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  1. I remember Fabian all too well. It was the beginning of the end for one of our favorite Bermuda hotels, the Sonesta Beach.
  2. Yes they will take you. The cost is going to depend on exactly where in Manhattan you're coming from as time, distance and tolls are factors. Taxis are metered, and Uber will be priced through their app. A very rough estimate from midtown Manhattan would be about $40.
  3. Bermuda's construction code is very strict and there is rarely substantial damage to buildings there from hurricanes. They took a direct hit from Hurricane Paulette earlier this year and only suffered minimal damage beyond power outages and downed trees. Bermuda is outside Epsilon's predicted hurricane force wind field and only within the predicted tropical storm force wind field, so hopefully it will be little more than a nuisance.
  4. For years there's been a night known variously as "Dress Up or Not Night", "Norwegian's Night Out" and maybe another name or two that I've forgotten. It's also the night the captain will pose for pictures with the passengers. Normally it's the second night of the cruise...the night of the first full cruise day. There are still a fair number of passengers who get dressed up that night, particularly if they're having photos taken. To answer the OP's question, there's no special dining room menu that night, but the night definitely exists, and it's still mentioned in the ncl.com FAQs: https://www.ncl.com/faq#!#what-clothes-should-i-pack "Special Events: Theme Nights and Parties Our newest event, Norwegian's Night Out, is the perfect opportunity to get dressed up for an evening of cocktails, fine dining and great entertainment. You may also want to pack an all-white ensemble for our iconic White Hot Party."
  5. Brilliant...or more likely more cruises than I can count in the aft penthouses. There actually was a time when the Jewel class was first launched that mini suites had a separate breakfast venue in the smaller of the two main dining rooms. I remember it well because we cruised in a mini suite on the Jewel's maiden transatlantic in 2005 which brought it from Europe to its NY home port .
  6. And those cabins were never called mini suites. They were aft penthouse suites.
  7. You're confusing the aft-facing mini suites, now called aft-facing club balcony suites (current category M1), which never had those benefits, with the aft facing penthouse with balcony (current category SN). which always have had those benefits. The key is the letter "S" in the latter's category, which identifies it as a (full) suite.
  8. I like the idea of YouTube influencers being housed on a ship where they'll be given "preventative doses of hydroxychloroquine". It's a way to solve a serious societal problem...
  9. Based on discussions I've read on local press sources royalgazette.com or bernews.com it's not going to happen any time soon. They have a very strict testing protocol for everyone entering the country. You're required to have a negative test taken prior to departure for your trip and then you're tested again immediately upon entry to Bermuda, with quarantine required until a negative test result is obtained. You're then required to have additional tests at intervals thereafter. That procedure works for airline arrivals because only a couple of hundred people at a time arrive on an airplane. It's a different story when a cruise ship with thousands of people aboard arrives. Bermuda just doesn't have the ability to do that much testing. Right now Bermuda is one of the most COVID-19 free countries in the world, with only a handful of active cases thanks to their strict protocols. They want to keep it that way.
  10. The poster won't be able to provide a link because there is no approved "USA plan". I've read through the joint NCL/Royal Caribbean Healthy Sail Panel recommendations a couple of times and i can't even find a specific number of doctors per ship mentioned there, only a somewhat vague reference to the need to increase the ratio of medical personnel to guests and crew, including the suggestion that if ships were operating at 50% capacity the current staffing level might be sufficient: See page 38 of https://www.royalcaribbean.com/content/dam/royal/resources/pdf/healthy-sail-panel-full-recommendations.pdf
  11. The discussion has nothing to do with denied boarding status on a cruise, or anything having to do with another country. It arose from your own post in which you said a "wine buddy" physician told you that being vaccinated was going to be an employment condition at the hospital. Hawaiidan was the one who brought up the Canada red herring, not anyone else discussing this. But I certainly agree that item #10 could be the key to requiring vaccination. In fact the Johns Hopkins medical system since 2012-2013 has required its employees who work in patient care areas to be vaccinated against the flu . https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/mandatory_flu_vaccination/faq.html#:~:text=The mandatory influenza vaccination program,care or clinical care areas%2C
  12. The article wasn't just talking about performers in shows. It was about all crew.
  13. HIPAA is most certainly a law...a US law so it has nothing to do with Canada. HIPAA is the acronym for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which was signed into law in 1996. Its Privacy Rule protects how your health information is used. However there are 12 "national priority purposes" that permit use and disclosure of protected health information: When required by law Public health activities Victims of abuse or neglect or domestic violence Health oversight activities Judicial and administrative proceedings Law enforcement Functions (such as identification) concerning deceased persons Cadaveric organ, eye, or tissue donation Research, under certain conditions To prevent or lessen a serious threat to health or safety Essential government functions Workers compensation It's not totally inconceivable that an officially declared national health emergency such as the COVID-19 pandemic could be used to require someone to disclose if they had been vaccinated against the disease, under the "to prevent or lessen a serious threat to health or safety" exception...but I suspect that an attempt to do that would be the subject of litigation. Edit: Cruisemom42's post hit the board while I was typing this...sorry for any duplication.
  14. Well...technically, yes, they will have access to the Haven but those cabins are not located within the Haven's confines.
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