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    Reston, Virginia
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    Photography, Railroads
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Regent, Silversea, Tauck River
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Alaska, Med, Baltics, Norway

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  1. Unfortunately, after abandoning the tradition of having Regent ships named in an adventurous spirit with Splendor, the next ship can only be named Magnificentor. They could even trademark it since it isn't an actual word.
  2. San Pellegrino for us. I think I'll add it to a special request I put in for a beer that sometimes don't stock. If they still are stocking San Pellegrino and my favored beer, they can just handle this out of stock. If not, they can procure it specially.
  3. Yeah, instead of "worst" it'd have to be "least wonderful." For us, the Navigator mostly because of lack of alternative dining venues. But, that wouldn't slow us down a bit if she were going where we want to go.
  4. I hesitate to weigh in here since we'd like the F2 angled balconies to remain a secret. But, since we're batting almost 100% on booking F2 angled balconies, I'll observe that they are desirable (to us) because they are not only a bit bigger, but as a photographer I like getting out at the tip of the flare where you can take pictures directly forward. Wouldn't be interested in that feature facing rearward. Now, please forget my recommendation!
  5. If you are on the 1 November, 2019 sailing, there is only a roll call for the first 2/3rds (Miami to Buenos Aires): https://www.cruisecritic.com/rollcalls/seven-seas-mariner-november-1-2019/
  6. Usually it's 9ish. That's with a 7ish docking so if you arrive later it would likely shift accordingly.
  7. I think the replies you received didn't understand your statement. Yes, apparently some excursions were showing as wait-list after they'd been posted for just a few minutes. Very strange since both high categories and high status get the same access time. I've seen this before when, while it says "Sold Out," it isn't actually the case...it just wasn't loaded properly. I suggest you call Regent. They often will also add additional offerings of unexpectedly popular excursions, so wait-list and (trust, but verify) keep checking the web site. It will most often work out. I called it quits at 12:15 AM EDT since I had an early commitment this morning and, while I can't say I checked every port and every excursion, by 12:15 AM I had found NONE that didn't say sold out. Went back at 6:15 AM this morning and got every excursion we wanted (except Le Havre, which still hasn't posted). As others (myself included) have noted before, this isn't rocket, or web, science. Good IT will set up and test the entire set of offerings off-line and then at the moment of offering, they just have to change one link. It seems that Regent changes the link to make the offerings "live" and then over some tens of minutes or longer, adds the actual data.
  8. At exactly 12 midnight tonight Sep 6/7, the link for our May cruise excursions went live. Unfortunately, NOT A SINGLE EXCURSION is available to book yet. Going to bed (Eastern time zone).
  9. Absolutely Regent should provide whisperers! These are not expensive devices and the cost would be amortized over many, many cruises and hundreds of excursions. On river cruises we've been on, they use rechargeable batteries and there are stands in the cabin to park them overnight for recharging. I love the devices because I'm a photographer and frequently wander some distance from the guide to take pictures while still being able to hear the narrative.
  10. I think it's more about the feeling of making progress toward the time we'll be on the cruise than a real concern that if I wait a few hours that we'll miss out. However, I do wish that Regent would be more consistent and advertise the advance booking window for the Culinary Kitchen offerings (on Explorer & Splendor) since I usually don't think of checking until I'm reminded by the impending excursion booking window. I then find that the Culinary Kitchen offerings have been posted for some unknown period prior. We have missed out on CK offerings because of the stealth deployment on the web site.
  11. Never received any acknowledgment of my submission. It's been 10 days. you'd at least expect a "we know and are working on it" reply.
  12. That sounds correct. As one data point, we are using Regent Air for the first time next May (since no deviation fee as newly minted Platinums) and for a United-Brussels Airlines itinerary from IAD-BRU-LIS and return on United (LHR-IAD), all segments were booked as fare class P which is an unrestricted business class and earns 150% miles (distance, not mileage based since that seems to be the arrangement between Regent and United). Same for qualification miles, but we've stopped playing that game having reached lifetime status with UA. Overall, a smooth experience. Our TA got exactly the flights/carriers we requested and there was no fare differential, just the waived deviation fees.
  13. I reported it using their on-line Contact Us form. We'll see.
  14. Occam's Razor suggest that of the choices of whether the issue is poor web site maintenance or some crafty scheme ny Regent to push certain suites, the probability is poor IT. In the case I cited, many would see the deck 7 F2 suites as more or equally desirable to those on 8 & 9 (except for the coveted flared balcony suites on 8 & 9, of course).
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