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  1. I’m not Patti but I can tell you that none of the St George excursions have been cancelled. In my opinion it’s a blessing that we don’t have to deal with tethering for St George. I guess all of the excursions are accessible from the other ports. Right now (sea day) we are moving at around 5 knots on a calm sea ( like a lake). Having a wonderful time and headed for Chefs Table (California Menu) in a few minutes. Very different cruise but we are loving it. No white caps
  2. Our last cruise (so long ago) was in March 2020. We were in the lowest category V. I purchased a bottle of gin and scotch in San Juan and brought them onto the ship. I requested tonic from our cabin steward and never had a problem. Cheers
  3. I’m sure that Viking is taking a hard look at Brazil relative to Covid. It’s probably too far out for them to commit to excursions right now. It’s at least 4 or 5 months until reservations are allowed to be made, and by then I’d bet there will be a lot more to choose from. We were on the last Amazon cruise in 2020 ending March 12 when everything hit the fan.
  4. Same day results from Saguaro Bloom located in Scottsdale AZ. $279. 24 hr results (not guaranteed) $149. Their website shows other locations around the country, but prices and timelines may be different.
  5. Not sure what brand they are. They make expresso and regular coffee.
  6. Regent has coffee machines in most of their cabins. They are owned by the same parent company as Oceania. It would appear that the decision to not have them on Oceania ships isn’t driven by safety concerns. Anyone willing to pay large sums for this feature might consider Regent as an option. I estimate that the additional cost to be somewhere in the neighborhood of $800/day. 🤗
  7. Our next cruise is with Viking in July . It originates and stays in Bermuda. Not everything is in writing, but here are some of the requirements: 1. All passengers and crew must provide proof of vaccination 14 days prior to sail date. 2. Must have negative Covid test within 3 days of arrival in Bermuda (required by Bermuda) 3. Mandatory Covid test on arrival to Bermuda. 4. Mandatory Covid test on day 4. 5. Not allowed to leave the ship except for authorized Viking excursions. 6. Face masks required in public spaces except while dining or drinking. 7. Reservations required in the main dining room and specialty restaurants. 8. Buffet will change to table service. 9. Anyone observed having fun will be admonished and confined to their cabin (I added this one)🤗 I am sure that Oceania and others will be following these early cruises with intense interest. Hopefully, little by little we will get back to “normal” cruising.
  8. One of my favorites was given by the captain of the Regatta several years ago. He retold his experience with pirates while cruising near Somalia. The pirates attempted to board the ship, and both the crew and the passengers took actions to thwart the threat.
  9. Our preferred cruise lines are Oceania, Regent, Viking, and Royal Caribbean Allure (when we bring our grandchildren). I haven’t packed a suit, tie, or more than 3 pairs of shoes in over 10 years.
  10. Yeah, flights aren’t very appealing. We leave Phoenix at 11:30pm and arrive around noon the following day. Return flight a little better. The fact that we will put up with that and a whole lot more speaks volumes.
  11. Just booked Viking Bermuda using my Regent refund. Not trying to be funny, just feel the need to get on a cruise ship.
  12. We are booked on the July 13 sailing. Got our flight confirmations today and can’t wait. We have a TA, but on this cruise we’re using Viking Air and Viking excursions. I trust Viking and I’m confident they will handle all the details in an efficient manner. I hope everyone will follow all the protocols and have fun.
  13. I’m reminded of the famous Abbott and Costello skit “Who’s on First”.
  14. Received refund (credit to credit card) 12/23/2020. All but $2000 paid to independent insurance company.
  15. 1/05/2021 cruise canceled on 11/02/2020. Requested refund 11/02/2020. TA indicated that refund will occur within 60 days. TA also advised that insurance would not be refunded, but could be transferred to a future cruise within 12 months.
  16. If you’re looking for ships with retractable roofs, you might consider Viking. All of their ocean ships have them, and Viking is more comparable with O. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  17. We are booked on Voyager “Cape Town to Rio” January 5, 2020. A post on the roll call for this cruise is claiming that Regent has voluntarily cancelled this cruise, as well as all remaining 2020 cruises. I have asked for a source. Has anyone else received a travel advisory update? Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  18. April Fools Day. Love your sense of humor . Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  19. Our last cruise was San Juan R/T ending March 12, 2021 on Viking. About 10 days out of 22 were on the Amazon with 4 or 5 ports. We had a blast, but I must say that the Amazon was a little bit of a dud. Even with binoculars we saw very few animals. Mostly birds. Manaus is as far as cruise ships go. Lots of history there and some decent excursions, but there was a stern warning given regarding danger and crime. Very third world. We did take a boat ride to a native tribe which was fun, but very touristy. No visa required for Brazil. If you port at Devils Island you are supposed to have the yellow fever vac. (Nobody checked). Ship water is an issue while on the Amazon because it’s too muddy for the ship to produce water (laundromats were closed for a week). Bugs were not near the problem we anticipated. Glad we did it but wouldn’t do it again. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  20. You’re not bad, but Oceania has never given us a cap for reaching a new level. We have totes for every day of the week, but no caps. When they start cruising again I think I’ll demand to speak to the captain and ask about my caps. I must confess though that they did give me a tee shirt (long sleeve, really nice) for answering correctly a complicated question about garlic. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  21. When did they start giving away caps? Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  22. It has been reported that Crystal has stopped paying their creditors. I learned this from a Regent post that had a link to the Points Guy or something like that. My tech skills are limited or I would include the link here. I’m sure there are some (with skills) that can provide more info on this. Sorry for the apparent bad news, but I felt you should be made aware. Bob Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  23. The only military acronym that comes to mind for me is “snafu”. Wish I didn’t have to put it to use so often. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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