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  1. I agree, even if they have the "year built" wrong in the listing. Given CCL's desire to downsize the fleet Pacific Princess doesn't seem like she fits anymore.
  2. A change of pace is a complete understatement! For the most part the crew do have a blast! They work many more hours than they normally would, but they also have a good time! We’ve done a number of charter sailings with RSVP (nearly the same as Atlantis) and it is hard to describe just how different a charter is compared to the regular day 2 day.
  3. That cruise is now a charter with Atlantis Events. https://atlantisevents.com/venice-to-athens-cruise
  4. Expensive, but still better than the Manhattan terminal! I think it was up to $44 per day the last time we departed from Manhattan!
  5. Thank you for the pictures. Personally we'd prefer option 2, Oceania. The tiered server certainly looks very elegant but I prefer only taking what I want from the cart. Viking Ocean does the tiered tea tray as well, we felt we wasted too much on the days we only wanted a little nibble. Just my humble opinion, neither is right or wrong! 🙂
  6. Naaah, that would have required a very difficult trip to a file cabinet to find those old photos... then finding someone in the building who would know how to somehow magically digitize the printed photo. Two nearly impossible tasks! 😀
  7. We knew we could have, but honestly it didn't bug us that much. had she done that I would have been a little annoyed since they were still a bit damp, but the floor is ticked me off the most!
  8. I agree! The last few cruises my mom was able to take we used a small travel wheelchair to get around the ship and the ports (when she went ashore). I said several numerous times this cruise (and on prior times on Insignia) to DH, "I couldn't imagine trying to get Mom through that door!" referring to the doors to the outside decks. Never mind the tiny elevators! The R class ships are great, but they were certainly designed before considerations for those with mobility challenges.
  9. Final installment... There were a few other minor things that came up, nothing that ruined our cruise, or nothing that would prevent us from booking Oceania in the future. The first and the most annoying was our cabin, we never got the temperature cool enough. The first thing we noticed when entering our cabin was it was a bit warm, I immediately turned the A/C all the way down hoping it was cool down as the day progressed. Sadly it never did, the next morning we dropped by the reception desk in the morning to ask for someone to check the A/C because we felt the cabin was too warm. Late
  10. There were a few other minor things that came up, nothing that ruined our cruise, or nothing that would prevent us from booking Oceania in the future. The first and the most annoying was our cabin, we never got the temperature cool enough. The first thing we noticed when entering our cabin was it was a bit warm, I immediately turned the A/C all the way down hoping it was cool down as the day progressed. Sadly it never did, the next morning we dropped by the reception desk in the morning to ask for someone to check the A/C because we felt the cabin was too warm. Later in the day we received a
  11. Sadly, as in the real world, all was not perfection. Laundry Room. So everyone get your popcorn, these next couple of paragraphs may start a discussion. I questioned if I should mention it, but since I can look back now and laugh at this I figured why not. I’ll start off by saying, you meet all kinds of people on a cruise, some friendly, some rude, some selfish, and some rather self entitled. Self Serve laundry is now complimentary on Oceania, a very nice touch! Although we massively over packed we still did a few loads of laundry. Unfortunately not all of Insignia’s guests h
  12. Funny you asked about the laundry room! That was going to be my next chapter. We did a few loads during the week, generally we never had an issue finding an available machine. We spent very little time off the ship and tended to do laundry while most people were ashore. Sadly the laundry room is where we did experience a little "drama" and I'll get into that next.
  13. Before I continue I thought I'd share this photo I took in Nassau from the bridge leading to Paradise Island (Atlantis). This was the only reason I got off the ship in Nassau, I wanted to see Insignia lined up against the other ships in port. In the picture is Insignia, Majesty of the Seas, Disney Dream, and Navigator of the Seas.
  14. OceaniaNext refurbishment. Overall we loved the changes to Insignia. We were actually onboard Insignia last year when the changes were announced. I remember looking at the renderings and comparing them to the current spaces and eagerly anticipating seeing the results on our Cuba cruise. Sadly no Cuba, but we did get to see the wonderful results! They really bring a modern touch to an older ship. We certainly didn’t have any issues with the prior decor, it was well maintained and clean, just a bit dark. Almost everything on deck 5 feels brand new, light and airy! Even the public restroom
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