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About DeepFreeze63

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    near Washington D.C.
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    Zoos, hiking,Internet, grandchildren, travel,
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  1. I totally agree! DW is a terrific cook and a superb baker - if it was just for the food, I'd prefer to eat at home but she loves "being pampered" (including not having to cook). We've met MANY interesting and enjoyable dinner companions on our Regent cruises. DW rates the freshly prepared luncheon pastas with a slice from the carving table as her favorite among the many dishes she enjoys on Regent THE OFTEN DENSE cupcakes are what gets her ire!
  2. What a MESS! Based upon Marc's post, I checked my Regent account before lunch yesterday. My July 2021 cruise showed September 20th (300 days prior to sailing) instead of the previously- indicated October date. After lunch, I decided to prepare for the September selection - the account then showed July 7th (365 days prior to cruise) instead of September! I decided to reserve a few "must haves". Silly me! The site is "difficult" in the best of times; now it is GRRRRRR! It took 28 minutes to reserve an "included" excursion. Even with our $1400 of SBC, an attempt to reserve a Regent Choice excursion resulted in a request for additional $161- an unfathomable calculation. Come on Regent.
  3. Marc- I don't remember the details BUT I know that Mary and I didn't limit our laundry - we sent out 1 or 2 VERY full bags every other day. When "free" laundry for all was announced, I was concerned about the turn-around but Regent kept "next day" service. It's interesting to see the NEW SSS benefits! What happened to pressing for Gold and Platinum? Am getting the feeling that we should give Viking a try!
  4. We were on a Explorer cruise last year where everyone got "free" laundry - it didn't change what we (SSS Platinum) were allowed or the turnaround time.
  5. We have done 18 Regent cruises; about 6 were in Concierge. Lots of personal preferences and consideration of SS Society status went into those decisions.We did Barcelona to Miami (via San Juan) in February 2020 on the Splendor in our favorite Concierge Cabin 608 (or 610) and with Regent Air. You have already gotten lots of good info but here's my opinion on the info you requested: 1. You have a terrific itinerary for a cool weather TA and might get a lot of use for your balcony so a larger Concierge cabin might be of benefit. (it also has the minor benefit of a cashmere blanket and binoculars). 2. You are using Regent Air; depending on your SSS status, you could avoid the $175/each "deviation" fee if you come in a day before embarkation as Concierge. 3. The Fairmont Rey is presently the scheduled Regent hotel. Nice property but not near much except the soccer stadium; however Metro is about 1/3 mile and goes direct to tourist areas. 4. Using Regent Air and being Concierge, you will get transport to hotel and to the ship. You will get transport to Miami airport because of Regent Air - NOT because of concierge. Taxis in both Barcelona airport and Miami cruise port were easy to get even with our 4 suitcases. Wish you Bon Voyage on a magnificent ship. Jim C.
  6. We had a July, 18, 2020 cruise on Explorer for 18-days to Iceland cancelled by Regent; they offered us a Price Match in same cabin category on 2 "similar" cruises in July 2021. One was a 12-day, Voyager to Iceland. No Way could this could be anywhere equivalent to our original cruise. In fact, a same size cabin on the 2021 cruise would use up all of the 25%FCC! The other offered cruise with Price Match was 18-days on the Splendor in Norway and the Baltic- a great deal for us (hopefully it'll happen). It was same size cabin at cost of previous cruise. If it wasn't for this offer and a desire to take youngest grandson, we would have taken a refund.
  7. I posted the following on April 26th on a Wendy-the Wandered thread: "DW and I have been thrilled with our 18 Regent cruises and have looked forward to the 4 more that are booked (1 paid for) BUT we will not cruise again until there is a vaccine that puts our health risk about what the flu season does. Furthermore, I won't do a "luxury" cruise that isn't "luxury" - no masks, no social distance restrictions and probably no "letter from my physician". I would accept a requirement for a letter stating that we have gotten an annual Flu and COVIDXX shot. Otherwise, we will spend the significant cash that we would have provided to Regent on some of the great U.S. and local attractions and restaurants." After 3 months, my criteria hasn't changed.
  8. My DW, who hasn't been in a store or restaurant for almost 143 days, commented: "sounds TOO SHORT"! Looking forward to hearing the boat, the itinerary and the benies.
  9. Editorial revision to my post above: "We only use standard cabins which are too small for us on the Mariner on extended cruises." Again, the "F" cabins on the Explorer or the Splendor are magnificent for long voyages.
  10. We've done 18 regent cruises including the Splendor's Maiden voyage (a TA), 6 on the Explorer, and 5 on the Mariner. Here's MY OPINIONs: Until the Splendor cruise, the Explorer was my favorite ship BUT Splendor is a great improvement on even the Explorer. For cruises with many sea days, Splendor can't be beat. For itineraries with lots of shore time it still would be my favorite. The "F" cabins are great value! We use only standard cabins which are too small for us on extended cruises. For 7 to 14-day, scenic cruises, like Alaska and Norway, I'd prefer Mariner and probably also Mariner for rough seas (although Explorer handled very rough Pacific seas off Mexico extremely well). On our Recent Mariner cruise from Tokyo to Vancouver, we enjoyed the Mariner's stability and outdoor viewing areas. ps: Mariner is DW's favorite ship as long as it has the large shower instead of a tub.
  11. Unbelievable! Regent refund for our Deposit on 01/20/2021 Explore cruise from Auckland to Hong Kong. We canceled on 6/17 and were advised deposit would be returned within 90 days. Chase said refund was made on 6/23; I didn't see it until this morning. Mixed feeling - happy to get money promptly but it reminds me of our "lost" cruise.
  12. Yes, so many enjoyable experiences. Our best ,New Year's Eve EVER was on the then new Explorer via the Panama Canal. Our last Regent cruise, our 18th, was the Splendor's "Maiden" voyage - Magnificent - beautiful ship, great weather, terrific shipmates and Regent went all out and made it truly memorable. Next cruise is July 2021 on the Splendor in the Baltic with our youngest grandchild; can't come soon enough!
  13. Other Posters recently mentioned a Regent “Explorer Exotics Issue” brochure. Mine ( DW’s really; she also get’s birthday cards from Regent) arrived yesterday. Yes, it’s a marketing ploy with lots of the standard Regent stuff but I thought that it was a terrific read. I went through it in the late afternoon as I sat in our back yard under our new tent watching the sun go down. Far from a six PM visit to the Observation Lounge on a Regent ship but I had a tall glass of Pinot Grigio (my usual first Regent alcoholic quaff of the day) but, alas, with Triscuit crackers instead of Regent canapés. The brochure has about a dozen interesting articles about places we’ve been, are booked to go, or may never see ( as yesterday, we cancelled our early 2021 Grand Voyage). In her introduction, the Regent Creative Director” opined: “In some small way, I hope this issue offers you some needed space to dream of the places you’ve longed to visit…..” – It sure did for me. Thanks Regent. Our issue arrived via our TA.
  14. Yes, hundreds of them - they just Don't charge fees! You'll be amazed at the number of talented, congenial folks with top-of -the line cameras that willing to take photos of/for you.
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