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    Reston, Virginia
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    Photography, Railroads
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    Regent, Silversea, Tauck River
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    Alaska, Med, Baltics, Norway

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  1. The posts regarding specialty reservations are very helpful. Thanks, all!
  2. Sounds good! Thanks for the insight.
  3. This'll be our first cruise on Viking, so a question about one's reservation quota: as you exercise each reservation, does that allow an additional one to be booked? We think we will like the Chef's table a lot and therefore booked it front-end loaded with the hope that as we use each reservation during the cruise, we'll have an opportunity to add another. Not trying to be greedy and deny others the opportunity, but if there are later nights available after everyone has had a chance to exercise their quota (in advance or early on-board), it'd be nice to ensure that a table doesn't go wanting.
  4. Discovered I also had a screen shot of the Xiang menu:
  5. I copied the menus into my calendar entries. Not doing Xiang, but here's the Lotus menu (at least on Star this month): Amuse Bouche Goan Potato Chop (semolina crusted potato, vegetable & cheese cake; sambal spinach) First Course Chili Soft Shell Crab (crispy crab; tomato-chili gravy) Granité Red Lotus (lychee & guava, cranberry juice, lychee liquor) Main Course Thai Spiced Basil Lamb Chops (stir fried purple eggplant; sweet chili; baby corn) Dessert Yuzu Cheesecake (green tea tuile, sake-marinated plum)
  6. It sounds like whomever you booked the cruise through didn't provide both passenger's names. Every cruise we've booked, once linked to our Regent account using the booking number, and selecting "manage My Cruise" shows: Guest Details MR. PORTOLAN GUEST INFO FORM (hyperlink to my form) MS. PORTOLAN GUEST INFO FORM (hyperlink to my SO's form) If this isn't the case for you, I think you'll need to call Regent (if you booked directly with them) or your TA and get your companion's name added to the reservations. I imagine they did charge you for two, right?
  7. TA provided credits are often refundable (ask your TA!). That means that while any non-refundable credits (like those from Regent) are forfeit if not used by the end of the cruise, refundable credits can be cashed out at the front desk at any time during the cruise. That would effectively retroactively reimburse you for your excursions. Since the TA is putting out actual cash, they aren't likely to want to do this until you've committed final payment to the cruise. It is vitally important that you ask your TA if the OBC for them is refundable. If not, search for the threads which discuss the ability to cancel and immediately rebook excursions once on-board to make use of IBCs you didn't have access to when booking the excursions.
  8. Nope, it is too good to be true, but it is. Processed as just a charge to your card since it is treated as an on-board purchase. Since I have no reason to think Regent is naive, this is just another "free" benefit you pay for with the cost of the cruise.
  9. Unless something has changed, this policy isn't limited to the world cruise. We have on many occasions taken advantage of this to draw money from reception. The limits was $400, but I don't recall if that was per day (unlikely), segment (I think it was this) or cruise (again, unlikely since they range from days to months). And, it isn't charged as a cash advance on your credit card (which would trigger interest), but just as a regular charge so no fee/interest if paid on the next billing cycle.
  10. Wow! Main issue seems to have been not maintaining the manufacturer's recommended oil levels in the diesel generators. Hard to imagine why they weren't following the manufacturer's guidelines. Most people do so with their cars. We'll be on the Star for the same itinerary in January. It says that Viking is addressing the oil level issues as well as other, secondary events/procedures. Hope so!
  11. If you are flying to Frankfurt from the US in business class, there are priority lines through security (but not customs). And, yes, it can be a long walk at Frankfort because it is a huge airport. Your path is well-marked by signs though. Actually feels good to loosen up after an overnight flight.
  12. And, unless it has changed, up to 30 days afterward. Of course, if they are still offering the $100 OBC for the current cruise when booking on-board, that won't accrue after the fact. Might accrue, but I'd check, if booked prior. No big deal to wait and do it early on-board (more time to use the non-refundable OBC) unless the cruise is selling so fast that you are concerned about waiting.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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