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    Texas Hill Country
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    Private pilot, sailor, wine & traveling.
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    Regent
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Baltic

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  1. THANKS PCARDAD, DAVEFR AND FLOSSIE009. Exactly the info I was looking for. As an observation - cruisecritic responses have been spot on and respectful. I have noticed in the past few years - on other travel websites - some of the answers tend to be rude and degrading. Thanks again!
  2. My wife and I are traveling with two friends and used a "discount TA". We made reservations on the Splendor for the 2021 summer (keeping our fingers crossed) and have a couple of questions. 1. Our suite category is only GTY (guaranteed). When would you expect that Regent will actually allow us to select our suite number? Sooner OR later? 2. We want to sit with our friends at the "reservation only restaurants". 2 questions. Will I, for example, be allowed to make reservations for 4 people or just for my wife and me? Do they start taking dinner reservations at midnight on the published date - which actually means I could make reservations - because of time zones - earlier since we are not on the east coast? Thanks!
  3. We disembark in Copenhagen on a Sunday morning at 8 in June, 2021 (hopefully). 4 of us - will be returning to US very early the next morning. Any chance y'all know of an established private guide with car that could pick us up at the ship (with luggage) and take a highlight 4 to 5 hour tour of Copenhagen and then drop us off in Nyhavn - where we are staying. Appreciate your suggestions.
  4. 2nd Post - I posted earlier to a similar but different topic.. I booked our airfare yesterday - 270 days from embarkation date. Perhaps my good experience may help other Regent travelers from middle part of Texas. * I called the Regent Air Concierge department at 877.722.7772 (they open at 8am Central Time) on the 272 day before embarkation date. We used a TA but called the Regent number directly. Was not sure if 270 days was when you were leaving for the cruise or the embarkation date -- it is EMBARKATION date. So, called back two days later and talked with Air Concierge. * Air Concierge records indicated that we were entitled to free coach instead of business class airfare. Air Concierge transferred me to sales and they corrected their mistake immediately. They then transferred me back to Air Concierge. * They OK'ed our first choice which was British Airways from Austin nonstop to Heathrow. Short flight after that to Stockholm. I know, I know, hopefully BA will be flying that route next June. Both the pond and continent flights are business/first class. I also am aware that European business/first class is not like the USA. * I had done my research and was able to book the window seats with two windows - A350-1000. * We wanted to arrive in Stockholm the day before embarkation - not the morning of. We preferred Austin over Houston (we live in Texas Hill Country). We knew about and were happy to pay the $175 and the $249 pp charges. HOWEVER, remember that if you book directly with BA, you will pay about $125 pp (each way) to get seat assignments before the 24 hour open period. YOU DO NOT pay the early booking seat assignment fee by going through Regent. Offsets some of the Regent fees. * Regent forwarded the flight information overnight to our TA. The TA this morning recorded and sent us an invoice. Helped a fellow traveler make the same flight reservations. They confirmed and she paid immediately. She did not use a TA but rather booked directly with Regent. A little easier but no big deal either way.
  5. Excellent information from cruisecritic people. Thanks! Seems like as many questions as answers. I booked our airfare yesterday - 270 days from embarkation date. Perhaps my good experience may help other Regent travelers from middle part of Texas. * I called the Regent Air Concierge department at 877.722.7772 (they open at 8am Central Time) on the 272 day before embarkation date. We used a TA but called the Regent number directly. Was not sure if 270 days was when you were leaving for the cruise or the embarkation date -- it is EMBARKATION date. So, called back two days later and talked with Air Concierge. * Air Concierge records indicated that we were entitled to free coach instead of business class airfare. Air Concierge transferred me to sales and they corrected their mistake immediately. They then transferred me back to Air Concierge. * They OK'ed our first choice which was British Airways from Austin nonstop to Heathrow. Short flight after that to Stockholm. I know, I know, hopefully BA will be flying that route next June. Both the pond and continent flights are business/first class. I also am aware that European business/first class is not like the USA. * I had done my research and was able to book the window seats with two windows - A350-1000. * We wanted to arrive in Stockholm the day before embarkation - not the morning of. We preferred Austin over Houston (we live in Texas Hill Country). We knew about and were happy to pay the $175 and the $249 pp charges. HOWEVER, remember that if you book directly with BA, you will pay about $125 pp to get seat assignments before the 24 hour open period. YOU DO NOT pay the early booking seat assignment fee by going through Regent. Offsets some of the Regent fees. * Regent forwarded the flight information overnight to our TA. The TA this morning recorded and sent us an invoice. Helped a fellow traveler make the same flight reservations last night. They confirmed and she paid immediately. She did not use a TA but rather booked directly with Regent. A little easier but no big deal either way. Let me know if you have any questions.
  6. jhenry1 - thanks for sharing local knowledge. We live in Bulverde. Instead of raising cattle, we raise Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Instead of pulling for Texas, we pull for Texas Tech. QUESTION I am also a research fanatic. Too much time on my hands. With Austin/British Air - did you ended up paying the $175 + $249 pp? No other upcharges? Interesting, when you compare published business class flight cost between Austin and Houston, Austin is about $1,000 rt less pp. Austin has done a marvelous job of getting good flights versus San Antonio. Fortunately, we are almost as close to AUS than we are to SAT. Agreed, easy parking.
  7. Anchorbuoy, truly thanks for correction. We were debating between IAH and AUS and, because of cost, went to IAH. I love to debate so now we are, again, debating between the two cities - there is a book about this tale. Between covid and retirement, we have way too much time on our hands.
  8. Great information Anchorbuoy and rallydave. Good info for my wife and me and we also have friends going on trip. It looks like - pending a conversation with Regent - that it will be a IAH trip (just don't want to pay at least $1,000 for use of Austin). Houston has several good nonstop flights to Europe - KLM (like the ceramic houses), Lufthansa, Air France and British Airways. All 4 have 1 transfer flights. Do you know if Regent supports all 4 airlines? We end the cruise too late to get good flights home the demarcation day to Houston so would probably stay overnight and catch early early flights the next day to Houston. Any suggestions or guesses if Regent would pick up business class for European portion of flights? Again, thanks.
  9. OLD topic but, let's see: signed up for Regent cruise June, 2021. We live 1 hour from Austin and 3 1/2 hours from Houston. Have designated IAH as our airport but is it worth doing research on flights from AUS? Austin offers two direct Europe flights through British Airways and Lufthansa. Will Regent allow flights from Austin and, if so, should I expect BIG increase in cost along with the $175 deviation fee?
  10. FlyerTalker I did remember but thanks a lot for reminder. Have another questions: Are the 270 days counted from the date you depart USA or the embarkation date (e.g., we are leaving two days before the embarkation date)?
  11. Yes, sorry about terminology. Do you know if the additional charge is a flat fee or based on a number of their internal factors (e.g., would they take into account the thousand dollar reduction in the Austin fare)? Thanks for info.
  12. Great advice. Putting together the list of flights. FYI From our home, Austin is an hour away and Houston 3 1/2. So far, the best flight is British Airways from Austin - but Austin in not on their list of approved airports. The Austin BA itinerary is about $1,000 less than similar flights out of Houston. Obviously, we would prefer Austin but will they entertain flights outside of their approved list? Thanks!
  13. BRIEF BACKGROUND: booked on Regent’s Splendor Summer 2021 in Europe (Covid willing). Have sailed with Regent two previous times but made own air reservations. Using Air Concierge Rep this time and would appreciate your suggestions. Departing US from Houston. Will arrive in Europe the day before embarkation and return to Houston the day after disembarkation. Air France, KLM and Lufthansa all have direct flights to Europe followed with short flights to Schengen countries – 1 change. United, Delta, Turkish, etc. all have less desirable flights with, say, 2 changes, longer distances, etc. My wife and I do not care that if short flights are coach. Obviously, the Atlantic flights are business. We do care, however, that the pond crossing flight back to US not be followed by a long coach flight – both from personal and health reasons. I plan on calling them 270 days before embarkation and understand the booking fees. If I had elected to book directly with the three Atlantic non-stop carriers, the round trip runs about $5,100 to $5,600. I realize that Regent uses coach for short hops – no problem. The less desirable flights (i.e., 2 changes) run about $4,200 to $4,600. QUESTIONS Does Regent always book the cheapest flights? How do they determine which carriers? Will Regent negotiate schedules and or carriers? Will they tell me ahead of the 270-day time frame the carriers they use? I have already researched carriers and flights. If they allow the carriers with the better schedules but will not pick up the entire fare, will they allow us to make up the difference? Could we use shipboard credit? What am I forgetting to ask? Has anybody done flight bookings differently that I should consider?
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