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  1. 10 hours ago, mimbecky said:

    300 million people....10 months>>>???  Ugggg.


    300 million won't get the shot.  If we're lucky, 60% will.  Plus I doubt many people under the age of 19 will get vaccinated immediately.  I'm still hopeful that my wife and I can get vaccinated before July, however, mainly for very selfish reasons.  We have a cruise booked for Oct. 2021 and final payment is due on July 29th.  Granted, the cruise could be cancelled by Celebrity, BUT if we're vaccinated before that payment is due, I'll pay it.  If not, then I'll assess things then.  If no vaccine, then we won't cruise.  I know a vaccine is not a "silver bullet", but being vaccinated will ease my fears in travelling, even if others are not vaccinated.

  2. 10 hours ago, ColeThornton said:

    I tried clearing out the cache, rebooting, etc on my Windows 10 laptop and the icons are all still "broken".  Just an FYI to help troubleshoot.


    My work laptop, of all devices, shows things perfectly.  It's Win10...  My own personal PC is not, nor is my phone or tablet.  it's odd.


    I've cleared the cache and still no changes.

  3. 2 hours ago, terrydtx said:

    And all cruise and air line stocks are soaring with the news too. We may be able to cruise next year after all.


    This my assumption.  The vaccine is released in January.  Essential workers (healthcare workers, etc.) are inoculated first, along with nursing home/senior living facilities.  My February seniors and people with underlying conditions.  February/March will be essential workers (teachers, etc.).  End of March everyone else.


    I truly think by the time summer hits, the people who need it will have it and the people who want it will be most inoculated.  I suspect about 40% of the population will ignore it and assume they're "invulnerable" to the virus.

  4. 6 hours ago, mac_tlc said:

    Sounds like my 9-night Equinox cruise in May is in jeopardy. Let’s hope some decision is known before final payment is due in February.




    Honestly, I think you're on the cusp.  It depends if there's a vaccine out by then, actually one out for months prior to your cruise.  Granted, way too many people are going to refuse to get the shot, but we shall see.

  5. 19 hours ago, mimbecky said:

    I am including a video- if it will post. It is a bit lengthy and basically about mask wearing.  I am not posting because of that...we all have our opinions.  However, if you get towards the end, Fauci talks about the top 3 vaccines and says 2 appear currently to have 60 percent efficacy and the other closer to 50.  I was a bit bummed.  Anyone hear anything else from a reputable source? I think this was recorded Oct. 22.


    60% is better than expected.  The expected was 50%.  Under the circumstances, it's pretty amazing.

  6. 12 hours ago, LGW59 said:

    I wish this totally 100% opinion post would be closed, OP are you listening???  The pompous responses, the pretend Google/Fox/CNN/MSNBC scientists....enough already, this is a CRUISE website.  Please OP close this!!!!

    Why so negative about actual science being discussed?  Especially when it's affecting cruising and vacations in general.  One would think trying to ignore the science is a bad thing...

  7. 6 hours ago, nocl said:

    As much as I disagree with the anti-vaxxers and as much as I think that social media has been a main contributor to the growth of extreme views (prior to social media someone with extreme views was an outlier in the norms of their community and somewhat moderated, today with social media those can find people online with similar views, reinforcing those views) the limitation of speech, no matter how much one disagrees with it, is a very slippery slope.


    Agreed about free speech, but these are advertisements, which are somewhat less protected.  if it's determined that these ads are "deceptive", then they should be banned.

  8. 1 hour ago, cruisestitch said:

    Isn’t the larger question, will the cruise lines sail at 100% capacity? If they aren’t at 100% then the dining rooms may be perfectly adequate for the number of diners they will allow on board


    My suspicion is they will not sail at 100% capacity.  At most it'll be 75%, but possibly as low as 60%. That way they can easily separate people in the dining room.  No more large groups at tables though.

  9. 4 hours ago, mnocket said:

    The Airbus spokesperson recently said that they don't expect airline travel to return to pre-Covid levels until 2023 at the earliest, maybe even 2025.  Does anyone really expect that cruise lines will fare significantly better?


    That's extremely pessimistic. Granted, they may never return to pre-Covid levels even when it's under control and the majority of the people are vaccinated.  (Yeah, a pipe dream.)  People for the next few years, for most part, will probably quite reluctant to fly.  Who knows?


    As far as the original question:  I'm not giving up.  I have a cruise booked for next October.  My final payment is due on July 29th, so we should definitely know by then if there's a viable vaccine or not.  If no vaccine, I cancel.  It's that simple.  I'll re-evaluate from there then.

  10. In all honesty, I doubt that cruise goes this year.  IMO, cruising isn't happening until, at the earliest, March 2021.  That's based on the assumption of the vaccine is out by late December (which is what many doctors, including Fauci, have guessed it to be).  Either you cancel it on your own (if you can get a full refund right now) or wait it out to see what happens.

  11. Maybe I missed it, but I found this to be interesting:  https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/dr-fauci-says-heres-normality-111021867.html


    Especially this quote:


    "I feel cautiously optimistic… given the preliminary data we had in the early phase of the trial and some of the animal studies, that we will have a vaccine that is effective," Fauci told ITV News on Friday.


    "How effective it is going to be, is totally an open question but we believe we'll have some kind of an effective vaccine by November or December, we're hoping.


    "But we have to say for honesty and transparency that's not a guarantee, but I think it's a reasonable projection."


    I'll take that reasonable projection, especially since it's from Fauci.

  12. 23 hours ago, C-Dragons said:

    When we cruise I always place a piece of paper inside each suitcase. Printed on it is our itinerary, from start to finish, with where we would be on each day/date.

    It also includes our names, address, cell phone number, and a message that if the bag is found to please return it to our address.
    Perhaps going forward this would help solve this problem since even if the outside tags are lost, the airline staff would know where to send your bag.



    I have luggage tags for that.  However, to get that info you need to pull out the name card to read it.  It's not facing forward for all to see.

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