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  1. Oh what a hoot. i hope my path crosses his sometime as he is a gem. Thanks for the great story. Your photos and commentary are wonderful.
  2. You are very knowledgeable about flying. Though i haven't flown anywhere near as much as you, i assume, i do understand how all this works. My comment about them staying later alludes to the fact that RA's contracts can be different on different days and on different routes. As well the fact that we booked flights at different times means that there can be contracts with different airlines and routes depending on when you book your air. I was simply giving my experience and don't need a lecture from you. If you want to share information for the beneift of readers in general than you can do that without referencing anyone else's comments or putting down other people's opinions. It is wonderful that you take the time to share your vast knowledge but it would be nice if you didn't assume that you are the only one that knows anything or put down people who share their experiences.
  3. Just be warned this is not always true. They aren't always accurate. I watch them for the tour we picked. Last year i chose a tour based on the description at the time of choosing it and then re-confirmed the description from the TV. The tour was not like either of the descriptions and a major disappointment. This was the excursion i wanted the most and it was awful. Don't believe everything you read or watch.
  4. As i mentioned already for our flights for this fall from DXB we were given absolutely no option flying home. I was told the only flight available was BA through LHR so that is what we are on. Now we are leaving the day of debarkation. I asked about Emirates and was told 1500 pp to fly to the west coast. Later Regent offered Emirates to our friends at no additional charge. They are staying on doing a land package with Regent so maybe that made some difference. It is hard to say if Regent will offer Emirates or not with or without a surcharge. I usually have my TA release me to speak to Regent Air. Saves me a bunch of time as i can speak directly with RA agent and go through all the options. When i think i have an option i am happy with the RA agent emails me the itinerary, then i have a couple of days to review and see if i am happy with it. If not i call Regent back and work with them more to see what i can get. I have used my TA to book flights but i found it awkward and time consuming to go back and forth if the options i gave the TA didn't work. If you are looking at a bunch of different flight schedules and different days it may be more efficient for you to talk to the agent directly. You can always bring you TA into if you can't get anywhere. Good luck.
  5. As mentioned previously, it depends on whether you have many options that you will be happy with. We tend to book right around the 270 day mark as we care about what airlines we travel on and what routes we take. If your gateway airport has many airlines and routes to get you where you are going then it is probably fine to wait. We are on the Barcelona to Dubai cruise this year. We were given no option for our return flight. We were only offered BA out of Dubai. We could only fly Emirates if we were willing to pay $1500 pp for the return flight. Not happening. However friends that booked the same cruise only recently who are also in western Canada were offered Emirates through SEA at no extra charge for their return flight. On a previous cruise we booked around the 270 mark and were told that we got the last contracted seats on the return flight we wanted so had we waited we wouldn't have got the flights we wanted. It can be a crap shoot. It boils down to what you are comfortable with. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
  6. Thanks for taking us along on your cruise. Fantastic pictures and commentary. Really enjoying both your and Susan's threads.
  7. Thanks for the photos of the floral arrangements. I find there always seems to be beautiful flowers on board. Might be a good day for a sea day with the crappy weather. Hope you had a great time whatever you did.
  8. I concur with your comments on Rouge. I really like AC business class but don't care for Rouge at all. We like BA and actually don't mind the seating arrangement. My DH likes the window and i the aisle, he doesn't care about flying backwards and rarely gets out of his seat so doesn't have to worry about stepping over another sleeping person. I get why others dislike it so much. As long as i have an aisle i am happy. As well most of our flights on BA are on 747 and though they are old, we generally have lucked out getting upstairs and with the exit row for DH so no problem then with having to step over anyone when wanting to get up. Also when we fly BA we do so through Regent and we get to book our seat selection well in advance at no charge.
  9. Susan i believe Sally Jones entertained on our cruise CapeTown in 2018. She was/is fabulous. Best entertainment we had on that cruise. What a wonderful cruise you are having. Thanks for all the photos and commentary. See you in a couple of months.
  10. The TS did say they were from the west coast of Canada so that would make their home airport YVR I assume. I do agree deviation is a must especially with a family of 4 as you want to be able to control your flights as much as possible and ensure you can book your seat selection long in advance. TS you can book with Regent then you have time to transfer the booking to a TA. Sorry can't remember if it is 14 days or 30 days. You do want to take advantage of booking through a good TA as it can really be a big benefit. Flying to Europe from YVR, you usually have the option of using LH or BA though this year we lucked out and are using AC from YVR to YYZ to ZHR to BCN. We had such a bad experience going through FRA last year that i wouldn't go through FRA this year so opted for the extra stop. As a fellow Canadian and west coaster if there are questions you have that i can help with please contact me at klbcruising at bctraveller dot ca. Welcome to the Regent family. It is a super cruise line.
  11. We took a couple of Regent cruises after years of sailing on HAL. We then did a couple of cruises on Celebrity in suite class because they offered the itineraries we wanted. We enjoyed them very much but for us Regent is our cruise line of choice. As long as we can find the itineraries we want with Regent we will stick with them. We enjoyed the food on Celebrity though we prefer the food on Regent. I spent hours and hours researching and booking small group tours for our Celebrity cruises and enjoyed most of them but we also, for the most part, enjoy our Regent excursions. This year we are trying out a small group excursion in Israel. We also occasionally buy Regent Choice excursions which we are doing this year to get to Petra. Whether doing a small group private tour off of a Celebrity ship or doing included excursions on Regent occasionally we have been with passengers that were less than fun to be around. It can happen anytime unless you do all your tours with just people you know. We aren't people that need all the bells and whistles of a larger ship. We enjoy the size of the Regent ships and what they offer. Good luck with your decision. Enjoy whatever you decide to do.
  12. I am sure SOME Canadians might not tip well. That is not the case for all the people i know. Vancouver has a very large Asian population whose culture does not include tipping. It is unfortunate if they do not adapt to the culture where they are living or visiting. I have heard complaints about some French Canadians from Quebec who tip poorly when they go to Florida. Again a culture that does not include tipping. When we are in Quebec we tip as anywhere else (which is 20% in NA) and they seem to really like the tips they receive. I suspect that the lack of tipping culture is more in rural Quebec than in urban Quebec.
  13. Yes, i always try to dress according to the customs where i will be going. This is our second trip to Petra and can't wait.
  14. Being on the same cruise i am interested in what possible options there could be if problems continue. I am hopefully that the cruise will go off without a hitch but regardless what will be will be. Kinkajou, that must have been quite the experience.
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