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  1. JMI - We were planning on going to Antarctica on a "smaller" ship but after comparing routing, time spent ashore in Antarctica, cabin, what is included in the price and the price......we chose to go on the Quest and it was the absolutely best decision. We left Buenos Aires the middle of January for a 21 day cruise ending in Santiago. When traveling to Antarctica , Quest only carries 380 passengers and has an expedition team of 12. The enrichment lectures, the landings and the zodiac trips (now kayak too) were outstanding. Our cruise on Seabourn was the same price as a 10-11 day cruise on a smaller ship and we spent 1 more day in Antarctica. We also walked off the ship with no bill - so actually ended up being less expensive (no bar bill, no gratuities, etc.). I encourage you to look at Seabourn when you begin your investigation of a trip to Antarctica.
  2. A good reminder to look at independent travel insurance instead of purchasing from the cruise line.....then your trip is covered (air, cruise, hotel, tours, etc.) up to the amount of coverage you purchased...
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    Just off Sirena

    We have several GMs and CDs that we enjoy …..also we spend out time onboard with other guests not the officers so not a major part of our cruises. Though we do enjoy trivia and if we know a "certain" CD is onboard, we brush up on their areas of questioning - gotta get those Big O points for another key chain 🙂
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    Just off Sirena

    I can not answer for other people but we enjoy knowing if some of our favorite management will be sailing with us....they used to list this information in the "Blue Book" but no longer... I am sure it is because people complained if the person listed in their documents ended up not being onboard. It is part of the excitement of looking forward to our next cruise to know we will be seeing some old familiar faces.
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    Just off Sirena

    We will be embarking Sirena on the 05NOV so can you let us know who the new GM is plus the other management staff....
  6. Our favorite cruise of all time!!! You also will receive a backpack and beanie hat from Seabourn along with your parka system.…...it is like Christmas with all of the "gifts"
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    Classes available in Fitness Center

    Thanks for the quick reply...….realize they will be listed in the Currents but hoping to hear from someone on board now or recently that could give me an idea of times, etc.
  8. We will be on the Sirena for a month and wanting to get an idea of what classes are available in the fitness center - free and paid...… yoga/Pilates/stretch and ? Also when they are offered ( early AM like 7 - UGH) or more reasonable AM times and/or late afternoon. I realize that port days and sea days will be different, just trying to get an idea of what is being offered these days. Also interested in pricing for personal training and or packages. I am recovering from back surgery and have been given the green light to start exercising again. In the past the basic classes, etc. were the same on all of the ships so does not need to be specific to Sirena. Thanks in advance
  9. basor

    Antarctica Cruise Suggestions

    We did a lot of research on various cruises that actually made landings in Antarctica and chose a 21 day cruise on Seabourn. We paid around $30,000.00 total for 2 and that included verandah cabin ( larger than a mini suite on Princess), all inclusive beverages, gratuities and all expedition excursions (2 per day) during the 7 days in Antarctica. The experience was amazing with the 20 person expedition team giving twice daily lectures during the days cruising to Antarctica, with a stop in the Falklands, and the days cruising from Ushuaia via the Chilean Fjords to Santiago. It priced out the same as a 10-11 day expedition cruise out of Ushuaia in a small cabin with drinks, gratuities, extra. We had the same expedition experience but in more comfort..
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    Blue Book

    We leave on the 05NOV and received ours the end of last week....if you used a TA then the book might be mailed to them...
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    Drinks Packages

    I think we are on the same Amazon cruise - if so, we will be happy to join you raising several glasses ;p
  12. "R" ships are the 4 ships operated by Oceania that originally were Renaissance ships. Oceania Cruise Line started when Renaissance Cruise Line stopped operation and Oceania purchased 3 of their ships. The 4th "R" ship is the Sirena which was purchased from Princess Cruise Line (Pacific Princess) and, also, was one of the original Renaissance ships. Princess purchased 2 of the Renaissance ships and now has just one - Ocean Princess.
  13. The fact that Oceania spent $40 million retrofitting the Ocean Princess is not incorrect.....they made more changes than bedding and décor. Since the thread starter has been on Oceania and was asking the differences if he went on the Pacific Princess, he has made up his own mind concerning if the over hype of Oceania is true or not. Thank goodness there are lots of choices in the cruising industry that everyone can find a ship/line that meets their personal needs.
  14. - no outdoor terrace for dining like Terrace. Buffets are self serve..Only water (glass), coffee, tea and lemonade (juice during breakfast) are available free of charge on Princess. On Oceania all non-alcoholic drinks (bottles water, smoothies, milkshakes, mochas, lattes, cappuccinos, etc.) are free. On Princess, you have photographers taking pictures all the time and lots of "sales" .
  15. There is a large difference between the 2 ships......Oceania purchased the sister ship of the Pacific Princess (Ocean Princess) 2 years ago and Oceania spent $40 million to turn it into Sirena (sister ship of Nautica). The ship was pretty much gutted and rebuilt to Oceania standards. Let us know which particular features you appreciated on Nautica and we can let you know if they are available or how they compare to the Pacific Princess.