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  1. This is on the Canada site ... https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/flying-canada-checklist/covid-19-testing-travellers-coming-into-canada#getting-tested Seems the following are acceptable if you can decipher it all. But would the RT-PCR be the rapid PCR which can typically have quick turnaround (or maybe it isn't same?) All travellers 5 years of age or older, regardless of citizenship, must provide proof of a COVID-19 test result to enter Canada. All travellers must provide one of the accepted types of tests, not an antigen test, including those who are fully vaccinated. Accepted types of tests These tests are considered acceptable molecular tests: PCR - Polymerase chain reaction RT-PCR – reverse transcription real time PCR Quantitative PCR (qPCR) Nucleic acid test (NAT) or Nucleic acid amplification test (NAATs) Reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP) Isothermal amplification Droplet digital PCR or digital droplet PCR (ddPCR) Transcription-mediated amplification (TMA) RNA (Ribonucleic acid) Ct (cycle threshold) CRISPR Sequencing Next generational sequencing (NGS) or whole genome sequencing (WGS) Oxford Nanopore sequencing (LamPORE) Detection of the N gene Detection of Orf1a/b Detection of the S gene Detection of the E gene Detection of the RdRp gene These tests use methods such as a nasopharyngeal (NP) swab, nose swab, or saliva sample. At this time, proof of having a vaccine will not replace a negative test result.
  2. Excellent questions. Glad I'm not traveling anywhere for a long long time.
  3. Ya just read that so guessing the regular test is what is required for Don's flight ... totally guessing.
  4. You need to read that again ... Q: What’s the anticipated turnaround time for each test type? A: Rapid Antigen test results are sent approximately 30 minutes after testing. The Rapid PCR test results are available up to 45 minutes after testing while the regular PCR test results are available approximately 48 hours after testing. I just learned something myself, that there are two types of PCR tests. Based on Don's events, the regular PCR must be what is required. ?????
  5. I suspect the 1 hour to be the antigen? One hour seems 😲 but awesome if PCR.
  6. PCR here in NS can be within the same day ... hours ... which I know sounds amazing but there have been many I know that have had these tests and got the email results by the same afternoon (unless they are making that up) but I suspect that is not the norm and it would be longer. While I agree with you that this is all rather unusual circumstances but nothing can guarantee the new unusual yet to come. Teething is far from over.
  7. Ya I found that odd too but maybe they had a backlog ... PCR is longer for sure but they definitely don't have to take days. Definitely gives me pause too but it could be due to the rising cases. In my area PCR turn around results right now is within 72 hours but typically within a day, but when cases were higher one could wait a while and it was due to lab not being able to keep up and I think they went even beyond the 72 hours.
  8. Don is from Ontario so has been awaiting COVID test and results which are required to fly out from Fort Lauderdale to Canada. He is not quarantined as there is no requirement for this just to get off the ship to Florida, only stuck due to flying back to Canada so it is FLL flight requirement. And there is no reason at all to believe he is COVID positive. At this time, due to never getting the test results from the test Celebrity did for him on board the morning of debarkation, he has since been to the airport and scheduled and taken a test there and was waiting for those results (takes days I guess) which last vlog he had flight scheduled for today Tuesday so hopefully he got the results in time. The test on board was originally supposed to be the last night before debarkation but was rescheduled, though at this point it would not have mattered since he never did get the results for the one they did take, still nothing the next day. With not being able to fly out and all the mishap here, he has been staying in a (nice) hotel for the extra days he had to stay in FLL and from how he has reported he is saving all his receipts and stuff will be covered. Also there would be many that are in the same situation of not having test results in time for their international flights so it would be interesting if these others fair the same as him in the end. Not fun.
  9. I had a bunch written and the site went down as I was posting ... dang. Short form now to say I wrote my post only to respond to the ask about onboard testing offered by Celebrity and was not wanting to enter my thoughts about Don or his channel. I can't speak for others but I do not think for a second his experience would be mine and, regardless of how he vlogs the testing onboard went sideways and, while the reasons are of interest, the bottom line is the control of how things unfolded for the testing was (and is) totally out of the passengers hands and that is the main message. Be prepared for anything right now and have lots of room on a CC just in case. Oh and they never did find his test results that were supposed to be emailed to him, even the next day still unexplained. I will add that I have subscribed, unsubscribed, subscribed, unsubscribed.... to both Don's and La Lido Loca channels many times so that should shed light on my thoughts on that. Happy cruising all!
  10. Yes they offer onboard for international travelers which is what Don had signed up for and ya he is definitely more calm about it than I could have been so much respect for him. Disregard this answer if you are instead thinking they may no longer be doing this just since last week? Not sure if Celebrity is charging for the test (though nothing is really 'free') but, if you watched all his recent videos about this, they schedule these tests for night before final debarkation day but clearly there is no guarantee of this since that is where things spiraled for Don. His was cancelled by the cruise line and rescheduled to the next (final) morning for 8 AM I think he said, at which point I would have been panicking. He did have the test the next morning later than was supposed to happen (9:30 I think) and then they basically 'lost' his test/results as he never ever received the email with the results, even the next day. Moral of the story upon seeing his experience is having Plan A ... Plan B ... and then a Plan xxx.
  11. This picture pulls at my heart strings, I miss it so much 😞. Like so many others, here I sit living the experience again through people like you taking time out of your vacation to share with everyone here. Have a fantastic week!
  12. My understanding, reading what has been said both here and posted by RCL, is the timing between doses only comes into play with mixed doses. Assuming that is correct, as someone mentioned they even called the cruise line to confirm, then you should be fine with the two PF doses. Below taken from above and this is what RCL and Celebrity seem to be adhering to. 5 - The CDC has decided that mixing different vaccines of the same type (Pfizer and Moderna) can only be done in an emergency situation and the shots must be given withint 42 days. 6 - The CDC recognizes: A - two doses of AZ 4-12 weeks apart with 8 weeks being ideal B - two doses of Pfizer or Moderna, ideally 21 - 28 days apart C - two doses of Pfizer AND Moderna but they have to be 42 days apart
  13. What Turtles06 said ... seems the only thing that needs fixing is the date posted. Or perhaps they need to distinguish that initial posting date with subsequent update dates (hope that makes sense).
  14. Oh I totally get that, but does it always have to be a fancy martini bar or wine bar? All good as I can order my beer as I pass by.
  15. Interestingly that has been what I witnessed too, empty venues. I still wish they had a pub onboard, and not the kind with leather seats as that is not my idea of a pub. An Irish pub would be my go to place but I guess that wouldn't align with their 'luxury' marketing, though I think they might get a surprise by how many sailing with them might welcome this, but maybe it's all strategic to minimize the rowdy beer drinkers ... hmmm guilty ... LOL.
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