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    Teaneck, NJ
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    Theater, walking, cruising
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    Regent Seven Seas
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  1. Pre-Covid, we chose small group tours when we were really interested in the tour, and they were well worth the extra money. When our interest was marginal, we did not pay extra for small group tours, and in one place - Greenland - all tours were pretty small. We wonder whether tours that are not small group in the near future will nonetheless be smaller than the group size pre-Covid. We have an excursion signup later this month, and will need to decide whether small groups are still worth the extra cost. We will probably decide YES.
  2. But maybe not Ed Wood's Plan 9 From Outer Space, possibly the worst movie ever made. We'd like to join the optimists; but, frankly, our next scheduled cruise, mid-September from Vancouver to Tokyo on the Explorer (19 days), seems unlikely, even if somehow Alaska-bound cruises are allowed to sail from Seattle rather than closed-to-cruising Canada.
  3. Thank you, Mighty Quinn and J Mariner, for clearing up this point.. So I guess an Alaska cruise would be difficult with the 7 day limit, but nonetheless possible. Joe
  4. I'm puzzled by the legislation. For now, cruise ships are not just prohibited from stopping in Canada: they are not allowed to cruise in Canadian waters. One of the points of Alaska cruises is that much of the sailing is in the relatively protected Inside Passage. If the ships can't cruise between the Canadian mainland and Vancouver Island (& Prince Rupert Island), they will have a much longer, rougher passage between (for e.g.) Seattle and Seward. Can that even be done with the 7 day CDC cruise limitation? As for Alaska to Alaska cruises, I don't believe any port other than Seward c
  5. We're also scheduled for that cruise and, sadly, I agree with you. It's hard to see that, by September, we'll be able to take a 4-country (Canada, US, Russia, Japan) cruise in a manner that makes going worthwhile. That means full use of ship facilities, not having to use a mask at all times on the ship and on flights from NJ to Vancouver and Tokyo to NJ, and being able to have free time in ports, where we can sample local food, do some sightseeing and/or shopping on our own, and talk to the "locals". I fear that this is unlikely to happen. But keep up the faith: hopefully time will prove
  6. Which Japan cruise has been cancelled? We're scheduled to take the one in September, 2021 from Vancouver to Tokyo. I don't think it will happen; but I also don't think it has been cancelled. Thanks (Oops - I didn't see the post that says the April, 2021 cruise was cancelled. Keep your fingers crossed regarding the September cruise.)
  7. What's interesting about the first class air on trips to Alaska is that it does not apply (at least, so far) to the start of our Vancouver to Tokyo cruise on the Explorer scheduled for September, 2021, Who knows whether that cruise will take place: one of us is optimistic, the other not. Nonetheless, it's odd that we would have to travel by coach from NYC to Vancouver when Alaska cruises starting in Vancouver get first class air.
  8. It's nice to speculate about Explorer restaurant hours, and to post what the meal schedule used to be. The real answer to your question is that no Regent passengers know what Regent dining hours will look like after cruising resumes; and it's possible that management doesn't yet know either. Will they close off portions of the dining rooms, on a rolling basis, in order to disinfect the tables> Will they abandon the free choice of dining times and dining companions, so that people eat at fixed times (or only by reservation)? Will they extend dining times, so that fewer people are in the
  9. It's hard to find something funny about cruising these days; but the folks who run Cruise Critic managed to do so this morning. We received an email reminding us of the Meet & Mingle for our scheduled cruise on the Splendor on April 16. Like many others, we cancelled the cruise (which probably won't take place anyway); but there seems to be no way of cancelling our registration for the Meet & Mingle. The email was good for a small chuckle. At least we have a virtual Meet & Mingle - the Roll Call. We' like several others, are still posting. Stay safe, eve
  10. Nope. Astoria is also closed. In any event, unless the passenger travel rules requiring a non-US port are waived, Regent can't offer an Alaska cruise.
  11. We were on the cruise last August with MJ, and also did the home visit in Nuuk. Terrific tour. We were docked in Nuuk, even though the itinerary shows and showed this as a tender port, and tendered in Paamiut. Paamiut was a bit of a waste: untrained locals as tour guides, and the town's main attraction - the church - was closed. Joan, the bargain hunter, picked up some inexpensive souvenirs and toys at the shopping mall in Nuuk. Yes, everyone, even the men, should be prepared to dress in layers. I didn't find Iceland or Greenland to be cold; but then, I don't need g
  12. We took the archaeological wonders small group tour. The weather was putrid - s;eet and high winds in late August. Nonetheless, we are archaeology buffs, and this was one of the best tours - Regent or otherwise - that we have ever taken.
  13. On several occasions, I wasn't able to book at midnight eastern time; but was able to do so about 10 minutes later. If all excursions (or dining reservations) are shown as unavailable at 12:01, they might be available a few minutes later. For one of my cruises, I was on a Regent ship; but in an internet dead zone when excursion bookings opened. I know that was a possibility; so I asked my TA, who is in the central time zone, to book the excursions for me. She kindly did so. {I good thing, too - we had no internet when I woke up,the next morning, since our dock in Iceland was sur
  14. Our northern route cruise from Amsterdam to New York next month will go to multiple countries, involving four different foreign currencies other than the Euro (and we have plenty of Euros): UK pound (1 stop in Scotland), Danish krone (1 stop in Faeroe Islands and two in Greenland), Icelandic krona (3 stops in Iceland), and Canadian dollar (two stops in Canada). We’ll want to give tips, and possibly buy stuff, at all of our stops. Do we need to buy small amounts of each of the four currencies, or is it your experience that tour guides and drivers are happy to accept dollars or eur
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