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  1. January 2020. Cloud, South Georgia/Antarctica. Perfect trip. Superb expedition staff and crew. First SS cruise. What a way to start!
  2. A favorite Regent cruise was Reykjavik to Copenhagen on Voyager. Living in SC, I loved that weather was cool. And, we saw lots of Puffins in the Faroe Islands. Both Reykjavik and Copenhagen are worth spending extra time in.
  3. Our favorite Regent cruise was the Circumnavigation of Australia Dec./Jan. 2018-19. Good staff, crew, lecturers, and passengers. Regent went “all out” to make the cruise special from traditional onboard activities—Country Fair, ship barbecue, benefit auction, etc., to special events—preCruise dinner with animals, New Year’s Eve in Bali, Australian Open. And, we got to Sydney and home without incident!
  4. Three cruises cancelled—July 2020 Navigator, December 2020 Navigator, April/May 2021 Explorer. Five reserved, starting with B-to-B September/October Explorer; hopeful, but won’t be surprised if this is cancelled. No FCC’s. Looking for some good news!
  5. We very sadly cancelled the same cruise(s) last week. No way Explorer is sailing from Tokyo on April 6. Moved it to 2023. 2022 is hopefully already filled with wonderful Regent cruises. We were going to Tokyo early to visit friends we met when we lived there. Looking forward to seeing them in 2023, which will be our 50th anniversary.
  6. Thought World Cruise information was to be released today.
  7. We have happily booked excursions for two cruises, and in September will book ones for a b-to-b. We are well aware that this is “magical thinking,” but it is fun to do. Besides, maybe something wonderful will happen, and we will actually sail on at least one of these!
  8. We got to Esperance on the Mariner Australian Circumnavigation in 2019. When I am asked about favorite places Regent has taken us, Esperance is first. Took a wonderful all day tour in a school bus. Lucky Bay and kangaroos were one stop of many beautiful beaches we went to that day.
  9. Thought this topic was about Regent cancelling cruises?
  10. Agree. Regent did change the deadline to 60 days for our July 28 cruise and cancelled the cruise before that deadline. We have a final payment due this week for a Dec. 22 trip, wishing for the same sensible deadline change again. Do not think it will happen.
  11. We felt exactly the same when notified by our TA yesterday. Hopefully, we will meet you onboard.
  12. Received email from our TA this morning that our final payment due 2/28 is now due 5/28. Navigator, 7/28, Copenhagen to Amsterdam.
  13. My favorite part of the Sydney-Sydney cruise on Mariner last year was the southern and west coasts of Australia. Esperance, perfect white beaches. Fremantle (Perth), wish the ship had overnighted there. Wishing you a continuing good and safe world cruise!
  14. I was not expecting a First Class seat; simply an aisle seat in any row so I could stretch my leg.
  15. Sorry, should have been clearer. It was a 3 1/2 hour charter flight.
  16. Just returned from Silversea expedition cruise to South Georgia Island and Antarctica. All expedition activities were excellent. In our personal opinion, Silversea did not rate an excellent in several areas that can be directly compared to Regent. Service was about equal. Food was not—missed the variety and flexibility of the Compass Rose menu. A fee was charged for the Cloud’s specialty restaurant, which we ate in once. Quality of food and service in La Dame was not as good as most of our experiences in Regent’s specialty restaurants. By far the worst area was the roundtrip coach transfer pro
  17. Correction to my post, #212. We sat in window and middle seats in the last row, not aisle and window.
  18. Wonderful trip, exceptional expedition staff. Arrived home on time with no delays, thank you United! Absolutely miserable charter flights arranged by Silversea. We were in last row, window and aisle. For return, requested seat change due to a new knee replacement. Assigned same seats. Very swollen knee both ways. Still icing. Not happy.
  19. We have been at the hotel since Jan. 1 on 16th floor, same view as others. Two full day tours with Esteban Ramos, think this is a different Esteban. They were excellent. One was to Casablanca Valley for two winery tours. Today’s tour included Vina del Mar and Valparaíso. Lunch choices both days were very good—tasting menu at winery, Casas del Bosque and a restaurant on Concepcion Hill in Valparaíso, Restaurant La Concepcion. Our experience at hotel restaurants has been fine, efficient breakfast with plenty of yogurt and fruit, perfectly cooked salmon at dinner. We are on the 7:15 bus tomorrow.
  20. Looking forward to meeting you, Stumble! Jan
  21. Feeling better about my packing! We have tried various options and settled on 2 rather large cases, but all fits! We are so excited about this trip and leave tomorrow from Charlotte. Looking forward to meeting everyone!
  22. We arrive on the 1st in Santiago at the MO and have planned 2 days of private tours. I may be in the gym on occasion exercising a new knee. So excited, I now have 2 good knees! We look forward to meeting everyone and having this wonderful adventure—a first for us.
  23. Thank you to everyone for your advice.I am so looking forward to meeting all the Antarctic travelers onboard Silver Cloud. I am a new recipient of a knee so am concerned about not slowing anyone down.
  24. Just returned from Explorer, Lisbon-Miami. Prakash was our Butler. Real Deal, indeed! Best butler we have had.
  25. Explorer 929, Penthouse C, I think. Good location, quiet. Great bathroom and super shower. Small closet, but fine for 14 days. Balcony not as large as the other Penthouse we have been in. Table, 2 chairs and a lounge chair. Would definitely recommend. Internet was not bad, considering all the complaints on this cruise.
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