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  1. I'm hoping that we can get the two shots before May. It seems like there are several vaccines in the pipeline with promising results. A second one is supposed to be near approval. Multiple sources should improve availability. I also don't want to go on a ship (or any other vacation other than driving to a spot where we can hike) without it.
  2. Immunity might last a lifetime - it does for some diseases. In any case, since those of us not in the trials will be getting it months after the trials there will be warning that the protection is waning and a program of giving boosters can be started. A vaccine verification would include a date so if it was too long ago a booster can be required. Anyway, I expect that vaccine protection will last at least through 2021 so they won't need to worry about that until some time later. We've already seen that requirements for a PCR test have limited effectiveness since someone who has b
  3. We are booked on that May 1 Greece, Israel and Egypt cruise. At this point, I'm not very hopeful that it will sail. We'll see. Also, a little concerned about being on the first cruise after such a long hiatus. Our fall back was one of the Fall cruises out of San Diego which was cancelled along with all of the Star Breeze US itineraries. Windstar says that they expect to have the new Star Breeze itineraries in time for the Bon Voyage 2020 sale Dec 17 on 2021 and 2022 cruises. I guess we will wait until that sale to book anything else unless I spot something good on 7 for 7.
  4. We're booked on one of the San Diego cruises affected by this. I hope they don't cancel the cruises as I'm quite looking forward to a low key cruise (something we can get to with a short flight or a long drive and that won't need much planning - just relaxing with ports we mostly know well from previous land visits). If the CDC sticks with it's 7-day limitation on cruise length, the Star Breeze schedule would have to get re-jiggered because a lot of the West Coast sailings are longer than that even though our departure isn't. With one or more vaccines possibly available before the
  5. On November 12, Windstar announced cancelation of all cruises until late March. Resumption of cruising varies by ship/region: Wind Spirit – March 25, 2021 – Tahiti Star Breeze – March 27, 2021 – Caribbean Star Legend – April 7, 2021 – Mediterranean Wind Star – April 13, 2021 – Mediterranean Wind Surf – April 24, 2021 – Mediterranean Star Pride – July 6, 2021 – Northern Europe* I wouldn't be surprised to see more lines announcing cancellations. Late March or April is perhaps because that's the earliest that vaccines might be available enough for people to take before
  6. They had been offering some pretty rock bottom prices for late 2020 and early 2021 to try to get people to book with all the COVID uncertainty. After not sailing for about a year (assuming that cruises are able to start back up in April), I don't expect they can afford to extend those prices to the rest of 2021 and 2022. I'll rebook the same cruise if I find the price tolerable or book something else where I like the price. We had already cancelled our January Tahiti cruise as we didn't want to make final payment. We decided it was likely that COVID risk would still be too high for
  7. I get the Windstar promotional emails only very sporadically. I've decided that I don't care much about it getting fixed. Instead I check the Windstar specials page once a week, usually on Thursday or Friday, to see if any of the 7-for-7 specials are of interest or if there are any other sales on. I did get the Welcome to the Enhanced Yacht Club email with my new Yacht Club status. After I saw the Exclusive Private Sale mentioned here, I happened to look again at the Welcome email and realized that it also included announcement of the private sale, but one had to scroll down past
  8. Actually, small pox has been eradicated with no naturally occurring cases since 1980. https://www.cdc.gov/smallpox/index.html#:~:text=Thanks to the success of,occurring smallpox have happened since. However, that was possible due to factors particular to that case. It wasn't a disease with an animal reservoir. It doesn't happen to mutate rapidly so once they have a vaccine it stays effective and getting the disease or the vaccine confers life-long immunity (unlike flu for example where they have to continually adjust the vaccine and which you can get over and over). I do
  9. I finally found a letter in my email. It came October 19, but I was expecting a snail mail letter like my husband got and failed to notice the email one. So, if anyone didn't get a paper notification, you might look in your email for an email with the subject: Welcome to the Enhanced Yacht Club.
  10. I've sailed on all three Windstar ship types: motor, small sail and larger sail (Wind Surf). I'd be equally happy to sail on either the motor ships or the sail ships though amongst the sail ships, I prefer the deck space Wind Surf; it just has so much deck space amongst the top 3 decks. I was on Star Legend for Alaska where scenic cruising forms a big part of the itinerary and it has good deck space for viewing the scenery and enjoying sailing. I'd slightly prefer the sail ships for warm weather sailing, but wouldn't hesitate to take one of the motor ships if that was the itinerar
  11. They aren't very consistent. When my TA checked last week that they had added our loyalty numbers to our 1 May cruise, the list of what we got as a result included the $175 OBC (tier 3 for my husband plus tier 4 for me). After the private sale started, she checked and they wouldn't add the extra 5% "Private sale" incentive. I can't complain much about that because our current fare was under last June's one week sale and the price is about $1000 less than the current price. Possibly your cruise was able to take advantage of the Private Sale because it could be refared to the current
  12. We've gotten the Welcome Back or book-on-board discounts and they worked the same way. The price is discounted 5% and the result discounted another 5%. That produces a 9.75% discount, slightly less than a 10% double discount. I don't see any sign of "exclusive pricing" if that was supposed to indicate a lower price before discount to enhance this sale. The sale is shorter than their other sales. October 26 through Oct 30 when other sales are usually at least a week long. Doesn't give one much time. Even more so since they have bungled notification. Since it's a "priva
  13. I wouldn't mind wearing a mask. I've even gotten comfortable with wearing a mask while exercising now that COVID has dropped enough in our area to allow opening gyms at 10% of capacity. However, I don't think I'd be willing to go on a cruise when mask wearing is necessary because I don't see how dining would be safe in that case. You have to take off your mask to eat. Even with lowered capacity in dining rooms, you are still in a room with a bunch of people not wearing masks. Plus, one of the pleasures of cruising is sharing a table with others for conversation during diner. You w
  14. The All in package includes gratuities (the hotel gratuities everyone pays plus the gratuities charged on the beverage package). That's $53.10 + $23.35 = $76.45. Still slightly cheaper than the All-In. ($53.10 rather than $59 because tier 4 gets a 10% discount on the package.)
  15. We decided to cancel our January reservation for Tahiti rather than make final payment. It seems like there is a good chance the cruise would be cancelled. If it isn't, I don't feel like we want to be on the first cruises after things start back up and I don't want to make final payment when I don't know what the restrictions might be (e.g. whether one will be able to explore the islands independently or only allowed to take Windstar excursions). I notice that the 7-for-7 deals have consistently been for cruises in April and later. I've wondered if that's because either: A) the ea
  16. Windstar's FAQ on the loyalty program has answers to many questions including which categories count for getting 1.5 or 2 points per night: https://www.windstarcruises.com/yacht-club/faqs/
  17. My husband got his letter, but I'm still waiting for mine. We each filled out a form to cover the cruises they missed and his letter includes credit for the cruises he reported.
  18. I'm still waiting for my letter. My husband's arrived last Thursday. He's level 3. I've taken a couple of cruises without him so, by my calculation, I should be level 4. I hope they go by the higher level in the stateroom. I'll appreciate free wifi. I generally am not willing to pay for it, but like having it. I think they have improved the WiFi at least on the ships that have had a recent re-fit (which covers Wind Surf as well as the motor yachts, not sure about Wind Star and Wind Spirit). I bought it for the first and only time on the third segment of our Windsurf cruise
  19. There is potential harm in getting it early. The immunity produced by flu vaccine is fairly short term. If you get it early, protection can be waning before the flu season ends. That's why my provider (Kaiser) waits to late September to start flu vaccination.
  20. The form I filled out to be considered for trials asked questions about what my exposure was. E.g. questions about how many people outside your home you interact with, how many people are in your household, similar questions about the exposure of the other people in your household. I expect that they will be likely to chose the people who's current jobs/habits/activities already give them more exposure. Since we are able to be very socially distanced, I doubt that I'll be chosen. I don't expect that they will tell people in the trial to change what they are doing to get more exposu
  21. He's not accusing cola of having a role in spreading COVID. His point is that soda consumption contributes to obesity and obesity makes COVID more dangerous - seems a reasonable concern. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2020/08/23/coca-cola-bottled-poison-mexico-finds-covid-19-villain-soda/5607741002/
  22. All medically necessary medications should go in your carry-on. That includes liquid medications. TSA rules allow that. I've taken prescription cough medicine in my carry-on. If larger than 100 ml, you are supposed to take it out of your carry-on and show it to the TSA agent. https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/items/medications-liquid
  23. Final payment due date is generally three months (really 90 days) before, not two.
  24. Yes Puerto Rico would fall under that too. I just forgot to check the schedule for that. Probably US Virgin Islands too. They changed final payment for my cruise to 45 days out just a few days before the 90 day mark. Perhaps it was because it is a Med cruise and the EU isn't currently allowing US residents in. I expect that they are doing it cruise by cruise based on the uncertainty 100ish days before rather than as a global policy that they have to stick to even if the situation improves.
  25. And their fall New England/Canada cruises and an occasional departure out of Miami or California, but they don't have any US sailings until April 2021 so the CDC changing when in fall 2020 cruising can restart doesn't affect any Windstar cruises.
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