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  1. Hello! I wanted to start another Countess report. In know TravelinGert has a thread going for another cruise and I didn’t want to hijack that one. My wife and I have been on two other river cruises, both in Europe. One on AMA and one on Crystal. We loved them both but international travel is not in the cards for us this summer, so here we are in New Orleans! We got in late Wednesday and checked out of that hotel (The Higgins) this morning and checked in at the Hilton Riverfront that AQSC uses. We had a 2:15 Covid test and we checked in at the same time in a
  2. With the desire of Silversea to have fully vaccinated crew and passengers, when do you see your ships sailing from Florida, given the Florida government prohibition on asking about vaccination status? Is a change to the law in Florida a prerequisite for sailing from Florida for Silversea? Or will you relax the vaccination requirement? Or some other option I haven’t thought of? I have a cruise booked in December from Fort Lauderdale, so I am particularly interested. I hope you stick with the vaccination requirements you initially specified!
  3. Chrism—glad to see you’re feeling optimistic! It’s much better for overall health than pessimism. I am feeling more optimistic as well.
  4. There was news from Secretary Yellen that rates might rise to keep the economy from overheating as it comes out of covid shutdown. Since the cruise lines are debt heavy, that probably had an negative effect on their stock price.
  5. For travel within the US, consider taking the train! Amtrak covers the country and you can book a sleeping compartment for just you and your travel companion and gets meals delivered there. The stations are far less crowded than airports and some waiting is outdoors. Much less exposure than on a plane. Yes, it takes longer but if one is concerned about planes and airports, it’s definitely an option.
  6. I’m glad you could rebook! I’m curious, though. You said you had a guarantee. Do you mean you booked a guaranteed cabin but didn’t get an assigned cabin number? We’re booked for a cruise next month and are concerned since we’re leaving home a week before embarkation. We have a cabin number assigned. Thanks in advance!
  7. We’re booked on that cruise too! Thanks for the recommendation—we enjoy a nice winery/vineyard tour! BTW, we enjoy the Finger Lakes region too!
  8. For luxury lines, we have been on Crystal, Silversea and Seabourn. Regent got cancelled just about a year ago. i think all three of those lines can meet all or nearly all of your goals. A zero bill at the end might be tough depending on your OBC and what you prepaid on any of them. Buffets, if they continue, will be problematic but just having fewer folks on board helps minimize issues. We’re not spa people so I can’t comment much on that aspect. As you know to do, see who is posting what and screen out the top and bottom 10%. And as others have said elsewhere, if something
  9. I agree with Sheila. I was willing to let the CDC do its thing, but now it’s time to acknowledge the progress on vaccines in the US and their effectiveness. There are also tens of thousands of passengers who have cruised without any notable incidents. Theater or no, it’s about putting pressure to get this moving. And that’s what we all want!
  10. Just saw this from https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-04-06/carnival-threatens-to-move-ships-abroad-amid-cdc-obstacles Sounds very promising! “CDC is committed to working with the cruise industry and seaport partners to resume cruising following the phased approach outlined in the conditional sailing order,” CDC spokeswoman Jade Fulce said in a response to questions about Carnival. “This goal aligns with the desire to resume passenger operations in the United States expressed by many major cruise ship operators and travelers; hopefully, by mid-summer with restrict
  11. There’s also this that I just saw. This sounds promising! https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-04-06/carnival-threatens-to-move-ships-abroad-amid-cdc-obstacles “CDC is committed to working with the cruise industry and seaport partners to resume cruising following the phased approach outlined in the conditional sailing order,” CDC spokeswoman Jade Fulce said in a response to questions about Carnival. “This goal aligns with the desire to resume passenger operations in the United States expressed by many major cruise ship operators and travelers; hopefully, by mid-summer with
  12. OK, fair point. I hope you’re right—we have two cruises out of Florida booked in December-January!
  13. It’s not just a vaccine passport that’s prohibited by the Florida order, it’s any proof of vaccination. The order states: Businesses in Florida are prohibited from requiring patrons or customers to provide any documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination or post-transmission recovery to gain access to, entry upon, or service from the business. https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/EO-21-81.pdf Not bashing anyone but that’s the Florida order. Can’t have that and NCLH cruises from Miami at the same time.
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