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  1. On 4/7/2024 at 9:47 AM, papaflamingo said:

    My two cents.... "why do people care what other people wear?"  Doesn't matter.

    When we book Regent we pay to have a total experience.  Part of that is the decorum around the ship. The "promised" experience and decorum includes the dress code. The Dress Code is very  specific for both day and night If you don't want to follow the dress code, find a cruise line that is more in sync with your desired vacation experience.  That's it.  Doesn't matter why I care or even IF I care, what matters is it's Regent's ship and as such it's their right to make whatever rules they want.  When you agree to cruise with them you agree to abide by the rules.  So be an adult and abide by the rules. Not that hard folks. 😏 

    And that should include the dreaded miscreants…..the lounge chair joggers.

     

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  2. 8 minutes ago, jeb_bud said:

    We’re staying at the Marshall House. It appears to share a wall with 45 Bistro! I just checked the Marshall House website. The breakfast room is 45 Bistro so I guess pretty convenient for us for dinner too. 

     

    We are planning on the Hop On/Off bus and maybe a river cruise. The Crystal Beer Parlor menu looks yummy. We’ll see how close the bus will get us to it. 

    Marshall House is a great location, and indeed shares building with 45 Bistro. A very quick and easy stroll to River Street from there as well as along Broughton. Very famous ice cream place is Leopold’s…..always a line up and virtually across the street from your hotel.

  3. 13 minutes ago, Gpilon said:

    Our favorite place for a great dinner is 45 Bistro on East Broughton…. www.45bistro.com. Great small bar for a cocktail pre-dinner there. Crystal Beer Parlor for lunch and craft beer is terrific. Www.crystalbeerparlor.com. 

     

    Where are you staying while in Savannah?

     

    Walking through the squares is always beautiful, especially Forsyth Square. Hop on/Hop off bus is a good way to see the city and River area.

     

    In Charleston….we really enjoy Husk (also their Savannah restaurant) Fig, and High Cotton. Favorite hotels in Charleston are French Quarter Inn and Planters Inn. 

    24 minutes ago, jeb_bud said:

    @Gpilon and @Zqueeze1, we’re going east for a week at the end of this month, splitting our time between Savannah and Charleston. Do you guys have any suggestions for Must-Do activities?  We’ve never been to either city. Also we would be thankful for some suggestions for a nice dinner, or lunch for that matter, while we’re there. 

    Our favorite pace for a great dinner is 45 Bistro on East Broughton…. www.45bistro.com. Great small bar for a cocktail pre-dinner. 

  4. 19 minutes ago, jeb_bud said:

    @Gpilon and @Zqueeze1, we’re going east for a week at the end of this month, splitting our time between Savannah and Charleston. Do you guys have any suggestions for Must-Do activities?  We’ve never been to either city. Also we would be thankful for some suggestions for a nice dinner, or lunch for that matter, while we’re there. 

    Our favorite pace for a great dinner is 45 Bistro on East Broughton…. www.45bistro.com. Great small bar for a cocktail pre-dinner. 

  5. 11 minutes ago, jeb_bud said:

    @Gpilon and @Zqueeze1, we’re going east for a week at the end of this month, splitting our time between Savannah and Charleston. Do you guys have any suggestions for Must-Do activities?  We’ve never been to either city. Also we would be thankful for some suggestions for a nice dinner, or lunch for that matter, while we’re there. 

    Our favorite place for a great dinner is 45 Bistro on East Broughton…. www.45bistro.com. Great small bar for a cocktail pre-dinner there. Crystal Beer Parlor for lunch and craft beer is terrific. Www.crystalbeerparlor.com. 

     

    Where are you staying while in Savannah?

     

    Walking through the squares is always beautiful, especially Forsyth Square. Hop on/Hop off bus is a good way to see the city and River area.

     

  6. 1 hour ago, Zqueeze1 said:

    Good morning!  Yesterday was another feel good/ feel crummy day.  It must have been something I ate.  As we were sitting down for dinner at Compass Rose, my least thought was eating.  I ended up ordering a bowl of rice.  As the bar tender came by, he noticed my gills were a little green and came back with a non-alcohol concoction he called “La Bomba,” which made me feel much better. I was feeling lousy enough the I failed to take many pics.  
    Enough whining.  After lunch, The Boss wanted to go to the Charleston market, so we hoofed it over and strolled through the incredible amount of stalls.
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     There are all sorts of hand made handicrafts to include these baskets which can run up to $200US for one the size of a plate.  
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    Photo provided by Peter Frank Edwards


    Last night was the premiere of a new show called “Pasión,” which is a tango themed presentation.  I heard from someone that it was not that great and there was no storyline to follow. 
    Charleston is now in our rear view mirror and fast disappearing. What a great city, people, and food wrapped around so much history. We plan to return in September and also visit Savannah which is also a beautiful city. 
    Today: sea day follows by our last stop at the big apple 🍎

     

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    Z and TB

    After our Grandeur cruise in July, we are heading to Ireland to golf for 9 days, and back to Savannah Sept. 12. If your visit here is after that date, let me know and we could possibly meet up for a Diet Coke or cup of tea. 

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  7. 1 hour ago, pingpong1 said:

    Seems to be many more than "just a few" recent reports (from Regent's well-experienced cruisers like "Z & TB") of less than stellar fillet and lobster dinners in Regent's restaurants.  Could this be a "sourcing/supplier" problem rather than a simple "cooking mistake"...i.e., in the corporate pursuit of "reducing food costs"?  Just wondering?

    I have a suspicion you may be right about “reducing food costs” we are on Grandeur in July in a GS, and for the price we (and everyone else on board) are paying we would expect top notch food. Should it not be we will most likely switch to land vacations in the future, much like Our Ireland golf trip in September. 

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  8. 2 minutes ago, Gpilon said:

    A true Montreal institution. When in-laws from Montreal come to visit, always have them bring us some and whenever back “home” head there a couple times for lunch and come back with vacuum packed couple pounds. Great pic and now has me wanting to book airfare to visit.

    Should have mentioned…..brother and sister-in-law from Montreal visited for a week couple weeks ago. Brought viande fume for us all and I ordered Katz’s pastrami as they had heard about it but never had before. Kind of a taste test……All very much liked Katz’s but consensus was Schwartz’s. We may be biased, however.

     

  9. 41 minutes ago, kjbacon said:

    Ok, I admit that I’m a total food obsessed nerd but here’s proof that the Schwartz sandwich, medium cut, truly is the stuff. We were there in the summer of ‘22. It’s not that weird to save a picture of a perfect sandwich, is it?

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    A true Montreal institution. When in-laws from Montreal come to visit, always have them bring us some and whenever back “home” head there a couple times for lunch and come back with vacuum packed couple pounds. Great pic and now has me wanting to book airfare to visit.

  10. On 3/25/2024 at 8:20 AM, Gpilon said:

    If having lunch there, I would suggest arriving around 11:30. There will still be a line outside but it moves very quickly. Let me know if you want any other suggestions for Montreal. 

    Couple other suggestions for you in Montreal….www.bargeorge.ca…..great place for cocktails and lunch. If looking for terrific Italian dinner www.davinci.ca. 

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  11. 29 minutes ago, RELS said:

     

    They do have turkey (first time we were there, our daughter wasn't a red-meat eater), but there is no reason to stand in line for anything but the smoked meat. And get the medium-fat version.

    Born, and lived in Montreal for 26 years before moving to Toronto. Never knew they had turkey. And had I known, would have complained fiercely about that! Got to have the viande fume (smoked meat) and agree…..medium is the cut of choice. 

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  12. 2 minutes ago, mnocket said:

    Our first visit to Montreal was this past September.  I'm originally from NY and am always seeking out traditional NY delis in other cities.  I didn't know about Schwartz, but will definitely stop by next time I'm there.  One question....  I looked at the menu online and they simply list the sandwich as "smoked meat".  It looks like corned beef, which is fine, but I wonder if that's really all they have (other than turkey and salami which is also listed)?  

    Schwartz's smoked meat is a beef...and, unbelievable. Celine Dion has been a part own er for a few years now. You would definitely not be disappointed having a sandwich, fries and pickle there. Always a must visit when we return to Montreal to visit family and friends. 

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  13. 7 hours ago, Zqueeze1 said:

    Having been born in Manhattan and lived in the lower east side, I would have loved to stay in NYC for a while to sightsee and visit family.  But, we have two cats at home that cost an arm and a leg to baby sit.  Regardless, I plan to take The Boss to Katz Deli (as if we need more food).

     

    Z and TB

    Originally from Montreal and every time back head to Schwartz for best smoked meat anywhere. Although, have to admit we frequently order from Katz's as it is always terrific and shipped with care. We are on Grandeur in July…..3rd seat from the left at bar pool is mine. 

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  14. 17 minutes ago, Pcardad said:

    I understand your point. I hope they get it too....but they stopped dinner with Entertainers and senior officers a while back and then started it again (Covid, etc.) and they stop it if something is bouncing around the ship. I would guess that most guests will experience it...but it is no more guaranteed than the ports are. There is a lot more uncertainty on a cruise vs. a land vacation (Covid showed just how much) and people should remember this. 

    I realize things have changed, and often significantly, with the impact from COVID. My point is that if Regent can not honor what they publish, then they should make amendments to their publications. 

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  15. Just now, Pcardad said:

    That would include any port on every itinerary though. They try to provide whatever they are offering...but are not responsible for outside pressures like weather, sickness on board, scheduling conflicts, etc. I've seen this business from many angles for many years and the cases of false advertising are few are far between. 

    Here, we disagree. I respect your insight and experience. However, when booking a Grand Suite it clearly says (excuse me for not copying and pasting), dinner with a senior officer.  If they want to be truthful they should just say “perhaps a dinner with a senior officer”. There could very well be some people who book this suite “expecting” that to happen because of how they advertise it, and look forward to hearing these officer’s experiences. 

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