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  1. I connected with our TA regarding an O 17 day in late May ‘22. I only see it sailing that one time, encompassing several islands of Spain and other more unique ports than the typical Mediterranean itinerary. We have decided that we do want to try O and I really appreciate the posts which provided comparisons between the two. Unfortunately the itinerary that caught out attention has really booked up (yes, I know, snooze you loose). We know a balcony is absolute- and we were hoping for the entry concierge level, but that is no longer available. Not having sailed on O yet, I am not sure if it is
  2. Thank you both for clarification around children. Sounds completely reasonable. We generally travel in the spring (recent years wildfires in the Fall have put a halt to traveling then). I am not so sure that by Spring ‘22 we will have much freedom to travel Independently in port. I need to get a trip on the books soon though!
  3. So much helpful information on this thread. Thank you very much. we too sailed on Viking’s very first Ocean cruise in 2015 on a B2B. Our most recent on Viking was out of NYC and into the Caribbean 10/19. Several cruises in between. We generally purchase the upgraded drinks package as we enjoy having something prior to dinner. With Vikings drink packages you are restricted to wine by the glass, but also a discount on bottles. We enjoy Vikings food - but not having sailed Oceania I compare. Specialty restaurants are no extra charge and are quite good. We do like the no children policy o
  4. Viking spa has thermal pools, steam and snow rooms, etc that are available without booking services. Sorry that was an attempt to keep a long post short. I am seeing O Life offers that include drink packages, and airfare. With Viking free or reduced air, I can upgrade to economy plus easily, but not so much to business. How is that with Oceania? We have tons of miles. Is there a general consensus on OLife for experienced cruisers? Are the drink packages with Oceania available all day or just at meals? Is there a good wine list? On Viking it’s super easy to dine at tables
  5. I noticed that about the food magazines and was probably the first hook - along with ship size. Thank you Flatbush Flyer
  6. I am sure this must have been discussed, but I am sure not finding. We have travelled on several cruise lines over the years. After trying some mainstream lines We found a good niche with HAL on their small ships for a couple trips, but those ships are gone and we are not interested in larger ships. Several years ago we experienced Viking and have since sailed several times with them. We very much enjoyed their service, food, included wine/beer, specialty restaurants, free spa visits (not services), the ships, and itineraries. In researching options Oceania has several itinerarie
  7. We cannot wait for vaccines so we can travel again - well and just gain something that resembles ‘normal’ again. ’ We keep talking about when to book another cruise. However, as Kazu said, if that means cruising looks like this we will stick with land vacations until/if protocols relax. We echo your thoughts completely.
  8. Thank you Peregrina. It must be a Pandemic based policy as that wasn’t the case last year. I think it is an important change in policy and I am glad to learn of it, so thank you.
  9. Hi Peregrina. I am wondering if this is a fairly new protocol with Viking. I ask because we had a voucher expire, Viking was kind enough to extend it for us. We had to reschedule a second time due to wildfires here so it expired again. At that point, Viking would not extend nor refund. They refunded our deposit, but not our voucher credit. Maybe they only extend one time? This was in 2019. I haven’t been on CC for a long while but the need to travel is starting to be crazy making. I agree that Viking is doing an exemplary job of safety planning as best as possible. We will not trave
  10. We just received a cancel notice from Princess for our 9/20 RT out of SFO. There is an updated date for requesting a refund by 6/30/20 with a link to that form. Otherwise the FCC will default and be valid for trips through 5/22 with double the deposit in your account to use. We will be requesting refunds.
  11. We cancelled a big HAL trip from May. Have another in September to Canada that will cancel. Had three land trips cancelled so far this year. Not sure if a Fall land trip will take place or not, but it is possible to drive instead of fly as planned. We will see. The lack of Covid coverage with travel insurance out of country is a big deal. Feeling safe is a big deal. I am afraid both of those pieces are a ways out from being resolved. I Worry that cruise lines are in trouble and putting money out there might not be wise for future travel. We are thinking if we travel in 2021 it will be lan
  12. I agree with you Hank. The employees must be so overwhelmed. I cannot imagine. I am not in a hurry for our refund. I just don’t want a FCC. It also makes sense that with this new announcement , Princess will need to update their website cancellation list soon. The other piece is that obtaining a refund or future use of travel insurance policy, I believe it is easier if the cruise line cancels instead of the passenger? smokeyham, I was talking with a friend yesterday who is a dual citizen with a home in Cabo. It’s not a good situation there with the virus. It would give me pa
  13. Smokeyham we are booked on the same cruise. I will give it till mid week and hopefully Princess will have their list updated. My concern was the statement on their website that the refund form needed to be completed by 6/15. We will be taking a refund. Not sure how long it will be before we will be comfortable on a larger ship. I think our next cruise will likely be another river cruise. And not likely within the next year, but more likely late 2021 or 2022. thanks for the input and opinions.
  14. I saw the report yesterday where Canada is not allowing any cruise ships with more than 100 passengers to dock in their ports through 10/31/20. I have returned to the link Steelers36 provided the information on. Our trip is not listed as cancelled yet it docks in Victoria and Vancouver. The note also says if you do not fill out the form for a refund by 6/15 it will default to FCC, which we do not want at this time. Princess.com still shows cabins available. Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you
  15. Interesting feedback. Out of curiosity where was your cruise to take place? I ask because I wonder if the feedback was based on travel area or more to the act of cruising. CCWineLover - I would agree with your assessment. Viking is class act. When we feel comfortable to sail again, there are multiple lines we will not consider. Viking will remain on our list with very few others m
  16. I think, for me, finding out how the travel insurance requires my behavior for refund may impact my decision to cancel early or wait to see if Princess cancels. I am not so confident, that even if this itinerary sails, Canada will allow disembarkation. Living in the Bay Area as you do, this is an easy vacation to reschedule. That said, I sure wish we were sailing into Malta tomorrow and am missing travel this year.
  17. Thank you all for these helpful articles and input. I think it’s highly unlikely our cruise will sail. I think it’s also highly unlikely we will be taking any vacation this year to be honest. So far we have cancelled several. I need to check to see if I need to wait for the cruise line to cancel for travel insurance reimbursement. I know that varies with insurance companies. I truly appreciate the time in responding to my question.
  18. Yes jennybenny. That is the the itinerary we are booked on - sailing 9/20. Not sure if first scheduled cruise is a good thing or not - I can see an argument for both sides.
  19. Over the years Viking has facilitated on their payment in advance policy. Our first Oceans five years ago required full payment 2+ years prior. That was after a river cruise prior where that wasn’t the case. Our last Oceans was 6 months in advance. Their promotions sometimes offer 6 months prior, and sometimes 12 or more. I received in the mail today a prior customer package that did not mention later full payment, but did offer the ability to cancel during a very short window prior to sailing with a FCC. My point is that their promotions vary. Right now, DH and I are still SIP. I am itchi
  20. Thank you Steelers36. I found the link. I did not see any cancellations for Star Princess at all. I guess we will just wait a bit longer. Just not sure it will sail. And also not sure if we will sail until a little further down the Covid road. I appreciate your assistance.
  21. I am sure that I read somewhere that Princess has cancelled Alaska and any Canadian Cruises (amongst other locations) into the Fall. We are booked in September RT from SFO to Vancouver/Victoria. I looked at Princess online and it appears to still be selling cabins. I also looked through several pages on this forum before posting. Does anyone know the status? I realize Canada likely May have the last word here, and have not seen further updates on accepting Cruises. Thank you
  22. Princess may not have known if it was just the flu or the virus, but given all the information available at the time it should have raised red flags. The man who died today is not the only confirmed case from the Mexico cruise. There is a patient in the hospital in Sonoma County who is confirmed with the virus from that cruise - and one has to wonder how many others. chengkp75- I trust your expertise from reading your analysis on multiple boards over the years. So if the fogging is reliable, does the question then become - did Princess perform this throughout the ship bet
  23. I sincerely hope that all those on the Grand will be okay. As well as those on the previous Mexico itinerary. That is the most important piece. That said - help me understand why, when Princess knew there were people with flu like symptoms on the Mexico itinerary, that they just turned the ship around on time and boarded new passengers for the Hawaii itinerary? From the Mexico itinerary we know for a fact that the one passenger died today in Placer County. We know that there is another person in Sonoma county in the hospital with confirmed virus from that Mexico trip. There is al
  24. Thank you for these responses. It helps me, and I hope the OP as well with all these personal experiences.
  25. We are in an aft on NA on deck 5 in May. We are directly in the center rather than a wrap around. This will be our first aft cabin experience. Really glad to hear your experience Tom was so positive. I was a little concerned that without the breeze it may be too warm to really enjoy. Thank you for your post
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