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    Cool Cruiser

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  • Location
    Pacific Northwest/Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Interests
    Fun & Adventures!
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Most any cruise line is a good one.
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    the Baltics

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  1. There are also those with immune suppression that limit vaccine effectiveness, and allergies that preclude immunization. Then we know already that the vaccine is "only 95%" effective (which extraordinarily successful), and herd immunity is thought to prevail at some rate from 70% to 95%. With health issues, it is rare to have 100% for anything, though a temporary policy while we transition back to cruising may be appropriate.
  2. I thought that the reason there may be a 95% requirement vaccination rate is to allow for some unvaccinated children to cruise. Those under age 12 are not yet eligible, so 100% vaccinated requirement effectively eliminates children under 12. For some lines - no problem, they aim for adults anyway. For other lines, children constitute a large portion of passengers, though indeed, they don't usually make the purchase.
  3. Doesn't the cruise line's policies regarding vaccination also depend on the planned ports' policies? If the port authorities require high levels of vaccination, the ship won't be allowed to dock and the passengers won't be able to get off the ship in port. It's hard to predict the future.
  4. In marketing class I was taught that in any industry, an unhappy customer will tell 10 people about their bad experience while happy customers will tell four others. My marketing instructor would agree with you 🙂
  5. Yes with shortage of workers, TSA can be slow these days at SEA, and airlines too are short of pilots, flight crew, ground crew. That means fewer flights, and more packed 100% full, thus fewer open seats on later flights to move you too if you miss your flight. Good decision these days to choose a later flight, even though in the past I was casual - "Never rush to catch a plane, there is always a later flight."
  6. A very enticing review! We've never sailed on Royal, but I think I see RCCL in our future. Thanks for taking the time to write this.
  7. That is so sweet! I just booked my first NCL cruise, on Escape, and was trolling here to check out rooms when I saw your post. Happy anniversary - have a wonderful cruise!
  8. I'm loving your photos and live review! I might even be enticed to travel again, it looks so nice there. And if you happen by that spot on the book of faces, you might also float away to another site with some recent additions that you and Meatball might both find to be of interest!
  9. Your planned trip sounds wonderful! My husband has lost his former enthusiasm for travel, so I usually travel alone (cruise or on land) while he is home with our pets. You don't have to be extroverted to enjoy solo travel, as it can be easier to meet others when traveling alone. If you are part of a couple or a group, you tend to hang with them, and there's pressure to do what they want to do. Traveling solo, you do whatever you want, when you want to do it. I keep a journal when I am traveling, and if I find myself alone, I'm not lonely - I'm just taking a few minutes to jot
  10. Since his stroke, my husband doesn't care much for travel (even though he has completely recovered from the stroke), unless it is to visit family members via trips on land or air. He never was big on cruising, while I love cruising and all other kids of travel. We have a large dog and two cats. This is perfect - he stays home and cares for the pets, while I travel when and where I want. No boarding or pet-sitting expenses! Often my cruises are theme cruises, so never a problem finding other cruisers with similar interests.
  11. We don't yet know the duration of immunity to Covid (either by vaccine of infection) as it is too new, but you could be correct - that we won't or can't achieve full "herd immunity." I just read a new journal article this morning that suggests that immunity lasts at least 10 months; it's longer every time a batch of new article comes out. Immunity depends on many factors - various antibody levels, B-cell and T-cell actions, R0 ("R naught - the number of persons an infected individual transmit the infection to), the rate and significance of mutations, vaccine effectiveness (our cur
  12. For me, this was always medical, not political; the hospital which cared for the first US Covid patient is the hospital I refer my patients to. The mask shortage developed very quickly when an outbreak among nursing home residents appeared shortly after that first case, and suddenly everyone needed high quality disposable surgical masks all the time (not just during a procedure), with changes of disposable masks recommended at least every 4 hours. I don't think there was any "cover up" but rather a gradual unfolding knowledge of the nature of the virus and the disease it caused.
  13. Thanks OP for posting the link - I added my comments. I served once on a federal advisory committee and our task was to formulate regulations on the assigned subject, including reviewing and considering all the public comments. As a committee member, I personally read every single comment. This link was an RFI - and I think CDC does want opinions and suggestions though I am sure they already have plenty of ideas and input from the stakeholders. I'm ready to start cruising again when the cruise lines are, presuming they are taking proper precautions. A vaccine would be nice, but
  14. There are other forms of immunity other than antibodies. Some of the antibody tests are not very reliable. It may be encouraging that there are few, if any, reliably documented cases of reinfection - so far. But we really don't know. For now (and probably through the end of 2020 at least) I don't think there is a plan for cruise ships to operate safely.
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