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  1. Hi Everyone, I'm enjoying the last evening aboard our 7-day Oceania Bermuda cruise and thought I would give some feedback about the food. Some of the foods tried: Aragosta Fra Diavolo in Toscana- very good! Surf & Turf sandwich in Waves- very good Croissant- decent, I must not be a croissant person Sticky Buns in Terrace Cafe- awesome, had one almost everyday Baby lamb chops for breakfast in GDR- excellent! Swedish Pancakes in GDR- very good Raisin Scones with clotted cream at tea time- enjoyed almost every day Handmade pasta with bologna sauce in Terrace Cafe- very good. enjoyed watching them make the pasta on the spot Chocolate Ice Cream- probably my biggest surprise, very good and intense. Had one scoop almost every day for lunch Oyster Rockefeller in Polo- very good Italian Sponge Cake drenched in chocolate- very good As you can see, these posts inspired me to try many of the suggestions and others in our group tried many more. I didn't have any meal that I didn't enjoy. It was all very good. I ordered the 20oz Porterhouse when in Polo and one octopus app that was just OK. Nothing bad, cuts of steak often vary and my lamb chops were very tender. Dinner tonight and .breakfast tomorrow before I head back home to a normal meal plan. 😉
  2. Iluvcruising2, Thank you so much for sharing the videos. In January we will spend almost 3 days in Singapore for the first time as part of a Southeast Asia cruise. We are looking forward to trying the great food, visiting the Orchid Garden, and the Zoo.
  3. Thanks for the clarification! An excellent list but I might have been tempted to try it all in one sitting. 😉
  4. The downside to some of the lower cabins is more mechanical noise/vibration from the ships engines.
  5. I think the variables are most likely related to the specific airline and rate type. We chose Flights by Celebrity because our trip is not until January 2020. It let us book a flight without fretting, knowing we could change our minds later (in this case no money up front, fully refundable until October). Initially we first went with EVA air which seemed like a good rate but no seat selection was offered. I found a flight variation with United that gave us an extra 2-days pre-cruise in HK and 1-day in Singapore. We were given adjoining seats (3 people). A month later, the rate went down again and they rebooked and got us the same seats. No hassle. I can even see my reservation on United but will wait to make any potential upgrades until after we have committed with final payment.
  6. OK, I've already previewed the menu and this option was on my short list (if still available). I love tiramisu but have had it many times so prefer to push myself to try something new. I also saw a reference to a chocolate lasagna (which doesn't sound great, but I saw a picture that looked good).
  7. I will say this thread is great too. We are only on a 7 day cruise and in port most of the time so not sure how it will affect my eating. Generally prefer a nice restaurant over a buffet but this thread has me looking forward to trying this at least once for dinner.
  8. Keep it coming....we are looking forward to tea time. I love tiramisu and creme brulee....my wife/daughter are big fans of all kinds of bread!
  9. Thanks everyone for the great feedback! My wife will enjoy the prime rib and our daughter will love the shrimp cocktail and smoothies.
  10. Thanks, we will be on one of the R ships, Insignia so will be limited to Tuscana or Polo for specialties. I am looking for interesting items that ideally have not personally tried before. On Silversea people would brag about Dover Sole or Duck Ragout. They also would make almost anything on request with 24 hours notice. Example: I had one server from India and asked for an Indian meal and another server from Singapore and they each created a unique dinner based on their favorites. I don't believe this is an option on Oceania but still interested in those "not miss" items.
  11. Yes, we reserved Tuscana on our first night and Polo for our third night. I've only had foie gras once but it didn't do much for me.
  12. Hi Everyone, We'll be on our first Oceania cruise to Bermuda this month....just two weeks away. What foods should I try? From what I have already gleaned: - surf and turf sandwich - french croissant Your help and advice is appreciated! -- Doug
  13. I appreciate the effort of the OP to compile and post the ratings. That said, my conclusion is this effort has proved the numerical ratings of the cruises is useless (actual perspectives and opinions are likely helpful). Why am I so confident? Because I have cruised with Silversea twice and Celebrity once. The overall experience with Silversea blows away Celebrity and the price differential is reflected in the marketplace. I'm looking forward to my first Oceania cruise this month and hoping this line proves to be a level of luxury that I can occasionally afford. I plan to give Celebrity one more try on an Asia cruise in January and hoping I receive decent value relative to the price. The combination of onboard booking promo, credits for an issue, and a decent price for the itinerary is having me give them one more chance.
  14. I've been pleased with Flights by Celebrity so far. Made two changes so far with no hassles (lower rates or better flights). Our final payment is not until October. I don't think we could pick our seats with EVA air (prior to payment) but had no issues doing so with United. For this reason, I am pretty sure it is not a "Flights by Celebrity" restriction but dependent on the airline and their agreement with Celebrity and may also vary by fare type.
  15. Agreed, "click bait" very much like the "worst hamburger in the world" thread.
  16. I think everyone (except people focused on shows and entertainment) should try smaller ships. Personally, I've been on 3 cruises (Silversea 300ish passengers, Silversea 600ish passengers, and Celebrity Summit 2,000ish passengers). We've enjoyed every one of these but are looking forward to try Oceania in August on the Insignia. I believe this ship size will be ideal for us. Knowing this ship was used for the world cruise should eliminate any doubts that it can provide a comfortable trip across the Atlantic. For us we will be testing this out NYC -> Bermuda. That said...many people like Vegas, I can't stand it. Don't like large hotels. Everyone has different priorities.
  17. I've not taken any of the Expedition cruises but I have cruised Silversea twice and would happily choose them again.
  18. I hope you'll learn to be more inclusive with your language and thoughts rather than name calling. Under your definition over 50% of the population is bigoted because of their religion...this is before including people that are against preferential treatment and segregation (especially when it is unmeasurable). Show me the scientific evidence that can prove LGBTQ status and then tell me again why they shouldn't be treated the same as everyone else. I'm for equality and evidently that is controversial. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bigotry https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_religious_populations
  19. What statistics do you believe are more accurate? I would have welcomed sincere discourse on any of the issues raised. Instead you chose not to add anything to the conversation. Many countries allow marriage before 18. I never raised the issue of child abuse. https://www.independent.co.uk/news-19/the-lowest-age-you-can-legally-get-married-around-the-world-10415517.html
  20. I honestly enjoyed everything in the MDR...really good experience and prefer variety. I tried almost everything and with multiple courses if one course was disappointing it would still be great when factoring in the entire meal.
  21. I guess the title should say, "completely unfriendly". I didn't ask anyone to agree with my opinion or perspective but I was hoping to see a higher level of tolerance. I am not jewish or Muslim but I wouldn't choose to post large pictures of bacon just to try and denigrate someone else's views. In the same way I try to avoid making fun of vegetarians even though their justifications are usually random and without providing a reasonable basis for their avoidance of certain foods. I would be happy to eat breakfast with anyone and most likely have a great conversation.
  22. The concern is as legitimate as a preference to not focus on any other subgroup. I did a Google search (and everything is true on the internet :-)) About 4.5% of people identify as LGBT. For me the interruption and resource investment is more detrimental to my cruise experience than the lack of hand sanitizer. Others are free to have their opinions....but I think to exclude 95% of the people from enjoying the pool for an hour doesn't make sense.
  23. I think the replies in this thread have been very effective of making my point. Being gay or lesbian is legal, and no issues with engaging others who are LGBT. I am more tolerant of someone who is gay or lesbian than most of you are with me. Even though I may have religious or political reasons for not supporting their lifestyle. That said, other people's lifestyle shouldn't be a reason to be intolerant of others who don't share their views. There are very real religious and political reasons for being sensitive to these issues. Personally, I think the overall conversation is off topic but I saw too many people bashing others to sit back and watch (intolerance). What other political concerns you ask? - Continuing down this path of gender fluidity will effectively eliminate women's sports. No real differentiation will be made. I believe Nike featured a transgender person runner in an Olympics ad (I have a daughter, so legitimate concern) - I've personally been discriminated for not being LGBT on bids and employment opportunities (ex. Fannie Mae gives a 5% advantage, many companies now ask for employment). I guess I could lie and say that I am transgender....but I shouldn't be required to...and I don't think there is a standardized method to substantiate claims. It's hard enough with Race, since I don't think DNA tests are required (Elizabeth Warren used this loophole to her advantage) - Chipotle offered me a 5% coupon if I proved that I contributed to a local LGBT cause (again, I should be able to personally decide what is acceptable to me, not bullied) - Men/Boys can technically walk into many women bathrooms without regard to privacy - From a religious perspective, I think it is insulting to use a rainbow (a promise from God) to encourage a behavior that is not ideal. Schools push the Pride issue so much that more people are becoming LGBT (the only way it can really happen since it is not hereditary) For the record, I am not a fan of people having sex with animals or children. Some people don't draw these distinctions either.
  24. Seems like quite a few intolerant people in this thread. I don't care for any segregation of groups, and not a fan of PRIDE events or supposedly LGBTQRSTUV friendly events. For many religions homosexuality is a sin so it is equivalent to having an event with only adulterers or liars allowed. That doesn't mean they are intolerant...and I would also be offended if I paid money for a cruise and they had a special event with the captain just for men, or married couples, etc. IMHO political objectives shouldn't be pushed on this forum or on a cruise line.
  25. I think the main reason this is done is for standardization and sanitation. If you buy a bottle at a land based restaurant it is assumed you will drink (or pay for the whole thing). On a cruise with a drink package, if your group requests 2 bottles of a certain type they can readily change their mind for the next course. Once the bottle hits your table it can't be re-served to someone else and they don't want to tell you no. Kind of like when a bread basket hits your table.....it's not going back to be re-gifted to another customer.
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