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  1. Adequately sized sauna and steam with 4 showers and locker room.
  2. Just off the Carnival Pride. The sauna and steam rooms were open although the heat in both was less than optimal.The sauna was consistently 118 degrees F. Signs were posted that they were for the use of vaccinated passengers although I noted no policing. Would appreciate news about RCCL's s and s rooms. Are they currently open?
  3. I think you will find that asking for the best cruise ship rather than the best cruise line will get you more usable information. To start with on Cruise Critic's "board" page find "special interest cruising" and then choose "List of Ships with Free Steam and Sauna." To evaluate paid spa sites, some have talked about them on this blog.
  4. I am wondering if the rules for closing sauna and steam will be uniformly enforced and whether the rules for closure will vary according to country of the ship's registation, the cruise line, and/or the port being visited.
  5. In all of this discussion I've seen no mention of the measures taken on prelockdown cruiseships on which there were CoVid outbreaks. Enduring the isolation of being confined to a cabin and experiencing the illness was not seen as a pleasant experience. Enduring an onship bout of CoVid and the knowledge that possibly you have caused the illness and isolation of others would be difficult.
  6. I'm guessing that the clever and responsible way the Celebrity plans to deal with CoVid vaccinations and testing has the governor, his lawyers, and the Florida legislature collectively scratching their heads. By developing a process which places the onus on the unvaccinated passengers to prove they are uninfected; a process which will probably prove to be both time consuming and expensive, many passengers may either stick to their "our bodies; our selves" guns and stay home, or get vaccinated. Based on my own current yearning to hit the high seas, my bet is that if the Florida law stands,most passengers will grudgingly getting vaccinated.
  7. Back to the topic of this blog: Is there any current information supporting the statement that Florida's governor is nearing a compromise on cruise vaccination?
  8. Here is a question about the Florida law that was passed. If a non-cruise company travel agent asked for proof of vaccination or if the cruise company asked the question through an out-of-state entity, would this circumvent the $5000 per passenger fine levied against the cruise company?
  9. You have been misinformed. A quick Google search will help you understand.
  10. Are all the foreign countries that are destinations for a cruise willing to let unvaccinated passengers sail into their harbors? I have heard that India requires passports for all cruise passengers whether they stay on the ship or not. If this is accurate, couldn't it be expected that some countries would require a vaccination passport or other proof of vaccination for all cruise ship pasengers and staff entering their harbors?
  11. Look up your cruise on the Vacations To Go website, go to the itinerary, and click each city to see the highs, lows, and amt of monthly precipitation for each. Having shorts,a short sleeve running shirt, a long sleeved one, and a light jacket has been good enough for me. Oh, and a hat with visor is good in light rain if you wear glasses and a vest to keep your chest warm if you mind the cold.
  12. For a comprehensive introduction to Japanese culture and travel I recommend that you download NHK World Japan to your smart TV. NHK has several series of programs on travel such as biking in Japan and traveling by railroad. Programs are in English or captioned or a combination of both. To be current on Japan's covid status you won't find a better source than NHK. If you are a sumo fan or just sumo-curious you can check that out, too. 🙂
  13. Has anyone seen a review written by a passenger of the Costa Italian cruises? I've been looking for a passenger discussion that reports how the experience felt and how distancing worked in the gym, locker areas, running track, happy hour get-togethers, etc.
  14. I've been hoping that travellers on the European cruise ships that have begun operation will comment about which small spaces (such as sauna/steam rooms) are open and which are not.
  15. I suppose there is a chance that by the time cruises start up that your gym, and maybe the cruise ships, will be less restrictive than we fear they will be. Fingers crossed that a post-loosening-up resurgence of the virus will not be as pervasive as predicted (by some). I have a transAtlantic cruise scheduled for November. I'm holding off buying airplane tickets until it is more clear how viable air and cruise travel will be or whether the countries on the itinerary will even allow ships to dock.
  16. Has anyone considered whether small enclosed spaces in a cruise ship such as the sauna and steamroom will be considered unsafe and closed for a period of time when cruises resume?
  17. I wonder how the elevated temperatures in a sauna or steam room effect the longevity of corona virus cells. :)
  18. I cruised on the Splendor recently. There was a single sex sauna (no steam other than a steam setting in each of the two shower cubicles) in the men's gym locker room. I'm not sure about the women's locker room.
  19. I'm not a really fussy person and when I see pullmantur cruises going for 17 dollars per night I'm tempted to try. How does this line compare to some of the other lines? Are there other charges that inflate the cost?
  20. I wear them until they start to smell. Then I wear them one more time and wash them, roll them in a towel, stomp up and down the roll, and hang them up to dry.
  21. You can go to the web site: ***** and click on "cruise lines" at the top of the home page; then find the cruise line you are interested in; then click the ship you are interested in; and on that ship page it will tell the last year it was refurbished as well as a wealth of other information (such as whether the ship has laundromats.)
  22. Most Holland America ships now have what is called Lincoln Center Stsge, They provide an excellent piano quintet with music 6 out of 7 days. Most are classical but there are excellent commissioned arrangements for the group in other genres, Classical predominates.
  23. I'm looking for cruises where there is an option of either biking or cruising parts of the journey. Do these options exist?
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