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  1. If you have onboard credit, Regent will use them when you book your excursions. If the amount of the excursions exceed your OBC’s, you pay for them when you book the excursion. Should Regent cancel your cruise, you will get the money back. There is one area that I’m not certain about ........ if you cancel within 48 hours of the cruise (or within the penalty phase). I don’t have the Regent contract in front of me but I recall that some items are not reimbursable beyond certain dates. We are in the same boat (so to speak). We have a November cruise booked and have paid for excursions. We remain confident that the November cruises will sail.
  2. I'm curious why you cancelled your cruise if it will likely be cancelled? Isn't it better to get cash back (or 125% FCC''s) from Regent if they cancel? Also, I'm not sure that there will be that many "deals" on Regent. Regent has so many ways of enticing people to book without discounting fares. Before discounting anything, they would likely offer passengers already booked the ability to add on the cruise before or after theirs at a substantial discount. When Regent discounted fares in Europe a few years ago, the results were not great. They were able to get one-time cruisers onto Regent but it was unlikely that some of the passengers would ever book again (due to the "normal" cost of Regent cruises). Also, sometimes people think that they want to sail on a luxury cruise line but do not do the research. They could end up finding Regent too sedate, few or no children/families (except during the summer), and certainly not as much to do as on premium cruise lines. So, in my opinion, it is best for Regent not to discount cruises (or if they do, perhaps the discount should be for former Regent cruisers only). This would help Regent keep their loyal customers and they know that the people they are discounting to will likely book another cruise.
  3. Just a quick follow-up - we were able to book the cruise for January and secured the last suite in the category (although there could be more cancellations). The best part for us is being able to fly to Auckland and back from Sydney non-stop. We could have saved around $4K if we booked our own flights. That is a lot of money but Dennis does not want to get stuck "down under". At least for now we will be booking flights with Regent.
  4. I have learned so much from this thread - thank you (special thanks to Adam Coulter for the article that answered everything!). I’m also surprised to learn that NCL’s Pride of America sank at one time. Really amazing information!
  5. I don’t see the problem. Regent has canceled all cruises through May 10th. Why would they need to list them?
  6. No, it is Auckland to Sydney - a cruise that we find too expensive. We have been to both places on land trips but want to do a cruise that includes New Zealand. So, with the FCC's it is somewhat affordable.
  7. I didn't feel that May would work so we have asked our TA to cancel and book a cruise for late January 2021. This is a popular itinerary and I suspect that, until recently, it was fully booked. Fortunately I found one available suite that we wanted. Crossing my fingers that it works.
  8. I have been following all threads related to coronavirus. The most surprising thing that I've noticed is the views of people living in the U.S. vs. the U.K. Many of us in the U.S. seem to feel that the virus will subside sooner rather than later. Their "stay at home" rules are short (2 - 4 weeks) while, if what I have read is true, the U.K. will stay at home for 12 weeks. There is no right or wrong here - just different perceptions. On the other hand, it could be the news that we are reading in the United States vs. what people in the United Kingdom are reading. Having said that, we fully expect to be onboard Explorer in November and will celebrate the holidays as normal. We will try to book a cruise in January 2021 after we cancel our May 12th cruise.
  9. Here are my 2 cents. Regent did have a ship that was built and dedicated to China. This did not work out well for many reasons. She has since been refurbished and I believe is supposed to sail out of Seattle. I have sailed on NCL's Bliss (christening cruise), and she seems to do well in Alaska. Not familiar with the other ships. What I do wonder about is Oceania. Is she doing as well as Regent (prior to coronavirus)? Perhaps NCLH should delay Oceania new ship builds. While some of us would love to see Regent sell Navigator, she might be a difficult ship to sell. My hope is that Regent does not need to sell any of their ships. On the other hand, if they wanted to wait on their new build, it would be a good thing.
  10. Thank you! Hope that you will be believed since I've posted the same thing numerous times.
  11. As I've said many times, don't believe anything you hear - no matter who says it. No one knows how many people will ultimately die from coronavirus and, IMHO, it is reckless to make those sort of predictions. Unfortunately, doctors, government officials and even scientists have provided wrong information to the citizens of the U.S. I'm not saying that it was done intentionally but it continually happens (even today). jeb_bud - either you or I are reading incorrect information. Just looked up Vatican City (as of April 2). They have 6 cases of coronavirus with 0 deaths. Isklaar - I was referring to the United Kingdom. Dave - I think I've gotten to the point where I am arguing with myself. I did think that it would be a good idea to do west coast itineraries. What I didn't consider is that people in states that are still active could fly (or drive) to the embarkation port. I did not start this as a coronavirus thread but, given what is going on in the world right now, most things that we are doing (or not doing) has to do with the virus. This thread is no exception. I am learning reasons why being able to go to Alaska or on Pacific Coast itineraries will not work while the coronavirus is active,
  12. I respectfully question your comment that the U.S. has the most cases of covid-19 in the world. One can really not compare a small country with a country with 320-330M people. Check out these maps https://brilliantmaps.com/how-the-us-fits-into-the-world/. If you take Spain and Italy alone, they have the same amount of case as the U.S. and far fewer people. If you add a couple other European (or former European) countries (that would still fit within the U.S.,) the numbers far exceed that of the U.S.
  13. Could you elaborate on your comment above? Why would relaxing the laws cause a problem? Would more cruise lines be forced to register in the U.S.?
  14. If suggesting that it is a crime to state that the coronavirus is less dangerous than it is, then there are plenty of people in government that should also be sued (not trying to be political but it is the only comparison that I can think of). At the beginning of this pandemic, many people/companies were giving out incorrect information - based on what they heard. Many thought that coronavirus was no more dangerous than the flu. There is still misinformation being spread as well as corrections to false claims made earlier (like being told not to wear masks because they are only needed for health care workers and people with the virus). Now it is suggested that if you don't have a mask, at least wrap a scarf or something around your face. Whatever law firm is doing the should be ashamed of themselves. IF there were a basis for the lawsuit, it could have waited until the pandemic was no longer killing thousands of people per day!
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