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DeepFreeze63

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  1. Yes, so many enjoyable experiences. Our best ,New Year's Eve EVER was on the then new Explorer via the Panama Canal. Our last Regent cruise, our 18th, was the Splendor's "Maiden" voyage - Magnificent - beautiful ship, great weather, terrific shipmates and Regent went all out and made it truly memorable. Next cruise is July 2021 on the Splendor in the Baltic with our youngest grandchild; can't come soon enough!
  2. Other Posters recently mentioned a Regent “Explorer Exotics Issue” brochure. Mine ( DW’s really; she also get’s birthday cards from Regent) arrived yesterday. Yes, it’s a marketing ploy with lots of the standard Regent stuff but I thought that it was a terrific read. I went through it in the late afternoon as I sat in our back yard under our new tent watching the sun go down. Far from a six PM visit to the Observation Lounge on a Regent ship but I had a tall glass of Pinot Grigio (my usual first Regent alcoholic quaff of the day) but, alas, with Triscuit crackers instead of Regent cana
  3. Yes, hundreds of them - they just Don't charge fees! You'll be amazed at the number of talented, congenial folks with top-of -the line cameras that willing to take photos of/for you.
  4. "Our ideal cruise would be sailing along the Western European coast to see Bordeaux for the wine, stopping in NW Spain for the end of the Camino De Santiago, and anywhere in Portugal." Yes, a magnificent itinerary. We have done it twice both from London to Barcelona in September. Love to do it again but probably in May, or so, when the seas are maybe calmer and from Lisbon, if offered. Oh such pleasant memories!
  5. Yes! A few years ago, we decided "no more cars and no more house renovations; we will cruise the world". Last week, a beautiful tent and colorful planters went up in the back yard; a fire pit is on order - and we haven't even got our refunds back yet.
  6. I agree. No One knows "when", "where", "how" or even "how much". We took the 125% for a Regent-cancelled July cruise because of probably unique personal circumstances - we want to cruise (in summer) with youngest grandchild, a teen, while we are able and he is young. Otherwise, I would have taken the cash. I don't intend to give Regent, or any other travel company, any significant money until things are a LOT clearer.
  7. We, in the U.S., also took the "125% FCC" for a July 2020 cruise cancelled by Regent. We had a specific July 2021 replacement cruise period in mind. Out TA showed me a "screen shot" of our Regent account that indicated separately for DW and I: our FCC Account No.; our SS Society No.; the the 100% FCC amount, the 25% FCC amount; date of origination of the FCC; and the "sail-by" date of the FCCs (31 Dec 2022). From what I read on FAQ on the Regent website, Regent holds the info electronically and doesn't send us any copy. Our certificates were initiated on Monday, May 25th for a cruise cancelled
  8. I recently reserved for 1/20/21 Explorer for 47 days (yes, "Hope Springs Eternal); had an impossible time on Chrome. Went to MicroSoft ("Bing"?) browser and sailed through in less than a hour - Yes, I prepped via the Regent E-mail list.
  9. Our favorite cabin(s) depends upon the itinerary. We have done 18 Regent cruises: Splendor-1 (magnificent) in E; Explorer -5 in E, F1 or F2; Voyager-6 in F or G; and Mariner-6 in F aor G. The F1 and F2 are terrific and very good value. The E cabins are good value (for us) on Splendor and Explorer AND where the embarkation sites are distant from the airport and/or the ship. There are lots of personal considerations in choosing among the cabins mentioned. We found the F and G cabins "tight" but enjoyable during SHORT cruises on the Mariner. The Mariner is VERY stable even in rough seas and
  10. Had our 7/17 Explorer cancelled by Regent. We elected the FCC option. Regent calculated about 5% of what we paid to be refunded to our two credit cards on pro-rata bases of how much was charged to each card. The rest was marked as basis for computing the separate 100% and 25% FCCs.
  11. Thanks Mark Mary and I (and grandson) took the Regent "match" offer of 18 days on Splendor in July 2021 for the cancelled 18 days on Explorer in July 2020. We got, at NO extra cost, the same #ed F2 cabin plus SS discount, $1000 SBC, and the "15 days cancel" option. Hope to use "25% FCC" bonus to defray a separate G cabin cost for our adult grandson (subject to him passing the Texas bar exam). Took some work by our terrific TA to get this done - we're "Happy Campers". Look forward to a report on your 2021 Iceland adventure; it's still on my "bucket list". stay well, Jim C.
  12. Point of Information: Regent canceled our cruise on May 20th. I cancelled our related, independent excursion with TripAdvisor ("Viator") on May 21st - REFUND made by TripAdvisor to my credit card on May 21st! Of course Regent refunds could occur quickly if Regent wanted them to - 10 to 14 business days is a reasonable MAXIMUM for any established business.
  13. Go to the itinerary for your cruise. Select the first (or any) port after embarkation. Right in the center of the page just above the description of excursions offered will be a link offering to send to your email a list of all excursions offered on that cruise. This email will not only detail descriptions but also the extra costs (if any) and the start times. Check back a week or so before your cruise for most reliable info before selection time. I'm doing this right now for the cruise that Tavelcat2 mentioned.
  14. Great idea! It makes up most of the wonderful cruise that we took on Voyager with Granddaughter. However, GS is an aspiring "rock drummer" and is sold on Stockholm for ABBA museum and ? in St. Petersburg. Doubt he would do any better than me in regular Trivia but he has a sensational ear for music (sure didn't come from our side of the family). Jim
  15. DW and I were booked on the July 17, 2020 Explorer cruise from Copenhagen to Reykjavik (via Greenland) for 18 days with our 14-yearold Grandson sharing a F cabin with us. I received the cancellation notice from Regent (via our TA) on 5/20/2020. It included the following: “Furthermore, if you book Reykjavik Under the Midnight Sun on Seven Seas Voyager on July 2, 2021 or Pristine Norway on Seven Seas Splendor on July 7, 2021, which are similar to your cruise this year, we’ll honor the lower price you paid for your suite on your current booking, pending space availability. Please cont
  16. Please honor the purpose of this thread! "This thread is simply and ONLY to track how long it is taking to get refunds from Regent. I will transfer the data from your posts into a spreadsheet that you can see at:"
  17. Please do! I would NEVER read it (based upon the experiences related above) but it might just "sharpen-up" the normal threads to remain focused on the title subject and about Regent cruising.
  18. Thanks Marc. Mary asked "What the XXX time does get up?" As you know , our TA is also in Texas. Apparently he sleeps in (like a normal person). Seriously, thanks. Jim C
  19. The Explorer was my favorite ship despite its "whatevers" (faults, idiosyncrasies, non-preferences) until I cruised on the Splendor's Maiden Voyage. Splendor is an upgraded Explorer and a WOW!
  20. I probably shouldn't share this secret BUT..... On the long sail from Cape Town to Rio, we had a "build -a - boat" contest. Our Butler had a board cut and shaped to my specifications. Alas, we finished 3rd of 3 entrants!
  21. What fun! I looked at all 2020 cruises; decided to bet MOSTLY with my heart and only a little bit with my head. I pick Mariner, October 5th from LA to LA. because it's to/from a Western U.S. port, short (7 days), only 3 stops, relatively inexpensive and high public area per passenger several attractive following cruises. I loved this cruise before COVID19. Otherwise, my head says that it's unlikely to have a 2020 Regent cruise except for the Caribbean just after hurricane season (about Thanksgiving).
  22. I'm in for a grin as well! Thanks drib and mrlevin for adding humor to this "ouija board" thread.
  23. A really interesting thread. Be nice if this was made a "sticky" so we could later see how our speculations turn out! DW and I have been thrilled with our 18 Regent cruises and have looked forward to the 4 more that are booked (1 paid for) BUT we will not cruise again until there is a vaccine that puts our health risk about what the flu season does. Furthermore, I won't do a "luxury" cruise that isn't "luxury" - no masks, no social distance restrictions and probably no "letter from my physician". I would accept a requirement for a letter stating that we have gotten an annual Flu an
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