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Please give me some insider tips once we board? What's the process? Where should we have lunch? R we taken to cabin immediately or is there a wait? We are in concierge level. Riviera Rome to Rome 10day cruise. Any tips or insider info would be great:) Thanks!

 

 

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We get to the pier around the time listed in the docs you will receive. Check in is quick and we got onboard quick. Lunch was in the terrace. Cabins were not ready upon boarding but not long after. It really is a painless deal.

 

 

 

 

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Thanks everyone for helping me pre-plan...I'm guessing lack of sleep by the time I board will be kicking in...regretting not getting business class right about now! We are getting to pier about 11am ish I'm guessing. We land at 8:45 and purchased the transfer. We r off for Rome in 4 days:)

 

 

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Thanks everyone for helping me pre-plan...I'm guessing lack of sleep by the time I board will be kicking in...regretting not getting business class right about now! We are getting to pier about 11am ish I'm guessing. We land at 8:45 and purchased the transfer. We r off for Rome in 4 days:)

 

 

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If you're landing in Rome at 8:45, and using the Oceania Transfer, I wouldn't count on getting to the ship in Civitavecchia much before 2pm.

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Even in a private Taxi, you probably wouldn't make it much before noon.

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It takes time to deboard the plane, then you'll have to claim your luggage, go through Customs, get to the Transfer bus, wait for it to fill up, then drive to Civitavecchia (which is a full hour in itself, without any traffic).

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2pm ish? Well I may need to visit both waves and terrace cafe by then:) ...I'll be tired and hungry lol! Can't wait tho. Oceania and all the ports (except Barcelona) will be new for us. Love the pics and all the advice and giving me more realistic expectations:)

 

 

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Please give me some insider tips once we board? What's the process? Where should we have lunch? R we taken to cabin immediately or is there a wait? We are in concierge level. Riviera Rome to Rome 10day cruise. Any tips or insider info would be great:) Thanks!

 

 

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Unlike some other lines (Silversea etc.), you will not be escorted to your cabin. For an A class cabin, the cabin will be ready by 3pm. So relax in Waves or the Terrace, explore the ship... (and enjoy).

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We usually go eat in the Terrace then drop our bag when the cabin is ready & explore the ship

 

Last cruise in a Concierge level cabin they were ready by 1:30Pm lower level cabins are not open until closer to 3pm

 

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Unlike some other lines (Silversea etc.), you will not be escorted to your cabin. For an A class cabin, the cabin will be ready by 3pm. So relax in Waves or the Terrace, explore the ship... (and enjoy).
Several years ago, Oceania did just that - escort you to your room!! I guess now that there are so many repeat passengers, everyone seems to know where he or she is going. When checking in ask if the cabin in ready. Sometimes they are and if not do what everyone else does, have lunch, check our Baristas and relax until the boat drill! Just enjoy the whole cruising experience with Oceania. Arlene;)
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When boarding, it will be after a long tedious flight and transfer. Your body clock will be off by 8 hours and eating just because its boarding time is not the wise idea it sounds...

 

Find a quiet bar, and relax rest not food will be your friend in order to start off the right way on vacation. Its not a contest...less can be more The first night dinner is usually very light as the jetlagged passengers are still stuffed from lunch.....

 

The Terrace and Waves will be packed...like they were giving away money.

Trust me you wont get shortchanged on food . Its just the "boarding crowd" is really not pleasant and I avoid it totally

 

Who is this"R" you refer to?

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Several years ago, Oceania did just that - escort you to your room!! I guess now that there are so many repeat passengers, everyone seems to know where he or she is going. When checking in ask if the cabin in ready. Sometimes they are and if not do what everyone else does, have lunch, check our Baristas and relax until the boat drill! Just enjoy the whole cruising experience with Oceania. Arlene;)

 

If you are in a suite the butler will meet you once you board the ship and take you to your suite. Don' t know if it applies to the PH suites since there are so many of them.

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I love to read so I make the library one of my first stops. They also have a travel section and sometimes the ports we are visiting are still on the shelves. Have a great trip!

 

Actually, they ALL should still be there as reference material is for EVERYONE and should not be removed from the library.

But, selfish people always do what pleases them without regard for others :(

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I do not believe we get a butler with our concierge suite but that's ok as I don't know what I would do with him anyways:) I'm a quick learner tho if my budget ever increases and I get to see of those Suites!

 

Sorry about my "R". That means "are" in my texting world which is unconsciously sneaking into my other writings:(

 

 

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So sorry that I have had not had the privilege of cruising with you.

 

Pam, you may have already and did not know it.... I keep a low profile on board.

 

I am not speaking of Oceania exclusively or Regent or who ever. I quit trying to get to the ship and feed. I do not do this on any line as the results are almost always the same...

There seems to me, and I could be wrong, a sort of hyper crowd/mob mentality of get on the ship fast.. and head for the chow.

The restaurants are all packed with a lot of pushing and positioning by overly tired ,passengers eager to get their first meal; tempers and manners are in very short supply.

 

It , to me is not a pleasant experience, I prefer to seek out a quiet place and relax far from the crowds. Food is a minor point and not my focal point. Indeed, many days I ship lunch altogether and some times dinner too...

I know heresy

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It , to me is not a pleasant experience, I prefer to seek out a quiet place and relax far from the crowds. Food is a minor point and not my focal point. Indeed, many days I ship lunch altogether and some times dinner too...

I know heresy

 

Heresy, for sure! :)

 

I simply have not had the same experience, although we do not hurry to board, preferring to keep enjoying the embarkation city, so we usually end up taking a taxi from our hotel mid-afternoon and boarding around 3 PM. No lines to board then and plenty of outdoor tables at the Terrace Cafe buffet.

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We prefer to board at our earliest time in order to drop the luggage and go through the embarkation procedure. Then, depending on what time it is, we either head back into the city or grab a quick bite at whatever venue is NOT the buffet. On Celebrity, that's usually the Bistro on Five for a crepe and glass of wine in a nice quiet environment . What's the equivalent on O?

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You will be out of luck but you won't suffer too much :D

There is no equivalent of Bistro as such and the only non buffet option on boarding day is at the Waves. It is great but it will be busy (most likely).I don't believe that the MDR is open on that day.

The up side - food is much better than on X - IMO :)

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You will be out of luck but you won't suffer too much :D

There is no equivalent of Bistro as such and the only non buffet option on boarding day is at the Waves. It is great but it will be busy (most likely).I don't believe that the MDR is open on that day.

The up side - food is much better than on X - IMO :)

 

Thanks, Paul. Had a feeling that might be the case. Ah, well, since we dine in Jacques the first night, lunch can be skipped! :D

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Thanks, Paul. Had a feeling that might be the case. Ah, well, since we dine in Jacques the first night, lunch can be skipped! :D

 

You are welcome.I would not be skipping lunch myself but YMMV :D

BTW, Aloha from Maui where we just spent the past week but are heading home in AM.

Enjoy your cruise.

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