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    Regent SevenSeas
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  1. Scheduled cruise: Apr 16. Asked for refund: Apr 13. Refund credited to my card: Jun 5. 53 days from request to full refund.
  2. Susie, It IS Citi, not Chase. My mistake.
  3. I remember seeing a thread of problems getting Amex to transfer your refund money to you. I received a $18,000 refund from Nat Geog for a tour that was to follow my Regent cruise. My credit card is a Chase (Costco) Visa. I called them and they quickly agreed to transfer the credit balance to the checking account that I had on file with them for paying bills. No charge. No sweat. It did take two weeks, but in today's world... Still waiting on the Regent refund and judging from available info, I'm thinking about two months from sail date.
  4. Dave, Thanks for this info. Those of us who actually read what you had to say found it interesting.
  5. Have been to an endodontist, who could not isolate the problem with a high degree of certainty, even after x-rays and 3D scan. He recommends taking a "rescue pack" if the tooth has still not flared up before the TA.
  6. My wife is having occasional tooth pain but our dentist does not believe a root canal is warranted at this time and is not even sure of which tooth is the culprit. We are doing the TA from NY to Barcelona on Splendor in April and are worried about the possibility of the tooth acting up while we are at sea. We know there will be a doctor on board, but will there be a dentist and are there even dental facilities? Come to think of it (this is our first crossing), are the doctor and ship facilities equipped to handle an unexpected, serious medical problem in the middle of the Atlantic? We've never had a problem on a cruise so we have never seen the facilities on board. Thanks to anyone who can shed some light.
  7. We will be on Splendor sailing from NYC on April 16 for Bermuda and ultimately Barcelona. I know how to check average temperatures for the time of year, but wonder if anyone has done a South Atlantic crossing in the Spring and can advise what to pack for spending time on deck? Layers and some light rain gear, of course. Any other suggestions? Best holiday wishes to all the wonderful contributors on the Regent boards! I appreciate all of you.
  8. Re: Helsinki tours. If you are able to do a lot of walking, the Helsinki walking tour was terrific. But it covered several miles.
  9. Does anyone know who the Cruise Director will be on this Splendor cruise?
  10. Evening with the Czars is one of the two best tours we have ever taken on numerous cruises with RSS. Do not miss it. The Amber Room at your leisure is reason enough, but Catherine's Palace is amazing and there are other features that make this a tremendous experience. Even the Russian restaurant after for dinner was a fun experience, even if it will never come close to a Michelin star.
  11. On Explorer last year, we never had difficulty getting specialty seating. There was a crew member in one of the reception officers who had hours posted for handling requests. It helped that we were always willing to share tables.
  12. Thank you, Turn 8A, for putting up this very interesting post. We can't wait to meet her on our TA cruise in April.
  13. We did that excursion two years ago. It was beautiful scenery and we enjoyed it. As to whether it is worth the long bus ride, that is a good question. Sitting so long on the bus tweecked my back and it bothered me the rest of the cruise. Also, Bergen is a fascinating city and other than a quick ride through town, you will miss seeing Bergen. In general, we wish we hadn't taken so many long bus rides on this cruise, especially those that rejoin the ship farther down the line. Whenever the ship is sailing, you have beautiful views on the fjords; don't miss those for a lengthy bus trip. One in particular went to a "glacier" and it was a pitiful glacier.
  14. There are wonderful private tours and tour guides available for less money from private companies. I'm sure you will get some answers in the next day or two from satisfied clients. You mention St Pete and I know there are some good companies there.
  15. I want to echo Travelcat about considering the Regent excursion. We took the Regent excursion that combined Petra and Wadi Rum and it was one of the two best excursions we have ever taken (Night of the Tzars in St Petersburg the other.) There was plenty of time in Petra to explore, ride camels, etc., ending in a nice lunch. Then to Wadi Rum where we crossed the desert in four wheel drive trucks to a Beduin camp (kind of a Beduin tent, party and banquet hall) where we had an absolutely delicious feast. I can't imagine anyone doing this complete tour any better. I am usually a fan of private tours, especially if you can get another couple to join, but you should give some thought to letting Regent do this one. Note that there is a two mile hike in and another out. There are horse-drawn "carriages" available to rent to haul you. Keep in mind that it is slightly downhill going in and uphill walking out. You can rent them in Petra for a one-way trip out--not necessary to prebook the round trip. We are reasonably healthy 70-somethings in average shape for our age. We did the walk in without any problem but wished we had ridden out. Petra is incredible. Wish we were with you.
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