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  1. 1 hour ago, Djptcp said:

    Arizonatoflorida, I called our Polk County Health Dept. and someone there printed out our vaccination records from the Florida Shots database and emailed them to me, which I then printed out and brought with me to the cruise. Carnival protocols stated that what they will accept are the original CDC cards, copies from personal physician records, copies from the state vaccination records (which we had). I forgot to mention that the reason I called the county health dept. in the first place was because we discovered our second Moderna shot was not listed in the FL Shots database. Then we discovered that DH had not used his real name on his CDC card. The protocols also say that passengers should bring contact information (name, phone number, email) of the vaccination records holder and in our case, the county health dept. staff. I had that with me, also.

    Thank you for your response.  I called our county health department (Hillsborough County).  We must go to the Immunization Office (downtown Tampa) with ID to obtain a printed copy.  But at least I know how to get one now.

  2. 11 hours ago, Djptcp said:

    We discovered that my husband put his shortened name (like Bill not William, not his name) on his CDC card. We just returned from a Carnival cruise and a few weeks before that I was concerned because the Carnival protocols said the name on the CDC card had to match exactly the name on the cruise booking. I contacted our county health dept. who had provided our 2 Moderna vaccinations in January and they printed out and sent me our Florida State Health Dept. Shots database vaccination records. They had his correct full first name as it appeared on the Carnival booking.


    I brought our CDC cards and the FL Shots database vaccination records with  me to embarkation last week. The  person doing check in looked at both CDC cards and didn't mention his names were different. So, I was ready to prove his full name was on the official state database, but ended up not having to do it.


    However, with 7 more Holland America and Carnival cruises booked over the next 16 months, you can be sure I will be ready with both the CDC cards and the FL Shots database records just in case the check in people scrutinize the CDC cards more carefully.

    I’m from FL also.  Can you tell me how you obtained the FL Shots database record?  Our vaccine cards are fine, but with all the fake ones out there, extra proof might someday be helpful.  Thank you.

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  3. 14 hours ago, Suzanne123 said:

    I canceled our July Alaska trip with HAL on Feb. 25th.  I received a few hundred dollars refund to my credit card, but not the full amount of deposit, two excursions and transfers.  Does HAL teimburse the full amount over several months, or do I need to contact them to find out the status of the full amount I am due? Thanks.

    We had a TA booked with our PCC for this month.   We also had excursions which I had booked online.  When the cruise was cancelled, I went back online and cancelled the excursions.  The funds were immediately returned to my credit card.  We  took a FCC for the cruise.

  4. 10 hours ago, cruzingnut said:

    I just found this.  Our wonderful governor....ugh....  While he's done some good things, there are other things...not so good.


    "DeSantis’ press office on Monday (4/12) asserted that his recent executive order barring businesses from requiring proof of vaccinated customers extends to cruise lines operating in Florida.

    “The Governor’s Executive Order provides that businesses in Florida are prohibited from requiring patrons or customers to provide any documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination or post-transmission recovery to gain access to, entry upon, or service from the business,” press secretary Cody McCloud said by email. “Therefore, the Executive Order prohibits cruise lines from requiring vaccine passports for their Florida operations.”


    So, we basically have to hope that the CDC requires them.  That will nip all this foolishness in the bud.  But, they have to get off their butts and finally come up with those guidelines the cruise lines have been waiting for since last year!

    Linda R.

    I live in Florida too. The CEO’s words are almost exactly like those in the  Executive order.  He also forbids anyone to issue a vaccine passport or proof of vaccine.  Hopefully my card will be proof enough.  It’s only going to take one or two outbreaks on ships to shut them down again.  We only cruise on HAL, but won’t go without the vaccine requirement.

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  5. 9 minutes ago, Djptcp said:

    Arnold Donald's interview in Bloomberg Businessweek this past week:


    Will you require passengers to be vaccinated, like Norwegian Cruise Line just announced it will?
    No, absolutely. We would encourage everyone to get vaccinated, but today vaccines are not accessible to everyone. In some places it is illegal to mandate. And we respect personal choice and personal liberty. So we’ll follow what the regulations are wherever it is.


    This is such a shortsighted and dangerous decision. He seems to be getting his vaccination information from the Facebook medical school instead of from the CDC scientists and physicians. Words cannot express how disappointed I am with this ludicrous decision. We'll see how he changes his tune when the first Covid outbreak occurs on a Carnival ship.


    My concern is whether or not Holland America, as part of the Carnival Corporation, can mandate vaccination proof on its own. We have 4 HAL cruises booked beginning Dec. 1st. I guess we will have to wait and see what happens if Carnival begins sailing this summer and there are Covid outbreaks. I wouldn't want to wish it on anyone, but it might be what it takes for the CEO to realize his dangerous mistake. Why is he blind to the other cruise lines that are making vaccination proof a requirement for sailing?

    I totally agree with you.   We have two cruises booked in 2022, but we probably will cancel if they aren’t requiring vaccines.

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  6. 6 hours ago, ontheweb said:

    But the governor of Florida is very dead set against any vaccine requirement.😒

    The governor of Florida just issued an executive order stating no business can require a vaccine passport in order to enter.  But he order also states.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ron DeSantis, as Governor of Florida, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Article IV, Section 1(a) of the Florida Constitution and by the Florida Emergency Management Act, as amended, and all other applicable laws, promulgate the following Executive Order:

    No Florida government entity, or its subdivisions, agents, or assigns, shall be permitted to issue vaccine passports, vaccine passes, or other standardized documentation for the purpose of certifying an individual’s COVID-19 vaccination status to a third party, or otherwise publish or share any individual’s COVID-19 vaccination record or similar health information."

    So if Floridians want to travel to a state or country that does require a vaccine passport or proof of vaccine, what could we do?


  7. My experience with the Microsoft classes, the latest being April 2019, is that you cannot sign up in advance.  The classes are listed in the daily program, and some are repeated.  They are very popular, so show up early and stand outside the door (usually locked until class time).  Seating is limited.  I found them to be very helpful, depending on the instructor.

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