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  1. 4 hours ago, Ken the cruiser said:

    OK, here's a question from the peanut gallery. Let's say our local drug store has one of the COVID vaccines that needs to be shipped and stored in a frozen state, -4 F or -80 F, doesn't matter. We walk in and say we'd like to get the COVID vaccine. How long will we have to wait for the vaccine to reach a safe temperature to have it administerred?


    IIRC, the shingles vaccine needs to be kept at -5° F.  It's given pretty much ASAP once you request one.

  2. 5 hours ago, fizzy1 said:


    I have FCC from cruise i cancelled last week . We want to book now for Feb 2022. Is the FCC applied,$300, at final payment? Obviously it will take 60 days from now to receive code , but if we rebook today do we still get our FCC?



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    I had a booked cruise for Oct. of 2021 when my Aug. cruise was canceled.  I was just able to apply my FCC to it.

  3. 21 minutes ago, TeeRick said:

    And here is what the US CDC says in their new guidelines presented on Aug 26th on the priority for initial vaccine doses.




    Their population numbers are way off.  BUT I'm sure there's some "bleed over" in terms of people with medical conditions and people over the age of 65, as well as with essential personnel.


    Best guess, maybe about 150-175 million people make up the 4 groups they mention in the article.  

  4. 42 minutes ago, STLCRUISIN said:

    Several years ago we were on an Azamara cruise. As we were standing off the back of the ship while cruising through the Bosporus on our way to the Black Sea one of us said, "Who would have thought that two kids from Saint Charles, Missouri would be seeing the world like this." Just then a woman sitting about 6 feet from us said, "Hey, I'm from Saint Charles too!" We've become good friends and keep in touch to this day.


    We'll, how about this one?  My wife is from St. Charles, MO.

  5. Excluding our cruises that have left from San Juan, the cab drivers who took us to the the ship for our last 4 cruises have been from the Chicago area.


    To go even further, the last time we were in Las Vegas (2006), the cab driver who picked us up at the airport was from the Chicago area.  Literally the town bordering mine!  (I'm in one of the W/SW burbs.  Think "zoo".) We talked about what had changed, how things were when he lived here, etc.





  6. 6 hours ago, drsel said:

    Don't worry SARS and MERS are not troubling us any more


    Covid is a variation of SARS.  Its actual name is SARS-CoV-2.


    2 hours ago, drsel said:

    Don't worry, a covid test is done before allowing any passenger or crew member to board the ship


    Is the cruise line going to guarantee that all the tests are 100% accurate?  (FYI:  Even the most accurate test has about a 20% false positive failure.)  I'd hate to be the passenger who gets a false positive and is kicked off the ship.

  7. 3 hours ago, npcl said:

    Did your Alaskan cruise start in a US port or was it a closed loop out of Vancouver?  If the first cruise started in Vancouver then returned to Vancouver before heading to Seattle it would be allowed.


    If the cruise started in Alaska (Seward for example) then went to Vancouver, then to Seattle it would not be.


    Wasn't my cruise for the first leg.


    Started in Hawaii, ended in Vancouver and the next cruise began in Vancouver.

  8. 5 hours ago, seaworthy1 said:

    I know this has been asked and answered many times, but can anyone tell me if I can book a B2B Hawaii to Vancouver and then Vancouver to Seattle? Thanks in advance.


    Yes.  On my first Alaskan cruise there was a group of people who did just that.  So unless something has changed since 2006, you can.

  9. 5 hours ago, TeeRick said:

    Phil, so the head of the WHO says he hopes the COVID pandemic could be over in two years.  Not any specific reasons except that we have medical advances over what we had to battle the 1918 influenza pandemic.  I personally do not see that as particularly encouraging or even newsworthy. But if it gives you hope that is always a good thing. 


    "And like magic, it will disappear."

  10. 6 hours ago, npcl said:

    Not necessarily. Considering that the current agreement only delivers 100 million doses by December , and the option to buy up to 500 million, but no time frame on the additional purchases probably not.  Especially since Pfizer is partnered with a German company so their production will certainly be split. With some going to other countries in addition to the US. The initial 100 million is probably earmarked for priority targets (military, first responders, teachers, those with chronic condition, etc)


    It depends on which vaccine you're talking about though.  AstraZeneca is well ahead of where they need to be.  They'll be able to deliver its full order to both the US and UK by December, which is 400 million doses (60 million for the UK).  No idea about Pfizer.

  11. 33 minutes ago, npcl said:

    Several of the big pharma companies are doing things to fight COVID where they will either lose money or maybe make a small profit.  While some big numbers are being talked about, the numbers on the expense side are also huge.


    As far as timing I suspect the Pfizer is the first one likely to have trial results.


    As far as availability keep in mind that if you treat the military, medical professionals, police, fire fighters, teachers in the US first that will consume about 50 million doses (25 million X 2), if getting vaccinated is required for their jobs.


    Most likely the majority of Americans will not get vaccinated.  The 40% that are likely to get vaccinated  (136 million) would require 272 million doses.


    Meaning there will be more than enough doses by spring, assuming everything passes and is approved by the FDA by, say, November/December.

  12. 8 minutes ago, 1025cruise said:

    In Mass, 100% online learning does not require a flu shot.

    Also to clarify the OP, there was no vote. This was a decision by the state DPH. There are medical/religious exemptions.


    Now, not to say getting a flu shot is a bad idea, but I don't feel it should be mandated. 


    I don't get one, but only because it makes me violently ill when I do.  BUT if it became a requirement to cruise, as well as having a Covid vaccine, I'd suck it up and do it.  It's not just about me, it's about making sure others are protected as well.

  13. Honestly, I'd never do a cruise where all the stops were owned by the cruiseline.  I've done exactly one cruise where one port was an island that Celebrity owned.  We didn't get off the ship because it either just shopping or beach activities.  Not what my wife and I like to do.



  14. 11 hours ago, SevenSeas1492 said:

    I don’t see how this is any different than the required immunizations for school now; i.e., DPT, MMR, Polio, and other required shots.


    Exactly, though the anti-vaxxers will try to work around it.


    I don't have any issues with a legally required vaccine, as long as it's safe and it's done to save lives.

  15. 1 hour ago, Fouremco said:

    A year's immunity certainly works for me. While there are other vaccines with far longer immunity, going for my annual flu shot is hardly a chore, and an annual COVID-19 shot would be just a pleasant reminder that I have cruises coming up!


    I also agree with your comment re expectations. She just doesn't want people to expect a silver bullet.


    I'm also ok with an annual covid shot.  Whatever it takes to make sure my wife and I are safe, that's what matters.  

  16. 14 hours ago, Arizona Wildcat said:

    Certainly agree.  Did you find a reputable pharma that said they would have a vaccine available to the masses this year?  The owner of a FDA production facility capable of 200M doses yearly suggested hopefully late spring.  Even with multiple production plants involved it Will take weeks for production, distribution and inoculation.


    IF everything goes well with the Oxford developed vaccine, and so far all the reports indicate that it is, AstraZeneca will have nearly 1 billion dose available by November 1.  400 million of which are going to the US and UK.

  17. Man I got really lucky with my cancelled cruise.


    I was notified by Celebrity on June 23rd that it was being cancelled.  So I started making phone calls about my airfare which I booked through Celebrity, and the excursion I had booked.  I found out during the phone call that United had already cancelled the flight on June 21st and I was issued an immediate refund!  I'm still waiting for my FCC however.... but that's a different story for another time.

  18. 4 hours ago, phoenix_dream said:

    Honestly, my biggest worry is the lack of the number of takers for the vaccine - at least in the first year or two.  The numbers of people who say they will not take the vaccine are very worrisome.  I think the virus itself is way more risky than a new vaccine.  Many others feel the opposite.  Too soon to tell who is right.


    Well, that's one way to cull the herd I suppose.... 


    (And yes, it's a joke.)

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