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K.T.B.

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  1. I always get violently ill from a flu shot, so I will never get one. BUT I will get a COVID-19 shot, if only to protect my wife who is in her 70's. Her life is far more valuable to me than me possibly getting ill from the shot. The flu is NOT comparable to COVID-19. Anyway, in answer to the question posed by the OP: "Do you REALLY think we'll be cruising this year?" YES.
  2. I've been on 3 Alaskan cruises and all the formal nights were a mixture of those being very formal to "work casual" (collared shirts and khakis for the men). Most people get dressed up. I honestly do not recall seeing anyone "dressed down" (i.e. in jeans).
  3. Which is why I will wait until they cancel. I'd want my money back in full and not a FCC. Thankfully I've also booked my airfare through Celebrity, so I will get that back as well.
  4. Absolutely no one knows what's going to happen some summertime, until it does happen. It's all assumption. One can assume it'll die out once warm weather hits and it disappears like SARS did OR one can assume it'll explode further because of the warm weather. For now, we sit and wait to see what happens. Not even the most intelligent people in the would who are working on a vaccine know what's going to happen.
  5. That was in January and has since been proven incorrect. And, unless it's cancelled, my wife (who is 72) and I (I'm 57) are definitely planning on going on our cruise on August 9th.
  6. Not entirely correct. A good friend of mine just lost their cousin a couple of weeks ago. They had contracted COVID-19 via a hospital visit. They had stage 4 pancreatic cancer and was living on borrowed time. (The doctor didn't think he'd survive into February, let alone March.) The virus had absolutely nothing to do with their death, BUT because they tested positive it was considered a "death by COVID". The reason being, from what they were told, is the funeral home needs to know in order to protect themselves. So there's at least 1 death where the virus was not t
  7. I wouldn't cancel. Celebrity will give you 100% of your money back or give you a 125% FCC. The only issue would be airfare, but if you book through Celebrity, you'll get that a back as well if the cruises are cancelled.
  8. My wife and I are on this cruise as well! It'll be our 4th Celebrity cruise and we're really looking forward to it! You need to join the roll call though: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2658675-equinox-august-9th-2020/
  9. One thing to point out: That's worst case scenario. It might not be 100 days. (Being positive here!)
  10. Personally, I love getting on board as early as possible. I'm usually at the port by 10:30 am. However, if they need to take special care in cleaning the ship and it means it delays us from getting on board an extra hour or two, I'm OK with it. They can just make sure that no boarding passengers are allowed to the port until a specific time. Right now, for the most part, it's pretty "open" for people to get there whenever...
  11. My cruise is currently 122 days away..... I'm REALLY hoping we can go, BUT I'd completely understand if (worst case) we couldn't. I'd just pout a lot for awhile then.
  12. I don't even have the medallion app, and I got the email. Definitely spam, IMO.
  13. Not just Princess, but ALL cruise lines.
  14. Selfishly speaking, August 1 would be perfect. My cruise leaves on the 9th. But I'd rather have a cancelled cruise and a 100% chance of not catching COVID-19 than a cruise and a "small chance".
  15. Agreed that they'll be under contract, but I doubt they'll "force" anyone to go on board. Hence the volunteer comment, IMO.
  16. It was a quarantine, not isolation. The quarantine was to keep the people on board, not essentially keep them away from each other while on board.
  17. There shouldn't be any issues. The weather is always a crapshoot in Alaska anyway. It's just as likely to rain as it is be sunny, sometimes all within the same hour. Even if you went in July, you should pack a rain parka. Go, enjoy, you won't regret it!
  18. Doesn't say. But MY guess is why take a chance? Even if it's a PR thing, at least new passengers will know that the ship is 100% clean then.
  19. Oops. I always forget my browser at work allows me to see WSJ articles since my company pays for it. Basically, the ship is going to undergo a very DEEP cleaning, not just on the surface. All surfaces, air ducts, etc. All linens and towels completely replaced. And then back in service in April.
  20. I posted this link on the previous page: https://www.wsj.com/articles/coronavirus-cruise-ship-will-set-sail-again-in-aprilafter-a-thorough-cleaning-11582195707 Sharing it here for those who missed it.
  21. Check the cancellation policy of your current TA. It may actually cost you more money to move the booking than what you could possibly save.
  22. Personally, I'd do Fairbanks. But only because it's surprisingly cheaper to fly there than to Anchorage from Chicago! (Plus I've already been to Anchorage and I'd love to see Fairbanks.)
  23. I seem to recall there being an article that someone posted on here (or was it Facebook?) that the ship will go into drydock and there will be a deep cleaning and disinfecting done. No idea for how long. ETA: Looks like April: https://www.wsj.com/articles/coronavirus-cruise-ship-will-set-sail-again-in-aprilafter-a-thorough-cleaning-11582195707
  24. MAJOR breakthrough in the mapping the virus: https://www.livescience.com/coronavirus-spike-protein-structure.html Even though a vaccine is 18-24 months away, this discovery helps immeasurably.
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