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  1. Some nice comments and concerns with many of us eying potential roadblocks. Just a few days ago, we had discussed changing our winter arrival in Florida to one day before sailing as opposed to arriving a few days before. Same day flights, as discussed, scare me greatly in winter in Ontario! We are scheduled to sail on Regent and they (well, on paper anyway!) have an excellent post-cruise care program stated in writing but their final payment remains at an unreasonable 120 days. As each week passes, we'll get a better real-world view of what's happening.
  2. Prudent and logical! Have a great cruise! My February cruise requires final payment in 2 weeks... we have asked the cruise line to consider shortening final payment requirements which remain at 120 days .....
  3. Couldn't agree more! This came up over Thanksgiving (!) dinner chatting with guests about returning to travel. I'm less worried about a breakthrough infection (maybe I should be worried more!) but more about being away from home in February and shoveling and animal care duties. As there is no requirement for debark testing, we have ZERO knowledge of how many Covid infections are acquired on a ship. The vast majority of these will be symptom free and even those on board who will be symptomatic will likely keep it to themselves. That's human nature .... I quickly looked this up as I was willing to switch my reservation! Celebrity Cruises will cover the cost of your onboard COVID-19 medical treatment, land-based isolation, and private air transfer home for you and your traveling party, if required*. This is presently only being offered for cruises until December 31st. Notice that it still involves land-based isolation and the "if required" at the end! It basically says that they're covering quarantine.
  4. I dunno .... being stuck in a hotel in Miami in a room without a balcony for two weeks and unable to get back to Canada seems like a failure to me..... Isn't CC all about "anecdotal incidents"? As the cruise lines aren't providing us the info, we need to get it elsewhere.
  5. I’ve already started a thread about the difficulty of Canadians cruising and quarantine requirements. Living up to my catastrophic reputation, I wondered what percentage of travellers ARE disembarking with a + test result? As none of the major cruise lines are doing debarkation testing unless it’s requested by non-Americans, we can’t really know what that number is…. As so few Canadians are cruising as of now, it’s hard to gauge what is the real percentage of on board infections. Have people heard of any debarkation failures first hand?
  6. Five or six years ago (time no longer has a meaning to me .....) when you booked the Haven, you got 1) the drink package 2) grats 3 ) $300 obc (!) and 4 ) the Unlimited Dining Package! (compare that to table scraps that you get now!) As I would book ships as soon as itineraries became available, our final Supreme Flaming PuPu Platter Booking was on Escape ... when we would walk into a specialty for lunch, the staff would literally exclaim: "I haven't seen one of these in years!" as the code was very prominent on your key card! I'm still trying to lose the weight!
  7. The balcony is there on the bottom right corner of the image with the vertical deck planks.
  8. The The science on this is changing on a daily basis but today's thinking seems to lean toward the fact that breakthrough Covid patients are infectious for one week or less. The 14 day quarantine is quite excessive. While I personally wouldn't want to be stuck on a plane sitting next to someone who was confirmed to be positive, driving back in a car and arriving back to Canada and quarantining would be a reasonable answer. The odds of getting infected on a ship (and especially on one owned by NCLHI!) are extremely low. But as you perfectly stated, it's not much of a vaycay if I'm dreading my departure test!
  9. This is an edited version of a post that I just placed on the NCL Boards. First off , when did this magical, mystical Canadian 🇨🇦 section appear???!!!! I think that many people are focussing on Vax status and insurance requirements right now. It's one thing to be allowed to cruise (on paper), it's another to actually get on the plane or drive down to the port. Insurance is one thing, an entirely unpleasant vacation is another. I view your pre or post cruise PCR as THE big key to having a good or disastrous vacation. If you fail either, you are still unable to return to Canada for 14 days from the day of your test result. Vaccination has NOT changed the entry requirements!!! If you wanted to look at a nightmare scenario, let's say that your debarkation PCR is positive ... while NCL for example, will handle the details (and with your insurance company, work out the $$$), other cruise lines will not and you are now stuck wherever you are for 14 days until you can return home. But it gets worse .... your travelling companion/kids/spouse who tested negative will require a test within 72 hours of the return to Canada. What if one of them fails? ANOTHER 14 days!!! The ONLY (yeah, I know I'm using a lot of caps here!) way to escape Dodge as quickly as possible is if one of you tests positive, the other would have to take a DAILY rapid test to make sure that they also didn't convert. If they did, they would then need to go for a PCR so they could start their 14 day countdown. What a spectacle de poo (for our bilingual friends ....) In other words, for the average Canadian flying down to the States for a cruise, it's still a pretty big risk. Oh, and have I mentioned that the Government of Canada still has a pretty strict "Do Not Cruise" edict? Off for another glass of wine .....
  10. I've spent the last hour artistically spraying the large, red "L" on my forehead.... agreed, when did this magical, mystical section appear???!!!! I think that a lot (OK, most if not all) Canadian cruisers are missing the forest from the trees here. While your vax status may be a limiting factor to cruising, it's by no means the only major one. The equally large one is your pre and post pcr.... If you fail either, you are still unable to return to Canada for 14 days from the day of your test result. Vaccination has NOT changed the entry requirements!!! If you wanted to look at a nightmare scenario, let's say that your debarkation PCR is positive ... while NCL will handle the details (and with your insurance company, work out the $$$), you are now stuck wherever you are for 14 days until you can return home. But it gets worse .... your travelling companion/kids/spouse who tested negative require a test within 72 hours of the return to Canada. What if one of them fails? ANOTHER 14 days!!! The ONLY (yeah, I know I'm using a lot of caps here!) way to escape Dodge as quickly as possible is if one of you tests positive, the other would have to take a DAILY rapid test to make sure that they also didn't convert. If they did, they would then need to go for a PCR so they could start their 14 day countdown. What a spectacle de poo (for our bilingual friends ....) In other words, for the average Canadian flying down to the States for a cruise, it's still a pretty big risk. Oh, and have I mentioned that the Government of Canada still has a pretty strict "Do Not Cruise" edict? Off for another glass of wine .....
  11. As I have been lurking on these boards in anticipation of my first Regent cruise, I finally have something to add to the discussion that I'm very well versed in! Please ..... a 50 cent N95 is not necessarily actually legit or a good buy! There are a LOT of counterfeits out there. I spend all of my hours at work in a fit-checked N95 and tried on many different types and brands for comfort and safety. We are all extremely happy with the Makrite Sekura masks ... flexible, extremely durable and the most comfortable in my decades of practice. If you're going to wear one for many hours, make it the best that it can be!
  12. Wait a minute, people drink juice without preservatives???!!! As a fellow newbie, thanks for letting me crash your thread! While my partner and I are both in our mid to late 50's, internet on vacation is strictly to check up on animals, weather and flight status. The rest needs to be firmly ignored!
  13. Many thanks .... as I was saying to another poster, it sounds very similar to O. We like to eat late and basically missed every show. I had a very nice, long chat one day with the CD and asked why they simply didn't also do an early show as the sets, cast and everything else were already there. He totally agreed but said that the decision was made in Miami ... they thought that a 1/2 empty theater looked "bad" ....
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