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  1. We are on the Smeralda departing from Rome on 11/14/19. We looked at the tours available through Costa but didn't want to be with such a large group, preferring smaller tours. The recommendations for www.Italytours.EU on Cruise Critic are very good. We have a a tour with www.Italytours.EU lined up for 11/15 in La Spezia going to Florence & Pisa. We are a party of 4 but need a party of 6 for a price break. I posted the tour info on The Roll Call for this cruise months ago but there doesn't seem to be much activity on Costa Roll Calls for the Smeralda, at least for our cruise. Check out the website for this tour company and read the reviews and compare to Costa tours.
  2. We will be cruising on Costa Smeralda on what I heard was her maiden voyage, Nov. 14, 2019. I'm having second thoughts about choosing cruising on such a new ship. I just know from staying at new hotels, there are always some hiccups, some serious. Anyone have any experience or thoughts? This is our first Costa Cruise. We normally cruise on Princess. I know this will be different and that's okay. One thing I have read is that smoking is allowed in many public areas or balconies. Hoping that's not true. The itinerary is very good and looking forward to the experience, just wondering if I should book a later cruise instead. Thanks for your thoughts.
  3. We were on the Regal in November and we noticed the staff didn't seem as friendly as we were used to on our previous Princess cruises. Our waiter in the MDR also never seemed to get our beverages straight even after 7 days and it was the same order every night. We had early dining and the courses took a long time to be served and then we felt rushed when it was time to order dessert. Will we continue to cruise on Princess, of course, and we will enjoy ourselves but we remember a happier and friendlier time on previous cruises. And yes, the food has gotten saltier. I love the Onion Soup in the Crown Grill but last time it was so salty I didn't even finish it and that's saying a lot.
  4. The dress is "smart casual". Collared shirts for men, no shorts. The dress is the same as the MDR I think. We had a great dinner at the Crown Grill.
  5. We just returned from the Regal on the last NE/Canadian Cruise of the season. It was only a 5 day and we all (4) agreed that was too short. We've done a similar cruise several years ago that was a 10 day. This was our first cruise on the Regal. This cruise was Sold Out. We were on Aloha deck, inside cabins. This was our first cruise at the Platinum Level. I had heard so many negative things about the Regal, yes I agree, I really miss a Promenade deck but we got our 10,000+ steps on her everyday. We tried to not use the elevators which was a good thing since that was the only place we ever saw a line. We thought the food was very good but I know that's a personal thing. We had Traditional dining every evening and usually only ate lunch & sometimes breakfast at the Horizon court. We ate in the Crown Grill on Formal Night since we didn't want to bring evening clothes. The dinner in the Crown Grill was excellent. Our waiter was Marko and he was exceptional. The food at the International Cafe is very good as well. I thought the wait staff in the Horizon Food Court was the friendliest and most helpful of anyone on the ship. We all remarked that our room steward was just average. He didn't do anything exceptional. Our bed configuration wasn't as we had requested on the Cruise Personalizer. Our daughter and her husband in the cabin next door mentioned the same thing. They asked for robes and it took several days to get them. I had to remind the room steward that I liked the ice bucket filled everyday. We aren't demanding people and have just always had better room stewards, even amazing on previous cruises. Our wait staff in the Allegro DR was also lackluster. We aren't wine or coffee drinkers yet every night we were asked if we wanted wine. Service was often slow and one evening I didn't receive an appetizer I ordered. I just went with the flow and when my entree came instead I just ate that. The waiter would list the special items of the day and if we didn't order what he suggested he always seemed annoyed. We didn't take advantage of any shows. This was a family cruise with our daughter & her husband and we were just happy to be together since we live on opposite coasts. We spent every evening playing games either in the library (smallest library on any ship I've ever seen and no game room) or in the Horizon court after the diners had left. The wait staff always brought us drinks and were so friendly. One perk of playing games in the library is enjoying the beautiful piano music coming from the bar at the Crown Grill. We did have massages and I was pleased that we weren't bombarded with purchasing their potions. They did offer them but I said "no, I don't think so" and that was that. The hot stone massage was great. We only had 2 ports, not including NYC. We had a wonderful tour in St John, NB with Go Fundy Tours. Our guide was Diane who works with Alexei. She met us 1 block from the ship at 10:00 AM and didn't return us until about 30 min before we needed to be back on board It was a great tour focusing on nature and the Fundy Trail area. She was so knowledgeable and made it a very enjoyable day. In Halifax we didn't get off the ship early since that's the day we had our morning massages. We just walked around the town. The Old Burying Ground Cemetery was so interesting. The first burial was in 1749. We also enjoyed the Public Gardens. We didn't go to the Citadel as we had done that on a previous cruise. We were pleased that even though it was late in the season, there was still some fall color in Halifax. Oh, I did enjoy the FREE Internet for Platinum guests. We also got Soda Plus cards. We are Cherry Coke drinkers and everyone else in our party enjoyed the Mocktails. My daughter and I also enjoyed the Afternoon Tea near the Internet Cafe with all the tasty treats although the scones were very hard but the little tea sandwiches & cream puffs were so delicious. All in all, we enjoyed our time on the Regal. It doesn't compare to our favorite ship, the Coral but that's like comparing apples and oranges. If you have any questions, I'm happy to answer them.
  6. We are on the Regal leaving this week. I want to make reservations at the Crown Grill for formal night (packing light and don't want to dress up) and want to wait until we get onboard to use my onboard credit since it's not showing up yet in my cruise personalizer. I know if I call the dining line, no one is going to answer it the first day on board. Does anyone know where the office is where I go to make reservations in person? Should I just go to the Crown Grill? Can you confirm, no ties required for the Crown Grill even on formal night? Thanks.
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