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  1. Rules without enforcement are no rules at all. Disappointing to see Regent take no action for rule violations. They will always be people who won’t comply with the COVID specific rules and that brings an enhanced risk to all passengers, crew and even the local people.
  2. Patients is key. There is a high probability that things will stay in a state of flux for the foreseeable future. A port that is open one day may not be the next day. A country that is accepting cruise this week, may not next week. I would expect that many cruises will have COVID positive passengers/crew on board. The key will be if the ship has enough medical capacity to keep the itinerary going and the sick isolated. It’s a risk that will be out there at least into 2022. For some the risk and on the fly itinerary changes will be worth it, For others who are about the destination, it will be a crapshoot.
  3. Glad that you have a mild case. Unfortunately, the game has changed again and the vaccines no longer provide the level of protection they once did. It is still wise to get vaccinated because the seriousness of the illness is much less in most cases. Showing that you have been vaccinated to go into a crowded venue like a cruise ship is no longer enough to keep people safe. Certainly, the cruise lines will have to test repeatedly during a trip, especially after land tours. Israel, who has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, is now dealing with a large outbreak, mostly people who were vaccinated earlier this year. They claim that it was caused by many people vacationing out of the country and bringing the delta variant back with them. I wish all of you safe travels who decide to get on a cruise ship but it’s not for me until this is better controlled. When will that be? Who knows, but until then I will keep my money in my pocket and wait for the air to clear.
  4. I hope you all get to use these “extras” that Regent is offering. At this moment in time, it’s not looking good for cruising to get going in earnest in 2021. Who knows what 2022 will bring. Once again, I thought we were seeing the light at the end of the tunnel early this summer but that light was another variant train coming toward us. I booked and cancelled (total refund) a dream anniversary cruise in 2020. I thought by the summer of 2021, it would surely be safe to book this same cruise for 2022 but I’m not laying down a nickel for any cruise at this time. I just can’t get my mind around how this all ends and when it will end.
  5. What a mess. I wouldn’t even consider Regent, or any cruise, at this point in time. My gut tells me that this isn’t over and it might even get much worse. It’s hard to imagine that we would be where we are at with COVID in August 2021. Even if the USA gets it’s act together and gets vaccinated or gets immunity through covid survival, we are just a small portion of the world population. We will be in a state of flux for several months ahead, in my opinion.
  6. The biggest reason I see not to book a Regent cruise or any other cruise for that matter is the uncertainty of the impact of COVID both on the ship and in the ports. I love the Regent ships and the onboard experiences but my main reason to cruise are the destinations. If I am limited in what I can see and do in the port cities then I can wait until this pandemic passes. This latest Delta variant is impacting the vaccinated at alarming rates and as long as COVID is around, it will mutate even more.
  7. 2023. Waiting on life to get back to normal. I thought we were almost there and now the reality is that we aren’t.
  8. One thing is certain, there is a lot of uncertainty and unknowns still to traverse. Hopes for somewhat normal cruising in 2021 is quickly fading.
  9. Unfortunately, COVID is back and stronger than ever. I suspect the cruise cancellations and itinerary changes will be the norm until the world gets this under better control. It’s a moving target. For developed countries, the answer is pretty simple but …………………………… What’s most frustrating is that we do have tools in our toolbox to combat this disease. It’s easy to trash the governments, the CDC and WHO but they have given us solutions. Unfortunately too many people won’t take advantage of the tools available. COVID won’t be controlled until it doesn’t have so many hosts that remain vulnerable. This has happened before and just like a fire, it won’t go out until there is no more fuel to burn. If you are planning a cruise, I think you have to prepare for the unexpected, hope for the best but prepare for significant changes.
  10. Here’s the issue, Vaccinated people are getting COVID, they just aren’t getting extremely sick and that’s good for them. However, these same people are spreading the disease as illustrated by this data: “Of Singapore's 1,096 locally transmitted infections in the last 28 days, 484, or about 44%, were in fully vaccinated people, while 30% were partially vaccinated and just over 25% were unvaccinated, Thursday's data showed.” I don’t know where this is going but as more data comes in about the spread of this new variant, we may see significant policy changes (seeing that already in some countries and states) and that does pose a potential risk to the financial well being of the cruise industry.
  11. Unfortunately, COVID is making another comeback with a different variant. Here in the Austin area we are back into stage 4 and rising rapidly. The local health department is now recommending masks for both vaccinated and non vaccinated both indoors and outdoors unless socially distancing. We are seeing rapid rises in cases throughout the world even in Australia where they have essentially shut themselves out from the rest of the world. As Yogi Berra once said, ”it ain’t over til it’s over”. I don’t think many of the cruise lines will be able to weather another longer term cancellation.
  12. Even when things weren’t as busy as they are now (an assumption) Regent’s websites for booking tours was terrible. It has been and nothing has changed. Some have said that their servers couldn’t handle the load., so get bigger, faster servers. It is certainly a black eye on an otherwise excellent cruise line.
  13. They had over a year to fix their website issues given that they weren’t cruising but I guess it isn’t important to them. It is a shame, actually an embarrassment, that a class organization such as Regent puts up with such a poor customer interface.
  14. Menu is limited. Eggs, toast & choice of meat (bacon or sausage) for breakfast. PB & Jelly on home made bread for lunch. Dinner is probably going to be something that was home made and previously frozen and microwaveable or if we are docked, hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill. Drinks are BYO and must be shared with the staff. Gratuities are not included, prepaid and not optional. Staff will determine the amount as a percentage of the fare. The % is subject to change without notice. The staff sleeping quarters are on the same deck and the guest sleeping arrangements are pull outs from the dinette and couch. Wi-Fi will probably be as good as the luxury cruise lines so please plan on poor service and no streaming. You will be able to remain on board for land excursions. The excursion reservation system is painless and there are no wait lists. Wherever management decides to go, we all go.
  15. Well Mr Levin, you have opened my eyes to cruising with my Airstream. The Pappy cruise line will be open soon. We have room for 4 more people. Book early, the prices will go up soon. Send me your 10% deposit and I will hold onto it and let you know every month or so if the cruise will sail. PCARDAD, my reference to feeling bad for folks has only to do with the current uncertainty and continuous cancellations of cruises. I know how exciting it is to find a cruise you want and go through all the planning and anticipation. I was there last year and then COVID hit and it took all the air out of my excitement when I cancelled my September 2020 cruise to the British Isles. I will cruise again and I will certainly consider Regent when I do but I will wait until things settle down. That probably won’t be until 2022 or beyond. In the meantime, I have other journeys to enjoy. My wife and I are fully vaccinated and we still wear masks and social distance. That is very doable when camping.
  16. When COVID started, I took my cash refund and never looked back and never regretted that decision. I love to cruise but only do so occasionally, maybe once a year at most, so it wasn’t hard to give “it” up. I won’t even a consider a cruise until we know for sure that things are back to normal. So I took that refund and bought an Airstream RV and have loved every minute of it, sharing great times with my grandchildren and enjoying the great outdoors. I feel bad for those of you who are going through the uncertainties and cancellations of cruises. Hopefully, most of us get vaccinated and we can get back to something near normal in our daily lives. Maybe in 2022 or beyond, our paths will cross on a cruise ship. After all, there are so many places I want to see and experience that I cannot get to in a RV.
  17. I know that viruses are not intelligent. I used the word “seemed” not to imply that this was a fact but to convey that COVID is adapting to it’s environment. I apologize if that wasn’t obvious. As far as quoting reliable sources, my quotes were directly from Pfizer, our president and Dr Fauci. I hope those are reliable sources.
  18. Sometimes this virus seems like an intelligent being, mutating so it can spread easier and diminish the effectiveness of current antibodies and vaccines. There has been a lot of concern about the so called South African variant and now this from Pfizer: “A laboratory study suggests that the South African variant of the coronavirus may reduce antibody protection from the Pfizer Inc/BioNTech SE vaccine by two-thirds, and it is not clear if the shot will be effective against the mutation”. President Biden said that he is hoping to get back to a reasonable level of normality by Christmas 2021 and Doctor Fauci says, “Hopefully, by the time we start entering 2022, we really will have a degree of normality that will approximate the kind of normality we've been used to". So, at least from the perspective of our political and medical leaders, it’s going to be a while before things begin to turn in our favor. I think that is a sign of a longer no sail order from the CDC than anyone anticipated going into 2021.
  19. I suspect that we will see several more monthly cancellations before some start up cruises occur. I am now beginning to think the unimaginable is possible in that cruising won’t start in earnest until 2022. I wonder how many cruise lines will survive this economic disaster. Those who do, will easily sell out cruises once it is shown to be safe and people have regained confidence that the pandemic is over, or at least controlled.
  20. It will be anti climatic since everyone knows that it will be cancelled, including Regent.
  21. One phrase in this article, and the only words that have been consistently used with COVID-19, is “that we don’t know”. It is in fact a novel virus and by definition it is a strain that we haven’t seen before. We do know that viruses mutate and adapt but with COVID-19 we don’t know (there it is again) how that will look and whether current vaccines will be as effective against these new mutations. We have learned a lot about COVID-19 but at the moment the virus seems to be 1 step ahead of us. That’s nothing new for viruses. They are always mutating and getting more efficient at spreading and infecting their hosts. That is their single purpose and unfortunately COVID-19 is darn good at doing so. IMO, we are still in for a long battle even as vaccines roll out in greater numbers. Herd immunity may be the only way to stop this beast.
  22. And that is the crux of the problem, we have a lot of “don’t knows” with COVID. We don’t know; how long the antibodies will be effective, we don’t know how long the vaccines will work. We don’t know if enough people will take the vaccine; we don’t know if we will reach herd immunity and even if we do when it might be; we don’t know if you can be reinfected after getting COVID, we don’t know if the vaccines and immunities will work against new strains of COVID, etc, etc, etc. During the Spanish “flu” pandemic, it didn’t stop until the virus couldn’t find new people to infect, it essentially ran out of victims. 20% of the world population died. Of course we have much better technology today and I’m not predicting that the death rate will be anywhere near what it was in 1918. Vaccines are the key to controlling this disease and as much as we want to snap our fingers and get everyone vaccinated in a short period, it is a logistical challenge. We’ve made remarkable progress in getting a vaccine out the door. I remember in the fall where medical experts were saying that the earliest we would see a vaccine was mid year 2021. As far as when cruising will resume, add that to the list of we don’t knows. COVID cases have risen around the world at a much higher pace than anything we saw in 2020, so we have a long way to go. One thing is certain, every time we have a major holiday in the US, cases rise afterwards. That means that it is still risky to get groups of people together in a confined space, especially indoors and that the biggest spreaders are those who are asymptomatic.
  23. But you are probably right in predicting through August at minimum
  24. The first jab is easy for most people. The 2nd shot is more likely to create symptoms such as fever, chills,. Body aches etc. but that’s a good sign that your body is properly responding. I’ve had my first shot, Moderna, and just a little sore where the shot was applied. My wife, a nurse, has had both shots of Pfizer and the first shot was just some soreness. The second shot brought a fever of 101, docs aches, etc.after about 12 hours and lasted about 12-18 hours and then she was fine
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