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  1. First question I asked when cruise lines started planning to require vaccines. My Sinovac shot wasn't FDA authorized. I was told that it would be okay. Now that WHO has authorized it I'm breathing a bit easier.
  2. Thanks for posting this wrinkle. Sigh. RCCL should read this as the six weeks is only a CDC guideline. The landscape keeps changing. CDC saying the following (emphasis mine): Interval between mRNA doses The second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines should be administered as close to the recommended interval as possible, but not earlier than recommended (i.e., 3 weeks [Pfizer-BioNTech] or 1 month [Moderna]). However, individuals who receive the second dose up to 4 days before or at any time after the recommended date can be considered fully vaccinated. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/clinical-considerations/covid-19-vaccines-us.html#Interchangeability This is from Australia: https://theconversation.com/what-if-i-cant-get-in-for-my-second-pfizer-dose-and-the-gap-is-longer-than-3-weeks-162857 My husband got two Pfizer shots seven weeks apart. One more thing for me to follow. All I need is a cruise that actually sails.
  3. Just when it looked like I could actually sail.... I live in Uruguay and got two doses of Sinovac. Now the government is offering a dose of Pfizer as a booster shot and I've signed up for that. My husband (being over 70) has had two doses of Pfizer. Our digital certificates are great but some countries require them to be translated at least into English. Since AstraZeneca is a two dose vaccine, I can sort of understand the issue - you basically haven't completed the two doses if you get something else. But I've done my two doses. More questions without answers beyond "you should be fine".
  4. No one has charged us for his rollator so we'll be okay. Besides, his regular "carry on" can fit inside the bag I have in mind. Mine is full of electronics and cameras.
  5. He's not that far gone, yet. He's been cruising before and is looking forward to doing it again. I was hoping to do the cruises we had booked but COVID changed all our plans. We'll see how he is later this year.
  6. Thanks for the tips. We will be bringing our own small trash bags and I'll need to scope out bed pads. The problem is DH moves around a LOT at night and whatever I use as a pad never stays put. I'm using a hospital sheet as part of the arrangement. I'll need to purchase a couple more. I don't think anything disposable will be big enough to stay put unless it's wrapped in something larger.
  7. Thanks for the suggestion. The situation changes from week to week so I'm just trying to work on my contingency plans.
  8. One thing I learned about vouchers that shocked me. You would THINK that when they say "good for one year" it means one year from the date of cancellation. Nope. One year from the date that you BOOKED the tickets.
  9. That has been the problem. Once they find out we live in Uruguay they have nothing for us. I DID have a chat with InsureMyTrip the other day and was told that there were medical only plans to cover us: 1. You can only purchase them within six months of the trip - which is why nothing comes up when I search for coverage for next year. 2. They will cover up to $50K but you can buy $100K plans too. So at least we have that we can rely upon. Celebrity allows us to cancel without penalty up to 48 hours before, so that's good. We have a gazillion frequent flyer miles with American that we will use for the trip so I'm not worried about flight cancellations. I think we'll be okay this time.
  10. We're in Uruguay and I got Sinovac so I have the same question. As far as I know, the current requirement allows for any vaccine approved by the US FDA, European EMA (which includes AstraZeneca) or WHO (which includes Sinovac). These things change minute by minute though. By the time we get to cruise will they be up to some Omega Variant and have new rules on which vaccines are acceptable, which boosters you need?
  11. I'm looking into annual plans as well but don't even know where to start. We are both over 65, US citizens living overseas. I dread trying to find enough insurance to cover us IN the US where we only have Medicare Part A (hospitalization). I agree that $100K would be the minimum I would look for but we are sometimes unable to find any insurance for ANY price. I just want the medical coverage. If my $20K vacation goes belly up, we won't be bankrupt. Any uninsured medical bill may do that though. Any suggestions?
  12. We have a PMB (Private Mail Box) with our mail forwarder. It is by no means a residential address. Some have suggested that we use that but I worry that would make our "home country" the US and that's as far as they would take us if we had to be evacuated or something. The obvious question - would it be legal to use that?
  13. We are US citizens living in Uruguay. In the past we have had no problem getting travel insurance for trips to the US (or anywhere else) but one by one our then-current US based insurance company has changed their corporate policy and will not cover us for trips TO the US. Anywhere else in the world - no problem. We've contacted some Uruguayan companies and they won't cover us either because we are US citizens going TO the US. They also seem to have trouble with the concept of free cancellation. They want us to buy insurance when we "book" the trip even if the trip is two years out, no plane tickets purchased yet, pre and post cruise plans not finalized, etc. I'm trying to understand what is going on. How do we get covered when no one wants to cover us? Thanks for any insight. Gaye and Rich Piriápolis, Uruguay
  14. Specifically, I'm thinking about adult diapers, the pull up kind in particular. We've got a 14 day Celebrity cruise coming up in January with a lot of sea days, and port visit COVID protocols may or may not allow a pharmacy run to replenish. The way my DH is going, we would have to pack a separate zippered tote bag just for his diapers. I could probably cut down on the amount if I knew that such things were available onboard. Yes, I know it won't be cheap and I'm only planning on relying on ship's stores in case he uses more than our current estimate of two per day. Any experience with this item? Thanks in advance.
  15. With a half dozen vaccines (so far) and all sorts of health systems in various nations with various official languages - what exactly will be required as proof of vaccination? Iceland only accepts people who have gotten one of four vaccines, and the certificate must be in English or one of the Scandinavian languages - otherwise you need to have an official translation of that certificate. As a US citizen living in Uruguay, I'm curious about what Celebrity will require this summer. I'm basically looking for a heads up on what we'll probably need when we go cruising in 2022. Our TA says it's currently only for 2021 and not 2022 (when we're booked) but I'm thinking it will be for 2022 as well. Let's get through the first six months of the cruising restart first. Hoping for smooth sailing.
  16. This includes the ones calling for boycotts of cruise lines that [ahem] violate their freedom of something or other, not sure what. I won't miss them.
  17. One point that article brings up is that part of the gender difference may be due to smoking. Since the data is from China, and there is a significant gender difference with respect to smoker vs non-smokers in China, it makes sense to look at smoking more closely. "This sex predisposition might be associated with the much higher smoking rate in men than in women in China (288 million men vs 12·6 million women were smokers in 2018)." More details here: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanres/article/PIIS2213-2600(20)30117-X/fulltext
  18. That's exactly what Norwegian is doing. I guess they don't understand what the "chronic" in chronic illness actually means. "If you are 70 years of age and older, please bring the completed form with you as you will be required to present the form prior to embarkation. Those who do not present the form will be denied boarding and will be issued a future cruise certificate for the value of their cruise," Katty Byrd, vice president of guest services for Norwegian Cruise Line said in a copy of the email obtained by USA TODAY.
  19. Exactly. Get those contingency plans scoped out. Nearest airport to Santiago is Mendoza, Argentina. You can get there from Buenos Aires and there are private and public transportation options over the Andes to the Santiago area. That's contingency planning in the extreme. From what I'm seeing, the only way to fly to Puerto Montt is through Santiago. Punta Arenas is having some unrest as well.
  20. Shore excursions are cancelled for any number of reasons and, while disappointing, it's relatively minor compared to missing the entire cruise due to civil unrest. I can't imagine going through hell to get to the embarkation city and not being able to find transportation down to the port.
  21. Just pointing out that Celebrity covers very little. Everybody's travel insurance is different but you are right that even travel insurance does not give much help for civil unrest. Right now, the biggest issue seems to be flight delays and cancellations getting to Santiago. The second issue is "what if" someone can't get from their hotel down to the port on the day of embarkation. I don't know how many people are staying in San Antonio vs Santiago.
  22. Layover in Santiago. A couple of days ago, there was a 16 hour delay for the flight to Auckland getting out of Santiago.
  23. On the good news front - our flight routes for the New Zealand trip next month are back to normal. I consider that an indication of the country calming down for the most part. It's a beautiful country with good people.
  24. Celebrity Cruise Ticket Contract: Looks like they are not obligated to give you anything unless the issue is caused by mechanical breakdown. They can even leave you stranded in a port of call you didn't even expect to be in. This is why you get travel insurance. 6. CANCELLATION, DEVIATION OR SUBSTITUTION BY CARRIER:a) Carrier may for any reason at any time and without prior notice, cancel, advance, postpone or deviate from any scheduled sailing, port of call, destination, lodging or any activity on or off the Vessel, or substitute another vessel or port of call, destination, lodging or activity. Except as provided in Section 6(e) below, Carrier shall not be liable for any claim whatsoever by Passenger, including but not limited to loss, compensation or refund, by reason of such cancellation, advancement, postponement, substitution or deviation. b) In connection with a CruiseTour, Carrier has the same right to cancel, advance, postpone or deviate from any scheduled activity, departure or destination, or substitute another railcar, bus, destination or lodging or other component of the CruiseTour. Except as provided in Section 6(e) below, Carrier shall not be liable for any claim by Passenger whatsoever, including but not limited to loss, compensation or refund, by reason of such cancellation, advancement, postponement, substitution or deviation. c) By way of example, and not limitation, Carrier may, without liability; (except as provided in Section 6(e) with respect to mechanical failures only), deviate from any scheduled sailing and may otherwise land Passenger and her property at any port if Carrier believes that the voyage or any Passenger or property may be hindered or adversely affected as a result of hostilities, blockages, prevailing weather conditions, labor conflicts, strikes onboard or ashore, breakdown of Vessel, congestion, docking difficulties, medical or life saving emergencies or any other cause whatsoever. d) Carrier shall have the right to comply with any orders, recommendations, or directions whatsoever given by any governmental entity or by persons purporting to act with such authority and such compliance shall not be deemed a breach of this Agreement entitling the Passenger to assert any claim for liability, compensation or refund. e) In the event that a Cruise (or the cruise component of a CruiseTour) is canceled or terminated early due to mechanical failures:i) Passenger shall have a right to a full refund of the Cruise Fare if the Cruise is canceled in full, or a partial refund if the cruise is terminated early;ii) Carrier may cover or reimburse Passenger for additional costs (e.g. airline change fees) as deemed appropriate by the Carrier .iii) If the passenger has travelled to the Vessel Passenger shall have a right to transportation (by means selected by the Carrier to the Vessel?s scheduled port of disembarkation or the Passenger?s home city; andiv) Passenger shall have a right to lodging (selected by the Cruise Line) if disembarkation and an overnight stay in an unscheduled port are required due to the Cruise or cruise component of a CruiseTour being cancelled or terminated early because of such mechanical failures.
  25. There is an airport issue for cruisers in that many flights have been delayed or cancelled because the flight crews are not able to get to the airport. For airlines, the solution might be as simple as using hotels at the airport instead of in the city. We're on Eclipse starting January 5th but we also have a flight in November that has a layover in Santiago. Past two days, that flight has been delayed 18 hours and cancelled. We'll see how it looks tonight. I'm checking alternative itineraries to get us to where we want to go - just in case.
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