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  1. The focus on how the U.S. is handling the epidemic is important though, as U.S. cruisers form such a big percentage of the cruising market. If we are still seeing a prolonged rolling first wave of the pandemic then there is zero chance of cruising starting until numbers show a significant decline. Just imagine the chaos if cruise lines gear up for a soft restart in, say, 4 months only for a second wave of the virus to erupt. I was optimistic that we'd see cruising resume before year end, but now I'm convinced that it will be spring/summer of 2021 and by then who knows what will have happened to the industry.
  2. IIRC only wines are held in Cellar Masters but the staff will happily head to another bar to get a drink of some other sort. Cellar Masters wine lists have a couple of Classic package options but mostly Premium package selections. The usual pattern on cruises we have taken is that CM is empty at the start and by the end, lots of guests have 'discovered' the peaceful oasis.
  3. HELP!! Can anyone please suggest a contact number/person or action that I can take to stop the endless junk brochures that keep landing in our mail box? I phoned Regent's customer service phone number about 3 months ago to stop the advertising blitz and they initially promised a 6 week timeline before the brochures would stop coming. I've since emailed and protested, but here we are heading towards 12 weeks and still the glossy mail keeps turning up. Today I had THREE mailshots - worryingly one now from Oceania with exactly the same return mailing address. We loved our first Regent cruise, but it's honestly putting me off sailing again if I keep getting spam mailshots at least once a week. These things can't be cheap to produce, process and mail. Sorry, environmental rant over.
  4. Yeesh, I'm really mad that I wasn't aware of this option. We had about 90 bucks on our last cruise sitting in OBC and we ended up buying fairly useless stuff from the gift shops just to use it up. I would so much have enjoyed divvying it up among half a dozen great crew members that we tipped and wrote up and who could have made much better use of this that we did. I will know next time!!
  5. Just to add to the confusion, we had some unused TA OBC on our recent Celebrity Cruise - I asked at Guest Relations if this was possibly refundable, and the answer was an emphatic 'NO'. I used almost all of it up but I deliberately left a couple of dollars credit on the account, and lo and behold, it was refunded the next day after we returned home. So it would seem that TA OBC will be refunded, good to know for my future reference.
  6. Thanks for the informative and prompt replies - I like the idea of trying AQ out, but not with a random cabin selection. I think I'll stick with our carefully chosen 1B balcony.
  7. I know this is far too generic a question, but here goes. I keep flipping and flopping about Aqua Class and the deck location. There's a very reasonable MoveUp offer on our cruise on the Silhouette but I'm still not sure as the thought of a random cabin assignment that might be noisy concerns me. Any thoughts from experienced AQ users out there?
  8. Thanks for the replies - we are taking a transatlantic and hoping for maybe a little research time for ancestry.com but it sounds like the signal will be spotty!!
  9. We are taking our first Regent cruise (transatlantic on Voyager) and would like to know opinions on the speed and quality of the internet connection. We have recently taken Celebrity with a pretty solid connection, and Azamara with a horrible signal. Your experienced opinions would be much appreciated!!
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