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  1. ID Now is accepted. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2796550-abbott-id-now-covid-19-rapid-test/
  2. The QR code reference seems to apply to the proof of vaccination requirement as far as I can see. Not the negative Covid test requirement the OP was asking about.
  3. I don't know the full answer, but Carnival's Return to Service FAQs does say this: "Acceptable proof of PCR/antigen COVID-19 testing includes laboratory test record, digital certificate and healthcare record." https://www.carnival.com/Legal/covid-19-legal-notices/return-to-service-faqs The mention of a "digital certificate" implies to me that some sort of digital confirmation is acceptable. Whether an email showing your test result counts as a "digital certificate", I have no idea. But I'd like to know too.
  4. I say book what you are most interested in. If come, say, next summer they change that sailing, you'll have the option to switch to a different one. It shouldn't be a big problem.
  5. I think you misinterpreted the OP's post. They weren't complaining and said they had a good time. And not going if they weren't comfortable is exactly what they did regarding the excursion. They were just informing people what to expect.
  6. Our December Carnival Freedom cruise had said Amber Cove too if I recall correctly, but now it says Grand Turk. Who knows. It could easily change again before we sail.
  7. Too bad no one has done a "Live from the Freedom" thread. I'll be on her in a couple of months and am jonesing for some Freedom content. Not that I blame anyone for not doing a "Live" thread. I wouldn't want to spend my vacation that way either.
  8. I thought Florida passed a new law saying the port can't refuse cruise ships, no? And that the cruise lines were generally honoring Key West's preference anyway to avoid any controversy. https://floridapolitics.com/archives/438656-gov-desantis-tanks-key-west-cruise-rules/ Maybe there was some later court challenge I am unaware of.
  9. https://www.carnival.com/Legal/covid-19-legal-notices/covid-19-guest-protocols?icid=advisory_cruisehealth_072821 Incidentally, the CDC guidance says testing 2 days before departure for vaccinated cruisers, same as the Carnival guidance. Not 48 hours. As you say, any time of day 2 days prior is fine. Don't worry about trying to make it be 48 hours.
  10. Could you switch up the room bookings so one kid was in each cabin for the Cheers and then switch back once on board?
  11. I highly doubt it's random. We just don't know the algorithm that determines who get them and why.
  12. I wonder if those were cabins they had blocked off for use as quarantine cabins should the need arise?
  13. But that made sense for Carnival from a business perspective, no? They don't want to give Cheers to people that will drink a lot and cost them money. And they also don't want to lose the money they would get from people that would buy Cheers anyway. It doesn't cost them much to give Cheers to light drinkers.
  14. Thanks. Walgreens, at least the one I went to when I wanted a test, does it at the drive-thru. But I was alone that time so I don't know how it will work with 2 in the car.
  15. I'm surprised the bars have the big, 1.5L bottles to give out. Or are they now downsizing and giving you smaller bottles? Incidentally, Red gets the water too, so that's nothing new for the OP turning Gold.
  16. I have wondered how it will work getting tests for two people with consecutive appointments. Would we need to drive around the building and switch drivers for the second person so they'd be the one at the drive thru window side? I'm guessing not the case, or you'd have mentioned that. Do they do both tests at one time, or the driver then the passenger?
  17. I have read reports here on Cruise Critic that CVS was canceling some rapid antigen test appointments because they ran out of the test kits. I have no idea how common that is. (I want to say the poster reporting it was from NJ, but I'm not certain of that) In my area, upstate New York, CVS shows the closest locations offering the antigen tests were in Maine. So that pretty much kills CVS as an option here. If you can get it in your area though, it's a good option.
  18. It's true that gamblers, and to a lesser extent heavy drinkers, spa users, art buyers, etc. considerably subsidize the cruise price those of us not doing those things. I don't know whether there is a strong correlation between how much a gambler spends and them smoking, but it wouldn't surprise me if that's the case. Perhaps being susceptible to one addiction makes it more likely to also be addicted to another, hence a correlation between smoking and gambling.
  19. If someone is having a cigarette while drinking, they're not a non-smoker. An infrequent smoker perhaps, but still a smoker.
  20. Not likely if it would impact casino revenue. As I suspect it would.
  21. Technically, Carnival and the other cruise lines don't have to follow the CDC Guidance in Florida. It's just a recommendation. But they generally are choosing to follow it to stay on the CDC's good side. "(A)s of July 23, 2021, the CSO and accompanying measures, such as technical instructions, are nonbinding recommendations for cruise ships arriving in, located within, or departing from a port in Florida"
  22. That's just a list of all Walgreens. They don't all do all types of testing. When I did a "mock booking" for a Covid test using Long Beach as a search area for one of the two rapid tests (ID-NOW or antigen), this is what I got: Location and availability 1 16201 HARBOR BLVD Fountain Valley, CA 92708 No appointments available 2 2491 W 24TH ST Yuma, AZ 85364 Some appointments available 3 2360 HIGHWAY 95 Bullhead City, AZ 86442 Some appointments available 4 25 LAKE HAVASU AVE S Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403 Some appointments available 5 11420 S FORTUNA RD Yuma, AZ 85367 Many appointments available So basically one location in Fountain Valley, CA and then nothing else in California if you need a rapid test. However, if the slower PCR test would work for your purposes you have more options: Location and availability 1 600 LONG BEACH BLVD Long Beach, CA 90802 Few appointments available 2 3339 E ANAHEIM ST Long Beach, CA 90804 Some appointments available 3 2627 PACIFIC AVE Long Beach, CA 90806 Some appointments available 4 3570 ATLANTIC AVE Long Beach, CA 90807 Some appointments available 5 24930 WESTERN AVE Harbor City, CA 90710 Few appointments available 6 5913 CARSON ST Lakewood, CA 90713 Few appointments available 7 22930 S WESTERN AVE Torrance, CA 90501 Few appointments available 8 2690 PACIFIC COAST HWY Torrance, CA 90505 Few appointments available 9 5829 LAKEWOOD BLVD Lakewood, CA 90712 Some appointments available 10 4935 WARNER AVE Huntington Beach, CA 92649 Some appointments available It looks like they are in order of closest to farthest. Just Google Walgreens Covid testing and play around with the testing booking engine (you'll have to answer some questions and might want to put in fake info just to look at it) and see for yourself.
  23. That's what the CDC guidance recommends. Presumably the CDC allows 3 days for the unvaccinated because the unvaccinated need to also get a test the day of boarding.
  24. Good to know, thanks. Request/picked up from whom? I'm only gold, so the only ones that matter to me are the free water and the appreciation drink. Do I ask for both at guest services, or just ask my cabin steward for the water. (Though I doubt the cabin steward knows what my VIFP level is, so I may have just answered my own question)
  25. I'm 84 days out, and the only part I can do is state that I've been vaccinated. The symptoms questions though, you sort of would need to be able to edit. What if you filled it out the day before and subsequently developed symptoms?
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