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    Regent
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    Africa/Norway

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  1. Regent has already begun working on the ships (ventilation systems, etc.). They do not need a dry dock to do this and it won't take weeks or months. There is really no need to remove tables in the dining venues (unless they need them elsewhere). They simply need to not seat tables that are too close together. I'm not sure what plastic barriers would used for. When you see the Regent ships, you will see that it is easy to block off the area where the buffet is without doing anything. In fact, food can be kept there (hot or cold) to make it easier for servers to get food faster so it can be delivered to guests quickly. Perhaps other cruise lines need a ton of work to be done but Regent isn't one of them (except possibly on the Navigator - a ship that we will not sail on and is so old that there has been discussion as to the difficulty to put in the proper ventilation. Perhaps since it is already being dry-docked, it can be taken care of there.) The last thing that I'm worried about is the changes to the ships. Most of them are fine!
  2. With all of this talk about foreign ships, I had to look them up. While Hurtigruten may work for some people, it would not work for us (and we love the area where they sail). Check out the cabin sizes: https://www.norwegiancoastalcruises.com/hurtigruten-cabins.htm And here is CC's "take" on the cabins on Windstar. https://www.cruisecritic.com/reviews/review.cfm?ShipID=101&pgtype=cabins It is interesting when a cruise line that has "free water" in the cabins feels it is necessary to comment on that fact. While none of us are sure how these ships will fare from a health standpoint, not requiring masks is an automatic red flag for a lot of people. Texas, Florida and Arizona were against masks and I don't think that I need to repeat what happened in those states. We trust Regent which, IMHO, is very important right now. We want to cruise on a ship that values the information set forth by scientists and doctors rather than by governments. When you have the U.K. with around 50% of people not wearing masks and the U.S. with an unknown percentage of people not wearing masks.
  3. Karen, as I mentioned, this was our TA's thoughts - not mine. I am only following two of our booked cruises and both seem as if they will be cancelled. At this point I'm assuming that our two booked cruises for 2021 (March and October) will sail. In the meantime, we are looking at other options. In terms of the ships moving around - it doesn't really mean anything other than the fact that they need to keep moving in order for everything to remain in working order. They can sit for a few days but then need to go somewhere (anywhere).
  4. In my opinion, it depends upon whether or not the virus can be contained. There is a high percentage of repeat cruisers on Regent and most of them are anxious to cruise but are either afraid or think that following protocol would diminish their onboard experience. If/when the numbers of new cases are on a downward trajectory and it has been determined that this was caused by wearing masks and distancing, there would likely be a group of cruisers that will return to Regent - even if they have to wear a mask. In the past couple of months, masks have come a long way. We are now seeing some pretty sophisticated masks - ones that allow you to see the faces of the person wearing one and have better protection than in the past. I would love to see people that wear a mask not have to social distance so you can have a conversation with someone near you. This is not a farfetched idea. IMO, there will be a vaccine within the next 6 months and certainly there will be by the time FCC's expire. At that point, passengers will need to either have the vaccine or not cruise. That will be up to them. Since some of us are already booking cruises (with or without FCC's) I do not expect to see the numbers reduced in the future. I am finding it interesting that since the pandemic started, people are saving more money by not going out to restaurants, cruising, etc. I read that people that have credit card debt are paying it down more rapidly than before. So, those of us that are retired have even more money to put towards cruising than before the pandemic. And, for now, the 125% FCC's are making Regent cruises more affordable than ever.
  5. IF everyone paid attention to protocols, the Covid-19 infections could be way down by October (look at what China, Italy, and many parts of Asia accomplished in just a couple of months). Agree that everything has to do with science and numbers.
  6. Not necessarily. At some point, Regent needs to waitlist cruises in order to maintain a lower passenger load. Our TA (a big seller of Regent cruises) feels - so this is not a fact -- that some Caribbean and Mexico cruises that are scheduled for October and November may sail while itineraries that are far away likely will not. They are fairly certain that one cruise (to the Caribbean in November) will sail but is waitlisted due to capacity.
  7. Thank you for the additional information - it is helpful. With the exception of the Disney ship, it is interesting that the rest of the ships are owned by Carnival Corporation. While I am hopeful that there will be no outbreaks on any ship once cruising resumes, if it begins on any Carnival brand again, it would make sense to stop cruises on their ships but not the rest of the cruise lines.
  8. Interesting information. Since I cannot open this article, kindly let me know when this outbreak took place on the Disney Wonder? Since the article mentions passengers, I assume that it was prior to the "voluntary" cruise shut-down and also assume that masks were not worn and distancing wasn't practiced. I read somewhere on the CC Regent board that since there will be fewer passengers, there will be fewer crew members and the goal is to have a maximum of two crew members in each cabin. This obviously would be easier to do on some ships than others. Whatever protocols are put in place for the crew will likely be stringent. While the crew will likely have to get used to this and won't enjoy wearing a mask most of the time, they will also be happy to be working in a safe environment.
  9. You are so right. Regent crew members put food on their families tables because of their jobs onboard. Crew members also know how Regent continually sanitizes their ships (as evidenced by crew members being onboard way too long before they could get home......... they did not get sick). They need to work and would be far safer on a Regent ship than taking a job in a town/city where Covid could be rampant.
  10. I could not agree with you more. Too many people in the U.S. just don't "get it". As you have done, we could stop this virus in its tracks IF we followed guidelines. In our state, we are required to wear masks unless we have a medical reason. So, all someone has to do is tell the manager of the restaurant/store that he/she has medical issues (no proof is needed) and they don't have to wear a mask. Ignorance is not only sad but it is killing people. A young man attended a "Covid-19 party" and got the virus. Before he passed away he said "I thought that it was a hoax".
  11. Unfortunately, about 1/3 of the people in the U.S. (according to one report) do not want to get the vaccine. I’ve heard that there is an anti-vaccine movement in the U.K. as well (but have no verification of that). The last that I heard, the U.K. could have up to 1 billion doses by the end of the year. Shortly thereafter the U.S. should have one or two approved vaccines. Israel and India are also not far behind. So, what I was suggesting is that there will likely be enough vaccine for anyone that wants it before October, 2021 (when their cruise if scheduled for). Of course, I could be wrong but with so many people dying and economies going down the toilet, it seems that the vaccine has become a #1 priority in many parts of the world. Hopefully the predictions will come to fruition.
  12. Maria, I don’t think that it is strange not to wear shoes in the house (this is done in many countries as well in many homes in Hawaii). For the heck of it, try wiping the bottom of your shoes with a cleaner and see how filthy they are. During the summer, many people go barefoot in the house. Then people put their feet on the sofa or, in my case, my feet are on a recliner. Most of us do not wash out feet before getting into bed. Anyway, in my opinion, it is safer to take off your shoes than to track in dirt and germs. I’m not trying to preach to anyone but to share awareness.
  13. Neither you nor other posters can dictate what I can or cannot respond to. While I would be happy to ignore you, I don't because I need to see what you post as I do not trust you. Sometimes you come out with wildly rude posts (such as "you know nothing"). Perhaps you should "ignore" me. Actually, that is a great idea!
  14. In this case, I'm glad that you quoted pappy's post as I cannot see them (my choice). There are many articles on this subject (of course, one does not know which ones to believe). One must also consider that a dining room table will be disinfected in between guests (just as they are in restaurants now). If the risk is as bad as some posters make it sound, the issue would be the same in every restaurant that is currently open as well as in other areas. One thing that isn't mentioned much is shoes. One article did mention the virus in the air ending up on the ground/floor that we walk on. We then walk into our homes. While we have not worn shoes in our home in years, we now remove them and spray the soles before entering the house.
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