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    Point Richmond CA
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    Travel, Food, Wine, Sailing.
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Oceania
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    The Pacific Ocean

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  1. Flatbush Flyer

    My new pet peeve on Oceania

    The name tag issue is well known in Miami since many cruise comment cards have mentioned it. Supposedly, a change is under consideration. The "inappropriate" menu music is a relatively new thing. We shall see.
  2. Flatbush Flyer

    Curious about smaller/older ships

    Hardly an "authoritative" website. But at least it agrees that Celebrity and Disney are not up to par with what they are now calling "ultra-premium" (e.g., Oceania, Azamara...).
  3. Flatbush Flyer

    Champagne / Wine at embarkation

    🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷 That's all there is in a case. So, of course, replenishment is important.
  4. Flatbush Flyer

    1st cruise experience

    Kind of funny (unless it's YOUR money). BTW, Oceania doesn't do a whole lot of 7 night cruises. But you could do one of their few 7 day Caribbean or California coastal ones for about $2200/person (Veranda cabin) and that includes airfare (plus unlimited internet/beverages/specialty restaurants as well as a choice of booze or excursions or SBC). Of course, O's food and service will be impeccable and the demographic will be primarily well traveled and accomplished adults.
  5. Flatbush Flyer

    Bed By The Balcony (Slider) Important to You?

    So, you're the guy who's open balcony door is turning off the A/C in adjacent cabins!
  6. Flatbush Flyer

    My new pet peeve on Oceania

    Maybe the term "uplifting" is code 😉 I just double-checked the channels here on Sirena. The GDR menu is on 37. BTW, tonight's menu includes Red Ginger's Maylasian Beef Penang. Yum!
  7. Flatbush Flyer

    Curious about smaller/older ships

    Though decidedly a step above an entry level line like Carnival, Disney and Celebrity fall far off the mark as regards being considered "Premium" cruise lines.
  8. Flatbush Flyer

    My new pet peeve on Oceania

    Anyone who has perused my CC posts know that my major pet peeve on Oceania has long been the crew nametags. Small print fonts on a grey background render them basically useless. Now I've got a new one. Although minor, it still is worth a mention. During 2018, O started putting each evening's GDR menu on the cabin TVs (channel 37 on the R ships). It is accompanied by what has been described as "soft" music selections. However, on my current cruise, I've again noticed the consistent use of a somewhat questionable music genre (we also experienced this on our previous cruise several months ago). Given the cultural mix of passengers on any O ship, a careful listen to the lyrics of the "menu music " might raise a few eyebrows. After all, not everyone wants to be viewing what's for dinner while hearing that "Jesus loves you." Our current CD informs me that the music choice is made at HQ in Miami. Perhaps O has hired some former missionaries? In any case, check it out. And whatever you think, do remember that Jesus DOES love all God's children (even if they didn't go to "Cat-lick" school like me).😉
  9. Flatbush Flyer

    Curious about smaller/older ships

    The question is not so much about ship size/age as it may be about maintenance and update of the vessel. Of course, whether you do/don't want a floating amusement park and the "intimacy" of thousands of people in a somewhat confined space may also be a consideration. With only a rare exception, we cruise on a single premium cruise line where four of its six ships are well over 20 years old. The fourth one the line acquired (several years ago) was previously a Princess ship. It's amazing what a $40 million renovation/upgrade can accomplish. And over the next two years, all four of those "older" <700 passenger ships will each get a total multi-million dollar redecoration (while the two newer 1200 passenger ships will be joined by two new builds of similar size). And note as well that factors like crew/space per passenger ratios make one hell of a difference in your enjoyment. Beyond the maintenance/modernization factors, you also need to consider the quality of the cruise experience. IMO, service and food excellence are paramount. Certainly, itinerary matters. But, while Roman antiquities or Polynesian motus remain unchanged regardless of which ship gets you there, it is the quality of service, food and amenities on your "home away from home" that can make your cruise experience extraordinary.
  10. Flatbush Flyer

    1st cruise experience

    Too little information. What are your normal travel preferences, experiences, desires, demographics and what means do you have to afford them? These and other factors are very important in selecting a cruise, particularly when you may be looking at cruises longer than a one week "boat ride." There are several cruise industry segments including the "mass market" (e.g., Princess). Then there are the "premium" and "luxury" segments where "included" vs "optional" amenities may be the major difference. One thing that is certain is that there will be far less menu repetition on upscale cruise lines. On Oceania, for example, that repetition varies depending on itinerary but figure 21+\- days for a large part of the menu. Even more important is the quality of the food, which will always be of superior quality on premium/luxury lines. As for musical entertainment, the upscale lines generally have small ships, which certainly limit the size and scope of what their theaters can handle. However, again using Oceania as an example, on ships that accommodate <700 or <1200 passengers, there's a string quartet, cocktail piano player, show band and performance troupe (along with single/duet performers of every variety (assembled by the same agency as that used by NCL). IMO, if you want a Broadway Show, go to Broadway. BTW, there are far fewer "waiting to get on/off" lines on a ship with 700 passengers than on one with thousands of passengers. You mentioned "lectures." Oceania uses very experienced experts (often retired college professors) who bring to life the history, culture, etc of your ports rather than trying to sell you stuff. Might I suggest that you find a highly regarded cruise specialist travel agency (plenty of discussion threads here on CC explaining how to find exceptionally good ones). They can interview you and help find the right match (while also adding additional perks to your cruise purchase).
  11. Flatbush Flyer

    Champagne / Wine at embarkation

    Plus 1. we do it often.
  12. Flatbush Flyer

    How far in advance do you book?

    Oceania announced it's 2021 World Cruise only several days ago and, already, more than half the available allocated cabins are booked.
  13. Flatbush Flyer

    Deck 8 Owner's Suites on R class

    Ain't gonna happen.
  14. Flatbush Flyer

    Princess Water Packages

    Not the answer you're looking for but,have you considered other cruise lines- perhaps one that doesn't charge extra for bottled water?
  15. Flatbush Flyer

    Deck 8 Owner's Suites on R class

    If a two segment cruise is not marketed by Oceania as an "extended journey" (with a single booking number and discounted in comparison to the total cost of the two independent segments), you can make a custom "extended journey" (also discounted) as would be the case with the two segments you are booking. I know this because we're considering this same combination (though we may wait to see what the itinerary will be after Dubai (TBA mid-April)). As for the "B2B" issue, Oceania doesn't typically allow the sale of two adjacent segments as separate cruises since, theoretically, you could decide to take the RT air credit for each segment ($ loss to O). Instead, they sell "extended journeys" where you get a discounted fare and only the one to/from airfare or air credit. There are other pluses/minuses to "extended journeys." Depending on the length of each segment, it can affect how many cruise credits you get. On the other hand, you do get a head start on restaurant reservations vs others taking the second segment and you have more flexibility in buying booze packages that are for one or both segments. As for the noise issue on deck 8, I can't help you. We're small yacht sailors and find the B veranda cabins plenty big for our needs (thus allowing us to afford more O cruises each year). Nonetheless, I'd be asking the same question you are.
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