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GrJ Berkshire

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  1. Yes we might have started it in the 17th century: but we left it behind in the 20th century. It's so last century, we have almost left it behind us now. However in the States and on cruising tipping has almost gone out of control with 18 to 20% now becoming common. :.....MADNESS !!!!!!!!...
  2. You can easily have a Zero shipboard a/c at the end with a luxury cruise line like Regent which is all paid for up front...…..and it does not cost much more than all the add on's and tips , with all excursions paid for , no bar bills and no hand out culture...….try it !!
  3. The reports in UK are of the numbers who are anti- vaccine : will that be a problem? Many appear to take the view its their right not to have to follow rules. Will Regent and the cruise lines have the "bottle" to refuse boarding to those without a vaccination certificate ? Will it hold in US law? Would they lose their money, as a result?
  4. Its the "sharp practice" the cheap airlines like Ryanair have used. Now not legal in Europe and UK
  5. Disastrous news for any Brits cruising for probably well into 2021. With this news all insurance is invalidated. This ends any chance of UK Ports like Southampton opening up . It's hard not to think that cruise lines going under and major scrapping of cruise liners being inevitable. It makes the talk about CDC protocols irrelevant to those this side of the pond. Regent ships in Europe have on our trips had a fair number of Brits on board - cannot see US passengers being able to make up these numbers, especially as they are currently banned from the EU.
  6. On RSSC Facebook that these are waitlisted prior to cancelling all Oct and Nov cruises. Now think our Jan cruise on Voyager must be at risk. (BA to Lima)
  7. The problem is that you could argue that they are not in the US domain?
  8. The problem with so much of this is the basis of the cruise lines. Out of US ports the rules of the CDC will be applied, but the ships once out of US ports and water are then able to apply their own protocol as all are registered/ flagged offshore and any port will apply it's own national criteria and protocol. US .laws will not apply. As stated here could you put off a passenger for not following covid protocols in another Country, would they accept? Although they are US holding companies they are not really under the jurisdiction of that Country or any other, this is how they get round the laws re the casino and gambling, which are curtailed in ports or coastal waters and tax free shopping as well The issue is not the CDC or USA law: makes it harder?
  9. Who would buy a cruise ship in this climate? Only option will be breakers yard?
  10. As a Brit I find this tipping idea so 19th century Master & servant , why not pay everything up front in a higher fare so the staff are not on slave wages and there is no need to pay them to do their job. This approach as Regent use is so much easier. Tipping is simply a way to top up substandard wages and often is bribery. In UK law both of Costa and NCL is not legal ( Its what Ryanair so often fall foul of adding in costs to a published fare which is compulsory ).
  11. Sadly I fear pappy is correct, even though we are booked on the Voyager from Buenos Aires to Lima in January 2021. Hard to see the ports opening up before this, how are the airlines going to work, few are now contracting fast. Equally how they will get the crew to the embarkation point. Cruises will not be multi-national, US citizens are not going to be allowed into Europe for a while, NZ and Aussies are not allowed to travel and the states is out for most Europeans
  12. Agree , as long as you choose a cabin with the shower not bath/ shower. Also the PH suites on the Mariner are great. Don't worry re the spa as post covid it may be irrelevant. Theatre in Mariner is great , if the Splendour has not improved the Explorer then the theatre was very poorly designed- not yet been in the Splendour.
  13. There is an amazing press release from Emerson Barnes of this organisation on safe Countries to visit by USA citizens in the light of the EU not accepting Americans at present. He lists the Countries which include 4 European ones, none in the EU. However these are all Micro states, none with its own airport, in 3 cases the only way to get there apart from parachuting in or maybe a helicopter- but their range is such that you would need to start from an EU country. The 4 are San Marino and Vatican - both enclaves in Italy Andorra - in the Pyrenees between Spain and France Monaco - you could arrive by sea, but otherwise have to go through France The lack of knowledge of European Geography is staggering. Hopefully he and the Organisation are not linked to renewing Cruises or we will have Ports in Hungary, Czech Republic and Moldova on routes. And Us Cruises to North Dakota , Idaho and Vermont WORRYING !!!!!!!!!!!!
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