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  1. We have several upcoming cruises booked -- one the end of Oct, one the end of Nov and then another one in March. I was wondering what the expiration dates were on the eMed tests ordered. Ordering a 6 pack would cover all three cruises for me and my husband and it is a little less expensive than ordering a two pack each time....but it only makes sense for the 6 pack if the expiration date goes out as far as April 2022. What were the expiration dates of the test packages you ordered?
  2. I share your hope....I read about Mark Walker....I hope the other CD's that we know are figuring out these uncharted waters as well, but as a temporary measure. Although we aren't cruising, I look forward to returning to ships at some point.
  3. You can read some of the previous posts and putting in more 'specialty' or 'pay to play' options necessarily won't give them more revenue, which is your implication. The specialty restaurants onboard now for an extra fee, don't get close to 50% full even with 30% discounts.
  4. And a 30% discount could not entice more people to join you.....says alot. The specialty restaurant that we frequent is Izumi. They never have special discounts for that....and there is never more than a few tables filled...NEVER even near 50% full, but we love it and it is a MUST on a ship that has it.
  5. Sorry, my that kind of jest, is not appreciated. Especially since plenty of people using Cpap machines have NO compromising health issues....as per my husband.
  6. I have been in plenty of specialty restaurants onboard and they have NEVER been close to 50% capacity when DH and I were there for dinner.
  7. Why would you question that cpap machines wouldn't be allowed?
  8. Here is an article from CNN about what hotels are considering doing and one of these locations is in Las Vegas, which in many ways is a 'land experience of a cruise ship' -- lots of people packed into it for entertainment and enjoyment. https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/hotels-safety-coronavirus/index.html Some specifics mentioned are: (1) Removal of furniture and reconfiguring many areas to facilitate the six-foot social distancing space prescribed by health officials. The brand is considering plexiglass barriers at front desks to separate guests and hotel staff. (2) Use of electrostatic sprayers -- which uniformly mist disinfectant across wide areas -- and ultraviolet light to sanitize surfaces and objects. (3) Reduction of Spa services (4) Slot machines, restaurant tables, pool loungers and more have to be spaced to comply with the 6 foot rule. (5) Reduced capacity public spaces and redesigned restaurants, bars and fitness facilities will be among the changes. (6) no more than four guests in an elevator
  9. Buffets on cruises will be significantly changed, I am sure. That is the simple place to make a change -- all the other areas, starting with 'overall number of cruisers onboard' to minimize overall crowded spaces like promenade areas or pool decks or busy lounges/bars. How they handle that is going to be interesting. Can I see, no cabin having a 3rd or 4th occupant? Or larger suites having the number of guests permitted in it to change? What else might there be?
  10. What really is a cruise ship? It is a huge hotel, a street of restaurants, and an amusement park (more extensive on some ships than others. When you say the " cruise industry wont open until public is ready" people will be getting accustomed to restaurants again at some point, as well as going to hotels and even Disney has talked about opening soon. When you say "Anytime I mention cruising to friends they say “ fu&% that!”... Cruising will be the last vacation on most peoples minds" I disagree, there will be people who will go when they can do it. There will always be customers, always. Port cities right here in the US are losing money each and every week the cruise industry is shut down. For those areas, it isn't as if 'opening up their county will be of much help'. The hotels that aren't booking rooms for the night or two before departure and restaurants are losing diners, don't get much help from 'locals'. It all has a ripple effect and the sooner those ports can open the sooner those businesses can even get the own revenue stream moving along.
  11. If things are available to do/go to there will always be customers for them, ALWAYS.
  12. You are correct in saying "only time will tell.....what measures will be in place". You have already listed some things that will make you unwilling to cruise. I can't say what mine are....and as I said I don't know live in abstract fear. I am taking simple actions but trying hard not to be overly consumed by fear so as to fracture me. DH and I want to cruise again, and when it reopens and we learn what the cruise line itself has done and what will be expected of us as cruisers, we will then make a decision on when to cruise again. We still have several booked....the future will unfold.
  13. I expect we will cruise as much as we did before....some of the ones we had scheduled will take a bit to reschedule to fit our personal calendar.
  14. Right now you are correct there are no cruises to take. As you say "we won't know what we are willing to do until we see what it is." and you are quite right. But one thing I believe I can say for my DH and me, is that we do WANT TO CRUISE again. There are many people who from what I have read, have no plan to cruise again.....and for me to react like that out of 'abstract fear', I can't do. I want to cruise again, and when they tell me what to expect, I hope to still enjoy the experience.
  15. I love the perspective. We have a short cruise scheduled for the end of August. Just a weekender on Navigator. If it gets the go ahead to sail, we are ON IT. I am fortunate, I don't have to fly to the port, it is a short drive for us.
  16. How nice for Host Clarea. But I hope he still adds his expertise.
  17. Everyone has a right to their own feelings and no one should judge another for the feelings that they have. People are annoyed enough at each other for things that people 'do' to each other, we have every right to the emotions when our lives are disrupted whether or not someone else agrees or not.
  18. I had a large group seated together several years ago. They located a long table close to the front of the dining room entrance for us. It worked out well for our group. GOING FORWARD, no one will really be able to use 'past experiences' on how they will seat ANYONE in the dining room in the future.
  19. Believe me 30 years ago, I did not take as good care of this body that I have been entrusted with by G-d as I do now. I was working full time, raising and managing a family, DH and I were doing with our kids all the normal family things you do with growing children with little time left for 'ourselves'. We were the average American family, and making sure we even planned for our retirement. YES, there will be on board changes to the cruise experience. But who will be allowed to experience those 'changes' is a topic of concern. The virus is blind to differentiating where it will find a happy home to invade, it just wants a host home. Risk factors make recovery from the virus more problematic, but those risk factors don't act as a magnet to attract the virus to that person. According to health experts, adults with a BMI of 30 to 39.9 are considered obese. Being obese could put you at greater risk for complications and even death from coronavirus. One reason for this is that people who are obese tend to have a number of comorbidities, ranging from diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidemia (abnormal amount of lipids) to cardiovascular disease, stroke and gallbladder disease. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that nearly 40% of adults aged 20 and over are obese. These people are disproportionally minorities, especially Blacks. At the same time, when it comes to coronavirus, an over-representation of victims is African Americans: 33% of those hospitalized are African Americans despite Blacks making up only 13% of the US population, according to the CDC. I don't like 'generalities' that lead to the discrimination of people. You could easily infer from what the CDC has discovered that since hospitalized African Americans represent 33% of the cases, yet they only make up 13% of the overall population then they are an 'at risk' population for serious health concerns if they were to contract the virus onboard. Therefore you can extrapolate, that African Americans should be prevented from boarding. I AM NOT SUGGESTING THAT. But here are the statistics that could be used as justification. The virus is color blind as it is age blind.....the family who lost their 5 year old daughter to the disease knows that first hand.
  20. Risk of getting the disease reaches ALL ages, it isn't discriminatory.
  21. Covid 19 knows no boundaries....neither age, nor race, nor zip code. Who struggles recovering has to do with underlying complicating health conditions and probably complicated by whether they seek medical attention early with an early diagnosis or later. Obesity (which all ages in our society) adds to risk, as well as diabetes (which affects all ages), circulatory disease which is affected by both items already mentioned and then you can add cardiac issues, which all 3 previously mentioned have an adverse affect on.
  22. I was on a sailing and a young man (age eligible to drink) was out drinking, going up and down the street from bar to bar and slipped off the side walk and broke his leg. He was in a wheel chair the next day with his leg bandaged up, knowing that the leg was broken, but the hospital could not put it in a cast until the swelling went down. The ship would be back in port by then and he could get it attended to. He was bragging about his behavior and its unfortunate result. Generalizations don't mean a hill of beans to me. If it did, people would NEVER accomplish what others tell them they 'can't do'.
  23. Cruisers come on board ships KNOWING they are sick, not having a bad 'allergy day', actually sick. They know it and they do it anyway -- cruisers of all ages. Young families do it, because they can't afford to lose the money, when cruising with their kids...older people do it, because they can't afford to lose the money ---- LATE cancellations don't easily get refunded. It takes effort. I resent the assumption that simply because I am older I am at more risk....well, I have seen awfully young cruisers, above the legal drinking age, get 10 shades to the wind (so to speak) -- they surely offer a big risk for doing more dangerous things. What will an older person do --- go to sleep early. Health history is private and should remain private. A doctors note on a Monday, means nothing moments after you leave their office.
  24. I personally don't believe that I am a greater liability for a cruise line as a cruiser than the younger cruiser. Cruise lines will lose revenue if the restrictions are too limiting and prevent those over 70 from cruising. Anyone can have a note from a doctor that says when they left their office they were in terrific health and have a heart attack the next day.
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