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Uncle Sugar

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  1. I have a curiosity question concerning taking a COVID test (such as the current requirement within two days of embarkation) when the person concerned had been infected with the virus about two months before cruise commencement. This assumes the person had been fully vaccinated earlier (before infection) and subsequently experienced complete recovery after testing positive. A problem occurs due to the fact that after recovery, remnant viral materials which are no longer transmittable to others are still in the body. According to the latest CDC guidance regarding international travel dated August 25, 2021, the following is applicable: "If you recovered from a documented COVID-19 infection within the last 3 months, follow all requirements and recommendations for fully vaccinated travelers except you do NOT need to get a test…. People can continue to test positive for up to 3 months after diagnosis and not be infectious to others.” Regarding international air travel, the latest CDC guidance on this subject states the following: “All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.” My question: How does this guidance apply to cruise ship passengers? Will such people be excluded from the current 2-day testing requirement? The CDC recognizes that people who have recently recovered from COVID can still test positive, even though they do not pose a danger to others. Any thoughts?
  2. Made my first 2023 bookings online last week. Noticed that on the subsequent booking confirmations the expected automatic military onboard credits did not display (I'm a Navy retiree). Has anyone else encountered this? .
  3. Just booked a 14-day European cruise aboard Sky Princess for next year and have placed on temporary hold status pending a deposit payment due in just a couple of days. Noticed that a deposit payment of $800 is required, instead of the normal $200. Since we’ve exhausted our available FCDs (and can’t purchase replacements), it looks like we have to cough up the extra dollars. Called a Princess Customer Service rep earlier today and was advised that as of mid-February, just a couple of weeks ago, Princess, as a matter of policy, had indeed increased the deposit amounts needed to nail down a booking. In our case, however, that was a four-fold increase! Just curious, have others encountered the same situation involving drastically increased deposit requirements? Sounds to us that Princess has done this (if our situation isn’t unique and applies across-the-board) to improve their cash flow position.
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