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don731

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  • Location
    Chicagoland
  • Interests
    Cruising!
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Cunard, Azamara, Oceania, Regent
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Sydney, Venice, Dubrovnik, Southhampton

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  1. Yep, MIA round trip. Full text: IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION: Voyage: From Port: To Port: Ships' Registry: Bahamas Page 1 of 2 Please be advised that all guests on this voyage (including children) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof at the terminal prior to boarding the cruise. It must show that your final dose of an approved vaccine was received at least 14 days prior to embarkation. Guests must also provide a negative viral COVID-19 test (medically observed PCR or antigen test) taken within 2 days of embark. Testing at the terminal is very limited and you will not be able to cruise without proof of a negative test. Guests are also required to wear face masks in elevators, entertainment venues, retail shops, the casino, prior to being seated in all dining venues, during embark and debark and in other designated areas except while eating & drinking.
  2. We are on Ovation Feb.13 and received a communication from Seabourn today via our TA confirming vax required, and Viral test required before boarding (within 48 hours, not at the pier).
  3. We did 21 nights on the Riviera in February 2020, and have a Med cruise booked on her for August 2022. We sailed on the SS Navigator about 14 years ago on a short cruise to Bermuda. The service on the Navigator remains our exemplar for all our cruises. Every crew member warmly greeted us by name (we were a family party of six, including folks in their 80s), and really made the cruise magical. We reconnected with two top flight managers who had come over from the QE2 (many cruises on Cunard, back in the day), who felt that Raddison really gave them the tools and authority to do their best work. The only downside to the cruise was being on a flat bottom small ship following a small hurricane north towards Norfolk…a bumpy ride! 😀 The ship’s officers were present and engaged with the passengers, something we did not observe on the Riviera. Senior officers would walk right by you without so much as a nod of the head.
  4. Thanks! Interesting thread. The only recurring negative we had on the Riviera was the lack of space for everyone at the pool on sea days. Inept management of guests “reserving” half a dozen deck loungers with an empty water bottle or a book. Some days the deck manager was very assertive, other days lackadaisical. Many complaints, we heard. The food was exceptional, both in the MDR, and the four specialty restaurants. Even the pool deck grill was fabulous. Room service breakfast was disappointing, with no hot items available. Our exemplar for service is still Regent, where every crew member did greet you by name, and the officers were very engaged with the passengers.
  5. We did B2Bs on the Oceania Riviera in 2020 out of MIA. Booked at the same time, so we kept the same cabin. On turnaround day, we got off the ship and did some personal upkeep...hair, nails, lunch, light shopping, etc. in downtown MIA. Easy day, back on board by late afternoon.
  6. Hello! Don and Susan here from Barrington, IL. We are longtime cruisers, veterans of Cunard, Regent, Azamara, and most recently Oceania. Last year, we did back to backs out of MIA on the Riviera. We were wondering if anyone has done a real compare and contrast between Oceania and Seabourn. We're on the Ovation out of MIA on 13Feb22. Cheers and thanks!
  7. We did that in 2020 on the Oceania Riviera. Our waiter and his assistant, were our best friends! Suggesting what to order (replacing it if we didn't like it), suggesting what to order in the speciality restaurants, and taking absolutely wonderful care of us each evening that we were in the MDR.
  8. An Ernest K. Gann classic! The aviation part of the movie is actually fairly accurate (I’m retired airline flight dispatch). 😀
  9. This sucks. Awfully broad brushed.... Dept of State:  Americans should not cruise.
  10. We found the WiFi to be stable in our cabin on deck 8. One major outage (not onboard) with the authentication server for a few hours.
  11. Concur with the visibility of the Azamara officers. Same thing with Cunard. CD and Capt/EXO were often about. This guy was friendly when passing in the hallways. We thought the CD was great!
  12. We were in the shade with forays to the pool. 😀. Great place to read a book, have lunch, and people watch! 😀😀😀
  13. All day til about 4pm. They let you leave for about 30-45 minutes for lunch, or to be in the pool. They put a sign on the chair at either the top or bottom of the hour, stating that if no one returns by the next half hour, your stuff gets moved to a table. On the first cruise, some entitled people came up at 0700 and “reserved” up to 8 chairs with no one showing up for hours. Many complaints put an end to that. Much better situation on the second cruise.
  14. Us too! We did back to back, and disembarked today after 22 nights. After some early issues with pool deck chair management, the entire experience was wonderful! Outstanding food and crew. We enjoyed spa services instead of booking tours (did our own in a few ports). Don’t over order in Jacques or Polo, as the food is “heavier” than Toscana or Red Ginger (our favorite). We ate lunch often in the MDR, or at Waves Grill. Both have excellent menus. On sea days, get to the pool deck by 0800 to secure deck chairs. Be aware of the great Happy Hour in all bars, where common drinks are BOGO. So for example, two simple martinis are $10 total plus gratuity. We do wish there was more Oceania swag to buy, like small keychains or Christmas tree ornaments. If you do walk off (where you carry all your luggage yourself), you can leave at 0800 and avoid delays at passport check. We were off and at the curb getting our ride in maybe 10 minutes total.
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