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About matadams4u

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    Henderson NV
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    Travel hockey movies and entertainment
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess but branching out
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Pretty much all of them

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  1. They either reprogram or replace. I remember there was a delay in opening the casino on a transpacific from Sydney where they changed from one currency to another.
  2. Lots of good advice here. 1. Currency depends on where the ship is or is going but charging to your account is probably the simplest although I do use USD when it is available.. 2. Even if you gamble a little you can get some decent offers on future cruises. 3. I have not been very lucky but have stayed within my budget. Video poker has a higher denom for maximum play - the equivalent of playing 50 cent machines in Vegas. 4. The casino is a bit stingy on drinks but now that beverage packages are pretty standard not really an issue.
  3. I was a bit encouraged by an article on CNBC indicating the Pfizer vaccine is showing 90% efficacy against The Delta variant. However, the Delta variant appears to be hitting children harder than other variants and transmission through younger is higher so causing some concern with unvaccinated. If the US has a spike similar to Britain the CDC might tighten restrictions on unvaccinated. The Delta variant is currently at 6% of infections in the US and the affect on areas with low vaccination rates is worth watching. Given the high percentage of people with Pfizer or Moderna it is unlikely h
  4. There was a hearing today and the judge said he would issue a ruling soon and the parties also continued arbitration. I’m not certain what to make of what was discussed during the hearing. I suspect the judge is keeping his cards to the vest but not certain how Florida can claim jurisdiction over the CDC or federal authority regarding international maritime.
  5. This is a true statement but the supporting data tends to lag the headline data. There are a number of variables. 1. countries using vaccines with lower efficacy rates are sometimes seeing some issues. 2. Demographics and co-morbidities play a role. I hate to say it because the same argument was distorted early in the pandemic but there is some truth to looking at the underlying data because some of the headline numbers have been distorted. For example, the numbers cited a few posts up are true and there is emerging concern in Britain on the Delta variant but it
  6. There is a lot to digest since cruises such as this one are being watched carefully to determine how safe it is to cruise. There seems to be a LOT of press on this cruise. Yes you can still get COVID if you are vaccinated. The Delta variant might also be a concern. When it comes to travel some countries are highly vaccinated but are having issues with the low efficacy of the vaccines used. The Delta variant might be a ticking time bomb for the unvaccinated. If we choose to travel we will all be potential research cases in the event of a COVID breakout. If som
  7. I thought the medallion was a little clunky when I first used it. I’m kind of looking forward to using it on the transatlantic nectar March to order drinks and play the game of whether the waiter can find me.
  8. It would be nice if all parties lowered the temperature on the issue and just discretely allowed things to move forward with proof of vaccination. I’m sure people in Alaska might feel the same way about vaccine passports but also recognize economic reality and it was amazing how the Alaska delegation shepherded through legislation to suspend the PVSA. They did it by being discrete and not raising any controversy. Let’s see if there is a diplomatic way out of the situation in Florida.
  9. I belong to a club that is also open to the public with a dress code. There is an exception for big names but otherwise it is at the discretion of the hostess. When someone walks up to the counter dressed inappropriately the hostess just says the club is booked or calls up to the club to confirm “there are no opening”. The irony of Florida’s law - you can be denied entry to a club for not being dressed appropriately but not denied entry for being a threat to public health. Life is a lot easier for me when I dress appropriately and work to be nice to staff and for some
  10. I certainly hope Princess sticks to a vaccination policy but things are very complex and evolving. My next scheduled Princess cruise is from Ft. Lauderdale to Barcelona next March. I’m pretty certain the vaccination protocol will be driven by what can get you into the EU. My next trip is a river cruise in Peru in September. Things don’t look good in Peru right now. Even vaccinated I probably will need to be masked and social distanced if the trip doesn’t get cancelled. The data coming out on Pfizer is looking pretty good with minimal risk. Also the vacci
  11. I had to have covid insurance for Costa Rica for two weeks. I waived the trip cancellation coverage and the price was about $55. The Princess policy probably covers covid.
  12. I’ve become less concerned about the cheaters with the additional studies and data on the efficacy of the vaccine. According to the Washington Post this week - those that are unvaccinated have a 69% increased risk for COVID with the new CDC guidelines and vaccinated have minimal increased risk. Additionally the vaccines are holding up very well against the variants but those that have been previously infected and unvaccinated are more likely to get infected again - although not as severely as unvaccinated with no prior illness. I am sorry for the passing of your sister. I too ha
  13. Royal Caribbean just put out their requirements. Paper cdc card required for US passengers and electronic only acceptable for countries that issue only electronic.
  14. Planes run both ways too. In my experience I have not been able to board a plane without presenting the documentation required by a country for entry. It will be interesting to see if people try to board airplanes without the proper documentation because of an interpretation of a state law.
  15. Not certain the order would apply to transatlantics. If the EU or Britain required proof of vaccination for clearance to travel then you would need foreign governmental sanction to board the ship. Basically if you don’t meet the requirements for a visa or whatever you want to call it then you don’t get to travel.
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