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#249282 - 11/22/17 02:29 PM Re: Voyager - 27 Oct 2017 [Re: Marc]  
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Congratulations on selling your home...No more stressing !!

I Love reading about your journey. Congrats on the trivia wins.
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#249284 - 11/24/17 09:03 AM Re: Voyager - 27 Oct 2017 [Re: petlover]  
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Up to four consecutive wins in trivia. Arlene, Jim and Mary, and Dick and Pat combined for a third place at Liar's Club while I was at Cognac tasting (my first minor grumble, scheduling two wonderful events against each other). Today we are in Colombo; decided to take shopping tour in town which ended up covering the panoramic tour as well. I had not been here since 1983 so great to see it again; first time for Arlene.

Great dinner with Captain Daniel, Nicola, Jim and Mary and two couples we had yet to meet (Marcie, it was good to meet your friends Dick and Pat). Now, we have three sea days followed by three days in Burma. Tomorrow night is SSS party and we have dinner with Stephane, F&B. Tonight is our trivia team dinner, I sure hope it is a five time celebration instead of crying in our wine. After too many cruises with cruisers with so many nights that they knew all the answers keeping us from winning; it is nice to be the team that is winning. Ray is taking over in Singapore so I have started studying Harry Potter trivia.

Went to lecture yesterday. I think it is first time I have watched an entire lecture in all my time on Regent. I think I will watch some more. Still haven't picked up a book to read or played bridge; been too busy with all the silly games. I think more people are staying on in Singapore (to Hong Kong) than stayed on in Dubai. We have also met a few other folks staying on until Beijing.

The remodeled Compass Rose is very nice. Some issues walking between tables (sometimes they walk you through the server stations) but much quieter than Explorer; more soft surfaces and no mirrored wall. We had table for 10 in middle of restaurant last night and could still talk across the table. I have made my "routine" comment about lack of game meat (including Ostrich) but have enjoyed both always available and daily menus. On a few occasions the daily menu did not feature a beef dish so I have had a steak a little more often than I planned. I am working my way through P7 menu; I can definitely say that I won't order Seafood Plateau again; not much food and cold scallops are strange. I think next time I am having Porterhouse.

Today it has been four weeks since we boarded; Sunday night will make it our longest cruise. I am learning that I have to take some down time; can't treat it as a continuous vacation. It is nice to think of the ship as home; but since I don't drink wine every night at home, I have learned to do the same thing here; some nights a cocktail and some nights just water.

More later . . .


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#249285 - 11/26/17 06:49 AM Re: Voyager - 27 Oct 2017 [Re: Marc]  
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Many of you that were on FROLIC remember Kseniia, the Crimean Assistant F&B. She is in same role here. The 35 bar staff (bartenders and bar waiters) all report to her. She is fantastic. In the last few days I learned a bit more about how the bars are staffed (we had dinner with Stephane last night among other sources). First, I learned that only Europeans could be "Bartenders." Asians could be Assistant Bartenders but not Bartenders. Their career path would be to learn the skills to be a Sommelier. I was a bit upset about this as Joseph has been one of our favorite bartenders both here on Voyager and in past. Well, the info I learned was only partly true. From now on, only FEMALE Europeans can be bartenders. Iuri and Catalin are grandfathered but no more male bartenders either Asian or European. (Anivash, Indian, is Head Bartender, he is also grandfathered).

The other thing I learned is that none of the F&B staff (around 300 in total onboard) work for Regent. F&B is a "concession;" they all work for Apollo; the same group that used to own Oceania and Regent. I guess the fact that the staff actually work for Apollo is immaterial; I am still on the fence regarding European female bartenders only; Alesksandra and Cy Cy are both fantastic; but so are Catalin and Joseph.

We didn't make it to five in a row at trivia; came in second but followed it up with a win the next day.

Had a Cognac/Armagnac tasting the other night; the first sighting (by me) of an obnoxious passenger; off now to a Whisky tasting.

More later . . .


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#249286 - 11/26/17 05:02 PM Re: Voyager - 27 Oct 2017 [Re: Marc]  
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Marc, your posts have been great - fun, interesting and informative. Thanks so much! It makes me smile to read about all the fun you are having!


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#249287 - 11/26/17 05:48 PM Re: Voyager - 27 Oct 2017 [Re: Marc]  
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That is just not right! I do not understand how they can get away with this discrimination. You have to wonder what in the world is their rationale for this?? We have had many outstanding Filipino and Indonesian "Assistant" bartenders over the years, and I knew the policy was that they could never be "bartenders", only "assistant bartenders". I just never understood it, and still don't understand it. sad confused

We have had some great European female bartenders in the past (Aleks is definitely one of them!) but we have also had some that were terrible (not friendly at all and some times downright rude to the other crew and the passengers too!). In many cases, the "assistant" bar tenders have done a better job of running the bars than the bartenders did.

And yes, I agree, Kseniia is awesome! Tell her hello!


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#249289 - 11/27/17 12:56 AM Re: Voyager - 27 Oct 2017 [Re: lonestarlady]  
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Originally Posted by lonestarlady
That is just not right! I do not understand how they can get away with this discrimination. You have to wonder what in the world is their rationale for this?? We have had many outstanding Filipino and Indonesian "Assistant" bartenders over the years, and I knew the policy was that they could never be "bartenders", only "assistant bartenders". I just never understood it, and still don't understand it. sad confused

We have had some great European female bartenders in the past (Aleks is definitely one of them!) but we have also had some that were terrible (not friendly at all and some times downright rude to the other crew and the passengers too!). In many cases, the "assistant" bar tenders have done a better job of running the bars than the bartenders did.

And yes, I agree, Kseniia is awesome! Tell her hello!


Cindy ,

Sounds like you already knew of policy that Asians could only be assistant bartender; I don’t think any change there; they still can be assistant bartender.


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#249290 - 11/27/17 05:19 AM Re: Voyager - 27 Oct 2017 [Re: Marc]  
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Thanks for the posts, Marc. Wish I were there to share the various lectures and tastings and trivia with you! And Alice would be there with you at every silly game! smiles


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#249291 - 11/27/17 06:21 AM Re: Voyager - 27 Oct 2017 [Re: seadog]  
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Numbers from SSS party:

Titanium 4
Platinum 16
Gold 129
Silver 229

Total 378

There are supposedly around 612 onboard and it is a 21 night cruise so I don't really understand how everyone is not Silver

This cruise did not sell very well. Regent did three things to fill up the boat (without lowering "fare" so didn't have to honor onboard booking guarantee);

First, they offered a good deal for those booked on Singapore to Hong Kong leg to add Dubai to Singapore leg; a really good deal according to one couple we met that took it.

Second, they offered Canadians "at par" fare which amounts to a discount over 20%.

Third, they have a large foreign contingent; no idea if they gave special pricing overseas.

Less that half the passengers are Americans. Top five countries are:

USA 254
Canada 74
UK 64
Australia 51
Switzerland 34

Passengers come from a total of 27 countries.

We should have entered boat building competition again; only two entries and are honorable mention from last time would definitely have placed in top two.

Burma tomorrow. Been listening to great lectures by John Freedman; whetting the appetite.

More later . . .


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#249295 - 12/01/17 07:58 AM Re: Voyager - 27 Oct 2017 [Re: Marc]  
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We are having a sea day today, so finally I have time to post. We have been so busy! Yesterday we were in Myanmar and were there for 2 1/2 days. It was fantastic. Marc and I definitely want to go back as there is so much to see. We really want to see if we can talk Ngaire into doing a land trip there! (Hint hint Ngaire!)

Our cruise director is Margaret Lynn. I had not cruised with her before and was a little leary as a cruise director can (IMO) make or break a cruise. She is fantastic, now my favorite! She works so hard making sure there are always things to do. I have been teasing her that she is "killing me" as I have no time to sleep in or take a nap as there is so much to do and I don't want to miss anything. She and Elda, along with the social hostess Nicola are just the best. The games, lectures, classes, shows, music, etc. There is just so much to do. The lecturer is fantastic though I have made it to too few lectures. The theater is always packed for him.

The regent signature orchestra is absolutely the best they have ever had. We have been staying up listening to them almost every night. They do it all from oldies, to jazz, to contemporary. Just terrific.

I have really enjoyed the staff this trip too. I am not sure if it is because we are on for such a long cruise, or if they are just more personable, but we have gotten to know so many of them, it truly feels like we are cruising with family. All of them have learned our preferences and I never sit down but someone is bringing me something before I even ask. The absolute best! The food has been so good too. It seems like everyone has just been going overboard to ensure we are well taken care of. I am just overwhelmed at the staff and how good they have been to us. Truly special.

We are having a great time. Marc has been wanting to see Myanmar for so long and it did not disappoint. All our excursions have been really great. Sometimes we've had so - so excursions but on this cruise we haven't had one that wasn't terrific. Egypt and Sri Lanka were great new ports for me and really interesting. We still have Phuket, China and I can't wait to get back to Japan.

Can you tell I am just on overload, so happy with this cruise? It has been a spectacular way to start retirement, that is for sure.

We have met a lot of nice people, and lots of KLT clients. It is funny how many there are....Ngaire has cast her net quite wide! Many do not post on the boards, but I wish they would as they are all so fun and nice.

The one down side of this cruise is not having any of our LCTers aboard. It is a very different cruise without all of you. They had a wonderful deck BBQ the other night and Marc and I were thinking it wasn't like other ones, then it donned on us that it was because we didn't have a lot of LCTers aboard and weren't table hopping back and forth. Oh do we miss you all!

We have been doing fantastic at trivia! I have lost track of our wins, and we have nearly always placed at least 2nd or 3rd. So many time we have been on cruises with another trivia team that seems to win everyday and can't be beaten. Now we are that annoying team and I must say it is fun. We are always gracious when others win or "grumble" that they can't beat us. It is just so fun. Margaret has invited our team and spouses to dinner the last night of the cruise and it will be a raucous night for sure....I hope they put us back in a corner somewhere where we wont anoy everyone else!

We have had lots of wonderful dinners too with the Captains, F&B manager, dancers, Margaret and Elda, Nickola, etc. We even had dinner one night with Mathilda the cruise consultant and Ricardo the destinations manager. What a great dinner that was hearing about all her travels and ports and upcoming cruises. It was fascinating listening to Ricardo and hearing all about his job and what is involved. We truly have no idea how hard these people work behind the scenes for us. His knowledge of ports around the world is encyclopedic. It was a really really fun dinner.

Anyway, as you can tell we are having a wonderful time though we are really missing all of you!


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#249297 - 12/01/17 11:27 AM Re: Voyager - 27 Oct 2017 [Re: Marc]  
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So happy you are having such a great time. People that do longer voyages often say some of the things you are mentioning. Getting to know the staff so well they become family. I have not seen Elda or Nicola for a long time. Please say hello to them for me. Happy you have met other KLT guests. Always seems to happen, we will have just two couples on a cruise and they meet. Amazing. A very small percentage post on LCT but a lot do read.

Winning at trivia is such fun. We did well on our last trip and loved it.

Keep the posts coming. Enjoy them immensely.


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#249301 - 12/01/17 01:22 PM Re: Voyager - 27 Oct 2017 [Re: Marc]  
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Posting for Arlene:

Marc and I and Jim and Mary at the BBQ on the Voyager in Myanmar

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#249305 - 12/01/17 05:01 PM Re: Voyager - 27 Oct 2017 [Re: Marc]  
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Beautiful picture Arlene & Marc, sure brings back GOOD memories.


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#249324 - 12/06/17 01:59 AM Re: Voyager - 27 Oct 2017 [Re: petlover]  
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Busy last few days of the 21 day segment Dubai to Singapore. Our trivia team crashed and burned; but we still were all invited to dinner with Margaret and Elda day of Captain's Farewell. Poor excursions in Phuket (basically nine hours to see James Bond Island) and Langkawi (cable car cancelled due to winds). Fantastic Gold Platinum Titanium event starting off with duet by Margaret and Ray and then a great show of puppets and singing by Ray.

Large turnover of personnel in Singapore. New Staff Captain, Destinations (Katja), Cruise Consultant (Gudrun), and, of course, Ray. These next two segments are only twelve days each so don't know how it will work out for meeting new people, Signatures party is tonight after block party. Trivia team needs to be recreated; will see how that goes (I have been studying Harry Potter trivia for over a week). Actually, hardest adjustment will be rotation of bartenders. You get into a pattern of certain bars (and bartenders) certain times of the day and this rotation pretty much screwed that up (i.e., bartenders had a natural fit to the bars where they were previously located). I am sure by tomorrow, though, I will forget the previous rotation and be back to normal.

Biggest hiccup is that Luggage Free is strongly recommending that we not ship luggage home from Beijing. Only choices are taking five suitcases to Harbin (we don't return to Beijing from Harbin) or shipping from Hong Kong; we will probably ship one bag from Hong Kong and hope it doesn't arrive too soon.

Even though we have sailed these next two segments before, we have a number of new ports: Ko Samui, Nha Trang, Sanya, Kagoshima, Kochi, and Miyazaki. We are also looking forward to cooler weather, hopefully by time we reach Sanya. These 90 degree temps with high humidity wear you down.

More later . .


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#249326 - 12/06/17 02:14 PM Re: Voyager - 27 Oct 2017 [Re: Marc]  
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Congratulations on the house sale! That must be kind of difficult while being on a ship though.

Margaret and Elda are a couple of my favorites. We have sailed with them many times.

Too bad I am not there for trivia.

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