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JC in CA

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    Santa Clara, California
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    fostering puppies, cooking, quilting
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  1. Yes! We had Club Class in 2018 on Grand Princess. The dining room hostess, Ana, made our trip! The dining room staff was very good as well. We really enjoyed the Club Class experience.
  2. Thanks for this reminder- there was a lot of chatter about Window Suites while we were looking into our 2018 SF-Alaska-SF cruise. For the Greenland itinerary, a balcony won't be that important to us. Something to consider....
  3. ahhh- thank you all! The club class suites on the cruise I am looking at must all be sold out! I had jumped to the conclusion that the ship didn't have them. Thank you!!!!
  4. By any chance does anyone have a list (or know where to find one on the Princess web site) of which ships offer club class mini suites? We really enjoyed club class on the Grand in 2018 and would like to look at cruises that offer this option. When looking into a Greenland cruise - I realized that not all Princess ships offer club class. Thanks for any info! Jerie
  5. We were on our 1st Regent cruise in October. Yes, it is pricey - but you do need to add everything into the price of a non-inclusive cruise to compare. The small size and very friendly passengers were one of our favorite things about the Mariner. The bridge instructor was a nice surprise - we'd never played and definitely learned the basics to start us off. Excursions were managed extremely well! We were on a large cruise once, where we sat and waited and waited in the theater to be called to leave. On Regent we arrived in the theater a bit before the listed time- exchanged our tickets for the bus number ticket and were often called out to the bus before our time! The table was well staffed and very well organized. I missed having a full promenade deck as we've experienced on some of the larger ships we have been on; but on a smaller ship space needs to be carefully allotted - and it is well done on the Mariner . I greatly appreciated all of the open public spaces- inside and around the pool. Room service was the speediest of any we have ever had. Meals were always complete and breakfasts were delivered early in the selected time window. One day our tray was still in our room late into the afternoon - someone responded to my call for a pick up quite quickly. We did come across a few crew that were not at the same level of service that we expected with a luxury cruise line. One was an assistant waitress in Chartreuse. She repeatedly walked up to our table and started talking - not paying attention to the fact that our dining companion was talking. First time, I thought perhaps she didn't realize it, but when she did it at least 2 more times, I realized that she must not have been paying attention. I saw our waitress the next day and mentioned it to her, she thanked me profusely and said she would talk with her about it. Another was the gal in the coffee connection early on in our cruise, she must have been having a tough day, but her short attitude with the passenger in front of me should not have happened. Justus (sp?) in the coffee connection was fantastic! Our room stewardess was rarely around, although she kept our room in great shape, she never checked in to see if we needed anything else - restocking of our fridge would have been nice, but we were fine getting what we needed in one of the bars. We were glad we took the plunge and tried Regent! Jerie
  6. Hammo- I can't remember where I read it - might have been on the cabin TV - but somewhere it said that credits could not be used in the casino. We did not try to use ours there. Perhaps others have experience with using OBC in the casino. My husband plays Texas Holdem at home and went to check the game- said there were only a few players and he did not like the way the tournament was set up - something about unlimited re-buys. We had $500 in OBC from our TA- spent almost $400 on Regent Choice excursions and most of the rest in the boutique and additional ship to shore minutes. We were told that these credits were non-refundable. One of our excursions had to be partially cancelled due to weather - around 5 PM the night before departure we received a letter saying they were crediting our account. We were surprised to receive a credit back on our credit card! -Jerie
  7. John117, We were on the Panama Canal cruise 9/30-10/15/19 on the Mariner. There were plenty of disposable bottles of water ready for folks to take as they left the ship on excursions. Jerie
  8. I had a slice of that! Definitely a nice way to start our cruise!
  9. Marc, As brand new Regent Cruisers- we were surprised to have invitations to dine with the GM and the Executive Concierge on our 9/30-10/15 Panama Canal cruise. The other couple at dinner with the GM completed 200 nights on that cruise, the couple with the EC were over 500 nights. As newbies, we were quite honored by the invitations, never expected them. I can see why you felt slighted on that important night. Jerie
  10. I did write a formal review - lots of what I commented on above - here it is if you'd like to check it out https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=668302
  11. I loved the caramel popcorn part - not so keen on it being paired with ice cream though. I talked to the waiter- he said that they will serve just the caramel popcorn - but we never made it back to Prime 7 to order that 😞 Next time!!!
  12. Belfast, The scallops have a very thin slice of chorizo on top. Really good! I love scallops and had them 4 different dinners- I think they are served in all restaurants - maybe not Sette Mari. I am sure you will enjoy! Jerie
  13. And if you love bread - the Panzerotti in Sette Mari - the little warm triangles filled with melted mozzarella and marinara - yummmmm
  14. I know what you mean! I've seen the Miso glazed sea bass talked about a lot - recommended it to my husband- he loved it. So much great food on a Regent cruise.....
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