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Travelcat2

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    Regent
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    Africa/Norway

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  1. In terms of 2021 and the first half of 2022 cruises, every one that we have considered booking is more money than in 2020 (which is to be expected). As I have posted, if/when there is a sailing that just isn't selling, it is not generally discounted (there have been a few exceptions). Instead, they offer OBCs or other promotions. I do have to wonder why you (and others) are so negative about the future of Regent and cruising. It does not make sense to me - especially since Regent has enough backing to not have any cruise for a year and a half (hopefully this will not happen). There will likely be a vaccine next year which has to be considered. You have said that you do not like airlines but I do not expect to see changes with them in the foreseeable future. It is what it is. The best that we can do is do Custom Air with Regent and select the best airline that you can for the International Business Class (there are really some good ones that contract Regent ...... one of them - Emirates, has insurance in case anyone gets sick! We do not enjoy flying coach either so we book First Class across the U.S. and just look at it as part of the cruise cost. It is less money to book these flights on your own as Regent gets top dollar for them. We found a flight today from Seattle to MIA - First Class - roundtrip for around $1,800. Once you deduct the air credit, it will cost $1,200. It is possible that you have underestimated the number of repeat Regent cruisers that are quite anxious to cruise as soon as they can safely do so. We (repeat cruisers) can pay cash, use FCC's or a combination of both. We have had two cruises cancelled with two more to go this year. Had these cruises sailed, we would not have the FCC's or the cash back to be used to book more cruises. So, to us, it is like having a whole lot of extra money to spend on cruising. Had the pandemic not occurred, we still would have had two cruises this year and three next year and would have paid for it in cash. If we decide to cruise beyond 2021, we are not counting on having FCC's and will use the good old dollar to pay for our cruises. Again, it is a choice. Anyone can choose to take vacations locally, can fly to a land destination or cruise. You have to do what is right for you.
  2. I suppose that we are different since we did almost 20 years of international travel prior to 16 years of cruising. So, we have been to the places that we are most interested in numerous times. So, whether we stay on the ship or go ashore - it makes little difference. What does make a difference is the ship. Must say that you are getting a great deal if you pay $2800 for a cruise, airfare and spending money. We pay that per day on some itineraries (for two people) but everything is included.
  3. chefchick - thank you for posting your perspective. Although almost all of our cruises have been luxury cruise lines, we did sail on the NCL Bliss for her christening cruise in The Haven and sailed in a top suite on Celebrity so we have had that experience. In our case, the food was the main issue on both cruise lines. We enjoyed Celebrity but found ourselves going outside of the ship (port intensive cruise) for lunch every day since the restaurant for the suites was not always open and the dining choices at lunch were poor (food looked great but the quality was not there). I agree that it is a lower cost alternative to luxury cruising but have learned that when you book a top suite on Celebrity (for instance) and add in everything that is not included (particularly Business Class International Air - something that is included on Regent), the price difference is very close. Take the cost of sailing in the luxury section of a cruise line and add in flights, some excursions, tips, the cost of specialty restaurants and alcohol as well speciality coffee drinks (with or without alcohol), you may be surprised by how much extra this costs. In any case, it is a good alternative but it is sure nice to not sign for anything on a luxury cruise line.
  4. Some people are thrilled with the price match offer. After all, if you do find the same cruise for 2021 or 2022, the price will be higher than what you paid for your cancelled cruise. It is quite the money saver. In late 2018, we were booked on Explorer for a Panama Canal cruise that was going to sail in March 2020. The cruise was starting to book up when it went all "waitlist". Regent made the wise choice (well, wise at the time), to change the ship from Explorer to Splendor. Those of us that booked Explorer received the exact same suite category for the same price on Splendor. We were thrilled with the deal. Unfortunately, Covid-19 struck and the cruise had to be cancelled less than 24 hours prior to embarkation. This is far from being a gimmick. People that have been able to take advantage of it are happy campers. Keep in mind that Regent does not have to make this offer. Those of us with FCC's would book another cruise without any incentive. What some posters need to realize is just how many Regent cruisers are repeats customers. Frank states 50% for all three brands but our experience with Regent has been up to 80% repeat cruisers on most of our sailings. They are counting on repeat cruisers to help them (and we will!)
  5. If we are going to look at the negative side, we also need to look at the positive side. When Regent cancels a cruise and the passenger decides upon FCC's, Regent is keeping 75% of the cruise fare. It is in the best interest of Regent to give FCC's rather than processing cancellations and refunds. Regent is making money from the FCC's ... just not as much as if the ship sailed and there were no cancellations. Pcardad - just saw your posts. Assume that you are discussing Regent (or are you posting about NCLH) when discussing 163 new bookings per ship?
  6. Thanks for posting that Sheila. This is what I'm seeing as well (not the stock part but the number of people booking 2021 cruises).
  7. Wendy can't see my posts but I cannot imagine putting 700 people on a ship that normally carries 4,000 passengers (thinking of NCL) unless you are going to put in a skating rink, or 2-deck race car track like they have on NCL's Bliss). Way too much space for 700 passengers IMHO. For a long time I have wished that the Navigator had 50 less suites in order to have more public areas. Silversea has two ships the size of Navigator and they are lovely (they carry just under 400 passengers instead of Navigator's 490 passengers). I feel that the cruise industry needs low-cost cruising on mainstream cruise lines. They could cut capacity in order to accommodate distancing and just to give passengers some breathing room. Perhaps they could do away with some staterooms but, going from 4,000 to 700 probably will not happen.
  8. Yes - we are also tired of hearing about numbers and statistics 24/7. My DH watches the news off and on all day and we watch together for 1 hour in the evening. Soon it will be numbers, statistics and voting information (not trying to turn this into a political discussion). It seems that you can't say anything on the boards right now without getting bashed. So sad!
  9. I suppose that it can be construed as a question but it didn't sound that way. You said: "Anybody else notice that while all of the cruise lines have cut staff and reduced hours of the worker bees, nothing about cutting the multi-million dollars salary and bonuses of the executives. " It sounds to me as if you are asking if anyone else noticed that cruise lines have cut staff and reduced hours but nothing has been said about cutting executive salaries. Here is another article about RCG executives pay cuts https://www.*****.com/2020/04/01/royal-caribbean-executives-take-pay-cut-coronavirus-impact-cruise-industry-deepens So, since it is supposed to be a question, the apparent answer is that executives have had pa cuts (did not check Carnival Corporation.)
  10. First, while I may be a bit prejudice, I truly feel that Frank Del Rio is a genius and what he has done since becoming CEO of NCLH has been very positive for all three brands. Regent in particular has never had the the ships in as good of shape as they are today and the food choices - especially in CR is better than we have seen in many years. In terms of fares, they have been going up quarterly (on most but not all sailings) for the last several years and I do not see that changing. There will always be itineraries that people suddenly do not want to visit and those have promotions (one itinerary that sticks out in my mind is Vancouver to Tokyo ...... it wasn't selling well so Regent did not offer it for a while and when was offered again, it became a very popular cruise). Speaking of fares, we were just l looking at fights from the West Coast of the U.S. to Miami and could not believe how high the fares were. If airlines continue to increase their fares, it will obviously affective cost of Regent Air. rallydave - what is the source of your information about executive salaries not being cut at Regent? I do not think this should be stated unless it is a proven fact. While this is. not a definitive answer, it sure looks like executives had their pay cut https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/23046-norwegian-extends-pay-cuts-for-top-executives.html
  11. Do you have any predictions for November and January cruises?
  12. Your information is very interesting. Not sure if it makes a difference that I only asked how many influenza deaths there are per year in the U.S. and did not mention Covid in my search. On the other hand, it is difficult to believe anything that is written in articles right now. We can find an article to support anyone's position. Just wish that everyone was on the same page.
  13. I do not want to criticize the European Union or WHO but there are tests that have been shown on television in the U.S. showing how far particles from a sneeze or cough travel - with and without a mask. It is clear that neither 3.3 feet of 4.9 feet is enough distance (based on the tests). Perhaps this can be brought up on the internet. If CLIA is suppose to be a worldwide organization, why are ships from a handful of cruise lines sailing now? Perhaps all will shut down based on CLIA's latest proclamation! I do not know how many cruises TUI has done but according to this article, they had to cancel July 31st due to crew members having Covid-19 prior to boarding: TUI Cruises, partially owned by Royal Caribbean Group, canceled its July 31 German-based cruise to nowhere on its Mein Schiff 1 ship when it could not get enough crew to Germany to operate the ship following positive tests of five newly arrived crew members. Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/tourism-cruises/article244684697.html#storylink=cpy
  14. According to the CDC - since 2010 - the average number of influenza cases per year in the United States is between 140,000 and 810,000. Deaths in the same period average from 12,000-61,000 per year. Unfortunately, we may see the same number of people in the U.S. not choosing to take the Covid-19 vaccine as those that will not take the flu vaccine.
  15. We choose sailings based on the ship and time of the year rather than itinerary. We do sail very close to the same weeks each year. If we were offered a price match and we could not rearrange out schedule, we would have to let it go and book at a time that was good for us. in my opinion, price matching will become more and more difficult. We are trying to find a cruise to use some of our FCC’s and many itineraries for late 2021 and 2022 are booked.
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