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  1. If spending more than 24 hours, I suggest staying in 'downtown' Fort Lauderdale (Las Olas Blvd area), not 17th Street. There are a number of new hotels (Delmar, Element, Hyatt Centric) plus the venerable (and cruiser favorite) Riverside and plenty of restaurants, galleries, museums, the water taxi, and the sun trolley. There's also the sightseeing boat, the Carrie B, docked on the New River.
  2. We greatly enjoyed a 7 day New Orleans to Memphis cruise last fall on the American Duchess (American Queen Steamboat Company) with Road Scholar. Our cruise included 3 nights in New Orleans pre-cruise (included with Road Scholar) and 2 nights in Memphis DIY post-cruise.
  3. True and outbreak clusters have been found in many other environments. I found this article by Erin S. Bromage, Ph.D very interesting: https://www.erinbromage.com/post/the-risks-know-them-avoid-them He notes that When you think of outbreak clusters, what are the big ones that come to mind? Most people would say cruise ships. But you would be wrong. Ship outbreaks, while concerning, don’t land in the top 50 outbreaks to date. Instead he notes that the biggest 'super-spreading- events have been: Meat packing Weddings, funerals, birthdays Business networking (in the early days of the virus in the US)
  4. If the person sneezing or coughing is wearing a mask as recommended in order to protect those around him/her and is 6 feet away I'm not concerned. Now if they aren't adhering to social distancing protocol I would most likely scowl (under my mask) and move away because I have no idea if it is allergies, a cold or covid-19. In this day and age making any type of comment could be taken as 'fighting words' by some people and I prefer to avoid confrontation.
  5. No need to be sorry. We were in the Yacht Club and dressed very nicely each day and still managed to do so with 1 carry-on and 2 suitcases. The entire intent of my post was to say that it may be very difficult to get to the YC tent by car but it isn't a long walk from the garage. Of course that is assuming you aren't traveling with every piece of clothing you own for what was, in our case, a 7 day cruise.
  6. It can get very hot in April. This past March and April there were many, many days in the 90s! You also need to take into consideration which terminal you are leaving from. Terminals 2 (Princess) and 4 (varies) are within a block of 17th street on Eisenhower Blvd whereas the other terminals are much further away from 17th Street. Be warned that Port Everglades is not very pedestrian friendly since it is a major industrial port (think narrow sidewalks, no shade, lots of truck traffic). See the map (Hyatt Place is outside the northwest corner of the port) of the terminals at https://assets.simpleviewinc.com/simpleview/image/upload/v1/clients/porteverglades/Port_Map_Update_Feb_5_2019_c3513794-cec5-467a-899d-9242d64c9c90.pdf
  7. I agree. I think it might better be characterized as the resumption on international flights and aimed at those who have second (third?) homes in French Polynesia. While I'm sure that applies to a number of people, I'm also sure that number is no where high enough to seriously impact the return of tourism. The other group it is probably aimed at is Polynesians themselves who travel internationally and then return to the islands.
  8. According to (https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/417162/french-polynesia-lifts-covid-19-restrictions) on May 20th the president of French Polynesia, Edouard Fritch, made an announcement after determining that the coronavirus stopped circulating within the country. Of particular interest to cruisers: French Polynesia recorded 60 cases of Covid-19. Air Tahiti is cleared to resume internal flights. The international carrier Air Tahiti Nui is expected to resume services in July. The current quarantine rules will remain in force. The current quarantine rules (https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/417085/french-polynesia-updates-covid-19-quarantine-rules) are arriving travelers must go into quarantine for two weeks in either the premises set up by the government or at home. The resumption of international tourism subject to a rigorous health protocol was also discussed (https://la1ere.francetvinfo.fr/polynesie/deconfinement-total-polynesie-834592.html?fbclid=IwAR3cPe-XHfG8k26wsVFpEs0B5taGuZOuK8_irg7DnlMz5ZG4gP3rCHm3WVg 😞 Arrivals must have a negative test 72 hours before departure to French Polynesia. Upon arrival there is a quarantine period of fourteen days in dedicated accommodation or at home under strict conditions. Arrivals will go through a new screening at the end of that quarantine period. There will be daily health monitoring with the possibility of checks by the police. As far as I can tell from these sources he did not address the cruise industry.
  9. I agree with all of your points. Unfortunately it was impossible to get into the right lane when we entered the port 🙁. I've never seen traffic like that! Port Everglades is only 12 miles from our home so that is our preferred port. In fact this was our first cruise out of Miami.
  10. I was on the same cruise as rkacruiser and the port traffic was absolute chaos. The Meraviglia was docked between a NCL and a Carnival ship and all 3 seemed to be still disembarking large numbers of passengers when we arrived around 10:45 am. Taxis and shuttles were still picking up passengers and taking up all the curb spots. We just parked in the garage and walked to the Yacht Club tent which took maybe 5 minutes - and even then the sidewalks were tricky to maneuver with disembarking and embarking passengers milling about.
  11. We are elite on Princess and did our first MSC sailing on the Meraviglia in the Yacht Club last January (same cruise as rkacruiser) and would do it again in a heartbeat post covid-19. If you are active or retired military or civil service (local, state or federal) make sure you apply for your 10% discount!
  12. As much as I appreciate the opinions of many of the commenters on this board, I think taking a legal opinion from an anonymous poster is unwise and asking for trouble!
  13. I read this interesting and very thorough article (https://www.erinbromage.com/post/the-risks-know-them-avoid-them) on recognizing the risks of contracting covid-19 and knowing how to avoid them. Pertinent to our discussions on cruise critic is the following statement: When you think of outbreak clusters, what are the big ones that come to mind? Most people would say cruise ships. But you would be wrong. Ship outbreaks, while concerning, don’t land in the top 50 outbreaks to date. Ignoring the terrible outbreaks in nursing homes, we find that the biggest outbreaks are in prisons, religious ceremonies, and workplaces, such as meat packing facilities and call centers. Any environment that is enclosed, with poor air circulation and high density of people, spells trouble.
  14. It isn't a problem with their accounting system. Rather it is a problem of lack of cash flow.
  15. This was posted today on https://tahititourisme.com/en-us/covid-19/: In accordance with the measures in place to stop the spread of COVID-19 in French Polynesia, the authorities have taken new measures effective from May 13th 2020. Access to the territory for all non-residents of French Polynesia is still suspended (since March 18, 2020), until further notice. Lockdown measures are lifted in the islands (except for Tahiti, Moorea, Maiao and Tetiaroa): all establishments welcoming general public will be able to reopen without any restriction. Maritime traffic between all the islands has been restored. However, air travel between the island of Tahiti and the outer islands is still prohibited. For the islands of Tahiti, Moorea, Maiao and Tetiaroa, the lightening of lockdown restrictions will continue until further notice as follows: gatherings of more than 100 persons will be prohibited, bars, restaurants and nightclubs will be able to welcome general public again by maintaining social distancing in all cases. However, dancefloors will remain closed. Movies theaters, event halls and sports clubs will also be able to reopen.
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