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Old October 7th, 2017, 10:29 PM
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Default NCL Stock and Tier Equality on Oceania

Due to their miserly prices, I took a lot of NCL cruises but now with an inheritance (if you want to leave your heirs money, buy housing in the San Francisco Bay Area, in almost 40 years the property appreciates almost 10-20X what you pay for it!) I want to try more of the upscale cruises. Since NCL owns Oceania, I thought of buying stock (kind of my rebate on traveling on the more expensive cruise line ;-)) but does anyone know if you get the same stockholder perks that you get on NCL and also I think that I have been told that if you are on a certain tier level on Royal Caribbean, you would be on the same tier level on their sister company ships, Celebrity, would that work the same way on NCL where I am a Platinum and Oceania? I admit with all the benefits and privileges of Oceania that may be a moot point as a low tier on them is better than a high tier on NCL !! NOT interested in the Haven, as a solo traveler, do not stay much in the room, so do not need the space. I realize that this may not be answered as probably as most people on NCL cruises do not take Oceania and vice versa but maybe a travel professional or someone that knows a lot about them can answer. BTW, Oceania´s office is closed this weekend (and NCL bookers do not know) so can not ask O now and another reason to post maybe there is ONE other person like me who wants to do this and know also LQTM !!
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Old October 8th, 2017, 12:29 AM
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I may be different than many people in that personally, I really don't care about past guest levels. I am one who much prefers to try different cruise lines, different ships, and different itineraries. I definitely don't like to only go on one cruise line, mainly because as an agent, I need to be able to discuss the differences with my clients. But I like to embrace the differences, so I can appreciate each for their own merits. Or, as the French like to say, "Vive la difference", which basically means 'long live the difference.'

With that said, as you alluded to, only a few cruise lines have a reciprocal agreement for past guest levels, such as RCCL, Celebrity, and Azamara. I'm not as familiar with the agreement between NCL and Oceania, as I've never been asked that question and would have to do some research.

But quite frankly, comparing Oceania and NCL is literally comparing apples to oranges. They are completely different in every category. And talking about Oceania, while we've only been on the Nautica, which was very nice, we felt it was not worth the high price. However, they have a couple of newer ships that are very different from the older ships and it's quite possible an experience on those would be much better. Perhaps one day we'll get the opportunity to try one, so we can see for ourselves.

Based on our one experience with Oceania, personally we prefer Celebrity or Holland America. In our opinion, the food is better and they are definitely much easier on the pocketbook.

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