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  1. Cruise Critic reviews for December and January on Sirena were really negative, commenting on engine failures, poor service, food, attitude, etc. Our previous experience with Oceania was terrific and we have just come off the waitlist for Sirena in an Owners Suite. Can anyone balance the bad reviews with some good comments please ? I hope so. Thanks, Tripperva
  2. DeepFreeze, we will be really interested in the comparisons to the Explorer. Furnishings, layouts etc. Thanks.
  3. Let us know what deck you are on and please share your opinions. Cheers.
  4. TravelCat: "After 34 Regent cruises, the bottom line seems to be that most Regent cruisers (and other luxury cruise line passengers) do not want to see children on board. However, Regent gives discounts during the summer and possibly during the December holidays. So, if you wish to avoid children and large families, avoid these times of the year. NOTE: I am posting specifically about children in the U.S./Canada since approximately 80% of Regent cruisers are from these areas. After 34 Regent cruises, the bottom line seems to be that most Regent cruisers (and other luxury cruise line passengers) do not want to see children on board. However, Regent gives discounts during the summer and possibly during the December holidays. So, if you wish to avoid children and large families, avoid these times of the year. " TC has warned us about this for years and she is correct that pax can skip Regent for about 4 months a year if you want to avoid children. But many of us are Regent fans and want to travel in the summer and perhaps over Christmas. Unfortunately, Regent becomes luxury cruise line just about 8 months a year if you don't like screaming children. We (Platinum) will most likely continue to book with Regent year 'round and also with Silversea. The inconsiderate parents and their children would truly have more fun on other cruise lines.
  5. This thread may get a lot of views. You may wish to solve the issue before sailing as there is minimal dental assistance on board.
  6. "nor any kids upstairs on the 12th floor deck" Wrong! Absolutely wrong. Plus the loud noise from deck 11 kiddy camp in card room came up into the rooms on 12. The poster who keeps arguing for children on Regent could make a lot of people happy by going elsewhere. Just look at the posts.
  7. So, does Regent want to be luxury all year or just part of the year ?
  8. Virtually all of the responders have expressed substantial dislike for traveling when children are aboard. So, why doesn't Regent discourage children the way some other lines do ? Many of us really do wish to travel over holidays but we suffer the noise and disturbances! How about a response from Regent ?
  9. Two of the family groups on that Explorer cruise had nannies along. How do you tell a two year old to stop screaming and how do you tell a five year old to stop running ? Some cruise lines discourage or prohibit children. A brochure from Viking says no children under 18 allowed.
  10. A recent cruise on Explorer was marred by the many young children yelling and running around the ship. Several large families brought kids, from infants to teenagers, and they certainly effected the high quality normally expected on Regent. This may be unique to the holiday season cruises, but many guests were unhappy with the noise and disturbances. Imagine dining in the Compass Rose with screaming infants nearby. Or reading at the pool area with young kids constantly running past and jumping around. Regent organized supervised activities for the children on the upper decks and also turned the card room into a play camp which effected guests in the suites above on 12. Is Regent encouraging children on their cruises by offering free fares and organized events ? I hope not, because it diminishes the otherwise excellent Regent experience.
  11. Years ago, Christmas eve on Silversea, we (Episcopalian) requested a group table. We were joined by a Catholic priest and his mother, and by a Rabbi with his wife. There was laughter all around and good fun for all.
  12. Regent, Seabourn, Silversea, etc are all so fully booked up that management gets indifferent to individual complaints. This could come back to haunt them if economy turns.
  13. Sorry to see this. They are very special, and we hope they will stay with Regent.Management should know how popular they are with the passengers.
  14. Does the Explorer offer ESPN when in the Caribbean ? There are a lot of bowl games coming up over the holidays. Thanks for any info.
  15. Thanks DC. I looked at that photo for the pool steps and did not notice the statue.
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