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  1. Yeah - I’m sure there’s a large margin of error with any kind of a home test. My future son-law had to do his own swab at CVS 😳 Definitely a lot to consider before traveling outside the country.
  2. Jamaica must have a quick turnaround on the test results. Here in the U.S. my daughter waited 3 days for hers (done by her primary care facility) and my future son-in-law is on day 4 waiting for his (CVS pharmacy). Wonder if they let you go about your vacation while you wait for results, or if the results are immediate? I understand other countries wanting proof of negative test results within a certain # of days before travel but I have two thoughts: 1. A negative test 7 days prior - you could still be exposed on days 6-travel day. 2. Timing of test result - I'm not aware of any widely used facilities here in the U.S. where you can get an immediate test result (although I'm sure they exist since celebrities and professional sports people seem to get test results back much faster than regular people - and I'm sure there's a premium for expedited results) so in theory, you'd have to have the actual test prior to seven days before leaving and hope for the result on day 7. That would give me too much travel anxiety.
  3. Brilliance is a great ship but may be a little boring for your kids, depending on their personalities. If they need action all the time, they may be disappointed but if they're happy going to the kids club and meeting other kids or going to the pool, playing cards and board games, then they'll be fine. If they're too young to remember sailings on larger ships, then they won't know what they're missing.
  4. Are there private, resort-only owned beaches on the Keys? We were set to go a resort on Marathon Key for Spring Break this year (which obviously got canceled) but the resort just announced today that despite news that many beaches in south FL were closing - theirs was open and would stay open.. They do intend to exercise social distancing measures, but I wondered if the beach closures could be forced upon the resorts.
  5. There are several major events that are likely to happen over the next couple of months that will also make the number of positive cases spike: kids returning to college and lower schools. Most colleges and universities are planning some form of in-person learning starting in August. Even with mask mandates being followed on campus and in retail businesses around the universities, it's unlikely that masks will be worn by college students in their social activities (which usually involve large groups and close contact). Luckily for many in that age group, the symptoms are mild. The problem is when they go places and potentially infect others who may have more serious, life-threatening symptoms (diligent mask-wearing will hopefully help here). Since many kids live off campus, there's no way to monitor virus transmission or restrict contact with others. So we'll see a definite spike. Other potential spikes will occur as high school and college sports come back online. Even with no fans in the stands, players on campuses for workouts are already testing positive (with mostly mild symptoms, thankfully). Another spike-inducing problem in the US is the variation in state-by-state restrictions. I live in a city that's only a few miles from the SC border. SC has been quicker to open everything up and many people in my area have taken advantage of crossing the border to eat, go to the gym, vacation, get haircuts and then they return back over the border (potentially with a case of COVID). Cases are spiking in Florida but I personally know 4 families from 3 different states who are on road-tripping vacations in FL as I type. Sure, they say they'll be careful and stay away from crowds, but for how long can you outrun a virus in a state with several thousand new cases a day? We'll see if the increase in mask mandates really has an effect in reducing the amount of positive tests.
  6. The timing will be difficult in taking and getting a test result back 3 days before travel. Some test results are coming back within 24-48 hours, some are taking longer. Imagine making all the travel arrangements and pacing the airport, waiting for test results. No test results - money wasted. A week seems more doable. That said, a negative test result in hand from 10 days earlier (even 3 days earlier) is really a false sense of security. No way to tell if a traveler has been infected with the virus since the test, and is otherwise asymptomatic. Strict in-public mask-wearing requirements will help mitigate a possible spread but the Bahamian tourism industry and government would have to be willing to police & enforce it.
  7. We were in JS 1542 on Brilliance in December. The only time we heard noise above was on the first night, in extremely rough seas from Tampa to Key West. Everything was sliding around but I was busy concentrating on staying bed as I could feel the ship riding up and down each swell. We were, however, across the hall from the ice maker that the crew used to fill the cabin ice buckets. Didn't keep us up at night but the "scooping" would begin by 10am each morning. I'm an early riser so not a big deal. I enjoyed the cruise overall but would not choose that small of a ship again unless it was a port-heavy itinerary where I was just using it as a floating hotel. I think Freedom class is my sweet spot.
  8. My best guess has always been Spring 2021 but my optimism on that is slipping away. Perhaps much smaller, more exclusive cruise lines can quietly start sailings again elsewhere in the world but I can't see the mass market lines, with the media up their @$$ anxiously waiting to report on positive cases, resuming sailing in 2020.
  9. Agreed. I have a friend in NY who has owned a 2nd home in Canada for 30 years, where they spend the summers. No word on when they will be allowed to cross the border again.
  10. Yes - I agree. If you are at risk and CAN isolate (and can sustain yourself financially and psychologically) you should do so. Many others want and need to get back to a "new normal". Many people need to salvage their businesses and feed their families and kids need to be back in the classrooms. This can be done safely if everyone does their part. I'm in awe of those who have truly not left their homes since March and are still of sound mind. My friend's mother is one of those people and she is sadly a shell of her former bubbly self 😞
  11. The mask-wearing is inconsistent. In my city, I'm seeing probably 70-80% mask wearing in grocery stores, target, etc. but if you go to any of of our parks, greenways, mountains, pools or popular hiking areas - they are absolutely mobbed with very few people wearing masks. I'm a little shocked that my state doesn't have an aggressive media campaign for wearing them (we do, however, have a very aggressive media campaign for not driving your car into a flood). Lack of consistency and reasoning over what was allowed to open, versus what is still closed (bars no/breweries yes; gyms no/public pools yes) has caused a lot of bitterness and resentment. I think it will be very difficult to enforce a second shut down in the US, short of bringing in the National Guard. I read recently that the US is like 50 individual open-border countries, each under its own government. If people don't like the restrictions in their state, they simply go to a state with less restrictions. My city sits on the border of SC - plenty of people driving just a few miles to eat, vacation, use the gym. Some high school sports athletes who are trying to salvage college scholarships are transferring to schools over the border where they believe HS sports will be played this fall. Countries that were effective in stopping the spread, did so with widespread mask-wearing. The US has failed in that regard. We are a society that was literally built on the desire for individual freedoms and in this instance, it has bitten us in the proverbial arse.
  12. Sailed on Brilliance for the first time over Christmas. Beautiful ship, easy to get around, friendly crew. If you're "small ship people" than you won't be bothered by a little movement in heavy seas (my one 'con'). I thought the common areas of the ship were in good condition. The cabins could use a style update and some things in the bathroom had seen better days, but overall everything was fine. We stayed in a Jr. Suite and the room was huge.
  13. Therein lies the double standard that has plagued the handling of the virus outbreak. My friend can't go to her sister-in-law's funeral because of group-size quarantine restrictions in NY, but THOUSANDS of people can gather to protest because the first amendment is protected - virus spread be damned, apparently.
  14. The headline doesn't really match the article. Sounds like he is doing ok other than being temporarily assigned to an inside cabin (although he can roam freely during the day). I imagine not knowing when you can leave and go home would definitely take a toll after a week or two. I wonder how long they continued to pay crew before "terminating" them? At least their room & board is free while they are onboard.
  15. And this is how it works, right? Someone could test negative one day and positive the next day? My son-in-law came into contact with someone on a job who tested positive almost 2 weeks after my SIL came into contact with him. No way to know if he was positive when my SIL was with him, or at some other point during the 2 week time before the positive test. This is such a quick-spreading virus - unless you've been completely isolated from other human beings, I wonder if a good number of us haven't been exposed already. I couldn't get even a cloth mask until mid-April but had to go to the grocery store once a week to get food for my family (back in the days when they were telling us not to wear a mask). Many times the stores were crowded with other un-masked people doing the same thing. My state is on "Phase 2" - restaurants, wine bars & breweries are open with tables spread out and limited capacity but in the outside gathering areas of the places (which are heavily used in my city), there are crowds of people with no masks and no social distancing. Certainly the protests this week will also add to the spread. To answer the original question, it would have to be 0% for me. It's not so much a fear of exposure as it is a fear of being put off the ship at a distant port or stuck in my cabin for a 14-day ++ quarantine/being denied entry to ports. I'm going to have to see how cruise lines handle the inevitability of onboard cases before I get confident about cruising again. It's something we're going to have to live with, in my non-medical expert opinion. People have to decide for themselves how the "new normal" translates into their daily lives.
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