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About SDPadreFan

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    San Diego, CA
  • Interests
    Travel, music, current events
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Carnival, Celebrity, RCCL
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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  1. Cabo is a tender port so I don't know of ANY cruise ships that actually overnight in Cabo. Most actually pull out by sunset (or earlier). Spending the night in town (to enjoy Cabo nightlife) is risky as well. While your ship may be fine the first day, the next day, the harbor could close due to rough seas (swells) and the ship would leave you behind.
  2. There goes our Oct B2B on the Magic. Our vacations are already planned out for next year: 2 week Hawaii cruise on the Miracle, and then 2 weeks in Cabo San Lucas at our timeshare in Oct/Nov 2021 celebrating our best friends "Medicare Qualification Event". So we will be taking our $1200 in cabin credit (7 day + 7day) and using it in 2022. Guess we have until Apr 2023 to use it. Lemonade from lemons.
  3. So I realized I should probably get started with the online check-in process for these mid October 2020 B2B cruises but ran into some questions. The check-in time offered was I think 12:30-1:00pm. Is it fairly common that people arrive early anyway and try to get onboard sooner? If we do arrive early, is there a place to sit if they make us wait until our designated time? We are flying in to FLL from San Diego the day before and will probably just stay in a FLL hotel and then Uber to Miami in the late morning. Our last cruise was 10 years ago so things have changed. How do we do the online check-in process for the second cruise? Since we will be neither driving to the port nor flying in at that point. Thanks in advance.
  4. I think Carnival would be smart to keep a Spirit Class ship (aka Miracle) on the West Coast for the Alaska itinerary because they have a retractable roof over the pool area/lido deck. Also good for a couple of days on the Hawaii sailings because the Eastern Pacific, north of central Baja can be pretty nippy at times. Don't believe Radiance will have that feature (but could be wrong).
  5. Kinda hard to figure out how my original post that you quoted relates to children and where they stay (post 17 in this thread). And I certainly never made any suggestions ("Are you actually suggesting...") regarding children. But I'm sure you felt better after your rant.
  6. We have a B2B scheduled for mid October on Carnival Magic. We have the same Spa Balcony cabin for both sailings. First sailing is Eastern Caribbean, 2nd sailing is Western Caribbean. Biggest concerns right now are - will the cruises even happen, and will the Spa privileges even exist (thalassotherpy pool, etc). If the cruises get canceled - we'll survive. I'm fine with the $600 OBC they will offer (per cruise). We would push those cruises to 2022 as our 4 weeks of vacation in 2021 are already spoken for (15 night Carnival Hawaii cruise in the Spring and 2 weeks at our timeshare in Cabo San Lucas in Oct/Nov 2021). We can use that cabin credit for Cheers, etc. If the Spa is closed (or severely restricted), then we will argue for some benefit (or ideally a refund) to make up for it. Not so much worried about repeat activities/shows/menus over the 2 weeks because there are always options. Comedy Club, Showroom, movies at sea, quiet night stargazing. Optional restaurants to try. Carnival always has something going on. If the cruises don't happen - we'll figure out something else for this year. Trip to Sedona and the Grand Canyon later in the fall. Drive the West Coast from San Diego to Vancouver, B.C. A week or two in Washington D.C. (if the museums open up). We have a very good friend who lives in Alexandria, VA so we wouldn't need a hotel.
  7. I started getting Flu shots at the tender age of 17 1/2, courtesy of the U.S. Navy. I got one every year for those 24 years of service. Since then - I've continued to get one EVERY year like clockwork since 1998 - the year I retired from the Navy. During those 24 years, I've been all over the world, to include such garden spots as Mombasa, Kenya, Karachi, Pakistan, Jebal Ali, UAE. and many other locations with approximately 5000 - 6500 of my shipmates (aircraft carriers). Since my retirement in 1998, I've continued to travel to various countries both by air and sea. The end result - 47continuous years of NEVER getting diagnosed with the Flu. So at least from my perspective (and actual experience). The influenza vaccine is 100% effective. My wife has had the exact same experience (gets a flu shot with me every year for the last 30 years). So combined - that is 77 life years of not being diagnosed with the Flu. I'll go ahead and stay with that track record and when the COVID-19 vaccine is made available, count me as one of the first in line. If you wish - obviously you can continue to "roll the infectious disease dice". I wish you well.
  8. Here are some of the important cliff notes "A vaccine in development by the British-Swedish company AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford is based on a chimpanzee adenovirus called ChAdOx1. The vaccine is in a Phase II/III trial in England and Phase III trials in Brazil and South Africa. The project may deliver emergency vaccines by October. In June, AstraZeneca said their total manufacturing capacity stands at two billion doses." "The Bacillus Calmette-Guerin vaccine was developed in the early 1900s as a protection against tuberculosis. The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Australia is conducting a Phase III trial, and several other trials are underway to see if the vaccine partly protects against the coronavirus." "The German company BioNTech has entered into collaborations with Pfizer, based in New York, and the Chinese drug maker Fosun Pharma to develop their mRNA vaccine. On July 1, they announced that all the volunteers for their Phase I/II trial produced antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, while some experienced moderate side effects such as sleep disturbances and sore arms. In an interview, Pfizer’s CEO said that he hoped his company could begin delivering vaccines in October, providing hundreds of millions of doses by the end of 2020, and then up to a billion by the end of 2021." "On June 30, the American company Inovio announced they had interim Phase I data on their DNA-based vaccine. They found no serious adverse effects, and measured an immune response in 34 out of 36 volunteers. They plan to start Phase II/III trials this summer." "Maryland-based Novavax has developed a way to stick proteins onto microscopic particles. They’ve created vaccines for a number of different diseases using this platform, and their flu vaccine finished Phase III trials in March. The company launched trials for a Covid-19 vaccine in May, and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations has invested $384 million in the vaccine. On July 6, Novavax announced a U.S. government award of $1.6 billion to support clinical trials and manufacturing. If the trials succeed, Novavax expects to deliver 100 million doses for use in the United States by the first quarter of 2021. Plants in Europe and Asia would be able to satisfy more of the world’s demand. "
  9. Actually - there are 3 vaccines that are already in Phase III (widespread human testing) or getting ready to start (Phase II completed). The New York Times has an entire section (non paywall type) that covers every single type of vaccine development and what Phase trial they are in. Two of the Phase III trials are from U.S. Based companies. Once one of the Phase III tests are completed and the results look fairly safe and effective. The FDA will probably grant an emergency approval for that vaccine. The other Phase III vaccine is the one being developed out of Oxford University in GB. And there is one vaccine that has actually gotten approval (in China). But it's a very limited approval and only members of the Chinese military can get it. They skipped Phase III and approved the vaccine after Phase II. The Chinese military are the guinea pigs being used as their Phase III substitution (probably lower ranked conscripts). Here is the New York Times link to their vaccine tracker. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/science/coronavirus-vaccine-tracker.html Update - looks like there are now 4 vaccines in Phase III testing.
  10. Actually skridge - they market themselves as the FUN cruise line. I'm guessing widower's and single people like to have fun. We like Carnival for just this reason. Even the old folks like to have fun. That's generally true with RCCL but not as much and definitely not true with Celebrity in OUR experience. We like being around people who are fun, like to engage in conversation, and like to laugh. On Carnival - we have found that to include people of all ages.
  11. The cruise lines have to hold back a certain amount of Early/Late seating times based upon the historical average of how many people with guaranteed dining choices might be sailing. Could be Diamond, could be Suite passengers. Varies among the different cruise lines but they all have to do it. Once the remaining seat slots are filled by the rabble hoard and the wait list is full, that dining option will be closed. Say a cruise line determines that 26 Diamonds with guaranteed dining choice could be sailing on a particular cruise. Those 26 slots are set aside in the hold back until close to sailing. Those 26 slots would also generally correspond to the size of the waitlist for a dining time (early/late) for a particular sailing. Hence how even a waitlist can be closed. As the sailing date draws closer, the ship can release some of those those hold back slots to waitlisted individuals. Journey cruises are likely to have the greatest number of hold back dining slots as those cruises are the most likely to have the largest number of guaranteed dining choice individuals (Diamonds, etc.) and the largest waitlists. At least that's my guess.
  12. Smoking will be allowed just aft of the fantail. 😁 That's a Navy term, not a little bird.
  13. So if a stateroom costs $1000 - that would be $500 per person. 3 people would be 1500 (500 X 3). 4 people would be $2000, to be fair. I could work with that since my wife & I are just 2. Carnival would love it though.
  14. If my wife passes before me, I'll just stop cruising under the current rules. After 24 years in the Navy, I'll do just fine not cruising. If I pass first - I've already given my blessing for my wife to shack up with the pool boy (not that she needs my blessing). But if she remarries, she loses my military retirement Survivor Benefit Plan benefit. So just shacking up would be the best financial decision.
  15. But it is ok to charge a single person almost double? Or a widower simply because their spouse passed away. Because that is the current situation. Doesn't effect me, I'm married to my life mate, but I do understand Saint Greg's point of view. Deals for families are ok, but not for individuals. By what rational?
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