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  1. oh gosh I forgot we were in the Carnival and unlike Royal Caribbean, who will get you home safely if you test Positive on one of there ships, Carnival just drops you off and says Good Luck. Sailing royal i would have gone with the 2nd test, false positives are prevalent, just ask the "View" on ABC. Yes PCR is the "Gold Standard" and it can take 24 -48 hours as its done in a lab. But much of cruising is about risk. I only want to sail on a ship where "everyone" is fully vaccinated. Should I move over to the NCL? No i just want all cruise lines to make the RIGHT decision, so i can cruise with whoever I like. Get your shot, Get your booster. Do it NOW. See you at Sea
  2. oh gosh I forgot we were in the Carnival and unlike Royal Caribbean, who will get you home safely if you test Positive on one of there ships, Carnival just drops you off and says Good Luck. Sailing royal i would have gone with the 2nd test, false positives are prevalent, just ask the "View" on ABC. Yes PCR is the "Gold Standard" and it can take 24 -48 hours as its done in a lab. But much of cruising is about risk. I only want to sail on a ship where "everyone" is fully vaccinated. Should I move over to the NCL? No i just want all cruise lines to make the RIGHT decision, so i can cruise with whoever I like. Get your shot, Get your booster. Do it NOW. See you at Sea
  3. the ability of the test to produce false negatives would have precluded the FDA and CDC from giving authorization. False positives are acceptable, false negative are a HARD NO GO. Test NOT approved..
  4. I might just create one for them/her myself so that I could then help walk them/her through the process myself once they arrive. Sounds like they may need the assistance.
  5. Ordered mine through the Royal web link which says "There is a nationwide short supply of Covid Antigen tests therefore your test kit may expire as soon as December 21, 2021" I would have been good if the kits actually, with extension expired in 21 Dec as I sail on 23 Dec. But alas the kits I received expire with extension 2 days sooner on 19 Dec. Now what thought I had it covered
  6. did you do this using a "Transit Pass" to get back on board?
  7. @MandyMooToo thanks for that link, i saved it and will also watch. Sounds like PR is much more strict than we are in the midwest, not that that's necessarily a bad thing.
  8. Funny cause I sit here looking at a $25 VISA gift card that was purchased in Dec 2019, never used and is worthless due to the monthly administrative fees applied starting in the 13 month.
  9. agree In addition these are the absolutely worst gift cards there are. They have no way of actually know what the balance is on them where you use them (you have to call for that ahead of when you want to use them) and the real crime is they age out after 12 months as the start charging you a hefty administrative fee each month starting the 13th month.
  10. with the lousy time they are now offering no dinner till 6:45 or later
  11. this will also change dramatically late Nov early Dec when the vaccine is approved for 5+ age group. Royal make give it 4-6 weeks after approval but then it will also be the requirement. I see the protocols being; Vaxed; tested; masked indoors for the foreseeable future.
  12. Notfrom PR but my favorite port of departure, but i still agree with the above statement.
  13. Anyone local have any current info on Covid Status and regulations in San Juan? Anyone know when they may plan on being up and running as a port of departure?
  14. lets see if I can clear up the confusion. "also would not consider Carnival if it were not foe Havana area?" Although we have cruised on Carnival 6 times, I'm not sure i would sail Carnival again if not for them having the Havana Area which has access limited to passengers 12+ years of age and those staying in the 61 cabins considered Havana Cabins. "you would not consider the Havana area "I would not consider booking a Havana cabin at twice the cost of a comparable cabin outside the Havana Area if it was not for the fact that they limit the access to the Havana area as described above. Bottom line I like the limited access of the Havana Area and think that Carnival did that right on Vista Class ships
  15. I know this thread is old, but i am doing my research on a cabin in the "Havana Area" for Jan 2022 I can tell you this, as a seasoned cruiser, I would not even be considering the Havana Area in a Vista class ship for double the money of a comparable accommodation outside this area if it was not exclusive and limited to 12+ occupants. In fact not even sure i consider returning to Carnival at this point in time, if it wasn't for the Havana Area.
  16. so are you saying that the "door or divider" I see in the left side of the picture, at the end of the Lanai or walk way between patio fences and glass side rail of ship, can only be used by someone with Havana Access of that is only opens in an emergency. or is it an entrance that can be used by anyone with Havana Access
  17. Shortage of tests in my midwest area also. i check Walgreens weekly for availability on a day that will properly coincide with out Nov test by date. I watch the Walgreens where test are available drop off like flies then sometime come back the next week and maybe not. When we tested for our early August cruise there were 6 Walgreens sites with 2-3 miles performing test with good availability of appointments, now only 2 and hard to come by time slots. That info is not media manufactured but real in my area
  18. Galveston cruises go to Mexico ports, but Texas can also ask for your Vaccination Status..... Hint Hint
  19. Southwest is only convenient and available in certain sections of the country. Or use secondary airports. Which is all to bad because they have some good policies
  20. like some the internet has become a integral part of my life. No longer work so that's not it. HATE social media - so that's not it lots of google look ups, it is now my library on the go plus when my grand children want to reach out, I want to be available to share their precious moments. At some point they will reflect back years from now, long after I am gone and think about some, what to most is a meaningless moment and have pleasant memories. The best for me is remembering my grand daughter, at Disney World sitting on my shoulder saying numerous times "Best Day EVER". the flip side is memories of my Grandfather, John Q taking me on my first horse ride. I don't want to miss the live feed of my Granddaughter's cheer-leading competition because i happen to be enjoying myself on a well deserved , after 45 years of working cruise Soap box over
  21. No testing requirement to fly domestically in the USA regardless of vaccination status
  22. Typical price at all airports offering a testing location. some are even higher than that stated price. Most local pay testing options i find in my area are $100+
  23. Galveston has been a tough port for one way rentals from Houston airport for a long time now.
  24. In the suite lounge generally if you ask the bar tender the first night, they will make sure your drink of choice is there the rest of the week (at least anything you'd be able to get with DBP)
  25. Before the end of the year vaccine will be approved for children. All cruises will be vaccinated only for all eligible, no exemptions required. Excellent news here for all cruise lines, no doubt NCL wins in the end
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