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    Skiing, walking, snorkeling, diving
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    Star Clippers
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    Santorini so far!

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  1. We sailed on the Cloud for both Antarctic and Arctic (2018 and 2019) but were only able to kayak in the Arctic. This was because almost half of the passengers signed up in the Antarctic and the weather turned on us before it reached our name on the list. However, we were able to go at least twice in the Arctic. We can't remember if it was 2 or 3 times but do know that some people who opted to kayak on the Iceland part of the trip (we only opted for Svaalbard because we wanted to see other stuff in Iceland) were able to kayak on almost every stop. We LOVED both trips and are hoping to do Greenl
  2. Thank you very much. I have now done this so hopefully that will save them some money and they can bring their prices down. We would love to sail with Regent again!!
  3. We went on a one-off Regent cruise several years ago. We loved it but had a great late deal and there is NO WAY we will ever book a cruise at standard prices. But we get a ton of mailshots from Regent and I don't know how to stop them. At present we seem to be getting about 3 every week!! And one was a whole catalogue of every cruise they do so the postage must be massive and I'm sure they could use the money right now. They all just go straight into the recycling. Any advice?
  4. So $50k is a LOT of money and personally, I'd be unwilling to gamble it. I'm guessing that your cruise wasn't cancelled at the point you decided to postpone it. If it had been you would have FCC rather than rolling over the original amount. So, if you choose to cancel you lose the $200 per person but no more. In the situation we were in, our cruise was only 4 months off when final payment was due and we chose to pay it in the full knowledge that it was likely to be cancelled - though we still had a forlorn hope that it might go ahead! But we were also hoping that, if Si
  5. Yes, we're taking the refund as I don't think we'd be covered by ABTA or ATOL if Silversea or Royal Caribbean collapse. We didn't book a flight inclusive holiday so think that rules out ATOL and I believe ABTA only helps if the travel agent goes under. I'll report back to let you know how long it takes. Website is now showing the first Muse cruise as being 31st October from Sydney to Perth. Could that possibly go with just Australians onboard?
  6. We had an e-mail direct from Silversea - a copy to my husband and one to me. It stressed what good value the 125% FCC is and said that can be credited to our account within 15 days - but we're going for a refund. I then phoned my agent and he said he would get the ball rolling for that. He said it would be 90 days for a refund but the actual email states 30-45 days. The e-mail also said that if we accept the FCC we can get Venetian Society credit for this cruise AND for whatever we book in its place. The credit is valid for 2 years and is VERY tempting but a bird in the hand..........
  7. Our October 10th cruise that ends in Sydney has just been cancelled!! So now for the refund!!
  8. We're 8 weeks out from our cruise and still waiting for it to be cancelled. We know it will be, because it goes to Australia and they're not allowing anyone in until 2021 at the earliest. But no word from Silversea yet. We haven't booked anything around it as we're so sure it won't happen. But it would be nice to have our money back!
  9. If you're not planning on making your final payment then I think you ARE going to have to decide for them if our experience is anything to go by! Our cruise is STILL scheduled to leave on October 10th and end in Sydney on October 31st!! We dithered over making our final payment a few months ago but, at the time, still had a forlorn hope that it might actually go and, if it didn't, we were hoping to re-schedule and get our FCC. We're still waiting!! Silversea have all our money and still haven't cancelled. With hindsight we probably should have taken the hit on the lost
  10. Maybe try the Water Cooler?? That doesn't seem to be much to do with Silversea either!! But all very fascinating and amusing and I suppose we need to do something whilst we can't plan our next holidays!!
  11. I absolutely KNOW that our cruise won't go ahead and haven't booked ANYTHING around it. Just waiting for Silversea to come clean and do the decent thing. I have to say that I didn't really expect them to hang on as long as they have as they must know as well as we do that the cruise just CAN'T go ahead. So it's all about hanging onto our money for as long as possible. We WERE going to re-book for later in 2021 but will now take the refund..........when it's eventually offered!
  12. Yes, it's beginning to be annoying! But I wouldn't hold your breath waiting for your December cancellation! We're booked on the Muse on October 10th ending in Sydney and they still show that as going so we can't either re-book or get our money back. I just don't understand what's going on. It can't possibly go but they just won't cancel it!!
  13. I'm still puzzled why they haven't cancelled our October cruise on the Muse as I can't see how it can possibly happen!! If it DID go to Australia none of us could leave!!
  14. Well that looks like yet another nail in the coffin for our October Hong Kong-Sydney cruise - but Silversea still insist it's not cancelled! Let's look at it......... No US passengers Now no UK passengers Hong Kong in turmoil and not allowing international tourists anyway Australia saying they won't allowing cruise ships until next year. I keep hoping that something will be salvaged, that Silversea will change the itinerary or offer us something different. But it now looks like NOTHING will sail until next year. So what are we waiting for? WE'R
  15. I can see why Europe WOULD bar entry to US citizens!!.........given that the US was pretty quick to not allow entry to Europeans when the virus was raging in Europe and not in the US. And it makes sense. Why bother to lock down people within the country if you then allow entries from other countries where the virus is more virulent? And I reckon it was locking down the borders that led to New Zealand doing so well. So although I know it's not very nice being unwanted (and we're pretty unwanted too as our government seems to have messed it up as well!!) I think it's the right thing
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