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  1. Yes, I forgot to mention in my OP that there were as many reservations available as "segments". And yes, their onboard computer systems can only "see" out to the end of the current "cruise" (or is it "segment"??) We had family coming aboard for the second leg of the cruise, and I could not combine all of our restaurant reservations until the day before turn-around. That said, it was very nice to have complete access to restaurant reservations before the new passengers were to board the next day. The on-line reservation system really could not help us, primarily because of the segment structure. Ahead of both cruises, the family was upset that they could not see the combined reservations, and ours were pretty strange, too. The first day onboard, the staff was very helpful, and I could get our reservations straightened out. However, as noted above, their system could not "see" ahead. Had to wait for that "day before" window. The online system for pre-booking reservations has some quirks....
  2. I posted this over on our August 15 2020 Insignia cruise discussion, but no replies. So, opening it up to everyone. (We were on the Riviera Dec 2019 for two back-to-back segments from MIA) I think that I learned something on the December Riviera cruise about how Oceania names these sections. This is quite different from our experience on other cruise lines, so I'm still trying to get my head around it. According to the "future cruise" folks that I talked with onboard, Oceania books "cruises" with advertised endpoints. If you combine two or more that are connected (back-to-back, so to speak), they call it a "grand cruise". Based on our onboard experience of two "segments", it appears that any perks that you have (e.g., Concierge cabin), restart with each new "cruise" (i.e., segment). We were also issued a completely new cruise card at the change-over. According to "future cruise" our booking NYC to NYC is a "grand" cruise, made up of 3 cruises. The word "segment" was not used in our conversation. Also, we discovered that the various discounts and other formulas used for cruise pricing are very different in the case of a "grand cruise". Have any experienced Oceania cruisers here dealt with this nomenclature? Bob
  3. First of all, we had great service on our recent Riviera cruise. That said, we take our own pillows onboard ALL cruise ships these days. I started it, when I first used MyPillows, and my spouse was skeptical. However, given a few more cruise experiences and now we BOTH take the pillows aboard. Easy to pack, just stuff and stuff.
  4. All posters: Thanks for the useful information. Not related to streaming, but to VPN usage in general: We use PIA with pretty good results. We had just signed up when we stayed in Australia in 2016-17. Certain US websites (Medicare, some banks, etc) will NOT connect to a user who is outside the US. Once we turned on the VPN, using a US link, we could connect and perform the functions that we needed. Used the VPN onboard Holland-America, in order to bypass some URL restrictions they have. Was clued in on this by another computer nerd who was onboard (he was well under 30 in age!). As noted about O, HAL uses gateways in Florida, so when you use the onboard wifi, your IP address will be in Florida. Thus, the restrictions I mentioned above (banks, etc) do not apply.
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