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  1. Wendy, This is a great itinerary. St Petersburg is such a wonderful place to visit. One place not to miss, if possible, is Peterhof Palace. We arrived just as the fountains were beginning. The start of the fountains was accompanied by music playing. It was a great experience. Gehringer is another stop you will love. The scenery is amazing. Photo below. Hope we are back to normal by 2022. We booked our first Regent cruise last month. It is in March 2022 from Miami to Lisbon. Fingers crossed.
  2. https://www.marketwatch.com/story/carnival-plans-to-sell-1-billion-in-fresh-stock-as-cruise-ships-remain-in-the-docks-11614030118?mod=mw_latestnews Carnival is raising additional funds again. One analyst, however, does state that he believes that cruising could once again begin by the 4th quarter of 2021. Let’s hope.
  3. We booked our first Regent cruise last week departing in March 2022 aboard Voyager. We actually booked a prior Regent cruise for March 2021, but it obviously was cancelled. We are hopeful that we will be able to sail as it is our 45th anniversary. Previously, we have sailed several times with Viking Ocean, Oceania, and several of the mass market lines. We really liked Viking, but thought that we would try Regent. We booked a category G and were moved to an E Concierge suite as part of the current promotion. Within the past year I was diagnosed with Celiac and have to maintain a gluten free
  4. Not related to Viking, but note that Azamara is being sold. https://www.marketwatch.com/story/royal-caribbean-to-sell-azamara-line-for-201m-2021-01-19?mod=mw_latestnews
  5. While this is not directly related to Regent, it is worth noting that RCL announced the sale of Azamara. Perhaps Norwegian will sell one of it’s brands. https://www.marketwatch.com/story/royal-caribbean-to-sell-azamara-line-for-201m-2021-01-19?mod=mw_latestnews
  6. Evidently Azamara is being sold by RCL https://www.marketwatch.com/story/royal-caribbean-to-sell-azamara-line-for-201m-2021-01-19?mod=mw_latestnews
  7. Arnold Donald was on CNBC a short while ago (While he is the CEO of Carnival, his thoughts are worth hearing). He stated that they hope to resume cruising by the end of this year. In addition, he stated that no decision had been made regarding the requirement of vaccinations for passengers. https://www.cnbc.com/video/2021/01/11/we-have-robust-pent-up-demand-for-cruises-says-carnival-corp-ceo.html
  8. Arnold Donald was on CNBC a short while ago ( While he is the CEO of Carnival, his thoughts are worth hearing). He did mention that they do hope to return to cruising by the end of this year. In addition, he stated that no decision had been made regarding the mandating of vaccinations being a requirement for cruising. https://www.cnbc.com/video/2021/01/11/we-have-robust-pent-up-demand-for-cruises-says-carnival-corp-ceo.html
  9. Arnold Donald was on CNBC a few minutes ago. He stated that they hope to begin cruising again by the end of this year. In addition, he stated that no decision had been made requiring quests to be vaccinated in order to cruise. https://www.cnbc.com/video/2021/01/11/we-have-robust-pent-up-demand-for-cruises-says-carnival-corp-ceo.html
  10. Our first Regent cruise was scheduled for this past May. While we do plan to try Regent with one of our upcoming cruises, we have sailed several times on Viking. I am well aware that the link below is from Viking, but I thought some might find it interesting. The video outlines the safety procedures they are implementing and also states that they hope to begin sailing in April. One very interesting new procedure will require all passengers and crew to be COVID tested daily. https://www.vikingcruises.com/oceans/my-trip/health-and-safety/health-and-safety-program.html?contid=30093278
  11. NCLH offering new shares. https://seekingalpha.com/news/3637299-norwegian-cruise-line-initiates-equity-offering
  12. Carnival raising additional capital. https://www.marketwatch.com/story/carnivals-stock-drops-after-proposed-15-billion-share-offering-2020-11-10?mod=mw_quote_news
  13. Here is an update on CCL. I can only assume that the other Lines are in the same predicament. https://seekingalpha.com/article/4378684-carnival-corporation-bankruptcy-is-still-option
  14. There may very well be plans in the works to construct a new terminal to handle mega size cruise ships. What is the proposed completion date? I suspect it would take years to build. By the time it is completed, the virus will be a distant memory.
  15. That may be an option, but I do not see that happening. I cannot imagine that Bermuda could safely handle the onslaught of having countless thousands of cruisers entering and leaving their country. I doubt they have sufficient infrastructure to handle such an enormous increase in tourists ( airport, hotels, harbor infrastructure, etc). In addition, and perhaps most importantly, the future of cruising is not in Bermuda. The cruise lines, above everything else, need to maintain an amicable relationship with U. S. Government authorities. Skirting U.S. regulations would poison that relationsh
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