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zltm089

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  1. Following!!! Big seafood fan here and Vancouver is on my list!
  2. Following this thread. I'm also on the fence and not sure if I should book my Alaska cruise. I'm not bothered with the virus itself but more about quarantined, cancellations, delays and closures etc. How how cruise companies are treating their customers with regards to refunds and compensation.
  3. Thanks for all the comments. I'm not too bothered with the actual health concerns of the corona virus. What I'm worried about is due to some "Health and safety" excuse my cruise is cancelled/quanratined/delayed etc Last thing I want is to be locked inside my room, plagued with delays, cancellations, missed ports, medical tents outside, and feel like I'm in some zombie apocalypse movie etc When I've spent so much time planning and money on a cruise and then it turns out to be like a Diamond Princess experience. I do get it, "it's one of those things that can happen ". Just trying to get a real feel of what exactly is happening with cruises at the moment.
  4. With all the Corona virus stuff going on, ships quarantined etc What are your cruise plans for this year? I was planning a cruise to Norway and Alaska, but bit apprehensive with all the horror stories. Multiple threads on CC about Corona virus, so what are your thoughts folks? My main concern is getting on a ship that's quarantined or last minute cancellations, not too bothered about the risks of catching the virus itself. What are your plans? Have you cancelled anything? Kind regards Kevin
  5. With all the Corona virus stuff going on, ships quarantined etc What are your cruise plans for this year? I was planning a cruise to Norway and Alaska, but bit apprehensive with all the horror stories. Multiple threads on CC about Corona virus, so what are your thoughts folks? My main concern is getting on a ship that's quarantined or last minute cancellations, not too bothered about the risks of catching the virus itself. What are your plans? Have you cancelled anything? Kind regards Kevin
  6. Do you know of other cruise lines which are in the same category as Celebrity, HAL, Princess and Cunard?
  7. Mass market lines are NCL, Royal Caribbean, Carnival and PnO. HAL and Celebrity are a step up imo.
  8. My understanding so far, 4 categories Luxury - seabourn, silversea, regent and crystal. Premium - Viking, Oceania and Azamara Premium light/ mainstream premium - Celebrity, Cunard, Princess and HAL. Mainstream/ Mass market- RC, NCL, Carnival and P&O.
  9. Too much hassle. 😂 I'd rather sit down in a restaurant. Thank you for the suggestions though.
  10. Menus are from Normandie and Tuscan. I was on the 24th of Nov cruise, western Caribbean. I've heard positive things for Blu. I spent my obc on excursions
  11. Booking restaurants onboard on the day wasn't an issue at all.
  12. Oh no sorry, can't remember. I know for sure that they have 2 shows catered for "early" and "late" dining. You might want to go for the flexible dining option and then book the table so that you can get to the venue at least 20mins before. Some shows are quite popular. But during our 7 day cruise, some of them were repeat so no worries if you've missed it. Most likely to have another session lined up.
  13. They sold entrance to the spa for the duration of the whole cruise and "daily" passes were not available when we asked. Entrance price was quite high imo, and was about $450 as far as I can remember. Massage treatments were very pricey aswell compared to onshore spas.
  14. Enjoy! ....Eden and the infinite verandas might not be to everyone's liking, but overall it is a very nice ship.
  15. Well the two most important for me would be the ship and food. I want modern, "recent" (ideally under 5 years old or recently renovated) and mid size ships (under 3000 passengers, ideally 2000)...I think the premium lines ships have about 1000s capacity. Itinerary and onboard entertainment, I'm not too bothered about (obviously as long as it's not going to a war torn country etc and it has a decent theatre...). Based on the comments I received in the Oceania section of the forum, it does sound like Oceania will win for the food and Viking will win for the ships...
  16. Ideally I would love to try both lines. But since it will be my first proper "Premium" cruise and funds/budget allows me to only chose between one of them (for the time being...)
  17. I do appreciate that food is highly subjective, but what I was after are comments regarding food on oceania including the members' cruising foodie experience (i.e their "foodie" background) and then see whether the "offical" reviews, reputation and numerous awards all tie up. Many of yous have done that and I thank you very much. With regards to travel agents in the UK, I'm still not convinced. Will call around and see what they say.
  18. Thank you all for the comments.
  19. Both Viking Ocean and Oceania fall in the premium cruise line category. Viking seems to have more recent and modern ships. How is the food (buffet, mdr and speciality reataurants) on those two lines? Which one do you prefer foodwise? Many thanks
  20. Thank you all for your comments.
  21. By TA, I presume you mean travel agent?... No thanks, I'd rather get the feedback of people who actually cruise rather than people who sell cruises.
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