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  1. I think their point is they do not want you to wear a fabric mask. Those little blue and white ones should be fine, and you can pick those up almost everywhere. If you want to go with the higher filtration you may run into some issues. You didn't indicate exactly when you're traveling, which is probably why Amazon was recommended. They have many of the FFP masks available.
  2. We already did it, but I'm just not sure if we have to go back and reconfirm our answers within the 24 hour window... if you click on it, it says complete or update your Health Status and confirm within 24 hours of sailing...
  3. Yes - forward, midships and aft staircases. Forgot to add - remember there is no aft staircase on deck 5 - that is where the kitchen is located - so aft staircase only goes down to deck 6 outside Allegro dining room.
  4. Hi all - we are currently Green lane and we did complete the health questionnaire on the app a while back. I think I remember something about needing to follow that up with a second check in but I can't remember if it said within 24 hours of your sailing or before 24 hours... so do I check in the day before we board in the late afternoon (or the morning we sail), or should I make sure to do that before 24 hours of sailing? I know this question is confusing, as I'm even confusing myself, but if anyone can figure it out from this convoluted post I would be most appreciative of your guidance. Thanks!
  5. Healthline - just FYI. Putting a second mask over a KN95 or N95 is not recommended. Now that we’ve discussed double masking and its potential benefits, you may be wondering how you can wear two masks safely and effectively. Here are some tips to get you started. Use the proper mask combination. The CDCTrusted Source recommends layering a cloth mask over a surgical mask. Avoid other mask combinations. Some mask combinations may not improve fit or may make it hard to breathe. As such, avoid combinations of the following: two surgical masks a KN95 and any other type of mask an N95 and any other type of mask
  6. My husband says sequins aren't his thing - will you accept pearls? 🙂 🙂
  7. You have to remember that what is happening now will most likely not be the case when you sail in December. The BVI (British Virgin Islands) is the one who floated the nasal swab idea, which was shot down if you're arriving by ship but is in force if you arrive by air. The only common port stop in the BVI is Tortola (the others, Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda, etc, are not common cruise port stops). What I've heard circulating in the wind is that it is very likely the islands may begin to require cruise passengers to remain in a bubble, i.e. only taking ship's excursions if they disembark. No more wandering off and finding a beach or an excursion on your own. It hasn't happened yet, but it is rumored. All you can do is keep a close watch on what the islands are implementing and then decide if that is a deal breaker for you.
  8. Right now Viking isn't REQUIRING any testing (they test you when you board) they do suggest you have a PCR before you travel, more as a CYA in case guidelines change whilst you're in mid trip. We are going into Rome a week early, so we'll test before we fly into Italy (most likely an antigen test if they're still accepting it), but hopefully won't need additional testing before boarding. I guess we'll see what the world is up to in five months!
  9. What they consider a green pass is what we call our vaccination cards. "issued by the health authority of their country, certifying complete vaccination against COVID-19, performed at least 14 days beforehand, using a vaccine recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA)." So here in the US that is our vaccine card.
  10. Also note, as of right now, the regulations in Italy are through October 25, 2021. At that point anything and everything could change. Very short window for you traveling in early November, I know.
  11. Travellers from Canada, Japan, Israel and the United States can enter Italy without quarantine obligation and must: 1. Fill in the Passenger Locator Form before entering Italy 2. Present COVID-19 green certification on arrival, issued by the health authority of their country certifying complete vaccination against COVID-19, performed at least 14 days beforehand, using a vaccine recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) 3. Present a document certifying that they have performed a molecular or antigenic swab test in the 72 hours prior to arrival in Italy with negative results. Green Passes must be in Italian, English, French or Spanish and can be presented in digital or printed formats. If, on entering Italy, travellers do not present green certification or the negative result of a swab test, they can nevertheless enter the country but will have to undergo fiduciary isolation for 5 days and inform the Prevention Department of the competent area health authority (see page: COVID-19 Toll-free numbers and regional information). After 5 days of isolation, they must perform an additional molecular or antigen test. This says swab test can be molecular or antigen, so it doesn't necessarily have to be a PCR. Rapid Antigen testing should work. This was from the Italia.it website.
  12. They were discussing specifically the gym, and there have been reports that there is a sign outside the gym saying masks are required. Not saying anything about other locations on the ship.
  13. We also use the varied approach. We have the blue and white disposable for when we can easily social distance then use and toss, KN95 for airport/airline travel or buses to/from the ship, and for wear on the ship we have washable fabric and the other two as well. We'll let the situation dictate which mask makes us more comfortable. I'm less concerned about coming into contact with someone on the ship since the sailing is fully vaccinated and tested. Of course, anyone can pick it up accidentally on the way to the ship after testing or in any port, so I wouldn't feel comfortable going maskless anywhere but in the hot tub - lol - or on an uncrowded open deck. The case counts are so high where we live now, I know I'll feel more comfortable on the ship than I do in the stores in my own town, so there is that.
  14. Could you tell me what the expiration date is on your tests? I'm leaning towards ordering them to have on hand and also for a trip we have to Europe in February. Thanks!
  15. We never saw masks available when we ordered our medallions for our upcoming cruise. Would have been a nice option! If some has the ability to take a screen shot of what was available, could you share? Yes, I have a severe case of FOMO. 🙂 I know it's too late for us to order, I'm just curious.
  16. Most Walgreens are 3 days in advance.
  17. Will be very curious to hear the answer to this. Testing prior to trip to Alaska is wearing me out, and I'm thinking the home test may be the way to go before our trip in February, but obviously need to know if Italy will accept it!
  18. Cruises this week and next week (9/12) are still under the 3-day testing rule, so the folks who are embarking on 9/19 would probably be the first ones to see if this is in place yet. I'm sure they'll be shouting it from the rooftops once they have it set up.
  19. @Musky IkeThanks so much for doing this! It is very appreciated!
  20. Weirdly enough, when we first set up the app it automatically uploaded pics from our last Princess cruise - shots taken by the photographers. I think hubbies was one from dinner and mine was one from me standing on the deck (with the others I was standing with cut out of the photo). We used mine, but I picked one from his photos on my phone for his (taken in our back yard in full sunlight).
  21. Odd question that just popped into my mind. I have really bad arthritis in my thumbs and I have a real issue with those hair dryers where you have to keep holding down the button to make it work (not a simple on/off switch). Can anyone who has been on Majestic tell me what kind of hairdryer they provide so I know if I need to pack my own? Thanks a million!
  22. Remember Italy is 6 hours ahead of us (east coast time), so if you do the backwards math for 72 hours at home and add 6 hours you'll be covered for both the Viking requested 72 hours and Italy's requested 72 hours. I hope Viking changes the PCR requirement, since it is getting harder and harder to get PCR tests within 72 hours (friend had one that was 70 hours - that's cutting it too close) and accepts the rapid result.
  23. Usually 2 weeks to 10 days before you sail you will receive your medallions. They don't really do anything until you board, so earlier would just give me more chance to lose mine!
  24. They don't technically mention any port, but they are very clear that for ALL sailings from the US through December 31, 2021 the following will be in effect and it makes no mention of exemptions and/or children. It says there is no age restriction, but all passengers of all ages must be fully vaccinated. Therefore, if your child is below vaccination age then they obviously can't be on these sailings. Are these cruises only available to COVID-19 vaccinated guests? Yes. These cruises are available for guests who have received their final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to the beginning of the cruise and have proof of vaccination, in accordance with CDC guidelines. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and the dates given will be required and will need to be shown at the terminal prior to boarding. Failure to provide this evidence will result in denial of boarding. There is no age restriction on this series of cruises but guests of all ages must be fully vaccinated.  If you are unlikely to be fully vaccinated at the time of departure, please refer to our Book with Confidence Policy.  Guests should always ensure they understand all requirements to travel from their home country and the destinations they plan to visit. Details continue to be updated regularly and official websites and apps developed by government agencies and tourism ministries are the recommended resources. For guests on voyages sailing from Southampton between September 30 and November 3, 2021 on Regal Princess and between October 5 and November 5, 2021 on Sky Princess, all guests 18 years old and over will be required to have completed their vaccination course a minimum of 14 days prior to sailing. All guests 17 years old and below will need to have completed their vaccination course a minimum 14 days prior to sailing or will require a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to travel.
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