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Carol From California

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    Encino, CA
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    Travel, My grandchildren, Real Estate
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Regent and Oceania
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    I love them all

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  1. My TA is working with Scenic to move my cruise to the identical cruise in 2022. We booked two years ago (Arctic in Depth) and this will be the second time the cruise is cancelled. First time was due to unfortunate ship construction delay and second time is due to Covid-19. Since we already have two cruises booked in 2021 on another cruise line we decided to move it to 2022. So now another over 2+ year wait to sail on the Eclipse. Hopefully things will return to some normalcy for cruising soon. Glad to hear your situation was worked out. We went on a Scenic river cruise in Southeast Asia earlier this year and it was beyond amazing!
  2. I hope you are correct. I have two cruises booked on Regent (2021) and one on Oceania (2020). The headlines in the articles seem to indicate they may not be able to continue operating. I love these cruise lines and hope it does not happen.
  3. The headlines in these four articles: Norwegian Cruise Lines says there's 'substantial doubt' about its ability to continue operating Norwegian Cruise Line sees ‘substantial doubt’ about its future, warns of possible bankruptcy Norwegian Cruise Line may go out of business Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings raises flag it could face bankruptcy I hope that you are correct. Headlines are pretty scary.
  4. It's all over the news. A few links below. What will happen to those of us who have deposits with Oceania and with those who are waiting for refunds? Will the credit card company refund if Oceania doesn't? https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/05/norwegian-cruise-line-says-theres-substantial-doubt-about-its-ability-to-continue-as-a-going-concern.html https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/05/business/norwegian-cruise-line/index.html https://www.businessinsider.com/norweigan-cruise-lines-warns-of-substantial-doubt-continue-operating-business-2020-5 https://www.orlandosentinel.com/coronavirus/jobs-economy/os-bz-norwegian-cruise-line-holdings-sec-filing-concern-20200505-p5l5wcqz2je67bbbsnvxwcsqym-story.html
  5. It's all over the news. A few links below. What will happen to those of us who have deposits with Regent and for those who are waiting for refunds? Will the credit card company refund if Regent doesn't? https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/05/norwegian-cruise-line-says-theres-substantial-doubt-about-its-ability-to-continue-as-a-going-concern.html https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/05/business/norwegian-cruise-line/index.html https://www.businessinsider.com/norweigan-cruise-lines-warns-of-substantial-doubt-continue-operating-business-2020-5 https://www.orlandosentinel.com/coronavirus/jobs-economy/os-bz-norwegian-cruise-line-holdings-sec-filing-concern-20200505-p5l5wcqz2je67bbbsnvxwcsqym-story.html
  6. Thanks for the heads up. What did Scenic say regarding Par. 5.3(C) of the terms and conditions? By the way, I looked at my T&C that are attached to my original booking and it is in a different paragraph. I'd love to share with you. I just found Par. 5.3C in one of the brochures. My email address is below my signature. Thanks!
  7. I am glad you started this thread. I too was wondering what people were doing about the cancelled Scenic cruises. It doesn't seem like Scenic will be giving refunds from all that I have read. As you probably know they have cancelled all cruises through the end of June. Our cruise is scheduled for July 3, so wondering what will happen. Most likely will be cancelled. Fandango10, what was the date of your cancelled cruise? Did you also have air that was cancelled?
  8. We had some friends on the cruise who booked air with Regent. They had difficulty getting the Emirates flights. They did end up getting Emirates for the return flight. We could have booked air with Regent but when we compared the fare we could do it ourselves for less so we took the credit from Regent. We booked directly with Emirates online. After you book you can set up your free transfers on their website. They picked us up at our house and drove us to LAX. When we landed in Dubai they set us up at an airport hotel and included transfers to the hotel and back to the airport. If your layover is 8 hours or more (I think) they put you up in the hotel for the layover. Then when we landed in Cape Town they took us to our hotel. On the way back we did the exact thing. When we arrived at LAX they drove us home. So we ended up with 8 transfers (free) and 2 hotel nights for the layovers. When we got to the hotel on the way there, I got an Uber driver to drive us around and show us all the famous sites, hotels, etc. We went to the biggest mall, the fountains, etc. That's as much of Dubai as I wanted to see (no desire to stay there), but I would imagine you could stay over 1 night and take a private tour. They could arrange it. There were absolutely no problems leaving the airport.
  9. We did the Botlierskop Game Reserve Excursion. We loved it!
  10. Adda Elephant Park by 4 x 4. We loved it! Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve to see white lions, but let me warn you it is very bumpy and not advised if you have a bad back like me. If you book the pre-cruise or post-cruise safari we really loved Bayethe at Shamwari.
  11. We took the credit that Regent was offering and booked ourselves with Emirates for less money. Emirates includes all your transfers with your fare. On the stopover they included a short hotel stay so you could rest and shower. We had an Uber drive us around as we had never been to Dubai. We wanted to try Emirates so that was the reason we decided to go with them.
  12. We were on the holiday cruise Cape Town to Cape Town a year ago and did the pre-cruise safari at Bayethe in Shamwari. LOVED IT! It was a great experience. We saw lots of animals up close. We saw an elephant herd and I could have reached out and touched them when they walked by. We say giraffes, hippo's and rhino's. So many other animals. The lodge is lovely. We loved the tents. They are not really tents. They were great! Our guide was fantastic. I highly recommend it.
  13. One more comment about the boots. We were on an Antarctic cruise in 2018 with a different cruise line. We bought the boots that were the same type you could loan, and the same type that Scenic is using. We were concerned about our feet getting cold so we brought along some foot warmers but never even needed to use them. The boots are well-insulated. We wore one pair of thick wool socks and our feet were never cold.
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