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  1. Hi, I live in Halifax also but was not offended with your comments. Each person has their own opinion. For example you list Urquhart Castle as a great visit. I have visited Scotland several times including Urquhart Castle. I would NEVER put it on my list of must see castles. Lots of broken walls and little WOW factor. Yes, it has history and the area (Loch Ness) and the scenery is beautiful but... You should have replaced it with Eilean Donan Castle for the Scottish Highlands as a must see. Of the multitude of castles I have visited it would NOT be on my li
  2. We ALWAYS give extra tips even though we stay in inside cabins. I was quite shocked when people asked CC if they should give extra tips to the butler if they stay in a suite.
  3. Hi, We have been on Celebrity Solstice a few times (Australia, New Zealand) and always in an inside cabin. I don't remember the rooms but we were also up high. Since you have rooms below and above you you should have less noise as compared to being above or below a restaurant/casino/shops etc. You will also hear less engine noise than the lower decks. Also staying in a room next to an elevator is a no no. They make noise that travels. However, for extreme movement, you will notice more if you are not in the middle of the ship (especially
  4. Hi, We have sailed on many Princess cruises and loved them all! We are Elite/Diamond on Celebrity/RCCL but would NOT hesitate taking another Princess cruise. We base our decision on price and destination. We did a long Princess cruise to Tahiti etc and it was fun!. We have also done the Baltic cruise twice (on other lines) and had a GREAT time. It's action packed (many ports) and if you can walk well you do NOT need an excursion for for almost all the ports (except St.Petersburg). The ship parks downtown in most of the ports an
  5. Hi, My refund for 2 cruises that were paid in full took close to 4 months. This was after many many emails and phone calls. They gave me a multitude of lame excuses that changed daily. They were very creative.
  6. Hi, "I mean, what good is the vaccine exactly? " The vaccine will likely prevent you from dying or having severe lifelong damage to your lungs. Aren't those reasons "good"?
  7. Hi, I totally agree with your points. One of the MAJOR issues of decreasing transmission of viruses (eg Flu) is due to low numbers of vaccinated individuals in the community. To achieve herd immunity by vaccines you need to immunize a large proportion of the population. Some estimate 90%. Since this is usually not achieved it often looks like herd immunity doesn't work (or poorly). Also the Flu viruses swap pieces and new strains arise which also complicates transmission effectiveness. However, after getting immunized with different strains
  8. Hi, We also liked the "evening event in the Sky Lounge for the top three tier levels" BUT LOVED the Diamond Club on RCL BETTER!!. We became Elite on Celebrity first and automatically became Diamond on RLC. The drinks, food, etc is OUTSTANDING in all the Diamond lounges we tried (usually 4-6 cruises per year with many >12 nights and many being B2B. RCL has not (yet) changed it's perks/Diamond club. In fact we now prefer RCL. My "only" minor problem with RCL is that their french onion soup sucks compared to Celebrity. Otherwise the are very close.
  9. Hi. Most viral vaccines that prevent the disease do DECREASE the viral load in newly infected individuals that have been previously immunized. To prevent the the airborne virus from first infection you need to have a vaccine work at the mucosal surface (mucosa immunity IgA type) that many vaccines don't induce perfectly. But most effective viral vaccines lower amount of virus (called load) and the transmission (spread) is greatly decreased. Thus herd immunity with vaccines does work. This was also shown experimentally (recently) with chickens. Yes
  10. Hi, There are few vaccines that are perfect in all aspects (protecting all, inducing perfect herd immunity, not causing side effects etc.). This is a very unusual common cold virus. It KILLS many that are infected. This is what scares most! Also many have severe symptoms that cause long lasting problems. Most that have issues are over 70. As I mentioned earlier, if the vaccine eliminated DEATH and severe symptoms it would be GREAT! If it was long lasting, inhibited transmission and induced herd immunity it would be a bonus! Also, some that are as
  11. Hi, Yes -80C (rare ultra freezer)is needed for LONG term storage for Pfizer and Moderna covid vaccines. However short term storage (5 and 10 days) is fine at -20C (close to your home freezer). This will create some? problems but hospitals and research labs have -80C.
  12. Hi, As far as I remember (which isn't great lately) the vaccine storage issues (-80C) is for long term storage while it's shelf life for short term storage is -20C. I think this was for the Moderna RNA vaccine but may?? be the same or different for Pfizer as mentioned on earlier posts.
  13. Hi, Could you please tell me your source for you statement: "manufacture sterile glass vaccine syringes". This is interesting since most vaccines use plastic syringes. Thanks!
  14. Hi, We had 6 cruise booked before covid struck. Two were paid in full and we had no options but to either request a cash refund or FCC. We opted for a cash refund. They said it would come in 30 days. After 90 days we still got NOTHING. This happened to MOST. It was EXTREMELY painful and time consuming (emails, phone calls etc). They came up with MANY excuses NOT to give our money back. Finally, at near 4 months later we started to get money back in dribs and drabs. We decided to cancel the rest (except one in 2021 that MAY?? still go but unlikely).
  15. Hi RickT, We are also happy to be in Nova Scotia. However, 2 new cases today. Both from travel. As you likely know most of our positives come from flights into Halifax. We live in Dartmouth/Colby area. Where in Halifax are you from? From your post I see you are elite on Celebrity like us. We probably were on a cruise together?? A few years ago we were waiting in line in Greece to get back on the ship. During conversation a couple behind us was also from Dartmouth and lived 3-4 streets from us. Small world!. We had to cancel 5 cruises due to covid.
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