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  1. How old are your children? In the US, kids 5+ may tentatively be able to be vaccinated by the end of October. It will be a super tight time frame depending when it becomes available, but there is a slight chance your child can be fully vaccinated by Thanksgiving.
  2. We went in early January one year and nobody was in the pools until we got further away from NYC. Also, the ocean was movin' and groovin' which closed the pools most sea days anyway.
  3. Are all the tubs in club balconies annoyingly tall? We're going to be sailing on the Gem. I'm now considering packing a folding stepstool. Not ideal, but if even adults struggle with the tub, I'm sure both my kids who are under 10 will have a hard time.
  4. NCL passenger or not, it's definitely worth keeping in mind for ANY international travel. Unless you are driving yourself, you are going to be stuck until you test negative because if your only means home is a plane that requires a negative test, you are going to be SOL unless the airline has an opt out for recent COVID infection. So it's just wise to consider this no matter how/where you travel.
  5. If you are referring to the premium plus beverage package upgrade, it does indeed include Starbucks beverages (aka specialty coffee). https://www.ncl.com/terms/premium-plus-beverage-package-full
  6. The sleeping arrangements are a little different from a balcony too, at least on the Gem. We are sailing as a family of 4 and the pull out couch is a double on the Gem in club balcony, whereas in a regular balcony, the couch was a single and an additional drop down bed. And supposedly you're guaranteed a curtain to separate the two sleeping spaces whereas a regular balcony maybe maybe no.
  7. I don't think there are any exceptions to the testing requirement.
  8. I doubt it will go away. More and more countries are requiring people to be fully vaxxed when traveling through/to them. If NCL lifts their policy, that will continue to limit the ports they're able to visit.
  9. https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-rapid-testing.page You already canceled so too late now, but for future reference. Free, and results can be back faster than 24 hours depending on how busy they are that day. I also had testing done at a NY Health+ Hospitals location in the Bronx and it's not a rapid testing location, but my family had their results back in ~24 hours. My son's took more like 36 hours. They also ask you if you're traveling so maybe they expedite it if you are. I wasn't so I'm not sure.
  10. I personally would not risk having to make last minute changes to Christmas plans with my family, particularly with children involved. I'd look into a cruise line that currently allows unvaccinated children, or a land based vacation unless you are ok with potentially having no travel plans for Christmas.
  11. Yeah, there will be a lot of fake cards out there, especially considering that these are much easier to fake than drivee IDs are. I saw an article somewhere about the person selling them believing they are saving lives. I'm sure they will crack down on it if it becomes an issue, but right now they're focusing their resources on actually vaccinating people. Or trying to anyway.
  12. I don't really agree with this. DeBlasio want tourists to come back, he wants everything open. It's additional jobs for people who work at the port. With NCL especially requiring full vaccination, I don't see why they wouldn't. It seems pretty in line with their current goals for the city: reopen and vaccinate. I think they are wise enough to know canceling cruises does not mean that people will come to the city instead.
  13. If haven guests don't get to book 130 days in advanced, I wonder if the 125 for club balconys will go too. Or is that policy change only for certain ships?
  14. That buffet theme is SO FUN. Best thing ever. Wanted to do something similar with my family when we finally got together but never had the time to pull it off.
  15. I wonder if this has anything to do with social distancing protocols and limiting the number of guests in the indoor dining venues. With fully vaccinated passengers and crew, it shouldn't be much of an issue, but maybe with the way everything is constantly changing, 120/130 days out feels more like 2 years out.
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