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    Honolulu HI
  • Interests
    Cabinet Making, Golf, History
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Regent Seven Seas
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Saint Petersberg RS

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  1. Aloha, GolfGirls, My wife and I spent 12 wonderful nights in PH B 818 on Explorer in 2013 cruising the Baltics. As you have sensed, there are deep balconies and shallow balconies. They are all the same width. We loved the extra space but only really used it when we had guests for port sail aways and afternoon drinks. Usually we were seated at the table which would have been ample in either size balcony. We are spoiled though. For a British Isles cruise in 2022 we are in a Concierge E suite and my TA has instructions to look for a PH to upgrade to. But only if it has the deep ba
  2. Resumption 'Holiday' cruise on Mariner on 18 December. We were booked on the 'COVID-Cancelled' Splendor San Diego - Miami cruise of 15 March 2020. Our TA found this itinerary weeks later and reserved it as a mirror image of the lost cruise. Initially we though Dec 2021 was a mile out after the start of the cruises. Little did we know it'd be the start.
  3. To bring some fresh air to this topic, I recently inquired with Regent the possibility of bringing my TA(s) and a couple of very close friends/prospective Regent cruisers onto Mariner for dinner when she overnights in Honolulu in January. The answer was No; but not, absolutely not. The speed bump is COVID. The Regent representative said that under normal conditions they would be pleased to entertain my request [subject to the usual prearrangements and formalities] to show friends and acquaintances what Regent offers its guests, but at this time they are restricting the opportunities fo
  4. Aloha Ronrick, I feel ya! The only preferred cabins I've been able to secure were on 2020 cruises - in 2018! And I don't have to tell you how those turned out. Your post refreshes a thought I had when I saw Regent's European Upgrade offer recently. Free "Two Category Upgrade". The problem is, it only applies to specific cruises - most of which only have 1-2 G or H cabins available. I quipped, "A Two Cabin category upgrade is only useful on late season TA cruises when the ship is half empty, or just before a Global Pandemic" Keep smiling. This too shall pass.
  5. Regent Seven Seas often has West Coast cruises that stay over in Honolulu. I recommend the SFO to Tahiti in Jan 2022. It will be in Honolulu overnight. I live on Oahu and will sadly be disembarking in SFO. I asked my TA if I could stay aboard until Honolulu? She said Yes... But you'll need to pay all the way to Tahiti ... Oh Well?
  6. It's good to hear from the gallery in these regards. Thanks [Again] for all the reassurances. I look forward to seeing everyone onboard the Mariner...
  7. I've been monitoring the 18 December 2021 Mariner MIA/SFO 'Holiday Cruise' and was surprised to find that all categories of the suites onboard were waitlisted. Not that that is worrisome by itself, but looking at the following itineraries from SFO to Honolulu, Honolulu to Tahiti and approximately four more itineraries after that are also all waitlisted. Are they selling suites - or preparing to cancel the World Cruise?.
  8. If you do come to Hawaii (Oahu) and someone says you must wear a mask on the beach, I have just the mask. It says "My Governor is an Idiot" Really, they exist.
  9. I apologize to those who have seen this before, but I'm inclined to use it every time this topic comes up. [Bi-annually?] Regent Cruisers never Tip. But if they do Tip, they Tip for noble reasons. But if those reasons are ignoble they never Tip because they expect preferential treatment. But if they do expect preferential treatment, they don't get mad if everyone else gets that same exemplary treatment. But if the tipping is because your treatment was exemplary and you openly disregard Regent policy, You Tip in private; and in Bitcoin - so that your t
  10. UPSELL! That was the term I was searching for and I couldn't recall. Thanks In addition to upsales, there are other calls you can expect from your TA where Regent offers an upgrade to a superior suite if you give up your current suite/cruise and sail on a future itinerary. I received one of those offers while I was riding 'On the Coach' headed from the hotel in Stockholm going to the Explorer. OK, let me think... No!
  11. Aloha MiamiCruiser, At the fear of stating the obvious, if the desired cabin is not waitlisted, your TA should be able to negotiate the new accommodations any time before embarkation. The cost will be the difference between the two cabins. If you're referring to an complimentary or reduced cost upgrade for a higher cabin, those usually become available in the final days or weeks of the pre-cruise period. Sometimes as close to sailing that you're already in the embarkation port. Those are almost always offered through your TA, and they are perishable in that most or
  12. This is from the 'other' thread concerning refunds.
  13. Aloha all, I'm pleased to report that PG Cruises electronically deposited/refunded my deposit for a cruise we were scheduled to take this summer. It took ~40 days from request submission to refund deposit. [Less $100.00 per reservation or $200.00 a couple] Memory being a decaying condition, I'm pleased with this outcome, if not the timeline it took to receive it. I'll monitor the boards here and possibly reschedule for 2022/2023 if PG is still in business.
  14. All the explanations are logical and appreciated. The Regent 25% or 50% bonus I guess is 'Coupon Value' which if you read the fine print on the back of some coupons it usually says "Cash Value: 1/10 of $0.01" which is more than the insurance company considers it...
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