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Everything posted by ysolde

  1. Splendor 651 (Veranda Suite): Very comfortable bed. Very large shower cabin (no tub). Only one sink in bathroom. No walk-in closet, but more than enough closet and drawer space for a one-week Caribbean cruise. Large veranda.
  2. You will probably be off the ship around 9:00 am, on a bus around 9:30, 9:45, and at the airport by 10:30. You should have access to the business class lounge of whatever airline you are flying on. Chill out and enjoy!
  3. We were able to make a second booking at Prime7 once on board, giving up our booking at Pacific Rim, whose menu we did not much care for. The other thing we are noticing is that this cruise (a 7-day Caribbean cruise on Splendor) is opening Prime7 and Chartreuse for lunch on a regular basis. On our cruise last spring (a TA on Voyager) lunch was in the Pool Grill, La Veranda, or Compass Rose. Compass Rose has, AFAICT, been closed for lunch on this cruise.
  4. We'll be on Voyager March 19. Keeping an eye on this thread.
  5. I have found that Regent's product, with International Business Class flights included in the price, is difficult to beat in our neck of the woods. We live in Scottsdale, so PHX is our airport. While we have lots of flight options, they are often expensive. We recently purchased an NCL cruise (on one of the newer, less overwhelmingly large ships, Viva) that is similar in many ways to the kind of cruise we enjoy on Regent (late season, lots of ports, many of them unusual, TA). We upgraded to a non-Haven suite (when I got our travel agent on the phone, and she confirmed to DH the size of our balcony cabin, he was . . . less than impressed). A suite is larger and gets us a few perks, though not the entire ship within a ship Haven experience, which is just fine with us. Nothing is included, really. A couple of nights at specialty restaurants, and a basic drinks package (I need to speak to the travel agent, because what we need is the soda package, since we don't really drink much alcohol). We need to add in gratuities for everything and everyone. Plus the extra tips we will bring in cash for the people who really impress us. Then there is the whole booking our own business class airfare. Not a must for most people. But we are older and have our aches and pains and don't take a long flight unless it's in business class. When you add all of this up, the NCL cruise will probably cost us more than the Regent cruise. I don't think we will be taking another NCL cruise again.
  6. Have not been on Splendor (will be boarding on Friday), but on Voyager, the procedure for the specialty restaurants was the same as for CR. The day before we had a reservation at a specialty restaurant, the menu for the SR would be left outside our door (along with the following day's lunchtimes menus at the appropriate venues) so that I could review it and make my selections. I would then drop off the menus at CR or Sette Mari before dinner's closing. This would get turned into the appropriate kitchen(s?) in time for lunch and dinner the following day.
  7. Note that the above is regarding international service. In terms of domestic First class service, I am only familiar with AA and DL. I find DL's seats to be a bit more comfortable in general (AA's F seats can be hard). And DL offers IFE throughout its domestic F service, where AA expects passengers to bring their own devices and use AA's wifi to stream programming. Personally, I find this to be a pain, and if we had an alternative, we would not fly with AA as often as we do.
  8. We have really enjoyed United Polaris. It has comfortable seats, good food, and top-notch crew. We live in Scottsdale, so often, when flying to and from Europe, our best option is the LHR-PHX flight on AA. The seats are not as comfortable as those on UA's Polaris, but it is one flight, eleven hours, and it gives you a chance to relax, settle in, watch movies/TV shows on the IFE (my preference is to get into a TV show on the IFE then continue to watch it when I get home), eat, nap for several hours, wake up, freshen up, snack, and get ready for landing. The crews are good. They serve food when you want, let you sleep when you need to, and are responsive without being overbearing. Delta One had the best food among all three. United Polaris has the most comfortable seats (IMHO, and for my body type, a lot depends on height, weight, and body type -- whether you are tall, short, broad shouldered, etc.). All three have lie-flat seats and similar IFEs.
  9. In the summer, the tree skippers (which are made of a material that is lighter than wool) are wonderful. Great for Caribbean cruises. They are also washable.
  10. On cruises, I tend to bring a pair of allbirds for daytime and a pair of black Rothy's Mary Janes for evenings. Both these shoes are comfortable and accommodate my feet (my feet tend to swell a bit -- or more than just a bit -- when I go on a cruise ship). Do the Rothy's match every evening outfit perfectly? No, but they do the job. And, to be honest, no one is looking at my feet all that much.
  11. Thanks. We are trying to figure out where we are going to be because we are meeting friends for a bit. I guess we will find out at some point! Well, this might be something to go on. Thank you! San Juan Pier 4 is the one in Old San Juan, so it looks like thus far that's where we will be docking. Of course, this could change. Many thanks to all!
  12. I got my cruise docs, and it says we are arriving at San Juan, but it does not say whether we are arriving at the Pan American cruise terminal, or the one in Old San Juan. Does anyone know which cruise terminal Regent uses, or do they use both?
  13. Eating breakfast in the cabin (and enjoying tea -- coffee in DH's case -- out on the veranda). DH loves mid-morning coffee and a fruit tart at Coffee Connection. I usually have a cup of tea (unless I woke up really early; then I will have an espresso), but no tarts or cookies for me. I love afternoon tea, but I try not to eat all the goodies they serve. I just sample them. A bite of what I like.
  14. We are booked on Viva in November/December (Lisbon-San Juan). It will be interesting to see how this ship handles a late season Mediterranean/North African cruise that then crosses the Atlantic and finally heads to a few Caribbean ports. I am not sure how many fellow passengers to expect (these TA/repositioning cruises are usually far less full than others because they are off-season and long-ish). We are booked in a (non-Haven) suite, which means we will have access to breakfast and lunch in one of the specialty restaurants (I can't remember which one). Given what we have read about crowds, we will probably go to our assigned dining room for breakfast and lunch, for the most part, venturing out to Indulge when the mood strikes (I do love tapas, and frankly, we both find the concept intriguing, and, pardon the pun, appetizing). We have become huge fans of Regent, and the way they do buffet is sort of like the way Indulge is set up. Not exactly (no tablets). But the concept of finding a table and having a waiter come to you is not that far off from the way Regent does buffet (at Regent, you go to the buffet, pick your food, return to your table, and a waiter brings the plated food to your table). So Indulge does seem to be a way to make buffet a more upscale experience, I think. I am also curious how it will be on a series of probably chilly sea days when people will be more or less forced by the weather to gather indoors. It will take a smart cruise director and staff to disperse the crowds and make the best possible use of the indoor space. We shall see.
  15. Also, those new to Regent should note that the Spa staff are not Regent employees. They are employed by a different company, independent of Regent. As a result, you will be asked to sign a bill when you check out of the spa. It will include an automatic gratuity (I believe 18%, but I could be wrong). There is also a line to allow you to add an additional gratuity, if you wish to do so.
  16. Who do you 0email for special requests prior to a cruise?
  17. They have Diet Coke and Coke Zero, for sure. Sometimes, when I asked for Diet Coke, they would bring me Coke Zero, and I would have to ask them (once again) to bring me Diet Coke. I had to have a couple of conversations with the sommelier about this, until they finally understood that Diet Coke means Diet Coke.
  18. There are accessible cabins on Voyager. We did not have an accessible cabin, as I just need a walk-in shower, as long as I have a good grab bar to hold onto. The cabin on Voyager was large enough to accommodate my wheelchair while I was sitting in it, and the walk-in closet was large enough to accommodate it at night, when I folded it next to our luggage. However I know that others on this site have stayed in the wheelchair-accessible cabins on RSSC ships. There are pictures on the RSSC board. Voyager was wheelchair accessible. I found it quite easy to get around in my small wheelchair (although some areas have very plush carpeting that can be a bit difficult). The staff were quite helpful and never seemed to mind having people in wheelchairs and who otherwise have mobility issues on board. From Compass Rose (the MDR) to the specialty restaurants, we were easily seated and always felt comfortable. Finding a place to sit in the theater was similarly easy. In fact, I found it easy to enjoy all of the ship's facilities. When I had my hair done at the spa, I was supposed to meet my husband at Coffee Connection afterward. He was a few minutes late. This did not bother me, but the hairdresser just took me to Coffee Connection (one flight up) so that I could enjoy a cup of tea while I waited for my husband. It was little details like that that really made the difference on RSSC. A lovely ship with an outstanding crew.
  19. We sailed on RSSC Voyager last April. I use a lightweight manual wheelchair to get around. We did not have any tender ports on our cruise. When we arrived at our (non-embarkation/disembarkation) ports, the ramps set up were not wheelchair accessible. When a wheelchair user would arrive at the ramp, they would convert the ramp to make it wheelchair accessible (making it wider and removing steps). Then, the staff would assist in getting me off or back onto the ship. It sounds complicated, but they had it down to a system that took just a few minutes, and since it is a small ship, it really was not at all disruptive.
  20. Thank you so much for this thread, @flossie009! We have booked a Christmas cruise on Mariner in 2025, and this has given me a very specific idea of what to expect.
  21. Similar for us (except in the spring). We are flying home from Lisbon. Regent put us on LH from Lisbon to Frankfurt and Frankfurt to Vancouver. The last leg, Vancouver to PHX, is on Air Canada. All of these are in business class.
  22. Our local consulate does not seem to answer their phone. Was thinking of traveling to the consulate in LA, but we have a trip planned for the Christmas week, and we have a Regent cruise in February, then the cruise to Brazil in March. Hopefully, we have enough time to get this damned visa. Otherwise, it may just be time to give up and cancel. ETA: And this cruise is definitely not worth it to me, as I am in a wheelchair, and the majority of the ports in Brazil are not accessible to me, so I will be spending most of the Brazilian part of the cruise enjoying the amenities on Voyager. This is beyond ridiculous at this point that I am being made to jump through this many hoops for a country that I will barely be seeing.
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