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  1. We all should. Otherwise there’s no reason to post on this boards. Cruise critic isn’t a social media to demonstrate your political preferences... or your cooking skills like some posters believe.
  2. Anyone who doesn’t want to go on the cruise can stop today or anytime. That will make it unnecessary to post on this board too.
  3. Oceania land tour of India Golden Triangle including Jaipur pre Mumbai to Rome cruise. Normally, we are trying to avoid Oceania land tours and overnights because of the cost and limitations of traveling in the big group. That being said, this tour was amazing and organised so well, it allowed us to see most everything we wanted. One thing that helped, most people chose shorter version that didn’t include a visit to Jaipur, so we traveled in a relatively small group. Based on our experience we’re more open to take Oceania land tours in the exotic places that we like to travel to in the futur
  4. Jan, I’d like to say Thank You too. Always waiting for information posted by you. Nautica is our favourite ship. We just booked 2023 cruise - the new itinerary on the Nautica. We’ll love to sail on her no matter if she gets a new look by then.
  5. It’s not true that Oceania won’t put you on the direct flight to Europe from the west coast. Last year for our London to NY cruise we were given non-stop LAX to LHR in premium economy by Oceania. Unfortunately this flight was canceled last minute due to the British Air strike. Oceania was able to switch us to AA flight with a short stop in SFO. Just one hour in economy to San Francisco. We were satisfied with that arrangements. Also, while we prefer to fly business to Europe this flight in premium economy was manageable and allowed us to save our airline miles for future travels. Unfo
  6. I’ll take a long Oceania cruise to the exotic places over fine new Porsche any day. We’re all different. The lucky ones don’t have to choose.
  7. We’ve been on the Nautica multiple times and don’t mind she’s being smaller ship at all. We actually like it that way more intimate and less crowded. As others already mentioned, you’ll need to go on the overnight safari to maximise your chances of viewing the wildlife. On our South Africa itinerary we arranged an overnight safari with Thanda Private Game Reserve by contacting them directly. They picked up the two of us in Durban and returned to the ship in Richards Bay. The cost was half the price Oceania was charging for the same overnight excursion at that time. We had to get a
  8. Thank you Jancruz. Your post is most helpful as usual. There are so many of us who are desperately trying to figure it out when we’re able to get on the ship again.
  9. Hopefully this is just your personal opinion and more countries are looking forward to getting back to normal. There’s no indication that All New Zealand, Australia and French Polynesia will be still closed in Jan - Apr next year.
  10. That’s also true, but Oceania didn’t limit anything before even when they knew that the cruises would not sail. It doesn’t make sense now unless they are obligated to follow certain requirements to be able to restart cruising. Also, when they prepared to cancel before, they waitlisted all categories at once, but I can see some more profitable cabins are still opened now. I guess we’ll see what is in the books, hopefully sooner than later.
  11. I’ve noticed that ALL cruises through December are waitlisted now for almost all categories except the expensive Penthouses and above where available. Though, our January cruise on the Sirena is wide open. I hope Oceania limited the number of reservations in preparation to resume cruising with the lower passengers number and cabins sold this fall.
  12. I believe that they are doing the best they can trying to stay in business and give us an opportunity to sail with them again like we used to do before this difficult time to everybody. Whether or not to support them with your booking is a personal choice that depends on one’s beliefs and desires.
  13. The difference is mostly attributed to the huge price drop for the summer/fall 2020 cruises that most likely won’t sail anyway. Otherwise, it looks like the prices for 2021 comparable cruises are pretty similar to those of 2020 before the price drop. Also, it’s possible we’ll see the price reduction for 2021 cruises closer to the sail date.
  14. They haven’t cancelled that Alaska cruises yet not because they consider to sail. Just don’t want to deal with all that refunds at once, prefer to do one month at a time.
  15. I guess they picked the particular date just over a month ahead not because they really consider to start operating after May 11th. They just don’t want to deal with so many cancellations at once when all of us start to complain about not getting our refunds in the timely manor.
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