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Old April 2nd, 2006, 04:38 PM
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Does Regent have 'friends of Bill W' meetings? Any thoughts on this cruise line? Thanks for any and all replies.
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Yes!

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... I think it is the best cruiseline value around. Let me know if you have specific questions.
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Old April 3rd, 2006, 04:51 PM
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Thanks for your reply about meetings on Regent. Hmm, specific questions. I'm not sure I know what to ask. Do you have any 'do's' and 'don'ts'? This will be our 1st cruise. How much/often will we have to dress up? Did you tip even though on this line you don't have to? Were there any hidden costs? We're looking for probably the Carribbean in Dec or Jan. How are excursions. Would you recommend doing the 'group' thing or going off by ourselves?
Thanks again Marc. I'm new to the fellowship and everyone has just been great.
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Caribbean is usually always country club casual with at most two informal days where men need to wear sports coat (no tie). No tipping. In 2007, all alchohol (except premium brands) will be included. In 2006, free wine and drinks at dinner only (along with the many parties). Shore excursions have always been reasonably priced. Regent also tries to keep crowds down; e.g., at Stingray City boat is no more than half full so there is room to move around.

I have done Caribbean on Mariner, Diamond, and Voyager. All three wonderful. If you go over Christmas and/or New Years, it is a fantastic experience.
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Can someone tell me what/who are "Friends of Bill W"???
I have sailed twice on Mariner and have never found this out!!!
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Friends of Bill W. is the A.A. (Alcoholics Anonymous) meeting on board. Almost all cruise lines and ships have one on each cruise.

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I have been on 3 RSSC cruises - there seems to be get togethers for "Friends of Bill W" frequently, if not every evening. But what puzzles me is - WHO are the friends of Bill W???
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They are members of Alcoholics Anonymous. These are people who have real problems controling their use of alcohol, admit it, and seek help in the form of group meetings. Alchoholism is a disease. Many with it should never even take a single drink -- because they cannot stop.Some others are able to be helped to become occasional or social drinkers, and not abusers. It is an organization that has helped a lot of people.
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