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ChucktownSteve

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  1. It depends upon whether you're buying the coverage from the cruise line or an insurance company and what coverage you want. If you want to be covered for pre-existing conditions, as 2 cruises a year indicated, you have that short window to purchase from the initial deposit. That doesn't mean you can't buy the policy after that, you just won't be covered for pre-existing medical conditions.
  2. I meant not about something to do but what's the benefit of the Elite+ goal with the new AI as commented on ad nauseam in other threads. lol
  3. Randy, I believe it is trying to get new participants into the PUP game not be restricted to them by that sentence. After I participated it told me I had answered them correctly and will be awarded the points. I have participated before.
  4. I saw several guys but not gals that way up there.
  5. I checked The Magic Eight Ball and it said, "Better not tell you now." https://magic-8ball.com/
  6. It will definitely be after all final payments for the period. I had a June Azamara Greece cruise I knew last month wouldn't go so I took the cancellation penalty rather than do the first week in February final payment date. I've already had a fully paid 2022 XX cruise after final payment. Didn't want to give RCG more money before re-booking at an Azamara prevailing rate.
  7. Yes but the smart consumer understands that most of the promotions are gimmicks whereby the cruise line raises the price to include them. So the value proposition is what is the bottom line cost for the cabin with the "perks" included? Then whether the cruiser wants the perks that are included for the higher price.
  8. Just because you're an XX loyalist doesn't mean people who love cruising will put up with XX. Since XX started their tactics I, and probably a lot more people than you suspect, have been booking with other cruise lines besides XX. AI has had a huge impact on people who don't want to be forced to pay for liquor when they don't drink or internet they won't use. While we may include XX in future consideration, I know it will be not before 2023 for me because I already have three Regent sailings that I booked within the last month that sail through early '23.
  9. Yes, the new activity is searching for a pup activity email. Congratulations. You earned .0001 pup points. 😁
  10. Personally I don't care if they market to the youngsters. When they change the ships and activities that no longer appeal to me, I go where my interests and senses are satisfied. But I had already started heading that way before Edge started sailing with the food quality lessening and the loud blaring DJ in the atrium curtailing or sans live music entertainment. Is it that the younger people can't understand this or they just don't care about other age groups as long as they're satisfied?
  11. More people are booking Royal Caribbean cruises this year, even as they remain banned [The Miami Herald] BY Tribune Content Agency — 4:03 PM ET 02/22/2021 Feb. 22—Royal Caribbean Group is seeing an increase in bookings as the company nears the one-year mark without any cruises in the U.S., its biggest market. Despite U.S. cruises being banned indefinitely, on Monday Royal Caribbean Group executives said the company has seen a 30% increase in future bookings since the start of the year compared to November and December. Royal Caribbean Group has canceled all U.S. cruise
  12. Regent ships have small casinos but then again, they have fewer passengers so it doesn't have to be large. '-) As far as night life, I find the premium and luxury lines have more port of calls so after spending a good bit of the days touring, a quieter night is fine for me. It's not dead though. But as you say, "Different strokes and all." Whichever you sail, enjoy!
  13. While there are many loyal Carnival cruisers, IMO XX IS "luxury" in comparison. However I've sailed a couple of HAL cruises and I put it on par with XX. I liked the included food better on HAL. Haven't sailed Princess so can't compare. I haven't sailed NCL since the mid 90's so can't compare them either. I've never sailed RCL, nor do I want to. However I place XX below Oceania and Azamara, (which I've sailed), for some aspects of "luxury." I will admit though that the XX shows were somewhat better in specter. BTW I've sailed on more Celebrity ships over the years than any oth
  14. Celebrity does the same thing now under Royal Caribbean calling themselves luxury when they're not. I agree a better liquor quality be included since the cost difference to the cruise line is minimal. It goes back to offering a higher perceived value to the cruiser at a low out of pocket cost to the cruise line. I believe it goes back to Royal Caribbean's double/double program dictate of a few years ago where the three lines under RCG had to increase profits by doubling revenue and reducing costs. That's when you saw the beginning of a lot of little cut backs that added to the bo
  15. Ken, Email me and I"ll give you my Regent rep's contact info. He helped me with a lot of info before I booked. I used him for three bookings because of the way he worked with me. Plus I'd be happy to share my Society number for the referral, if you like, since it was my information on the XX board that helped you determine you wanted to try Regent. 🙂
  16. CAN I TRANSFER PROMOTIONAL AMENITIES FROM MY CANCELED RESERVATION TO MY NEW RESERVATION? Guests can take advantage of any publicly available promotion at the time the new reservation is made and the Future Cruise Credit is applied. Any promotion on the original and now canceled reservation would not be transferable to the new reservation. https://www.rssc.com/RegentReassuranceFAQ
  17. You're welcome. I'm glad that I could help share what I researched. I'm an analytical when it comes to determining value. It's not always the cheapest though IMO. I have a very good Regent Rep who gives me great info. Then I transfer it to my TA who gives me the largest OBC/rebate than any other TA I've ever used. He appreciated that I came back to book with him two additional times but he was worth rewarding especially in this covid cruising scenario. He doesn't mind me transferring because I let him book so he gets credit for the deposit. I'd love to hear your comparison aft
  18. Trying to pick a sailing date to hit the colors is a craps shoot. It's all Mother Nature dependent. A few years ago we sailed a 14 day to Quebec and back the end of Sept to mid October. Weather was warmer than usual that year so the change was delayed a couple of weeks. Perhaps check the Old Farmer's Almanac.
  19. Jagoffee, Some good points. I could also go back and forth between the two depending upon the value proposition/price of either with the itinerary I want. I also like to include Azamara in the comparisons too. All of my Suite opinions so far have been formed from research. I have an S1 Sky Suite on Apex and Regency Concierge/Penthouse suites booked over the next 1.5 years. I had to keep moving them for obvious reasons. My views may change once I can actually compare experiences. The liquor list on Regent had the everyday brands I like especially since I have reduced
  20. The free category on XX does not include Suites. Only up to Aqua. The Splendor has seven restaurants included in the fare. No surcharge restaurants. The Apex has four restaurants included and Blu/Luminae if Aqua or Suite plus . The other five restaurants have surcharges to eat there. The Splendor has 540 crew to 750 passengers while the Apex has 1320 crew to 2,910 passengers.The Apex ration is 2.2:1 vs. 1.4:1 Guess which one should give you better overall quality service? So it's Always Included vs. All Inclusive.
  21. Two category upgrade across all categories. Depending upon ship; on Splendor, Voyager, Explorer and Mariner it's a Penthouse C for the Concierge E rate. On Navigator its a Penthouse C for the Deluxe Veranda Suite - E rate. The price I quoted earlier was on our Navigator cruise.
  22. we were at the cusp on one for me and my wife on another.
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