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  1. A good TA is worth their weight in gold [some of which they will rebate to you as OBC or even cash!], but there are also bad TAs – and TAs that just aren't a good fit for a person's needs. Since we can't refer CC members to our good TAs online or through offline contacts, my advice is to keep this first booking direct with Oceania if you still can and make a point to chat up your fellow passengers onboard the ship about their TA experiences. (a) do they recommend their TA? (b) what is it that they find particularly helpful about their TA? Then book a future cruise while onboard [for the ext
  2. It's easy for you (and me) to say, because we have good TAs. But as Avalong's's experience (in this thread) shows, there are also bad TAs – and TAs that just aren't a good fit for a person's needs. Since we can't refer CC members to our good TAs online or through offline contacts, my advice is to keep this first booking direct with Oceania and make a point to chat up your fellow passengers onboard the ship about their TA experiences. (a) do they recommend their TA? (b) what is it that they find particularly helpful about their TA? Then book a second cruise while onboard [for the extra onbo
  3. Does Oceania allow you to pay a corkage fee and drink your own Single Malt in the bars and lounges?
  4. As Dorothy Parker said [or should have said, good enough...] "If you can't say anything nice about anyone, sit next to me."
  5. Two Cathedrals – and we very much enjoyed the Williamson Tunnels (which were 'new' to our local friends!)
  6. What do you get with a UNESCO designation? Financial aid, or just bragging rights (and overcrowding)?
  7. That is also my choice, for a Portugal trip that keeps getting cancelled and rescheduled. Your post-cruise review will be welcome!
  8. This is a very generous corkage policy. Most ocean cruise lines I'm aware of allow corkage for wine only. Some do allow bringing spirits onboard, but only for in-cabin consumption. It's nice to be treated as an adult!
  9. Come to Maine – no border crossing rules, no vaccination proof required, no masks, everything open. Very crowded in Acadia NP and surrounding area, but plenty of vacancies since the overbuilding of motels in Bar Harbor. Best news: lobsters don't get Covid, they just get bettah with buttah!!!
  10. Certified Pre-Owned are the best deals! My family has had three, and all turned out very well. My son's Subaru WRX came with a typical unbelievable used-car salesman story: previous owner had it for 6 months, but his dog didn't like the back seat so he traded it in on an SUV. [Yeah, right. OK, car looked good so we bought anyway.] A few years later my son was hired by our local police force and one of his new workmates said 'That car looks familar. I had to trade it after 6 months because my dog didn't like the back seat.' You can't make this up!!!
  11. AMA has plenty of bikes. They were a [the] pioneer of including bikes on every ship. When the bikes aren't being used for excursions, they are available for your use independently.
  12. I can't recommend them because I haven't used them yet, but my TA told me about MyDayTrip.com and I am planning to use them for Lisbon-Porto and Porto-Lisbon (several days/legs each way) flanking a Douro river cruise.
  13. New article on Cruise Industry News: Scotland Welcomes MS Island Sky, First Cruise Ship Since Pandemic
  14. New article on Cruise Industry News: Scotland Welcomes MS Island Sky, First Cruise Ship Since Pandemic
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