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Joanandjoe

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About Joanandjoe

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    Teaneck, NJ
  • Interests
    Theater, walking, cruising
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Regent Seven Seas
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Europe

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  1. What's interesting about the first class air on trips to Alaska is that it does not apply (at least, so far) to the start of our Vancouver to Tokyo cruise on the Explorer scheduled for September, 2021, Who knows whether that cruise will take place: one of us is optimistic, the other not. Nonetheless, it's odd that we would have to travel by coach from NYC to Vancouver when Alaska cruises starting in Vancouver get first class air.
  2. It's nice to speculate about Explorer restaurant hours, and to post what the meal schedule used to be. The real answer to your question is that no Regent passengers know what Regent dining hours will look like after cruising resumes; and it's possible that management doesn't yet know either. Will they close off portions of the dining rooms, on a rolling basis, in order to disinfect the tables> Will they abandon the free choice of dining times and dining companions, so that people eat at fixed times (or only by reservation)? Will they extend dining times, so that fewer people are in the dining rooms at any given time? Any or all of these things is as possible as having dining times look like pre-Covid dining times. One thing is certain: you won't go hungry on Regent, At least one dining choice (including room service) should be available at all times.
  3. It's hard to find something funny about cruising these days; but the folks who run Cruise Critic managed to do so this morning. We received an email reminding us of the Meet & Mingle for our scheduled cruise on the Splendor on April 16. Like many others, we cancelled the cruise (which probably won't take place anyway); but there seems to be no way of cancelling our registration for the Meet & Mingle. The email was good for a small chuckle. At least we have a virtual Meet & Mingle - the Roll Call. We' like several others, are still posting. Stay safe, everyone, and hope for better days, and resumed cruising, ahead.
  4. Nope. Astoria is also closed. In any event, unless the passenger travel rules requiring a non-US port are waived, Regent can't offer an Alaska cruise.
  5. We were on the cruise last August with MJ, and also did the home visit in Nuuk. Terrific tour. We were docked in Nuuk, even though the itinerary shows and showed this as a tender port, and tendered in Paamiut. Paamiut was a bit of a waste: untrained locals as tour guides, and the town's main attraction - the church - was closed. Joan, the bargain hunter, picked up some inexpensive souvenirs and toys at the shopping mall in Nuuk. Yes, everyone, even the men, should be prepared to dress in layers. I didn't find Iceland or Greenland to be cold; but then, I don't need gloves at 20 degrees. The temp was never below 40, except in Prince Christian Sound. Joan was cold, and Californians probably would be. The most beautiful day of your itinerary may not even be on land. Prince Christian Sound (June 12 for your itinerary) is way beyond spectacular. Sort of a glacial fjord open at both ends. Dress warmly, and enjoy hot drinks in the upstairs lounge. Take pictures and movies, and watch for wildlife. The bird island of Vigur excursion is also well worth it. We did that bird tour, and another one in Orkney; and we're not even birders.
  6. We took the archaeological wonders small group tour. The weather was putrid - s;eet and high winds in late August. Nonetheless, we are archaeology buffs, and this was one of the best tours - Regent or otherwise - that we have ever taken.
  7. On several occasions, I wasn't able to book at midnight eastern time; but was able to do so about 10 minutes later. If all excursions (or dining reservations) are shown as unavailable at 12:01, they might be available a few minutes later. For one of my cruises, I was on a Regent ship; but in an internet dead zone when excursion bookings opened. I know that was a possibility; so I asked my TA, who is in the central time zone, to book the excursions for me. She kindly did so. {I good thing, too - we had no internet when I woke up,the next morning, since our dock in Iceland was surrounded by mountains.)
  8. Nope. The selfie camera menu settings are selfie shot, HDR. gesture view, voice shutter, and help. The regular camera options are HDR, voice shutter. Scan QR code, Tag locations, grid, and help. Nothing in help mentions burst. I may have learned something, at least, by checking these menus. Perhaps "Scan CR Code" is what you do with those mysterious (and, until now, useless) square codes that we're asked to scan. Who knows, someday I may learn to scan and deposit a check!
  9. I agree with Cruise the C's comments. A tour app is a bad idea, given Regent's demographics. Management, are you reading this thread? Thanks for the comment about turning off "burst". My multiple exposures did, indeed, say "burst # 1, burst # 2, etc." However, I don't see a burst setting on my LG Android phone. I do see an "HDR" setting, but that is turned off. Maybe this setting was on, and I accidentally turned it off, stopping the bursts. As for instruction on my smartphone, it would be nice if it were offered by Regent. Even a few years ago, the only classes seemed to be for iPhones, not Android. Now classes on how to use an Android phone don't seem to exist, if they ever did.. Maybe people assume that everyone knows how to use the phones, since the phones have been around for many years; but Joan and I didn't get our phones until this April. Learning to use them seems hopeless, and we go back to the phone store several times a month because we can't get get certain features to work. Facial recognition and pairing the phones with our cars both seem hopeless!
  10. I couldn't have said it better. In April I was forced to get a smartphone (Android) because I couldn't get a good new flip phone. I'm not a fan! It's nice to have a camera always with me (although I seem to get multiple photos most of the time); but I'm hopeless with aps, and I don't own any headphones (or want to own any). I have Pandora on my phone, but can't get it to work. Regent management, having guides use aps instead of the transmitter sets we used on our 8/14 to 9/3/10 cruise on the Navigator will work for some people, but won't work for many of us Luddites.
  11. Our trip ended on Sept. 3. We bought currency for each of the four countries, and used some of our C$ for a fish and chips lunch in Halifax. Our first stop in Canada was St. John's, NF. The funniest part of our stop in Newfoundland was that the people putting out the ship's daily newspaper (Passages) goofed in the port description, which described the tides in the bay of Fundy. No, we were in St. John's, NF, not St. John, NB.
  12. The link for shore excursions is easy to find. Go to the itinerary, then click on any port that's likely to offer shore excursions. You'll see a brief summary of the port, then some activity and options filters, then a box that says vie (Number)( of excursions. Between that box and the listing of the first excursion is a link to "email all shore excursions". Click on the link, provide your email address, and you'll receive a PDF. If the excursions aren't available for viewing, the PDF won't have much to it. If that's the case, delete the email, and try every few days until you get the PDF that has excursion details.
  13. On September 3 we finished a wonderful 20 day cruise from Amsterdam to New York on the Navigator. Most of the cruise was terrific; but, of course, not everything was perfect. We looked forward to filling out our end of cruise survey. Sadly, that never happened. At least on our sailing, end of cruise evaluations could now be done only online, and only on the ship. I think that's foolish on the part of Regent, since not everyone is computer savvy. We wanted to complete the forms at home; but found that the survey was on the intranet (Regent internal), rather than the internet. If anyone from Regent is reading this, you really need to offer a handwritten form, a form that can be completed on one's computer after the cruise, or better information on how to find the survey while on the ship. Passages kept reminding us to fill out the form, but we didn't get the proper URL until the next to last day (in a card placed in our room), at a time when the internet was down for maintenance. Too bad, we would have given mostly high grades. A comment on another thread asked if this was a new thing, since he or she had filled out a paper form on the Explorer last month. I have no idea: I only know that, on our cruise, the mid-cruise comment form was a paper form, but the end of cruise form was online only. Has anyone else had recent experience with end of cruise comments? As mentioned above, comments from Regent management would be appreciated. If Regent can send me a paper form (or make the online form available after the trip), I'd still be happy to fill it out.
  14. We are in process of writing our review of this cruise, which will appear in the ship reviews section of the CC boards, rather than as a thread on the Regent board. Our rating will be five stars out of 5. There were glitches, but they were minor and, with one exception (relating to the end of cruise questionnaire), the glitches were corrected promptly. All in all, a terrific cruise. BTW, in all cases other than Vestmanna Sea Cliffs in the Faroes, we had different excursions, or were in different tour groups, than mj_holiday, the OP. We met the lady from Montana, Pat, who gave the cruise a so-so review totally messed up her connections on both ends, leaving her adrift at the airport at embarkation day. She barely made it to the ship, after paying for a transfer (even though it was supposed to be included). The fact that she gave the cruise 3 stars, despite an awful start and finish, shows how open minded she is, since almost missing the ship due to Regent mistakes would have ruined the cruise for many people. Luckily, we had independent taxi transfers at both ends, so we had no such problems. ]We never filled out our end of cruise evaluations. They can now be done only online, and only on the ship. I think that's foolish on the part of Regent, since not everyone is computer savvy. We wanted to complete the forms at home; but found that the survey was on the intranet (Regent internal), rather than the internet. If anyone from Regent is reading this, you really need to offer a handwritten form, a form that can be completed on one's computer after the cruise, or better information on how to find the survey while on the ship. Passages kept reminding us to fill out the form, but we didn't get the proper URL until the next to last day, at a time when the internet was down for maintenance. Too bad, we would have given mostly high grades.
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