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  1. We were on the ATW and chose to make our air arrangements ourselves, receiving $1000 air credit. When the cruise abruptly ended in Rio, we made our own arrangements to return home. We did not ask the concierge or the Oceania travel department to assist since we knew that they would be busy making arrangements for the approximately 300 who used their air. We had no expectations that Oceania would cover our flight home.
  2. We want to see the Christmas markets but also want to see and experience something else too. I’m glad that our cruise offers both.
  3. We are booked on the AMA Christmas Market Cruise on the Rhine during Thanksgiving week and it looks like there are at least one or two daytime activities to choose other than visiting a Christmas market. I’m afraid that one or more Christmas markets a day for 7 days would be way too much for anyone to bear.
  4. We were on both the Sirena and Insignia this past year and the shampoo/body wash and separate conditioners were the same as they’ve always been on both the large and small ships. The only difference in the products was that those in concierge and above had a choice of Bulgari scents than those of us in steerage.
  5. Congratulations Bob and Betsy. We wish you many happy, healthy years today. Hope to see you on the Tokyo to San Francisco segment of the 2020 ATW.
  6. We were able to exchange it for a better bottle of red by bringing the bottle to Polo. The room steward can only exchange for the current house red or white.
  7. So happy to hear that Bob is doing well. Best wishes Bob and Betsy for a long happy life together.
  8. Please let Bob know that we are praying for his recovery. Hugs to you and Betsy for being such good friends.
  9. Bob, You have become dear to us as we have followed your journey. We hope that you have a speedy recovery and join the ship soon. Thank you Jim for keeping us posted on Bob. I think that all of us would have been worried when we didn't hear from him in a few days since he was so actively posting about your wonderful trip around the world.
  10. I want to echo Northern Aurora. We have cruised along Japanese ports twice now. In Kobe, our ship docked at Naha Port. We walked to the metro stop nearby. No signage was in English. I was in the process of using Google translate to figure out which train to take when a very nice older gentleman who spoke no English, stopped to help us. I told him that I wanted to go to Nishiki Market and he pantomimed which train to take, how much, etc. And even walked us to the right track, once in Kyoto, we found English signage at Kyoto Station, but we’re confused as to which train to take back to the port (even though I had it down on Googlemaps). Another younger person with minimal English helped us in that instance. Even though I had the directions on googlemaps and there was some English signage, the overstimulation of the train station was overwhelming. We have found some really nice Japanese who are willing to assist lost tourists, but even though they took English in school, their spoken English is poor. Google translate is priceless, even with the data charge.
  11. We traveled to Shanghai on the Millenium a few years ago. No shuttle was offered at any port. Be aware that the fog often delays entry into Shanghai and the ship may dock several hours late or not at all. We were scheduled to arrive in the morning but the ship did not dock until 1pm, causing us to miss half the day.
  12. What happens may depend on the ship’s itinerary. Our first B2B passing through Miami came from the Caribbean on the way north to NYC. We had stopped at Port Canaveral the day before and went through Customs and Immigration onboard. We not have to pass through Customs again in Miami. Our next B2B went to Cuba and we did have to walk off the ship through Customs and Immigration in Miami with the 4 other people doing the next segment.
  13. We cruised together a few years ago and have always enjoyed reading your postings. I am so sorry to hear about your loss and hope that you are surrounded by those you love best. I hope that the good times you had together will put a smile in your eyes again.
  14. Sounds like a good idea. Maybe if we all get drunk enough 🤣
  15. In China and Vietnam (and probably all over Asia). the snakes are soaked in alcohol for a long period of time and the infused liqueur is served as a health tonic. Rafael and Armando can try it during our cruise next year!
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