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  1. I have 2 major grocery stores close by. One has a reputation of taking the virus seriously and enforcing mask rules, and the other store, not so much. It seems that Americans, as a group, like having a choice in this matter. Now, of course, there's no contract tracing to show how many people got the virus in the store that doesn't enforce mask rules. When it comes to requiring vaccinations for trips or for entering a country, they're not going to need to do much contact tracing to figure out that not requiring vaccinations causes problems. So, if only some, but not all countrie
  2. Don't frequent cruisers achieve status levels with certain cruise lines that makes booking directly through those cruise lines a no brainer?
  3. So, all forms of travel agents and agencies have equal ability to offer equal discounts and perks?
  4. When y'all talk about a "travel agent", is that a "company" with a payroll of 1 working out of their house, a brick and mortar business, an individual at a brick and mortar business, a "cruises 'r' us" type of website, or an individual at a "cruises 'r' us" type of website?
  5. I did the "simply shopping around" thing by searching websites. But, ok, y'all are saying that I need to call these sites. How does this go? If I call the same site, I can get different people. Do I call over and over, multiple calls to each of multiple sites? What kind of discount should I expect? Do the same negotiations work by calling the cruise line directly? They're on commission, too, right?
  6. I really enjoy trip planning. I have never seen an online ""cruises 'r' us" offer lower than booking directly with the cruise line. What are y'all doing?
  7. Are y'all also saying that one can also get a better deal by going to a "cruises 'r' us" type website vs booking directly through the cruise line?
  8. So, do you tell the agent the lowest price that you found, and ask them if they can do better?
  9. I think I understand that travel agencies will sometimes buy a block of cabins and be able to sell them for a lower price than booking directly. But if one has a specific cruise in mind, is booking through a travel agency generally less expensive? I've heard folks say that they got extra perks from their travel agent, but when I go to the cruise line's website, I see the same perks offered.
  10. I agree with how masks should be worn. Properly worn masks can prevent spread. But someone boarded with the virus, and once a single person is determined to have the virus, game over.
  11. Would you go on a cruise that didn't require proof of vaccination? That would be the rule that I would want.
  12. Are they skeptical about the timing or its ability to stop the pandemic?
  13. I thought Fauci said that vaccinations would be rolled out for everyone by March/April.
  14. Agree. You're proving my point. You can get an exposure anywhere. And the testing isn't good enough to catch it. Sure, they had a few successful cruises with this plan. But it was doomed to fail. That doesn't make any business sense either. The smart cruise lines are the one's who realize that the only way to keep the virus off the ship with the currently available testing, is to have the quarantine I suggested. So they didn't even try to restart. I'm guessing that, if the few cruise lines that had started to cruise could have a do over, they would say
  15. The people who boarded with the virus didn't break any rules. It was not an excellent plan, because it relied too much on testing that shows a high rate of false negatives for recent exposures. I can propose a plan that WOULD work. But that would involve having everyone quarantine in a designated hotel very near the embarkation point for about a week, after all of the pre-travel activities (flying, airports, public transportation, going to restaurants, going to bars, visiting friends, visiting relatives) are done
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