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pappy1022

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    Crystal
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    British Isles

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  1. And there was a news report yeterday that China has ordered everyone to stay home in an adjoining county since there was evidence of COVID-19. Washington state and California are also seeing growing cases and New York City and other parts of the country are exploding with new cases. Sadly, this thing has a long ways to go before it's over. Wimbledon (July) and the Military Tattoo in Edinburgh (August) have already been cancelled. There are 2 more open cabins on the September 2020 British Isle cruise as my friend and I have cancelled that cruise yesterday. We are very disappointed but taking the cautious approach.
  2. Well, I cancelled my September 2020 cruise today (before my final payment and penalties were due) to the British Isles after seeing that Wimbledon was cancelled (July) and the military tattoo in Edinburgh (August) has also been cancelled. Those are 2 huge events. Other industries recognize that this virus isn't going away any time soon and may even come back in the fall. The cruise industry is in a tough spot and they keep sliding the start back date. I wasn't going to wait any longer and hopefully Regent survives (and I get my deposit back) but this is unchartered waters for everyone. I will wait until at least 2021 to book another cruise and see if this beast comes back late fall/winter. Life has changed for a long time. Keep safe, keep your distance and helpsomeone in need,
  3. Although I don't plan on going on a cruise until late 2021 or 2022 (I have a cruise booked for September 2020 but will likely cancel), I do like to dream and plan, and I started looking at cruises to the British Isles (the one I have currently booked), the South Pacific (Tahiti area) and the Australia/New Zealand areas. My preference of ships is either Splendor or Explorer but that limits me to predominantly the British Isles. What are your thoughts on the 3 areas I am considering and equally important, what about the Mariner, Voyager and Navigator? Is the ship choice a reasonable criteria for selecting a cruise? All three destinations have my interest and are on all my list of "to do" destinations. Thank you, stay safe and do something kind for a neighbor in need.
  4. The flu vaccine is important to get every year, although it's effectivenessin the last 14 years has ranged from a low of 10% to a high of 60% with an average of 40% (in the US). There have only been 4 years out of those 14 years where it's effectiveness is greater than 50%. Even with these OK but not great statistics, I will get a flu shot every year. Having said that, it's way too early to have a solid prediction on where COVID-19 is going and when it will be contained and/or eliminated. I for one want to see this settle down (and not come back in force) before planning any future cruises, so sadly I don't see us cruising until later in 2021 at the earliest and no new bookings until we get through another COVID-19 season.
  5. Wow, I can't believe that some people think that if they just magically got on a Regent cruise they would be safe because there are fewer people on the ship and that Regent somehow cleans better. All it takes is one sick person, who may not even know that they are sick, to start the chain of infection. I'm sorry to be so direct but this type of logic is unbelievable to me.
  6. We are in unchartered territory with COVID-19, so facts are difficult to gather, to support either theory. My gut tells me that if cruises are operating in May, it will be on a very limited basis and exclude many countries and ports. I for one wouldn't hold high hopes for a worthwhile cruise in May. In fact, I am likely to cancel a cruise I have scheduled in September before my final payment is due in May. Most of the world has yet to reach a peak for the outbreak of this virus including the US. It will take a miracle, and it's happened before, for this "thing" to go away by summer.
  7. Shippy, absolutley agree with you. No amount of future FCC is worth cash in the hand to me. As the saying goes, "a bird in the hand is worth 2 in the bush". I think that there will be some huge discounts coming up from the cruise and airline industry, once it starts up again, to get the pump primed. People are not going to rush back to discretionary spending when they have more basic needs to fulfill and they await the long recovery of the world economies and stock markets. Most medical experts predict this virus to be around for months to come, and in the short term, the worst is yet to come.
  8. Regent just announced all cruises cancelled starting March 13 through April 11
  9. I have options because my final payment wasn't due yet so cancelling cost me the $200 penalty only.
  10. I can't answer your questions but there will probably be some companies that don't survive the impact of this virus including some in the tourist business. I for one opted for the cash back. I can rebook a cruise with those returned dollars whenever and with whoever I choose.
  11. I'm sorry, but all of you Regent cheerleaders need to face the facts that this is a very serious situation that cannot be sugar coated any longer. You are certainly welcome to go on with your scheduled cruises and I wish you well. Until this virus is eradicated I think it is prudent to cancel all cruises to the most impacted areas and Europe is now the hottest area as far as the virus is concerned.
  12. My wife and I are in our mid 60's and in good health. We have the luxury of waiting how this virus plays out until the beginning of May, at which time we cancel and get our money back or make our final payment and keep our fingers crossed that it doesn't come back by September. I guess statistically, the fewer people you have in a contained area (smaller cruise ship) the less likely a virus will occur but it only takes one to start the chain of events. Proper hygiene reduces the risk but it won't guarantee that you won't get sick. Airport and air travel certainly adds to the risk, as does hotel stays, bus tours and going into crowded venues. I applaud Regent for their efforts to try making their cruises as safe as posible but they don't control all the elements of travel and sightseeing. I believe that this virus will get much worse before it gets better. I hope and pray that the world tackles this issue quickly. I have until early May to decide on whether I take my September cruise. If I had to decide today, I would definitely cancel and get my money back, less the $200 cancellation fee. To me, even though I am healthy, the overall risk is too high at this point and the likelihood that the experience will be diminished both on the ship and more importantly in the ports, leads me to that conclusion. For those of you who do continue with your near term cruise plans, I wish you the best and hope for a safe and enjoyable journey.
  13. Snorkle Lover, we are on Explorer beginning September 9 on a British Isle cruise. I think Splendor cruises have a different cancellation timeframe than the rest of the fleet. Maybe things will be better in September but I need to make my decision by May. I am not interested in taking Regent's offer to use the credit towards a 2021 cruise. I want my money back so that I can be flexible for all vacation opportunities, There are still other places I want to see, not all by cruising.
  14. I guess statistically, the fewer people you have in a contained area (cruise ship) the less likely a virus will occur but it only takes one to start the chain of events. Proper hygiene reduces the risk but it won't guarantee that you won't get sick. Airport and air travel certainly adds to the risk, as does hotel stays, bus tours and going into crowded venues. I applaud Regent for their efforts to try making their cruises as safe as posible but they don't control all the elements of travel and sightseeing. I believe that this virus will get much worse before it gets better. I hope and pray that the world tackles this issue quickly. I have until early May to decide on whether I take my September cruise. If I had to decide today, I would definitely cancel and get my money back, less the $200 cancellation fee. To me, even though I am healthy, the overall risk is too high at this point and the likelihood that the experience will be diminished both on the ship and more importantly in the ports, leads me to that conclusion. For those of you who do continue with your near term cruise plans, I wish you the best and hope for a safe and enjoyable journey.
  15. I guess statistically, the fewer people you have in a contained area (cruise ship) the less likely a virus will occur but it only takes one to start the chain of events. Proper hygiene reduces the risk but it won't guarantee that you won't get sick. Airport and air travel certainly adds to the risk, as does hotel stays, bus tours and going into crowded venues. I applaud Regent for their efforts to try making their cruises as safe as posible but they don't control all the elements of travel and sightseeing. I believe that this virus will get much worse before it gets better. I hope and pray that the world tackles this issue quickly. I have until early May to decide on whether I take my September cruise. If I had to decide today, I would definitely cancel and get my money back, less the $200 cancellation fee. To me, even though I am healthy, the overall risk is too high at this point and the likelihood that the experience will be diminished both on the ship and more importantly in the ports, leads me to that conclusion. For those of you who do continue with your near term cruise plans, I wish you the best and hope for a safe and enjoyable journey.
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