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judi666

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  1. The HOHo bus covers 3 routes and is fun to do. You see many things you would not on a typical city tour. Inexpensive.
  2. My first cruise on an R ship was the maiden voyage of the R8 in 2000ish. My husband and I were by far the youngest people on the ship at mid 40’s and 50’s. My husband was often mistaken for a crew member! The predominant age was 75 plus. The excursions were in line with most others we have taken on other lines. Certainly not strenuous... The cabin seemed very nice ( standard balcony) the bathroom was minuscule. We really did not have anything to compare it to. We did one other cruise on REN, before bankruptcy and was similar in age of passengers. We did two more cruises on R type ships in French Polynesia, when 2 were taken over by Princess. We have also taken 7 cruises on R ships with Oceania, the last was 2017 on the Sirena, which had been lovingly refurbished. We no longer book a standard cabin, but find the PH and above to be comfortable. The PH bathrooms are particularly nice on Sirena, with glass walk in showers. Obviously, we love the size of the ship and the overall esthetic. It probably isn’t for everyone. Looking forward to our cruise in November on Explorer!
  3. There certainly is no shortage of dive bars in Cabo! Once they got an Apple store, I felt anything authentic had jumped the shark. But one can still get a good margarita! As you get outside of Cabo and up the transpenisular hwy, it’s expat world. Walmart’s, Costco’s, high end hospitals ( for hip and knee replacement, plastic surgery) and dental services. Every franchise you see in the US is pretty much available. I enjoy the fish spa, but lately gotten a bit squeamish....
  4. There is a fish spa in San Jose del Cabo, I used each time I went there. I looked for one in LA, but they were closed down. My feet looked and felt great. After reading several articles, I haven’t done it lately. I felt sorry for the fish, although the tanks were very clean.
  5. Much nicer than Cabo, is San Jose del Cabo, an artsy colonial town about 30 miles away. An easy cab ride or there are buses. We have a time share at the beach and go several times a year. Cabo has been ruined by tourism for years. There are some pretty beaches etc.but just not worth it.
  6. Mine go several times a day. Often within minutes. Of course, devices at home are constantly on WiFi. On vacation that may not be the case. As others have mentioned both devices have to have Bluetooth activated to do the instantaneous AirDrop.
  7. Mine is not available either and it’s just 12 days before the date for reserving. I did download the ones I wanted from the port by port excursion section. Hopefully they will be the same. There is one port with no excursions... I would assume they would have something by Mar. 17.
  8. My iPhone photos automatically go into my iPad or vice versa. I set it up that way years ago, so know it’s not because both are newer. If you go to settings>photo> upload to my photo stream. It will upload to your Apple devices. Of course both have to be on WiFi. This is done in the background, nothing you have to do. It just does it when it they are connected.
  9. My date is March 17 for shore excursions. The only way I could find any is to go to the page for the particularlar cruise and there is a tab for excursions ( although they are evidently ones that were in the past). You have to select by each port. It is really cumbersome. I did go through each set and did a screen grab of the one I wanted in each port. This is perhaps an exercise in futility, as they may not be the final ones offered. I asked for a pdf. A few weeks ago and so far nothing. I will call Regent Monday if there isn’t something in my email by then. It seems there could be a better method so close to the date for booking them. My cruise is 25 days so several to go through.
  10. We were on the Star Pride 36 days this summer. The ship badly needs renovation. The cabin and bathroom were very worn. Difficulties with heat and AC. The tenders were a huge issue in Northern Ireland, Faroe Is. and Iceland. They seem in dismal and unsafe shape. The overhead hatch on both did not seal and water would pour in, if the sea was rough at all. Many times only one tender was working. Once I literally felt we were taking our lives in their hands. The crew is great and go over and above trying to make things safe for everyone. The food and all dining personnel are really good. You can can look at the review I wrote for Star Pride for more detail. I realize that on a shorter cruise, one may not run into any issues. I would not consider taking the motor yachts again, until many things were changed. They seem to be doing complete renovations, cutting the ships in half and inserting a new section etc. New tenders were mentioned. Much better experience on the sailing ships in the past.
  11. There is an extensive review in the Reviews for Star Pride.
  12. Was on the Star Pride for 37 days this year. I would run quickly in another direction. I’m not a picky person. You could do much better. That said, the food and staff are beyond excellant. The ship needs a dry dock renovation. It has great bones and possibilities.
  13. Our bathroom on Star Pride , had a walk in shower. Only one sink. The work had been done very poorly. Like they hacked it off, without doing much of a finish job. The bathroom had other issues and was just not that nice. I would never sail one their motor ships again until a dry dock renovation. It would have to be major to tempt me.
  14. I have the same cruise booked... this is kind of disheartening. Our cruise is on Explorer, which is a newer ship. Not sure that would make a huge difference., but let’s hope!
  15. Being on the same cruise and the one before, my experience was very different. Our standard cabin was old, tired, scratched and stained. The window was never washed in 36 days. The bathroom had mold and broken cabinets, The linens were harsh and tattered, our heating was out on 5 of our 36 days, so like being in a meat locker. The extra duvet I asked for was two towels from the outside deck. So obviously your owners cabin experience was much better. The ports were great, and agree that 3 days in Kirkwall was way to much. The saving grace of this long cruise was the crew and staff. The food was very good and two months later I still miss some of the dishes. My overall feeling was Star Pride needs a drydock and overhaul. Many of the crew expressed frustration with the multiple problems and breakages, during our time on board, the whole HVaC system was lost for several hours, 3 separate times. More proof in the Pride losing all propulsion and adrift for 2 days outside New England, last week. One shouldn’t have to purchase a top of the line cabin to have something acceptable. The standard cabins are certainly not cheap!
  16. I am on the Star Pride right now. Definitely needs a refurb. Many of the public rooms are nice, but the cabin , although very spacious, seems a holdover from 1965. Evidence of many not very well done repairs, overall seeming a bit tired and dingy. A bit of a shock, considering the high prices. We spent 3 days in a freezing room, before they could fix the thermostat. The service is overall great and the food has been very high quality. The one excursion we have taken, was really well done and lots of fun. I would very definitely not call this a luxury experience and would look elsewhere if that’s what you are looking for.
  17. We got the free laundry package on our B2Bs. You should too. Call them.
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