and wanted to share. I found out from Citibank Benefits people that we can have dual coverage. We only have 5k of trip cancellation coverage (it is good coverage but limited dollarwise). Therefore, we will be buying a policy from Allianz through the travel agent but will lower the dollar amount of the cost of the trip by 5K - we will still get all of the same medical coverages and emergency evacuation as before but it brings the premium down quite a bit. In the event we have to cancel for a covered reason, Allianz will be the primary coverage and Citibank will pick up what they did not cover. The only caveat is that we will of course have to put 5K worth of the trip on that credit card. We cannot split it up to double the coverage - on this card, my husband and I both have the same account numbers as it is tied to his airline rewards miles. Hope this helps some of you to save some money.

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