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  1. Our first Regent cruise is in March 2022. We did just complete a Celebrity 12 day cruise in the Caribbean. We booked it at the last minute as we just wanted to go somewhere. Vaccinations and pretesting were required. There were, however, no masks required while sailing. The cruise was at about 45% capacity, so there was no issue with congested spaces. I think we will make our final payment for the Regent cruise and take our chances. Hopefully, the regulation will be history by then.
  2. Do you know if it’s possible to get gluten-free beer? There are several available at wine and beer shops.
  3. We ar booked on the March 22 Miami—Rome cruise. This is our first Regent cruise. I keep checking but do not see a hotel assigned to us yet.
  4. We just disembarked the Equinox. We really enjoyed the cruise. It was so great to sail again. This thread has covered just about everything, so I thought I would just add a few tidbits: 1. The Concierge, Fabio, told us that he had checked the Manifest the Sunday we departed. He said there were 1380 booked for the cruise. Approximately 10-15 did not make the cruise. Thus, the capacity was a bit under 50%. 2. The service rivaled a luxury ship. With so few passengers aboard, there were no waits for anything. It was wonderful. 3. This is my first cruise since being diagnosed with a gluten allergy. For those with the same issue, you can rest easy. We went to the same waiter every evening. Dishes, such as herb crusted rack of lamb, which was not gluten free, were prepared without the crust. It was great. At the end of every meal, he provided the next day’s menu. Most of the items can be prepared without worrying about gluten. Just ask and they are very accommodating. In the Oceanview cafe, they have gluten free pizza. You just need to ask. It takes 5-10 minutes and is pretty good. Cafe En Bacio has a different gluten free cake every day. They were very good. 4. There was no TV reception at any of the machines in the gym for the entire cruise.
  5. We made our Antigen test appointment online at a local CVS for 6:00PM the Thursday before our Sunday Equinox cruise. It is a drive up test. You do not get out of the car. Results should be available within a few hours. Sounds like it should be simple.
  6. After two cancellations our first Regent cruise is scheduled for March 2022. In the interim, we are scheduled to depart in less than two weeks for a 12 day cruise on the Celebrity Equinox. We have been advised that all passengers over the age of 12 will be fully vaccinated. In addition, just last Thursday, we were told that a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of boarding is now required. An Antigen test is sufficient. We have made an appointment at CVS for the test. If a passenger tests positive, a refund is provided. Currently, and for only a few months, those that test positive while sailing are being flown to their homes on a private jet. This testing requirement is going to be in place until at least September 6.
  7. Royal Caribbean has six cases. https://www.azcentral.com/story/travel/cruises/2021/07/30/royal-caribbean-cruise-6-passengers-sent-home-after-covid-positive/5427475001/
  8. The email we received from Celebrity for our 8/15 Equinox cruise states the following “Following CDC guidelines we will sail with all crew vaccinated and at least 95% of guests will be fully vaccinated. All guests 16 years and older must be fully vaccinated with all COVID-19 vaccine doses administered at least 14 days prior to sailing. As of August 1, 2021, all guests age 12 and older must be fully vaccinated.”
  9. I believe the Equinox just departed yesterday for it’s first sailing. Doubtful that there would be any information yet. You probably need to wait a few weeks. We sail 8/15.
  10. We are on the 8/15 Equinox sailing. The bidding site just appeared an hour ago. Hope this helps.
  11. We are on the 8/15 Equinox sailing. We also contacted Celebrity yesterday. The representative told us that all sailings through the end of 2021 were being capped at 50% capacity. Our 12 day sailing has now been removed from the list of available cruises as it has evidently reached capacity.
  12. Jim, What hotel has Regent booked you in this November from your Miami stay?
  13. Received an email from Regent this morning offering a free two category upgrade for this cruise. Contacted our Travel agent and they got us upgraded from a Superior Suite to a Concierge Level Suite. We are pleased as we had originally forfeited this perk when they cancelled our Voyager cruise.
  14. I think we are on the same cruise—-Miami to Rome. Hope it sails. Our previous Miami to Lisbon in March 2022 on Voyager has already been cancelled. We booked this as a replacement.
  15. We are on the March 2022 Explorer Transatlantic from Miami to Rome.
  16. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9639387/Florida-threatens-slap-cruise-lines-tens-thousands-dollars-fines.html
  17. Our March 2022 Voyager sailing was also cancelled. We actually are first time Regent cruisers. The notice from Regent just informed us that the cruise had been cancelled. Our earlier cruise included both a two category upgrade and shipboard credit. Those evidently have been forfeited. We are considering a new March Explorer transatlantic, but it does not appear that the two category upgrade is included. We are going to speak with our travel agent on Tuesday as the sailing opens for booking on Wednesday.
  18. We are disappointed. We had a Back to Back leaving Miami 3/22/22 on Voyager for 24 days. Looks like that will not proceed as scheduled. We will just have to wait to see what is offered as a substitute. Our first Regent cruise was to have been last May and it too was cancelled. We are hopeful that their offer will be an option we might consider.
  19. Not sure if it was posted already, but Frank Del Rio was on CNBC earlier today. The interview will hopefully answer some of the questions. Link is attached below: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2021/05/06/norwegian-cruise-line-ceo-weve-mandated-100-percent-vaccinations.html
  20. Just received an email from our travel agent stating that Silversea will begin cruising again in June. There will be two itineraries. The first is a ten day Greek Island cruise and the other is the Greek Islands plus the Holy Land. Bookings begin tomorrow. Regent can’t be far behind. I suspect many of their customers will be aboard both Crystal and Silversea this summer.
  21. We were just notified that Viking is resuming cruises to both Bermuda and Iceland. Regent can’t be far behind. https://www.vikingcruises.com/oceans/video/all/play.html?id=163395&contid=30093278208_1025646795&utm_id=email_vrc.54054242&cid=EML|RSP|999|vrc.54054242&utm_source=email&utm_medium=email
  22. RCL to begin fully vaccinated cruise. https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2021/03/01/royal-caribbean-offer-fully-vaccinated-sailing-new-cruise-ship/6871142002/
  23. Below is a link to an article that is interesting. https://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise-Travel/Congress-proposes-a-solution-to-Canadas-big-ship-cruise-ban
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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