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    San Diego, CA
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    Crystal, Seabourn
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  1. jhenry1, My husband and I spent two days in Dubai last November at the end of a cruise on the Voyager. I think you could tour Dubai on your own, but it isn't what I would describe as a walkable city. You do need transportation. The first day, we used the Hop On-Hop Off bus, which was offered through Regent. The second day post-cruise, we booked a guide through Tours By Locals and covered a tremendous amount of territory! We stayed at the Park Hyatt Dubai on Dubai Creek, a lovely, quiet hotel, balconies with views of the city and a very good location for the airport. Here are links to my blog p
  2. Carol, My husband and I were on the Symphony's Lisbon to London itinerary a few years ago and had a fabulous Crystal excursion through the Médoc with Dewey Markham, Jr. Several people in our group had been on a private tour with him a couple of years earlier and were thrilled to be touring Bordeaux with him again. Here's a link to a blog post I wrote that includes Dewey's contact information: https://www.themodernpostcard.com/bordeaux-day-2-touring-medoc-wine-region-dewey-markham-jr/ Mary Travel Blog: https://www.themodernpostcard.com
  3. bitob, My husband and I had a fabulous experience on Regent last year on a 20-day cruise through the Middle East. I've linked to my Cruise Critic review below from the Regent Boards, which includes photos and details of the trip. We have never tried Silversea, but in 2017 we nervously ventured out of our Crystal comfort zone for a voyage to Antarctica on Seabourn. We loved the experience so much that the following year we sailed on another Seabourn ship to Australia and New Zealand. I truly believe that these top lines all have their pluses and minuses and their – as I wrote in my re
  4. HRPro, You're very welcome! I'm delighted to hear that Levant is still doing tours. You are sure to have a fantastic day. Another tip: If possible, visit Ephesus early. Levant met our ship as soon as we were cleared and dropped us off in Kusadasi mid-afternoon. It really helped to get ahead of the crowds and the heat! Mary Travel Blog: https://www.themodernpostcard.com
  5. Thank you to everyone for the helpful information on securing refunds during this most unusual time. My husband and I cancelled a December 2020 Symphony cruise on June 23, shortly before the final payment was due. Crystal subsequently cancelled the cruise. On September 1st, we filed a charge-back request with Chase, and a temporary credit was issued on our card. Yesterday we received an email from Chase with a letter from Crystal crediting our card for the "full disputed amount." Crystal kept a $200/pp administrative fee, which we have a year to use if we book a future cruise. Mary
  6. Ken, sorry for the late response on this. I can't begin to rave enough about our Antarctica experience on the Quest. My husband and I sailed the Buenos Aires to Santiago route in January 2017. All the ports were fascinating, from the big cities to the remote Patagonian towns. Highlights in addition to Antarctica itself were the Falklands (journey to Volunteer Point to see the magnificent King Penguins), Punta Arenas (Magdalena Island expedition) and the charming town of Castro, Chile (walking on our own). We hired a wonderful guide for a city walking tour in Buenos Aires and also did a wi
  7. @Phillygirl3, If I had been asked this question when we took our first Regent cruise to the Mediterranean seven years ago, I would have completely agreed. The included excursions and guides were just okay, and we never sailed with Regent again until our recent cruise on the Voyager from Barcelona to Dubai. This time, however, it was a completely different experience. The included excursions were wonderful, the small group excursion to Jerusalem and Bethlehem was fantastic and the overnight to Luxor was led by a guide who was a fabulous as any private guide we've had. The one disappointing guid
  8. Emdee, I'm glad to have rekindled some memories from that part of the world! It will be interesting to know your thoughts on returning to Regent after seven years. The Explorer looks like a beautiful ship. Wishing you a wonderful time!
  9. CabinForOne, Thank you so much! I'm happy to know the Jerusalem blog brought back some great memories. I will be posting stories and photos from the remaining ports on this cruise, so please be sure to check the blog for updates or sign up for email notifications when a new post is up. This was a fantastic itinerary...how exciting that you are booked on a similar cruise!
  10. I just posted a blog from this cruise's day in Jerusalem and wanted to share our experience here on one of Regent's Small Group excursions. The Voyager was docked in Haifa for just one day. We opted for the "small group" excursion that included both Jerusalem and Bethlehem, figuring it would be a good way to cover so much in the short timeframe of one very long day. About 15 of us were assigned to one of the buses that typically handles a full-size group. Our guide was terrific and did a great job keeping things moving. We knew that Jerusalem would be crowded, but had no idea exa
  11. doc47, Thank you! So happy to know you had a similar experience on the cruise. I think this itinerary is a bucket-lister's dream 🙂
  12. LadyandtheTramp, Sorry we didn't get a chance to meet, but I'm happy to know you felt the same way about the cruise. You're so right about what a small world it is. We ran into a couple on this voyage whom we had met on a wine tour in Auckland almost two years ago. They had been on a Regent cruise that ended in Auckland, and we had disembarked from a Seabourn cruise!
  13. @south park, So good to hear from you, Kelly! Herb and I really enjoyed meeting you and your mom as well. I'm glad to know you both felt the same way about the cruise...what a trip it was! If you have a chance, please email me and let me know how your post-cruise India adventure went. I'd love to hear about it. And of course, let us know if you come to San Diego or somewhere in between! 🙂
  14. blondietoo, So glad you had a similar experience on the cruise immediately following ours! That sounded like a terrific itinerary as well. We have not sailed on the Explorer, so I can't compare food venues. I know Chartreuse gets a bit of criticism on these Boards, but we really enjoyed our dinner there.
  15. MightyQuinn, Wow, you have made my day! Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I'm delighted that the blog brought back some great travel memories. It's interesting that we both first sailed Regent about the same time (ours was in 2012) and had similar reactions. This recent cruise was such a completely different experience that my husband and I found ourselves often commenting that we felt as if we were on Crystal or Seabourn. I definitely think it's worth giving Regent another try if you find an itinerary that sparks your interest. Please feel free to email if you run across specific que
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