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  1. Maybe more of you should take a look at Viking cruises, given how much you don’t like children. They don’t allow them and it’s also a very good product. We have 4 Regent cruises booked (one in just 2 weeks, yay!) and 1 Viking cruise booked so we do prefer Regent. We have much more issue with the Regent dress code than we do with kids onboard but we like kids and find that generalization rarely is true. Until we retired a year ago, my husband wore a suit and tie everyday and I wore a stuffy chefs coat everyday, we are over it already and prefer to dress in a more relaxed fashion. We are very well groomed and are frequently annoyed by the lack of good judgment in others who feel the need to dictate what others should wear. I’ve read about how someone wearing jeans looked like they could have been gardening so no one should ever wear jeans and that’s ridiculous. I’ve seen poorly groomed people in all fabrics and collars but so have the dress code police and they know it. It’s more of just being judgmental and I think too many people enjoy that very activity. We do not think that kids tend to be more disruptive than adults. It’s more likely that adults who don’t like kids are looking at everything the kids do in a negative, judgmental manner. Personally, I think stubborn old people who refuse to wear hearing aids so they shout and demand everyone around them to shout is far more annoying than a pixie of a kid bubbling over with excitement! Smokers are more annoying than kids. People who don’t sanitize their hands heading into the buffet are more annoying than kids. Chair hogs, people who take more food than they know they can eat, people who drive their electric scooters into the crowd to get there first, people who speak harshly to the staff, and people who spend their evening entertaining themselves by checking that every man is wearing a proper collar are all more annoying the kids. Most of the time it’s the attitude of the observer than the observed that’s the real issue.
  2. So if Regent allows passengers of all ages and, in fact, occasionally runs promotions to increase the population of the young children on board ... why should the poster with kids in his group have known better than to bring the kids in his group? Granted, they sound like they were not always behaving in a considerate manner toward the other guests, but was that due to their age? We sail on Regent and Viking, enjoy both, and have upcoming cruises booked on both. Viking doesn’t allow children and they have a more relaxed dress code. We prefer a more relaxed dress code, provided everyone is clean and neat; we happen to feel that one’s good grooming is not dependent on a particular fabric choice or style of collar. We don’t like loud or inconsiderate people of any age and don’t find that to be age dependent. The most annoying person on our last Regent cruise was a loud and rude older lady who treated the staff in such a contemptible fashion that I felt embarrassed. The kids on that particular sailing were adorable.
  3. Can you please help us clear up a recent confusion about the buildings on the private island? The wording used to be that there were 2, a small cabana and a large cabana. Now the wording is that there are 3, a lagoon villa, a one bedroom lagoon villa, and a two bedroom lagoon villa. Prices are all different now too. If you’ve been there recently, please help as we are getting different answers when we are calling for clarification. Running out of time to figure this out!
  4. Can you please help us clear up a recent confusion about the buildings on the private island? The wording used to be that there were 2, a small cabana and a large cabana. Now the wording is that there are 3, a lagoon villa, a one bedroom lagoon villa, and a two bedroom lagoon villa. Prices are all different now too. If you’ve been there recently, please help as we are getting different answers when we are calling for clarification. Running out of time to figure this out!
  5. Their website is so bad that I am at a rate loss for words. We are in the midst of sorting out some other issues and I literally included the following statement in an email to my travel agent yesterday, “And their website sucks”.
  6. Trying again... hoping to find someone on the Explorer now or has been recently to see if Ross is the piano player.
  7. After much anticipation, we are leaving in just a couple weeks for our next Explorer cruise! For those of you who have been on the Explorer recently, is Ross currently on board doing his piano magic? We thought he was just fabulous and are hoping to enjoy his music again soon.
  8. If you can make reservations for a pedicure before boarding, can you share the how to’s please. Apologies if this question has been covered, didn’t find it in my search. Three more weeks!!
  9. First thing that should be checked is what your sale price includes. My concern is that the online travel agent price is the one that opts out of the hotel and/or the airfare. If these perks were included in their price, which it absolutely does not have to be, the likelihood is that they would have gone over that info with you. The sooner you check this, the better.
  10. Christie Brinkley is one of the most famous models of all time with decades as the face of Cover Girl and also decades in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue ... posing for that coveted spot into her 60’s. She’s an award winning artist, dedicated mom, animal rights activist, and a USO overseas performer. She’s been on Broadway, in movies, and on TV. To sum it up, she’s good hearted, multi talented, and timelessly beautiful. Sounds like a great choice for the honor.
  11. Gluten free and sugar free items can be a different texture and taste and while it’s not for some, they are often quite good. Our focus is more on the vegetarian/vegan aspect though and it sounds like there are many good choices, even if we don’t always plan ahead. The always available salmon option will work well for our group too.
  12. Inedible doesn’t sound very inviting. Do you think that gf and sugar free items aren’t to your taste or do you feel that Azamara did a bad job on those items?
  13. While most people know Billy Joel and are aware of his musical talent, not many people know that Christie Brinkley indeed is an artist as well. For example, she painted the River of Dreams album cover that won her the Rolling Stone award for best album cover of the year.
  14. Thank you all for this very helpful information! Sounds like we will have no trouble whatsoever.
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