Posted March 20th, 2013, 12:17 AM
Hmmmmm? I rode 3 US Navy ships (plus a sub) for over 10+ years in the Pacific Theater. Oftentimes, under combat/high-stress/zero-tolerance-for-screw-up conditions and rode through the middle of countelss typhoons and 40-foot seas. Running at "flank speed" (30+ knots) oftentimes at night, underway replenishments, refuelings at sea, day and nightime flight operations.....and NEVER had a single engine failure or even a modest engine or flooding "problem" during that entire span of time. We never missed a scheduled port call or rendevous. Maybe good maintenance underway, good mechanics onboard, routine overhauls when called for, and not working the ships beyond normal repair cycles was the answer? "POD problems" on Voyager have been a long-running problem according to posters on this thread - along with the attendent (and disappointing) missed port calls and delayed arrival schedules that paying customers have had to put up with. Does Regent just not want to spend the "bucks" necessary to fix the problem, once and for all? Do they just "Band-Aid" it from one port to the other? Overhaul/dry-dock periods seem to be spent on installing new carpeting in the lounges or wood paneling in the Master Suites. Is any time/money being spent on re-engineering or upgrading the "important" things like propulsion systems, mechanicals, electronics, generators, water/sewer systems, or other "vital" infrastructure? I would have no idea? I'll bet Carnival passengers are wondering about these things at the moment.
Am I being a bit too critical? I guess "you don't have a problem until you have a problem." It seems that Regent passengers are very "forgiving". We shouldn't have to be, for the fares we're being charged. "Things" happen for a reason - not by "chance". A ship and it's systems do not run on "luck". They run on good routine and thorough maintenance. Things don't just "happen" by themselves.. "Hoping" that a problem gets fixed before the next cruise starts - is not a solution to the problem. Regards to all.