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Carol From California

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  1. This question is for anyone who has been on this cruise this year. We are scheduled to go in December. I know that Silversea includes a Night Tour in Quito pre-cruise. What time does this tour start? I am trying to plan two days of sightseeing with a private guide (we are flying in one day early) and want to be sure we get back to the hotel in time to meet up with the group for the Night Tour. Thanks!
  2. Keep checking because cabins open up and you should be able to switch to a PH2....especially when final payment is due.
  3. The OLife money credit varies depending on the cost of the cruise. I booked one that has $800, although we chose the excursions option instead.
  4. I always book through my person at Oceania. Then within 30 days I transfer the booking to my TA for additional perks.
  5. Thought I'd Share This: OCEANIA CRUISES SETS A NEW SINGLE-DAY BOOKING RECORD Sales Launch of New Ship Vista Breaks All-Time Record Within Hours. Miami, FL, September 17, 2021 – Oceania Cruises, the world’s leading culinary- and destination-focused cruise line set an all-time single day booking record that surpassed the most recent record by nearly 60%. While the most recent record was for a full season of sailings across six ships, this record was driven by the introduction of one new ship with itineraries for primarily one half of a year. Vista is slated to debut in April 2023, voyages opened for sale on September 15th at 9:00 a.m. eastern and by 10:30 a.m., the number of bookings had surpassed the company’s most recent record which was set in March 2021. "The tremendous wave of bookings we saw on the day we opened sales for Vista underscores the extraordinary demand for our acclaimed small ship, destination focused vacations,” stated Bob Binder, President and CEO of Oceania Cruises. On September 15, 2021 Oceania Cruises opened the inaugural season itineraries of its newest ship, Vista for sale to the general public. A total of 18 voyages spanning from April 2023 through November 2023 went on sale. Itineraries range from 10- to 24-days in length with fares from $5,299 per guest to $32,199 per guest. Accommodations on the designer-inspired upper premium ship range from 270 square feet for the newly introduced solo staterooms to more than 2,400 square feet for the palatial Owner’s Suites which run the full width of the ship. “We are seeing exceptional demand from both our loyal Oceania Club repeaters and new-to-brand guests who are attracted to Vista’s new restaurants and culinary concepts, residentially styled staterooms and suites, and unique itineraries that present the destinations from a new perspective," stated Bob Binder, President & CEO of Oceania Cruises. All of the bookings for 2023 are new cash bookings with absolutely no dilution from Future Cruise Credits issued for cancelled cruises in 2020 or 2021. Virtually all of the top-tier Owner’s, Oceania, and Vista suites along with the newly introduced solo concierge veranda staterooms are sold out for the inaugural season. Nearly half of the available inventory of Vista’s inaugural season was sold in one day with 30% of all bookings coming from new to brand guests. The most in-demand destinations were the British Isles and Canada, the Mediterranean, Holy Lands, and Panama Canal. 67Nina Meadows, Kathy Walker Beaumont and 65 others 14 Comments Like Comment
  6. I agree with you about the restaurants. I love Red Ginger and Toscana, and of course the trill at the Terrace Cafe. We are neighbors by the way.....I am in Encino.
  7. In my opinion the cuisine on Oceania is better than on Regent. Last cruise we were on (Regent) met the food manager who said she worked on both ships and she agreed that Oceania was better. The new restaurant on Vista looks interesting too....replacing the French Restaurant Jacques.
  8. Love the F2 Cabin on the Explorer. We have a cruise booked on the Explorer and one booked on the Splendor. Both are in F2 cabins. We love the layout with the bed facing outward. We love the huge walk-in closet and there is so much additional storage in the room it's amazing. The bathroom is also very nice with a separate tub, separate shower and dual vanities. Can't go wrong with F1 either of course.
  9. I cruise on both lines. On Oceania I like the Marina and the Riviera, and I just booked a cruise on the new Vista. On Regent I like the Explorer and the Splendor and will probably book a cruise on the new Grandeur. Regent includes everything, although we always take the credit for the air and do our own air. We usually have miles for booking the air. With Oceania you have to pay for the liquor and for gratuities. You also have to pay for the excursions. We never take the pre-cruise hotel with Regent. We don't drink a lot. If we go on Oceania we buy some bottles of wine and may have a few cocktails. On Regent of course you can drink as much as you want. Regent includes excursions, although many of them carry a surcharge. With Oceania if you do the OLife package you can get some of the excursions included. I have compared the pricing on some of the itineraries and believe it or not sometimes Regent turns out to be a better value when you factor in everything. I think the age of the crowd on the ships is dependant on the itinerary and length of the cruise. Retired people may take longer cruises for example. Cruises to the Caribbean and to Alaska may attract younger cruisers. The Oceania ships I mentioned above have more passengers than the Regent ships I mentioned above. That is also something to consider. I think the dress code is the same on both lines.
  10. We are booked on the Silversea Origin too (Galapagos). We were supposed to go last December which was of course cancelled. We are scheduled to go this December. Will be anxious to read your blog. Have a wonderful time!
  11. Thanks for sharing all these photos! We go in 4 months!
  12. We are booked on the October 11 "Glories of Spain" cruise. Is that the one you are on?
  13. Andre - please email me. Carol@CarolWolfe.com
  14. Happy to give you referral. Carol@CarolWolfe.com
  15. Someone has posted a bad review from the first voyage. I found it here>>> Silver Origin Cruise Ship: Review, Photos & Departure Ports on Cruise Critic. I don't think it is every great to go on the "first voyage" on a brand new ship, and especially during a pandemic. Someone posted more favorable comments on the Facebook Silversea Passengers Group. We are going in December. Hopefully they work out the kinks by then.
  16. Generally we prefer Oceania over Viking but we did do this itinerary on Viking and it was a great cruise. The one we went on is called Iceland's Majestic Landscape. We started in Bergen, Norway which is very charming. We visited the fjords with stops in Flam, Alesund, and Geiranger. On the way over to Iceland we stopped in the Faroe Islands. When we got to Iceland we had port stops in Seydisfjördur, Akureyri, ĺsafjördur, and finally Reykjavík. When we ended the cruise we stayed a few days in Reykjavik and did some private tours of the South Coast and Golden Circle. It was a spectacular cruise and the tours we did afterwards were amazing!
  17. I looked on there too (yesterday) and could not tell if it was just docked. Thanks! This is very good news! Anxious to hear after some have sailed on the new ship.
  18. When I looked on the Silversea website a few weeks ago it showed the Galapagos sailings would be commencing in June. I think there were 2 or 3 dates listed for June. Now there is one....June 26. Does anyone know if the earlier cruises went ahead or were they cancelled? I wanted to know if the first cruise on the new Origin ship ever sailed or is June 26 the first one? We are going in December so anxious for feedback from anyone who might go sooner. The hotel where Silversea puts up their guests for the pre-cruise in Quito is the JW Marriott. Until recently it had been closed but it has since reopened. Hopefully these sailings will go ahead soon!
  19. Have cruised on both but prefer Regent over Silversea. We do not like the more formal dresscode on Silversea. It's good that there are options for those that do like it.
  20. We were supposed to go last December. The cruise of course was cancelled. We have rebooked for this December. Looking forward to it!
  21. I would take this switch. Would rather sail on the Explorer than the Mariner and itinerary is the same.
  22. We were booked on an Alaska cruise (9-1-2021) which was also cancelled on April 28. We were told we would get the refund (deposit and excursions we paid for) within 60 days. I checked with my TA yesterday since it's been around 30 days and she said it is taking the full 60 days since they cancelled so many cruises all at once and it takes time to process them.
  23. Yes, I was finally able to book extra night (we go in one day early) in Quito.
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