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2onboardagain

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    The Villages, Florida
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    Travel, Golf, Ballroom Dance
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Oceania, Regent, Celebrity, Princess
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Mediterranean

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  1. Every "complaint" on these boards has to be taken with a grain of salt. I can't tell you how many times I have read "complaints" about a cruise that we too were on (which we thoroughly enjoyed) and can only assume that some complainers actually live for the moment that they can complain about something. We've had our share of different cruise lines and enjoyed each and every one of them. Were there things that we were not fond of on each? Yes but the variety of products is very appealing as it provides opportunities to be pleasantly surprised. Each brand develops its own sense of what a cruise experience should be but until you actually try them how would you know which would actually appeal to you? Enjoy you cruise (I know you will!)
  2. A specific answer to your question for Celebrity is that a number of their upcoming cruises spend 3 nights in Tianjin (the port for Beijing) thus allowing them to offer a 3 day (2 night) excursion which includes both the Terra Cotta Warriors and Great Wall. Obviously a land tour would cover much more but this does allow you to accomplish your goal as part of a cruise.
  3. Mura you are correct in that you can't stream unless you "upgrade" but that doesn't "buy" you more speed it just removes a filter that prevents connection to streaming sites. It will always be a bandwidth problem on a ship (the more users the slower each connection] but with a little luck I've always been able to choose a time when my "competition" is less (being among the first to return to the ship from excursions is usually a good time to successfully upload photos!).
  4. It's always nice to meet another alumnus of Happy Wife Happy Life University!
  5. Oh, I understand Paul but I can’t help wondering how many spats occur in cabins over who is hogging that one login. One login per individual has worked fairly well for us on Regent and other cruise lines.
  6. Thanks Paul! Not sure I agree with limiting a cabin to "one" login in today's age but I guess Oceania is free to formulate it's own definition of what they mean by "free internet".
  7. Since the "new & improved" Cruise Critic is still baffling me with reference to searching my apologies if there are threads on this subject already but the "Europe & The Americas" brochure makes reference to an Internet package identified as "Wavenet Second Log In". Has anyone used this or knows what the cost would be?
  8. What happened to all the photos we uploaded with Tapa Talk? All I see now is the code for the link. Not a good first step after all the waiting for this new and improved....
  9. Our experience was that they rotated through their menus every two days. Wish we could have tried them all but we did enjoy the Asian (that fire and ice granite was memorable) and Venetian offerings.
  10. I know this is not a river boat thread but I had to chime in on the feel of the Viking Longships vs the upscale river cruise vessels (or even the early Viking river ships ...we sailed Viking Europe before she was retired) There IS a bit of a mass market "feel" to the space on the Longships but we still love them. Now as to the Viking Ocean vessels, I will put them up against any other cruise ship as to the feel of the space on the ship. We had to keep pinching ourselves on SEA DAYS as to the number of nooks and crannies in the public spaces that were available for quiet conversation or book reading. Viking really hit the sweet spot in making their ocean going passengers feel comfortable and special!
  11. While mine is only one experience I can tell you that we were able to book every tour that we wanted for our upcoming cruise (in a DV). The interesting part is that because we were out of town on the day that bookings opened for our category I had totally forgotten that "our day" had come and wasn't aware of it until a follow up email from Viking arrived late that afternoon telling me that excursions were now available for booking. After I got my heart started again believing that I had totally "blown it" I logged on and in each and every case was able to book our tours so at least by my experience, the herd mentality to stampede to the booking site at Midnight Pacific time might be a tad overblown.
  12. You picked a "hot ticket" cruise that Viking is only doing once next year so it did sell out fast! However, being more than a year out there is still hope that if you are waitlisted you will get a cabin. We were waitlisted on another cruise line for one of those "once per year" cruises and were fortunate enough to be able to sail with them (it was a special anniversary cruise and we thought that booking a year in advance would be more than sufficient but we learned the lesson that those infrequent itineraries really sell out fast!) Keeping fingers crossed that you will be as lucky as we were! You might want to check directly with Viking as to whether they are waitlisting the cruise. The Viking web site just shows all categories as "sold out" rather than waitlisted while the sailings (there are two) this year show some categories as "sold out" and others as waitlisted. Perhaps it is still too early to do that for the cruise that you are interested in but perhaps Viking could reassure you about that waitlist claim by your TA. GOOD LUCK!!!!!
  13. Paul I can confirm that you are correct about the Regent Excursions. We just sailed with them from Dubai to Rome and as you said, neither the Luxor nor Petra tours were among the "included" excursions. We nevertheless had a wonderful cruise but do have to find fault with the misconception that both Regent and Oceania create with their respective "unlimited included excursions" or O life "free excursions" advertisements. We love sailing both lines but there was "disappointment" when, as "newbies", we found out that their brochures over promise on what they actually deliver. Putting a limit on "unlimited" is ingenious at best. There should be no place for a "car salesman" pitch in their marketing materials.
  14. We sailed from Avignon in 2013 and Pont du Gard was not part of the northbound itinerary. As our arrival in Marseille was early in the day of embarkation I asked if Viking could arrange a trip to see it. I was given the email address for the ship and the Concierge (I have forgotten her name) was most gracious in arranging for a cab to take me to Pont du Gard. The driver stayed with me the entire time and treated me like royalty but being the arrival day, the time zones caught up with me and it was exhausting. Your suggestion to arrive a few days early is definitely the way to go!
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