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  1. Marc, this is not quite a link to the study, but I've found this good and informative. Have a look https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-02058-1
  2. TC2, with respect - at the moment FCC appear to be quite an uncertainty as nobody knows 1. When cruising resumes 2. If cruising resumes - will the ships be accepted in all ports, some of the ports or none? 3. Will cruisers be able to travel to their cruise destinations or will be restricted by quarantines in their country of residence (i.e. 14 days on arrival)? With these questions in mind, even125% FCC is not as attractive option as it may seem. When we took the option of 100% FCC in March - i was confident we will be able to cruise in October 2021 (18 months later). Now - not so confident at all ... But...remain hopeful still!
  3. TC2, why are confident about November, but not January, February, March and April? I mean, if it is ok to cruise in November (unlikely, IF) - then months after that should be ok too?
  4. sadly, what the US is doing is not necessarily a beacon of hope for many ... 😞 ( I don't want to start the political discussion here, just merely noting - how many of us would be happy to go on a cruise now if the situation was like the current on in NY, or CA?)
  5. There are a lot of various theories doing rounds. One does not know what to believe. However, I do think that humans needed this wake up call to re-valuate our values, what's important and what's not. We are (in NZ) at the end of day 3 of a 4-week (at this stage, could be longer) lock down. And suddenly you understand that so many "important" things are not really matter that much! Today I did not have garlic whilst making an Italian dish, oh shock horror! normally I would have jumped in a car and drove to get it. Today? I just laughed it off and used garlic salt instead. Nobody complained, and the wine tasted even better! (mind you, it was a 2010 Merlot, but who counts, right? 🙂 Hope you and your DH weather this out and enjoy Regent again, soon!
  6. Sounds like a bit of a backhanded compliment 😊👍
  7. New Zealand has closed its ports for all cruises from tonight until 30 June. All passengers arriving in NZ ( with exception of a few Pacific islands ) must self isolate for 14 days. There are other restrictions in place too. We are now one of the highest restriction imposed countries. Although deemed good for health , negative impact on economy will me massive.
  8. just seen on my RC - a cruise from Dubai leaving in 3-4 days has been cancelled (not sure what cruise line), Seabourn has also cancelled two April cruises departing from Dubai. This is just another issue to add to the mix discussed here - you are healthy, have a certificate, but a port/country stays you can't get in/depart ...
  9. think is was a joke by Mr Bill 🙂 (with an underlying message though)
  10. I am sorry, I do not know you, TB, and neither I know TC2. However, somehow your posts about her and her DH appear to be "backhanded" compliments. If you are genuinely concern and find TC2's DH "adorable" this is really a good time to stop.
  11. Digressing - if a cat has 9 lives, how do you count their age - as a cumulative or start each time all over again? if this is the former, than you can have a cat who lives to celebrate 100 y.o. and get a card from HRM (if you are in Commonwealth) 🙂
  12. Most of us would not have seen this discussion. There is no reason to disclose other person's information, even if you did see i somewhere. There is a reason why most - if not all - people here use handles. if a person is concerned about someone's age just referring to your/your DW/DH etc "age" or "age to be of a concern" is sufficient, without going into specifics. IMHO
  13. was it something to do with global events though? (just curious)
  14. another sad news from the cruising world - another empty ship ... https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12315306
  15. I have to thank each and every one of you for this discussion and helping my DH and me to make an agonizing decision on our April cruise (first on Regent - were soo looking forward to it!) we've decided to postpone, hopefully by next October things will get back to some normality. Why October - this is the time when the cruise itinerary is almost identical. You can only do Suez Canal twice a year ... I
  16. Hmm, probably not the most timely post - due to all the cancellations happening at the moment, Italy being off the list etc. However, I am sure that at some point (hopefully, sooner rather than later) it will get back to normal, and we will start talking about ports, and hotels and officers - not changed itineraries and coronoviruses . My question - if a booking includes a one night pre-cruise hotel and transfer between the hotel and the ship, and the cruise departs from Civitavecchia. will the hotel be in Rome and transfer from Rome to Civitavecchia, or the hotel is likely to be in Civitavecchia (not that there are many hotels there)? Thank you in advance 🙂
  17. this shortage is wide spread, and not everybody goes to a doctor either. so the actual statistic is not known
  18. OK, the website has now been updated. Glad it is out there in the open. Still a hard call to make - to be (a traveler in April 2020) or not to be? THAT is the questions 🙂 https://www.rssc.com/coronavirus-statement
  19. in short - yes, two close family member who live with us However, I am pragmatic in understanding that we can catch virus anywhere. Therefore my biggest concern still is to be stuck in some place for a while and the next one to miss on ports which were our driving force to book this particular cruse. We have just over a week to make a call.
  20. Flossie, when I was on the phone with Regent Australia, they said that the US gets all informative first and Australia, NZ ans UK a day or two later. I am just repeating what I am being told.
  21. Oddly, Australia/NZ Regent office has no information on this letter yet, they are "expecting a new informative" tomorrow. Does this mean that anybody from this region will miss out on 3 April cancellation option because of this?
  22. suggest this is the earliest 30 day from the date of the letter
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