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About ernieb

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    USA - Tennessee
  • Interests
    Cruising, photography, cooking
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Regent Seven Seas, Silversea, Holland American
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  1. No, we’re not titanium. This will be our second cruise with Regent. The first was on Explorer last year and we booked this one while on board. We did not take advantage of the included excursions and transfers previously. Thanks for all the help.
  2. Thanks a bunch. What about on the Regent transfers?
  3. My DW and I will be taking our second cruise on the Explorer next month and will take a few of the included excursions. I’m wondering if tips are also included or if most people add a tip for the guide/driver?
  4. We stayed at the Danieli last year because our normal favorite, the Europa & Regina was closed for refurbishing. We found the Danieli to be very nice, particularly the lobby bar, but otherwise quite rundown. The Europa & Regina should now be back in service and we would definitely return there when we can.
  5. What may be even funnier is that if I could get her to go to a nudist camp for a weekend, I'd be glad to carry her bags.
  6. Thanks for the replies. We have previously toured wineries in Italy (primarily Tenuto Torciano) and were able to purchase wine for delivery to our home in Tennessee. I am assuming we will be able to do the same here, Is that correct? Thanks.
  7. My DW and I will be in Bordeaux on September 26 & 27 this year. We enjoy private tours when we are in ports that provide suitable experiences. I appreciate the 2 suggestions above and would really like to hear how they turned out. If there are other suggestions for operators providing these services we would also appreciate hearing about them. Thanks in advance.
  8. We just got off the Explorer in Barcelona. Taxis were very easy to get and the cost was reasonable. Due to the amount of luggage we had (my DW would pack 3 bags to spend a weekend at a nudist colony) we had to wait for a van and that was not a problem either.
  9. We were just in Barcelona last week and stayed at the Hotel Serras. It was a nice quiet small (28 rooms) boutique hotel in a good location. The staff are also very friendly and helpful. We will be embarking on the Chateaux & Vineyards cruise next September. It currently appears that Regent provides the included pre-cruise night at one of about 4 hotels including the Grosvenor mentioned above which is listed as “sold out”. We appear to have a reservation at the Intercontinental Park Lane, but I have also heard all of this may change. I would appreciate anyone’s thoughts who has experience and advice with the included pre-cruise night in London.
  10. Thanks. I’m sure we’ll enjoy it. Particularly if, as the Roll Call indicates, we have the ship virtually to ourselves. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  11. We are also interested in this cruise. As far as the Roll Call is concerned, I started a Roll Call a few months ago for our Explorer cruise out of Venice two weeks from today. There has been one reply. Seems just like Silversea, no one pays much attention to Roll Calls. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  12. We have also purchased wine from a fairly small wine shop. We purchased a case which they gladly delivered to our hotel which was a significant distance from the shop. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  13. We have visited Tenuta Torciano twice previously and have also had them provide a wine tasting in our home here in Tennessee. Needless to say, we really enjoy their wine and the winery. However, we will again be visiting the area in October and think we would like to visit another winery. Does anyone have a recommendation for a different winery that compares favorably to Tenuta Torciano? If not, we will probably return again. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  14. We will also be staying at the Danieli for 3 nights arriving Oct. 14. We are at the Danieli this time since the Europa & Regina is under renovation and is unavailable. As we have done 3 other times before, we had the hotel arrange a private escorted transfer where we will be met at the airport by a representative with our name who arranges porterage for our luggage to the water taxi which takes us to the hotel. This is valuable to us due to our age and excess baggage, also the convenience of having the cost included in our hotel bill. We will then arrange for a taxi to take us to the ship. It is quite pricey, but is an excellent way to arrive. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  15. In looking at Café Florian's website, it looks like they are not a full service restaurant for dinner. Looks like only light snacks and desserts. Is that correct?
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