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  1. I share your sentiments in applauding the testing. However, it doesn't necessarily mean no one will "slip through the cracks". Typically, false negatives occur for a couple of reasons such as the failure to swap the nasal cavity deeply enough when being tested or because the person contracted it on the way to the ship and the test was administered too early in the course of the illness. EDITED - I just saw that another poster had made the same point above while I was typing. Sorry for the duplication!
  2. I also am on the Aug 15th Equinox sailing and received the same email. I, too, noticed the absence of any language noting additional requirements for unvaccinated guests and/or addressing the Florida conundrum. I wondered if that meant there were no unvaccinated passengers or if the policy had changed. However, under the FAQ section of the Celebrity "Healthy at Sea" webpage, the following remains posted: What are the requirements and restrictions for guests over 16 (over 12 for any sailing on or after August 1st) who decline, or are unable to show proof of vaccination for sai
  3. To me, as well, so I did some reading... Despite the ups and downs as to the viability of the CSO, under "section 361 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S. Code § 264), the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services is authorized to take measures to prevent the entry and spread of communicable diseases from foreign countries into the United States and between states. The authority for carrying out these functions on a daily basis has been delegated to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)." https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/aboutlawsregulationsquarantineisolation.
  4. Thanks for responding. Not really trying to accomplish anything or define success, just personally wondering how much of a market there would be for an unregulated cruise... despite what some public figures assert. It may, indeed, be that an unregulated cruise would attract many potential passengers. However, based on what I read on CC I guess I'm not so sure. (of course, CC may not be representative of the entire cruising world, so there's that) A lot of people bluster about the loss of personal freedom but when it comes down to it, I think many of them would opt for the safer cruise sce
  5. All this controversy over the CDC regs/guidelines and masking got me wondering what would happen if a cruise line offered two almost identical cruises...same ship, same length, same itinerary but with the following differences: Cruise A requires 100% vaccinated passengers and some basic onboard precautions such as social distancing and masking in certain areas of the ship. Cruise B is open to anyone, vaccinated or not, and no onboard masking or other precautions are required. How full might each ship be? Of course, I know that most people want a combination of vaccinated passengers and n
  6. Others may disagree but, based on what I've seen in cruise related news stories, (e.g. statements from Richard Fain and Frank Del Rio in particular) the cruise lines essentially seem to be speaking in a unified voice that they would greatly prefer to be able to sail with 100% (or close to it) vaccinated passengers and crew. I am sure none of them want to be the next Ruby Princess....not very good for their business. They appear to view the CDC standards as measures that help them protect their interests rather than opposing them as onerous and preventing them from functioning. Arguments that
  7. Same here. We've sailed in a regular cabin on MSC Divina and in the Yacht Club on MSC Seaside and thoroughly enjoyed both experiences. Of course, the privacy and personalized service in the YC was nice but we didn't find the rest of either Divina or Seaside to be over-crowded or the other passengers to be "annoying" or "classless" as some posters have characterized their experience on MSC. In fact, it was quite the opposite for us, particularly when compared to experiences we've had on lines such as Carnival and NCL. Do you think it matters from where one is cruising? For instance, we beli
  8. The data on the potential of youth to contract and transmit Covid is evolving. Perhaps the following recent update might be of interest: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/science/science-briefs/transmission_k_12_schools.html
  9. The total from that Texas church camp is, I believe, now nearing 150. The thinking that children do not contract or transmit Covid would seem to either be wishful or misguided. According to Johns Hopkins University researchers, in the past couple of months, about 23% of the new Covid cases in the US have been among those under 18. There are various reasons for this rate rise such as children not having access to vaccinations, changing mask policies in schools, etc. I don’t recall if Celebrity intends to treat unvaccinated children differently than unvaccinated adults but it would seem unwis
  10. L2float - Nice to see your post and learn that you finally received your refund for the March 2020 cruise we both were scheduled to take. Similarly, our Future Cruise Credit came through after an excruciating back and forth over 13+ months. Like you, we've so enjoyed our past MSC cruises that we are trying to look past the frustrations of the past year and already have booked a 2022 cruise. Let's keep our fingers crossed that there won't be any problems using our respective FCC's when final payment time comes.
  11. The precise text from Senate Bill (SB) 2006 which was signed into law is as follows: 381.00316 COVID-19 vaccine documentation— A business entity, as defined in s. 768.38 to include any business operating in this state, may not require patrons or customers to provide any documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination or post-infection recovery to gain access to, entry upon, or service from the business operations in this state. This subsection does not otherwise restrict businesses from instituting screening protocols consistent with authoritative or controlling government-issued g
  12. Given that it was previously open, it seems that the only recourse is to contact the cruise line to resolve the problem. I hope it turns out OK.
  13. Same thing for me for an August Equinox cruise. I have tried different browsers as well as the phone app, all to no avail. I contacted Celebrity late yesterday and the rep informed me that our cruise was not yet available for check-in. She said we would be sent an email when it is open. Of course, makes me wonder what might be the reason for the delay.
  14. I don't necessarily disagree with you, however, I don't see it as being quite that dichotomous. This is a unique virus/situation and the knowledge is evolving, albeit not in a direct linear way. Rather, the process has been more of a "long and winding road" with one study coming out noting a conclusion, soon followed by another with differing results. We've seen this in terms of how the virus is transmitted, the benefits of masks, the efficacy of vaccines, the merits of distancing and other precautions, the trustworthiness of the CDC, etc.. And unfortunately, too much of the media and too
  15. Unfortunately, fake papers are a real possibility. Just this week, a friend in another state told us that someone showed her his fake vaccination card and asked her if she wanted one. Since she had been vaccinated, she declined. When she questioned the act of "faking" a vaccination card, he just laughed at her.
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