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Rob the Cruiser

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    travel, cooking, wine
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    Oceania
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    South America

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  1. Oceania will have your passport and immunization documents. Local officials will board the ship and inspect the documents before passengers are allowed to go ashore.
  2. Many health insurance providers have an international travel advisory department. (In the US. I don't know about other countries.) It's their job to advise what immunizations, prescriptions and documents are needed by country and region. That's where to start.
  3. While we think most items on the Red Ginger menu are very good, they are far from being spicy, IMHO. Even after we ask for more heat, the items are still on the bland side. Just ask them to tone down the spice a bit. They'll try their best to make the dishes to your liking.
  4. There wasn't a stool in the laundry room on Marina or Sirena when we were aboard.
  5. It's not about the brand of automobile. The comparison would be whether the owner of the Kia or Rolls wants a chauffeur. It's just like wanting a butler on Carnival or Oceania. Feeling uncomfortable with being catered to has nothing to do with it. Some people, myself included, simply don't see the need for a butler.
  6. We haven't had a problem getting additional specialty restaurant reservations once aboard. We made them with the same procedure that you described. This was while we were in a standard veranda or Concierge cabin, table for two (no share), 6:30-7:00PM. (Sirena and Marina)
  7. Laundry room opened at 7:00AM when we were on aboard Sirena in December/January. I don't recall the closing time.
  8. I didn't say that we don't have a serious problem.
  9. Just keep repeating, the world is going to end in 12 years, the world is going to end in 12 years...
  10. @LHT28- I've never snapped my fingers at anyone or pushed to the front of the line and never will.
  11. How old is old? At what level is a position of power? I'm 64 years old. Is that old? I was blessed to have been able to retire 12 years ago. Was I old then? Perhaps I held positions of power but your definition is probably different than mine. Earning a position of power doesn't mean that a person has to be rude to get there.
  12. @daveispar - The magic of the Golden Rule. Yes, it works.
  13. We were on Sirena in January and had a fabulous time. Yes, it was pre-retro but Sirena probably has many of the crew after the retro. We didn't encounter any rude or angry staff. On the contrary, they were upbeat and seemingly happy to serve. On the flip side, there were some passengers that complained about anything and everything. One person was so obnoxious that we called him "angry man". We would be delighted to sail on Sirena again.
  14. Yes, I was joking. I wouldn't upgrade from a B3 to Concierge even if there was no additional charge.
  15. Agreed. Awful. Terrible. Don't book a B3 on O ships. Just don't.
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