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  1. I do not recall big discounts during the time of Ebola. What I do recall is that passengers did not wat to visit certain countries in Africa and Regent accommodated them. What discounts were offered?
  2. Bob - did you take a cash refund instead of FCC's? It seems that there are differences for people that took cash vs. those that took FCC's. For example, if you took the FCC's you get credit for the cancelled cruise. If you take cash, you do not get credit. ddsun1 - Really sorry but we are not supposed to discuss TA's, rebates, etc. Wish that we could!
  3. sanne - nothing is wrong with my memory. I can go back to 2004 with Radisson. However, 2009 was two owners ago. Things have changed (a lot and for the better IMHO). Regent, under current ownership, has discounted a bit but mostly extends cruises for passengers at a discount or ups the benefits. The only mistake (again, in my opinion) was when they heavily discounted cruises to people in the U.K.
  4. Speaking only for myself and our cruising friends, we will sail on Regent as soon as it is safe to do so. I personally feel that cruise ships will resume this year. Since we have been unable to cruise this year (so far), we now have cruises booked in November 2020, January 2021, March 2021 and October 2021. If things change for any reason, we will accept it with the same positive attitude. I’m finding the negativity to be upsetting and is not helping anyone. If I were to get the virus and didn’t live through it, I would hope that I would leave this world thinking how wonderful our lives have been - how thankful I am for my family and friends and how much we have enjoyed our time on Regent.
  5. Not sure how any television station could put all cruise lines together as if they are all the same. Surely they are not. I suspect that what mainstream cruise lines do to get passengers to return would be very different than what Regent would do. Heck, I do not even expect NCL to do the same thing as Oceania or Regent. Regent rarely discounts. They have other methods to fill their ships. You also need to consider that there are thousands of Regent passengers whose cruises were cancelled and they decided to take the FCC’s (like we did). So, once all of these passengers book cruise in 2020 and 2021, Regent will likely not need to do much to fill their ships.
  6. I don't disagree with you but understand that the "rebates" help TA's get new clients. I look at it as an advertising cost. Agree that they have worked extremely hard and will continue to do so until the virus is stopped. So, I believe that TA's received commission for cancelled cruises and should receive commission for cruises booked with FCC's as well.
  7. While I cannot comment on world cruises, on itineraries with several sea days, they generally have one lecture in the morning and one in the afternoon. They are done live in the theater and are replayed on television.
  8. California has put stringent laws in place regarding polution from cruise ships. It could be the reason why the Navigator would not be welcome. On the other hand, they may be permitted to anchor and have crew members tender to and from the ship.
  9. One must keep in mind that the west coast of the U.S. does not have a major cruise ship port (such as they have in Ft. Lauderdale and Miami, FL). While they are trying to make Seattle a major cruise ship port, it has not as yet happened. At the time that the Grand Princess was trying to find a place to dock, I remember thinking that maybe they could tender somewhere on the west coast that is near a hospital. It could be that tendering, in this situation, was not an option. At that exact point in time, Seattle had the most cases of coronavirus in the U.S., so, it was definitely a poor option (it would be like unloading thousands of passengers in New York today). For those of you in Florida, it may be interesting to know that the "news" on the west coast is pretty critical of Florida. When the Spring Breaker's were partying on the beaches in Florida, we (on the west coast) had already closed beaches, parks, etc. (which could by why the president and others have used Washington state as an example of what to do in this horrible crisis). It would not have taken much to break up the parties but no one chose to do so. In my opinion, the governors of California, Washington and New York are doing an amazing job (and this is not a political statement).
  10. As soon as I read your post, I realized that you are right. thank you!
  11. No flaming but, what was your experience with younger passengers on your Regent cruise(s)? Agree younger passengers may have less vacation time and money to spend on things like luxury cruises (but there are a lot of very well to do young people). We have seen a majority of seniors on all of our Regent cruises - despite the time of the year or the length of the cruise. Alaska cruises seem to have the most families and children (up to 100 children) so there are some of us that prefer not to sail on Regent in Alaska except in May, late August or early September. The oldest population we have seen are on transatlantic cruises and Caribbean cruises. Pcardad - Your post expressed my feelings very well. Not everyone wants to be on a party ship (regardless of age) and not everyone that is older wants to be on a luxury cruise. Everyone has different likes and dislikes. What we love today, we would not have loved when we were in our 30's ad 40's.
  12. While I could have the wrong island, this had nothing to do with coronavirus. It had to do with visiting areas of Brazil (like the Amazon) and then going to the island. They would not permit passengers that only had a doctor's note - proof of the vaccination was required. Also, a MSC ship was prevented from docking at Cayman Islands (definitely the Cayman Islands) because they had one case of the flu onboard. I followed this since Splendor was scheduled to be there the following day (and they were able to dock. I know that the posts regarding the required Yellow Fever Vaccination is out there - just got tired of looking for it. What I did find is interesting. That island sure had a lot of communicable diseases! Do I Need Vaccines for the Cayman Islands? Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for the Cayman Islands. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations the for Cayman Islands: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza.
  13. Unfortunately, it is not 100% true that a signed exemption from your doctor (or anyone else) will work everywhere (it will in Africa - or at least that has been my experience). Fairly recently, people were not allowed in the Cayman Islands (hope that I have island correct) if they did not have the vaccination. Letters, exemptions, etc. were not accepted. jhenry1 - since you are not getting a ton of feedback, I'll share one excursion that we really enjoyed in Walvis Bay, Namibia (have done the excursion twice - it was included before but has a price tag of $49 now). We had seals get onboard as well as amazing birds. We had fresh oysters (and other food) with wine (I think we had wine but not 100% positive). It was a lot of fun. We've also doe the SWAKOPMUND TOWNSHIP TOUR. We loved it but it takes you into areas that some passengers were not comfortable with. It was embarrassing that some passengers would not get off of the bus (it was perfectly safe there). They served food which, again, some passengers would not try. We tried everything (even a cooked worm) and it was delicious (not the worm). We do not go to 3rd world countries expecting things to be like at home and we welcome the opportunity to see and try new things. Lastly, if you happen to be hanging out in Durban - before or after an excursion, you may want to try "Bunny Chow". Wait...... it has nothing to do with rabbits. It is a quarter of a loaf of white bread with the center removed and put on the side. Then it is filled with curry (choice of vegetable, chicken, etc.). You can dip the center pieces of bread in the gravy. It costs about $3.00 and was a very tasty treat (spicy but goes well with a beer). We almost booked this cruise again (we truly love that part of the world) but decided to go back to the Middle East because the cruise is on Explorer. Crossing our fingers that we are both able to sail in November.
  14. There is one reason for some people to care. Many luxury TA's give a rebate based on a percentage of the cruise cost. So, if people that rebook cruises with their FCC's, they may not be receiving the rebate. Other than that, is is really one of our business.
  15. Rick - could not agree with you more. IMHO, Florida is one of several states that did not handle the coronavirus situation well at all (allowing Spring Break for instance). What they are doing with cruise ships is unforgivable!
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