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    Winnipeg, Canada
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    Celebrity's South America, Princess' S.E. Asia

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  1. Islandwoman, thank you for your reply. My Princess experience was rather recent - The Royal Princess in 2017 and the Sapphire Princess in 2018. I'll take some gravol with me....I'm still up for the adventure.
  2. DW and I are sailing on the Quest in late October 2022 from Athens to Dubai. We've done Carnival, Celebrity, and Princess but this will be our first Azamera cruise. Years ago (1980) during my gap year long-hair, backpack journey I sailed on small ships on Cook Strait between New Zealand's North and South Islands and (deck class) from Haifa to Athens. On both occasions the seas were quite rough and there were plenty of people who "lost their lunch" and I almost joined them. When DW and I went on our first Carnival cruise I was nervous about repeating that experience so we packed gravol, those
  3. DW and I booked to sail from Dubai to Istanbul in May 2023. It would have been our first Nautica cruise. However about a week ago we received a notice that we weren't going to Turkey (a bucket list entry) and instead are sailing across the Mediterranean from Haifa to Barcelona (where it will be drydocked), with one stop in Malta. This adds two sea days to the itinerary, meaning that half of a 20-day cruise will be at sea. This makes me wonder if any of the so-called refurbishments have taken place, or will take place before 2023. We spoke to Oceania and said we may cancel. There aren't a lot o
  4. I know this is supposed to be about Oceania but I've never sailed on this line. All being well that changes in May 2023. Anyway, one of our first cruises was on Carnival and our MDR tablemates were this wonderful couple from Chicago. (More than 10 years later we still maintain contact, which reminds me that I owe them a letter.) Anyway, one evening we were enjoying a great meal, wine, and conversation - so much so that we didn't realize we were the last passengers in the dining room. Undoubtedly to tell us (politely) to leave, they started making crew annoncements on the room's pub
  5. Getting back to the op's question, DW and I just booked a 2023 cruise on the Nautica (Middle East - Dubai to Istanbul). We were told we could change our minds and get a full refund up to the end of 2022, which is why we were confident enough to book it. This is our first Oceania cruise. We originally booked an inside suite, and then rebooked and took the least expensive balcony suite. We've done Carnival, Celebrity and Princess. This isn't an intentional "working our way up"; rather, we pick cruises by itineraries and this one is going where we want to go. Any wisdom p
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