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  1. Here is the complimentary wine list from our Explorer cruises this year in February and March: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2645719-current-explorer-complimentary-wine-list/?do=findComment&comment=57063716. The list is subject to change in the future. Hope this helps. Dave
  2. We were on the Explorer this year in a F2 suite. We were able to store champagne and large San Pellegrino and Perrier bottles standing up in the door of the refrigerator. So the Vero bottles should fit just fine in the door of the refrigerator on the Explorer. Dave
  3. We have always received frequent flyer miles for flights booked by Regent. You should get a Delta booking number from Regent. Open your reservation on the Delta website and make sure that your frequent flyer numbers are added to the reservation. Hope this helps. Dave
  4. Sal, you only get one online reservation in Prime 7. Sette Mare is a non-reservation restaurant. On a 16 day cruise you should have no problem getting at least one more reservation in Prime 7. Dave
  5. What TC2 posted is more or less correct but some of the details are incorrect. Actually, the story began a few years before the fuel surcharge fiasco in 2007. At least a couple of years before 2007, the Florida Attorney General's Office became involved in cruise line fare advertisements. Some cruise lines were playing fast and loose with the fare amounts they advertised. They would take fixed expenses such as a proportionate share of their office rent and combine it with various taxes and fees that were not shown as part of the advertised fare. This allowed the cruise lines to advertise a lower fare by hiding part of the total fare. It was difficult to compare fares across cruise lines unless you checked the fine print for each cruise line. To make advertised fares comparable across cruise lines, the Florida AG reached agreements with various cruise lines specifying that taxes and fees were the only part of the total fare that did not have to be shown in ads. To keep the cruise lines honest, the agreements stated that all taxes and fees had to be sent to a governmental or quasi-governmental entities. In 2007 the price of oil surged and cruise lines, including Regent and Oceania, began adding fuel surcharges to new cruises booked as well as cruises that had been booked and deposited previously. Many complaints were made to the Florida AG alleging that the fuel surcharges violated the earlier agreements in that they were not part of the advertised fare, were not taxes or fees, and were not going to governmental or quasi-governmental entities. In late December 2007 and January 2008 the Florida AG reached stipulated agreements with cruise lines amending the previous agreements. The amended agreements stated that the cruise lines had to remove and refund all fuel surcharges booked before a date which I think was in November 2017. If a specified oil price set out in the the agreements was exceeded, then fuel surcharges were allowed after the November date and did not have to be shown in the advertised fare for a cruise but could be added to the unadvertised taxes and fees. In addition fuel surcharges did not have to be remitted to a governmental entity like taxes and fees. As TC2 stated, Regent has decided to include taxes, fees and any fuel surcharges in their total advertised fare. I believe this puts them at a competitive disadvantage to other cruise lines that separate taxes and fees from the advertised fares. However, if oil prices rise above a certain level, Regent can assess a separate fuel surcharge although I doubt it would do so. So these agreements were more about truth in advertising than anything else. I no longer have a copy of the agreements, Hopefully my memory is accurate but you never know. Dave
  6. Rick, We were on a cruise a couple of months ago that had two Sunday sea days in a row. We had only one Sunday brunch on the cruise. YMMV. Dave
  7. Jackie, Please reread your post above. I don’t understand the post because it does not respond correctly to my post you quoted. After seeing that post, I compared section 19 of the US and UK ticket contracts word for word. Unless I missed a word or two, the two sections are identical. Here is the complete text of section 19 on both websites: 19. HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS (US WEBSITE) “Due to the nature of travel by sea and the ports visited, the availability of medical care may be limited or delayed and emergency medical care and evacuation may not be available from every destination to which the Ship sails. You are required to advise Us in writing, at or prior to the time a Cruise is booked if You require the use of a wheelchair, other special equipment or a service animal. A certificate of fitness may be required for certain Guests with communicable diseases. Guests acknowledge and understand that certain international safety requirements, shipbuilding standards, and/or applicable regulations involving design, construction or operation of the Ship may restrict access to facilities or activities for persons with mobility, communication or other impairments or special needs. Electric scooters or electric wheelchairs may be used on board, subject to certain size and safety limitations. We strongly recommend that if You are using any make or model of wheelchair that You travel with someone who is able to assist You, both on shore and on board the Ship. Some ports of call are anchorage ports and physical conditions may preclude You from going ashore. Decisions made by the Master of the Ship in such circumstances will be binding in all instances. If You are a Guest with Special Needs, You must bring and be responsible for all necessary items related to Your condition. If any such condition arises after the Cruise is booked, You are required to advise Us in writing immediately. Any Guest who requires oxygen canisters or oxygen concentrators must independently make all the necessary arrangements, including procuring and moving any oxygen containers while on board. Please be advised that liquid oxygen is not permitted on board the Ship. Failure to obtain a certificate of fitness when required as described above, or Your attempt to bring on the Ship equipment not permitted on board may result in denial of embarkation and forfeiture of the applicable Cruise Fare or CruiseTour Fare and in such event We shall have no liability for refund, payment, compensation or credit of any kind. Women who have or will enter their twenty-fourth week of pregnancy at the beginning of or at any time during the Cruise or CruiseTour agree not to request a booking or present themselves for boarding and will forfeit their Cruise Fare if they board in violation of this policy.” 19. HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS (UK WEBSITE) “Due to the nature of travel by sea and the ports visited, the availability of medical care may be limited or delayed and emergency medical care and evacuation may not be available from every destination to which the Ship sails. You are required to advise Us in writing, at or prior to the time a Cruise is booked if You require the use of a wheelchair, other special equipment or a service animal. A certificate of fitness may be required for certain Guests with communicable diseases. Guests acknowledge and understand that certain international safety requirements, shipbuilding standards, and/or applicable regulations involving design, construction or operation of the Ship may restrict access to facilities or activities for persons with mobility, communication or other impairments or special needs. Electric scooters or electric wheelchairs may be used on board, subject to certain size and safety limitations. We strongly recommend that if You are using any make or model of wheelchair that You travel with someone who is able to assist You, both on shore and on board the Ship. Some ports of call are anchorage ports and physical conditions may preclude You from going ashore. Decisions made by the Master of the Ship in such circumstances will be binding in all instances. If You are a Guest with Special Needs, You must bring and be responsible for all necessary items related to Your condition. If any such condition arises after the Cruise is booked, You are required to advise Us in writing immediately. Any Guest who requires oxygen canisters or oxygen concentrators must independently make all the necessary arrangements, including procuring and moving any oxygen containers while on board. Please be advised that liquid oxygen is not permitted on board the Ship. Failure to obtain a certificate of fitness when required as described above, or Your attempt to bring on the Ship equipment not permitted on board may result in denial of embarkation and forfeiture of the applicable Cruise Fare or CruiseTour Fare and in such event We shall have no liability for refund, payment, compensation or credit of any kind. Women who have or will enter their twenty-fourth week of pregnancy at the beginning of or at any time during the Cruise or CruiseTour agree not to request a booking or present themselves for boarding and will forfeit their Cruise Fare if they board in violation of this policy.” Other parts of the US and UK Ticket Contract and Terms & Conditions do differ but not section 19 of the ticket contract. Dave
  8. Jackie, Actually section 19 of the UK ticket contract is close if not identical to section 19 of the US ticket contract. My fault for forgetting to state that I was quoting from UK section 19 in part. Dave
  9. I agree. We stayed four days at the Ritz in November 2017 before our transatlantic cruise. We used an offer so that we stayed four nights but only paid for three. The outside of the building was not particularly exciting but the interior public areas and the rooms were excellent. The hotel is not in the center of things but met our desire to be in a less hectic area. Your mileage may vary. The Superior rooms (Queen beds) are on the front of the hotel, on floors one through 10, and do not have much of a view. They are about 450 ft.² and have a balcony. The Deluxe and Premier rooms (King beds) are on the rear of the hotel with a beautiful view of the park and Old Town. They both are about 525 ft.².with a balcony. Deluxe rooms are on floors one through six while Premier rooms are on floors seven through 10. I recommend either a Deluxe or Premier room. Dave
  10. I am not sure what rssc. pdf. format is. I found the following on the UK Regent website: Section 19 of the Ticket Contract states: “We strongly recommend that if You are using any make or model of wheelchair that You travel with someone who is able to assist You, both on shore and on board the Ship. Some ports of call are anchorage ports and physical conditions may preclude You from going ashore. Decisions made by the Master of the Ship in such circumstances will be binding in all instances.” Section 15 of the Terms and Conditions states in part: “Guests requiring the use of a wheelchair must provide their own as any wheelchairs available on the vessel are for emergency use only. For the convenience and comfort of such Guests, they are strongly encouraged to bring a collapsible wheelchair. Guests are advised that standard suites are not designed to be barrier free and wheelchair accessible. You must be physically fit to undertake the holiday. You must be self-sufficient and/or must travel with a companion able to provide any assistance needed during the holiday. Expectant mothers in or over their 24th week of pregnancy cannot travel on board the ship. Guests may not be able to participate in certain activities or programs either on board the ship or onshore at ports of call if to do so would create a risk of harm to themselves or any other person.” I don’t see an absolute prohibition on passengers in wheelchairs using tenders. The use of the word “may“ implies that wheelchair passengers may or may not be able to use a tender depending on conditions at the port. Dave
  11. It’s a website glitch. I’ve checked numerous cruises, both new and old, and they all show availability on only one deck plus any accessible suites. Dave
  12. My guess is that the brunch will be on the first Sunday. The brunch takes place from 10 AM to 2 PM so you can go to the brunch after your class which will run about 90 minutes to 2 hours. Hope this helps. Dave
  13. Last March, our Panama Canal cruise left Los Angeles at midnight. The muster drill was held at approximately 5 pm. A makeup drill was available for those who were not on the Explorer at 5 pm. Dave
  14. Sorry to hear about Dennis' fall. Give him our best wishes for a speedy recovery. Dave
  15. Maybe it was taken off the tread but where is the Pacific Rim menu? What flossie009 posted was part of a daily Compass Rose lunch menu from Navigator (also Mariner and Voyager) showing menu items from Prime 7, Chartreuse and Pacific Rim on Explorer that are available on Navigator, et al. Dave
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