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  1. it was when we were there July 24-Aug 1st
  2. I believe that Curaçao was listed as a “Level 4 do not travel” country when we visited it during our July 24th Horizon cruise
  3. Nope I still plan to cruise but will be responsible and test/isolate for 10 days after disembarking. I am able to do this. My kids are away at college. I telework so it’s a non issue.
  4. Personally I am because I have family that have not been vaccinated (can’t get it yet) and would hate to expose them to it if I have it. We live in Ohio and right now our COVID numbers are climbing. I just found out last night that my cousin and her husband and daughter have COVID. My cousin and her husband were vaccinated early on (both teachers) but there daughter who is 8 was not. My cousin and her husband had very mild symptoms (minor cold symptoms) but their daughter got pretty sick. They found out they had COVID only after taking their daughter to the doctors (who was tested and then they were tested) She’s doing ok now but for a few days she was really struggling. They would never have gotten the test had their daughter not got sick because to them, they just had minor cold symptoms
  5. Not sure if you are implying that what I have observed is fabricated? But I assure you those on the Horizon July 24th cruise can tell you that everything I stated about my experience on this ship is accurate. that is: The Horizon was pretty packed (I heard 80% capacity) and there was no social distancing at all. The shows, buffet, MDR, bars, comedy clubs were all packed with guests side by side. There were a good number of young kids on the ship and 99% of the time they were not wearing masks indoors (especially in the elevators). In the MDR they would pack guests next to each other at the same table when there was plenty of open seats to allow for distancing and I’m sure this was because their wait staff would have too much room to cover. This cruise was loaded with Casino guests and smoking was unbearable in the casino. The ship had problems with the HVAC in many areas (buffet near Blue Iguana, the stateroom hallways on some areas, the casino) and there was inadequate cooling/ventilations. There was no active encouragement of hand washing or sanitizer use. A few machines hear and there but no workers encouraging the use. And of course your stateroom had that horrible bar soap that is no fun to use after day 2 because it’s a sticky slimy mess so I imagine that doesn’t encourage hand washing. The buffet was a free for all and you could serve yourselves with shared utensils (well except the bacon, cakes at lunch and the prime rib, they dolled that out). I personally witnessed many guests getting off the ship and on the ship (in port) without abiding by the mask policy even when told to mask these guests ignored the staff. I can’t imagine how the staff will have to handle mandatory masks in more areas. I witnessed several guests on the ship actively coughing in the MDR and other indoor areas of the ship in front of staff and nothing was ever said. As for people posting in our FB that they have COVID, I’m not sure why anyone would lie about that. I have plenty of screen shots of their posts as I sent them to my MIL who was also on the cruise with us but isn’t a part of the FB group
  6. From My initial post -I was on the Horizon July 24-Aug 1st. Our Facebook group has posted over 10 cruisers on our cruise that have tested positive for COVID since they’ve returned home and many more have symptoms and are in the process of getting tested. Everyone that posted that they or their spouse has tested positive ALL state that they were fully vaccinated. Yes they have symptoms and yes they are vaxxed. Feel free to join our FB group to get more details as they are posting their symptoms etc.
  7. Horizon July 24- August 1. Our Facebook cruise group has posts from at least 10 people that have tested positive since disembarking on Sunday and quite a few more that are waiting on results and or getting tested themselves because they are experiencing symptoms.
  8. My husband and I plan to get tested on Friday even if we are asymptomatic just to be cautious. I learned one person in our excursion to Catalina Island tested positive today. We all took a bus to the excursion point and many on the bus didn’t wear masks even though all of the islands required masking indoors and on transportation.
  9. Just some observations…. I was on the Horizon July 24-Aug 1st. Our Facebook group has posted over 10 cruisers on our cruise that have tested positive for COVID since they’ve returned home and many more have symptoms and are in the process of getting tested. Everyone that posted that they or their spouse has tested positive all state that they were fully vaccinated. The Horizon was pretty packed (I heard 80% capacity) and there was no social distancing at all. The shows, buffet, MDR, bars, comedy clubs were all packed with guests side by side. There were a good number of young kids on the ship and 99% of the time they were not wearing masks indoors (especially in the elevators). In the MDR they would pack guests next to each other at the same table when there was plenty of open seats to allow for distancing and I’m sure this was because their wait staff would have too much room to cover. This cruise was loaded with Casino guests and smoking was unbearable in the casino. The ship had problems with the HVAC in many areas (buffet near Blue Iguana, the stateroom hallways on some areas, the casino) and there was inadequate cooling/ventilations. There was no active encouragement of hand washing or sanitizer use. A few machines hear and there but no workers encouraging the use. And of course your stateroom had that horrible bar soap that is no fun to use after day 2 because it’s a sticky slimy mess so I imagine that doesn’t encourage hand washing. The buffet was a free for all and you could serve yourselves with shared utensils (well except the bacon, cakes at lunch and the prime rib, they dolled that out). I personally witnessed many guests getting off the ship and on the ship (in port) without abiding by the mask policy even when told to mask these guests ignored the staff. I can’t imagine how the staff will have to handle mandatory masks in more areas. I witnessed several guests on the ship actively coughing in the MDR and other indoor areas of the ship in front of staff and nothing was ever said.
  10. Normally we just get off the ship and do our own thing. It had been years since we did carnival or any cruise lines excursions. With COVID we opted to do excursions mainly because we weren’t sure how reliable taxi service would be. in Aruba we did the catamaran sail & snorkel. It was very crowded- exactly 80 on our tour. You literally could not snorkel over the ship wreck (the Antilla) due to so many people if you tried to swim you’d hit someone. I would not recommend in Curaçao we did a semi submarine (my older in-laws wanted us to do this with them). This excursions was very strict with masks and they took our temperature when we arrived at the pier (which happened to be at the Breezes resort) and made us sanitize twice. (FYI that resort was beautiful but we were not allowed to explore it at all- rushed to the pier and rushed back). This one was ok- not over crowded- I think 12 of us. However the annoying part was they treated us like we were contagious and made us all stick together and we couldn’t even use the bathroom on site. in La Romana we did the excursion to Catalina. Catalina is very beautiful (uninhabited) and there was one bar open that served drinks and potato chips for $6 (no other food) and this was a long excursion- we didn’t get back to the ship until 5:00. The boat ride over was rough - I enjoyed it others got sick. It’s a pricey tour but Catalina is very very nice. I’d do again but just pack some food. in Amber Cove we just stayed at the port. So much to do there and the pools were nice and not over crowded. Neither of us did the port zip lining and we did rent an umbrella which honestly we barely used since we were in the pool the entire time
  11. My husband was the one that spoke with him the first time and he asked when we would like our room cleaned and my husband replied whenever. I saw him on day two and asked if he could put extra towels in our room and explained that I showered twice a day on cruises and that I needed more than one towel due to my long hair. Every day I had to call for extra towels and he promptly brought them. Part fo me thought maybe it was a language barrier when I explained it was a daily thing. Who knows? All in all it was just a minor inconvenience as our room was always spotless. I still tipped him extra at the end of the cruise.
  12. Simple embarkation & debarkation! Honestly quickest I’ve ever experienced. Several areas of the ship were quite warm (they were having HVAC issues) but those should be resolved before you cruise. Service was amazing. Staff was all around the best we’ve experienced on any cruise line. Food ranged from excellent to decent. Only had a few items I thought were “just ok”. Casino was packed and full of smoke- most on this cruise were casino guests. Pools were always crowded and typically had the film on the water by 2 in the afternoon so we used them in the early part of the day. no problems getting pool chairs even with people “reserving” the primo locations. 11 aft has a Mongolian wok and an Italian place (free for lunch) and both were great. lunch desserts absolutely rocked Do the sea day brunch- the filet & eggs are amazing. I recommend the steakhouse - my in laws are big gamblers and they got us a table with them complimentary. It was so good I wanted to book it again and pay the $38 but it was completely sold out the entire cruise. the shows were decent. However I really liked the Amor Cubano show and the trio of violinists that played contemporary music. heard many rave about the comedy shows but we never went only saw my room steward twice so this was disappointing. He was an extremely friendly guy and our room was cleaned great every day but I did have to call down for extra towels every day even though I requested extra towels on a daily basis. That was a PITA. They gave us two per day & my husband and I both shower twice a day (especially on port days) and you know us women need extra towels for our hair. That’s my only real complaint. I have a gut feeling they are doing more rooms now since they only service once per day. I did notice that some basic condiments were non existent. For example, the day they had fish and chips and battered shrimp on the buffet there was no tartar sauce. You also couldn’t get mayonnaise - only from Guys Burgers and they frequently were out of condiments. their ranch is no longer the good ranch (that’s my opinion). Another thing I found odd is that I never saw any pork sausage (such as links or patties) at the breakfast buffet. They always had kielbasa and bacon. They had it in the MDR though. The buffet was hit or miss. Others have stated that scrambled eggs were inedible and I’d agree. Not as many options at the buffet as what I recall in the past and many days only one buffet was open for dinner. The other dining places (main dining and other lunch options such as Guys, Mongolian, Italian, Salad place at the Serenity deck) were really really good. the Baked Alaska was the best I’ve ever had one thing I noticed was that there wasn’t much kid friendly options on the buffet but that could be because there wasn’t a lot of kids on the ship. long lines for the pizza place every evening. Only had two guys working in the pizza place and they worked their asses off. I felt bad for them. I expected more use of hand sanitizer or encouragement of hand washing and there was none. Sure they had wash stations but no one reminding you to use hand sanitizer when you entered the buffet. our cruise had unvaccinated guests and I never saw any of the kids (clearly under 12) wear masks while indoors. there will be tons of open tables in the main dining room yet they will pack you next to strangers only a few inches apart. Insane but I’m guessing so the waiters don’t have to walk all over. I heard one lady ask for a table more distanced and they told her that table wasn’t being being sat until the others are filled. I found that very odd. Upside was I met a lot of great people In the main dining rooms. Everyone was in good spirits. Just an observation, If you are nervous at all about cruising during COVID you may find that carnival appears to not take COVID very seriously once you are onboard. No social distancing at all anywhere on the ship and the capacity was not limited like I thought it would be. You will be sat with strangers even though tables are open in other areas. Buffet utensils are being used by everyone and no encouragement of hand washing or sanitizing. They do clean the tables well I did notice that. No one is enforcing any masks and kids will be kids and plop down next to you. It didn’t bother me but I saw it bothering others especially in the elevators.
  13. Just off the Horizon. Our cabin 9435 is an excellent location. Right near elevator and only one flight up to lido deck and tides pool. Very convenient and I would chose this location again. You do hear deck chairs sliding but it’s from the balconies.
  14. Just got off the Horizon (7/24-8/1) and our last stop was Amber Cove. Only time you have to wear a mask is inside the port terminal and in the shops otherwise no. No one had a mask on in the pool area at all. FYI even though this is a carnival port, the swim up bar does NOT accept your sign and sail card. Chairs are free but umbrella is $20. Zip lining is $20 unlimited. Pool floats are available to rent. FYI the entire swim area is open to smoking & people were chain smoking
  15. I’m sailing on the Horizon on July 24th and we have room 9435 (balcony midship) I can let you know just how noisy it is.
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