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Gilly

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  1. Me too - I'm all for sharing someone else's adventures right now, especially when they are going somewhere that's beyond possibility for me at the moment! I'm ready for the off too 😎
  2. According to the BBC it's confirmed that fully vaccinated travellers from the EU and the US will not need to quarantine from 4am Monday. (Applies to England only) @flossie009 perhaps you had a point about Regent's timing.
  3. The last time we flew to Bilbao, four or five years ago, we flew BA from Heathrow @charltonkerry (As we're not on this cruise, I should add that really, I have no idea!) Fingers crossed that by December, things will be a little more settled, @flossie009 Coincidentally, in todays Times newspaper, there's a report about allowing fully vaccinated US citizens into the Uk without quarantine. No quarantine for Americans who enter the UK with a vaccine card | News | The Times - sorry, there's a paywall to access the full article.
  4. I agree. Flossie, were you booked on this cruise? If so, are you going to go with the revised itinerary and put up with the quarantine? We came so close to booking the Sept 9th departure, since we have friends who'd be on board and right now, didn't want all the parlarver of an international cruise. Only when checking our diaries did we realise we couldn't make it...perhaps it was just as well. Oh dear. Just when we thought we could see the light at the end of the tunnel 😥
  5. Please see @flossie009 's reply above. So much easier to have an email pdf of all excursions sent instantly to your inbox.
  6. We usually make the advance reservations as permitted and then "go with the flow" once on board. Perhaps we'll meet someone for dinner and stop by one of the speciality restaurants to see if there's a table? Or call the reservations on a whim that morning and see what's what? The first few cruises we took on a Regent ship, we were quite careful to plan and to organise. Nowadays, less so! We know that whatever happens, whether we dine in a speciality restaurant or in Compass Rose, dinner will be fabulous!
  7. I like your approach! We have a few cruises in the bag as well - a North Cape one on Explorer, a round trip Tokyo and a western Med. But we have to be patient for now and wait till things are more settled. We just cancelled a week with family in Sicily for early July - too many tests and uncertainties to go ahead with that - but plan a week and a bit heading north to Scotland in August on a UK road trip, which I'm telling myself will be just like the Oregon Trail! Checking off North Dakota will have to wait another year...
  8. Jennifer, oh my word, I'd have thought you'd have had enough of my wittering!! I'm sorry, I didn't spot that you were the OP asking the question... How much are we all looking forward to having some new adventures to blog about, eh?!
  9. I blogged both of our Panama Canal trips too, Miami to Lima starts here Life on the ocean wave — An Elegant Sufficiency and LA to Miami begins here Adventure Part Two — An Elegant Sufficiency click through the following posts to get to the canal bit 🙂
  10. We've tried. We are UK citizens, living in England and do not have a US$ bank account. The terms and conditions under which we book a cruise are completely different from those offered in the USA. For that reason alone, bookings have to be made with Regent UK, either through a travel agent or directly with the office in Southampton. Yes, we can make other travel arrangements directly, but a Regent cruise and all the associated flights and transfers are classed and sold as a "package" and this has to be bought in the UK. I'm no expert here and this is my understanding - @flossie009 please correct me if I'm mistaken.
  11. We also book directly with Regent UK, having experienced consistently first class service from day one.
  12. I'll just put my hand up here and say that the process is very different for non-Americans. For example, travel agents operate in a completely different way in the UK, where most are owned/affiliated to the large travel companies and there are very few independents remaining.
  13. @SWFLAOK strangely, the Landmark hotel used to be the Regent Hotel some years ago! (That same script font, too and one of several Regent Hotels worldwide that might or might not have had a connection with the Regent we know and love - I never did quite get the answer to that puzzle) It's a nice hotel on Marylebone Road, not too far from the action. We've stayed there a few times and though that's not been in recent years, I can't imagine it's changed a great deal.
  14. If you don't particularly wish to spend time in London, then there are some beautiful hotels in the New Forest and nearby, from where it's a short drive to Southampton and the ship. Take a look at the Four Seasons Hampshire, at Limewood and The Pig in the Forest, for example, for comfortable places to enjoy a little green space before you embark on the big blue. All are within easy reach of Windsor, Highclere (Downton Abbey) and Stonehenge too.
  15. The lack of hyperbole and all round understatement was, I think, what painted an accurate picture of the service we know and love. No flashiness, just a solid, professional all round approach from everyone involved. It really made both of us long for the happy times on board to resume. Who knows when? It will be worth waiting for, though.
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