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Hambagahle

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    Switzerland
  • Interests
    Golf, travel, art and classical music
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Oceania and Regent
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Europe

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  1. Same date on the refund as ours. Great news for both of us!! Take care - hope we might cruise together another time... Gerry
  2. Nothing regarding the airfare... will let you know once I learn something. Stay well!
  3. It is wonderful news - but a bit complicated. Two of the cards we used no longer exist. One was replaced by our bank because of new T&Cs for non US residents and the other closed because of a change in brokerage accounts! So we have the respective people sorting this out. The bulk of it has been refunded to our TA and they will be sending it on to our US bank account via wire transfer. Generally it takes a few days to get something posted on a CC account but I am hopeful that by the end of next week all this will be sorted.
  4. SusoeQft - please adjust your spreadsheet to show a FULL refund done on 20 May for our March 14 Splendor cruise. We have been refunded every cent we paid to Regent and in fact this is the full payment - we were waiting to board the ship when the cruise was cancelled. Gerry
  5. When I turned on my computer this morning I had an email sent last night from my TA. Regent has issued a full refund to us for our March 14 Splendor cruise. To say I am relieved is an understatement.
  6. Indeed Sheila - another time another place !! IF ONLY we had received notice of the possibility of cancelling our cruise 12 hours earlier we more than likely would have cancelled... I got the email while waiting in the lounge about to board our flight to SFO, bags were already on the plane.
  7. liptastic and SusieQft - thanks so much for your kind words and empathy! To be fair we didn't do our air with Regent but I am not happy at this long wait for reimbursement. We were on Swiss ZRH/SFO and then should have been on Swiss MIA/ZRH. (Swiss dropped that route around 10 March). We got to the US a couple of days before Trump closed the borders to Europeans. That didn't give me a warm and toasty feeling! Then the cruise was cancelled less than 20 hours before we would have boarded. We were lucky to get AC flights via Toronto but then Trudeau closed Canadian borders to all but US nationals (which I am not - I am Swiss) the day after we flew from Canada!! it was touch and go. I really appreciated your lovely thoughts! It helps... Stay well! Gerry
  8. Cancelled cruise - Splendor 14 March 2020 Requested full refund of cruise fare ($34k) 15 March 2020 To date (15 May 2020) - nothing received Also requested reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses to get back to Switzerland - $15'500 in total for the flights and hotel. Regent has all back up requested. So far - no refund. Gerry
  9. This is the first time since our Splendor cruise was cancelled (14 March from San Diego to Miami) that I have been able to bring myself to read threads on CC - that's how bad it hurt. I heard this morning from a fellow passenger from Australia that he had received a refund of the cruise fare but nothing so far for his out-of-pocket return flight costs. I have not yet received anything...
  10. Our 14 March Splendor cruise was cancelled 20 hours before we were to board the ship. It cost us USD15'000 and change to get home to Switzerland from San Diego. We are still waiting for our refund (somewhere around $35'000) from Regent. Swiss already told us they would refund 50% of our airfare for our travel Switzerland/USA/Switzerland because we only used the outbound leg. That, at least, is honest of them. I will never, ever, forget the feeling of total helplessness being stranded in the US with borders closing. Luckily we were able to get Air Canada flights to get home. Not going through that again. Ever.
  11. It's OK - after 14 March I doubt I will ever want to cruise again...
  12. Unfortunately Regent only did this for two years. Basically Circles of Interest were offered on various topics. On the Voyager TA cruise we chose Art and History. At most ports we had specialised tours which included historical sites, art museums etc. There were lectures on board too. On the Lima/BA cruise we chose the Falkland Islands war. The leader was a Royal Navy Commander and he spoke several times about various aspects of the war. By chance a member (like us) of the circle was a British army General who had led the "mopping up" operation after the war. Both men were fascinating. Then when we were in Port Stanley we had a tour of the battlefields, lunch at a farmer's house at Goose Green and our guide was a man who was at the radio station there throughout the Argentinian occupation. It was a fascinating experience. I think we paid about $300 each for these circles. I wish they would do them again!
  13. It is unrealistic on two grounds: 1. The doctor could be a close friend or a lax practitioner. Who knows. And be willing to sign anything. 2. If you live outside the country where you are going to embark - the week may be way too little to bring a recently signed form. We were in California for a week before our aborted Splendor cruise. Our doctor here in Switzerland would never have signed a form like this knowing that her signature would be out of date before we boarded. SO - back to the drawing board...
  14. Could it be that the Caramel Popcorn Sundae is what I had looked forward to the most on our Splendor cruise ?? Memories ? 2004 Mariner to Alaska: HOT weather aside from Seward. Then the Mariner hit a "growler" - small ice berg I suppose. And we limped from Juneau to Ketchikan and to Vancouver. Open bar after Ketchikan...not at all a normal thing in 2004. 2005 - Mariner from Los Angeles to Miami. JUST the cruise we hoped to re-do on 14 March on the Splendor. It was superb. Fascinating, great lectures, etc. 2006 - Voyager Trans Atlantic from Rome to Ft Lauderdale. They had the "Circle of Interest" and we joined... it was terrific aside from the day we were in Monte Carlo and the guide to Vence wasn't wonderful. I found myself "reverse translating" from English to French to understand her!! 2006 - Voyager to St Petersburg and the Baltic states. With the Antiques Roadshow team from the BBC. Just amazing!! We had a private guide in St.Petersburg who got us into every place when it was closed... private tours with museum directors etc. 2008 - Mariner from Lima to BA. (I got food poisoning in Lima which was not great!! Nothing to do with Regent though!) Great cruise and again -Circle of Interest, this time on the Falklands with a British Navy Commander who had been shipwrecked TWICE on one day in the Falklands. Truly memorable...plus by accident the British General who was a passenger who led the "mopping up" efforts there too. 2010 - I think this was the "Ash Cruise" - Mariner in the Med. We ended in Venice and many people with Regent air spent a week in Padova waiting for the skies to re-open. We had booked a Hertz car and simply drove home in 5 hours (maybe less...) 2013 - not really sure about the date but a TA on Mariner, Ray Solaire as CD with his wonderful show. Lovely, lovely cruise Since then - on Oceania. We don't cruise often (and don't want to...we have too much to see and do here in Switzerland). but my heart is broken about the Splendor cruise and we will be BACK as soon as we can...
  15. I totally forgot about St Patrick's Day. (Not celebrated here...). I remember on the Roll Call I said I would bring something green to wear - which I did! Bob - my "tekkie" granddaughter, 12, said - we'll skype. Which we will. Seems like the only thing we can do right now. Gerry
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