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  1. For those concerned about accessing the “on-line” end of cruise survey, this is not affected by any problems of connecting to the internet. It is my understanding that the survey does not require internet access (via satellite); rather you are simply connecting to the ship’s intranet (local network). This is the reason it cannot be completed after guests leave the ship. The survey can be done on your own device (laptop, phone or tablet) with Wi-Fi or using a desktop in the computer room/business centre. Comments on internet connectivity during the cruise need to be added to one of the “additional comments” boxes, as there are no specific questions about this service on the survey questionnaire ........................ I wonder why? 🙄
  2. Navigator only has one speciality restaurant, Prime 7. Although you can only make one reservation in advance you should easily be able to make more reservations once you are onboard a 25 day cruise. As others have said flexibility in timing and willingness to share will always help. You will also find the dinner menu in Compass Rose to be extensive, with both "always available" excellent dishes and delicious, ever changing, "daily specials". Although Sette Mari is not our favourite restaurant, some guests love it and we did find the layout & ambience on Navigator to be better than on Regent's other ships .......... so definitely worth trying on a couple of nights of your cruise. One thing is for sure, you will not go hungry or thirsty on a Regent cruise 😋
  3. For advice on the vaccinations and medication that you may need for your cruise, it would be best to speak to your GP or health professional and also check with Regent as to what documentation they require for the cruise. We did obtain the Yellow Fever vaccination and certificate before cruising up the Amazon a few years ago. The advice available on line indicates: Brazil: Yellow Fever vaccination is recommended for the Amazon. A Yellow Fever certificate is not required for entry into the country. (https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/brazil) Barbados (I believe this is your next port after leaving Brazil): A Yellow fever certificate is required if travelling from a country with a risk of Yellow Fever transmission (e.g. Brazil). (https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/barbados) Having had the Yellow Fever vaccination, the certificate is valid for life. If your age or medical condition prevents you from having the vaccine then an official waiver can be obtained. https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/diseases/yellow-fever
  4. @maryogreen, Thank you for the excellent summary and such a well balanced review of the recent cruise on Voyager. I cannot believe that we missed you during the cruise. We were at the M&M and the overnight at the Hilton in Luxor (although I think there were two separate groups). I even looked for you a couple of times at your favoured internet connection spot on deck 6 after you posted about it, but to no avail. Maybe our paths will cross in the future. Having seen King Tut's tomb and mummified remains, we hope to visit the Tutankhamun exhibition in London early next year, before the artefacts are returned from their world tour to their rightful place back in Egypt in the new museum at Giza.
  5. @Sirlancelot, Hope you have an enjoyable cruise on the excellent ship Seven Seas Navigator. Most information is available on the Regent website, but unfortunately it is not the easiest to navigate and there is a lot of marketing “fluff”. Much of the really useful info is to be found in the FAQ section.
  6. ................. and the country in which you are resident and where your bank or credit card company is located. [worth mentioning since CruiseCritic is an international site]
  7. If I am reading the suite amenities on the Regent website correctly, it is only the top suites that can order room service from the speciality restaurants. For Mariner that is the Master and Grand suites only; not all the named suites.
  8. ............ and more recently this one: https://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/food-drink/champagne-prosecco-sparkling-wine/best-champagne-a7459321.html .............. but @Trevor Fountain was not talking about supermarket own label champagnes (which are produced by the French Champagne Houses and labelled for the supermarkets). Rather he inferred that any brand of champagne purchased from a supermarket would be inferior. I am genuinely intrigued as to why this might be.
  9. Please enlighten me, as I do not purchase champagne and seldom drink it. From where do you purchase champagne (and other wine)?
  10. But cheaper in many other outlets. If you buy 6 bottles or more in Tesco by tomorrow it comes in at £26.25 per bottle 😊 (equivalent to €31 or $34US)
  11. @vino123, As Dave says, no need to worry. You are guaranteed a suite of grade H or better. However the allocation of that suite (i.e. actual grade, deck, position and number) may not be made until you check in. You may know earlier - on a Navigator cruise earlier this year we were allocated a suite number one week before boarding (one grade higher than the gty that we booked). Hope you have a wonderful cruise on an excellent ship in a beautiful part of the world for the Holiday season 🤶🎄
  12. Yes, they are always very helpful in the Southampton office Availability will be indicated when you are booking each excursion. On completion you will be presented with a summary, which will also be emailed. If you are waitlisted for one or more of your tours and the waitlist clears before your cruise, you or your TA will be emailed. If you had booked an alternative to your waitlisted tour you will be asked to choose which one you want to keep.
  13. If it is a short cruise then we do all the bookings in one go. If the cruise is longer then we may split into groups. If there is a “must-have” excursion that looks as though it might be popular & space limited then we would target it in advance of others. A few things to keep in mind: sort out what you want in each port in advance (have the excursion list emailed) maybe have second choices ready if you have to wait-list it is often not a problem as the waitlists clear more often than not don’t expect the excursions to be available on-line dead on time if you have any issues on-line simply ring the Regent office in the morning you are planning a vacation not a military operation; the process should be fun not stressful 😄 Hope you enjoy your cruise and the cruise planning 😎
  14. Same with us, but are interested in the process as we may want to use the opportunity In the future. We have met with others who have enjoyed visits from friends or relatives; and when we were in Bali for a two day visit a number of crew members had family visit which was something special. The largest numbers we have observed were groups of Travel Agents - usually accommodated for lunch in a reserved area of Compass Rose, so of no issue to other guests.
  15. I think I understand the issues that you are encountering, (and to some extent the confusion of the room service staff). We usually have a very simple order for the morning: 2 x Coffee 2 x Milk (or Half & Half) It is quite amusing the number of different combinations we have received. Sometimes one pot of coffee, sometimes two; sometimes one small jug of milk, sometimes two, sometimes one large, sometimes hot, sometimes cold. No worries, as long as we receive our injection of caffeine and the coffee is hot 😁 Some alternative suggestions to try to receive what you want; plated as you desire: Two breakfast cards - one for each of you. Suggest these are marked 1of2 and 2of2, otherwise they may assume a double order and bin one. An explanatory note attached to the breakfast card amplifying your exact requirements. Abandon the breakfast card and ring in your order when you wake up.
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