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  1. Yes. I should have said "may," not "likely." It's absolutely imperative that if someone has a policy, that they check the wording and definition. Our policy specifically says pandemic's are exempt. However we purchased it last Dec. but not that it's officially a pandemic, if I get sick from Coronavirus they can deny cancellation. Fortunately, the cruiseline will allow a Future Cruise Credit. But as you say, the coverage is specific to each policy, and if you purchase past Jan. 21,, you're out of luck. Thanks for the expanded info.
  2. That would be my guess. It's been like this for awhile. Additionally, on a TA website that I use to see what cabins are available, there are no cruises listed until mid August. My guess is they don't want anyone booking a cruise that they're likely going to cancel.
  3. We did our only cruise so far with Regent on Mariner. 44 Nights Honolulu to Sydney. I upgraded to a Penthouse and we loved every minute of the cruise. The penthouse on Mariner is beautiful and large. Well worth the upgrade if you are on a long cruise. I would highly recommend Mariner for that Tahitian cruise. We are supposed to do Navigator in June from Montreal to Dublin including Greenland, Iceland, and the British Isles. I was very excited about this cruise knowing the limitations of Navigator. I had a forward of midships cabin booked and don't need all the specialty restaurants as this is a fairly port heavy itinerary. But I was looking forward to the small intimate ship. So in my very limited experience, I'd say go with the itinerary but pick your cabin carefully.
  4. This is a very unique time. If you read your contract you will find, likely, that a cancellation due to a Pandemic or Named Event is not covered. So, if the cruise were to go, but you couldn't because you got coronavirus, your insurance would not cover the cancellation. As was mentioned, once you purchase the policy, you are being covered. If you want an option to cancel for any reason, you need to purchase Cancel For Any Reason waiver. The insurance companies are being pretty responsive, with Allianz being most responsive. I have a policy with General and they are currently allowing either a change of dates, or if the cruise line cancels my cruise, they will issue a voucher for use in the future, Don't know how long that "future" is, but suspect I'll find out. I'm hoping they'll follow Allianz's lead, but am happy with the voucher when my June cruise finally cancels. That is way above the contract that I agreed to when I bought the policy. You need to go on your insurance company's website and read their posted Covid 19 policy,.
  5. Fair enough. I guess I'm just more patient. I assume our June cruise will be cancelled, probably sometime in May as this progresses. I suspect that Regent is also hoping beyond hope that they can resume the cruises. I also assume that they must be at minimum staffing as much as possible, after all, they too are being asked to isolate as much as possible. I don't know how much access their agents have to account information, but I can only imagine it's fairly limited from a home computer. I also assume that the refunds or 125% FCC offered for cancelled cruises are going through the Travel Agent who booked the cruise, so a lag time there. I guess what I'm saying is that for me, they have been pretty straight forward on the Regent Website, and I suppose I am more willing to allow things to "shake out" before they cancel anymore cruises. And I will say that, IMHO, if they put out a statement daily saying "sorry, no further information," it would only enflame the ire of some people. It seems as soon as they get the word and come up with a decision, they do their best to get the word those who need it most, followed by an official posting. Anyway, I appreciate your points, but these are extraordinary times that change almost hourly. So I just feel that tolerance and patience is a must. Hopefully we'll be back to the discussions of what brand champagne is in the cabin on boarding day. 😎
  6. I don't disagree, they do look to be as generous, except Crystal which has a 7 day cancellation vs. Regent's 48 hours. But my point is really that bbtando was upset at how the cruise line is "handling" the situation, yet no one else seems to be handling it any better, so what should one expect the cruise line to do? And of course they're trying to hang onto their customers. But they are being somewhat altruistic in that they really could simply refer you to your Travel Insurance if you want to cancel a cruise that is going to actually sail. Not trying to argue, I just think all the cruise lines are getting "attacked" for something that no one saw coming, and they're doing everything they can to be able to stay in business, and customers are complaining about not "handling" it well but no specifics. IMHO we're lucky that they're offering us the chance to cancel without any real penalty.
  7. Well, we seem to be heading into a circle. Yes, GM employs about 180,000, but that's WORLDWIDE. About 86,400 are employed in the U.S. and around 94,000 employed overseas. So around the circle we go. But no sense beating a dead horse, which is where I think we're headed. Anyway, only so you don't think I'm making numbers up, here's my GM reference: https://www.gm.com/our-company/us.html
  8. Yeah... I agree with Travelcat on this. How would you have them handle it? If the cruise sails, They're under no obligation to allow cancellation after final payment for 100% FCC. They could easily force you to use an insurance policy with Cancel for any reason. They very quickly announced the Regent Reassurance plan and from day one it went to Sep. 30. None of the other cruise lines were that generous. But I don't know what everyone expects. You should check the other cruise lines and see their policies. I suspect if you're angry at Regent to the point you'll not cruise with them, you won't ever cruise again because to my knowledge, no other line is any better.
  9. The problem is that if the cruise lines fail, the "customer" for all those who directly benefit as support businesses will disappear. So no matter how much the country bails them out, if the customer base isn't there, then the business fails. Here is a link to the numbers. $53 Billion to the U.S. economy, and over 420,000 U.S. jobs. Big hit don't you think? https://cruising.org/news-and-research/press-room/2019/november/cruise-industry-contributes-nearly-53-billion-to-us-economy-in-2018 Well we're at it, the big issue seems to be not paying U.S. income taxes. So, in 2009 we bailed out the auto industry. Do you know how much GM has paid in corporate income taxes since? ZERO... here's another interesting article on the subject: https://www.businessinsider.com/tech-companies-dont-pay-federal-income-taxes-amazon-gm-2019-11
  10. Relax, the Apr. 12 date was used by most cruise lines as a "restart" date. I'm sure it will go month to month. I suspect that soon (probably Monday like Jackie says) there will be a new status update. Probably extending the cancellations into May, then at the end of April they'll extend it again if necessary.
  11. Yeah,... I was thinking that very thing. Still waiting to see what happens, but expect to get my cancellation notice any day.😞
  12. We are booked on this cruise all the way to Dublin. We are also booked on the June 5 from Montreal to New York. Guessing the first will cancel, but the New York to Dublin, if it goes, wonder what the port situation will be like and the odds of getting back to the U.S. from Dublin. Sad times for sure.
  13. There is a lot of concern about this, and Dr. Oz mentioned it...lack of pills and hoarding. The CDC and FDA have not tasted the actual validity of these medicines, nor the potential problems when used for Covid 19. Dr. Fauci addressed this directly a few days ago during the daily press briefing. As hopeful as we all are that this will be the treatment, and we'll get this behind us, the concern is that too many of our resources will be pushed into production of a drug that is not effective at the expense of further research. Cautious optimism is certainly warranted. But caution is the key. Just my opinion.
  14. These are unusual times. No telling right now. Depends on if you are in the U.S. and when you sail and if you booked non-refundable. If you're going to cancel before final payment is due, then here is the policy you'll likely fall under: "Outside of final payment, when a non-refundable deposit cancellation occurs, you will receive a Future Cruise Certificate in the amount of their designated cruise deposit, less a $100 per guest change fee."
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