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Hometown: McLean, Virginia
Joined: 01/26/2015
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Retired in 2000 to travel the world to scuba dive remote locations



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Celebrity Reflection

October 2016 - 15 Night Transatlantic Westbound (Rome To Miami) Cruise on Celebrity Reflection

Great weather and smooth seas

We had a great time meeting many different cruisers and enjoying the many sea days that crossing offer.


The crew of the reflection was outstanding with many activities and lectures to pass the time or just doing nothing and enjoying the moment. Ship was spotless and food was very good. Entertainment was just average from our perspective while enjoyable it was just OK.


Getting onboard was quick and simple but leaving was the usual Miami hassle with delays and very long lines. We where lucky since they opened a Global Entry line which allow us to get out quickly. I'm sure the ship did everything possible but most of the mess I'm sure rests with the Port of Miami.


The only way to return from Europe!

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Seven Seas Navigator

March 2016 - 14 Night Celestial Crossing (Miami To Barcelona) Cruise on Seven Seas Navigator

Disappoint doesn't begin to describe this cruise

I have loved Regent since my first cruise with them in 2001 (then call Radisson) with impeccable service and spectacular ships but this cruise has changed everything.


The good points was the entertainment which was fabulous and not to be missed. The Jean Ann Ryan productions only lacked a "Playbill" program from being on broadway. Dancing was beautifully  coordinated with all the dancers in perfect sync (try to do that on a moving stage). The singers where equally good and the productions where fun to watch and well staged. The cast also handled the various games and actives which gave you the opportunity to really get to know some amazing your people on a one on one basis. Entertainment in the future will be provided by NCL Productions so we will have to wait a see to what level it will achieve. The addition performers where equally good and where not to missed.


For the most part the crew was truly up to Regent standards with cabins kept in perfect order by the wonderful staff we have come to love on Regent. John, the cruise director, was great  showing up everywhere, remembering names, always with a smile and took care of problems with a I'll get it taken care of it attitude. I would look forward to sailing with him again.


Staff in the Compass Rose dining room varied from the impeccable service expected on Regent to just going though the motions. How do you serve a Dover Sole with out deboning it for the diner? Why would you let your diners sit 20 minutes with out at least bring a bread basket instead of talking with the other servers. The pool grill staff was overwhelmed on nice days with long waits for drinks which is definitely not the norm for Regent.'


The itinerary was originally promoted with stops in Bermuda, Funchal, Gibraltar ending at Barcelona. This was changed after final payment was due dropping the stop at Gibraltar with no explanation being given and penalties imposed if you wanted to cancel (I know the cruise contract allows them to do anything the want but this isn't Carnival). I and a lot of my fellow passengers where disappointed on how this was handled by Regent.


The Bermuda stop was an overnight arriving on Palm Sunday with almost everything closed and having to leave early because of weather issues on Monday. I guess I should blame myself for not checking the calendar more closely. Our stop in Funchal was a total waste for the passengers since an engine failure got us in so late all the tours where cancelled but repairs to the engine where successful. Our arrival in Barcelona was on time at 2PM since they gave us an overnight in place of Gibraltar to a pier loaded with dumpsters and supplies. At least the tours offered where excellent and we got to see quite a lot of the city returning in time to see veranda and pool deck furniture loaded in the dumpsters (I think we now know why Gibraltar was dropped).


When you pay a lot for a cruise with a line known for providing a superior experience you are disappointed when you receive a third class product. We all received a $500 future cruise discount for missing Funchal but looking back I should have taken the substantial penalty and cancelled. We where only on the ship to help pay the cost of moving it to dry dock so with the exception of the entertainment I was disappointed with the new Regent (now that NCL has purchased them). Lets hope this is a one off experience.



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Celebrity Solstice

January 2016 - 14 Night New Zealand (Sydney To Auckland) Cruise on Celebrity Solstice

A big ship with a small ship feel

Our first cruise on Celebrity and we where very pleasantly surprised. The ship was must larger than we normally book but everything was handled very well. We didn't experience long lines  or overcrowding and found the other passengers to pleasant and engaging. Everybody was willing to share tips or ideas on ports or seeing New Zealand.


May have been our first but we have booked others on Celebrity and are really looking forward to our next. 

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September 2015 - 7 Night Glacier Discovery Southbound (Seward To Vancouver) Cruise on Zaandam

Weather was a challenge


Rain was the norm but seas where calm so it could be a trade off. For some reason the ship was VERY cold so I kept bundled up even in my cabin. Only gave it a good because the crew and ship operation was fine but entertainment was only average for me. Glacier bay was very nice since the weather was cooperating and the ship really made a effort to please. Embarkation/disembarkation was smooth.

Real reason for trip was the tour through the Yukon which had great weather. Trip became a problem when HAL allowed a contractor to dump us without being involved at Denali. I would be very careful in booking a expensive tour (mine was a Denali overflight) since they allow contractors to do anything they want, to your detriment, without being involved until its too late to help you. Their final word was it shouldn't have happened but too bad we can't do anything.

If you are a fan of Gold Rush  Haines is the home of Grandpa John and Parker and talking with the locals about them was interesting and show that they are real people.

The tour leader on our train trip from Anchorage to Seward son was a crew member on the Deadliest Catch which gave real information about the show and how hard it is to fish the Bering Sea.






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February 2015 - 14 Night South America Passage (Buenos Aires To Valparaiso) Cruise on Zaandam

Just an OK cruise


The Zaandam and crew was fine but entree choices in the main dinning room where limited and became boring toward the end of the cruise (14 days). Sea conditions where very good considering how difficult this area can be but the weather in the fjords was limiting which is the luck of the draw. Ports visited where just average but seeing Cape Horn in sunlight was worth the trip.I wouldn't recommend this trip for a new cruiser since what you see is very limited. The Norwegian fjords are much more spectacular with Alaskan glaciers far better than what we saw. If you want to see glaciers at their best try and visit Tracy Arm in Alaska.

Fellow passengers help make the trip and we really had a good group on board. Many countries where represented and we had many good dinner conversations.

Holland America needs to pay attention to the embarkation process which can only be described as FUBAR. No organization with local staff that was very poorly trained and lines that never moved. It was so bad that my luggage made it to our cabin before we did which can only be described as a new low. The whole process was a mess considering most of the information was provided with online checkin. Printing out your own paper luggage tags I think could lead to miss directed bags.

The life boat drill was a complete waste since the noise of the port made it impossible to hear anything said. When this in conducted in an active port like Buenos Aries a written statement with the information covered should be handed out as you checkin.





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Seven Seas Mariner

October 2014 - 21 Atlantic Crossings (Lisbon To Miami) Cruise on Seven Seas Mariner

Any Regent cruise is a good cruise

I gave this "only" 4 stars since we missed three ports for various reasons. Sierra Leone because of Ebola which I can understand but changing two weeks before sailing and just adding an overnight is really poor planning. We missed Cape Verde because of a medical problem which I can completely understand but not wanting to spend the fuel to try and make the port is not acceptable since you pay a lot of money for Regent and its "Luxury goes Exploring" tagline. We crossed that ocean at 13-14 knots which is really slow so we could make Barbados on time and resupply provisions. Missing St. Bart's wasn't a big deal but after missing so much you would think they would try and make something happen like St Kitt's.

This was a three week crossing and was fabulous except for the missed stops. Food was fantastic, service was impeccable, and fellow cruisers fun to meet and interact with. Dinner was always fun because you never know who you will meet and what can be learned in conversation. Regent at its best.

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Seven Seas Navigator

November 2013 - 24 Night Amazon Adventure (Miami roundtrip) Cruise on Seven Seas Navigator

Seven Seas Voyager

November 2008 - 8 Night Western Mediterranean (Rome to Madeira) Cruise on Seven Seas Voyager


August 2008 - 15 Night Northern Isles Adventure (Copenhagen to New York) Cruise on Eurodam


January 2007 - 15 Night Circle Hawaii (San Diego roundtrip) Cruise on Zaandam

Seven Seas Voyager

July 2006 - 7 Night Russia & the Baltic (Copenhagen to Stockholm) Cruise on Seven Seas Voyager


July 2005 - 17 Night Voyage of Vikings (Boston to Rotterdam) Cruise on Maasdam


June 2003 - 14 Night Alaska (San Francisco roundtrip) Cruise on Prinsendam

Seven Seas Mariner

June 2002 - 11 Night British Isles & Ireland 'Waterford Wedgewood Cruise' (Southampton to Hamburg) Cruise on Seven Seas Mariner

Seven Seas Mariner

June 2001 - 11 Night Alaska (Vancouver to Seward) Cruise on Seven Seas Mariner

bigboofer's Tips

Cruise Dusky Sound -
Cruise Doubtful Sound -
Cruise Milford Sound -
Gibraltar (U.K.) - Would love to rate but we didn't stop but did see it a sunrise as we passed.
Funchal, Madeira - Arrived at 2PM on Easter Sunday with everything closed and all tours canceled.
Barcelona, Spain - Please plan on spending more than a day here. This city has a lot to offer.
Cruise Glacier Bay -
Cruise Inside Passage, Alaska -
Lisbon, Portugal - When you visit Lisbon please book a tour with Dan with his motorcycle and sidecar at His knowledge of the city is second to none and riding on his bike is a gas. Book early since he is so good he will be hard to get.
Miami, Florida - It always takes longer to get off than they tell you. Don't plan a tight connection
Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile - Do some searching to find transport to Santiago. We used tours by locals and it was great and much cheaper than anything the ship offered
Cruise Cockburn Channel -
Cruise Glacier Alley -
Cruise Canal Sarmiento -
Cruise Chilean Fjords - Better weather would help but the luck of the draw
Cruise Cape Horn -
Punta Arenas, Chile - No reason to stop other than having to stop after being in the Falklands.
Cruise Strait Of Magellan -
Cruise Beagle Channel -

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