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  1. Thanks for your suggestions, jpalbany. I will check out your blog. I know you are a foodie so I know you’ll have some good restaurant recommendations. cool cruiser: I’m not too worried about the Level 3. I’ve been watching the covid levels in Ecuador and they haven’t had a big spike like so many other countries. We went to the Bahamas in July when it was Level 3 and felt pretty safe. Only 4 countries are Level 1 and 15 countries are Level 2, all the rest are 3’s and 4’s. So many places where cruising is happening right now are 4’s including Bahamas, Bermuda, Iceland, Caribbean, French Polynesia. I think it’s a decision you have to make for yourself whether you want to travel given your risk tolerance and desire to travel. For myself, if Silversea is going to take me to the Galapagos I’m ready to go. Our travel clock is ticking. 🤗
  2. We will be on the Silver Origin in early December. We arranged our flights with frequent flyer miles and it worked out that we have an extra day in Quito and an extra day in Guayaquil. Are there any must-do, must-see things in either city? Or even an enjoyable way to idle away a few hours? I'm not seeing a lot in Trip Advisor that piques my interest.
  3. I have read everything on the website and my booking documents and was still confused. I think the answer to my question is "No". I will need to select Your World when I book my 6 shore excursions and I will be charged the discounted price. There will be no additional charge for the Your World package. That's what's not clear on the website. Also, the different areas in the website show different dates when the shore excursions open for booking. Verified by two Oceania reps they have changed their policy and all shore excursions for all cruises can be booked 365 days out.
  4. Oceania newbie here with a question about the "Your World Collection Package". Is there a charge for this package as there is for the Unlimited Passport Collection? Or is the 25% discount automatically calculated when I purchase 6 qualifying shore excursions? (6 is the minimum number of shore excursions required for my cruise for the World Collection.)
  5. And I’ll be sipping Chardonnay Sunday night listening to Van Morrison LIVE at the Santa Barbara Bowl. So excited—can’t wait!
  6. I’m confused. The itineraries for the rest of this year have been adjusted to sail from San Cristobal to San Cristobal based on Galapagos entry requirements. My SS agent says that the new itinerary combines some of both of the previous itineraries. Is this not the experience of those who have sailed this year?
  7. I have January 29 - February 12 on hold. It's a great deal and now that I've sampled Serenity in the Bahamas I'd like to give Symphony a try. They are advertising 100% vaccinated guests and crew and guaranteed 50% maximum capacity. I'm assuming (and I think it's smart of them) that they're limiting the capacity up front so that they can adjust staffing accordingly. I know that they didn't make much money on the Bahamas cruises with a fully staffed ship and so few guests. My assumption is just that--my best guess. There could be a number of reasons for the capacity limits (besides covid).
  8. I have a question about the deep water snorkeling. Did your husband see fish and other wildlife while snorkeling on the surface or did he need to dive down to see them? I am fine while surface snorkeling but I’m not confident with diving under the water. Will I be able to see anything?
  9. Hi Terry. Thanks for passing this information along. Can you ask your friends what the general attire was in the dining room at dinner? I was reading a thread about the Celebrity Flora and some of those folks basically ended up wearing whatever they were wearing all day to dinner—shorts and jeans. Seems a bit odd to me but I don’t want to pack fancy duds if I don’t have to.
  10. I heard from someone at Windstar this week that they will not be canceling the Tahiti cruises because the Tourism Board is allowing visitors into FP. Although that is true it’s not the way I want to see Tahiti-masked and under lockdowns and curfews. I rescheduled next week’s trip to next year.
  11. French Polynesia is now at State Department Level 4: Do Not Travel. Oh my.
  12. Thank you for all the positive vibes, Petoonya. I can always count on you! By nature I do worry about all the big things and all the little things, too. I am astounded by the number of new covid cases that French Polynesia is experiencing daily so expect that some modification of the tourism policy will be forthcoming. Nevertheless, I have done everything I need to do on the front end for this trip so I will attempt to clear my mind and take what happens one day at a time. I have my flights, cruise, hotel reservations, tours and shore excursions, my French Polynesia Vaccine Health approval and my ETIS approval AND my covid antigen test scheduled at LAX. After double checking everything today it's time to let it rest and just go with the flow.
  13. I am starting to get very nervous about our trip to Tahiti. We depart LAX on 8/22. Covid cases are rising dramatically and yesterday the US State Department Travel Advisory was increased from Level 1 to Level 3 “reconsider travel”. It remains to be seen if French Polynesia will continue to allow vaccinated tourists into the country and if the cruise lines (Windstar in my case) will be able to continue to sail. I need a bit of encouragement at this point.
  14. Does anyone know if Windstar will do the antigen test on day of disembarkation (as opposed to the day before)? Specifically in Tahiti on Wind Spirit. I will of course call Windstar but the day we leave the ship will meet the 3 day requirement for return to the USA for us. Otherwise we’ll have to go to the lab in Papeete before going to our post-cruise hotel which does not offer the test. Hoping to avoid the hassle.
  15. There is a link on the Air Tahiti Nui website that takes you to the information for covid testing at LAX. The testing company has several testing sites at different terminals, including the Tom Bradley International terminal.
  16. PCR testing requires specialized, sophisticated and expensive lab equipment and trained personnel, unlike the rapid antigen test. Viking is the only cruise line I’m aware of that has a PCR lab on board their ships.
  17. Yes, when we arrived at DBH a diving competition was taking place and it was very crowded. Lots of seaweed all over the beach and it rained. We decided to leave and catch the shuttle to Gordon’s Beach. Best decision we made on the whole trip. Loved Gordon’s.
  18. So sorry, I can’t seem to bring it up in my photos. Try googling Gordon’s Beach and like my dentist just did, you’ll want to go there immediately!
  19. The pigs in Exuma were a lot of fun. The highlight for us was Gordon’s Beach on Long Island. One of the most beautiful beaches I have ever been to and practically deserted. Loved it.
  20. We found this to be true of all the beaches in the Bahamas-some rocks and coral pieces. My best recommendation-bring water shoes! I forgot mine and suffered for it.
  21. Hi Keith. I’m not understanding the VeriFLY process for AA. I do not have a screen anywhere that allows me to enter the antigen test results for return to the USA. The only choice is A Trip to the Bahamas, nothing for return. Will AA accept the email test result sent to us on our phones after our Crystal antigen test?
  22. And it doesn’t hurt to call and ask for an upgrade. That’s worked for me before. I called when my friends who had never sailed Windstar before were upgraded on the same cruise I was on as a repeat guest.
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