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rallydave

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    rally, golf
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    Seabourn
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    Antarctica

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  1. Agree with most of your post with the exception of capacity by percentage of occupancy. Because of so many variables would think it more likely to be based on passengers by tonnage or passenger square footage. This is because of social distancing which surely is affected by the available area per passenger and not number of passengers. Doing it by tonnage or sq feet per passenger should allow the smaller ships with lots of relative sq feed to have a higher percentage of passengers than the behemoths and help with Regent profitability so depending on the size or tonnage, too early to have that number..
  2. Don't believe there has been any agreement yet of how capacity will be determined so way too early for the waitlist to be based on new lower capacity.
  3. You do know you are leaving tens of thousands of dollars on the table booking direct with Regent? Plus the service of great TA's who most certainly will do more for your than a Regent employee should issues occur.
  4. Believe the isssue is two different promo codes and generally only one promo code per booking. Glad you were able to get something. Hopefully the 10% is better bottom line to the other promo.
  5. Understand your point and yes, they are providing these as recommendations but would expect some differentiation between those that would be required and those that are recommendations that would be "nice to have". Listing all as should's puts every one in the same category and doubt all are required in order to safely sail. Full disclosure, I too am not an attorney but, did spend many years writing high dollar Contracts with Statement of Works that live or die on using the correct terminology.
  6. Not sure what good day of sailing testing would be with so many false positives and negatives for the quick test. Sure wouldn't want to fly to a cruise and get sent home for a false positive or sail with people who have a false negative and from what I have been reading the false positives and negatives for the quick tests are very prevalent.
  7. Well, about time since fdr and other executives have recently been blaming the CDC for failing to move forward yet it took until today for the NCLH/RCG team to submit along with CLIA finally. Where has CLIA been for the last 6 months?? And, really wonder how "mandatory" the protocols submitted by CLIA are since the ones submitted by the super committee are all only recommendations with none of them mandatory based on the "should" in all of the elements, Would not be surprised if the CLIA submittal does not also include mandatories and are also incorrect with lots of "shoulds ".
  8. Agree and if written intentionally as not requirements, what good are they as they leave the barn door wide open. Perhaps they were written as recommendation for the CDC to write their requirements document which by definition have to say "shall", As far as helping NCLH and RCG plus other cruise lines who choose to use the document IMHO they are an almost complete failure as most of the suggestions are already known so cruise lines using this document are completely open to pick and choose what they will or will not include in their operations plans so we'll have a Hodge podge of ship level requirements that may or may not protect the passengers and crew. In any case whether the word is incorrectly or deliberately used, IMHO this panel of "experts" almost completely failed to write the necessary document to provide requirements for the cruise lines to follow. If the document was written to submit to the CDC to provide guidance for the CDC requirements document, good job.
  9. Yes quite an interesting read. Have a huge problem with one word that they seem to use incorrectly and is totally problematic. That word is "should". Having written many many Contracts over the years it is a fact that using the word "should" does NOT create a requirement. The proper terms are shall and will depending on the usage. The report truly should have used "shalls" when a requirement and "should" when a good idea but, not required especially in such an impartment document. A real shame that all of the recommendations by the use of "should" are simply suggestions and not requirements!
  10. Yes Foyt, you are correct about CDC having the authority to issue the stop sailing order as in the order it states it was issued under a US Code, USC giving them the authority and as long as that authority exists, this hodge podge group of many agencies I am sure do not have the authority to remove that no sail order so they can do all the work they want but, only CDC can lift the No Sail order which likely will be extended shortly. And howiefrommd is also correct in that may bills are introduced that simply die before even getting in front of the entire body of either the house or senate. Once someone notes the CDC has the only authority to lift the stop sailing order the bill will be quickly forgotten. Like I have said earlier the blame goes on both the CDC and the cruise industry so nobodies hands are clean.
  11. Thanks JMARINER, Great help with the ardticle and confirms a lot more than just the Visa policy is involved and both Pcardad and I were correct in our analysis and not a simple issue. Plus flossie009 added the law in UK to the laws in various US States and Territories Bottom line is be carful when a cruise line, TA, or any business wants to charge extra for using your credit card for a purchase..
  12. Well actually we are both right as I was incorrect, there are state laws regarding upcharges for credit cards and I live in one of those states. Eleven states—California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Oklahoma and Texas—and Puerto Rico have laws that prohibit merchants from charging consumers with surcharges on credit card transactions.Oct 13, 2016
  13. Believe it was a law when US gas stations would show a price and then upcharge for credit cards (all). The law was on all credit card types not just visa so gas stations and other businesses simply raised prices and discounted for cash same result just different way to get there. The law went away and now gas stations simply post two prices, credit and cash. And stores have stopped upcharging and sometimes discount for gas. Wasn't from Visa or any particular credit card type.
  14. This indicates to me that those TA's charging that fee for using a credit card are those who take the payment early and use the money for themselves before forwarding the payment to Regent on the required due date. They charge this since they are charged a percentage by the credit card company. Believe all cruise lines accept credit card payments as the fees the credit card companies charge is included in the cruise fare and they earn by keeping your money in their hands while possibly also paying the cruise line with their credit card which means they actually pay up to almost 2 month later plus possibly earn cash back or points from their use of their credit cards. And don't forget you also delay payment when using a credit card up to almost 2 months plus using a debit card or cash/check gives you none of the protections a credit card provides. So in this case you might actually pay that credit card charge twice, once included in your fare and the other to your TA who might just use a corporate credit card that earns points to pay the cruise line when due. An extremely devious way for TA's to earn more profits.
  15. Wes as you know this only covers medical. What sr you doing for trip coverage over and above the $29k pp from your reserve card? Are you self insuring the balance? also wondering why you are buying this over 2 years prior to embarkation?
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