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  1. There's a passport agency in Tucson that is open and can do the correction for free, you might want to call them and confirm, but it says you don't need an appointment for a correction - it's a bit of a drive, but at least then you know you'll have your passport back in your hands immediately. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/get-fast/passport-agencies/western.html You may also come into a passport agency if we need to correct a printing error in your recently-issued passport. No appointment is necessary and no fee will be charged. If you have a life-or-death emergency, please see Life-or-Death Emergencies. If you don't meet the requirements, please see Where to Apply for other options.
  2. If it gets to be close to sailing and the passports still aren't figured out, you can always try to make an appointment at the Passport Agency in Philadelphia which will do same-day issuance. You might have to take a day off work and it's a bit of a hassle to come all the way down here, but it's an option to consider, the agency in Philly is still open and taking appointments if you are within a week of travel. I wouldn't travel internationally without a passport, nor would I take my kids out of the country without one, so I completely understand your dilemma! I'm lucky in that the agency is only about 20 minutes from me, so it's not as big a deal for me to get there. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/get-fast/passport-agencies/philadelphia.html
  3. Alaska is still requiring a 14-day self-quarantine for anyone entering the state, so while you might be able to get on the ship in Seattle, I am not confident you would be able to get off at any of the Alaska ports. I would not expect this trip to go. At that point in the season, it's unlikely that much will be open as there will be no tourists this summer so no reason to stock up for the end of the cruise season.
  4. Only you can decide what's best for you - my preference for my canceled cruise was to take the refund. I can use that money for another vacation, and re-book Alaska when everything is back to some semblance of 'normal' and I see how things shake out and what the new cruise requirements will be.
  5. Barbados has had very, very severe restrictions which are just starting to ease - one of my employees lives on the island and until the last week or so has only been allowed out to shop for 4 hours twice a week.
  6. Except we always visit friends and do stuff in town, so Uber/Lyft doesn't really work for us, we have to rent a car. Then we can run out and do what we want, where we want. And my mom lives right outside Kennedy Space Center. If I'm going out of PC and DON'T see her, I'm in trouble, so a car is a must there. 🙂 I travel to Florida often for work, I hate the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area. I'm used to driving in it, but it's always stressful, and traffic is never good. Cocoa/Titusville? Easy peasy.
  7. Of the 3, Canaveral is the easiest to get to BY FAR. It's not as close to the airport as Everglades or Miami, but it's the Beach Line the whole way there (maybe 45 minutes/hour) and the traffic is normally quite easy. Plus I much prefer MCO over MIA or FLL for flying into. Especially if I'm renting a car, which we normally do because we would never fly in the same day as the cruise. MCO they are right on site and all you have to do is walk across the street out of baggage claim. MIA you have to walk 6 miles to the train before you can get to the rental car center. Dumbest set up I've ever seen, I hate flying into MIA when I'm renting a car! FLL you have to catch a public bus to the rental center, but it's a pain in the rear too, especially with luggage. Any driving in FLL/MIA area is a mess, always. Blech.
  8. No, it wouldn't go by the state the ship is docked in. If that's the case, than each port might have different rules and you'll have to put masks on to leave your cabin in some ports, but not in others. They're not going to do that - the rules will be uniform. And CDC guidelines currently recommend masks, I'm not sure why you're hung up on it being a 'recommendation' - that's their guidelines, which they don't have the ability to enforce on any state, the states have to decide. But they CAN enforce those guidelines for ships to port. The states have absolutely no say over what the cruise ships enforce - the CDC absolutely has the right to require masks no matter what the state does. I find it highly likely that ships will require face masks in order to sail. Not my idea of a fun vacation.
  9. ?? What does that have to do with anything? So, since your state doesn't require a mask, you think you wouldn't have to wear one on a ship? That's not what that says. I'm guessing mask recommendations and social distancing are going to still be in place in 3 months. It's going to be at the CDC and cruise line rules - not whatever it is your state requires.
  10. A 2-hour flight to Florida where my husband and I will be the only ones in our row on the airplane (it's a 2 & 2)? Sure. I can wear a mask for that length of time. No biggie. You were convinced cruises were going to start in June and that things were going to be wide open. I'm pretty sure that the first few cruises, at the very, very least, are going to require masks and social distancing. That may go on longer. I know you think this is just going to disappear, but it's not.
  11. My June 29th Seward-Vancouver on the Jewel was canceled in the last round, I'm going to say there's a .0001% chance of your July 5th going anywhere. In addition, since the Bliss is currently sitting in Virgina, you can be pretty sure it's not going to be in Alaska in 8 weeks.
  12. Because we're not ready to cruise, yet - I don't want to go on a cruise and have to wear a mask when I'm not in my cabin. Or try to find a deck chair or bar table that's properly 'socially distanced'. Once cruising starts back and we see how things go, our first few forays will likely be from Port Liberty or NYC, which we can do last-minute and drive to so no need to worry about travel, hotels, etc. And I don't think cruising is going to be starting back up in August or September, anyway.
  13. Yep. We've traded in our 2-week Alaska cruise for an rental house on the west coast of Florida. Gorgeous house, great lanai with a private pool, hot tub, wet bar, outdoor TV and fire pit. Even if we can't go anywhere else, we'll have everything we need in the house to enjoy a nice break.
  14. Except Alaska still has a 14-day self-quarantine requirement in place, so if you'll need to spend 2 weeks in one place in Alaska prior to your cruise.
  15. Florida still hasn't said when they are going to open bars and some other establishments. Florida is still requiring people coming in from NY, NJ, CT & LA to self-quarantine for 14 days (or the length of their stay, whichever is shorter). I don't see them being ready to allow the cruise hordes to descend without restriction for August.
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