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pappy1022

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    Austin, TX
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    Crystal
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    British Isles

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  1. Thank you. I talked to Regent customer service and they put the information in our profile. They said that I could add that info to my profile, under the customize option in the BEVERAGES, DINING, AND GRATUITIES section, once they open up the dining reservation function. That's why I wasn't seeing this option yet. Patience is a virtue.
  2. My beautiful wife and I are celebrating our 50th anniversary on a September cruise to the British Isles. I can't find where on the Regent website that you denote this information in your profile account.
  3. I can only speak to the British Isle ports that we will be visiting but all of our small group and Regent choice tours are in the $40-$90. I do see that the full day private car tours are in The $1200+ range and a couple of the accessible tours (Which I assume have special wheel chair devices on board) are very expensive as well so perhaps these are the tours you are referring too?
  4. It happened to me when trying to book an excursion (Dublin) for a September 2020 cruise and again when Regent changed another port on that same cruise. Regent said that they would send emails out when the port excurions were available but they didn't do so. I just checked every day until the excursions showed up on the list and then called Rergent to book them.
  5. Thank you. Can you pick up the plastic numbered passes in the morning for an afternoon excursion? Do you have to assemble on the ship to go to your tour? I am refering to doing the port on our own in the morning and then taking a Regent tour in the afternoon.
  6. That is good to hear. I am not a smoker, never was, and stay clear of smokers even outdoors. We will be visiting Ireland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland on our cruise.
  7. What is the process for picking up tour tickets (for the bus) for the excursions that were booked ahead of the cruise? Do you pick up the tour tickets in the morning for just the port you are in for the day or can you get them for all of the ports at once? Can you pick up tour tickets in the morning for an afternoon tour? I ask this last question because we have an afternoon tour scheduled but want to do some exploring on our own in the morning?
  8. Do bars and restaurants in the British Isles allow smoking or vaping?
  9. It seems to me that unless you are able to book early (concierge or above cabin) there is a good chance that your choices will be very limited when the general booking becomes available. I've noticed that on my cruise most of the small group excursions and almost all of the Regent choice excursions are already wait listed.
  10. Thanks. I will never give up hope until the day of the tour and if I don't clear I will still enjoy my second choice.
  11. I booked my excursions on the first day available (Concierge Level) and I am wait listed on 2 excursions. I do have alternate choices "booked" in the event that I don't clear the wait list. For the most part I have chosen small group excursions using my onboard credits and the 2 wait listed excursions are both small group tours. The Regent agent helping me with the bookings said there is a good chance that I will be cleared but couldn't provide any additional information. Here are my questions: How long does it normally take to clear the wait list if indeed you are cleared? Does Regent add more of the same excursion once they see what the demand is or are my chances of clearing based on other people changing their minds on the tour that I have selected? Is it more likely to get cleared on a larger tour vs a small group tour? Does Regent add new tours or increase the number of existing tours once the booking window is opened for the entire ship? Thank you in advance for sharing your experiences. If I don't get my wait listed tours I will still be happy with my second choices.
  12. In Kirkwall my 2 choices are: (1) ORKNEY'S ARCHAEOLOGICAL WONDERS;- Explore the historical heartland of Orkney, visiting several medieval archaeological sites and the intriguing Scapa Flow Starting off from the pier, you will depart Kirkwall and head to the west of Mainland, Orkney's largest island. En-route, you will pass through the gentle rolling landscape of Orkney and into the Neolithic Heartland of Orkney; an area designated as a World Heritage Site due to its wealth of pre-historic archaeology. Passing the Standing Stones of Stenness (photo-stop if time permits), you will stop at the Ring of Brodgar; a huge ceremonial circle of stones dating back almost 5,000 years. Next, continue on to the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae, beautifully interpreted in the new visitor center. See the remarkable dwellings that were revealed from beneath the sand dunes by storms only 150 years ago. There will also be time to visit the nearby manor house of Skaill House, built in 1620 on top of an ancient graveyard. Your excursion has you following the coast of Scapa Flow, where you will hear some of the wartime stories, which make this one of the best-known stretches of water in the world - the site where the interned German naval fleet scuttled itself in the month of June 1919. Enjoy a scenic journey back to the pier where your tour concludes. or (2) NORTH ORKNEY EXPLORATION - Explore the lush natural terrain of Orkney's largest Island during this journey to the Brough of Birsay and Neolothic Heartland of Orkney, a World Heritage Site. Depart Kirkwall for the drive along the West Coast of Mainland, Orkney's largest island. Along the way, you will pass through the rolling countryside of the islands, and view the Northern Isles of Orkney in the distance. Next, you will pass by Eynnhallow Sound, a dramatic stretch of water where the Atlantic Ocean meets the North Sea, before pausing at the small tidal island at the Brough of Birsay. Here, a brief photo stop will be made to take in the spectacular views and photo opportunities before continuing on to a local tearoom for refreshments. You will then proceed for a visit to the Neolothic Heartland of Orkney, a World Heritage Site. Upon arrival, a stop will be made at the Standing Stones of Stenness, a 5,000-year-old circle of stones. Following your tour, you will rejoin your coach for the return drive to Kirkwall, traveling along the north shore of Scapa Flow.
  13. I'm down to my last decision on Regent British Isles port excursions. I would appreciate your thoughts on which one you would do. Thank you. In Kirkwall my 2 choices are: (1) ORKNEY'S ARCHAEOLOGICAL WONDERS;- Explore the historical heartland of Orkney, visiting several medieval archaeological sites and the intriguing Scapa Flow Starting off from the pier, you will depart Kirkwall and head to the west of Mainland, Orkney's largest island. En-route, you will pass through the gentle rolling landscape of Orkney and into the Neolithic Heartland of Orkney; an area designated as a World Heritage Site due to its wealth of pre-historic archaeology. Passing the Standing Stones of Stenness (photo-stop if time permits), you will stop at the Ring of Brodgar; a huge ceremonial circle of stones dating back almost 5,000 years. Next, continue on to the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae, beautifully interpreted in the new visitor center. See the remarkable dwellings that were revealed from beneath the sand dunes by storms only 150 years ago. There will also be time to visit the nearby manor house of Skaill House, built in 1620 on top of an ancient graveyard. Your excursion has you following the coast of Scapa Flow, where you will hear some of the wartime stories, which make this one of the best-known stretches of water in the world - the site where the interned German naval fleet scuttled itself in the month of June 1919. Enjoy a scenic journey back to the pier where your tour concludes. or (2) NORTH ORKNEY EXPLORATION - Explore the lush natural terrain of Orkney's largest Island during this journey to the Brough of Birsay and Neolothic Heartland of Orkney, a World Heritage Site. Depart Kirkwall for the drive along the West Coast of Mainland, Orkney's largest island. Along the way, you will pass through the rolling countryside of the islands, and view the Northern Isles of Orkney in the distance. Next, you will pass by Eynnhallow Sound, a dramatic stretch of water where the Atlantic Ocean meets the North Sea, before pausing at the small tidal island at the Brough of Birsay. Here, a brief photo stop will be made to take in the spectacular views and photo opportunities before continuing on to a local tearoom for refreshments. You will then proceed for a visit to the Neolothic Heartland of Orkney, a World Heritage Site. Upon arrival, a stop will be made at the Standing Stones of Stenness, a 5,000-year-old circle of stones. Following your tour, you will rejoin your coach for the return drive to Kirkwall, traveling along the north shore of Scapa Flow.
  14. Early September. My other question is whether or not Regent informs its' customers that a port was changed on the itinerary, We haven't heard a peep from them. When we booked all of our shore excursions on the first day available, there weren't any options available for Dublin, actually we are being tendered at DÚN LOAGHAIRE. I was told by the Regent agent that as soon as they became available all of the customers would be notified by email. I happened to look again a few days later on the website and sure enough there were excursions listed for this port. Here it is 10 days later and still no communication that the shore excursions were available for Dublin (DÚN LOAGHAIRE). I understand that changes are inherent to cruises but I would hope that Regent would notify us when significant changes are made or at least keep their promise to inform us. Maybe I'm asking too much.
  15. Does Regent communicate port changes prior to the cruise? I was looking at the Regent website for our British Isle cruise and noticed that we are no longer making a stop in Stornoway (Hebrides) and instead we are going to Ullapool. As we already had all of our shore excursions booked on Regent this change caught me by surprise. Has anyone been to Ullapool? I know it is a very small town. Regent doesn't have the shore excursions listed for this port. What is there to do?
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