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    Los Angeles
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    Travel, History, Film, Soccer (referee and coach), golf, Dodgers, food
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Oceania, Regent
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  1. Marina and Riviera both have excellent and varied restaurant options, as do the new Regent Seven Seas shops. We always particularly like Jacques and Red Ginger. You may well enjoy the price fixe supplement Wine Spectator option included on these two ships, La Reserve. We are foodies and went to French Laundry multiple times both before and after Thomas Keller took over; the price fixe was about $45 when he started there. We think it’s become horrifically overpriced and boring, though the vegetarian option is pretty good. if and when it reopens, Dominique Crenn’s Atelier Crenn in San Francisco is far better, fully meriting its three Michelin stars...the first every three star award to a woman restaurant owner/chef. You will never get cuisine like that on any cruise ship...
  2. I wish you had made your topic title more specific. Unless you read the post, the impression is that you are disappointed with Riviera in general. I could figure out why. We were on her in November for 16 nights and had a wonderful time. The few minor glitches (the only significant one involving the cruise director) were rectified after a comment.
  3. No idea what you’re talking about. The steward will unplug the chargers when you’re out of the suite, but this has never been an issue on our many cruises.
  4. The Brickell Wine Bank. http://portofinowinebank.com/brickell/
  5. Studies have shown that people tend to rate a meal higher if they actually have to pay for it, particularly if they pay a large sum...
  6. The specialty restaurants on the O ships are better, starting with the unique Jacques and La Reserve options and the separate Polo and Tuscany... Plus the fun cooking classes. we generally eat late and skip the shows.
  7. JPR

    Air upgrade

    We are flying nonstop from LAX to Montreal to pick up an Oceania cruise and then back from Miami,, and did significantly better by booking premium economy OURSELVES through United, with AN Air Canada codeshare on the outbound flight. We are going to arrive a few days early in Montreal, so we also saved the deviation fees. Of course, we booked the flights nine months in advance...
  8. Yes, you should be able to do that.
  9. Hospitals will have you towed if you’re parked in the visitors lot for several days.
  10. No doubt. We have enjoyed cruising on Navigator too, though never on a TA. But the fact remains that she was built using the hull of a Russian spy ship, and her stabilizers are only somewhat effective in high seas. All of the other Regent ships (and all of Oceania’s too, fwiw) do much better in rough weather. If you don’t care about that or the much smaller size and fewer amenities of the ship, you’ll have a fine cruise on Navigator with its nice large basic suites that are matched only by Voyager...
  11. Voyager too. Not the Navigator, which doesn’t do well in rough seas...
  12. Can we please stop posting digressions on this negative thread. Perhaps start a new one on point?
  13. When he governed Japan after WWII, General MacArthur required Japanese school children to read “Anne of Green Gables” as part of his strategy to prevent the reoccurrence of militarism and intolerance there. My understanding is that it is still on the standard school reading list there. Consequently, to this day, the most popular place for Japanese to get married outside of Japan (and perhaps Hawaii) has been Prince Edward Island...
  14. I think Shauna should be named the Cruise Critic Regent Board’s ambassador. Seeing her happy photos always makes us smile.
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