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  1. Welcome @Evilmuffin I'm also taking my first solo cruise in December, but on a different line. The10-Day Panama Sunfarer sounds great. Hope you will tell us about your experience when you're back. Is the Caribbean cruise on HA also?
  2. Great observation on the FCCs. The cruise industry is awash in them at the moment due to all the cancelled cruises. On other threads I've read about people booking 4, 5, or more replacements for their cancelled cruises using FCCs. Also, most lines are returning their ships to service a few at a time over many months. I believe this is more a pricing strategy than something to do with the virus. This creates a temporary shortage of supply and the FCCs create a temporary increase in "pent-up" demand. Since cruise prices have always been a supply and demand proposition, I don't expect to see many deals available until at least 2024 for anyone, much less solo cruisers. I looked at a Celebrity trans-pacific cruise this week I was interested in that sails in mid-2023 that was advertised as 60% off. The ad showed the usual double occupancy price with a line through it and the "reduced" price beneath it. When I started the booking and it gave the price (I intended to travel solo), the price for an inside cabin was far more than twice the usual double-occupancy price with the line through it. And, no, the reduced price shown wasn't a per person price as some lines are now showing, but for two people. We all know cruise cabin prices are based on double-occupancy. So, as a solo, I expect and accept I will pay more whether you want to term it a "supplement" or something else. But it shouldn't be a ridiculous amount like this Celebrity "deal" was. As an aside, even though this cruise is nearly two years out, the only cabins not shown as "sold out" were inside cabins and suites. Even The Retreat suites were sold out. That I attribute to FCCs.
  3. @rtazz17is correct, even if you get 10 more different answers. 😁 It is 3 days, not 72 hours. Royal adapted the CDC's air travel testing requirement to their cruise ships, which is why they use 3 days instead of 72 hours for the same reason the CDC does. That way it doesn't matter what time of day you get tested or what time the ship sails. If it was 72 hours, your test result could possibly expire before boarding.
  4. Yes, you can tell them it's travel related. I checked with my local CVS and they even recommend which test is best for travel. Obviously, not everyone's health insurance is the same, but the person I spoke with told me many insurance companies don't consider a travel test to be diagnostic and won't pay for it. I haven't checked with my provider about it yet.
  5. No, it isn't only by email. They changed the information of the website. This is the part for FL sailings: " For Cruises For Cruises Departing from Florida on or After August 1, 2021 Guest testing requirements for cruises departing Florida vary depending on your age and vaccine status. ALL VACCINATED GUESTS ON SAILINGS 5 NIGHTS OR LONGER As a requirement to board, all guests age 2 and older on sailings of 5 nights or longer -- regardless of vaccination status -- will need to take a COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) with an accredited test provider, such as a drugstore chain or diagnostic lab, no more than 3 days before arriving at the terminal for embarkation. Guests will need to show their negative test result upon arriving at the terminal. The results can be printed out, or can be presented on your phone, such as the email result from your test provider. Costs associated with this test are the guests' responsibility. ALL VACCINATED GUESTS ON SAILINGS 4 NIGHTS OR LESS Vaccinated guests on sailings of 4 nights or less do not have any testing requirements." https://www.royalcaribbean.com/faq/questions/will-i-have-to-take-a-test-before-i-cruise#florida-august Looks like if your cruise is 4 days or less you're golden, except for the new mask requirement.
  6. Probably have to call them and ask. The testing requirements used to be 72 hours before sailing, but they have muddied the water by saying "three days prior."
  7. No worries. I didn't take it that way. You offered useful information. All good. 😀
  8. Thank you. Yes, fully vaccinated as soon as it was available to me.
  9. Okay, thanks. I don't travel without travel insurance, anyway. But, good to know.
  10. These kind of requirements seem to change by the minute nowadays. But, for what it is worth, I booked a cruise out of Galveston last week through my TA and she told me Royal Caribbean is requiring proof of medical insurance for all passengers. I'm on Medicare as of this year, which is only good in the US. So, I just purchased third party trip insurance that includes $250K primary medical (incl COVID), med-e vac, and repatriation. That satisfies the requirement.
  11. I get that, in the sense of "normal" before COVID. I meant something closer to what other cruise lines are doing, which for most seems responsible. There is a perception that someday COVID will magically disappear, but viruses don't do that. Hopefully, at some point it will mutate into something less viral and dangerous as other viruses have done. But there will never be "normal" again in the sense of how things were before. Any cruise line refusing to sail with less than 100% vaccinated people is not going to remain in business. I'm not against that concept, as a vaccinated person. But when I book a cruise, unless there is a, God forbid, virus outbreak on a ship at some point, I want to have confidence the cruise is actually going to sail.
  12. Another weird thing is there are discounted NCL Caribbean cruises advertised on all the cruise discount sites, but according to NCL, as reported in the Miami Herald: "All voyages embarking from Aug. 1 to Sept. 30 from Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises will be canceled. This does not include Seattle-based Alaska voyages in September. Some voyages, including Canada and New England sailings, will be canceled through October." Seems a bit dishonest to promote cruises that are obviously not going to sail.
  13. I've never sailed with Norwegian, but I have two cruises booked with them. If they don't return to something approaching normalcy soon, I'm cancelling both. And I won't consider booking with them again. Sure, I'd feel more comfortable sailing on a ship that was 100% or even 95% vaccinated only. But, not sailing, despite the reasoning, is not sustainable. A company generates revenues or it goes out of business. If, in the worst case, there is a virus outbreak on a cruise ship, the CDC will shut everyone down again. Then what? I think you will see a lot of cruise lines go under, and I expect Norwegian would be one of the first.
  14. My December and January cruises both sail from a port I can easily drive to. Until the airlines stop cancelling so many flights due to staff shortages the related maintenance issues, I'm avoiding cruises where I'd have to fly. I'm not comfortable depending on the airlines to get me to a port at the moment.
  15. Yes, I do. According to the CDC, for "people aged 18 years and older, the Moderna vaccine is 94.1% effective at preventing laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection in people who receive two doses and have no evidence of being previously infected." I'm healthy and fully vaccinated. While I believe people who decline to take the vaccine have every right to do so, I've done my part to protect myself, the people I love, and others by taking it. Now I'm getting on with my life. I can live with the 5.9% risk.
  16. Welp, couldn't wait until my January cruise so I booked a 5-night Western Caribbean on Royal Caribbean that sails from Galveston on December 1. Sure, it's just eight weeks sooner, but I'm getting a 2019 cruise in the books. 134 days until I'm finally cruising again. 😁
  17. Update on the story from Fox26 Houston from the same date, May 12, 2021 confirms the article mentioned in the OP and gives further details. https://www.fox26houston.com/news/carnival-norwegian-cruise-lines-announce-plans-to-sail-from-galveston#:~:text=The Port of Galveston confirms Norwegian Cruise Lines,ship%2C" said Port of Galveston CEO Rodger Rees. "Rees says the 3200-passenger Prima will set sail on a 3-day cruise from Galveston on October 27th, and a 4-day cruise from the port on October 31. And Galveston may see more of Norwegian after that." That's great news for me. I'm within easy driving distance of Galveston and would certainly cruise NCL more often if they make this permanent.
  18. @Ramona_Flowers Yep, they look amazing and you're welcome. Thanks for the tip on the bonus loyalty points.
  19. @Ramona_Flowers Hey! No, I booked a regular cabin for the January cruise. But the other two I have booked, one on Norwegian and the other on Celebrity, I booked solos. Really looking forward to trying the Celebrity Edge single stateroom with infinite veranda. Didn't know that about the double loyalty points for solos on Royal Caribbean. This will be my first cruise with them but might look at another one with those bonus loyalty points. If my passport comes through in time, I'd love doing an October or November cruise. Hope you enjoy enjoy yours!
  20. Adventure of the Seas, Royal Caribbean January 31, 2022 This will be my first solo cruise. My best friend and I (platonic) used to cruise together, but she is in a relationship these days and unavailable. So, I'm trying the solo route. I have always enjoyed dining with and meeting new people on cruises, but I have no problem at all dining alone. I enjoy the cruise dining experience too much to even consider staying in my cabin and settling for room service. Hopefully, I will enjoy solo cruising since I've already booked two additional cruises after this one. 😁
  21. Yep, this is still the current policy from the MSC website: Vaccinated Guests: "You will be required to wear a mask throughout the cruise while indoors and in public areas. Mask use is not required outdoors. Where social distancing is not possible outdoors, mask use is recommended for all guests." Unvaccinated Guests: You will be required to wear a mask throughout the cruise while indoors and in public areas. Mask use is not required outdoors but is recommended for unvaccinated guests. Where social distancing is not possible outdoors, mask use is recommended for all guests."
  22. I traveled often during my working years and the opportunity to travel even more was a big reason why I retired early at 56. The pandemic knocked a big hole in my travel plans as it did for many others. Now I'm planning to make up for lost time. While I enjoy land tours occasionally to international destinations, cruises remain my favorite. At the moment I have three booked, the first one in January 2022. I had to renew my passport recently and am waiting to get the new one. If it comes in time, I plan on booking a year end cruise because January seems so far away. As long as I'm in good health I don't expect I'll ever tire of traveling. I love seeing new places and learning about the cultures of others. Sure, it's always good to get home after a trip. But it doesn't take long until I'm ready to go again.
  23. Just came across this thread. Nice review! I'm considering a cruise on Armonia and you answered heaps of questions for me. Thanks!
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