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Everything posted by K.T.B.

  1. ^^^THIS. And you deserve this as well:
  2. In 2019 it was $53 billion for the US. LINK
  3. Exactly what nocl said. Besides, at least here in Illinois, they're amping up the ability to get vaccinated at local pharmacies. I still think my dates will be fairly accurate.
  4. By August every adult in the US could easily be vaccinated. Not everyone will, of course, 'cause stupidity, but the crew members can certainly be vaccinated by then. So my guess is by July-ish cruises start up again slowly, with full implementation by October.
  5. Right now? You're correct. In the next couple of months, I think it'll be a heck of a lot easier. I know that Walgreens will be getting up and running for distributing the vaccine soon. Here's a good article on the subject of pharmacies giving vaccinations: LINK
  6. Well, with the news yesterday that the US government is buying an additional 200 million doses of Moderna & Pfizer (LINK), there is absolutely zero excuse for 100 % of the adult population (18+) to not be vaccinated by August. There will actually be an excess of dosages, so that means teens can then be vaccinated, assuming there's no risk. (So far it appears there is no risk.) It appears there is light at the end of the tunnel, and it's not an oncoming train!
  7. Flucelvax and Flublok. Flublok didn't hit me as badly, but it affected me for a couple days.
  8. Well, I can't get a flu shot as it makes me violently ill. That won't stop me from getting a Covid vaccine though.
  9. Tourism in Alaska accounts for nearly $2.2 billion. A large chunk of that is cruising. You may want to reconsider.
  10. I got into a... heated disagreement with someone yesterday about getting vaccinated. They said they won't because they're allergic. I pointed out there there will many varieties of vaccines coming out, not all with be mRNA vaccines like Pfizer or Moderna. And I actually had a list to show them, but they cut me off by saying, "Well, I heard...." I just shook my head and tuned them out then. I seriously do not understand the reluctance.
  11. Well, there are several cities in Alaska that would want it. Many ports in the US. Not just the cruising industry is affected by this.
  12. It may not be essential, but if that law affects the economy in a highly negative way (which it currently does) it should be changed. Don't forget, because of the Jones Act, vital assistance to Puerto Rico was delayed until the US government issued a waiver of the law temporarily. The same can be done for PSVA until they ultimately change it.
  13. Exactly. The law can be changed and it would infinitely help the cruise lines. Imagine a 2 week cruise leaving Seattle, going to Alaska then to Hawaii and then back to Seattle with no stops in Canada. Zero need for a passport (though to fly you'd need it). That would affect Canada negatively, but there could be many cruises leaving from the west coast going back and forth to Hawaii with no foreign ports needed.
  14. In the Chicago area you can add in the grocery stores of Mariano's and Jewel/Osco (Osco is the "drug store/pharmacy" part of the store). To date, however, if you don't already have one there's no way anyone new is getting an appointment. Everything is booked solid.
  15. The shingles vaccine is kept at -50° and it's never been a problem. So what's the issue...?
  16. I just want to focus on the part I bolded. I understand the frustration, but there's only so many medical professionals available to give the shots. I know there was a call for retired nurses, doctors, etc., to assist in Illinois in order to alleviate the demand. IMO, they need to pull out some medical students, those who are capable and can safely give shots of course, in order to help. This is a state-level failure which compounds the federal-level failure. Right now, my wife and I are looking at the end of March, it we're lucky, before we can think about getting o
  17. I think, under the circumstances, all cruise lines should allow people to cancel 30 days out and get back 100%. At least until things are back to semi-normal.
  18. At this point you might as well wait until you need to make that final payment. I truly it depends on how far along each country is in its dispensing of the vaccines. I would say your cruise has a slight chance of happening.
  19. While I posted this in the other thread, I don't think everyone who follows this thread follows the other one, so I'm cross posting: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/anthony-fauci-covid-19-vaccine-mandates-quite-possible_n_5fef5542c5b6ec8ae0b2aa1f
  20. Getting back to the question of the thread: Will vaccines now be required? Here's what Dr. Fauci says about it: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/anthony-fauci-covid-19-vaccine-mandates-quite-possible_n_5fef5542c5b6ec8ae0b2aa1f So take that for what it's worth. He also says it's, and I quote, "unlikely to be required from a federal-government perspective". But if he thinks it's possible to be required for travelling, we better get prepared for it to happen.
  21. For the cruise I had cancelled that would've sailed this past August, I had 1st class booked and only paid $100 each what it would've cost for domestic. I caught a sale at just the right time with Celebrity.
  22. IMO, a lot is determined by how the vaccinations are going by, say, the end of March. If they feel they can get enough people vaccinated by the time cruising season is set to open for Alaska, then I can see a nearly full season. Pure guess, but I'd say it'll start in June. Granted, this is me being extremely hopeful, but it's just how I am seeing it. Fingers crossed!
  23. That's my guess as well, but it's never good to assume. Anyway, of that 330 million, approximately 75 million are 18 and younger. They'll be the very last to be vaccinated. So that actually leaves about 55 million of those 19 and older needing their shots and not getting them until later in the year. Though based on those who will refuse to get the shots, I suspect everyone who wants one will get one by mid-summer and there'll be a surplus of available vaccine.
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