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  1. On the Vero water thread and I think one other, there is some discussion regarding recycling on Regent and in luxury cruising in general. I remembered WesW's great staff spotlights, and particularly this one (sorry not savvy enough to do anything other than copy and paste.) It makes sense to me that Regent would not have passengers pre sort out their plastic, cans etc and there are also probably space concerns as well as just looking.... well unsightly to have multiple trash receptacles in public areas. That the job requires a there person team seems reason enough to want to lesson the load but I understand why others may feel differently. "What happens to your trash when on Regent Seven Seas Mariner? Meet the Mariner’s Incinerator operator who is our next “behind the scenes” crew member, whose hard work that guests on board are not aware of, is critical to the enjoyment of their cruise. Mark Mondonedo Cuer, according to the Mariner General Manager, Michael, “is the hardest working crew member on board.” Mark hails from Philippines, Cebu near Boracay island. He is married to the beautiful, Gervinho, and they have one adorable 13 year old daughter, Hera Danna. Like her father (Mark is one of the Mariner Krew Caper performers that shines brightly during the hip hop dance performance). Mark and Gervinho’s daughter, Hera Danna is following in her father’s dance steps as she is also a very active upcoming hip hop dancer. Both Mark and Hera danna learn new hip hop steps by intensely watching Hip Hop dance performances on “you tube.” Mark began working in Regent’s Deck department, more than five years ago in early 2013. Mark began his career with Regent’s Mariner which is still his favorite ship to serve on the Mariner. Mark’s, very first crew duty assignment was as a dish washer for the Mariner Galley about two years or two contracts ago. Mark is now a very proud member of the Mariner Deck Department where Mark serves as a member of the three person Incinerator Operator Team. Mark’s main crew duties are to segregate, all the Mariner garbage (Guest, Crew, Staff); paper, plastic, wet plastic, plastic bottles, glass, aluminum cans, tin cans, hazardous waste (electrical,razor blades). Mark and his team vigorously, during their four hour work shifts, work as whirling dervishes actively putting separated garbage in the appropriate bins for plastic, glass, cans, and hazardous waster. Then Mark and his team use the Mariner’s glass crusher, plastic compactor, plastic botttle compactor, can crusher (densifier) to reduce the volume of the Mariner of this segregated garbage. You easily can now begin to visualize, why Michael, the General Manager says, “Mark is the Mariner’s hardest working crew member.” The GM says Mark is the hardest working Mariner crew member. Mark, tells me his most challenging duty as an incinerator operator is Off Loading garbage he receives from Housekeeping initial trash bags (suite garbage). Mark and his team are use Personal Protective Equipment (e.g., gloves, et. Al.,) during their Mariner incinerator duty. Mark, also says his easiest incinerator duty is when he is on break and gets the opportunity to go ashore with fellow crew members. Asked Why I like working for Regent, Mark enthusiastically says (comparing his time with another cruise line) on Regent, “there is no discrimination, there is very strong comraderie/bond with fellow crew.” And most importantly, Mark says, “Regent really cares (e.g. with change in itinerary due to original itinerary path leading smack in the Hurricane Willa’s eye) causing the Mariner to miss ports (including San Diego). Regent and the Mariner leadership then, sent three crew home (departing from Costa Rica vs. San Diego), leaving some departments short (over the next eight consecutive sea days) by ensuring these crew were able to reunite with after more than six months of duty with their families. Please, remember that the hard work that Mark and the Mariner Incinerator team performs when you through your next can of soda in your in suite trash can."
  2. Reservations not needed for ferry, perhaps would be different if bringing a car over.
  3. Believe TC referring to the Luxury Cruising board on cruise critic.... look under Special Interest cruising under categories
  4. Not unless they are arranged for you which the ship will do for a fee (I think it is was $20)
  5. Couple of items what you saw on the motu was likely the camp of the family that maintain the motu. It’s a big job to rake entire beach so it’s perfect, trim all flora ( never saw so much as a downed palm frond) and I’m pretty sure they corral urchins in the shallows so there are clear paths. This is in addition to setting up and tearing down all chaises, umbrellas, etc. , maintaining the fixed facilities, etc. they do this almost every week for the PG and I think sometimes Regent ships use it too. My other comment sort sort of addresses two of your other observations. Food is very expensive in FP. Eggs are about a dollar PER egg, even hinano is close to 12 per six pack. Yes the hotel food prices are high but they are not gouging you as much as you might think.... and those egg prices result in everyone having a chicken or two scratching around in their backyard, hence the chorus of rooster calls. Agree with Kahuna that there is some good snorkeling at the motu but you have to know where to go.
  6. At night, a net is stretched across the pool so that it is not used; unsure what time this happens. Keep in mind because you are near the equator, sun sets 530-630pm; depending on time of year. Shorts not permitted in any public areas after 6pm. I imagine going back and forth to gym okay ;o)
  7. -Excursions thru the ship open up 60 days before the embarkation date (double check though, as this may be dated info) -I have heard of people having box lunches made; enquire onboard. Please note that some excursion providers may not want you eating on their, boat, bus, 4x4, etc -Snacks? In addition to 3 square and 24 hour room service, there is afternoon tea, occasional ice cream socials, food available in the afternoon at the pool grill; have never gone hungry on the PG -The ship does not cater to children like the mass lines. There is an ambassadors of the environment kid activity group on some voyages, also, daily craft class, trivia/name that tune contest, other classes with the Gaugines including language, pareo tying, dancing....kayaking off the marina (only certain days) If the kids love water stuff, they should be fine - Unk about radios -Fridges have water, beer, sodas ... let your stewardess know your preferences and they will try to accommodate. Please don't expect it to be filled with Rock Star or the like. -Have no idea if international calling plan would work on ship -Breakfast and Lunch are buffets with options to order off cook to order menu. Lunches are themed, French, Italian, Asian... etc - Breakfast orders through room service are placed by filling out a card and hanging on door before lights out. There is a 24 hour menu that includes a (small) variety of options. Last time we went it included sandwiches, pasta, pizza, salads, chicken, deserts.... someone may have posted it (Try Delane's enormous travel log) Also, during the hours of the main dining room, you may order anything off that menu that day. That can be a good way to spend a quiet evening after a long excursion day. Also, sometimes, we don't like to wait around to order dessert in the dining room so we do so once back in our cabin. The daily program will give you the hours of the bars; I don't remember off the top of my head. Yes you can get a morning Bloody Mary and late night cocktails, just unsure of the specific times. Not sure how to advise as to large group excursions. Any more questions, feel free to post as this thread has a lot of repeat PG cruisers... we're planing #10 ;o)
  8. Some things (like number of passengers) are hard to quantify in a comparison but very ‘tangible’ in the experience. On the other hand, do whatever you can yo see French Polynesia. It is spectacular.
  9. It’s been too long... guess spoiled by multiple live threads last month.
  10. Paul Gauguin is all inclusive except for excursions (though here is an included beach barbecue and free private island access in Borabora) It is a dream. Not sure I understand the ‘too themed’ comment earlier and definitely not family oriented.
  11. All for more plant based choices but impossible burger is an industrial, engineered product made with gmo ingredients... yuk
  12. This is an interesting post; as a super light packer, feel like I’m getting a glimpse of the other side. Worried for you if traveling atn economy for baggage fees but I’m sure you have that sorted. They will allow you an extra checkin for diving equipment but have been strict about it consisting of just that; also be aware they are serious about weight of your carryons. have s wonderful time!
  13. Got to agree with you Doug. After a couple of trips on the PG decided to try a Caribbean cruise on the Navigator... I think still Radisson at that time. So still small(ish) ship and similar service level to PG. Could not compare to the beauty of French Polynesia... both in the jaw dropping scenery and kind Tahitians. We decided we’re not bucket list people, no been there done that for us, more like been there ... when can we go again? Currently planning trip number 10.
  14. None of our ship dives have ever been scheduled in the afternoon.
  15. The dive times depend on a lot of variables including number of divers, their respective experience and whether there are any discover scuba or certification course divers for your cruise. Generally, there are two morning dives per site... I think 8am and 10am... with the new divers generally completing the first dive. This is not always the case and sometimes, perhaps depending on staffing they mix up the groups a bit. When you get on board, you will sit down at the dive desk which is next to the excursion desks and fill out a medical questionaire and they will advise as to what you are looking at in terms of timing.
  16. Flotation bibs are available from the ship’s marina, ask and they will toss one in with your other snorkel equipment that you chech out for the cruise.
  17. Interesting that the deck plans have comment that 801 has king, (seems like if others on that deck did they would comment) I can tell you they used to call the PG beds 'European Kings' now they rightly call them queens. The first line under accomodations on the website says what follows so clearly a king size bed would be an exception. If it's important to you, recommend you call PG to get clarity. Nearly 70% of suites and staterooms have private balconies, and all feature an ocean view, temperature control, queen-size bed (a limited number can have twin-bed configuration)
  18. Honeymooners and anniversary celebration still offered; usually in Bora Bora about an hour before sundown on (I think) the first night. Tell your travel agent or pg directly that you’d like to attend and you’ll receive an invite. You don’t need one to attend but not sure they publish it anymore in the daily schedule...and no, your anniversary needn’t fail on the cruise week. We usual hand our camera to another participant in case we’re not crazy about the one taken by the ships photographer ..... champagne, cake and a photo wrapped up in the blanket wearing flower crowns and flanked by gauguines with the Mt. in the background. It’s a nice souvenir.
  19. I agree with Wendy that I would not waste precious time on PG to get fully certified on board but the two hours to make 2 dives definitely worth it. To answer your concern re the 16 vs 2 hours. A full certification course will ready you to dive 90 feet without any supervision, learn how to set up all of your equipment, gage water conditions, etc. A discover scuba course (2 hours) readies you for highly supervised dives to 30 feet on first dive in Bora Bora (Toopua/'TableTop') and 40 feet outside the reef in Moorea (Rotui/'Shark Gallery'). You will be separate from the certified divers and HIGHLY supervised. Your equipment will be ready for you and placed on you. It wil be removed from you in the water at the boat so you will not be stepping up the ladder with tank, etc. Of course, the conditions and navigation will be determined for you. I think there will be at least 3 dive masters for 4 divers... possibly 4 for 4, can't remember when you're in the water. The dive masters on the PG are top notch, this is resort diving at its finest. 15 years ago we took the discover scuba course on the PG and we were hooked. Became certified, our vacations became diving vacations etc. Have fun!
  20. Can't imagine experienced snorkelers enjoying the underwater walk. I think best for people who don't snorkle or scuba and you'd mainly be walking around a coral head while the operators attract fish with food. For experienced snorkelers... if you have ever dreamed of making the leap to diving, the discover scuba program is a winner. 45 minute class followed by about the same amount of time in the pool trying out the gear (done in Huahine) and then qualify for 2 dives. Inside the reef in Bora bora and outside in Moorea. Spectacular! Just a thought. Plenty of good snorkeling to be found in FP. We spent about an hour giggling at a clownfish nursery coral head covered with anenome at the picnic motu. Hundreds of juveniles guarded over by some dedicated parents. And eels, a turtle, etc. So much fun. At the bora bora motu we have seen rays, schools of pelagic fish and of course all the tropicals you could hope for. The coral took a hit a fews years back with the crown of thorns but appeared to be recovering last time were were there. August is prime whale spotting time.... in all of our trips we have never seem them... a good reason to go again; have fun!
  21. The ship has hourly tenders going to the Borabora motu (for free); it's heaven on earth. There will be kayaks and SUP there, small set up with sodas/water/beer/chips and not much else other than white sand and view of the Mt. Probably only need an excursion on one of two days in BB as you'll likely want to walk around on the main island also. Re Tahaa, in 9 cruises on the PG, we have never scheduled an excursion on the same day as the motu picnic; we arrive on the first tender and leave on the last.... it's a fun day. The lotus are very different in amenities but also in their settings. We joke that the Tahaa motu is like Gilligan's island while the BB one is the Blue Lagoon. I am constantly surprised that people never make it to the BB motu. It is the cover shot on most of their catalogs. There is no bathroom and that is a turn off for some, I guess. You're going to have a great time.
  22. IMO you’re overbooked. Skip the pre motu snorkel tour in Tahaa and please find some time to visit Bora bora motu.
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