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  1. Clo, you found my comments reprehensible and now you support me 100%? You are befuddled.
  2. Lots of changes and canceled cruises are not reflected in the online site. Call your TA for assistance if rebooking. Insist on transferring booking, not cancel and rebook.
  3. Oceania gave us no info. We did not know if anyone was sick. There were people coughing and looking ill. On any cruise, there are the cruise cough people. It could be lots of good reasons why people cough beside corona....cold, allergies, dirty air, etc. One time in the Terrace a lady started coughing and lots of people moved away from her. People were scared and nervous. Just not the way people usually act on a cruise. Tension was unbelievable. Missing ports was never explained adequately. Oceania told us bad weather, rough seas, slow cruising speed, etc. we did not have bad weather or rough seas. We were disappointed missing ports. Oceania did not reimburse us for port charges for those ports we skipped. On other cruise lines, missing ports returned us the port charges. Oceania said that they don’t charge guests port charges and would not reimburse us. On other cruise lines, missed ports or storms are not ignored. Last year on Windstar we stayed docked in Porto 3 days waiting for a bomb cyclone to pass. We missed 2 ports. The storm wasn’t Windstar’s fault. While onboard, they apologized, refunded port charges, issued us some a OBC to help us enjoy the cruise, and after the cruise issued everyone a large fcc. After getting home, Oceania issued some fcc to everyone.
  4. We tried to avoid using public restrooms. We had a cabin close to the aft elevators. We went back to our cabin if we needed it. We spent very little time away from our cabin. We used our veranda more on this cruise than ever. The stress was unbelievable.
  5. Clo, your attitude is uncalled for. Consider yourself lucky that you weren’t cruising in March. There is nothing wrong with my feelings about my experience. Like I said if you weren’t there, you could not understand. The only thing wrong was Oceania should not have sailed.
  6. Maverick cruiser, I understand your comments. I was on Sirena unfortunately in March. We experienced similar things. We got a variety of explanations for skipping ports.....weather( it wasn't bad), rough seas( a few small ripples), etc.. We only stopped briefly in 2 ports. All other ports were passed by. On March 14,.EU nationals were quietly disembarked quickly in Antiqua. Spoke to a couple from EU who had been told to pack up to get a plane back to Heathrow. After March 13,.they were not allowed to disembark in Miami. Asked if we could leave and was told NO! We then sailed very slowly skipping all ports until to Miami. Most venues on the ship were closed. We stayed in our cabin most of the time fearing getting sick. It was an awful experience. The crew kept saying nothing was happening, but they all sounded upset. We got info about covid 19 via emails and watching the tv in the cabin. It was traumatic. Most people that weren't sailing in March cannot understand why. You had to be there. I used to say that I always had a good time cruising. This time was the exception. When we got home, we cancelled all future travel.
  7. The power yachts have no aft cabins. Wind spirit cabins are not extremely way forward or aft. Most locations are good. If you select a cabin toward the bow, you may get a slightly smaller cabin. It doesn't appear on the deck plan. It happened to us once. Our cabin was somewhat forward and because of the slight curve, we were missing the nightstand on the outside wall. Not a deal changer. It wouldn't stop me from choosing that cabin again. Windspirit cabins are almost all the same size. If you don't mind stairs pick a cabin on the lowest deck.
  8. OBC as a promotion is not refundable from Windstar and it cannot be used for gratuities. OBC as a gift from travel agent is refundable and can be used for anything including gratuities. It can also be cashed in or refunded to a credit card. Windstar excursions are pricey, but worth it. I use OBC for excursions. Groups are small and are well organized. It's a great way to use OBC. When we have had extra nonrefundable OBC, we spend it in the store. The store is small, but has quality items. Just plan ahead and shop when the ship is at sea.
  9. Petooyna, I understand how you feel. If I hadn’t been on that March cruise on Sirena, I would probably be booking a Windstar cruise too. prices are good. Windstar is my all time favorite line. I have sailed with Windstar many times usually b2b. Most recent was b2b on Star Legend in January which was amazing. However, that Sirena experience has affected me so that I am not ready to go anywhere. I am not booking until there is a cure or safe vaccine. I live in NJ, a very hot spot for corona. Even though this week they have lifted the closed businesses list and opened the beaches, I am staying home. Hope Oregon is safer. Redtravel
  10. be happy that you weren’t cruising in a March. We were and it was the scariest cruise.
  11. Blu isn’t for everyone. I liked it. Friends did not. We were able to order from both MDR and Blu menus. If the cost is reasonable, try it. For me, the only feature that I enjoyed was the smaller dining room. It is quiet. That made us explore smaller ships. We prefer less noise. After that, we booked other lines with smaller ships..... Azamara, Oceania, Windstar.
  12. Just read S class and thought suite. Aqua class is ok. I like Blu. I also like the maiN dining room. Celebrity has to change big time to incorporate social distancing. Wait to see new ways to travel. Be patient.
  13. S class? Best advice that I got from a Travel & Leisure column was decide what accommodation fits your real needs. Suites on mass market ships are overpriced. If you have the money to spend on a mass market suite, you’re on the wrong ship.
  14. Not all buffets are gross. Some ships, not Celebrity, never allow guests to serve themselves. Servers wear hairnets and gloves. Guests asks for a food item. The server places it on a dish and hands it to you. The server holds the plate with a clean piece of paper that they throw away after each use. Servers bring you flatware and drinks. Servers remove all dirty items. Each table is wiped down between guests. Some buffets have wash stations as you enter the buffet. Most buffets, including Celebrity, have Purcell dispensers. Some cruise lines, stop you and insist that you use the Purell. Celebrity has Purell, but not everyone uses it. celebrity buffet has too many choices and too few tables. Tables are too close together. Eliminate some stations and add more seating would be a help. I pick food based on which station has no line. Open The dining room for all meals would help thin the crowds.
  15. I used a travel agent. For years I have booked with the same agent at a big online agency. When I tried to contact him after receiving the cancellation email from Viking, message said he was no longer available. So I called Viking directly and was told that if you made a reservation with an agent, that agent had to make the request for the refund. Catch 22 I explained my situation and after being put on hold, the Viking person put through my request for a cash refund. Certainly when Viking cancels 2 months span of cruises, there would be a huge number of guests requesting refunds. The letter also said that you had only one week to request refund or it would be fcc. If you chose the fcc, you did not need to do anything. It would be issued automatically. Just guessing that Viking underestimated how many people wanted their money refunded instead of fcc. Previous to corona virus, when I have had a cruise canceled, I welcomed the fcc. However, until corona virus is contained and a vaccine is available, I cannot see cruises being safe. Will wait and hope for safer times
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