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  1. Just keep away from 9045 Aqua 2 and surrounds . Right next to the pool filtration system. Sounds like being inside a washing machine with a continuous cycle. Often sold as a Gtee cabin
  2. Cruised from Yokohama October 2018 and used the Osanbashi International Passenger Pier. Looked almost new so find it difficult to imagine they would build another. Celebrity seems to arrange cruise from this port in the Typhoon season so suggest you prior overnight in Yokohama and give yourself some wriggle room.
  3. just got back from Dubai to Singapore. No visa you just get a card / pass handed out on the day to be handed back. Very fussy about that so take care. UK nationals do not require one in any case
  4. Just come back from Constellation where it has just been introduced. They were prepared to do it at half price halfway through the Cruise so I guess that says a lot. Its a "one off" the sort of thing we would take the Grandchildren to if it was on land. I despair Celebrity - you have "Sushi on 5" empty every night and now this , What happened to the restaurants of old "Ocean Liners" The menu was soup, lobster and steak
  5. This cruise is running between Dubai and Singapore and the reverse during January and February and into March. I believe the ship will then shortly go into dock for a complete makeover before returning to service. I think this is the first time they have done this route. We had saved up our pennies and booked a suite and I cannot speak too highly of the food and service we received during the cruise. Our cabin was kept spotlessly clean by Victoria and our butler Bart could not do enough for us. The food and service in Luminae was outstanding and while you tend to remember the names of the extrovert ones such as Rosebud and Mercy while there is a whole team keeping it going day after day. We have been with Celebrity many times over the last 15 years. Also, the ship was in excellent condition considering her age and was kept spotlessly clean throughout the cruise. We took this cruise because we wanted a taste India with a place of tranquillity to retreat to every night and Constellation provided that. However, you need to study the route and port timings very carefully and be aware that these change for the Singapore to Dubai route which at first glance are the preferable. My comments relate to the Dubai / Singapore route only. Most rolls call’s for Indian cruises spend the bulk discussing the India visa procedures. We had no problem in obtaining ours although producing the photograph took time. All the ports listed are covered by the Evisa scheme which has not always been the case. Celebrity have taken the route and squashed it into 15 days resulting in a number of half days at ports. Often arriving in the middle of the day in temperatures of 30 C plus and where it gets dark at around 6 pm. Many of the stops are not tourist destinations and you may find yourself over 5/ 6 hours driving 4 hrs with just over and hour at the destination. On the Indian coastline you have the Portuguese, The Dutch and finally the British all leaving their mark so you will be shown examples of houses and churches in all those destinations. These are some of the issues we found, which you may find helpful Dubai . Leaving at 4pm on Day 2 gives little time to do much. The HOHO buses do not route through the port, although it might appear they do There is a feeder bus from the port to the Burj area before you can join the routes and unless you have a clear two days the ticket price is not worth it. We took a taxi to the “Creek area” nearby for a couple of hours which still retains some history. If you want to do the Burj then take a ships tour, but there is mainly an awful lot of sand to see once you are up there. Muscat – Arrived midday. There is absolutely nothing to do in Muscat in the afternoon. The big draw is the Mosque which is open in the mornings only so do not get taken in by the ships tour which is a stop and view. Mumbai – We were part of a group of 5 couples who hired a private guide with a small coach and had a fantastic time over the two days and that was the highlight of the cruise for us. However Mumbai is very “busy” place and I do not think you would see much trying to do it yourself. The down side is that Mumbai is very polluted and one day it obscured the sun, so if you have chest or breathing issues take care. Om Namaha Shivaya Pranav looked after us and I give him a very strong recommendation. info@grandmumbai.com https://www.tripadvisor.in/Attraction_Review-g304554-d3182713-Reviews-Grand_Mumbai_Tours-Mumbai_Maharashtra.html Goa / Mormagao - There are lengthy taxi rides to beaches, we had a group tour to the local town and a spice plantation. Cochin – Hot ! took the Grand tour with a local guide , interesting has one of the oldest synagogues in the world which will have importance for some. I am told the "Houseboat trips " were a two hour drive to the starting point. Colombo - Half a day and hot. Spent a lot of time driving to a lowland tea factory. Short time at destination, very interesting and we had tea and cake on the lawn. Arrived back at the ship in the dark. Phuket – Half a day. Was here twenty years ago and much has changed. You tender here and the jetty is on the south side of the beach / town. If you take a ship’s tours you have to walk some distance from the jetty to a coach park and at the end walk back to the jetty. The traffic is gridlocked. We did not finish the tour as we lost someone, and it then got dark. Suggest you do your own thing. Singapore – Wished we had stayed on. There is the highest indoor waterfall in the world and complex now open at the airport where you can pass the time at before the flight. We got the impression that Celebrity might not do this route in another year, because of the Admin at the Ports. You have to get a copy of your visa stamped by a customs officer each time you disembark and don't even think about loosing it. You will need an entry permit to visit Sri Lanka which you can get online Hope some of this helps
  6. Having had Aqua 2 a few times on Constellation the area you want to avoid is around 8145 as you are close to the Pool filtration system. The Pool is on the deck above. It is like being in a washing machine and they do not seemed to have improved it over the years. If you book an offer on Aqua 2 that the area you could end up
  7. Thanks Hambagahle I often book through a USA - I believe the term is "Consolidator " as in some cases you get better prices. I will be contacting them when the time zones align, but often the views of others are useful
  8. Many thanks My confirmation of availability, a without formal booking does not allow access to the booking system , so I have been confused as to how this list was constructed
  9. SORRY attached wrong file Voyager Dubai - Singapore 16th November 2019 We have the opportunity to sneak onto this cruise late in the day and luckily I can sort the flights out. I am a bit confused about the shore excursions and what the availability would be. The Indian and Myanmar ports would not be easy to DIY so availability is a deciding factor. I understand many are complimentary with others subject to a charge which id something they pitch. I understand the rules on pre- selection depending on cabin grade and I am posting here on the general Regent site as many of you will be familiar with the procedures. Regent sent me a full list of the Excursions for the cruise , but when I put a hold on the cruise they sent me a much shorter list marked "pre-selected excursions" I have attached this to the post and my question is - Are these a list of Excursions that you can book in advance with the others available to book on board. Or is this list all that is left ! ? I have noted that a couple are wait listed We have not been with Regent before and communication across time zones is difficult so hopefully you will all have dealt with this in the past and can advise. Hopefully the file will open Many thanks Copy Regent preselected Excursions.pdf
  10. Voyager Dubai - Singapore 16th November 2019 We have the opportunity to sneak onto this cruise late in the day and luckily I can sort the flights out. I am a bit confused about the shore excursions and what the availability would be. The Indian and Myanmar ports would not be easy to DIY so availability is a deciding factor. I understand many are complimentary with others subject to a charge which id something they pitch. I understand the rules on pre- selection depending on cabin grade and I am posting here on the general Regent site as many of you will be familiar with the procedures. Regent sent me a full list of the Excursions for the cruise , but when I put a hold on the cruise they sent me a much shorter list marked "pre-selected excursions" I have attached this to the post and my question is - Are these a list of Excursions that you can book in advance with the others available to book on board. Or is this list all that is left ! ? I have noted that a couple are wait listed We have not been with Regent before and communication across time zones is difficult so hopefully you will all have dealt with this in the past and can advise. Hopefully the file will open Many thanks Copy of Excursions Voyager Dubai to Singapore.pdf
  11. Have the option of booking a last minute cruise on Voyager between Dubai and Singapore in November. Has anyone experience of noise and vibration on Deck 6 aft in the 664 - 671 range. These are the deluxe Veranda cabins Many thanks
  12. As someone new to Regent I would like to hear the experience of other in booking "free excursions " especially when you book the cruise 2 or 3 months before the sail date. I see that there is a pecking order for booking and its a free for all say 180 days before the cruise. Many thanks
  13. On all the big cruise lines the default passenger is now "Free Drinks inside Cabin " Get up at mid day and drink till midnight. Its has been a race to the bottom for the last 10 years. I am surprise that Britannia is not dispensing "Lip Filler " in the Spa !! Looking at the previous post the seven day holiday is the default for our North American friends who tend to take less holidays than those of us in Europe. This is possibly linked to our generous social security benefits. In the USA you seem to be able to fall a long way very quickly unless you are firing on all cylinders.
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