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  1. Every season brings a new generation of folks who imagine that they have a deep insight into Cruise economics and pricing. Enjoy the freshman euphoria, you'll soon realize how complex the equations actually are. ๐Ÿค‘
  2. I agree with you on about 95% of what you say, but speaking as somebody who has been through the Cruise Ship wars for far longer than you, I would urge you to consider that: A) as any mechanical device ages, there are bound to be glitches along the way B) the expense of prophylactically replacing every moving part would be ruinous C) the logistics of making interim repairs in the tight quarters of a cruise ship often makes a simple problem insurmountable at a given moment. Given these realities, one has to balance the increased pleasure gained by the small passenger capacity of the R ships (which are alone in the World, at anywhere near this pricepoint) against the possible inconveniences of a plumbing or electric malfunction. In the past when I've written a post similar to this, I've used the Waldorf Astoria in New York City as an example of a hotel where quality and ambience trumped antique infrastructure , but sadly, the Waldorf is no more. Outrage over small inconveniences may force the sale of the R ships to another less deluxe cruise line (they are about 25 years short of being scrapped), but that won't help any of us who are looking for low passenger capacity WITH Oceania quality in food and service. Food for thought.
  3. I suppose that hope must spring eternal. Outside of electronics which did not exist, then, I can't think of anything that is built better now than in the 1960's
  4. Glad that you had good weather before, and wish you the best, next November- However, if you sail enough at that time of year, you will learn that the Atlantic is a crapshoot during any month with an "R" in it. This is storm damage to an Italian Line ship, sailing the supposedly calmer Southern Route during ApRil A word to the wise is sufficient. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  5. More importantly, why wouldn't you want to be in a Specialty on the second night?
  6. Doctors can't make money selling water, so they push pills, instead, ๐Ÿ˜’
  7. You may want to alert that marketing team of yours that your contract with the cruise line is for Cruising on the ship for a specific number of days, not for transportation to specific, or substituted Ports. In the passage contract, you agree to that concept 45 ways to Sunday ๐Ÿ˜‰
  8. You are the exception which proves my rule ๐Ÿ˜œ
  9. This isn't cruise related, but this information may help somebody, so I am going to pass it on: Heartburn is nature's way of telling you that you are not drinking enough water. Whenever one experiences heartburn, increase water intake (note, water means water, i.e. pure enough to wash clothing in ). Doctors can't make money selling water, so they push pills, instead, ๐Ÿ˜’
  10. If your reservation in Jacques is on your birthday, for heaven's sake, don't mention it to them. Talking Birthdays will result in a cake; their souffle are FAR superior!
  11. Another quick point- If they are sold out this early, it may be possible to request that La Reserve be opened for another evening entirely. We have done that, with success, in the past. Good Luck and Enjoy!
  12. Yes they do, the process is precisely the same as buying a drink ashore, except that: A) One MUST pay via the Onboard Account B) There is a mandatory 18% tip. Enjoy!
  13. +1 Perhaps a cautionary tale for those who use their Agents only to provide Amenities and buybacks.
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