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  1. We were also on Scenic recently, disembarking last Wednesday. On my iPhone XS the sound quality took a big hit when I brought my camera app into the foreground. OTOH on my wife’s iPhone 6s she had no such problems. I like the idea of using my own phone and earbuds to listen to the guide. The technology is still in its infancy and hopefully they will make improvements in future versions. Our CD on Scenic was happy to receive constructive feedback and will forward it to the people who can do something about it. Probably the same is true on Regent.
  2. We have been on two Regent cruises, both in Concierge. The first was on Mariner and the coffee machine made only espresso. Our second cruise was on the Explorer Our coffee machine took two sizes of pods. The small pods produced a shot of espresso. I can’t remember the precise details but the larger pod filled a larger cup with something akin to an americano. I think there were two Start buttons, for small or large cups. my guess is that the newer machines are only on the Explorer, and maybe Splendor next year.
  3. As you get away from Amsterdam it has been getting less rainy. Thank goodness! Back to the discussion of liquor, if you are a fan of American whiskeys don't get your hopes up. While there is a nice selection of Scotch, America provides Jim Beam, Jack Daniels and Makers Mark. Pedestrian indeed. On the other hand they have Havana Club 7 year old rum. If I could get that from my local liquor store I would be a rum drinker!
  4. We’re in a Junior Suite on Crystal now. As of Day Three of our Romantic Rhine and Moselle cruise I have found the food to be good to very good, service excellent, wine just fine for my pallet(YMMV) and booze selection more than I need. I opened the minibar to see what was in it but since our suite is about 20 seconds from the lounge I just go there to get drinks. As someone else said you can have your butler bring you drinks but if you have clothes on it is much faster to just go get it.
  5. My memory on this is getting vague but as I recall we got the $200 OBC, future cruise discount and a reduced deposit(more than with an onboard booking but less than a regular booking). Also I think a watered down price drop protection.
  6. We are booked on The Crystal for Romantic Rhine and Moselle starting October 9 in Amsterdam. Tracking the ships and comparing to the brochure I had come to the conclusion we will be on the Jasper instead. Your news seems to confirm that. Please don’t break the ship😜.
  7. Did Scenic say which ship they expect you to be on?
  8. Scenic River Cruises has had their “Scenic Tailormade “ devices for a few years that included the typical around-the-neck radio and cheap earbuds. This year they introduced their Tailormade app for smartphones which apparently provides the solution you’re looking for. Reviews so far have been mixed at best but that might be the usual “it’s a new thing so I hate it” response. We’ll be cruising the Rhine with Scenic next month and I’m looking forward to giving that a try. I’ve already downloaded the app and it looks good so far although most of its features are not available until we get on the ship.
  9. I’m not sure “elegant dress” and “wardrobe malfunction” belong in the same paragraph 😉. Although most of the people being interviewed were well dressed I saw plenty of people in the background in more normally casual clothes. I tend to live on the casual end of the dress code so I was keeping my eye out for it.
  10. The afternoon sail out is normal. They used to do the evening lights cruise the night before but after the collision between a river cruise ship and a local tour boat earlier this year some cruise lines apparently discontinued the practice while others made it up to the judgement of the captain. It sounds like your captain judged it to be unsafe this week. That’s too bad as it is a very nice excursion.
  11. 3:15 in the morning? That would be disappointing.
  12. Taking the limo from YVR to the ship. Is that because the limo can’t cross the border?
  13. As notamermaid says, things look good on the Rhine portion of your cruise. The Danube portion looks a little more precarious but still not likely to be a “glorified bus tour”. Maybe a ship swap between Regensburg and Passau. There is another thread about Danube water levels, also started by notamermaid that will help you keep up to date on Danube river issues.
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