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  1. Interesting. We booked Monte Carlo to London for next May and our itinerary in our Regent account shows us at the Hotel Monte Carlo Bay. We booked back in January, with the upgrade to a Concierge suite.
  2. Following, we should have been disembarking the Scenic Crystal in Basel tomorrow, Sept 13. We are rebooked for next September. Glad your hiccup worked out OK, enjoy the rest of your trip. Looking forward to your posts.
  3. Wow. Thanks for the info. We are booked on Scenic, Amsterdam to Basel in Sept 2022, along with a land portion in Switzerland. A lot can happen between now and then, but I guess we will have to carefully monitor the rules for the various countries we will be visiting during that trip. For now I am glad it is in the future as this all gives me a major headache just contemplating it.
  4. Try it early! We spent about a month in Portugal, split between Sintra and Albufeira, Oct 2019. I think I had one almost everyday. Delicious. It was a daily ritual when wandering about, finding lovely cafes for coffee and a treat. Yours sounds like a wonderful trip, enjoy.
  5. Given that a federal election has been called for September 20, I imagine all bets are off on this.
  6. I believe this is their account, last post March 2020. @Celebrity Cruises
  7. Hi from the Okanagan. Back in 2016 we did Viking Amsterdam to Budapest, followed by a TA on the Silhouette, Rome to Ft Lauderdale. We spent a few days in Budapest and then a few more in Rome before the TA. In 2019 we did a TA on Regent to Barcelona and then flew to Paris for a river cruise on Uniworld. We love both types of cruising, and they do have some differences. I would say timing is more structured on the river cruise since most people take the included tours. For meals there is usually a window when breakfast and lunch are served. In our experience, there is a presentation by the cruise manager before supper every night that everyone usually attends in the lounge, then everyone goes to supper at the same time. The presentation goes over the timing for the activities the next day. Your itinerary will show where you will be on a specific day, but you typically don't see specific times in a 'port' as you would on an ocean cruise. Have you checked the river cruise forum? Ask away if you have any specific questions.
  8. From another app that list my cruises and itineraries, looks like it was 7AM to 5PM. And we were in Victoria the next day. We were scratching our heads about it back then.
  9. On the Infinity? Did you go to Butchart Gardens that day from Nanaimo? If so, I think we spoke to either you or the other couple that evening. It sounded quite harrowing to us. Three years ago the couple in the suite next to us never made it back to the ship when we left Bermuda. Their butler (a very chatty fellow) had to pack everything up, security got their passports out of their safe and left them with the port. Forever curious to know what happened to them.
  10. In our experience the main show in the theatre was at 9:30. There is some additional info in this thread. dinner and showtimes - Regent Seven Seas Cruises - Cruise Critic Community
  11. We have enjoyed many cruises on X. The answer to your questions might be 'it depends...' Our usual experience has been spring and fall cruises outside of school holidays, when there are less large groups or families and things are a bit 'quieter'. If yours falls in this time frame, it would be a great experience. For our cruise around South America over Christmas and New Year's, it was not quiet, and you would not find a cozy bar on the ship. It was a similar experience in July on a cruise to Bermuda. During that cruise it was crazy busy and noisy around the pool. As an FYI, in my experience, any enforcement by X of the dress code only applies to the main dining room. Jeans are OK under both the Casual and Chic dress codes. Many people are quite casual throughout the ship otherwise. On our Bermuda cruise on a 'Chic night' I was seated next to a gentleman in the theatre, he was dressed in his best 'clam digger' shorts and a sleeveless tank top.
  12. We have sailed mostly in Aqua on Celebrity, we had a good deal the first time and we liked it especially for Blu so that became our standard. Like your comment about Celebrity suites, you have to chose your Aqua cabin carefully as they seem to put them in less desirable locations. We also decided to try Regent, based on positive recommendations from friends, and a great itinerary that was 63 nights long, no repeat ports. It encompassed 4 separate legs and prices were adjusted since they each included the airfare. In addition, our cruise fare included 3 days in Beijing at the end of the cruise. There was little to complain about, we really enjoyed the smaller ship experience - 750 passengers on the Voyager. The only time you use your key card is to get into your cabin, or when getting on and off the ship. Excursions, wifi and tips are also included, so not a lot to spend money while onboard. Our TA sent us a cheque after final payment in lieu of onboard amenities for that reason. We had a deluxe veranda suite on Regent, which is their lowest category. The layout is like a bed-by-bath Celebrity veranda cabin, but larger, and with a walk in closet. They will provide bottles of liquor in your suite. They had a self serve laundry which was great on such a long cruise. They are now including laundry in their fares, suspect the self serve may not be available with possible covid restrictions when cruising returns. After our Regent experience, we did a B2B on Celebrity in a Sky Suite. We liked the extra space in the suite. We enjoyed Luminae and Michael's. We also had a butler, that we did not have on Regent. We will cruise again on both Celebrity and Regent, depending on price and itinerary. One thing that I like about Regent is that they enforce the dress code after 6 throughout the ship. Jeans and shorts are not permitted after 6, unless you are having supper at the pool grill. What we typically wore on Celebrity in the evenings was just fine on Regent, and we are not into gowns and tuxes.
  13. In my somewhat limited experience, not everyone who participates received points. If I recall it was more a case of top 3 teams or individuals received points. After a 2 week TA we had enough for 2 t-shirts, and donated a few leftover points to people behind us in the redemption line.
  14. We also do our own research and when we are ready to book it we know the date, the boat and the cabin type we want so we don't need a full service TA to help us through the planning and booking . We've used a big box store that gives a cash card to be used at the store, rather than an on board amenity.
  15. We too started small, with Celebrity our first was a 3 night Pacific Coastal, from there it was 13 nights, then 16 nights, and finally doing B2Bs for 28 nights or so. That was typically a European cruise with a TA tacked on. Then we dared a longer B2B2B which was 38 nights. Disclaimer, all this after we retired, and we don't have kids. Spending it so the tax man does not get it! When we decided we wanted to see a bit of Asia is when we realized that Celebrity would not work for us there. There were typically shorter segments, repeated itineraries and breaks in the schedule - which I would suspect were charters. We looked at Regent and ended up booking 4 segments which covered 63 nights, started in Rome and ended in Beijing. There were no repeated ports. It was pricy, but it included business class air fare, all excursions and a 3 days extension in Beijing. Not to mention internet and drinks on board. Also, with Regent if your cruise takes you to a different level in their loyalty program, you qualify for the benefits when you first step on board that cruise, so we had a few benefits on the first day of the cruise. We were scheduled on the Apex TA last fall, so we are sitting on a FCC and will wait until things settle down before booking our next Celebrity cruise. We are excited about the new Pacific coastal options. Every day gets us one day closer.
  16. Regardless of where your cabin is, with double and triple docking you might well end up with a view into the cabin opposite you. One thing our friends mentioned with their Viking cabin on the lowest level, as the water level was really low, it sounded to them like rocks from the river bed were being stirred up as we sailed and it was very noisy from that.
  17. I learned recently in another forum that Canada has something similar to the PVSA, called the Coasting Trade Act. I don't fully understand it, but non Canadian flagged vessel might not be able to sail in Canada without a foreign stop. The Globe and Mail regularly has an ad these days for a Canadian company that offers 'classic Canadian riverboat' experience of 4 to 7 nights on the St Lawrence and Ottawa rivers, departures from Kingston, Ottawa and Quebec City. That might be interesting, but I am so looking forward to ocean cruising restarting. I am hopeful for our cruise on the Splendor next May.
  18. The latest update to the Scenic website (the Canadian version that I see) was on Feb 3, 2021. It includes various cancellation through April or May 2021. We are booked on a Scenic river cruise, Amsterdam to Basel on Aug 30. I suspect we will cancel or shift just before final payment is due at the end of May. At a minimum, we would want to know we would both be vaccinated by our travel date, but it is not likely we know that before the end of May.
  19. Announcement today that Canadian ports will remain closed until Feb 28, 2022. 😞
  20. In our experience, generally 1 show at 9:30PM. There are a few exceptions, crew show for example, and a couple of others that were earlier. 6 or so? Some nights there is no show, occasionally show a movie instead, first and last nights if I recall.
  21. The member guide says it is not transferable. Refer to https://www.rssc.com/seven-seas-society/member-guide
  22. Unfortunately, I do not think our government has totally figured this out yet. Onus seems to be on the airlines right now, and they are somewhat confused. Many other hurdles to get over. Awaiting word as to when Canadian ports reopen, current closure is until the end of Feb. Japan is currently closed to tourists from many countries. Each day gets us closer, and I look forward to using a FCC and finalizing travel plans.
  23. We made a 10:05AM flight from Barcelona to Paris. This was after a TA on the Voyager in 2019, we did not overnight in Barcelona, the previous ports were Funchal and Cadiz so the ship would have cleared before Barcelona. I think we were scheduled to arrive at 7AM, we kept our luggage with us and were waiting to disembark by 7, we got off shortly after. We had to show passports in the terminal and that was it. Caught a taxi, no issues since we were among the first off. We were on Air France, business class, and had expedited passes thru the airport. Would I do that again? Probably not, but this time it worked. We discussed it with the executive concierge early on in the cruise.
  24. We just drove, rented a small car. We spent some time with travel books (Fodors, Lonely Planet etc) Hubby worked out rough route, to cover seeing both islands, with drive times between major sights / cities. We booked the first 3 place we stayed, since we were travelling over Christmas & New Years. From there we booked one or two places ahead, readjusting our planned timings as we went along. Over 2 months we saw pretty well all the major things we wanted to see. We love cruising in part because we 'unpack once' and I was a tad worried about this trip. But we had a system and it worked well. We booked efficiencies, with kitchen areas for light meals and many had laundry facilities. Probably the best land trip we have ever taken.
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