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    Frankfurt Germany
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    Oceania Cruises
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Mediterranean

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  1. Hi, apparently the topic "food" rings the bell of some cruisers;-) And it seems some sophisticated eaters are amon us. Just one note on my first dinner at Red Ginger: we ordered some items, but not the highly praised Miso Glazed Sea Bass. But it looks they are very proud of this dish and they served it anyway on top of what we have ordered. We tried it. It is not bad, but was not DW and my cup of tea. The Watermelon and Duck Salad needs duck legs not the breast. The breast of any poultry is a very delicate affair. Legs and thighs are much more forgiving when h
  2. Hi, the recipe is actually in Oceanias public blog (at least the one I can access in Germany) https://de.oceaniacruises.com/oceania-experience/post/recipes/red-ginger-recipe-watermelon-duck-confit-salad#blog-navigation If the link does not work then just go to the blog and scroll until 2016 Feb 2nd. And the recipe can be found in the iNet as well, but I didn't check if it is the right one. But the processing is a bit tricky. To deep fry the duck confit you need a resonable amount of oil to ensure the temp will not drop to much when you put in the duck legs. Th
  3. Hello, today i suffered severely from a "Missing Cruising" attac. What to do in such a bad situation? Well the sea is far away and travelling quite limited these days. But i remembered my first Oceania Cruise back in 2016 in late fall in Mediterranean Sea. It was a bargain because of end of October, but by big surprise the weather was just perfect from the first to the last minute. 26 deg celcius, dry and sunny. Perfect. I read a lot about Oceania in the iNet and this forum of course. Some people praised the specialty restaurants and the Watermelon Duck sal
  4. Yes, there are 3 phases defined. Phase 1 is 3 to 4 days cruises without any port of call except the emb/disemb one. The ships are not allowed for full pax. Phase 2 will include ports of call if permited by countries. Phase 3 should be cruises as we know it, well kind of. I‘m not aware of dates for the different phases. I guess this based on experience.
  5. Just in case you didn‘t notice: cruising will start in EU, Germany to be more precise, next week. It will be a quite lame kind of, but it will be cruising with big ships. A lot of restriction, but hey even baby steps are steps forward. I booked on Sirena for a med cruise next April. Hope cruising will be more normal by then.
  6. Hi whogo, exactly that‘s what Phoenix figured out. Pool at Lido deck is not used very often. They will try to use the place for general entertainment purposes. I used the lido pool deck on different HAL ships for sunbathing but never used the pool for swimming. The aft pool area on the Amera is very nice. I think the new concept looks quite good. I never sailed with the Prinsendam, but am very attracted by the Amera. The pricepoint for Amera is higher than what we usually payed for HAL cruises. But beverages are much much cheaper. So we have to drink a lot to make i
  7. Hi, just found a new video about Amera on youtube. It is German audio, but contains some nice info. In Germany there is a quite long lasting TV show about cruising. There are more than 200 show. This TV show will go on, and from now on will be produced on the Amera. If you see how beautiful the Amera is you could fully understand why this ship has been choosen. regards MBerry
  8. Hi, on our last cruise Rotterdam 4-18 of August there were 2 PMJ shows. We liked it. I never heard about PMJ until someone posted infos on CC. We looked up some youtube videos and we didn't like it. But the life shows during our cruise were quite nice. Just to give some context of our personal taste: On our cruise there were almost multiple shows at Lincoln Center Stage every day. We didn't attend to one of them. On another cruise on Koningsdam this year we really liked Billboard on Bord. regards MBerry
  9. Well, seems we have missed them. Took good memories from the cruise and this didn‘t put extra weight on our luggage:-) regards MBerry
  10. Hi, not that we are eager to get such tiles, but this August we were on a Rotterdam cruise and attended the Mariner lunch, but no tiles were provided. Well, we didn‘t get surf and turf on any of the 3 gala nights either. Cruise industry is changing rapidly;-) regards MBerry
  11. Hi, was on the Rotterdam this August. I liked the ship very much because of its style with lot of open space and promenade deck all around the ship. And most open space is real wood. But if you look at the details for sure it is a worn ship as it is 22 years old. Did this impact my overall experience? No. I just did not pay attention to this little things. But in some areas refurbishment is really overdue. The aft windows in the lower dining room are really not nice. Our OV cabin was very cosy and we liked it. I would recommend to give the Rotterdam a try.
  12. Hi, we have been on Koningsdam this June and the shows in the Main-Stage were quite boring. The show „Humanity“ by a dance-group was special because of the well integration to all the Main-stage facilities like videowalls and lasers. On the Koningsdam the music-walk was the main entertainment and we liked it very much. In August we were on the Rotterdam, which doesn‘t have the music-walk (Lincoln center stage only) for 14 nights. Thus we didn‘t expect much entertainment at all. But this was not true. We had in the Main-Stage - 2 shows Postmodern-J
  13. Hi, well usually we took bottled water every evening. We missed this on the last evening and expected to get one in the MDR during breakfast. This was possible on our first cruise ob the Koningsdam and we assumed this to be HAL standard. The regular coffee in MDR on MS Rotterdam was ok. Again, no big problem at all. Just wanted to mention that one should not expect HAL rules are the same on each HAL ship. The HAL ships seems to be little kingdoms! By the way: How do you know when bars/lounges will close? On our last cruise the when&where indicated „open u
  14. Hi, had disembarkation from MS Rotterdam this morning and discovered an inconsistency between our two cruises regarding availability of coffee specialties and water and usage of our beverage package: Koningsdam this June during breakfast on morning of disembarkation day we could order coffee specialities and bottled water and use our QBP as it was possible every day. Rotterdam August we could not get coffee specialities and bottled water as we were told the bar has already been closed. We would understand that it is not possible to buy extras as the onboard account
  15. Hi, we are just on our 2nd HAL cruise. First was on Koningsdam in June. Now we are on the Rotterdam on a cruise around Great-Britain. We booked this cruise because of the itinerary which we like very much. So far (9 cruises with different cruise lines) we always booked balcony cabins on quite new ships (1 to 5 years in service). The Rotterdam is quite old with 22 years of service and does not provide standard balcony cabins, but rather suites which are more expensive. So we booked for the first time an OV cabin on an old ship. Yes,
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