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  1. OP here. Appreciate everyone who took the time to comment here. After reading everything in both forums, I went back and looked at the itineraries more closely. It turns out I didn't like some of the ports on the Oceania itinerary which I thought I would. That plus 3 sea days (not my favorite) tipped the hand toward Viking. We'll be booking it tomorrow. Any pointers on cabins, location, etc.? Looking at a probable DV for location reasons.
  2. OP here. Thanks for all your feedback. I did listen to it carefully, but pretty sure we've decided on the Viking itinerary. When I went to research what we'd potentially do in each of the ports, I was not as taken with the Oceania ports as I had thought I would be, and the 3 sea days didn't help. The Viking itinerary may have more repeat ports but I still like them better than some of the Oceania ones, and that swayed me. We're still open to an O cruise when the time and itinerary line up right. Thanks all!
  3. I'm currently looking at two cruises, one Oceania and one Viking. I've been reading all the x vs. y threads and of course I know it's subjective too. But I'm still trying to weigh the pros & cons. Background: We have cruised the main lines but in recent years, we have cruised Azamara (fine but cramped cabin finally got to me), Windstar (meh), Seabourn (LOVED it) and Crystal (liked it a lot but not as much as Seabourn). We're looking for a 10-12 day Caribbean cruise in January/February of 2021. The Oceania cruise is 10 days in and out of Miami on Riviera to Eastern Caribbean. Miami is a plus in terms of travel, but a minus in terms of there being 3 sea days. Several of the ports are new to us (St. Barts, Martinique, Puerto Plata) which is a plus, and some are repeats (St Lucia, Antigua, San Juan). I know the food is a plus on Oceania, and perhaps the cabin size is a minus? Not really sure. Not having a formal night is definitely a plus. Not having included internet is a minus, but we could buy it I assume. Likewise, drinks--have recently sailed with included adult bevvies, but could/would pay for it via package or one-off. So that's a neutral, I think. The Viking cruise is 10 days in and out of San Juan on the Viking Star to Southern Caribbean. Southern Caribbean is a big plus in terms of weather, but travel is a bit more difficult. All of but one the ports are repeats for us, a negative (only new one is Tortola; repeats are San Juan, St. Kitts, Antigua, St Lucia, Barbados, Dominica, St Martin) but no sea days is a definite plus. I believe the food would be better on Oceania, but the design of the ship and cabins (which I think are bigger) appeals to me on Viking. Internet is included, the drink package is reasonably priced. No formal nights either, a plus. (Nothing against those who like to dress up--we certainly adhered to Seabourn's and Crystal's dressier vibes, but I'd be happier not having to.) EDIT: We generally don't do ship's tours, included or not, so the excursion feature is not high on my list. I know nobody can come make this WONDERFUL decision for me, but I'm very open to info & opinions. If there were particular threads I should be reading (other than searching Viking vs Oceania, which I have, I really have), please let me know. Thanks. And yes, I will post a version of this on the Oceania boards.
  4. I'm currently looking at two cruises, one Oceania and one Viking. I've been reading all the x vs. y threads and of course I know it's subjective too. But I'm still trying to weigh the pros & cons. Background: We have cruised the main lines but in recent years, we have cruised Azamara (fine but cramped cabin finally got to me), Windstar (meh), Seabourn (LOVED it) and Crystal (liked it a lot but not as much as Seabourn). We're looking for a 10-12 day Caribbean cruise in January/February of 2021. The Oceania cruise is 10 days in and out of Miami on Riviera to Eastern Caribbean. Miami is a plus in terms of travel, but a minus in terms of there being 3 sea days. Several of the ports are new to us (St. Barts, Martinique, Puerto Plata) which is a plus, and some are repeats (St Lucia, Antigua, San Juan). I know the food is a plus on Oceania, and perhaps the cabin size is a minus? Not really sure. Not having a formal night is definitely a plus. Not having included internet is a minus, but we could buy it I assume. Likewise, drinks--have recently sailed with included adult bevvies, but could/would pay for it via package or one-off. So that's a neutral, I think. EDIT: We generally don't do ship excursions so the cost of Oceania's (which I understand is high) vs. Viking having an included excursion is not a factor for us. The Viking cruise is 10 days in and out of San Juan on the Viking Star to Southern Caribbean. Southern Caribbean is a big plus in terms of weather, but travel is a bit more difficult. All of but one the ports are repeats for us, a negative (only new one is Tortola; repeats are San Juan, St. Kitts, Antigua, St Lucia, Barbados, Dominica, St Martin) but no sea days is a definite plus. I believe the food would be better on Oceania, but the design of the ship and cabins (which I think are bigger) appeals to me on Viking. Internet is included, the drink package is reasonably priced (can't find pricing for O's drink package at the moment). No formal nights either, a plus. (Nothing against those who like to dress up--we certainly adhered to Seabourn's and Crystal's dressier vibes, but I'd be happier not having to.) With 3 sea days, I'm very interested in learning what the decks are like on those days. Are chairs hard to come by? Are drinks hard to come by? Is there a certain cabin class that has a dedicated quieter deck space? Should we book a package (O Life w airfare?) or book the pieces separately? I know nobody can come make this WONDERFUL decision for me, but I'm very open to info & opinions. If there were particular threads I should be reading (other than searching Viking vs Oceania, which I have, I really have), please let me know. Thanks. And yes, I will post a version of this on the Viking boards.
  5. I want to thank the loyal board members here who helped us prepare for our Midnight Sun cruise, completed a week ago. It was our first on Crystal and we enjoyed it very much. Not everything went smoothly but most things did. The help offered by posters here was really invaluable. Once on board, we met very many nice people from our roll call and otherwise. Everyone is very friendly and good company. Thanks for getting us ready to go, answering questions so patiently, and sharing the wealth of knowledge that helped make it a really nice trip.
  6. OP here. We’re on the Serenity another few days and I’ll be wearing our excess OBC home in the form of a QEvon necklace to match the earrings I won in a drawing. Funny how that worked out!
  7. Thank you! We’ve had a nice day and a half in Reykjavik, looking forward to a Golden Circle tour tomorrow before pre-dinner boarding. We figure we’ll have plenty more time to explore the ship in the upcoming days, but only a short time to see the sights here. We met two folks from our roll call at breakfast this morning (Connie & Gerry) and there were 5 others on our South Coast tour today, though not cruise critic folks. So far so good. We’re Crystal newbies, but the experienced Crystal people are even more excited than we are. Not that it matters, but my CC name is perlgirlnj. Those are “L”s, not “i”s. But the Amy part is right, and more important. Will try to post impressions as we go. Anchors away!
  8. We are getting ready in earnest to pack for our 16 day Iceland/Norway cruise, our first on Crystal. We're in a standard verandah cabin. On our past cruises, it has been helpful on some lines to bring the plastic, over the door shoe hanger to organize incidentals in the cabin. Some lines had so much easily accessible storage that we didn't need it (like Seabourn); for others it was a necessity (like Azamara). Thoughts on whether we should bring it or not? Please keep in mind: standard verandah, not a suite of any stripe. THanks.
  9. We're traveling to Iceland and Norway mid-June to early July. Will we need insect repellant for any reason? I assume we should bring sunscreen--or is this an incorrect assumption? Does anyone bring binoculars (we are not going bird-watching so it would be only for scenery)? Any other esoteric things we need to pack beyond standard-cruise and rainy/windy items?
  10. On another thread, I found the included spirits list. Am I reading this correctly that there are no single malt scotches included? If so, that'll use some OBC because that's what DH drinks. I'm sure one of these threads has a complete spirits list but I can't find it at the moment. Can someone tell me typical prices for a pour of something like Macallan or Oban or Dalwinnie? Or tell me where the spirits list is? EDIT: Found it myself finally! Thanks for the great ideas above. We'll be doing some spending (and probably donating) for sure.
  11. Super ideas, several I didn't know about at all. We're excited--it's soon!
  12. I never thought I'd do this, but I planned out--and largely paid for since they're private excursions--all of our excursions for our upcoming Iceland/Norway cruise. I neglected to take into account that we have a healthy amount of OBC begging to be used. Generally I'd use it for internet (but it's included), specialty dining (but it's largely included), spirits (included), etc. We hope to use some for a Vintage Room lunch, and I'd never complain about a massage, but that still leaves us with a pretty good amount of OBC left. What am I missing that we could spend this on? I just looked over all of our excursions to see if I wanted to cancel something and use the OBC for a Crystal excursion, but honestly, I like what I've already booked and I don't want to mess it up. And I can't find anything to add on that works in terms of timing or that isn't duplicative. Silly problem, right?
  13. I am reading on the Monte Carlo casino website that there are tours available during the mornings from 9 AM until 1 PM for 17 Euros (40 min). There is no further information. Has anybody taken this tour and can you tell me how much you're able to visit and if one needs to come at a specific time? I am not interested in gaming but am interested in seeing the beautiful building. Please forgive if double-post. I'm having trouble getting it to go through.
  14. Yeah, we thought better of it and are coming in the day before. Thanks.
  15. Started thinking about packing because DH said he needed shoes and we're going to be in NY soon where our best shoe options are. So if he's getting shoes, well then I am too, right? And clothes too, right? That's how these things work.
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