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  1. Sorry to have offended you. But what did I say that was untrue? The only actual comment I made was that I support proof of vaccinations. My point was that while some feel cruise lines sailing out of the US will certainly be allowed to require vaccinations, and a state order in Florida certainly would not apply to the cruise lines, those assumptions are not necessarily true. The New York Times published a story today about the ethical and legal issues surrounding "vaccine passports." No one yet knows how this is going to play out. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/06/us/po
  2. The state of Florida. The governor has signed an executive order forbidding the state from issuing vaccine passports and prohibiting businesses from requiring proof of vaccinations. He says he doesn’t want to create a second class of citizens who are not vaccinated.
  3. Good point. But there is a movement going on to make non-vaccinated people a protected class. We don’t yet know how this is going to play out. Is it possible the US Supreme Court could eventually rule that requiring proof of vaccination to work, shop, or travel is unconstitutional? We don’t yet know. And to those who keep insisting private businesses can do whatever they want, look at what happened to the bakery that didn’t want to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple.
  4. That doesn’t mean it’s legal just because a hospital wants it. Such a requirement would be subject to challenge in the courts.
  5. I fully agree. Federal law trumps state law. But we do not yet have a federal law that requires Americans to show proof of vaccinations. I wouldn’t be so sure Governor DeSantis will cave on this. He has been very clear that he doesn’t want to creat a second class of citizens who are not vaccinated. I support proof of vaccinations, but my point is it is not as simple to do as most people think it is.
  6. I don’t think that is true. Private companies must obey the laws where they operate. The Florida governor’s order specifically bans private businesses from requiring proof of vaccinations. I’m not saying I agree. But that’s what it says.
  7. I agree, and I’m not arguing that vaccinations shouldn’t be required. But is there currently a federal law that allows cruise lines operating out of US ports to require vaccinations? I don’t think so. And if such a federal directive is issued, there is likely to be a legal challenge over discrimination.
  8. Even in the unlikely event the NCL request is approved, no one has yet mentioned that the Florida governor has signed an executive order prohibiting any businesses in Florida from requiring proof of vaccination. This idea of requiring vaccinations to cruise still has to play out. It's not as simple as, "a private business can do whatever it wants." Businesses have to obey the law. Tom.
  9. I think Sheila is correct. The CDC is going to harm cruising if it doesn't speed up the process. Below is the plan the CDC just put out to resume RESTRICTED cruising. In my opinion, it was designed by out of control bureaucrats who are accountable to no one. More than a year into this we are at Phase 1 about to start Phase 2A. How long do you think it's going to take to resume cruising out of the US at this pace?
  10. Crickette, this as well as your other observations are very perceptive. It's unbelievable that members of the US Congress would ask Canada to create a loophole to circumvent a US law for which the US Congress is responsible. It's the responsibility of the US government to suspend the PVSA if it wants Alaska and New England cruises. As for the CDC, it's a giant slow-moving bureaucracy which has no incentive to get US passengers quickly back on foreign flagged cruise ships. As for vaccines, most countries are way behind the US, especially the countries where m
  11. Here's the complete reply. I hit send too soon. labonnevie, I feel what makes fling first class on Emirates special is the overall experience. You have a dedicated first class lounge in Dubai that takes up the entire third floor. You have private access to almost every gate for departure. The selection of food and services is extensive, including restaurants and buffets. You have your own duty free shops. Once on the plane, first class seating is 1-2-1. The suite is very comfortable and the amenities are nice. I pretty much had my own flight attendant. The
  12. labonnevie, I feel what makes fling first class on Emirates special is the overall experience. You have a dedicated first class lounge in Dubai that takes up the entire third floor. You have private access to almost every gate for departure. The selection of food and services is extensive, including restaurants and buffets.
  13. Happy to share some of my opinions for what they're worth. I went to Dubai to celebrate my 60th birthday.I stayed in three hotels. The Raffles and the Ritz Carlton were excellent. (Some people like the Park Hyatt.) The Burj Al Arab (the iconic hotel shaped like a sail) was completely over the top, one of the best, most unforgettable hotels in the world. If you're flying business class on Emirates, I would recommend using additional miles, or even discounted cash, to upgrade to First Class. I did it for 45,000 Membership Rewards points fom AMEX. Pretty steep but worth it.
  14. All of this talk about suspending the PVSA assumes that cruise lines are ready, willing and able to cruise Alaska this year, and the CDC would allow it. I see no evidence of that. Tom.
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