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15 minutes ago, rcandkc said:

Now travel ban from U.K. and Ireland beginnings Monday night. 

 

Not at all surprised. Most of us in the UK were completely perplexed by the  original decision to not exclude us along with the Schengen nations.

 

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18 hours ago, UUNetBill said:

I sincerely hope this whole thing blows over quickly and these companies can weather the storm.

 

9 hours ago, flossie009 said:

Hope NCLH/Regent stays afloat financially and that Regent does not dumb-down with undue cost cutting when it resumes operations; this would spoil the brand that we love.

 

47 minutes ago, BarbarianPaul said:

But I’m with you in wanting all these companies to weather the storm and get their ships back in operation!

 

I hope we are all in agreement with these sentiments.  Wishing the best for all the lines and holding companies.

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1 minute ago, RJ2002 said:

 

 

 

I hope we are all in agreement with these sentiments.  Wishing the best for all the lines and holding companies.

Absolutely. And, regarding the ships that are still in operation, going on a cruise right now strikes me as a  little bit like fiddling while Rome burns. 
 

Not a good idea and dangerous.

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7 hours ago, kjbacon said:


My opinions and suggestions are just as timely as yours. I’m so glad that these boards are not a good representation of the actual regent ships. It’s so pleasant on board with such nice people. 

Sounds like a bit of a backhanded compliment 😊👍

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Australia has closed all ports to cruise ship for at lest 30 days:

 

 

"“Further, the Australian government will ban cruise ships from foreign ports from arriving at Australian ports after an initial 30 days and that will go forward on a rolling basis.”

 

And anyone entering by air will  have a 14 day quarantine.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/15/all-overseas-arrivals-in-australia-must-self-isolate-for-14-days-amid-new-coronavirus-rules

 

J

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9 hours ago, cruiseluv said:

Yeah, no wonder you said you were unpopular here...

 


Oh, it’s no wonder. Whenever there is the fear of different ideas and change, it can be common for the “old guard” to lash out at those that disagree with them. Not everyone can be open to change.

 

7 hours ago, Kiwifromkiev said:

Sounds like a bit of a backhanded compliment 😊👍

 

Definitely a compliment and so sorry if it came across as backhanded! The atmosphere on board is fabulous, fun and relaxed. There’s people from all walks of life with all kinds of different opinions and they are all getting along just fine, having a great time together. We haven’t come across the rigidity on board ship during our 3 cruises this year that feels dominant here on the boards. For example, no one seems to care a whole lot about what the other guy is wearing or whether the clock has struck 6pm and the carriage is going to turn back into a pumpkin.

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There is a Silverseas Cruise in Recife, Brazil with a passenger testing positive for Coronavirus.

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I stand corrected as there are 4 ships in quarantine with confirmed Coronavirus. An english ship off the coast of Freeport, Bahamas where they are refueling and getting food, but are not permitted to dock. Two silverseas ships and the Azamara Pursuit are all in South America. What a mess!

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Posted (edited)

kJ I believe there is another ship, Costa, off the coast of Marseille, currently not allowed to land anywhere - not sure if there is a positive test for Covid 19 but clearly passengers showing symptoms.

other than that I can say that the other Silversea ship is in the Chilean Fjords region. The ship in Recife (Silver Shadow) has been there for three days: a very good thread including live reports from three passengers on board on the Silversea CC forum - the main concern appears to be a lack of Laurent Perrier😊

Edited by Belfast Taxman

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Posted (edited)

An update - the Silversea ship in Chile is the Silver Explorer, one of their smaller expedition vessels. However it is now being reported that there is a second ship involved, the Azamara Pursuit.

Edited by Belfast Taxman

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Posted (edited)

Another update😳 looks like no Covid 19 found on Azamara Pursuit as she has been released from the port in the Chilean fjords and is now sailing to Valparaiso for final disembarkation. Not such good news for Silver Explorer where one Covid 19 case confirmed. Ship confined to port.

Edited by Belfast Taxman

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Thanks for the update, Taxman, things are moving so quickly! The one you mentioned off Marseille looks to be an Aida ship. We were docked next to one recently, it looked huge and had a very bright logo.

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23 hours ago, kjbacon said:

Given the choice of a full refund or a FCC, please consider the FCC. I’m unpopular enough on here do I might as well suggest something else that could be unpopular too! Since we can afford it, please consider helping the cruise line we care about and the crew. It’s a risk, yes, but if we sail regent we can afford the possibility of losing that money.

Karen, I have no issue with the sentiment that you express here, and no problem at all with your making that suggestion.  However, there is another factor that some may wish to take into account and that is the issue of trip insurance, which I posted on another thread.

 

If you cancel a cruise and re-book another using FCCs, you may be able to transfer the dates of the policy from the original cruise to the new one, just pay a difference in premium if the new cruise is more expensive.  However, it is likely that if you want to change your travel dates, your policy's dates must be changed prior to the first trip's original departure date. This means you to have the new trip booked prior to the original departure.

 

So for those whose cruises have been cancelled, if they take the FCC and do not use it to book a new cruise quickly, they will not only likely lose their premium on their insurance plan, but even worse, they will not be able to insure their new trip, at least the portion that the FCC applied to.  As I understand it, you cannot take out a policy to insure used future credits.

 

Another wrinkle to this, is that insurance companies have time limits that restrict the time between which you originally took out the policy, and the date of the new cruise.  In my case, I cannot transfer my Alianz policy that I took out in April, 2018 for my March 14 Splendor cruise to the one that I re booked in May 2021, since it exceeds their 770 day limit.  So it appears that I will be doing this sailing uninsured, a prospect that I do not relish.

 

I mention this only because had I had the option to receive a refund rather than FCC, (I didn't because I cancelled the cruise before Regent cancelled the sailing), I would have been able to purchase a new policy.

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On 3/14/2020 at 8:38 AM, kjbacon said:

Given the choice of a full refund or a FCC, please consider the FCC. I’m unpopular enough on here do I might as well suggest something else that could be unpopular too! Since we can afford it, please consider helping the cruise line we care about and the crew. It’s a risk, yes, but if we sail regent we can afford the possibility of losing that money.

I respect your opinion, although I don't agree with it.   JMHO  NCL is a company like any other.  I do not work there nor do I run it, nor am I responsible for it.  Just like the airlines, cruise lines make lots of money.  Along with that there are lots of rules for us passengers.  Contracts that basically cover the companies butt.  Cancel, you don't get your money back, fees, fees and fees, etc. People that canceled cruise to get a FCC and then cruise lines cancel, Oh, too bad, you decided to take a FCC and now other people on that cruise get a refund. Very convenient for the cruise line. Not to mention the insurance companies that make tons of $$$$ and then give many reasons to deny claims when we need it. 

 

Now that times are tough, I  will take a cash refund on both my cruise and airfare if I can.  My DH and I are my number one concern.  Not a company.  

 

I do wonder, after NCL has gotten a lot of people to take FCC and now leaving ships sit for 30 days, how much are they really losing? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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51 minutes ago, boblerm said:

Karen, I have no issue with the sentiment that you express here, and no problem at all with your making that suggestion.  However, there is another factor that some may wish to take into account and that is the issue of trip insurance, which I posted on another thread.


Thank you, Bob, I did think of this aspect of things. We have never taken trip insurance so it never even crossed my mind.

 

25 minutes ago, bbtondo said:

I respect your opinion, although I don't agree with it.   JMHO  NCL is a company like any other.  I do not work there nor do I run it, nor am I responsible for it.  Just like the airlines, cruise lines make lots of money.  Along with that there are lots of rules for us passengers.  Contracts that basically cover the companies butt. 


You make a good point and to be fair, I didn’t think of that either.

 

With everything going on and living in a very hard hit county, we were discussing how concerned we were about some of our local merchants that we have known for years. At the rate we are going here and carefully following the spread over the last 3 days, it’s likely that some (perhaps many) will lose their business. Just got us in a very philanthropic mode.

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2 minutes ago, kjbacon said:


You make a good point and to be fair, I didn’t think of that either.

 

With everything going on and living in a very hard hit county, we were discussing how concerned we were about some of our local merchants that we have known for years. At the rate we are going here and carefully following the spread over the last 3 days, it’s likely that some (perhaps many) will lose their business. Just got us in a very philanthropic mode.

You also make a good point about the local merchants.    I wish I had the power to wave a magic wand and make it all better, but I don't.  So as concerned as I am about the economy, etc. I have decided to focus on my family and I first.  

 

I do believe in time, that this virus will be over and everyone will be fine.  How long that will take?  Who knows. 

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On 3/6/2020 at 4:52 PM, TrulyBlonde said:

You are so down on the USA. Possibly, you may want to choose to move to another country? I think this is the greatest country in the world. Wishing you a lovely and healthy cruise. The same to all who choose to leave and travel at this time.

 

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On 3/15/2020 at 6:36 AM, bbtondo said:

I do believe in time, that this virus will be over and everyone will be fine. 

Not quite everyone. There are 75 dead from it in the US and 4 dead here in Canada, so far. How about shutting down this thread. Maybe a new one 'Life on board after Covid-19', or some such title. Stay safe everyone.

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1 minute ago, travlr21 said:

Not quite everyone. There are 75 dead from it in the US and 4 dead here in Canada, so far. How about shutting down this thread. Maybe a new one 'Life on board after Covid-19', or some such title. Stay safe everyone.

Really?  Go have a cocktail and chill...

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2 minutes ago, bbtondo said:

Really?  Go have a cocktail and chill...

Kinda thought I was. Actually it is a nice BC Riesling. Still, take care.

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Posted (edited)
1 hour ago, travlr21 said:

How about shutting down this thread. Maybe a new one 'Life on board after Covid-19', or some such title.

To the best of my knowledge, no one is obligated to read what is on any given thread.  So if you are totally over this one, just don't read it.  Those that want to continue with it will.

However, I think that your idea of a new thread, positive thoughts only, is a good one.  Why not  make that happen?

Edited by behooves

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