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  1. I have so many favorites that I would probably list half of the items being offered. But, for the most unusual dish - seared lamb chops for breakfast! The first time I saw it on the breakfast menu, I thought it was a typo. They are incredible.
  2. Politicians don't make rational decisions. They are guessing. They are intoxicated by how easy it has been to control our lives.
  3. Let me be clear. I agreed with your statement "we will cruise again when there is no requirement to wear masks or social distance". I didn't state that you would be "fine".
  4. That's our thinking as well. To us, cruising fantasyland. Wearing masks, social distancing, etc. is the harsh reality of the steps we must continue to follow indefinitely. If it takes another year to get back to "normal", that's fine with us. If it's five years, that's fine also.
  5. Agreed. We're satisfied with Copa for our Denver - Buenos Aires flights. Business class seats are like domestic first class but there's a connection in Panama City, so we weren't subjected to 14 continuous hours of torture. The "Copa Club" for frequent flyers and business class is spacious and as nice as any I have visited. Edited just now by Rob the Cruiser
  6. DW and I have visited Buenos Aires three times and never encountered "bums and con people everywhere". It's a fabulous city. The only victims we ever encountered on a cruise were those who ignored advice to leave their jewelry in their cabins when going ashore.
  7. Don't let other people tell you what to think. You are who you are. If someone doesn't like what you have to say, they can ignore you.
  8. DW and I were on that cruise also. While I sympathize with those who have disabilities, storing mobility devices in the hallways was dangerous. Add the housekeeper carts in the morning and the hallways became an obstacle course.
  9. Were you afraid of being trampled by hundreds of passengers behaving as if they hadn't had a meal in days?
  10. It never snows in Colorado Springs...in July.
  11. We are Elite Plus on Celebrity. Although we enjoyed our cruises on Celebrity, we feel that Oceania takes the cruise experience to a much higher level. Looking at the comparison from a different perspective, here are a few things that Oceania doesn't have: Agressive photographers. Roving staff members trying to sell/upgrade drink packages, shore excursions, specialty dining, etc. "Art" auctions. Massive shopping promotions. Crowds or long lines. We were shocked to find that the food in the Grand Dining Room on Oceania is as good, if not better, than similar dishes served in Blu aboard Celebrity. Imagine having lamb chops cooked to order at breakfast. When I first saw lamb chops listed for breakfast I thought it was a typo. As soon as you are aboard, head straight for Waves and order this: SURF & TURF - Grilled Florida lobster medallions, sliced black angus filet mignon, tomato, toasted ciabatta, roasted garlic jus, remoulade dipping sauce. The dish also includes truffle fries.
  12. The longest we've done is 37 days. We loved every minute of it. In fact, we tried to extend the stay for the next itinerary but it was sold out.
  13. All specialty restaurants are smaller and more intimate than main/grand dining rooms.
  14. I hope that the use of hand sanitizer is mandatory when entering any venue. No exceptions. I'm amazed at how many people refuse to use the hand sanitizer, even when politely asked to do so.
  15. @BCHappyGal- Buy annual travel insurance. It's much less expensive. We use Allianz.
  16. We used to be loyal Celebrity cruisers also. We decided to find a different cruise line when service and the quality of food in Blu declined. That was five years ago. We were concerned that downsizing from Solstice-class or Millennium-class to O-class (Marina) would feel cramped. Far from it. What stood out for us was there is no wasted space in the public areas. For example, on Celebrity, the huge area where the art auctions take place comes to mind. As odd as it may sound, O-class feels larger than Celebrity ships because of the efficient layout of the public areas. Our next cruise was on R-class (Sirena). It didn't feel cramped either. OK, OK...the bathroom in our cabin was tiny. Teeny-tiny. We didn't care. As others have mentioned, it's the itinerary. We prefer O-class because of the additional restaurants but wouldn't hesitate to cruise aboard R-class if the itinerary was attractive.
  17. @roothy123- If you have Dish Network you can download the Marina episode from "Mighty Cruise Ships" season 3, episode 6.
  18. OK, CC friends, let me summarize: It script is written to the level that a 10-year-old could understand. Marina is a ship. It is a nice ship. There's the exterior of Marina. Marina has a captain. He is smart. He cares for Marina, the crew and the passengers. The itinerary is the British Isles. People like the British Isles. Joe Namath wants me to sign up for Medicare. Joe cares about me. Joe appeared to be sober. Sailing a ship is difficult. Look! There's the bridge! The captain drives the ship from the bridge, but not really. Someone else does that. It's difficult to position the ship in/out of some ports. That's what a pilot is for. The pilot tells the captain what to do. The captain doesn't have to do what the pilot says to do but if he doesn't and the ship crashes, he would be in big trouble. I shouldn't take some prescriptions if I am pregnant, plan on becoming pregnant or know of anyone who has ever been pregnant. If a rash develops, I should stop taking the prescription and call my doctor immediately. I might die...or worse. Marina has an engine room. There are engines there. See the pretty engine room? Oops! An injector has failed. If the technicians can't change the injector, the cruise could be in jeopardy. Marina has a cruise director. He is nice. He has over 100 pairs of shoes. He doesn't direct where the ship goes. Look! Another shot of the exterior of the ship. Is there an interior? I don't know, but the bridge, engine room and exterior is pretty. Tom Selleck wants me to take a reverse mortgage. I can use the cash for anything I want. (Maybe a cruise??) This isn't Tom's first rodeo. I should take his advice because I haven't been to a rodeo. Look! Marina is docking at the port in Liverpool! There's the exterior of Marina. Passengers like to go to Liverpool. The Beatles are from Liverpool. They were a band. Titanic was built in Liverpool. People get creeped out when they visit the dry dock where Titanic was built. Titanic sank. Titanic was longer than Marina, but Marina is wider than Titanic was. There's the exterior of Marina again. I wonder if Marina has restaurants, cabins and common areas. No one knows. The injector was changed successfully. All is well on Marina. The End.
  19. The show was about the itinerary, not about Marina. What a waste of time. 50% commercials.
  20. Here is a link to a menu that lists drinks that are usually available on the Premium package. Bar menu. I was unable to copy/paste the list. Sorry.
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