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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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Just out of curiosity, if you were on the Navigator, how did you get off in Boston on Tuesday? We were in Boston on Sunday, NYC on Tuesday.
  4. What's important is being safe. We got off the Navigator on Tuesday, after 20 days cruising across the top of the Atlantic. We had to skip one port (Akureyri, Iceland) due to a storm, and we were in Halifax the day after the city was hit by the remnants of tropical storm Erin. We've missed at least one port on about half of our cruises, even on the Mississippi River, where a stop was missed due to flooding. On an Oceania cruise, we missed the two ports, Holyhead and St. Peter Port, that were the main reasons for our taking the cruise. Be happy that they've substituted a docked port, Portland, for a tender port, Bar Harbor. Portland is more interesting anyway, and there's plenty to do there. Enjoy the rest of your cruise.
  5. We certainly had a wonderful time. Thanks. J & J
  6. Thanks for your concern. The storm is about to hit Halifax, and should pass to the east of where we are on the Navigator. It's a beautiful, sunny day on the ship, and we've been surrounded by dolphins most of the day. The Halifax forecast is for the storm to clear 2 or 3 hours before we arrive. Joe
  7. Thanks for your concern. The storm is about to hit Halifax, and should pass to the east of where we are on the Navigator. It's a beautiful, sunny day on the ship, and we've been surrounded by dolphins most of the day. The Halifax forecast is for the storm to clear 2 or 3 hours before we arise. Joe
  8. We took the home visit and short walk, and enjoyed our hostess's songs, cakes, and stories very much. The walking tour ended at the shuttle stop; but we took a walk from there. Joan found some bargains at the local shopping mall: 10 items for 5 kroner each. Fun. The shuttle has more than one stop, so we could have stayed in Nuuk for awhile, rather than choosing to go back to the ship. I wouldn't have expected to be docked in Greenland; but we were. I'm not a big fan of tenders. Joe
  9. RJ2002, we are on the Navigator, and don't remember seeing you at the Meet and Mingle on the 2nd day of the cruise. Please contact us in 518, and we'll try to get together for lunch or dinner on the two sea days coming up. We hope you enjoyed Nuuk, Greenland. We certainly did! Joan and Joe Mach, on the Navigator now.
  10. Thanks. We figured out the Bank of America angle a long time ago. This year we found out something even better. In order to avoid a $10 service charge at B of A, one has to buy at least $1,000 of foreign currency. At our local auto club, North Jersey AAA, the minimum to avoid a service charge of $10 is only $200; so we bought our currency at AAA. What we bought was barely over $200, since we already had nearly 200 euros. Now comes the hard part. We used all of our UK pounds; but have excess Euros (which we can use easily) and two currencies we're unlikely to use: Danish krone and Icelandic krona. We won't hit Canada for another 2 days; so we don't yet know whether we will use our loonies. In any event, we'll have about $100 or more of foreign currency (but probably less than $200), and will probably lose at least 20 to 25% of the value in converting back to US dollars. if we can do so at all. We'll be going home from the pier in a taxi, so there won't be an airport where we can change money. All in all, a very minor part of the cost of our trip. Guides, especially in the UK, did appreciate having tips in local currency.
  11. Indrapura restaurant Thanks, Ine, for the recommendation of Indrapura. We ate there last night, and the rijstaffel was amazingly good, and only a short walk from our hotel. To get there, we almost had to fight our way through the huge crowds on Rembrandt Square posing with the statues of The Night Watch; but that was fun. too. Best of all, we are early eaters, and people who have left their tables by 8 pm get 25% off all orders of rice tables. We ordered the 36 Euro (27 with the discount) Nusantara rice table, and it was delicious and more than we could eat. The crab cake with peanut sauce appetizer was out of this world! Most people around us went for the 1/2 lobster table (Indrapura rice table, 46.25 Euros before discount), but it would have been too much food for us. Just a wonderful meal next to an interesting square, and under 500 meters from our hotel (Banks Mansion).
  12. Ah, leading us on. I was excited to read the review of Sally Jones in the first sentence, since we'll be boarding the ship next Weds., 8/14. Then I saw in the next sentence that she was leaving the ship. I hope her replacement is as good! I also hope that the sick passenger is OK. "Keep the ship in good shape for us."
  13. Sadly, this is the opposite of what we want. We'd love to have a cruise with lots of ports in India and Sri Lanka, but want to avoid the very volatile Arabia peninsula. Chacun a son gout!
  14. We love your pictures of Hammerfest. This appears to be the same excursion that we took there a few years ago, even the same Sami family. Where's a picture of you wearing a Sami hat? Joan brought one with her on our two Sami excursions, and people wanted pictures of the Sami man and "his wife".
  15. Keep up the commentary - it reminds us of our first Arctic crossing on Regent. We had to kiss a fish!. Will you be staying on the ship after Amsterdam? We'll be boarding the Navigator in Amsterdam o August 14. Keep the ship in good shape for us! Joe
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