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  1. I was able to submit my authorization/pcr test results to my airline electronically here in the United States and was able to check in via the app. Coming back from Bermuda though, I had to check in at the counter to show the negative PCR test.
  2. I am in Bermuda right now. I did a test in NYC (actually two, the private place never emailed me my results), then another test at the airport when I landed, then another on day 3 here (it was supposed to be day 4, but the email I got set my appointment on day 3). I had to fill out a form on their website beforehand as well and pay $75. For the day 3 test, I had to wait on a line for 45 minutes (if you get to the site early, I imagine you will save some time). The average traveler will not go through all this trouble just to go on vacation. The first day quarantine, I got my results about six hours later emailed to me.
  3. I went to Horseshoe Bay yesterday, I paid $10 for umbrella, and $10 for a lounger.
  4. I am in Bermuda right now (I flew in, not from a cruise), and saw the Viking Orion both in Hamilton where I am staying and at the Dockyard. I can't figure out why someone would want to do this cruise unless they really enjoy Viking ships. Transportation is easy in Bermuda. I have never been here, but it seems kind of dead to me. There are visitors in town, but not to the extent that they are used to. Some shops are closed, the dockyard is pretty much deserted. If you want to do a tour, book it in advance, I hardly found any to do with only a couple of days notice.
  5. I am looking to do a Fjords cruise in July 2022. I am in my early forties. I previously did an Alaskan cruise on the Oosterdam in 2019. I enjoyed the cruise very much, but I would rather be on a more active ship, both activity and entertainment wise. Anthem of the Seas and the new Rotterdam are both going in July 2021. I have never been on a modern RCI ship and would like to experience it. The Anthem trip is cheaper than the Rotterdam trip. Is there any reason I should consider HAL instead? I know the food is supposedly better on HAL. Anthem Itinerary: Southampton, England Departs at 5:00 PM 2 Cruising Day at sea 3 Stavanger, Norway From 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM 4 Geiranger, Norway From 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM 5 Alesund, Norway From 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM 6 Kristiansand, Norway From 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM 7 Cruising Day at sea 8 Southampton, England Arrives at 6:00 AM Rotterdam Itinerary: Eidfjord, Norway ARRIVES 07:00 AM DEPARTS 03:00 PM LEARN MORE May 3, 2022 Scenic Cruising Hardangerfjord CRUISING ONLY LEARN MORE May 4, 2022 Alesund, Norway ARRIVES 08:00 AM DEPARTS 05:00 PM LEARN MORE May 5, 2022 Geiranger, Norway TENDER REQUIRED, WHEELCHAIR ACCESS LIMITED ARRIVES 07:00 AM DEPARTS 05:00 PM LEARN MORE May 5, 2022 Cruising Geirangerfjord CRUISING ONLY LEARN MORE May 6, 2022 Bergen, Norway ARRIVES 08:00 AM DEPARTS 05:00 PM LEARN MORE May 7, 2022 Days At Sea ARRIVES 12:00 AM DEPARTS 11:59 PM LEARN MORE May 8, 2022 Amsterdam, The Netherlands TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CANAL TRANSIT ARRIVES 07:00 AM LEARN MORE
  6. When I go to Yankee Stadium, there is an elevator attendant inside the elevator to limit crowd sizes, but the elevators there are huge. I can't imagine with the clientele cruises attract that they are going to be able to limit elevator usage to one or two couples, there are just not enough of them.
  7. I am guessing the cruise lines are politely going to tell you, we can sanitize the ship more, but you essentially are on your own in terms of trying to dodge getting infected. They are not going to be able to enforce wearing masks, limit elevator usage, etc., without people being thrown in the brig (this is my vacation, I don't want to spend it in a mask!). They will probably limit venue capacity, but I imagine they will want to avoid confrontations with guests. Also, here is a legal form to sign before boarding, don't sue us if you get infected or stuck on a ship.
  8. Even if some of the ships come back, how much of the crew/activities/entertainment/perks/etc. will be cut or reduced? I can't imagine a cruise is going to be as enjoyable of an experience as it used to be. Would they even allow theater shows, for instance , for fear of everyone being close to each other? Would there still be a buffet (I imagine they would man it with servers like HAL does). I know Royal has been around for 50 years, but I think this is a life changing event for the cruise lines. I can't imagine more remote places are going to be eager to accept American tourists, even if they depend on them for their economy...
  9. I am positive they have no regrets. They made out good while it lasted.
  10. According to this article, the cruise lines may not even be eligible for the bailout. It is still being determined. CNBC Cruise Bailout Eligibility in Question
  11. I imagine if they were forced to flag their ships in the US, or agree to higher U.S. regulations, I am guessing the fares would almost double to compensate having to double salaries of workers. At that point, all the positives of cruising would go away in my mind.
  12. For extroverted/social people, telling them to sit home and not congregate with people is like a death sentence. Some I imagine would rather be drafted into a war than not allowed to be with other people. I am introverted, so being alone does not bother me too much.
  13. April 25th. I see Orbitz notifications changing details of my flights, I imagine the airlines will be cancelling some flights...
  14. I bought it with Amex Platinum (I was excited to get it for its travel benefits recently), it says the policy does not cover biological incidents, which I imagine this would be. I am waiting to see if the airlines can let me change, I bought the cheapest tickets that are nonrefundable.
  15. On Joe Rogan's podcast, an infectious disease expert said he believes that the recycled air in cruise ship cabins contributed to the infections on the cruise ships. His opinion was that the novel coronavirus passes through the air. There are now tests that indicate that it can exist in the air for up to three hours, so just washing your hands is not enough... https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/487110-tests-indicate-coronavirus-can-survive-in-the-air Is it less safer than working with the public? I don't know. It may depend on the air filtration system where you work. I have a cruise booked for end of April, I am sad I will not go. Even though I bought travel insurance, it won't cover my missed flights (NY State does not let me buy cancel for any reason insurance, at least that I know of).
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