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  1. My husband and I have never cruised with Norwegian before, but have done several cruises with Oceania. We wanted to try a different cruise line and are looking at a cruise on Norwegian Gem. We can’t decide on a cabin category - Mini Suite with Balcony or a Balcony Stateroom. I’m interested in hearing from people who’ve experienced these cabins - what did you like or dislike? Would you choose the same category again? Thanks for your help
  2. Thanks for posting this. We will be in Guadeloupe in a few weeks and this is exactly what I was hoping to do. I appreciate the details you provided ( walking as oppose to taxi) and the scheduled hours and cost for the museum.
  3. We are relatively new to cruising per se and have done 3 cruises on the Riveria and one on the Regatta. I absolutely agree with the advise, go for the itinerary. For us, that’s what makes cruising so much fun - unpack once and there’s a new place every day to explore! We booked our cruise on the Regatta because of the itinerary ( Australia, New Zealand) but also because of the wonderful experience we had on Riveria. I must admit, when we first boarded the Regatta, my first impression was everything felt smaller, like a scaled down version of Riveria. After a day or two, I began to love the intimate feel of the ship. The quality of service was good and so was the food. I liked seeing the same friendly faces every day, exploring each port and looking forward to the next. As far as the negative comments and reviews, I guess I’m an optimist and hope my next cruise experience will be better.
  4. I’m glad I’m not the only one. I’ve been looking for post specific to Pride of America as we’re thinking of cruising on this ship and are new to NCL. Hopefully the powers that be at CC can fix this.
  5. It’s bit of a challenge but you can get some laundry done. We were on Regatta for a 24 day Australia/New Zealand cruise so even with the 3 bags of laundry, I preferred doing my own underwear and delicate items. I tried early morning ( around 9am) when a lot of people were at breakfast and around 5 or 6pm and had no problem getting a machine. You just need to be a little flexible. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  6. We fly out of Toronto too as we live in a small town, about 1 1/2 hour drive to the airport. The fact that we have to drive through Toronto to get to the airport, there can be traffic/accidents delays and in April you can get any kind of weather. I’ve missed a flight because of a freak snow storm and once there was a mechanical problem that meant a 3 hour delay. I’m a bit of a worrier so I don’t take any chances now - we always fly in atleast the day before Sent from my iPad using Forums
  7. Didn’t see it on the Regatta - they had peppermint, chamomile, English Breakfast and Earl Grey but no Chai tea....which is one of my favourites. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  8. Our first Oceania cruise was through a university travel association and there were probably 40+ people who booked that cruise. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  9. m1k2s3


    It seems to me the bed is larger than a queen. In fact, I believe the bed is two twins joined ( or they can be separated if you wish) Sent from my iPad using Forums
  10. m1k2s3


    I agree with most on this - you have to decide which, if any of the additional perks are important to you and if the extra cost is worth it. Here’s what was important to us: 3 bags of laundry - definite plus for us. We were on a 24 day cruise on the Regatta. There is one laundry room with 5 washers and dryers ( actually one washer was broken and one day, there was no access to the laundry room). There is only so much time I’m willing to wait around to do laundry on a cruise so and with 600+ passengers, it was difficult to get laundry done. The 3 bags of laundry (with a 20 item limit) was worth it to us. Access to the Spa Deck - On sea days, there is always a scramble to get loungers by the pool, where the Spa Deck on our cruise was empty most days. Early Specialty Restaurant reservations - there were specific days I wanted to make these reservations ahead of time. Some days, we had long excursions so I didn’t want to make any reservations on those days. Ordering from GDR - again, on those days where we had long excursions, it was nice to be able to order from the GDR and have a relaxing dinner in our cabin. Hope that helps. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  11. Interesting..... I have exactly the opposite happening. I haven’t received a Oceania brochure in months. I’ve never requested they stop sending them to us, they simply stopped coming. I was beginning to think that they may have finally stopped sending them as a cost cutting measure but I guess not. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  12. I’m beginning to wonder what’s going on with this cruise line. After years of receiving endless brochures every week or so, suddenly there’s nothing...I mean nothing for a couple of months now. Another cost cutting measure? Sent from my iPad using Forums
  13. We did a 24 day cruise on the Regatta in February 2018. I should say this was our 4th Oceania cruise, having done 3 on the Riveria, this is our 1st time on the Regatta. We loved our Riveria cruises but knowing the Regatta was a smaller ship, I was a little worried that it wouldn’t be as good an experience. It took a day or two to get used to the smaller size ship ( we found ourselves comparing the two ships too often) but after that, we began to really enjoy the more intimate feel. Surprisingly enough, wherever we went, it never felt crowded, well except for maybe the pool area where the chair hogs were in pique form! The ship was extremely clean and we felt wherever we went, the crew worked hard to make our cruise great. We so thoroughly enjoyed the food on the Riveria, we wondered if the food on the Regatta would be as good. I’m happy to say we were not disappointed. I thought we might miss Jacques or Red Ginger but we found that each night in the MDR, there was always a signatures dish from each. We thoroughly enjoyed our Regatta cruise and I wouldn’t hesitate to book another on this ship. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  14. The Super Bowl was being broadcast this year on Embarkation day on the Regatta. We boarded in Auckland so because of the time difference, it was showing at noon. We watched it in the Regatta Lounge and once we received the announcement that the cabins were available, we drank our champagne and unpacked while watching it. Sent from my iPad using Forums
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