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  1. That’s only logical if the vaccine is 100% effective “A” Or not effective at all “B” The fact it’s somewhere around 85/95% effective means you could still catch it “A”, but still find the vast majority are safe therefore reducing the chance of catching it in a country where most people have been vaccinated. The vaccine works because of its high percentage effectiveness thus dropping the R number below 1, it’s not a simple 100% or nothing.
  2. I find that response slightly baffling. Four people have died from the Indian variant, not sure how me stating “ people are dying from the Indian variant” is then scaremongering, they did actually died regardless of any underlying health condition after contracting Covid.
  3. I should add that we have people dying from the Indian variant now, because we allowed international travel to continue. That’s just the reality of the situation.
  4. I think the question should maybe be, would you want to be in Israel. I would imaging even if allowed the restrictions would be huge.
  5. I don’t blame them, people’s lives come first. International vacations, in whatever form they are are a luxury, there is nothing to stop anyone taking their vacations in their own country. I miss my cruises but absolutely understand the logic and although we’re booked in Feb for Asia we won’t take it if it’s not a sensible choice. One family member dead and two with long Covid, that’s our reality, we can live with taking cottage holidays on the UK for as long as it takes.
  6. We would be more than happy to see a National “Covid” Database, a bit of paper in any form was never going to work. We would only be looking to sail on ships that demand proof of vaccination that’s credible, not showing something that can be run off in seconds and purchased online for peanuts. A phone app that could easily be scanned would be a decent option.
  7. I think the tipping point for many will be at what level the restrictions are when things settle down, everyone will have a level that’s acceptable, or not. We’ve got till November to pay the balance. We’re already booked with flights into Hong Kong and back from Singapore and adding flight to Bangkok and Hanoi with hotel stays would not be the worst holiday in the world if the options are more appealing.
  8. Very difficult to say if it’s over the top or not given the Covid situation around the world seems to change pretty rapidly one way or the other. We’re both vaccinated well in advance of any travel before our cruise next Feb and will base our decision on the restrictions at the time along with the issue of safety. If we were travelling in the next few months with these levels of restrictions in place we would stay in the UK, for us it’s going to impact our enjoyment far too much to spend thousands of pounds on. The limits on the numbers around the outside areas alone will create major problems
  9. The term “Anti-vaxxers has been used for a very long time, in truth it’s pretty accurate. You could use other terms I guess but it’s really just a recognised term these days, I’ve seen it used by politicians regularly over here.
  10. I guess though those who need a forged document are mostly going to be anti Vaxxers.
  11. Obviously for the individual whether honest or not, until there is a problem and it quickly stops working and becomes pointless, never to be used again. Can’t say I know what the answer is but it’s certainly not as basic as a bit of cardboard or plastic that can easily be copied.
  12. Not the biggest shock, I think when I mentioned it a good while ago someone asked why anyone would go to the bother, clearly many are, and will. I would not however want to be rocking up on a cruise ship with false documentation and then fall ill with Covid, that sounds like an expensive mistake to me. I think we all know any form of card is pointless, it simply won’t work.
  13. I never understand this point, everyone knows that the vaccine is not 100% effective and as such a percentage that have been vaccinated can still catch Covid.
  14. We have all had the first Pfizer shot, I personally had no ill effects but while at the hospital today the nurse said a number of her colleagues felt rougher after the second shot with fever and the likes, heard that a few times lately but still looking forward to my second shot next week.
  15. Good news, we now need the government to put it in place. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-56416855
  16. Watching the experts over here they seem genuinely baffled as to why some major euro countries have suspended using the vaccine with what appears to be no real evidence of a problem while people continue to die through not getting it.
  17. They are still not sure if when vaccinated you could still carry the virus and of course being vaccinated is not 100% protection, more like 85% so I guess in theory with a ship with the average age of Celebrity cruisers there are still risks, it’s just reduced.
  18. That’s actually one thing that would not put us off although we do usually book private tours. We could live with the extra cost and lack of flexibility for the next cruise in Asia. I think limitations onboard would be more of a factor for us as the ship is always the most important thing for us.
  19. No, next year for us when hopefully we are closer to normality. Too many potential problems for travel abroad for us.
  20. It’s all down to how quickly they can roll out the vaccine to a decent percentage, most European countries are behind the UK by around a month. I still think the summer is out with real changes only happening in the Autumn. We have already decided we would not be comfortable flying anywhere this entire year and have bookings made in the UK.
  21. There is a huge pent up demand for all forms of leisure when it returns, the UK is going to have a massive year with people staying in the country and prices have risen to match that demand. The cruise industry is going to be no different when it’s up and running again.
  22. Widespread cruising by maybe Autumn is my guess. I’m fairly optimistic our Asian cruise next February will go ahead but even that’s far from certain. Put it this way, we would normally have all our flight and Hotels with none refundable rates already booked. All we have this time is two hotels for a night each, both with full cancellation and nothing paid up front. We only booked those because they are close to half the price they were for this Feb when we were supposed to cruise. Nothing is guaranteed in my view.
  23. I see reports already stating this is no higher than would be expected in the general population without a vaccine.
  24. The thing is we don’t base our decisions in general on whatever is the cheapest, for us there are other factors to take into consideration. Certainly many of the stories on here over last year regarding some TA’s have been an eye opener, we’ve had fantastic service from start to finish from our Celebrity rep who provided us with his email and he’s the only rep we ever have to deal with, not having to go through a middleman has been worth every penny extra to us. We pay extra to have our car looked after by a franchise dealer we trust rather than a cut price mega market dealer for exactly the
  25. I have to say that personally I would rather we are not put at further risk by those refusing to take the vaccine, we feel everyone has a social responsibility not to put others at risk and feel if anyone refuses they should not be allowed anywhere near a cruise ship which is an enclosed environment. We will be on an inside cabin on our next cruise and don’t want to have to isolate because of the decision of others. Obviously you are not going to see it that way but for us the tighter the cruise and airlines are in keeping us safe the better.
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