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Balloon Man

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  • Location
    South West UK
  • Interests
    Cruising and flying
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Regent, Oceania and Azamara ... so far
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    South Pacific

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  1. Balloon Man

    What lines offer a Bordeaux river cruise?

    My mother-in-law is Basque. I call her The Terrorist. It's a lovely region to visit. Much greener than most of Spain. Best places to stay are the Paradors, government owned hotels but many are old castles or palaces.
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    Best River Cruise Line for a Couple?

    We've cruised with Scenic a number of times, usually on Diamond Deck, but never bothered with room service. However I was simply quoting their web site which says under the heading Crystal Dining "In-room dining served by a butler". If that's incorrect I apologise on behalf of Scenic. It may well be that in the top suites there are more options. I'll have to wait until next April to check that out!
  3. Balloon Man

    Best River Cruise Line for a Couple?

    Scenic has butler service and in-suite dinning for all cabins.
  4. Balloon Man

    What lines offer a Bordeaux river cruise?

    We are in Bordeaux with Scenic next May. It's quite an expensive all-inclusive line but has fabulous Enrichment events ashore.
  5. Balloon Man

    Danube: which cruise line?

    We did this cruise with Scenic and thoroughly enjoyed it. Excursions included a lunchtime Sound of Music show in Austria and one evening a castle dinner with entertainment (images show welcoming party for dinner. a Julie Andrews lookalike and the front of Scenic Jade that housed lounge bar and restaurant). Just returned from a Scenic cruise on the Irrawaddy in Myanmar (Burma). Even better!
  6. Balloon Man

    Just Back From a Nile Cruise: Time for a Comeback?

    Great advert for Egypt but nothing about the ship. This Is Cruise Critic.
  7. Balloon Man

    Port Check-in (Sint Maarten)

    Hello Kamfish642. We will be getting off as you are getting on. Pre cruise we are staying at Divi Little Bay for two nights.
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    I look forward to them targeting the audience here in the UK.
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    I fully understand the problems national laws present but sorry, but if they can't include all their customers then they shouldn't offer it to any. We are all - as in the world - paying for their marketing through the bookings we make. Some people might consider it racist! After all, if you're not American or Canadian ....
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    Why has Seabourn excluded most of the world from taking part and winning a holiday? We are not second class passengers. Why treat us like this?
  11. Balloon Man

    Can RSSC or SS hold a candle?

    Having sailed all three lines (and many more) I rate Regent first, SS second and Seabourn third. Not that I found that much difference between them. The food selection on Regent is outstanding. The dining room on Seabourn Odyssey is soulless.
  12. Try Regent. Best menu selection of any top cruise line, and we've been on them all. A whole page of 'always availables' with maybe half a dozen dishes of the day. As for the actual food itself, on Regent just like any ship it can vary day to day. One of my fondest food memories was on Azamara several years ago when the captain carved the suckling pig at lunchtime. It was delicious - and he was generous.
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    Seabourn, Blenheim Palace Dinner.

    My wife, Lady Maria, says we have been slighted by the lack of an invitation and we are no longer to give them the pleasure of our money. I'm frightened to reminder her we are booked on Seabourn again in January.
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    Seabourn versus Regent

    I'm a picky eater. Regent dinner menu best everyday and today only choices of any I have ever seen, and that includes Seabourn, Crystal and Silversea.
  15. Balloon Man

    Marco Polo for Sale

    I read earlier on this thread that a company had been interested in buying MP to turn it into an old folks' home. We booked our cruise on MP because we had been told it was just that, but with different scenery every day!