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  1. IMO a good choice. The F2 is 30% larger than the G2.
  2. D, E & F grade on Explorer/Splendor are excellent size & layout; with F2 being the best value.
  3. Mariner is a very stable ship with no vibration (Navigator is the ship that suffers vibration at the stern) We love the layout of Mariner. The basic suites (D to H) are OK but, as others have said, the Penthouse suites (C to A) are very spacious. Mariner only has two speciality restaurants. It is normally not a problem to secure additional reservations especially if you are flexible on dates/times. Always easier to secure more reservations on a longer cruise; but the menu in Compass Rose is so extensive that it matters little anyway. Best wishes f
  4. @Huggsy, Do not fret. We have had the same issue on numerous occasions in the past with the Guest Registration forms on the Regent UK website. Simply ring Regent in Southampton (normally very little, if any, wait time) and they will sort for you; or go through your TA. If your cruise itinerary ends in a U.S. port there is an extra field that needs to be completed - Disembarkation information for non-US citizens. Unfortunately this field is usually missing or is only added by Regent nearer the cruise embarkation date; effectively making the Guest Registration Form impossible t
  5. Until/unless they are approved by one or more of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the World Health Organization or the European Medicines Agency.
  6. Extract from NCLH email reportedly sent to crew: "As of March 31, 2021, the following vaccine brands against Covid-19 are accepted by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings brands (Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises): - Pfizer-BioNTech / Comirnaty - Moderna - Johnson & Johnson / Janssen - AstraZeneca At this moment NCLH will accept only these vaccines against Covid-19 and will update the list when more vaccines are approved by the global agencies"
  7. Protocols will undoubtedly develop as the amount of cruising ramps up, the roll-out of vaccines worldwide accelerates and risks are further evaluated. There will always be some (selfish?) guests who will challenge any rules/protocols in place. This will just be another challenge for the ship's officers and staff to manage.
  8. Regent's choice on what rules to impose for the health, safety & comfort of guests & crew and to ensure that the company is in compliance with the laws & protocols of the locations visited during the cruise itinerary. Your choice as to whether or not to cruise with Regent.
  9. The letter does not read as a proposal requesting CDC approval. It is written as a statement of intent. There are plenty of other ships in the NCLH fleet. But I agree that it seems an odd strategy to write to the CDC on April 5 stating the intention to start cruising in the U.S. on July 4 and then, only one day later, to cancel all July cruises apart from a few NCL "specials" outside U.S. waters. Too subtle for me 🙄
  10. I may be obtuse but what exactly is FdR expecting to achieve by sending an open letter to the CDC effectively issuing a unilateral ultimatum that NCLH intends to start sailing from U.S. ports in July whatever. Does he expect CDC to simply back down from their intransigent position? Does he hope that the letter will open up constructive dialogue between NCLH and CDC? Is there not the danger that individuals in the CDC will be further antagonised; see the letter as a challenge to their authority; and simply dig their heels in? Also I wonder why NCLH decided to go
  11. In the UK we are also having some debate about the use of vaccine certification for domestic use: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-56645208 Most accept that vaccine certification and/or testing will be required for international travel.
  12. Most years new itineraries are released in August, but last year they were delayed until mid October.
  13. An analysis & commentary from couple of UK cruisers on the latest CDC cruise protocols:
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