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  1. So, I guess we should assume that when CVS says "PCR/NAAT", which I had been interpreting as meaning it might be a PCR test or it might be a NAAT test, it really just means they are specifying it is the PCR version of the NAAT test? If so that works. Though I think it would have been less confusing for CVS to just state it is a PCR test, a term the average person is more likely to be familiar with, and leave the NAAT part out.
  2. That doesn't fit with what John Heald said. And yet both he and this PVP are Carnival representatives, so what to believe? My guess would be this: It says "3 days before. What is one day before Saturday? Friday of course. 2 days before Saturday is therefore Thursday, and 3 days before Saturday is Wednesday. In other words, I'd think John Heald is correct. But it would be nice to have some official Carnival clarification.
  3. I can't win I guess. Yesterday in another thread I said the rapid test is the same as the antigen test and was corrected by someone who said the NAAT is another form of rapid test, so not all rapid tests are antigen tests:
  4. Thanks. I'm not so much anxious about it for myself yet, because my sailing isn't until December. I'm just pointing out that it may not be as easy as it sounds to go out and get a quick antigen test result.
  5. Thanks for that. I agree with your point about why Carnival wouldn't require the NAAT test. But then why wouldn't they accept it as one of your options if you wanted to go that route if it's such a good test? They just say PCR and antigen are acceptable. Seems odd.
  6. True. But I don't seem to have an antigen test option at either CVS (which says none near me) or Walgreens (which says my closest antigen test site is in Maine). There may be other places where I could get an antigen test locally though. I haven't looked into it yet since I've got time before my sailing. You're taking a chance with delayed test results for a PCR test, but you're taking a increased chance of a false positive with the antigen test (if you can get it). So either way you're taking a chance.
  7. Yeah, I'm not getting any antigen options even expanding the search locations. From what Google tells me, the CDC says "NAATs can reliably detect small amounts of SARS-CoV-2 and are unlikely to return a false-negative result of SARS-CoV-2", so it sounds like it's a good test. Perhaps Carnival will decide that's acceptable too and this will no longer be a problem.
  8. OK fair enough. I'll have to take your word for it. Because when I select the rapid test option I just get a message "We're sorry. We are unable to find any testing locations with the filter you selected". And it's not as if I live in the boonies. It does give me plenty of Molecular Lab Test options, but they all say "Molecular lab test (PCR / NAAT)", so it's not clear which you'd be getting. Though perhaps at the actual CVS they give you a choice. Or maybe the reason I have no rapid test options in my area is because they are using the NAAT, which is also rapid. Who knows?
  9. You apparently missed my inserted screen shot of what the CVS site says. It just says "Rapid-result test". it doesn't specify that it's antigen. The NAAT test is also a form of rapid test.
  10. I didn't say CVS isn't good enough for me, or that one couldn't get their test done at CVS. All I'm saying is at the CVS site it's not clear which test you'll be given since the rapid test option doesn't specify it's antigen and the other option might be the NAAT test, which apparently isn't accepted by Carnival. It puts us in a spot. Walgreens options seem more useful, since they clearly list antigen, PCR, and the third type, ID-NOW, which Carnival doesn't specify as acceptable. The only problem there is in my case the closest antigen test to me is in Maine and I live in upstate New York. But the PCR would work, assuming I get the results fast enough.
  11. OK, so if you go to CVS for your test, which of the below test options should you choose? The rapid test option doesn't specify that it's antigen, so perhaps it's NAAT, which Carnival doesn't accept? But the PCR test implies that might be the NAAT as well. If NAAT counts as a rapid test as you say, it seems that you might get the NAAT test regardless of which option you choose.
  12. Not so easy peasy. When you follow the link you provided, you eventually get to a page where you select your test type: "Molecular lab test (PCR / NAAT)" - Where does that leave us when we need it to be a PCR test? Will you get the PCR test or the NAAT test, which it seems is not acceptable to Carnival? The other option, rapid-result test, doesn't specify that it's the acceptable antigen test. My understanding is the other type of rapid test is that NAAT test, which CVS lists with PCR as a Molecular lab test, so I would guess it's an antigen test, but it doesn't actually say that.
  13. Just go to the Carnival site and read it for yourself, don't waste your time asking here: https://www.carnival.com/Legal/covid-19-legal-notices/covid-19-guest-protocols?icid=advisory_cruisehealth_072821 Fully Vaccinated Guests - negative COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) taken within three days prior to embarkation Unvaccinated Guests - negative PCR COVID-19 test at check-in, taken between 72 and 24 hours prior to the sailing date (Antigen test is also known as the rapid test)
  14. Depending on when your cruise is, maybe you can wait until it's close to final payment and see if the mask policy is still in place then before deciding whether to cancel. Trouble is, the mask policy could be lifted then...but then reinstated again before you actually cruise. So you'd be taking a chance.
  15. I don't know the specifics of your travel policy of course, but I read on a trip insurance online merchant's webpage (the one that is frequently recommended on cruise critic) that to be eligible for a claim you have to have seen a doctor in person. I'd think that would be a difficult hurdle, because I'm guessing for an only mildly ill Covid patient such as yourself the doctor won't want to see you in person. But of course check what your policy says. Maybe the "in person" thing doesn't apply with your policy. Edit: Actually, now reading that webpage further, it says the insurance companies have become more lenient with "the see a doctor in person" requirement since Covid became a problem, so maybe this was a false alarm on my part.
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