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  1. We love Jost Van Dyke.....but mostly as a day trip? Just about ANY Caribbean port makes me smile.....!
  2. How in the world do you know that she is "highly allergic" to the vaccine?
  3. We have not cruised on Oceania but have now cancelled THREE cruises on this line that we are So anxious to try! We now have two more booked and are working on more...... But our best memory would probably be sailing out of Tortolla after having visited Jost Van Dyke once again.....which is one of our favorite places in the world. This last trip in 2019 was especially meaningful as we sailed out to sea....as I had been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer the previous year. But after LOTS of chemo, immunotherapy and surgery to remove most of one lung.....here wer were once again! Ang th
  4. Loved your reference to the "demographic!".....but have to admit that we are half in/half close to that number and are NOT too proud to do yet another Caribbean cruise! Miss cruising, miss the casinos onboard....miss the OCEAN! Both while onboard and in port. So we are willing to spend money to repeat some of our favorite Caribbean ports/memories!
  5. We had three cruises booked on Oceania - all of which have had to be cancelled of course. But we did have a credit line established in advance for our gambling needs. I agree with another poster in that contacting CAS (Casinos at Sea) is the way to go.
  6. Lord I hope so! Otherwise I have wasted 3 ton of money in booking 2 additional cruises!
  7. We were on the Joy (11 of us) in November of 2019. Travelling as a family in the Haven....and the trip was a "bit" affected as there had been a Norovirus outbreak on the previous cruise. So no menus, the rooms were not ready....not even salt and pepper shakers on the table.....but we tried to make the best of it - as this was not our first Noro experience.....Remember when Noro was our BIGGEST worry? lol.... I think the rest of the ship was pretty much the same as the other NCL ships in this category with the exception of the casino. I HATED the casino - as did most of my family. Suf
  8. You all are amazing! I will continue to "stalk" the site and hope that one of the Vista Suites open on Deck 12. And I considered the Owner's Suite....but think that the salon/piano area is a waste for us.,...as we do NOT entertain OR play the piano....and I didn't like the fact that the living room was so disconnected to the bedroom....also LOVE the idea of our own workout room which is part of the Vista option.....(NOT that we ever have worked out much at ALL on cruises!...but maybe if it is in our own stateroom? One can only hope.....lol!)
  9. Thanks so much! I am being told that there are none available on Deck 12 at the moment.....but who knows? Very hard to get accurate info these days.....but I too feel that #12 would be our "best" bet! Thankfully we have time to cancel before penalties, etc..... Again, I would still love to hear from any of you with varying opinions!
  10. I LOVE you guys! Thanks for the great insights.....will think about all of your thoughts and make a decision asap....again, many thanks!
  11. I appreciate your input....but this is 12 days in the Caribbean with 10 of them in port.....and we have enjoyed many forward facing suites in the past on other lines. My question was just with regards to any particular Vista Suites that may be better in terms of particular Deck, etc..... The Oceania Suites DO look nice.....but I am trying to convince myself that I WILL take advantage of that private workout room! lol..... Still would love opinions on Vista Suites on the Riviera....
  12. We keep rescheduling these cruises....and are now working on 2022 options. Do you experts have opinions on which Vista Suites on the Riviera are better and if so, why? This is our first Oceania cruise....although we had THREE booked before Covid....trying to get back to cruising....fingers crossed!
  13. Thanks all! Loads of good information here and I will follow up.....and I truly appreciate all of your input.
  14. I have now cancelled two cruises.....one was refunded (still trying to figure out if I rec'd all that I had already paid) and one we had to cancel as I am a cancer patient and we decided back in early March that it was not worth the risk. Good thing as our ship was three days at sea and then had to turn around and head back due to the cruise industry lockdown in March. All that I have in the works for now is a cruise for February 2021 - which I know is NOT gonna happen. We have been offered the extended final payment (60 days from sail date if I recall) but also still owe a slight balan
  15. We were also underwhelmed with Paris! Only spent 3 days and 2 nights there (on a cruise of course!) but enjoyed London much more. Not sure what it was exactly.....as the weather was great, the sites were amazing....maybe the people in the service industry? As we spent almost 2 hours waiting for our dinner at one outdoor restaurant that was highly recommended by the Concierge at our hotel, or the waiter at yet another outdoor cafe that told me that I had already "sampled" the champagne that I had ordered a glass of for lunch and asked to be sent back due to lack of any bubbles and the fact t
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