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    San Diego, CA
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    Crystal, Seabourn
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  1. HRPro, You're very welcome! I'm delighted to hear that Levant is still doing tours. You are sure to have a fantastic day. Another tip: If possible, visit Ephesus early. Levant met our ship as soon as we were cleared and dropped us off in Kusadasi mid-afternoon. It really helped to get ahead of the crowds and the heat! Mary Travel Blog: https://www.themodernpostcard.com
  2. Thank you to everyone for the helpful information on securing refunds during this most unusual time. My husband and I cancelled a December 2020 Symphony cruise on June 23, shortly before the final payment was due. Crystal subsequently cancelled the cruise. On September 1st, we filed a charge-back request with Chase, and a temporary credit was issued on our card. Yesterday we received an email from Chase with a letter from Crystal crediting our card for the "full disputed amount." Crystal kept a $200/pp administrative fee, which we have a year to use if we book a future cruise. Mary Travel Blog: https://www.themodernpostcard.com
  3. Ken, sorry for the late response on this. I can't begin to rave enough about our Antarctica experience on the Quest. My husband and I sailed the Buenos Aires to Santiago route in January 2017. All the ports were fascinating, from the big cities to the remote Patagonian towns. Highlights in addition to Antarctica itself were the Falklands (journey to Volunteer Point to see the magnificent King Penguins), Punta Arenas (Magdalena Island expedition) and the charming town of Castro, Chile (walking on our own). We hired a wonderful guide for a city walking tour in Buenos Aires and also did a wine tour at the end of the trip in the Casablanca Valley near Santiago. Please feel free to email me if you'd like contact information. Here's a link to my blogs from Antarctica which you might find helpful. I also have stories and photos from every port listed under their respective countries on the Destinations page. https://www.themodernpostcard.com/category/antarctica/ Whichever itinerary you choose, you will have a fabulous trip! Mary Travel Blog: https://www.themodernpostcard.com
  4. @Phillygirl3, If I had been asked this question when we took our first Regent cruise to the Mediterranean seven years ago, I would have completely agreed. The included excursions and guides were just okay, and we never sailed with Regent again until our recent cruise on the Voyager from Barcelona to Dubai. This time, however, it was a completely different experience. The included excursions were wonderful, the small group excursion to Jerusalem and Bethlehem was fantastic and the overnight to Luxor was led by a guide who was a fabulous as any private guide we've had. The one disappointing guide we had in Petra and Wadi Rum didn't really impact us because the excursion itself was such a delight. I think @UUNetBill and @mj_holiday make a great point about regional differences in tours. I also think that may be true for itineraries and the enthusiasm of our fellow passengers. The travelers on our excursions seemed interested in learning and seeing and doing as much as possible. There was a lot of interesting conversation and interaction with the guides as well as with each other. It was truly an engaging experience. Best of luck , and I hope you have some wonderful excursions! Mary Travel Blog: https://www.themodernpostcard.com
  5. Emdee, I'm glad to have rekindled some memories from that part of the world! It will be interesting to know your thoughts on returning to Regent after seven years. The Explorer looks like a beautiful ship. Wishing you a wonderful time!
  6. CabinForOne, Thank you so much! I'm happy to know the Jerusalem blog brought back some great memories. I will be posting stories and photos from the remaining ports on this cruise, so please be sure to check the blog for updates or sign up for email notifications when a new post is up. This was a fantastic itinerary...how exciting that you are booked on a similar cruise!
  7. I just posted a blog from this cruise's day in Jerusalem and wanted to share our experience here on one of Regent's Small Group excursions. The Voyager was docked in Haifa for just one day. We opted for the "small group" excursion that included both Jerusalem and Bethlehem, figuring it would be a good way to cover so much in the short timeframe of one very long day. About 15 of us were assigned to one of the buses that typically handles a full-size group. Our guide was terrific and did a great job keeping things moving. We knew that Jerusalem would be crowded, but had no idea exactly how crowded it would be walking through the Old City. Our guide literally turned into a head-counter at various stops along the way! There were quite a few excursions to Jerusalem that day, and we all gathered at the same hotel restaurant for lunch. Our group went on to Bethlehem before the drive back to Haifa. Bottom line: For us, the small group excursion was worth the extra cost and delivered everything that was promised. It was a long and wonderful day! Here's my blog link for more details and photos: https://www.themodernpostcard.com/jerusalem-bethlehem-an-extraordinary-experience/
  8. doc47, Thank you! So happy to know you had a similar experience on the cruise. I think this itinerary is a bucket-lister's dream 🙂
  9. LadyandtheTramp, Sorry we didn't get a chance to meet, but I'm happy to know you felt the same way about the cruise. You're so right about what a small world it is. We ran into a couple on this voyage whom we had met on a wine tour in Auckland almost two years ago. They had been on a Regent cruise that ended in Auckland, and we had disembarked from a Seabourn cruise!
  10. @south park, So good to hear from you, Kelly! Herb and I really enjoyed meeting you and your mom as well. I'm glad to know you both felt the same way about the cruise...what a trip it was! If you have a chance, please email me and let me know how your post-cruise India adventure went. I'd love to hear about it. And of course, let us know if you come to San Diego or somewhere in between! 🙂
  11. blondietoo, So glad you had a similar experience on the cruise immediately following ours! That sounded like a terrific itinerary as well. We have not sailed on the Explorer, so I can't compare food venues. I know Chartreuse gets a bit of criticism on these Boards, but we really enjoyed our dinner there.
  12. MightyQuinn, Wow, you have made my day! Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I'm delighted that the blog brought back some great travel memories. It's interesting that we both first sailed Regent about the same time (ours was in 2012) and had similar reactions. This recent cruise was such a completely different experience that my husband and I found ourselves often commenting that we felt as if we were on Crystal or Seabourn. I definitely think it's worth giving Regent another try if you find an itinerary that sparks your interest. Please feel free to email if you run across specific questions. I'm always happy to offer any insight when possible!
  13. Bellaggio Cruisers, You're so welcome! I'm happy to have sparked some wonderful memories. Such a fantastic part of the world 🙂
  14. Hambagahle, I'm so glad you found my San Diego blog post helpful! I wrote it with cruisers in mind since there are quite a few terrific things to do within walking distance of the port. Little Italy is a great option if you're short on time. I'm sorry I can't recommend any Mexican restaurants offhand. There is a huge variety of Mexican cuisine here – from inexpensive little "shacks" to sophisticated modern cuisine. Your hotel concierge is your best bet for a recommendation. And as for Filippi's...it's definitely a world away from what you're used to in Northern Italy, but it's a San Diego "institution" and always fun! Please feel free to email me or post here if other questions arise. papaflamingo, I enjoyed your comment about Filippi's. The next time you're there, check out the framed menu from the 1950s. The prices are sure to make you smile! orvil, Thanks for adding the kind words about Darle. She was truly our favorite server on the cruise!
  15. liptastic, Thank you so much...I'm happy to know that you enjoyed the review!
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