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About robbie21

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    Washington State
  • Interests
    photography, fly fishing, wine
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Star Clippers; Oceania

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  1. My bad. That's exactly what I did and it is confusing.Usually (often) the chart legend is shown in the same order as the data lines so I assumed the top (black) line was for the USA. I knew what I was interpreting from the chart (erroneously) was wrong hence the indignant correction. My apologies to Truelyblond. The data source I linked is really good if you are interested.
  2. check this source for accurate data https://ourworldindata.org/coronavirus#covid-19-deaths-by-country Its a bit complicated but accurate. The source of the erroneous graph is some Scandinavian financial advisory company ???
  3. This chart is not correct. Don't know the source but US death rate per million population is roughly 65 per million not 275 as shown on the chart. Also, first US death was Feb 28 making 41 days since the first death. Don't think the other numbers are correct either. google it yourself.
  4. Basically the airlines are playing chicken with us. They would prefer that we get nervous and cancel so they keep their flights on the board even though they know that they will not fly them. If we cancel we get the credit voucher. If we wait them out, as Paul says, until they finally cancel the flight we can get a cash refund.
  5. Lets just say they are "interesting". Some very pleasant and drinkable whites. Reds that we tried were less interesting but still quite good. Overall good values. Because of its isolated location the Canaries have both unique grape varieties and growing and vinting techniques that have not changed for perhaps 500 years.
  6. I see that this was your first post so welcome to CC. I suggest you fiddle around a bit with the search function and be sure to select "this forum" or you will get a return from all cruise lines. Cumbersome and annoying. With respect to wine and spirits. Yes, Oceania has an official but unenforced policy. I have personally brought a case of wine on board on three occasions (hand carried two winery type 6 packs). Also brought additional wine aboard as needed. Corkage fee is $25 per bottle (as of last June). They will store your unfinished bottles and bring it to your table next time you ask. Wine prices are pretty high on board and selections a bit thin if you have specific tastes. So, retail plus $25 would be substantially below the cost of the same or similar wine off their list. Plus, you get a wine you know you want to drink. We will be disembarking in Stockholm the day you board. Enjoy your cruise. Robbie
  7. Petoonya, I am not (yet) handicapped but we have traveled on the R ships several times with handicapped travel companions using scooters, canes and crutches. Having been in the role of assisting these folks I have come to two conclusions: First, while there some inconveniences it is quite possible to have an enjoyable cruise on the R ships. Second, it all depends on the attitude of the person. Those who are easily frustrated and impatient with their limitations simply will not have a good time. The shipboard environment will just multiply their frustration. For those who accept their limitations with good humor and grace will have a good experience. You seem to know your patient pretty well. In advising him please consider how he is likely to react to the inevitable additional inconveniences inherent in travel for a handicapped person.
  8. Keith, as an individual your approach carries little risk. So, more power to you and good luck. For a larger organization such as a cruise line or a restaurant chain (or a hospital where I have experience) it only takes one self righteous jerk to sic the feds on you. That can be very costly and disruptive. Read that as potential fines and mandatory training for all employees. You should note that the likely abusers on Oceania or other cruise lines are likely to be better educated and experienced in getting away with this scam than some that you encounter in the grocery store. They might even be attorneys.😬 The law needs to be fixed Robbie
  9. There are two components of the market - fresh food and tourist trinkets. The food, particularly fish booths start very early and sell out early. Often before noon. The rest of the stuff is generally available all day but individual vendors may close early when customers are thin or when they have something else to do 😉. So, yes, Saturday afternoons can be pretty thin. The food (veggies and fish) are very interesting but go early if you want to see it at its best. The rest of the stuff tends to be overpriced and not very authentic IMHO. Better deals and often better stuff on the outer islands.
  10. You don't even need the fake vests or papers. Just lie if challenged. If questioned beyond the legal two questions you can file a complaint with the federal justice department (easily done on line). The subsequent investigation can be a huge pain in the ass for the company accused, And, believe me, these self-centered abusers are quite willing to do just that.
  11. As indicated above the law is actually very clear. And, of course, it is clearly an invitation to abuse. The cruise industry (and the airlines, grocery stores and doctors offices) can do nothing but ask the two questions stated above. Even if it is obvious that the person is lying the law prohibits them from asking the questions that would catch the lie. The only fix to this mess is a revision of the law. Unfortunately, repeated efforts to get congress to fix this situation have not gotten their interest. Sadly, they have other priorities 🙁
  12. We were the couple in this group that bought the laundry package. We did not compare the costs because PG does not price out the laundry orders when you have the package and I was unwilling to do the math. We used it a lot, maybe a bit more than actually needed but it was prepaid. We are comfortable that we got our money's worth. Same day service and excellent pressing. Note that we had substantially less luggage than our travel companions. We travel with a 24inch suitcase and a backpack/carryon each.. One of our friends had 2 28 inchers plus a lot of carry on. Also we needed clean laundry for an additional 5 days of travel after we returned to the states. You pay your money and take your choice 🙂
  13. The "bin ends" list is on a separate page of the wine list folder. Ordered individually. Sometimes a good value. There is also the offer, usually upon boarding, of the 7 bottle package of "discontinued" wines at $47+ per bottle. Rarely a value. Two different deals - hence the confusion.
  14. To answer part of your specific question - they generally have a fair selection of pinot grigio, sav blanc and chardonnay from California and, lately, Chile. Sav Blanc from NZ and Chile. Decent wines that you might see in supermarkets, noting spectacular. Assuming they don't run out 🙁
  15. Sorry to hear this. Stocking adequate quantities of wine seems to be a recurring problem for Oceania. It happened to us on an Australian cruise a couple of years ago and again on Nautica in June this year. And I have read a number of similar reports over the last couple of years. The logistics of purchasing and shipping wine and other commodities to meet up with ships all over the world is an awesome challenge. Even more intimidating is the challenge of predicting months ahead the rate of consumption of those goods. Nevertheless, that is their job and, apparently, they have not been doing it very consistently for some time. The only good news is that Oceania permits you to bring wine aboard at every port. Perhaps when they are completely out of a category of wine they might consider waving the corkage fee. Robbie
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