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#21
Seattle
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Joined Jul 2016
Thanks everyone for the hotel suggestions. Surprisingly, some are already sold out for May 2018.


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#22
Brooklyn, New York USA
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Not so surprising. I was trying to book the Regencia Colon some months ago, but it was just too early. I was able to book a room a few months later for this November. Meanwhile I also have a room at the Europark for the same two nights ... clearly I'll have to cancel one of these!

But it's true that many hotels book up very early!
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#23
GTA, Ontario, Canada
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Joined Apr 2005
Originally posted by CruisingIGo
Thanks everyone for the hotel suggestions. Surprisingly, some are already sold out for May 2018.


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Did you contact the hotel directly?
Some online booking sites do not show some openings until 6 -9 mths out

Keep checking or email the hotel directly
#24
Switzerland
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Joined Aug 2004
Often hotels have no loaded their inventories themselves this far in advance. I would email the hotel directly.
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#25
Kansas City, MO
1,831 Posts
Joined Apr 2002
Originally posted by pinotlover
All luggage and carry ons must go through X-ray inspection before coming aboard. The ship machine ,where you personally board, is not full sized and primarily for hand held luggage. It may or may not be large enough for your luggage. That will be the determining factor.
Hmm. Maybe I'll put a change of clothes in the carryon so if the luggage doesn't make it to the cabin before dinner I can still change out of my touring clothes and into nicer dinner duds.
#26
New York State
23 Posts
Joined Feb 2011
We are looking at an Oceania cruise for the first time after many cruises on HAL. I have a question on embarkation times with a party in mixed-level rooms.

My wife and I will be in an Owners or Vista suite and our two adult sons will be in an Inside Stateroom (I assume they will spend most of the time in our huge suite and only go to their room to sleep). Since we will have 11AM boarding, will our sons be able to board with us? We don't care if their room isn't ready yet, since they can be in our room or explore the ship. It would be a real bummer for them to have to hang around for 2 extra hours...and probably my wife and I wouldn't even board early and just stay with them.
#27
Staten Island NY
2,160 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
no problem. But exploring the ship may be. The staff is getting all the rooms ready.
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#28
New York NY
629 Posts
Joined Mar 2001
[quote=StanandJim;53781248]This is always an awkward subject to address, partly because Oceania actually sells "early embarkation" as one of the benefits of staying in a Suite.

In Europe, they do try to accommodate those who are arriving at the ship directly from a transatlantic flight, recognizing that they will be tired, but I think that it is safe to say, without fear of successful contradiction, that EVERYONE will be "anxious to board and explore the ship".

I'd suggest that you arrive at your appointed hour, the waits are never anything like the mass market Lines. [/quote.

Greetings from South Beach, StanandJIm. It has been a while since I have posted here. You two helped me out in 2015 when I wanted to know if Insignia bathtubs worked for folks with knee issues. You told how your aunt did it, and it helped me too. Belated thanks to Auntie. That trip on Insignia cooled our ardor for O for awhile, but we have very fond Riviera memories. I think I remember that you two signed her hull. Wow! Impressive! Since you two know everything about O, perhaps you can tell me if Riviera is up for refurbishment soon. We sailed on Marina and Riviera in their maiden years, and Riviera after that, However, we haven't been on Riviera since 2014. We are seriously considering another voyage on her because we like the itinerary.
Mary
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#29
arizona
303 Posts
Joined Dec 2008
We have just booked into the Marriott Renaiissance Barcelona and used our Marriott Points, we have stayed here on three previous occasions and found No disappointments at this Hotel. It is close to the Las Ramblas, Plaza De Catalunya and the Passeig de Garcia, they offer a 15% discount for those 65 plus. it carries a pretty hefty price, but you certainly get what you pay for. If your are a Marriott Gold or Platinum member it comes with a FREE great Breakfast.
#30
London Ontario
1,198 Posts
Joined May 2005
One option I don't think was mentioned, and that is that you can drop your luggage at the ship early, and go off and enjoy the day or part thereof. The porters are generally ready by 10, sometimes before. We have done this several times.

Another thing is that while priority is given to suites, if there is no one waiting in those categories they do check in the lower categories. They do not make you wait for the appointed time.

When we drop our luggage if check in has begun and there is a very short line, we will check in but not board. We like to spend as much time in the ports as we can.

Lots of options. Enjoy your cruise!

Mo


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#31
Belleair, Florida
198 Posts
Joined Jul 2008
While I've never had a long wait, I have seen a lot of miserable, angry people waiting to board Riviera on a very hot day in Lisbon. They had arrived before their scheduled boarding time. To avoid the problem, don't show up before the scheduled boarding time shown in your cruise documents. Since you seem to be staying in a Barcelona hotel, leave your bags with the desk and enjoy a stroll through the Boqueria or tour the old cathedral!

We've stayed at several nice hotels in Barcelona, but alway enjoyed our time most when staying near the old Cathedral in Barri Gotic. Someone suggested Hotel Colon; the Hotel Barcelona Cathedral is also very nice. It's less 'famous' so might be a bit more available. There's lots of activity, dining etc in this area, and you are a short walk to Las Ramblas and Placa Catalunya - but out of the noise and crowds.
#32
Oakland, CA USA
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Joined Jan 2013
Useful information regarding when to show up, as we leave Barcelona in December on the Marina, Thanks to all.
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#34
Australia
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I have embarked from Barcelona twice within a little over a year and have walked on board without any queues, but then I never arrive at midday. If you leave it until 2ish you will find life much easier and usually your stateroom will be ready for you.

Hotels I recommend are H10 Mimosa, Hotel 1898 and Hotel Do. All are in good positions. Hotel Do is pricey but the location is hard to beat.
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#35
Oakland, CA USA
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Joined Jan 2013
Originally posted by OzAbroad
I have embarked from Barcelona twice within a little over a year and have walked on board without any queues, but then I never arrive at midday. If you leave it until 2ish you will find life much easier and usually your stateroom will be ready for you.

Hotels I recommend are H10 Mimosa, Hotel 1898 and Hotel Do. All are in good positions. Hotel Do is pricey but the location is hard to beat.
This is our plan for Dec. 3. We are having lunch/brunch with friends on shore and will head to the Marina after that, probably around 2:00. No rush, but definitely want to avoid the crowds.
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#36
San Francisco Bay Area
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Joined Jul 2008
Originally posted by tv24
This is our plan for Dec. 3. We are having lunch/brunch with friends on shore and will head to the Marina after that, probably around 2:00. No rush, but definitely want to avoid the crowds.
That’s the idea
Find a good place for tapas and enjoy yourselves. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy O’s food onboard during the cruise.
#37
USA
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Joined Feb 2013
Smart plan to embark after two. In Athens, on 10/28, we got to the ship around 2:30 and were able to go straight to our Concierge suite. Friends traveling with us got into their veranda about 30 minutes laters. We let them dump their carry ins in our cabin until theirs was ready.

That morning, we watched a wonderful parade in Athens, busted the natural history museum, and then had a delightful lunch in the heart of old town Athens. There was nothing we would want to have missed so to board early!
#38
Palm City, Fl
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OzAboard, I second Hotel 1989. Such a beautiful place, we stayed there twice, and on our next trip out of BCN will do so again!
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