Jump to content

Istanbul to Dubai


DeepFreeze63
 Share

Recommended Posts

Hi:

We will be on the Istanbul to Dubai cruise next month. It’ll be our 6th on Regent and 3rd on Voyager. We are big fans of the Regent at-sea experience but have had our share of disappointment with their land-side communications- thank goodness for our excellent travel agents!

I read Regent CC board daily and think I know in general the interests and issues of Regent cruisers. I’m going to keep a detailed travel log and post a summary of our experiences after my return. I’m willing to include our findings, observations and opinions on specific questions if you’ll identify them before we sail on October 31st – I’m hopefully going to be “too busy” when cruising to post while at sea.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 3 weeks later...

Well "Final" isn't FINAL! Last evening Regent announced that this cruise was reverting to a stop in Israel (although 2 nights instead of the original 3). Israel had been dropped a few months ago. Cruise documents arrived 10 days ago (no Israel). E-mail of "Final" information arrived directly from Regent on Monday with no Israel. Last night a Regent E-mail arrived announcing the return to Haifa for 2 nights and 2 new Egyptian ports besides the one for Luxor added last month. Of course with the proviso:"As always, our primary concern is to ensure the safety and security of our guests and crew and if conditions in the region change, we will adjust the itinerary accordingly."

I hustled and changed (I think that they went through) dining and excursions and am reasonably happy (of course, I would be as with any cruise that was only 2 weeks away). As I promised, I'll take good notes. Hopefully, it'll be a fun adventure!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Last night a Regent E-mail arrived announcing the return to Haifa for 2 nights and 2 new Egyptian ports besides the one for Luxor added last month.

 

I've been watching the saga of your cruise since we'll be on the very similar cruise next year. The change described above puzzles me. How did they add back the two days in Israel plus two new port calls in Egypt without changing or dropping something else?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

There have been many changes since I booked while on board more than a year ago (price, air upgrade price, ports, times). Luckily (we did our own air) the beginning and ending ports remained the same. Compared to the original itinerary, we lost: Patmos, 1 night in Haifa, a sea day (I think but not sure), and the overnight in Aqaba (for Petra). The latter was a "biggie" for us as we were going to stay at Petra overnight and take the evening tour in the site.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 3 weeks later...

Am now8 days into cruise. Great experience! About 640 passengers with only 87 who are Gold, Pt, or Ti. About 50 from Mexico; otherwise the usual mix. About 6 well behaved children. Food is terrific, especially the ethnic lunches. Barbecue on deck tonight. Armed escorts in Egypt. We didn't,t see any unrest in Israel but read the papers.

Captain is Green and CD is Ray s- wonderful pair. Destination Services doing a good job despite us and Egyptian passport control.

More later.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I will probably owe Regent an apology (fingers crossed). Port said is ugly but the excursion to Alexandria (3 1/2 hr. bus ride) was very worthwhile. The National Museum, the Roman theatre complex, and especially the new Library made sitting pain worthwhile. We just returned from the Aquascope excursion and we loved - thousands of beautiful fishes and interesting coral formations. So my rants about Port Said and Sharm el Sheik were misplaced. Those on the journey to Cairo may have a different opinion.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Just back from a wonderful "overnight in Luxor"; it was wonderful! A whirlwind excursion that had: a great Egyptian guide, a Regent escort, a comfortable bus, a beautiful hotel, very good food, Oh yes world-class sites/sights! The long drive was beautifully desolate, mountain like structures; Luxor is the cleanest part of Egypt that we saw. Well done Regent.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

DeepFeeze64, loving your reports! I will be getting on the Voyager for 30 nights when you debark, so your reports about the service and food are comforting, given some recent mixed revires from those aboard the Mariner. And especially nice that you got an overnight in Luxor! It appears that our cruise will be almost full as well. Please continue to post your thoughts.

Edited by jhp
Link to comment
Share on other sites

DeepFreeze64: If you time, could you ask a sommelier onboard the Voyager if they have a NZ Sauvingnon Blanc available on the ship? It has not been available on the Mariner and has been promised for the last few weeks. Just curious if it is still on the Voyager. Thanks:)

 

Looking forward to your continuing posts.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Just back from fun day in Petra. Aqaba is a clean, neat, and well maintained- gives one a nice impression of Jordan. Country is hurting with drastic drop in tourism. We had great weather and Petra was relatively "empty".

Funny, the "Mexico" group apparently disembarked in Aqaba!

Antonio in La Veranda and Setti Mare is ahoy and runs efficient restaurants. TC2- Ihad the open-face ravioli that you recommended. It was delicious.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Just back from fun day in Petra. Aqaba is a clean, neat, and well maintained- gives one a nice impression of Jordan. Country is hurting with drastic drop in tourism. We had great weather and Petra was relatively "empty".

Funny, the "Mexico" group apparently disembarked in Aqaba!

Antonio in La Veranda and Setti Mare is ahoy and runs efficient restaurants. TC2- Ihad the open-face ravioli that you recommended. It was delicious.

 

Glad to hear that you enjoyed the ravioli! Sad to learn that Jordan is hurting from a drop in tourism. It is such a great country and has long been a friend of the United States.

 

Did you happen to notice if the "Mexico group" were mostly men? I read an interesting article this week about people using cruise ships to get to the Middle East. I know that this is totally off topic but my curiosity is heightened.

 

After reading very negative comments regarding the Mariner, it's great to hear about your experiences on the Voyager.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

First sea day of 4. Had breakfast at 8 and there were only 4 of us. Guess 3 long bus ride days exhausted us! Ate on aft center of La Veranda and vibration was significant. Can also feel it for first time since Istanbul in our cabin(659). Will check out other location in awhile.

Internet works well in our cabin and is as fast as my on-line provider at home (maybe I should find a new provider).

Tc2 - will find out about the wine tonight; having dinner with Ray. "Mexico" group was families who were mostly from Mexico but also from Columbia, Ecuador, etc.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thanks for your comments Deepfreeze. We join the Voyager in late December at Cape Town. If there is NZ Sauvignon Blanc on board please ask the sommeliers to ensure some remains for us.

Do you know if Ray will still be aboard for the Cape Town-Singapore leg?

Enjoy the rest of your cruise and I look forward to any other comments you might like to post.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Marq, I have heard from others aboard (Sue and Ray, we've both cruised with them before) that Davor is the current GM, but don't know that he will be staying on, but Ray Solaire will be getting off in Dubai, and we will be joined by Jamie and Dana. Marcel is the food man.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

3rd sea day; entering Gulf of Aden. Have had an anti- piracy drill - go into hall and sit on floor. Ship will be blacked out tonight.

Ray S leaves in Dubai for a 4 month vacation; Jamie and his wife take over as CD. Dravor ( spell?) leaves about 10 days after Dubai and a replacement GM arrives.

High winds last two days. Captain has ship at top speed. Vibration is significant in aft locations. Minor in cabin 659 and in 5 th deck theater.

Food has been very good; DW and I will post details upon our return home. Entertainment has been marvelous! Ray will have done 3 puppet skits - unbelievable talent! Best pair of lecturers of any of our 6 Regent cruises; of course, these locations lend themselves to great presentations.

My only disappointment ( nit ) has been that the pizza is not hot enough for me.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

  • Forum Jump
    • Categories
      • Thank You for 25 Years - Click for Fun Stuff!
      • Forum Assistance
      • Q&A: Cruise Insurance with Steve Dasseos of TripInsuranceStore.com - June 2021
      • New Cruisers
      • Cruise Lines “A – O”
      • Cruise Lines “P – Z”
      • River Cruising
      • ROLL CALLS
      • Digital Photography & Cruise Technology
      • Special Interest Cruising
      • Cruise Discussion Topics
      • UK Cruising
      • Australia & New Zealand Cruisers
      • Canadian Cruisers
      • North American Homeports
      • Ports of Call
      • Cruise Conversations
×
×
  • Create New...