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1 hour ago, behooves said:

Does anyone know the answer to this question:  If Mr. and Mrs. Geezer arrive at the pier sans their signed permission slip and are denied boarding, do they get a refund?  An FCC? or are they SOL?

According to the Regent website as of this minute: "Guests who are denied boarding will be issued a refund for monies paid for their cruise- only expenditures in the form of a 100% Future Cruise Credit."

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9 minutes ago, ronrick1943 said:

Also what about people under the age, like 50 with heart, lung and so on problems...........

Well, the letter posted above only requires those over 70 to bring a form, so I guess that you young whipper snappers will have to be trusted to make your own decisions.  What a concept!

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1 hour ago, behooves said:

Does anyone know the answer to this question:  If Mr. and Mrs. Geezer arrive at the pier sans their signed permission slip and are denied boarding, do they get a refund?  An FCC? or are they SOL?

Regent's position is that the Geezer's have to apply for a refund from the travel insurance that you purchased for the cruise, which of course will not refund your money unless you paid mucho extra for the "Cancel for Any Reason" option.

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4 minutes ago, mdunne48 said:

According to the Regent website as of this minute: "Guests who are denied boarding will be issued a refund for monies paid for their cruise- only expenditures in the form of a 100% Future Cruise Credit."

I believe that this clause applies to those that are denied boarding due to having traveled to high risk areas, coming into contact with those that have, have a temp over 38C, or receive a failing grade on their health questionnaire, not to this new drs permission requirement.  I actually can't find the new requirement for over 70s on the web site, I guess that people with upcoming cruises are getting this notification via email?

Does this mean that it is not yet official policy?  Does anyone have any indication whether this is only a short term requirement or is this for now and forever?

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This question might have already been addressed.

We have booked a cruise for the fall of this year 

and have paid our down payment. Our balance is

due next month. Would Regent allow us to put the

downpayment on a future cruise if we were to

opt out of the fall cruise? 

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The $200 can convert to a FCC so you don't lose anything. The money you have down would be returned to you as a credit refund onto the card you paid with  (assuming you are within the contracted terms) and you would be free to deposit a new cruise. Sorry, I thought you meant what happens if you cancel and get a FCC for the amount of the cruise. I am not awake yet.

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17 minutes ago, snorkle lover said:

Pcardad,

 

Well, that is very disappointing! So, I guess

if we cancel in time we get our down payment 

back and we lose $200, correct?

I believe that the $200 can be used toward a future cruise, at least that used to be the case.

Sorry, posted simultaneously with Pcardad.

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1 hour ago, boblerm said:

I believe that this clause applies to those that are denied boarding due to having traveled to high risk areas, coming into contact with those that have, have a temp over 38C, or receive a failing grade on their health questionnaire, not to this new drs permission requirement.  I actually can't find the new requirement for over 70s on the web site, I guess that people with upcoming cruises are getting this notification via email?

Does this mean that it is not yet official policy?  Does anyone have any indication whether this is only a short term requirement or is this for now and forever?

 

Bob, do not think that this is on the Regent website and do not think that it is in effect.  Our TA was likely given a copy (that she forwarded to her clients that will be onboard Splendor tomorrow).  While I have no idea how long this policy will last (if it goes into effect), it will likely coincide with the end of the threat from COVID-19.  

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A very similar authorization form is on Celebrity's web site.  Given that this was a CLIA initiative to the federal government (no doubt in my mind to help delay a stand down notice), I'm surprised that all the cruise lines don't have it somewhat easily available - well, other than the ones who stood down already.  Celebrity updated their board last Thursday and say that for the moment the effective period is 30 days, but will be reviewed daily.   Looks like right now the effective date is March 16, but I for one would not be surprised if restrictions change before then.  ETA - Celebrity is updating their board daily.

 

https://www.celebritycruises.com/travel-alert  

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Of possible interest to Regent's golf fans.  The Masters will be postponed, according to Augusta National.  I remember being so impressed with the beauty of Augusta the one time I was lucky enough to be there during the Masters.  But, of course, the health of the players, staff, and visitors comes first.  Kudos to them.

 

Masters

 

I also see five other PGA events have been cancelled.  

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Major press conference by Donald Trump at 8.00pm (GMT - 3.00pmEST).

Being reported here in UK that further lockdown measures in USA are expected including immediate suspension of cruise ship activity in USA and for all US residents to be advised that all foreign travel should not be taken.

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44 minutes ago, Belfast Taxman said:

Major press conference by Donald Trump at 8.00pm (GMT - 3.00pmEST).

Being reported here in UK that further lockdown measures in USA are expected including immediate suspension of cruise ship activity in USA and for all US residents to be advised that all foreign travel should not be taken.

 

We know about the press conference but what is your source about the suspension of cruise ship activity in the U.S.?

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19 hours ago, kaleighsgram said:

Recognizing Rodney Dangerfield’s humor, what I was suggesting was if any cruise line required a signed doctor’s note and that person got sick, would it not be possible then for the cruise line to say that it wasn’t their fault. After all, they have a signed note allowing the person to board.  Falling into the affected age bracket, I’m concerned that someone might read this as age discrimination.

I don’t see the issue. Healthy today is healthy today. It says nothing about tomorrow or next week. 
 

And as far as “fault” goes it seems to me that Coronavirus is now akin to norovirus in that they are both known diseases that can be contracted on cruise ships. Boarding a ship is tacit acceptance of the risk. 

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On 3/12/2020 at 11:20 AM, mrlevin said:
17 minutes ago, Travelcat2 said:

 

We know about the press conference but what is your source about the suspension of cruise ship activity in the U.S.?

the DT press conference has been reported on BBC news here in the UK, indeed further comment from their Washington DC correspondent was broadcast just a few moments ago. Along with the travel restrictions previously mentioned, additional Federal emergency powers are considered likely as well as some personal comments by DT with respect to his meeting with the Brazilian president last weekend which now appears to have involved staff who have since tested positive for Covid 19. So, to be clear, not a report on what has happened but an educated guess by the BBC on what may happen

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Thank you!  We expect that some airports will be shut down (Seattle being one of them).  Obviously we are concerned about cancelling all cruises since our flight out of Vancouver to San Diego departs in just under 24 hours.  Not panicking - just concerned.

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Canada has banned all cruise ships over 500 people ie passengers and crew until July.

 

Likely that the US may follow this too. Apparently all of this out of conversations with G7 leaders incl DT.

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The President suspending cruise ship activity might muddy the waters (pun intended) about refund versus FCC.  If Regent cancels the cruise, then we get a refund.  But if they are ordered not to operate, that could be argued as not cancelling, but a Force majeure (refers to a clause that is included in contracts to remove liability for natural and unavoidable catastrophes that interrupt the expected course of events and restrict participants from fulfilling obligations) event.  So, the FCC option (if it remains since that was not required by any agreement between passengers and Regent) may be the only option.

 

This could get very legally...

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Not wanting to spread this everywhere, but it's official Regent is cancelling for at least the next 30 days with a FCC/refund option.



Dear Valued Guest and Travel Advisor*,



Regent Seven Seas Cruises continues to closely monitor the coronavirus situation and its impact on our global health environment. The safety, security and well-being of our guests and crew is our highest priority. With the COVID-19 coronavirus impacting communities and ports around the globe, we have enacted a voluntary temporary 30-day suspension of all cruise voyages worldwide embarking between March 13 and April 11, 2020.

This temporary suspension is part of efforts around the globe to contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and is taken in an abundance of caution. Regent Seven Seas Cruises has not experienced any confirmed cases of COVID-19 across our five-ship fleet.

We understand the inconvenience and disappointment that this disruption causes. We appreciate your understanding as we partner with local, state, federal and global agencies to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises will provide a 125% Future Cruise Credit on the amount you paid, which can be applied to any new booking within one year on any Regent voyage between now and December 31, 2022. If you prefer a refund rather than the Future Cruise Credit we will provide you with a 100% refund on the amount you paid. Please note that if a 100% refund is selected it will be made only via the original form of payment and may take up to 90 days to be received.

Thank you for your patience and loyalty as we manage through this evolving situation. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience, and we look forward to welcoming you on board in the future.

Sincerely,

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

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8 hours ago, behooves said:

Does anyone know the answer to this question:  If Mr. and Mrs. Geezer arrive at the pier sans their signed permission slip and are denied boarding, do they get a refund?  An FCC? or are they SOL?

 

6 hours ago, Pcardad said:

Short term...how long does Regent survive with no paying guests over 70?

 

This is all moot for now since they've cancelled all cruises from today until April 11th (I believe.)

 

4 hours ago, Belfast Taxman said:

Major press conference by Donald Trump at 8.00pm (GMT - 3.00pmEST).

Being reported here in UK that further lockdown measures in USA are expected including immediate suspension of cruise ship activity in USA and for all US residents to be advised that all foreign travel should not be taken.

 

I heard that press conference, at least I think I heard the whole thing.  I don't believe he mentioned cruise ships.

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