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  1. On my first Regent Cruise in a lowly Penthouse A we got free laundry. I was really annoyed that my cousin also on her first Regent cruise in an even more lowly Penthouse C also got free laundry. Not sure how we earned it but it was welcome anyway. To keep in the spirit of the thread the included champagne was excellent for washing socks as suggested by an earlier poster.
  2. Blue top in suites and the Germain above in the bars. Good news is all my socks are clean.
  3. My wife and I have done several cruises (mostly in Suites with Celebrity) and this was our first time cruise with Regent. I am currently on Voyager and this is our last night. Our cruise embarkation was changed from Monaco to Marseille due to weather damage at Monaco. The mechanics of the transfer was handled well but we were not notified of the change until we reached the hotel in Monaco. Disappointed about the change but nothing Regent could do except manage the communication process better. Overall it was an experience where the good evened out the bad. It turned out that this was to become a common theme for the cruise where there was stuff that was done extremely well or extremely poorly. 99% of the staff were extremely pleasant and friendly, 1% were surly and in some cases rude. Of the 99% who were friendly, 75% of them were actually good at their jobs, the others were mostly not very good. The staff at Chartreuse in particular were rude, it was the worst food experience on a cruise ship that I have had. I am going to make some general comments on specific areas and where applicable I will compare them to Celebrity, travelling in a suite. Food The food in Compass Rose was mostly better than the MDR on Celebrity, except for the two nights when it was terrible. They could not get their act together, get orders right or deal with and rectify deficiencies. It was definitely better in the buffet but it was regularly closed for quite long periods. I understand you need to change food etc but you could at least have a limited availability of something. Pool Grill food was better but the process of ordering and getting your order were chaotic/shambolic. Prime was great and comparable with the specialty equivalents with other lines. Chartreuse was something else. It was in a word rubbish. The food was just ok but the service was rude, slow and inattentive. I didn't make a complaint as I couldn't quite work out who was running this rock show. I think they were self organised as an autonomous collective that had locked the boss in a supply cupboard. The coffee at all venues is something else and I don't mean that in a good way. Eating in the suite restaurant on Celebrity is superior to everything but Prime 7. Drinks The included wine is better overall if you work at it. An exception is the champagne, it is not great and IMHO is not as good as the Californian Chandon. The spirits were about the same except they didn't have Tanqueray 10 and only had 3 bottles of Fever Tree on the ship. Cocktails were about the same. I am not sure if I mentioned it before but the coffee is terrible. Service The service is fantastic (with one or two exceptions but they happen) if you want the staff to smile and kiss your butt. If you want them to competently fulfill their duties then it is very hit and miss (75% hits). One of the casino staff was an absolute shocker. There was also one bartender who was terrible one night but actually quite good the next 3 nights. Cabins The cabins are about the same (good) but I do like the included Mini Bar which is restocked daily. The balconies are very small which is a negative. Atmosphere/Entertainment There was no buzz and very little going on. I saw the cruise director and his minions on the ship after 5 anywhere other than the show never. As for the entertainment it was somewhere that I never found. Overall Experience I found it to be a little dull and was completely underwhelmed by the included tours with a couple of exceptions. I would rate it 7.5 out of 10, I would rate a Celebrity an 8.5. Would I sail again? Maybe if the price, timing and itinerary was right but I would not go out of my way. Would I recommend it to my friends? No but I wouldn't try to talk them out of it either. I would let them know my experience. IMHO I may be a touch too young for Regent (age 58) and maybe will try again in 10 years or so.
  4. Last night on Voyager. They have Schweppes and another cheap brand. They had three Fever Tree on the ship, that was it.
  5. I will report on the champagne situation as I am on the same ship in 27 days.
  6. Life is too short to drink bad wine. If they are serving Champagne it should at least be reasonable. Serving average Champagne just so you can say you are serving Champagne is a black mark in my books. I was looking forward to trying the Mountadon on my upcoming cruise in November on Voyager.
  7. We are booked on the same cruise so if you go to the roll call thread you can register for the meet and great. :D We have booked our excursions but we have been to all ports except Naples and Majorca. One of the posters on the roll call is organising a private tour in Monte Carlo that you may want to take advantage of. If you haven't been to Florence and Rome you should do the tour that takes you into the centre of both and shows the sights you want to see. We are going on the HOHO bus in Rome and a wine tour of some description in Florence. First time in Florence go see David etc and we can point you to a pretty cool little restaurant that isn't a tourist trap in the middle of town. Naples you have 3 choices Pompeii, Capri or Positano. These seem to be the three main sights people want to see. Naples also appears to be interesting so you may want to explore there a little as well. Marseille is basically the Vieux Port or the Nortre Dame de la gaurde (sp). We have chosen to go into Provence to have a look at the villages. Barcelona is fantastic and he must sees are La Sagrada Famiglia (sp), a couple of the Gaudi houses, the Gothis Quarter, Picasso Museum, La Rambla(and the market), the central square and Parc Guell. If you have time the trip to Montserrat is well worth the day.
  8. 2pm here when the bookings open. Worked a treat. :D
  9. Thanks for that. I assume that NYC is on EDST?
  10. I am trying to work out which time zone Regent uses. The page says I can book the specialty restaurants from 7 August but does not say if it is GMT or any other time zone. Does anyone know?
  11. I would go to Flinders Chase on KI. Also Kuranda and the Butterfly house are good, try to go up by train and back by skyrail. Enjoy Adelaide I grew up along the beach from the terminal (near the Police Academy) and the school on the sea front is my old school.
  12. Do you get a discount for joining the cruise fashion police or is it a voluntary position?
  13. Interesting handle, I would have thought you were an Aussie or Kiwi with that name. We are doing the opposite to you, trying Regent instead of Celebrity. The suite restaurant , Luminae , is really excellent IMHO. It is like dining in an intimate bistro every night, you find it difficult to actually give up a night to go to the specialties. If you think the buffet on Celebrity is a zoo you should see the one on Carnival (long story). Reading the Edge blurb makes me think that Celebrity may be making a push into this market segment. I find the drinks to be excellent on the premium package but the wines can be a little ho hum. I am expecting better wines on our upcoming cruise, especially as it is a Wine immersion cruise. Will be disappointed if the cocktails are sub standard as I will only have a few and don't want to waste my time with an inferior drink. I do find that cocktails can be better if you use better quality ingredients. Grey Goose instead of Smirnoff, Patron instead of Jose Cuervo, Havana Club instead of Bacardi, Tanqueray10 instead of Gordons etc. I am a little concerned that we might find the ship a little quiet as there are still 150 empty cabins on our cruise (Voyager) and we are expecting an older crowd. Regardless I am sure we will have an excellent time.
  14. On one particular cruise at the end of the cruise my wife gave one of the bathroom attendants a generous tip. It was near a bar that we frequented every night and my wife would comment every time she went to the bathroom how good the attendant was. I did notice that most of the people that came out of there were smiling. I think it was on an RCI cruise many years ago, Radiance of the Seas was the ship I think.
  15. I lived in Fiji for 4 years and have a large collection of Bula shirts (Fijian equivalent). I am looking forward to my next cruise so that I can get them out again. I think that type of shirt has been becoming more fashionable in general over the last couple of years. Bula shirts are appropriate for any occasion.
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