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  1. Horizon (?) in Bimini from friend's deck earlier today. Now that is a shade blue I love
  2. I included your post just to give context to the other posters reply. I too have not seen numbers on this though not search for it - just seen general comments from our health officials. For example CDC: "We’re still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19. After you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking precautions in public places like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces until we know more." So they don't know, yet. Simple enough to follow the usual guidelines once vac
  3. Huh? How do they know the efficacy of the current vaccines? Isn't that, by your logic, proving a negative. Of course there are scientists, data modeller, etc working on determining the how effective a vaccine is in controlling the spread of the virus by those already vaccinated. Your comment is "is logically troubling..." (Oh, and your hate speech if sneaking out again.)
  4. Sorry, replied w/o addressing your question. The cruise lines have a lot of FCCs on the books already. They want those used and the rest to pay cash. With reduced capacity (on ship, fewer ships) and increase in demand they no longer feel a need to offer the big bonuses. Plus, people booking now are aware of the pandemic and cancellations so additional compensation for a "not a surprise we cancelled on you, sorry" is not needed. I saw one line that was 25% is now 10%. Now only "here is your refund"? They also have systems in place to better facilitate the refunding. And those booke
  5. This is a good and timely reminder, rosiegsy. Friends on related line NCL had FCCs from cancelled 2020 cruise applied to new 2021 that will be cancelled so rebooked now while still a cabin selection for 2022 (each booking costing substantially more and despite the bonus amount had to reach into their pocket for a shorter cruise). Some FCC and deposit used so thought they were good. It was pointed out that the not yet applied FCC amount (relatively a lot) expires this June, well before Final Payment on the new booking which is when they intended to used it. So had to mak
  6. I have friends looking at a similar itinerary on a different line. It is one of a few that interests them. They are travelers first and cruising is secondary so itin is important to them choosing to cruise, but they are still sitting on the fence. I suspect they will miss out on a great cruise. Being younger than many on O they do have the luxury of a longer ramp to cruising so waiting is an option to them. Supplier default on the deposit is less of a concern.
  7. No, I think it is reasonable thing to do as you described. It is now selling, you took the last of the category you want, and by "an exotic" I am guessing it is one that you really, really, really hoped would sail last year when there was even less known than still changing situation today. You've bought 3rd party insurance which I assume covers supplier default and the deposit is refundable so I think you are covered and so have a trip to look forward to. There are a lot of folks with FCCs they must use or lose so better to be in the position to book now and cancel later than the disappointme
  8. I have used this method to purchase insure myself. Yours is a good post but as a general comment I add to be careful with insurance as policies vary by seller and location and so reading and understanding one's policy is very important. For example, I have seen where their has been only 72 hours allowed from any payment, whether refundable or non-refundable, to make the addition to a policy, etc.
  9. Hi conover1. "Seems this one needs a start." Were you intending to start a Roll Call? If yes, there are in a separate forum here: Oceania Cruise Roll Calls - Cruise Critic Message Board Forums
  10. Yes, I have always seen the La Reserve offered at different dates than the Specialties. La Reserve bookings I believe managed by Destination Services (they are equipped to take payment and bookings) so that is why not "released: at same time as the other dining venues. That said, La Reserve offerings come out whenever they can schedule various departments , the room, etc. so can be sporadic. But if true and is only available onboard that would be lousy for pax trying to select specialties and then move them once on board and for the booking staff changing the specialties around an
  11. Sorry for continuing OT. Sorry to read you are still working through bookings and cancellations. I hope your TA at least gave you a reminder heads up before you hit that "admin" penalty date. I suspect many don't think of it as used to Final Payment date-type percentage penalties. At least it is not completely lost if you cancel as Queen of DaNile posted it can be held as a credit (as if you want anymore 🙂 ) Good luck
  12. If such an issue is reported on O's mid-cruise survey it will be fixed. They take those surveys very seriously. There is no such list I know of. These are not huge ships with nooks and crannies so there are few "bad" cabins, some "better" but not bad. And O's refurb / maintenance has been very good. There are folks who would not book the "no sofa" E category obstructed/partially obstructed OV on the R ships but as there is no sofa the floor space is similar. There are some, like me, who will not book deck 11 Penthouse on the O ships due to the deck 12 overhang but othe
  13. Now that downright is cruel 🙂 In a good way. The color from the sun's light setting is perfect in that second picture. The only thing missing is my glass of Quarantine Coffee
  14. As for deck 11 penthouse, I was very disappointed with the view from the overhang. In almost ever picture unless pointed down and the water. Even in port the overhang was obscuring the top third of the photo. On sea days I love sitting out on the verandah watching the sea and clouds and no such pleasure on that cruise. I believe they should be described and marketed as partially obstructed. Certainly cruisingxpert's lovely deck 7 is excellent. (thanks for that photo. I want to go!) I would take that in a heartbeat if I could and then deck 10 and would likely book a regular veranda
  15. Yesterday I looked at a cruise for spring 2022 and was surprised several "extended" balcony cabins (did not look at the PHs) are available. The B4s were waitlisted. So either people are booking who prefer mid ship, book online themselves and don't know, book with O and the rep does not suggest those, or the $50 saving is meaningful. Maybe a lot of new-to-O folks who don't know these cabins and the faithful are holding back. Whatever the reason, I was surprised. I even saw some with Insides available. High end named suites all gone but otherwise scattered. Maybe for many folks 2022 dates are st
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