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  1. I second the opinion of UUNetBill. We did the "Evening with the Tsars" in August 2017 and it was very very enjoyable. The fact that you can see the palace with no crowds is great. In contrast we did the Peter's palace tour during the day and the crowds were so large that we hated the experience.
  2. That sounds encouraging, we are going Southbound also. Thanks.
  3. Will be traveling soon on our fifth Regent cruise. On this cruise we travel through the Bay of Biscay. I am told the bay can be rough. Has anyone had experience cruising the Bay?
  4. Based on the deck plan (if it is accurate) the only F1 suites that have a fairly large balcony are 846-847. A few others may have a slightly larger than normal. The suites mentioned by Travelcat2 are D and E suites.
  5. Yes, your invoice will show the date that you can book. As of 12:01 AM eastern time. To waitlist you must call Regent. When you go to check out it will tell you what you owe (if anything.) If everything was free there is no charge and it will confirm your choices. I do not know if you can waitlist more than one tour. Again ask Regent. Hope this helps.
  6. I am aware of the deck tabs but I still do not see Explorer 766 and 926. I have used two different browsers but both cabins say not yet reviewed. Any suggestion?
  7. As of December 16th I do not see the posts for Explorer 766 and 926. Am I missing something?
  8. I did call the Monday morning and got a table for the day I wanted. They could not tell me why the web site would not allow the booking.
  9. Thanks Eno-Bob. I will call them tomorrow.
  10. I attempted to make advance dining reservations for 3 couples in the Explorer special restaurants. No problem with Prime 7 or Pacific Rim. When I tried to book Chartreuse for 6 people I got a message that there was no table that size available. I tried multiple nights and times always getting the same message. This was all done 10 minutes after reservations opened for booking. Does anyone know if Chartreuse has tables for 6? I can't call Regent because they are closed Sunday.
  11. On the Explorer in 2017 in E 766. Port side aft. The suite itself is great as are all F, E and D cabins. However the location of 766 is aft of the rear elevator. Unfortunately that elevator and staircase do not go all the way down to deck 4. For that reason I would not recommend 766 or any cabin aft of the rear elevator.
  12. In 2016 on the Explorer for 20 days we were in suite 926 which is mid ship port (F1 category.) Excellent cabin in a good location. The balcony is the more narrow one but still fine for two people. The F1 category is probably the best value on the Explorer. The location is midway between elevators. Highly recommend this suite.
  13. Ponant is great for an expedition cruise with the zodiacs. We did Antarctica and the Arctic. Also did the West coast of South America. Food was OK but not exceptional. Wine at meals included but not cocktails. We have sailed with Regent twice on the Explorer. Staterooms are much larger. entertainment is better and a wider choice of dining. I like both lines it would depend on the itinerary for me.
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