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  1. This was in the news a few weeks ago. The information was for the Moderna vaccine. https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2021/01/12/health/moderna-covid-vaccine-protection/index.html Protection may last longer, but the vaccine is new and it is hard to predict how long the effects will last. There are also new Covid-19 variants that may evade the current vaccines, so we may need to get annual Covid boosters just like we get annual flu shots.
  2. DW and I are fortunate and have been healthy all year. We are getting our second dose later this week. I have a friend who has caught Covid-19 twice; once in April and once in November. Both times were verified by testing. Natural immunity lasts about 6 months. Immunity from the vaccine is expected to last a least a year.
  3. I I kept the same booking number. The perks were changed to the new V&V offer including the prepaid gratuities.
  4. We re-fared today and saved $1000. The first quote I got didn't include pre-paid hotel service charges, but I pointed out that the website shows that as a bonus through 5 January.
  5. I have tried to call my "new" PCC several times, but had no luck. I used email and have been getting very timely responses.
  6. A few years ago I made a reservation online on a weekend and then called my PCC on Monday. She had to cancel my original booking and then create a new one.
  7. I booked a cruise for next July. Venice to Barcelona. We had future cruise deposits that expire in Oct 2021, so there is nothing more out of pocket until April. Now I can dream and plan for next year. The room selection was also great. I got a room exactly where I want it.
  8. I get these from time to time. I took advantage of an offer for a 17 day trip to Hawaii out of Seattle. I upgraded to an ocean view. I was able to use another promotion with Amex at the time along with airline miles for airfare. My cost for the stateroom, taxes, insurance and air fare was about $1000 for 2 of us. ($500 per person). It was a great trip and I would do another if I can fit it in my schedule and I feel safe to cruise.
  9. This sounds like the casino rate offer that I received. If they check with their PCC or TA they may find they are also eligible for $250 in casino play plus free drinks while in the casino. The offer of casino play must be redeemed in the casino. They should have received an email or offer in the mail with the details.
  10. I agree. I trusted my PCC. I have tried to find a TA that I could trust and provide a discount. I wasn't able, so I used the PCC. She was very responsive both by phone and email. As for discounts, I found several ways to save money on a cruise and associated travel. (Flight ease, FCD, travel cards, Amex, and sales.) To each his own. I didn't intend this to become another TA vs PCC thread.
  11. The first thing I did was to check on the on the status of my last PCC. She has left HAL. The second thing I did was to start this thread. The last thing was to greet my new PCC. I told her how great the last PCC was, and that I looked forward to working with her when I felt safe to travel again.
  12. I have had a great PCC for the last several years. She has always responded quickly and accurstely via email and phone. Today I received an email from a new PCC. Has anyone else been reassigned to a different PCC?
  13. I received this offer last week. I looked it over, considered it,and then decided you can't pay me to be on a cruise until there is a vaccine. My next cruise won't be until late 2021 or sometime in 2022. I may book one for late next year so that I can start planning. Stay well everyone, Taba
  14. The advisory from the State Department includes a warning about long distance travel on a plane. Passengers on Cruise Ships U.S. citizens, particularly travelers with underlying health conditions, should not travel by cruise ship. CDC notes increased risk of infection of COVID-19 in a cruise ship environment. In order to curb the spread of COVID-19, many countries have implemented strict screening procedures that have denied port entry rights to ships and prevented passengers from disembarking. In some cases, local authorities have permitted disembarkation but subjected passengers
  15. I knew I didn't have much time to spare, so I tried to reduce risks in other ways: insurance, Flightease, direct flight, and HAL transfer.
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