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    Point Richmond CA
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    Travel, Food, Wine, Sailing.
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Oceania
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    The Pacific Ocean

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  1. https://www.oceaniacruises.com/legal/promotion-terms/ "Cruise only" buried in "O Club Benefits" old milestone version included economy air but no option to take air credit as SBC. Ergo, useless if you're a DIY BizClass flyer.
  2. Some of the old TVs had built-in DVD players while others had a separate DVD player. The new TV system has "on demand" movies with a library size similar to the "on demand" setup on most international air carriers.
  3. IMG itravelinsured LX is primary payer with PEC waiver if purchased prior to final cruise payment.
  4. No included economy air tix ("cruise-only") for the milestone complimentary cruise is a very recent policy change: The awarded FREE CRUISE must be taken on the guest’s milestone cruise and is cruise-only, based on double occupancy, subject to availability at the time of booking, is not combinable with public promotions, excludes government taxes and fees and cannot exceed 14 days in length. Of course, the old policy (like the new policy, no O Life perks) had a catch when it came to the then included economy air tix: You could not get an air credit (e.g., as SBC) instead if your plan was/is to DIY bizclass.
  5. You could also do a general search in the mobile friendly CC version and just use a Boolean phrase including AND with the cruise line's name.
  6. How anyone might answer that question really depends on how far down their own "bucket list" they've gotten. For example, had I never been to the Caribbean, it might be on my list. But, that's not the case and, unless it is a yacht charter to a handful of lesser known isles or a necessary route to get to something interesting (like the Amazon River), you couldn't pay me to take most Caribbean cruises. Want exotic/tropical, head to Polynesia or the Indian Ocean. Better still, do a 30 day transPacific. But make sure it's a smaller ship with excellent food and service (I.e., premium/luxury line). Instead of a bucket list, ours is more a wish list for return or pending cruise ports/itineraries (in no particular order): SF-NY Panama Canal Transpacific Sydney to any California port. Rio-Lima around Cape Horn Cape Town to Singapore (or beyond) BTW, what ties them all together are longer cruises with ample sea days. But wait! There is one itinerary (as yet undone) that would top our "list": Circumnavigation of Sicily with added nearby islands, perhaps also starting or ending in Rome (unless we tied the cruise to a land trip crisscrossing Sicily).
  7. Hardly a tasting menu. Many portions are exactly what you'd get as a regular serving in many Michelin starred restaurants. In any case, the overall meal and wine are plenty.
  8. Depending on what's happening in the City at your desired time of the year, a "better" hotel (e.g., Intercontinental) can range from under $200 to more than $600 per night for a regular king room. That said, there are many very nice hotels at or near the embarcadero (e.g., Hyatt Embarcadero). Plenty of great restaurants too (e.g., Slanted Door in the Ferry Building). From SFO, you can taxi, Uber, execucar, super shuttle. Taxi and Uber are fine for cross town travel. There's also public BART train (you'd have to pay me to take it from/to SFO with luggage). If you've never been to SF, one day prior arrival won't get you much sightseeing.
  9. Here's the very current (upcoming December cruise) Blue Book picture of perks again. Clearly it says that Silver gets gratuities.
  10. Oceania is not some mass market line where you only get decent GDR food one night per week. In both the GDR and Terrace Café, there are interesting offerings nightly. Want a basic like "steak and lobster?" You can get that poolside daily and Terrace Café nightly. There are no phony Captain's dinners (unless you're invited to an officer dinner - still with the same good available to everyone) nor "prom nights" which are just gimmicks designed to make you think you're getting something "special."
  11. And insurers know that - hence the deadlines. So, consider Nationwide and the others that will waive PECs as long as you buy the policy before final payment. Surely, in the days preceding final payment, you'll know whether you're going or not.
  12. NOAA for marine forecasts. Alternatively, triangulate the forecasted weather of your NYC departure with Bermuda and the nearest mainland city on Bermuda's latitude. Then average the temps/conditions for a VERY rough estimate of the range of what you may encounter. OR- just have layered clothing.
  13. Not the best idea. Depending on your age, health and any specific medical concerns that newly manifest or, in the case of any "chronic" problems/conditions, experience a change in diagnosis, treatment and/or meds during a look-back period of several months (length depends on insurer) prior to the day you made a deposit in your cruise, you will have what insurers call a "preexisting condition" (PEC - which is defined differently than in the medical world). In order to obtain a policy that waives PECs as an exception to insurance coverage for everything from trip delay to cancelation to emergency medical treatment or evacuation, most insurers require that you purchase the policy within XX days (usually 2-3 weeks) of paying your cruise deposit. There are a few companies that will waive PECs if the policy is purchased prior to final payment (e.g., Nationwide). If you made your deposit too long ago, you may already be too late for a PEC waiver from most insurers. If you wait to purchase until after you make your final payment, the remaining companies that use that later date for PEC allowances won't waive them and you'll be S.O.L. And YES, it's not just geezers who find themselves with what insurers call a PEC.
  14. Your question has been asked and answered here many many times. So, you may want to peruse those threads that most interest you to evaluate "the fit." Suffice to say that Oceania caters to a primarily adult, cosmopolitan and professionally successful demographic whose members have worked hard for their money and know value when they see it.
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