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About Dolebludger

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    Durango, CO, USA
  • Interests
    sports cars and cruising
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Paul Gauguin, Regent, Silversea
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    South Pacifid

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  1. I am glad to hear (if I inderstand it right) that Regent is providing included laundry service for all. We are SSS Gold, and did not have it before. I only hope that the SSS Platinum cruisers, who had it exclusively before. will be given something additional to compensate them for the "dilution" of their status. But, on the other hand, we found that Regent's "per piece" price for those of us who are merely SSS Gold was horrindous. We longed for a "laundry package" which was at less cost to us like we had on the Paul Guaguin and other lines. But Regent didn't offer one before. A decently priced package would have satisfied us. We found the self-service laundry to be a good thing, but often it was too crowded to use. There was plenty of room in the "laundry room" but fewer machines than the room would hold. Thus, the crowd was not a "people crowd" but a machine crowd.
  2. Wendy, perhaps I did. However in TV interviews with some medical experts it was said that the virus picked up from surfaces is no longer thought to be a major factor in its spread. That's why I didn't mention hand washing (more often than normal) as a major factor. But I agree that it remains smart to wash your hands (or us sanitizer) right after touching surfaces in public places.
  3. Some statistics may be useful, but I know of one that is worthless. It is the percentage of test results that are positive. Why is this worthless? Well, in my area one can get a test only if they have symptoms (doctor certified), have been exposed to an infected person, or work in the medical field or as a first responder. And I understand that testing in other areas is much the same. Other than for these high risk people, tests are scarce. So it is only natural and expected that testing of nearly only high risk people will show a higher percentage of positive results than if tests were easily available to all the general public. In no way do I criticize limiting tests to high risk people, as there reportedly not enough tests to go around. All I’m saying is that high positive percentages of mainly high risk people is not an accurate indicator of the percentage of people infected in the general population.
  4. I can see why airline passengers are required to wear a mask at all times on the plane except when eating or drnking. Mask wearing is only one element of virus prevention The other two elements are maintining distancing and avoiding crowds. Since it is impossible to follow these two other elements on airplanes (and other places too), mask requirments must be strict in order to avoid an outbreak. So we too are avoiding all flights -- long and short.
  5. My point was that we don’t know what the cost of cruise over the next three years will be. Some may be priced higher now, but will demand allow that price? I don’t know. But if I were a gambling man (which I am not) my money would be on the event that there will be cruise price reductions in the future. This was the case after 9/11. And CBWIR, the price reductions after 9/11 was due to fear of flying to a cruise, not what would happen onboard.
  6. CBWIR, Yes, and you make me sorry that I brought this up. Perhaps, when we book a Regent cruise again, you will pick us up in your private jet and take us to the port? Or perhaps it is expected that we take at least a three day car drive each way ? And this is to a domestic port. I don’t have a car that will cross an ocean. Of course, the availability, reliability, and safety of air to get to a Regent cruise is an important factor in Regent’s viability for more than half of US guests. What part of this do you not understand?
  7. I don’t know if I agree that the same cruise that Regent cancelled will cost more in 2021, 2022, or 2023. It might, but it may also cost less. The cruise lines (as well as airlines, hotels, and the whole travel industry) have a bit of a big job convincing many of us that “big travel” is safe. And while I hope this is soon possible, this is not time for price increases. I know that FDR says “there won’t be any cut rate deals”, but what will he do if cash bookings do not show up? None of us know what demand for cruising will be one to three years in advance. We don’t even know if there will be cruising one to three years from now. And how do those in the US interior get to a cruise. Here, we are served by United and AA. Neither of them are providing any degree of distancing (blocking the middle seat in economy) so I tried to book a first class on AA to DFW so I could see my grandson play football. There were no first class seats available, and the cost for basic economy (which we would never take) was astronomical! The Washington Post has recently contained articles about how we can expect future airline irregularities after Oct. 1 when they are free to lay off employees. If they get more unreliable than pre-pandemic, we are not going to book a cruise that requires air. For us, that is all of them.
  8. Yes! i would need to see a binding, contractual list of on board regulations before I pay a cent on deposit. And I would need to see the same from the airlines I need to take to get to and from the cruise, and all hotels I would have to visit along the way. Rather short times wearing a mask, we comply with local laws. If there is someplace where wearing a mask would be too long, we do not go there. So if a cruise line requires mask wearing on a cruise when out of the suite, we will not go.and we will not break the rule — we just will not become subject to it. The same for long flights. Thus, we will not cruise again until masks are not needed in public spaces on ships, in airports, on planes, or in hotels. We are not “anti mask”. We are “pro mask”. We have laws around here about that. If there is a situation that requires a mask, and we don’t want to wear one in that situation, we just don’t get into it. But this means neither the cruise lines nor the airlines, nor hotels are going to see any of our Monet anytime soon.airports,
  9. We consider cruise line bonds to be “junk bonds” we consider cruise line stock as highly speculative. We aren’t investing and we aren’t booking. In our opinion, the risk outweighs the chance (small) for gain. And this applies to businesses other than cruise lines. It applies to every business that relies on its revenue the fact that people must congregate. Airlines, resorts, and such are off our investment goals until this mess is over— and maybe longer.
  10. I see offering price match as a desperation move. We to are motivated by a combination of itinerary and price. Many itineraries we have done several times and don’t want to repeat. Others we never wanted. And we don’t know what future fares will be in the future.
  11. And further, there is still no way to predict the demographic that is more likely to become seriously ill or die from COVID.
  12. True that! Here in LaPlata county CO, we have had 207 cases, 100 recoveries, 17 cases from other counties, and two deaths where COVID was involved, but cannot be proven as the total cause of death, as the person had other serious medical conditions. And to make matters more confusing, our major hospital has been refusing to give our health department their COVID - related statistics. When this mess is over, I shall launch a campaign to have that hospital’s licensed revoked! (There are other problems with that hospital, including gross over-billing). What this means for this discussion is that it is true that we lack a system of accurately reporting cause of deaths. But still, the number of COVID 19 deaths is so far above those from the seasonal flu, it cannot be denied that it is a more serious matter. Even with the inherent problems with assigning a cause of death, most medical experts agree with me — that COVID 19 is more deadly than seasonal flu
  13. Thanks for the statistics I couldn’t recall. If COVID deaths continue at present rates, the annualized deaths (March 20 to March 21) could hit 350,000.
  14. There are stats on how many people in the US die from the flu each year. I’ve seen them, but can’t recall the exact numbers. But those annual figures for the flu are far less than the five month figures for COVID 19. Further, a significant number of people don’t get the yearly flu vaccination. These death numbers for flu would be far lower if they did. Also, though many cruises do not use US ports, many other countries have similar “no sail” rules in place at present.
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