Regardless of the cabin, fly business from the USA to the ship, even if you have to pay a little more. Insist on non-stop as Regent will try to make you connect going and returning.
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Always try to fly Business Class--makes for a much more enjoyable travel experience. I would suggest pricing the flights yourself and compare to Regent's pricing and itinerary as sometimes Regent does not furnish the quickest overall flight itinerary.
We paid extra for the business class which is worth it, however the Air Services department booked our return flights through Paris with no extra time for delays. We literally had to run to our gate so we wouldn't miss our plane. If we were to use them again, we would insist upon better planning.
Be sure to ask for a tour of the Bridge. (Your Butler can arrange this, or the Desk.) It is AMAZING how they maneuver this ship. PS Tel the Captain if you like him to sound the horn leaving port. I don't think they know how popular this is!
in some ports, it's pretty long walk to the tour busses. If walking is a problem, ask the wonderful Regent crew to take you inane of their wheelchairs. You can't KEEP the chair for the tour, but at least you'll get to the bus!
Regent's land tours in Tallinn, Estonia all seemed to require a LOT of walking on rough cobblestones, etc. The shuttle into town only went to a lackluster outskirt of the interesting part of town, requiring MORE walking to get anywhere interesting.
Get to the Shows a bit early, so you can order a drink. They will stop serving when the entertainment starts.
The espresso machine at Coffee Connection on Deck 5 makes WONDERFUL cafe-au-lait. Also, there's almost always something great for a "continental breakfast" or a snack.
Breakfast at La Veranda is a quick, delicious buffet. If it's warm, eat out on the rear balcony.
Be sure to visit the Observation Lounge, especially when leaving port, (or when coming in, if you're up that early.) It's a beautiful, panoramic view, with a nice bar and lovely piano music in the evening.
Voyager is an understatedly elegant ship, with passengers' comfort foremost. We found the other passengers to be charming, which I suppose is a function of the natural-selection of those who desire this kind of.many who luxury travel.
For the main dining room, try to stick with the head waiter assigned to a group of tables. We prefer table for two and always get it.
Be sure you know where your cabin is and what's around and above your cabin.
The excursions were typically all day so there was not much time for relaxing & and enjoying the ship. Maybe pick some shorter excursions or skip a day to stay on board.
Would like to have one casual dining / bar area that permits blue jeans. When arriving back at the ship late and just wanting a quick bite and drink, we don't want to have to change for an hour or two.
Enjoy it all and take time for yourself.
When Ray Solaire is the cruise director (twice for us on the Voyager), you're guaranteed to have a great time. Wonderful, entertaining gentleman. Because the ship is small, you know many crew and passengers and everyone is always smiling and happy.
Do not overpack. Expect the possibility for an older demographic. If shows and performances are your thing, look very closely at what is offered. If a nice relaxing and fun time with great shore excursions are on the ticket - it is a wonderful ship.
Be careful of pre cruise hotel costs. Huge markup Make sure it is not an inaugeral sailing
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