SeaNSun628
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Joined: 05/30/2014
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SeaNSun628's Past Cruises

Insignia

May 2016 - Insignia to World Cruise

Another fun and relaxing adventure...

So much beauty to experience in each island, so many interesting and fun people I met along the way. The experience of having a fruit buffet before returning to the pier in Nuku Hiva was unforgettable; the tour guide in Kauai was the best lecturer on the island's history (better than a book); and the afternoon on the glass bottom boat in Rangiroa was fun with lots of laughter. I met amazing and interesting people and made new friends. The staff are highly professional, committed to high standards of customer services. The only aspect that Oceania needs to improve is travel arraignments: scheduled flights, connections, and time between connections were the number one complaint from the majority of people on this trip.  

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Marina

April 2015 - Marina to South Pacific

Beautiful, Relaxing Ports...A Great Experience

I had a wonderful time, met amazing people (passengers and crew); it was a fun experience. Because this is a small ship, quickly it became a small community where conversations began easily over tea or dinner at one of the many dinner options. I returned disappointed with the Easter Island experience. On the arrival day, disembarkation was delayed for several hours, staff did not provide any information on how the delay affected scheduled excursions, so confusion and claims of discrimination were voiced related to the staff attitude. The excursions on Easter Island arranged by Marina are not recommended; they are too expensive and guides are not knowledgeable. Passengers who arranged their own excursions had the best time with experts from the island.

The French Polynesia is the most amazing place to visit; people were friendly and eager to share about their island. Nature is breath taking everywhere I went. I will love to go back again.

Unfortunately, there was a virus floating around the ship and was passed around by passengers/crew. I became sick just when we departed the French Polynesia, sore throat, cough and congestion. I spent 2 days in my cabin with sore throat, cough and fever. I have been home a few days and I am still having symptoms from the virus.

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Celebrity Constellation

November 2013 - Celebrity Constellation to Transatlantic

Celebrity Infinity

December 2011 - Celebrity Infinity to South America

Celebrity Infinity

December 2009 - Celebrity Infinity to South America

Carnival Splendor

October 2008 - Carnival Splendor to Europe - Mediterranean

Pride of America

May 2007 - Pride of America to Hawaii

Rotterdam

May 2006 - Rotterdam to Alaska - Inside Passage

SeaNSun628's Tips

Nuku Hiva, Marquesas - A beautiful island, the site for the 2001 CBS- Survivor episode, much history all around the island.
Lahaina, Maui - A very different town since my previous visit back in 2007. The high quality boutiques are gone, restaurants didn't seem appealing and shopkeepers seemed to eager to make a sale.
Honolulu, Oahu - Loved the double decker bus (Pink line). The fare is $2 and it goes through all the high end shopping in Waikiki and loops back to Ala Moana shopping center right in front of Waikiki beach. The bus from the pier, for passengers and crew, goes to Ala Moana shopping center. Diamond Head has the best view of the entire island.
Papeete, Tahiti - The Papeete market is a must to visit; it is located right across from the pier.
Insignia Insignia - Bring a sense of adventure to this route; weather is unpredictable and the ocean can be rough at times (11 feet waves). The temperature changes very quickly, on land and on the ocean, so highly recommend to pack for dry/wet and warm/cool weather.
Marina Marina - Guests can make additional reservations at specialty restaurants; some of the most popular restaurants had waiting lists, though.
Hanga Roa, Easter Island - This port should be a 2 full days; there is too much to see. Because weather changes rapidly and has an impact on the disembarkation, Marina should adjust their time to allow more time on the island.

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received a helpful vote on their Insignia cruise review - Another fun and relaxing adventure...

received a helpful vote on their Insignia cruise review - Another fun and relaxing adventure...

received a helpful vote on their Insignia cruise review - Another fun and relaxing adventure...

shared a quick tip for Insignia"Bring a sense of adventure to this route; weather is unpredictable and the ocean can be rough at times (11 feet waves). The temperature changes very quickly, on land and on the ocean, so highly recommend to pack for dry/wet and warm/cool weather. "

added May 28, 2016 cruise on Insignia to their profile.

reviewed their World Cruise cruise on Insignia and gave it 4 stars!

received a helpful vote on their Marina cruise review - Beautiful, Relaxing Ports...A Great Experience

received a helpful vote on their Marina cruise review - Beautiful, Relaxing Ports...A Great Experience

received a helpful vote on their Marina cruise review - Beautiful, Relaxing Ports...A Great Experience

received a helpful vote on their Marina cruise review - Beautiful, Relaxing Ports...A Great Experience