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  1. Hi Disney and also cruise lover here. Usually prefer smaller lines like Azamara and Oceania but have been thinking about a Disney Cruise when life gets back to normal. So it’s just my wife and me. Would you say a Disney Cruise is enjoyable for just adults? If so what ship is the best? I have read great things on different sites but when I read the reviews here read things like it’s impossible to get reservations in the fine restaurants, private island food wasn’t good, etc. I realize everyone has a different experience on every sailing but in general how is dining, and ship experience for adul
  2. I am amazed at how rude people are getting in this thread. People are just expressing their opinions that’s what this board is for, and others are telling them leave the board, that they are silly or pathetic for enjoying being paid a little attention to by staff or crew. If you like Oceania great, if you like Azamara great but don’t disparage someone else for liking a different cruise line, really. There are people on here trying to be all highbrow talking about all their sailings on “luxury and high end” ships yet they jump all over someone who doesn’t like the same line as them. This is
  3. Well said! I think you hit the nail on the head from both points of view. Heck for many years we sailed on RCL in a balcony stateroom and saw the suite guests areas but it never bothered us. It’s life there is separation everywhere you go based on paying more. If people can afford it and want to pay it more power to them. However, I wouldn’t let it effect my vacation because someone else can go somewhere I can’t. As long as I feel I am receiving a good value for what I paid I am happy. Heck if Bill Gates or Jeff Bezos were on the same ship I wouldn’t expect them to stay in the same class as me
  4. So I have seen many discussions in many threads and don’t understand why people get so offended by suites and higher paying customers get more. I know I will receive a lot of nasty responses for this. Hotels have suites and have concierge level floors, planes have first class cabins for passengers who pay more, Disney has private guides with special access, concert venues have suites and boxes with special treatment a car has more bells and whistles if you order it that way and pay for it. We prefer bing in a suite when we cruise and feel the perks are worth the extra costs and I always say th
  5. Well Coke lite and Diet Coke that wasn’t really the point, it was a reference to the service and attitude and for me I can taste a difference between the two. I have a preference and if it’s available why shouldn’t I have it?
  6. Well I guess that’s the beauty of this board it shows us no line is perfect and we all have different experiences even on the same sailings. I’m sure people who were on my sailing loved it. Good open communication so we all get to do read others experience and decide for ourselves. There really is no right and wrong.
  7. So I just returned from my first Oceania cruise after sailing Azamara and loving Azamara. Now I was told a comparison of an Azamara cruise in Europe to an Oceania is not an apples to apples comparison and I get that. We were so excited to try Oceania because of all the good things we heard. Well from boarding to disembarkation it was a mess. We sailed the Oceania Riviera the ship itself is beautiful first the good. Oceania has about the most comfortable beds and linens you will find in my opinion. Hands down the best we have ever slept in. The food on Oceania is also amazing even down to th
  8. you expressed what I was trying to say much better. You hit the nail on the head, it’s an unhappy ship. That translates to the entire experience. Virtually none of the staff will look you in the eye much less smile at you. I did say that “O” was on par or less than main stream lines IN THE CARIBBEAN. We like to sail in December and live in south Florida. A comparable sized suite in the Haven on NCL is really 75% more than Oceania on this 7 day Caribbean sailing. Really I looked. Celebrity is about the same so I was saying that for the quality of food and beauty of the ship O is a very reaso
  9. We will be back in August for a Baltic Sailing. After now sailing on Oceania it’s only Azamara for me going forward. we were told prior to going on this sailing that Oceania in the Caribbean is not a great experience but ours was a comedy of errors. According to what I have experienced the Haven on NCL is a far superior experience than Oceania and Azamara is above them all. Just a few things. Our balcony was held together with a dirty towel (we were in a penthouse suite), asked to speak to food & beverage or restaurant manager at reception was told to go to Privee and ask there. Both to
  10. We sailed in Azamara Pursuit in Europe and it was amazing. Everything was easy and the staff couldn’t do enough for you. My wife has a food allergy issue we boarded mentioned it to one person and it was handled everywhere we ate. we are currently on Oceania Riviera in the Caribbean (I know it’s not the same comparison) but boarding was a nightmare, lines everywhere. We asked about my wife’s food allergy and were sent all over the ship, asked to speak to food and beverage manager was told he was busy and would call us never did! Finally he 4th day we were speaking with a hostess in Jacques a
  11. So I found business class air on Choice Air. I called and the tickets are refundable up until the date I make the final payment for my cruise. For that matter they didn’t even bill me and just added the tickets to my cruise reservations. They told me I can continue to look on their website and others. Should I find something on their site and want to change routes etc no charge or fee up until the final payment of the cruise. I was pleasantly surprised as the rate was significantly lower than I have found by looking at all the travel sites like Expedia, google flights, etc. I am talking a big
  12. thank you all All good points Im just going to call them. Good point on the cancellation insurance I have to look into that as well
  13. This might be late but we were in the Azamara Pursuit and booked the August Baltic sailing on the Quest. We were so impressed with Azamara we booked onboard. We were frequent RCL cruisers and a few years ago we had some poor experiences and have been sailing NCL Haven. We felt Azamara is a whole different feel. Upscale but not pretentious, friendly and super helpful staff. Perhaps more experienced deluxe/luxury cruisers can weigh in and our view may be a little short sighted coming from a more mainstream cruise line. However, we have found that NCL Haven was exceptional, in our opinion, and t
  14. Hi I always book my own flight for our cruises when we travel overseas as I always seem to get a "deal" with American Express or using some other cards miles. However, I find things getting more difficult with all these new miles transfer programs etc.? I was just playing with a reservation I have for an August 2020 sailing on Azamara A Choice Air option was there so I clicked and was surprised. The fares are extremely reasonable we are looking at business class They say refundable with fee So I always try and book a refundable flight because I have an elderly fat
  15. WOW! Thank you all so much! Were going to try them all We are in a PH category and it says we can make reservations 75 days in advance. I have seen some topics about getting on at midnight exactly to get reservations, is that necessary to wait up the night before? Do the fill up so quickly?
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