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  1. Depending upon who your TA is and whether XX gave them hidden OBC for a promotion to pass on to you, I'd ask the TA if the OBC came from XX or the TA and if it's refundable. Obviously XX OBC is non refundable (use it or lose it). However if it's from your TA and not in conjunction with an XX promotion, you can actually go to guest services and they'll peel out the cash. You don't have to spend it on XX if you don't want to. And that mi amigo, you can take to the bank. 😁
  2. Understood. I can go with the flow due to their unforeseen circumstances. It's what's below the surface that makes it acceptable. Maybe I'm being overly opportunistic. However I booked our first of three Regent cruises for May '22 so I hopefully expect things will have progressed more toward normal by then. Wish it were sooner though Not interested in looking at Silversea since RCG bought the balance of ownership. I saw what they did to Celebrity once they got out from under the five year contract provision after buying from Chandris. .
  3. GOARMY, Sorry your plans didn't happen. They sounded GREAT. It's postings by you and the other regulars that assure me I did the correct thing by booking our Regent cruises! I'm so even more looking forward to them. I anticipate Regent will continue to live up to the high standards once sailing restarts after Covid. I'm hoping this leopard won't change it's spots.
  4. Yep they "generally" do until they keep marketing to younger and younger passengers. The only thing that will save XX is the ever increasing fares that will keep them at Carnival. 😁
  5. Yeah, they were on Carnival and did try. That's why Carnival started limiting the number of drinks you could have in one day.
  6. All of my TA cruise payments actually show up on my charge card by the cruise line booked. I recently cancelled two Azamara cruises for May and December. The refunds, less penalty, were received within one week from Azamara.
  7. From XX's perspective it means simplify forced, added charges. 🤣
  8. It doesn't sound like Oceania would fit his needs either. While larger than the R class, the O class ship still is smaller than XX's new Edge and Apex builds. Entertainment, while perhaps better than Regent, won't be the "non stop entertainment activities, shows and events; with plenty of variety and options" he craves. The Edge class is built for cruisers like drsel. I don't understand why he's even on the Regent board since Regent apparently isn't for him. The mass market lines will supply him with plenty of the activity he desires.
  9. I've sailed both XX and HAL. XX's service quality has erroded since the five year`provision in the Chandris sale document expired. For us, the entertainment, shows and activities while enjoyable, are far from the most important aspect of any of our cruises. Haven't you noticed how XX has cut back on the live entertainment to reduce costs? Itineraries, food quality, service and overall value top our list before entertainment. More ports with overnights and less sea days are preferable. More than seven day turnarounds are also more preferable.
  10. What about the food quality in the included various restaurants compared to the other lines' included restaurants?
  11. Sounds like you should stick with Royal Caribbean or Celebrity.
  12. With the portions as large as others have noted, wouldn't you want a glass of Chablis larger than petite? 🤣
  13. We had booked a Celebrity Edge S1 last June for Jan '21 that we lifted and shifted in December to Apex Feb '22 at the protected rate. That cruise went from $361.71pp/pd to $774.61pp/pd if I had to book at the prevailing rate. Would not have kept the booking if I had to pay that. I understand how you feel because I would have felt the same getting less for more $$$. There are several cruisers that the XX company has chased up to better quality and value.
  14. Thankx for the positive vibes. Your comment about giving 50% better but charging such high prices at 500% more got me thinking. So I added up the total booking costs for the three Regent concierge/penthouse suites, subtracted my TA's cash rebates and divided by the total number of nights also counting the included hotel stays. It came to only $489 pp/pd. That's less than Celebrity is charging for their bottom suites on cruises now without the additional benefits that Regent includes.
  15. You're welcome Kristal. We went to Las Vegas with some other couples for my 50th birthday. At 4am on my actual birth date I hit a full bet, royal flush on the video poker machine. Ding, ding, ding, ding. That night I ordered the surf and turf with a 5 pound lobster. The wife got the steak and I enjoyed the lobster. Fortunately, I can't do that any more. lol
  16. Because I can? We have worked hard all our life. We've always lived below our means. I funded my retirement accounts to the fullest once I could. I learned how to properly invest our assets . The investments have done extremely well; averaging over 10% gain per year since before 2008. Now it's time to enjoy those rewards before I become "wheel chair regretful" that I wish I would've when I could've. Besides we have no debt and no children. Why leave it all to nieces and nephews? There's enough to spend the up to $800 pp/pd if I want to and still leave plenty. Thus I
  17. So why not ask for a half portion or as an appetizer instead?
  18. That's rack rate. People don't pay rack rate. It's always marked up to mark down. I asked the original question. Thankx to the good responses, since then I've booked three Regent cruises (Concierge or Penthouse) and haven't come close to the $1,000pp/pd catalogue rate. Apparently I didn't see justification not to book Regent. 😁
  19. The two previous LLP zooms made me realize that I wouldn't go through that again for just a handful of Club points. Too painful. But I did book an Alaskan cruise this month...on another cruise line. I'm paying $671pp/pd for a 449SF Penthouse cabin with butler, air fare, all specialty restaurants, a 5 star hotel night pre cruise, all transfers, premium liquor set up in cabin, all excursions and everything else all inclusive; not "always included." I can order lobster tail, Alaskan king crab clusters, scallops or USDA prime steak every night if I like in the main dining restaurant
  20. We recently booked three Regent cruises within the last month or so. The Alaska cruise is on the Mariner in Concierge E for $775pp/pd. The Concierge E Panama Canal cruise is on the Splendor for $603pp/pd. The Miami to Montreal Concierge D is on the Navigator for $493pp/pd. They obviously all include the hotel stay etc. I thought I upgraded at lease one to penthouse. But I'm not easily fining that confirmation. So I'm not seeing the $1K USD pp/pd you say they are. There is the two category upgrade promotion going right now. Plus our TA is giving us about a $1,500 cash rebate o
  21. I don't know the Captain personally so my following comment is a generic interpretation of someone in authority. As I read it, he wants to make it clear to "outsiders" when the info is picked up, that he is not speaking for the cruise line even though he is in an authority position. When addressing his troupes, he wants to instill calm since it is the unknown that creates havoc amongst employees where rumors and fears abound. However when he says he has no additional information, that may or may not be factual. If he is privy to confidential information, he certainly can't discl
  22. One aspect of the "free" nights under Le Club required at least half of the cruises be sailed on Azamara. I wonder if that will change or remain once they reach the fork in the road.
  23. Yup and I moved up the line temporarily. I want to see what shakes out once cruising begins again. But Azamara will remain on my radar for future consideration.
  24. Don't feel bad about that. XX has been doing the same to their "loyal" customers. The chickens have finally come home to roost. People are also abandoning XX with their All Inclusive pricing scam. They now are targeting the novice, younger cruiser who won't know how they cut corners to boost the bottom line while doubling the fares. That's the RCG double/double program.
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