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orchestrapal

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About orchestrapal

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  • Location
    Philadelphia
  • Interests
    Classical music,travel, reading,cooking,art
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Crystal
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Europe
  1. orchestrapal

    Infant Amenities (Nautica)

    In all our cruises we have seen only one small child that child belonging to an officer. They had a high chair in the main dinning room. Oceania certainly has never catered to children with exception of the few summer family cruises.
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    Table for two please

    Just our past experience and we’ll see how things are on our next O cruise. Either way we look forward to being on Riviera however they now handle seating.
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    January Cruise weather

    We have endured terrible seas in and out of Barcelona in the spring and fall and certainly would not recommend January.
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    Table for two please

    It does, quietly, work that way on O and always has.
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    I need some advice please

    We had no problem on QM2 avoiding all the “formal” stuff and will continue to do so. You can always eat at the buffet or get room service.. do your own thing and have a good crossing.
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    First Oceania Cruise

    After 13 cruises on Oceania we tried and LOVED Crystal and Viking. We thought we would miss having a butler on Viking but our two room attendants more than made up for any butler. Suites are large modern and very very comfortable and Bathrooms are beyond excellent. We ate mainly in the two specialties and the World Cafe . The main dining room was great for breakfast and longer meals as well. The food was very close to what we have had on Oceania which we found slipping some on our last cruise with them. Free tours in each port are included and from what we heard varied from very good to fair. We do not take bus tours so cannot comment. We definitely highly recommend both Crystal and Viking as very good alternatives to Oceania.Both lines have more frequent and excellent speakers and activities and very fine classical musicians. The main selling point for Viking was the amazing staff and very friendly fellow passengers. We are booked again on both lines in 2019-2020 .
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    Are Cabins Quiet?

    Recently on the SEA and found the TV’s maximum sound to be not much over medium. It certainly was not loud and never could be heard from adjoining room. The suites were extremely quiet day and night.
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    The Upgrade Fairy is Alive and Well!

    You can create your own magic by booking the cabin you want and no fairy necessary. We always feel the magic when we open our door for the first time and thereafter on any ship.
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    Wine packages, Internet and Dress Code

    Based on the lack of quality the Internet should be FREE!
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    Cunard Pillows

    How about the shop where all the other logo stuff is sold?
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    Door decorating

    Agree, really tacky!
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    Rotterdam to Delft

    We would always opt for Uber. The prices quoted begin @ 21€ which seems reasonable to me.
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    Chef's Table

    They could easily make the entire space Manfredi’s and keep many of those who can’t get that second and third reservation there very happy. We found the Chef’s Table very regimented and stiff while Manfredi’s delightful, delicious and friendly. We were lucky to eat there many times and highly recommend it.
  14. The Explorer Suites on the aft of the ship are wonderful and in our eyes worth the splurge. There are many perks and the services were top notch. We would never book any other suite on Viking.
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    Tea and coffee in Grills Lounge

    We found the best coffee and nicest “cafe atmosphere” at Sir Samuels.
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