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About UUNetBill

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    Greenville, SC
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    Single Malt scotch, golf, skiing, motorcycling, computers, etc.
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Gotta be Regent so far
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Whichever one I get to tomorrow.

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  1. Couldn't agree with you more - on BOTH counts!
  2. Our one non-Regent cruise was on the QM2 sailing out of NYC and we hit some winter weather, i.e. 30' seas and crazy wind...the lounge we were in was on like deck 4 or 5 and the waves were routinely crashing into the windows. In other words, we were rockin' and rollin'...and someone doing karaoke came up and sang this song. Seemed wildly inappropriate at the time considering the weather. Was still kind of funny, though. 🙂
  3. And of course we can't overlook the fact that this song is an integral part of Crew Capers - always a bittersweet moment as it signifies the impending end of a cruise. I also like Cruisin' by Huey Lewis and Gwyneth Paltrow (or Smokey Robinson's version, but either will work), or Sailing by Christopher Cross. For Caribbean Cruises you can't beat Kokomo by the Beach Boys. And personally I always associate Cover of the Rolling Stone by Dr. Hook and Just a Gigolo by David Lee Roth with cruises as I earned a certain degree of notoriety on a couple of cruises (fueled by Maker's Mark bourbon) by choosing these songs on karaoke night. 🙂
  4. My wife and I both needed to renew ours. We both applied online within a month of each other. Hers was approved automatically and arrived in the mail, but I got pegged to have to go back up for an interview. Grrrrr... Once I got there, though, the process was quick and easy. I asked them why some people had to interview and others didn't and the answer I got was "It's random, we call in about 25% of the applicants." Not sure if I believe that, but I suppose it's possible.
  5. When you said you ‘refereed’ two other couples, I thought, “Man, if they’re fighting so much they need a referee, do they really want to go on a cruise together?” 🙂
  6. Agreed. When you think about it, let's say the Virgin ship carries 1,000 people and sails an average of 10 day cruises. That's 3,000 passengers or so each month, or 36,000 a year. Figuring there are just over a billion 20-somethings out there, I'm sure they can find that percentage to fill some ships...
  7. Rachel - just to clarify - you still need a Russian visa to 'go wandering around St Petersburg' on your own. You can't just freelance it on the 72-hour 'cruise ship visa'. But several of the tours we were on did allow a certain amount of 'free time' to wander around, but this was while you were out touring with the approved group. So you could go out for a few hours on your own and shop, eat, drink etc. just as long as you made it back to the bus on time.
  8. Statistically, I think that couple might have been an outlier. For every 20-something couple that can afford a $3 million plus house, there are thousands (maybe tens of thousands) of 20-something singles sitting in their apartments alone tweeting about how they'll never get married or be able to afford a house, any house.
  9. My take on it is that the food on Regent is usually very good, often excellent, and rarely fair to poor. In eleven cruises (about 100 nights) I can count on one hand the number of times I've been disappointed with a meal onboard. I've lost count of the times I've been beyond impressed with a meal. I agree that the quality of the wine seems to have dropped off a bit over the last few years, but if you make nice with the sommelier early on they can point you to rather nice included wines...but that's what OBC is for - wine upgrades! We have done quite a few tastings that have some really superb food pairings with them. Our only other cruise has been on Cunard and Regent beats them for food and drink hands down.
  10. As a 20-year USAF retiree, I just had to chuckle about the acronyms floating around on here. I was waiting for someone to get to the Special High Intensity Training...I had to sit through a LOT of that! LOL!!
  11. I was just thinking the same thing; my oldest daughter (late 20s) makes decent money. But she's not in a position to drop the $$ for a Regent cruise for anything other than a VERY special occasion. She sure wouldn't sail as much as I do...and I don't sail nearly as often as I'd like. I see this demographic flocking to Virgin, not Regent. (Assuming Virgin survives this moratorium)
  12. And of course - another plus is that the more people that send laundry out, the fewer folks will be using the laundry rooms (assuming they don't repurpose them). I usually use OBC to have my laundry done, but there are times I just want to run some small things through on a sea day and don't want to mess with bagging and tagging...
  13. We've been to Russia twice, once in 2010 and again in 2017. I can honestly say that the 'feel' of the country was much more laid back in 2017 than it was before. Customs officials actually smiled, Kremlin guards would ham it up for photos, more signs and ads in English, and the biggest difference - tours actually let you out to wander on your own. In both StP and Moscow, we were given a meeting point and turned loose. That's something that NEVER would have happened in 2010. I also agree with the previous poster who recommended the Faberge museum - spectacular!
  14. There are some of us who just consider the $175/pp deviation fee as part of the cost of a Regent cruise as we almost always deviate to make sure we arrive in plenty of time and/or stay over a day or two before or after the cruise. It's money well spent to ensure you get the flights you want. Also, you only have to pay the deviation fee if you accept the offered flights - otherwise you can just take the standard Regent flights or take the air credit and book your own flights.
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