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  1. 4 hours ago, Cruise Junky said:

    But isn’t there a third person involved? They would have to pay full price for O’s overpriced tour. 

    Yes, but that person also does not have to pay the $300 for O Life. Thus the cost for this person is only the amount above $100. Hence a tour costing $149, for example, would cost only $49 extra for this person.

  2. 23 minutes ago, Cruise Junky said:

    Sounds like you'd be better off just not taking any Olife perks. 

    Do you not agree that OP could potentially double their investment by choosing O Life excursions perk - in other words, by paying $100 extra per excursion one can get up to $199 value per excursion?

    Also, they would be 3 included excursions closer to getting 25% off on additional YWC excursions.

    Of course, this implies that the person does not object to O ship excursions and OP did not express that sentiment.

  3. 24 minutes ago, carollouise said:

    Is there a place to see the prices of the excursions before you book and make your choice of o life or not?  I went to Oceania and saw the descriptions of the excursions but didn't see prices. 

    The definite answer will come when your actual excursions are released (about 240 days prior to the cruise).

    Until then you can look at the same/similar cruise in the near future that will have prices.

    Also, you can change your choice of adding or not adding O Life until 14 days prior to the cruise which is the latest time by which O Life tours must be booked.

  4. 14 minutes ago, azam71209 said:

    I just booked another Oceania cruise, Barcelona to London June 23. There will be three people in the cabin and despite the fact that OLife says "amenities per cabin" the 6 excursions cannot be shared by three people, only the first two. Also the $600 OBC is really nothing. If you take cruise only, the price is reduced by the same $600. Why pay a cruise price that is $600 more just to get $600 in OBC? Used to be ok because it included internet but now everybody gets internet.  Don't drink much so included drinks also has no appeal.




    Actually O Life can be a very good value if you choose excursions instead of OBC or drinks.

    Some included excursions can be up to $199 - thus your $600 can buy you as much as almost $1200 worth of excursions.

    This is the case for 2 people in the cabin - math may be different for 3 people but even then the first 2 people can still almost double their monetary input.

  5. If I understand you correctly, we had a similar situation in Papeete.

    The ship was there overnight at the end of the cruise. The flights leave late at night (11 PM-ish). Since we’ve been there before we decided to fly home during the overnight stay rather than hang around the next day till 11 PM, mostly off the ship after morning disembarkation.

    We had no problem with prior notification and request from Oceania.

  6. On 9/17/2019 at 6:15 PM, JPR said:

    Jacques would clearly be our #1 choice because it’s not available on the R ships (and is far better than Regent’s French offering Chartreuse).

    Currently on the Explorer and had dinner at the Chartreuse tonight and I generally agree although the lobster (in panko batter and with scallop mousse) might have been the best lobster I ever had 😊

    I also agree with your restaurant ratings on O ships.

  7. GTAgal - FWIW, some of our excursions showed up today - exactly 238 days before cruising.

    Our wording was a little different from yours (see below):


    View and Shop Shore Excursions

    Shore excursions are available 240 to 7 days prior to sail date.



    Hope yours will show up soon 😊

  8. 4 hours ago, JPR said:

    There are plenty of excellent offerings that aren’t spicy at all, like the Miso Glazed Seabass.


    In addition to above the excellent lobster Pad Thai is also not spicy.

    Among the appetizers the calamari is not spicy either unless dipped in the spicy sauce.


  9. 5 hours ago, pinotlover said:

    The good news is the OP was given adequate time to make other arrangements.

    Adequate time, yes- adequate resolution/compensation, not as far as we can tell.

    OP booked O Life mostly because of this particular excursion; now he is stuck with O Life that he has little use for. In other words, if he had been told that his excursion is full, he would not have chosen O Life.

    Now, it is possible that the change is due to operator issues but in fact we do not know this to be the case. If the operator caused the problem, O should not hold him responsible for this and should refund him the money (in form of refundable OBC) so that he could use that money for his private tour rather than non refundable OBC that he has little use for.

  10. 3 hours ago, Jay23 said:

     I recommend you  try for a private tour as Maura has researched, but now of course you will have to pay for it..🙁   J

    The additional problem as I see it that OP already paid $300 for O Life that now is essentially useless to him.

    Giving him $300 non refundable OBC in place of the O Life wouldn’t help much as it wouldn’t pay for his private tour.

    IMO, he should receive $300 back either as cash or refundable OBC.

  11. 2 hours ago, Paulchili said:

    carlsbadguy - thank you for that explanation.

    I have never heard of this happening and I am sorry to hear that this happened to you.

    Not sure what your options are at this point.

    Something is wrong with this - you deserve an explanation from Oceania.

    If the tour was already full you should not have been able to book it - it should have said “not available” or “full” or “waitlist only”. In the absence of that I think they changed the size of the group at some point after you booked it.

    Very unusual.

  12. Were excursions not available for booking when you made your final payment?

    They are usually available 240 days prior to sailing - most of the time before final payment.

    If they were available, could you not have checked if you can book this particular excursion before choosing O Life as an option?

  13. 7 hours ago, FlyerTalker said:

    Just for that those that think about those "more attractive" routings:


    MCO-JFK-BCN -- 4775 great circle miles

    MCO-CLT-BCN -- 4826 great circle miles

    MCO-MIA-BCN -- 4889 great circle miles

    MCO-ATL-BCN -- 4987 great circle miles

    MCO-YYZ-BCN -- 5054 great circle miles

    How is this for stats:

    AC shortest flight. 16 hrs 5 min

    AA via MIA. 11 hrs 33 min.- 

    AA via CLT. 11 hrs 40 min

    AA via PHL. 12 hrs 46 min


    Regardless of the mileage of the flights, I’ll take the shortest in duration.

  14. 2 hours ago, LHT28 said:

    but  AA   really messed us around  twice  so they are not getting  a 3rd chance  form us LOL

    Lyn - I don’t blame you. The “new” AA is nothing like the old AA pre-merger.

    I no longer favor them either despite being a lifetime Plat with them.

  15. 1 hour ago, impala1ss said:

    I do believe $300 to just talk to someone  about alternate routes is a little much.

    Once again you are poorly informed.

    The fee is actually $350 ($175/pp) but you do not pay it unless and until you accept the proposed itinerary. You do not pay “just to talk to someone  about alternate routes”

  16. In addition to Lyn’s post above:

    1  O Life and flights are separate items - there is no such thing as. “O Life flights”.

    You can keep O Life and do your own air in which case you get a credit for airfare.

    2. If you want to use Oceania air, consider doing a deviation where you have more control in choosing your flights

    3 LATAM is the largest airline company in South America with airlines like LAN Chile and others:



    I believe you are judging Oceania unfairly if you are doing so before even sailing with them and based only on incomplete information about flights and transfers.

  17. 7 hours ago, ShopperfiendTO said:

    A Celebrity ship was also in port but must have been docked at the outer port.  Having said that, we basically had he same tour itinerary as the group from that ship for both days there so I don't think location really matters if you're going on a group tour with a blanket visa.

    True - location doesn’t matter with private tours that tend to be full day tours.

    LOcation does matter with ship’s tours that tend to be half day tours. That means that you have to return to the ship after the morning tour and then go out again for the afternoon tour - thus wasting time driving back and forth to a port further away.

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