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  1. mauibabes Any chance you could post some updated menu photos. Just curious. Enjoy your cruise.
  2. I agree that these tests may be perfect for many people. But for us, I found a local testing option that works much better. We are flying into Barcelona four days early. I did a bit of research and found a testing site within walking distance of our hotel. The test is with Eurofins, the company that O uses for their PCR tests and the company at many airports in Europe. They have over 1000 testing sites in Europe. They will have the results in 24 to 48 hours. I booked our test about 53 hours before boarding begins and 58 hours before departure. For $100, it is a lot less headaches. Plus it is a saliva test so no swab up the nose and out my but*. This just works for me. Less headaches and less worrying if I do it right or is it acceptable or whatever. O uses the company so there will be no question if it is acceptable. And if for some reason the results do not come in on time I will go there and do a rapid antigen test the day before as they have walkups.
  3. Again, this just goes to show how much things are changing and how accurate information is so scarce. I did look at the October 13 version of Oceania's "Travel & Entry Requirements" PDF for Madiera. However, here is the link to the Maderia government web page on Covid. https://www.madeira.gov.pt/Covid19/DecisoesExcecionaisCovid19 After Google translate and much digging around you will find under the "Air and Maritime Mobility" section, the following exceptions to the Covid testing and or isolation. b) Travelers who are in possession of a medical document certifying that the bearer has recovered from the COVID-19 disease when disembarking in the territory of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, issued in the last 180 days, or a document certifying that the bearer has been vaccinated against COVID-19, in accordance with the recommended plan and respecting the activation period of the immune system provided for in the Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC); Obviously, this is from the government website and should prevail but since we are on an O ship we will have to do what they say. 5 plus weeks away and a lot can change in that time. I just hope we are informed enough just before to complete any requirements or better yet, since we are all vaccinated that we don't have to do any testing or fill out any more forms, ect.
  4. So my wife and I are on the same Barcelona to Miami cruise. I have been looking for more information because of what was posted above. I did find this site. http://www.visitmadeira.pt/en-gb/useful-info/corona-virus-(covid-19)/information-covid-19 Look at section 9. The way I read this is if your vaccinated, cruise ship passengers do not need any additional testing. As for the PLF I'm not sure yet if we need to complete that. I am sure that O will give us more information on the requirements. But since this is my first O cruise, I have no base of knowledge to speak from. I will keep looking. The 12 to 48 hours requirement may be difficult at sea. And since I have never been to this port before, I would really like to go ashore and do a tour just to see something.
  5. True. This version was updated on September 3, 2021. You are right, I do remember reading that the current web takes precedence. But as the FAQ says, CURRENT AS OF SEPTEMBER 3, 2021 AND SUBJECT TO UPDATES, I will not make any FINAL decisions on testing till we are much closer. Everything is changing constantly with covid.
  6. In another topic, others have suggested that their hotel will be able to help. I plan on trying that route. However, I have done some reading. It seems that there are testing sites everywhere in Barcelona. Some need appointments and others are walk up. There is even a come to you testing service. Generally PCR tests seem to be 99 euros but can be more expensive if you want rapid results. With everything changing so fast I will research but finalize as we get closer. By any chance are you on that American Airlines flight 66 out of JFK on Monday night?
  7. The FAQ's are subject to change. The current one says: Even if the country where your cruise embarks does not require a negative Covid-19 PCR test for entry, Oceania Cruises strongly recommends you obtain a PCR test not more than 72 hours prior to travel. If a PCR test is not readily available, then we encourage guests to at a minimum take a laboratory administered COVID-19 Antigen test not more than 72 hours prior to travel. Guests that fail to test prior to departure or cannot provide proof of a negative laboratory supplied test result and subsequently test positive for COVID-19 upon embarkation will not be reimbursed for quarantine or return travel arrangements. I will check the requirements just before we leave to make sure we have the latest information. Things are changing too rapidly now. Almost hourly instead of daily.
  8. We are on the same cruise but will be in Barcelona on Tuesday before the cruise. I plan on getting a PCR test in Barcelona on Wednesday. That should give us enough time to get the results and will be within the 72 hour window.
  9. I am spending thousands of dollars on a cruise / vacation. I am flying on Monday, arriving on Tuesday, boarding the ship on Friday. I am fully vaccinated. I will get a booster as soon as I am able to, before I travel. I will do a test two or three days before I fly and I will probably do one a couple of days prior to boarding the ship. Plus the test at boarding, if O requires it. The cost and inconvenience of testing is minor when compared to the cost of the trip. It is really cheap insurance. Plus, I would rather know, and hope everyone else knew, that they are negative. It will make for a much more relaxing vacation where I can forget that Covid exists for a few days while I cross the Atlantic. Just my opinion. Please do as you feel right.
  10. I'm on the Nov 19 TA. Most of it will be in international waters. I have no problem wearing a mask in public before the ship and on the ship in territorial waters. Like Rrehfe4969, I too wear a mask a lot right now. I have to at work. I just hope we don't have to wear them in the middle of the Atlantic. If so I will gain so much weight with the CONSTANT eating and drinking. 🥩🍺
  11. I like that idea. Eat, drink, and eat some more!!!!!!!!
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