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Porcupine 52

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  1. Many airports are doing test on site. check with the airport you are leaving from. We got results back in Seattle in less than 2 hours
  2. We went to Maui last winter and they had the 72 hour rule. The thing you have to be careful of is 72 FROM when you did the test, not when you get results back. We ended up going to the Carbon Health tent in Seattle and got results back in an hour. It sounds like Iceland is more lax on who does the test. Hawaii it had to be a trusted partner. Will go to Walgreens if that works out. The one issue we had is getting a hard copy that we needed. Not many printers in the Seattle airport. We went to the Alaskan airline lounge and they printed it off for us.
  3. Can and how can we get to the volcano... assume it has to be done on day 1?
  4. Don't disagree... but I'm letting Viking do the air. I like them picking up and taking to the ship. If for any reason the flight is canceled or late they take care of it.... but totally understand why you want to do your own. We have 6 in our party. If some thing went wrong it could be a nightmare if we were on our own.....
  5. Falling is a good thing....at the doses are going up... another good thing.
  6. Another question. We also get in at about 6:30... I assume we will board at about 10..10:30. Could we do a tour to Fagradalsfjall when they get our luggage and after we board?... assuming we are still out of the bubble...
  7. So how do everyone think we can get to the Volcano...Rent a car...shuttle...Just wondering how this will work?
  8. Argentina will need to decide how long they can stay locked down. I think ( my guess is as good as any other) we may be in a Viking bubble. That would be OK with me.... and FYI Argentina is a little different than most every other country. If they tell you to get a shot you will get a shot!!
  9. Kind of a fun news report on the volcano
  10. I don't want to stop any one from THINKING about getting a Virus shot or a booster, no comparison to get the virus.... I woke up last night and my arm was hurting....scale of 1 to 10... maybe a 3 to 4. Better this morning when I got moving around and a heating pad. Much better this afternoon. I think the odds of me getting the real Pfizer virus shot and booster shot very early has just gone up... I think I will head to Lost Wages next week!!
  11. I also am doing my "original" diary and doing the diary on this one. They gave me this cheap cell phone to do the booster study on. I have another blood test on the "original" test in September. The nurse said that the antibodies had dropped on the "original group"... But I think she meant it was the 1st round of the study. I was in the 2nd...
  12. If any one is interested.... I got my first shot from the Pfizer booster study today. Next shot is June 15th. Then 2 more office visit. Not feeling any thing at this point.... Not like when I got the real Pfizer Vaccine back in August.... but still early. Trial is a 6 month study. They are hoping to have the booster shot out by fall ( according to nurse) to be with your flu shot... or if you do a Pneumonia shot. They said they are hoping this will be good for most of the variant strains. As soon as the booster becomes available they will let us be unblinded. This time they gave me a really cute little cheap cell phone ( a burner if I have the term right from "Breaking Bad") to do my daily diary. $200.00 for each of the 3 office visits and $5.00 a week for 6 months. I think I will schedule another massage on the Iceland trip.
  13. Of course mine does not work again. I can get in on Chrome but not on Safari. I can not tell you all of the trouble I have had with MVJ....
  14. I have had so much trouble in the past with MVJ. I would start off by clearing cache and cookie. That is the first thing they will ask you when you call.
  15. Yes I do a symptom log weekly in our original study. $5.00 a week for next 2 years. They did a blood test several months ago and they said the same thing..... Would start booster study if antibodies drop. I have a feeling they must have dropped for the group. Of course they don't tell us but they did start the study.
  16. Yes we all get 2 shot... 2 if you get the real...2 if you get the placebo...They don't mix them. I'm hoping lighting strikes twice with me. The papers they sent me said they are doing 600 people at each of 15 to 30 sites in the US
  17. For any one that is interested the booster study for us starts next Friday. I spent time on the phone today with the Study coordinator and got this information about the Pfizer booster...... will know more next Friday. 1. Pfizer is doing 2 shots for the booster 2. Once again I have a 50/50 chance of getting the real deal. 3. As soon as the booster is approved we will be unblinded and get the real thing if we didn't get it. 4. 2 blood test. One before the 1st shot and the 2nd a few week after the 2nd. 5. They think that the booster shot will be effective against most if not all of the new strains. 6. They said this was only a 6 month study? Interesting because the first one was 3 years? Couldn't have come at a better time.... I think a nice massage is in order on the Iceland trip
  18. I was able to reserve Spa treatments for the couple that are going with us on the Sept Cruise. Even showed up on the calendar?
  19. I have done my share of criticizing of Viking especially the 25% voucher. But I have to give Viking a pass on the restart of cruising. Yes Viking is bad at communication with customers. Peregina is totally right. No doubt it is worse now. But they have been shut down for over a year now. New staff, new excursions, canceled cruises. This is like a soft start with a new business. Should they have planned better for this opening? I know I would not have done better. Guaranteed you will have problems. Even the TA I have talked to in the past are gone. Can you blame them? I think if you are upset and not happy with things I would wait till next year to cruise. I think many of the problems of restart will be fixed by that point. Not sure what our excursions will be but it will be OK for us. I hope that by the time we go to Antartica things will have calmed down some. On both of these trip if they go I will go.
  20. I got into the Pfizer vaccine study group in August last year. We were unblinded in Jan. and I had the real shot. My wife had planned a trip to Maui before she passed away suddenly in July last year. The condo was paid for and no refund. I decided if we ( some friends went with me) could get to Maui it would be better than losing the money. The couple I went with had had the vaccine and we got tested 72 hours before going to Maui. When I got back I had another appointment with the vaccine study group. Tested and blood work. When we were in Maui our friends wife brother died..... Life is short. And I start in the pfizer booster study group in 2 weeks....
  21. JMHO.. I have hit the wall. It has been 9 months now since I have had the shot. Getting ready to get the booster shot next few weeks.... maybe...All of my family now have had the vaccine. I went to Maui in January and went through a test before we went. Ended up getting a test went I got back. Had a test 2 weeks ago. Will have another test ( with the Pfizer study group) when (if) we get back from Iceland. I still wear a mask when I go to church or get around other people. Both of my daughters schools have every one wear a mask. I will continue to follow the rules. But will not sit and home and be afraid at this point. I don't think it does a 70 year old guy to sit at home and be afraid. I think Viking is doing every thing they can. Hey if I get 2 weeks quarantine when (if) we get back from Iceland even though I have the shot... getting tested - I guess that is OK. I am done sitting at home and being afraid. At what point will we move on? Next year at this time..or 2023? I will not be afraid of going ... why did I get the shots.? We will have a good time and follow the rules!
  22. Yes, you really need to understand the rules for the 25% voucher before you buy into it. There have been several threads about how they work, but I would call your TA. You want to make sure that you are able to use it. And they have several rules on how it works. Don't be surprised if you try to use it and it won't work.
  23. Good thought, but when I checked the web site the prices have gone up from when we booked Antartica in 2019. They had just starting booking Antarctic in 2019. Also they gave us that silver spirits thing for early sign up which I would think be around $500. for 2 people? Not a big drinker but would hate to throw it away. It might save a little or maybe not if some of the other prices for insurance have gone up. Best to leave this one alone but a good thought.
  24. I couldn't use all of the refund on our canceled trip let alone the FCC of 25% on the Iceland trip. And I already have Antartica booked so it wouldn't work with that trip. In my case it just makes sense to get a refund and just pay for the trip to Iceland. I would leave a lot of money on the table if I did the FCC. And I wouldn't get it back....And the answer they gave me on the phone was you can not use the FCC on a cruise that is already booked. But call your TA to make sure you follow the rules. The one thing you don't want to do is not use all of your FCC... so it kind of seems to me you will need to book a new cruise to make it work if you go that way.
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