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  1. It seems like Pool Deck BBQ is scheduled for a night where the ship leaves port very late or overnights in a port.
  2. Belfast Taxman, Thank you, thank you, thank you! I hadn't noticed the drop in price in the last brochure and had booked on board on my last cruise. Sure enough, my TA called and our price dropped about $1500 per person! So that answers a question I had posted on a different thread of whether the Best Price Guarantee would be tracked by Regent. Apparently not, so check those brochures that you get multiple times a week in the mail! I'll buy you a drink if we sail together. Ha, ha! Martha
  3. If you are interested in participating in exercise classes during your cruise, I suggest you go up to the gym when you board and sign up for those. The gyms are small, and classes tend to fill up quickly. After that, I head for lunch at La Veranda.
  4. Last year on the Amazon Cruise, the entertainers put up the Christmas decorations. Thought that was interesting, and wonder if they always do the decorating?
  5. Are you asking about getting to San Diego from the L.A. port, or parking etc. while at the San Diego port?
  6. gb58 is in Hong Kong now touring, so I asked him about the situation. Here is his reply: The folks we've talked to here say the protests are very overblown by the media (what a shock!!) but they may be downplaying it for the tourists. We haven't seen anything yet but we'll be around the island & Kowloon today. Will let you know... And here is his update from yesterday's travels: Spent early part of Sat. travelling round Central HK & the rest of the island. They stopped the HoHo buses early (3.45pm instead of 6pm) due to "public activities"... We were at Ground Zero, so to speak, at 2 pm & saw some young people who could have been demonstrators, & a bunch of oldies on a sit-down protest in front of a police station. Will post some pics. later of graffiti we saw. Otherwise, much ado about nothing...
  7. Another great reason to dine in Mario's section in Compass Rose when it first opens is to see Captain Jablin each evening!
  8. Connoisseur Wine Lunch is FABULOUS! Did it on the Mariner this summer. Especially great way to spend OBC if you have it.
  9. If possible book your on line reservation early in the cruise. Once you have used that, you can go to the dining reservation desk and ask for additional reservations. Since you like to eat late, I would think you would have a very good chance of getting additional reservations. As Bill mentioned, being willing to share a table definitely will increase the chances! All of our shared tables have been 6 tops, so the likelihood of having two sets of difficult guests is very small. Only once have we been seated with someone we didn't care for, but the other couple was lovely!
  10. gb58, Better listen to GOARMY. Don't want you to be a dragon's tasty dessert! Martha
  11. Spent many lovely evenings in Mario's section on the Amazon cruise. He is top notch! Is Maggie assisting him?
  12. Our recent one on an Alaska cruise on Mariner was not well attended either. It was a very "strange" cruise all around compared to my 3 other Regent cruises..... no one wanted to share a table in Compass Rose, no one participated in the Social travelers group, little Block Party participation, and the ship was not full. I commented to some staff about it, and all we could come up with was that it was 4th of July week and it was a 10 night cruise instead of the usual 7 for Alaska.
  13. Usually late morning of the first sea day there is a Wines of the World tasting that includes many of the included wines. Suggest going to it so you can see what is offered and chat with the sommeliers. If you have something you particularly like, they can direct you to other similar bottles. Also, you can ask for any included wine at any venue (except apparently the Burgandy served in Chartreuse), so don't feel at all limited by what is suggested in Compass Rose each evening. On my last cruise, my roommate was looking for a French style (dry not sweet) rose and hadn't found one. The head sommelier (I Kadek) was able to find her one and sent a bottle to our suite. Love sailing on Regent! First thing I do when I arrive is take out things from the mini fridge that we don't drink, then let our room steward or stewardess know what we would like to have in there. As MJ said above, I just leave a note if I need more or something different.
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