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  1. Given my concerns about Crystal's financial condition, exacerbated by the vagueness on this point of the the CEO's email that was sent to some customers, I'd have canceled my 2022 world cruise booking (for which I've paid a very substantial deposit) by now were it not for this provision in the listing of covered circumstances in my AIG Travel Guard insurance policy: "Financial Default of an airline, Cruise line or tour operator provided the Financial Default occurs more than 14 days following an Insured's effective date for the Trip Cancellation or Trip Interruption Benefits. There is no coverage for the Financial Default of any person, organization, agency, or firm from whom the Insured purchased travel arrangements supplied by others. This coverage applies only if insurance was purchased within 15 days of Initial Trip Payment"
  2. Unfortunately, Genting has not applied its protocols to Crystal.
  3. ALL of Voyager's cruises for the remainder of 2020 are showing on RSSC's website as waitlisted. This is what Regent does when it is getting ready to cancel a block of cruises--we've seen that enough this year to know what it means. Remember that Frank Del Rio has said that Regent and Oceania will re-start with just one ship, and then gradually build up from there. It makes sense that Voyager and perhaps Navigator would be last out. Splendor and Explorer are the two newest ships, and have the largest capacity, so make the most sense to go first, even at reduced capacity. Mariner is doing the world cruise in 2021, so they'll want that ship out of cold lay-up well before the WC starts. So that leaves Voyager and Navigator as the logical stragglers.
  4. The marketing-books-as-magazines are marketing brilliance! Sure they are about selling cruises, but they have more substantive content than most of today's travel magazines. Unlike brochures, they get read instead of taking a fast trip to the recycling bin.
  5. Got the email officially canceling the cruise, in more than enough time before final payment. I see that they've canceled all August and September cruises, as well as October ones involving Canada. So glad Regent decided to make the clean break, take the stock price hit now, and do them all at once rather than continuing to creep through month by month. It's a good business decision and a show of good faith to its clientele.
  6. FWIW, I had a cruise booked for which the "cancel up to 48 hours in advance" terms applied. When the time came for final payment, Regent gave me the choice of keeping the 48-hour cancellation policy or moving to the newer "cancel up to 15 days in advance" and get the $1,000 OBC that goes with it. I opted to keep the 48-hour policy, since I already had more OBCs that I'd be able to use anyway. Neither actually matters now, though, since there's no question that the cruise is going to be canceled.
  7. On the rssc website, if you go to "Find a Cruise" and put in August, September, and October dates with no other filters, you'll get a listing that has "waitlist" in the fares space for ALL August and September cruises as well as for the cruises in October that involve Canada (i.e., Alaska and Maritimes/New England cruises). This is consistent with what Frank Del Rio has been saying about not sailing until October. At least now they aren't actively selling these cruises anymore. I have a booking on one of these September cruises that has already passed the 15% penalty date, and for which final payment is due in a couple of weeks. So, the question is, will they officially cancel it before the final payment date so that I can get my deposit back, or force me to cancel it and thus convert the penalty to a FCC? I'd rather have the cash.
  8. These are very tempting prices, but I cannot find Crystal's protocols regarding COVID-19. I found a notice from a couple of months ago on its website announcing that there would be an announcement "soon." But I cannot find said announcement. Anyone know where it is, if it exists at all? I do recall that Genting was early out of the gate with some protocols but they excluded Crystal.
  9. A small clarification of this. The point is accurate, but the reason is off a bit. Taking Mariner as an example, nearly 1/3 of the cabins (110 out of 354) are "lower than concierge." While a minority of cabins compared to the other categories taken together, it's still a significant percentage. What does skew that number, however, is that Seven Seas Society members at Silver and above (21+ nights) levels can book 240 days in advance. Repeat sailors comprise the majority, and at times a significant majority, of passengers on most Regent sailings, so quite a few of us in those lower-level cabins can book excursions at 240 days.
  10. I do feel much friendlier to Regent (and to booking future cruises with them) now that I've gotten my refund. Hint, hint Regent.
  11. My overall tally of SSS credits includes the amount for the cancelled cruise, but the cruise itself is not listed. Check your total. BTW, I took the refund instead of the FCC, and still got credited for the cruise in SSS.
  12. Update: Regent stated refund issued May 28, 2020. Received in my credit card account on May 30.
  13. Sail date: 4/7/20 Regent Navigator Canceled by Regent: 3/13/20 Requested 100% refund: 3/17/20 No refund as of 5/13/20
  14. To those discussing the need for the 8k filing before a prospectus, be aware that a prospectus also was filed today.
  15. Was it dated today (May 5, 2020)? That's the date on the filing with the SEC that's being cited throughout this thread. I just re-scanned the filing (Form 8K), and this financing is not reflected there. Of course, they can't get away with "expected" financing on SEC filings. But if this financing comes through, it looks like it would be enough to keep them afloat for a while. But that while depends on when they can sail again, how many will sail with them, and how many people are willing to keep their money in deposits and FCCs. This SEC filing, and the accompanying publicity, are not going to help with those latter two factors. The sky isn't falling, but it isn't looking very sunny either.
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