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  1. On 7/13/2021 at 10:01 AM, laurelguy said:

    Appreciate the info and thanks! Don't we need a PCR test not an Antigen test? I worry about a good internet connection onboard but I guess the telemed call could be done onshore....

    I have the same question.  I believe you only need the antigen test, as that is all that is required returning from the Bahamas.  Unless you are going to Canada.  The ship offered it the last day before debarked, but we stayed two nights in Nassau so had to get it locally.  Hotels offer it to guests, as well as hospitals.  Maybe the hotels in Papeete will offer it, especially the ones used by Windstar.  EM

  2. More information.  If you are not flying back to the US on the day you debark, or the next day, you will need to get your test done shoreside.  Trouble is, not all testing sites take the Bahamas travel.gov voucher.  The clinic of Doctor's Hospital in the Hilton did not, so we paid again, $22.40 each.  On the bottom of the voucher page, if you purchased one, is the web address:

    https://travel.gov.bs/testingcenters.  This lists the centers that accept the voucher.  Some are hotels and only honor for guests.  The RT-PCR test takes 24 hours for results, and costs $124 and change.  We got our antigen tests done, and as well as the email results we had them printed.  No extra charge.  EM

  3. On 7/17/2021 at 3:01 AM, Roel94 said:

    Last thing I want to do. I want a hard copy of  my results. If WiFi does not work I can read a book.

    If you do not have a device to connect to wifi, or choose not to, you will not get notified of results.  So after a suitable period of time, ten to 15 minutes, go to the desk at the rear of the room, where everyone is going to get their blue wristband, and they will look it up for you.  Once you have that wristband, noone ever asks again, to see anything.  I don't think anyone scanned the code on the health visa, but a lot of people looked at it.  EM

  4. This sign is outside the Hilton, inside, too.  They seem to be attached to the Hilton.  I know all RCI people are getting their pre-cruise test done there, as this is where they check in.  The man said they charge $24 and across the street does the tests, too, and charge $22.  I didn't ask about the PCR test cost, but will today.  I suggest anyone staying in a different hotel message them and ask if they do the test.  Suspect most of the large hotels will, or can tell you where to get it done close by.




    Note they have a website, and a web address to get the results.  EM

  5. 12 hours ago, lookitsmikel said:

    Every hotel I’ve stayed in for the past year has had the coffee maker removed. I’m sure if they did intend on having them, this was just another Covid precaution. 

    I’m sitting in my bed in the British Colonial Hilton in Nassau, staring at a little Cuisinart coffee maker.  Does not use pods.  They have, however, disabled all the ice makers due to COVID.  You now have to go down to the bar to get ice.  Room service doesn’t bring it.  EM

  6. Interior with window is usually a forward facing cabin with a large picture window that overlooks a walkway in front of it.  It is considered obstructed and therefore classified as interior.  For more info ask on the Carnival board here, and include the cabin numbers you are considering.  Be careful, because the larger corner cabins are handicapped accessible, and the four larger ones on deck 10 also.  EM

  7. Not at all.  I believe most cruise lines have put in place a temporary rule that those on oxygen may not cruise, because the underlying condition requiring oxygen makes them more vulnerable to complications if they acquire Covid.  I believe I have seen this asked on the Princess board, or perhaps on the Ask A Cruise Question board.  EM

  8. On 7/11/2021 at 4:29 PM, sfred said:


    Good morning everyone!  This very elusive port is Vava'u Tonga.   The photo was taken from the Mt. Talau national park.  There's a photo in google maps of a small wooden observation deck where @Essiesmommay have stood. 


    This one took a long time to identify!  A very good challenge indeed.

    Yes indeed, this is Neiafu, Vava'u, Tonga taken from Mt. Talau.  No idea if we were on a tower.  If I could refer to my journal from that 1989 trip...  EM

  9. 3 hours ago, smlnd said:

    Keith, thank you so much for the copies of the Reflections.  I'm only missing #7 from July 9th.  Really appreciate!!!  I also have not been able to find out what time the first Crystal shuttle goes to the airport.  Also wondering if they have wifi at the Baha Mar convention center or do I need to get an International Plan for my cell phone in order to sign in to get my covid results.

    They tell you how to sign in to the wifi at Baha-Mar, free and no international plan needed.  I think you sign is as Visitor.  EM

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