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ael123

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About ael123

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    Cool Cruiser

About Me

  • Location
    The Villages, Fl
  • Interests
    travel
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Oceania, Crystal, and Seabourn
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Singapore

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  1. We are taking a Viking river cruise that leaves from Amsterdam and are sailing on Oceania's Sirena (trans Atlantic) to Barcelona and then flying to Amsterdam to catch the river cruise. The concern I have is that to fly from Barcelona to Amsterdam although we are vaccinated we need to have a negative PCR test within 72 hours of flying to Amsterdam. We are not sure when to schedule our flight from Barcelona to Amsterdam. Can we go directly to the airport or do we need to stop somewhere and get a test? Are cruise ships giving their passengers the PCR test on board before they disembark? People le
  2. We are taking a Viking river cruise that leaves from Amsterdam and are sailing on Oceania's Sirena (trans Atlantic) to Barcelona and then flying to Amsterdam to catch the river cruise. The concern I have is that to fly from Barcelona to Amsterdam although we are vaccinated we need to have a negative PCR test within 72 hours of flying to Amsterdam. We are not sure when to schedule our flight from Barcelona to Amsterdam. Can we go directly to the airport or do we need to stop somewhere and get a test? Are cruise ships giving their passengers the PCR test on board before they disembark? People le
  3. You are wrong. A vaccinated person can spread covid. They likely will not show symptoms of covid but will appear asymptomatic. Covid enters the body through the mouth and nose. If vaccinated your body knows how to fight the Covid germs. So the virus will not multiply as quickly to where it takes over the body. However, there can be virus in your nose and mouth that spreads to others through your respiratory droplets. That is why 2 vaccinated passengers on Celebrity tested positive and 2 on MSC also vaccinated tested positive.
  4. Thanks for your interest. Actually, I don't have a problem in planes now. I had a mass behind my heart the size of my heart that caused me to have difficulty getting oxygen. Prior to surgery I couldn't ride in an elevator, had difficulty in crowded places and difficulty flying because I wasn't getting sufficient oxygen. After 3 surgeries I breathe well and only have trouble in CAT scan machines and need an open MRI with sedation. I just am not sure how I would feel or if I would panic being put in a small cabin with no windows and not being allowed out for days. That could invoke anxiety or pa
  5. Cruiser Bruce, I agree totally. If I were to test positive I definitely would not want to infect others. Why would you think I would not want to be respectful of others? I didn't say that in my post. I did cancel my cruises because I don't know where I would be put if I were in quarantine. I can tell you don't know how bad claustrophobia can be. I literally go in full panic mode and fight my way out without having any control to the point where I have to be sedated. Most people who are claustrophobic have a past history of near drowning or have been in a situation where they could not breathe
  6. Immediately after getting fully vaccinated we planned and paid for 4 upcoming cruises. I recently read where there are cases of people who are fully vaccinated testing positive albeit asymptomatic and having to be quarantined from other passengers. I am trying to understand what does being quarantined now look like if you are a vaccinated passenger who tests positive? Are you restricted to your room? Do they move you to a different cabin. What happens if two people are sharing a cabin, both fully vaccinated and one tests positive? Do they separate them and one goes to quarantine and the other
  7. We will be on the 2022 Grand Africa cruise on Zaandam. This cruise is 71 days. We don't drink alcohol but like bottled water and soda pop and specialty coffees and teas. I am reading on line and it sounds like the cost for the packages is per day. Pop, water and specialty coffee packs look like they are $15.95 a day which would mean for a 71 day cruise the cost would be for the two of us about $2,200. This seems crazy. From what I read drink packages must be bought by both people in a cabin. The other thing I need is a laundry package for the cruise. I can't find the price of unlimited laundry
  8. Thank you all for your prompt response. I kinda figured that we should wait. But it is always good to get validation from other cruisers. Now I am wondering what to do with my cruise credit with Seabourn. We were supposed to do a world segment in Spring 2020 that was cancelled. I believe we only have a year to rebook. I guess I better take a look so I can think about what to do with my credit.
  9. With the Covid 19 vaccine coming out soon I have been pondering taking a cruise in 2021. I am an experienced cruiser who prefers longer cruises. My bucket list is Africa, Asia, and India. I am booked on a cruise/tour on Azamara from Dubai to Singapore in November 2021. My question to those of you who have sailed this route I wonder..... Typically passengers from all over the world sail in these destinations; also visiting these destinations to see all the sites there may be areas where people haven't been vaccinated. How do you think the cruise companies will respond if someone on board who is
  10. What are they feeding you? You must not be getting any fresh salads, vegetables, or fruits. Do they have food deliveries out in the middle of the ocean?
  11. Viruses spread quickly on cruise ships. Also before arriving on the ship most people have come through airports and been on air planes so there is a greater risk of someone having been in contact with the virus. And even if you are on a cruise and you do not get the virus if one other person does get it the whole ship is quarantined. The risk of catching the virus if you are home is not as high as it is being on a cruise ship with a group of people who have all been through airports and airplanes. I think the precautions are reasonable.
  12. Now I am not sure what to do. I was originally scheduled on a B2B March 22 and April 3 on Encore. I was given cruise credit when that itinerary changed and with that cruise credit I booked on Encore for April 17. Seabourn cancelled that cruise today. Seabourn is giving a full refund to passengers who paid cash for that cruise... but I booked with cruise credit from the B2B cruises. Does this mean I get a refund for the monies I spent for the March 22 and April 3 or do you think they will refund the cruise credit I used to book the April 17th cruise to my account. The value of the credit for ou
  13. In response to "You got what you paid for"... That is not fair or empathetic. I prepared properly for our trip. I bought trip insurance which covered us if we were sick or couldn't go on the trip we would have been covered and the cost would have been reimbursed. I did not expect for the cruise line to change all the ports and the embarkation point as well as the disembarkation point. We have been cruising since 1979 and I never would have guessed this could happen. To us, we are retired - the tickets weren't cheap. We needed business class because my husband has a history of blood clots and
  14. My business class tickets were purchased on Philippine Airlines from Sydney with a stop in Manila and then on to San Francisco. I never heard of non-refundable, non-transferable and non-re-route able. I bought the tickets through Skylux travel. I only found out when I called them to let them know about the change from leaving from Sydney to leaving from New Zealand. I did complete a form with Seabourn to get my money back since they changed the itinerary. I haven't heard anything back from them. I hope I can get my money back.
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