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  1. LOL!! Our farm is up near Montgomery. Hopefully, by the time muscadine season is over, we'll be hearing about timetables for a variety of effective vaccines getting ready to be distributed in a multitude of countries so we can all start getting excited about going on that next cruise! One can hope anyway. 😁😁😁
  2. You need to have the cruise actually cancelled and then rebooked and since it is a guarantee it shouldn't be that much of a big deal; although you'll have to put down another deposit. We also had a May 2021 sky suite booking go down $800 on the sale going on now. When we contacted our Celebrity PCC and told him about this Captains Club game going on, he rebooked the cruise for us, which triggered a new booking, and put us in the same cabin. Since you have a guarantee, you can always book another SS online this evening, which will get you a new booking number, and then contact your TA to cancel your old one tomorrow and transfer the new one to them. Just a thought ...
  3. What's interesting is that our U-Pick opened up the first of June and about 40-50% were wearing masks, even though we had Social Distancing guidelines posted at the entrance and on our FB page which included a recommendation to wear a mask. By the first week in July about 80% were wearing masks. With the recent resurgence of new cases, I guess folks are starting to pay a little more attention and/or it's just becoming a habit. Now, once out in the field where we have about 500 blueberry plants and plenty of room to spread out, I'm sure most folks took off their masks for comfort sake as well as it's hard to "sample the fruit" with them on. But we were very appreciative that most folks were wearing masks at the entrance since we were the ones being behind the counter also wearing a mask. The point being either you or me could be asymptomatic. So if both of us in close proximity are wearing a mask, then the chances of either of us spreading COVID to the other is much less. Trust me, we all know it's a pain, but what other options do we have until a viable vaccine is available?
  4. Now, I'm just a retired computer guy with a pick-your-own farm who sees a lot of folks wearing masks when they come to pick berries. But my guess is with all the focus COVID has received worldwide these past several months, there will hopefully be a significant percentage of folks, at least for the first year once it's made available in their area, lining up to get the vaccine. But, it's just a guess.
  5. Wow, that could definitely be an issue in those countries where only a select few are authorized to give a vaccine. But that definitely isn't the case in the US. Can pharmacists in Canada give vaccines?
  6. You would think there would be plenty of pharmacies in any town or city that would be able to accommodate the demand for the vaccine. After all, it only takes, including the paperwork, 5-10 minutes to administer.
  7. Thanks for that. We will definitely ask our TA about that since HAL doesn't seem to want to advertise that fact for some reason.
  8. I’ll let you know how it goes as we have a Mexican Riviera booked for early January and a Med cruise, which includes Italy, in July. Although I will say we have no desire to go to the Amazon or India as we really don’t want to get a yellow fever shot, to many issues reported with folks over 65.
  9. Or if you are an active or retired military, you can get all your shots and medicine free at a nearby base.
  10. You really need to consider “seeing the USA in your Chevrolet” as cruising in the near future really seems to be stressing you out.
  11. One would think by Sep 2021, if a multitude of vaccines and treatments are available around the world, life should be relatively safe on a cruise. In addition my guess is most cruisers will be a lot more health conscious than they ever were prior to the pandemic. But of course for now that’s all just wishful thinking.
  12. Any estimate as to when HAL might be confirming this projection? We have a cruise booked on the Westerdam on Nov 27th with a FPDD of Aug 28th. As we really don't want to tie up a significant amount of cash if this cruise is actually cancelled and since HAL doesn't seem to be backing off of their 90 day minimum for final payment date like Princess has, we're hoping HAL is going to reveal this decision before then. Any additional insights?
  13. Hopefully that forecast will change once viable vaccines start being released around the world.
  14. Cool! Hopefully all is going great as Brazil along with the rest of the world could use some good news with regards to an effective vaccine!
  15. My best suggestion would be for you to do a Bing or Google search with "covid mmr vaccine" as your search criteria. There will be a variety of different articles displayed you can then research like I did.
  16. I'm sure you are correct and for those individuals that are concerned about that, they will probably wait until all of the unique long range variables can be addressed. Just like my BIL's doctor told him to wait a year when the "new and improved" shingles shot came out a couple of years ago to ensure sure there weren't any unforeseen side effects. Of course he could have gotten shingles during that period, but that was his choice. But as far as a potential COVID vaccine being made available within the next 3-6 months, it will be interesting to see if the cruise lines and/or distant ports of call will require proof of taking the vaccine before boarding the ship or disembarking at those ports. It wasn't so long ago, last year I believe, when the measles was rearing its ugly head on some of the Pacific islands. If I remember correctly if you were younger than a certain age, you needed to have proof you had received a MMR shot at some point during your life before you were allowed to disembark. It doesn't seem so far fetched the cruise lines might require some similar proof. But, I guess time will tell.
  17. My guess, which is pretty much useless, is once a COVID vaccine is available, we'll have the opportunity of taking it, or one designed to address possible mutations, every year rather than once and done, maybe even combined with an annual flu shot if the vaccines are combinable.
  18. One correction. The FDA rather than the CDC has the authority and responsibility for approving vaccines in the US.
  19. My bad. You are correct! The FDA is the US agency responsible for approving a vaccine.
  20. Hopefully they'll be able to resolve that as well as many of the other logistical issues they'll face disseminating the vaccine around the world.
  21. We're good with that and will definitely be in the queue when we find our local pharmacy or clinic has access to one!!
  22. We sure hope so. We are in our late 60s, and had the measles and mumps when we were little, but we just got a MMR vaccine at our local pharmacy because everything we read was really positive towards reducing the affects of COVID if we get it, which so far we've been able to avoid. But we figure it's going to take a readily available vaccine before cruising will start up again. So far we've heard positive things about AstraZenica and now Pfizer, who are both hoping to start distributing a vaccine in the October time frame if all goes well in their stage 3 testing starting later this month and, of course for US folks, CDC subsequently gives them the go ahead. Here's hoping to their success as we really miss going on cruises!!!
  23. We sure hope so. We are in our late 60s, and had the measles and mumps when we were little, but we just got a MMR vaccine at our local pharmacy because everything we read was really positive towards reducing the affects of COVID if we get it, which so far we've been able to avoid. But we figure it's going to take a readily available vaccine before cruising will start up again. So far we've heard positive things about AstraZenica and now Pfizer, who are both hoping to start distributing a vaccine in the October time frame if all goes well in their stage 3 testing starting later this month and, of course for US folks, CDC subsequently gives them the go ahead. Here's hoping to their success as we really miss going on cruises!!!
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