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  1. Don't forget August is in hurricane season... many a cruise has had their itinerary changed because of these storms... you might consider moving to a Jan - May timeframe... by then we will know more about protocols, virus variants etc. and you won't have to worry about storms impacting your trip either.
  2. Question: are there any passengers with wheelchairs or scooters aboard? Is so... did you notice any issues for them getting an elevator...given capacity restrictions? Also in boarding... did they have any wheelchair assistance at the Hotel for check in? Just wondering if you noticed any crew or Bahamian port workers pushing people in chairs.
  3. I am pretty sure ALL crew have been vaccinated. In fact... if you go search through youtube you will find several crew members who had to quarantine in a hotel room for 14 days then... if I recalled... they were vaccinated and then quarantined again for 14 days on board ship. I might have the vaccine order mixed up..but it was essentially a month in isolation. Now the process may vary depending upon when they signed up...but odds are is someone has been in the presence of a crew member... they have been vaccinated and isolated... I was surprised at just how rigid the process seemed to be.
  4. I have mixed feelings about vaccinating young children and too a lesser extent healthy young adults. But it is a tough choice... it was easy for me... being in the target age group for serious complications and worse.. it was an easy choice. But hearing about heart inflammation and the emergency meeting scheduled to discuss this... makes me still wonder. I am sure that it is healthy for the vast majority..it would be nice to have data so those at risk of side effects could be identified before... but it is still amazing that scientists were able to develop such a highly effective vaccine so qu
  5. The first company we used was Allianz. On our way home from a Dec cruise...Atlanta was iced in and our Friday flight was cancelled...then the Saturday was cancelled..and it looked like we would be stuck until Monday. So we decided to rent a car... stay overnight at a friends in Orlando and drive home the next day. Later I wondered if travel insurance would cover this.. and they did..the hotel, meals and some incidentals..since our luggage was still at the airport. So I speak highly of them. However later I was looking for more customized plan and have used two different websites 1
  6. I know that is the case... however... Royal just announced that on their Bahamas cruises... the ones where everyone over 16 (and in Aug 12) need to be vaccinated....is going to be testing everyone before they board the ship. So it is possible protocols will change in the US too..we will have to wait and see.
  7. Good to know makes me feel a lot better...thanks.... So if these two people are confirmed... and breakthrough cases are rare... seems really rare to have two in the same cabin.
  8. I do wonder about false positives. Royal just announced that on their AOS sailings out of Bahamas (which we have booked) that they will be testing all passengers..even vaccinated ones before boarding. This is more conservative than what I have seen in some CDC guidance... and fine...except that if there is a relatively high likelihood of false positives...how would you feel being vaccinated and finding out in the Bahamas that you are testing positive. What do they do if you get yourself tested before leaving home...and your results conflict with their results??
  9. Interesting to compare protocols... when the golfer Rahm tested positive...they did not test the golfers he was with because they had been vaccinated... they also did not isolate.
  10. Two people in the same cabin, theoretically been vaccinated....test positive... I wonder if they actually were vaccinated.
  11. Are people vaccinated on these cruises?... if so...social distancing isn't required... here is the section of latest guidance... note the line for 95% cruises...that the requirements are now recommendations. The whole reason I like to cruise is to meet other people.. if they are vaccinated... why is social distancing required? Did I misunderstand the concern?
  12. That is my understanding. I believe that they don't have to wear it outdoors...but I am not an authority. Kids who are not used to wearing a mask...all the time indoors...may not enjoy cruising.. But there was one poster who indicated her children were comfortable wearing masks all the time... There is a part of me who worries about anyone who becomes comfortable wearing one this long...especially younger children...
  13. I suspect that they always have a steady flow of incoming and outgoing crew. He will be in his cabin for the duration. Perhaps bar tenders training/responsibility is not as relevant to the test crews as other crew members. I can see wanting cabin stewards involved along with others who may have to contact trace passengers in a simulated outbreak
  14. We are on AOS out of Bahamas in Aug... and have watched the protocols loosen since we booked it in April. Also on a Celebrity in November and another one in April. Concern for our older dog is keeping me from scheduling anymore... less concern over Covid... plus the cruise with confidence 48hr cancellation... helps reduce risk..
  15. I wonder if they lowered that to allow bringing on newly vaccinated crew..who will quarantine until vaccine hit efficacy levels....98% might have been a bit too tight to allow moving crew around...
  16. For those who are wondering about cruising... here is a link to a story about Celebrity Millennium which just started sailing out of St Maarten. Now their protocols are may be slightly different, since they are not sailing under CDC rules..but it looks like they have applied many of them... In any event.... This should help make some more comfortable...others may not like these steps..but they are focused on getting things going and as the pandemic winds down the rules will soften even more Article on First Cruise out of St Maarten Fauci, the other day said that thing could return
  17. I don't believe cruise ships are the perfect storm anymore... changes have been made in terms of airflow and medical center has been modified to be able to handle cases..they have extra medical personnel and plans to isolated and contact trace and evacuate impacted passengers... I just wish that they would spell it out ... but if you look at cdc guidance you will see requirements... one of the reasons for test sailings is to make sure ships and crew are prepared and trained. Also ships have been sailing with unvaccinated all around the world for months... and they have demonstrated safety prot
  18. I would if I could be assured that vaccinated people would not be required to mask or socially distance in bars and other areas.. am concerned about socially distancing requirements at elevators...if ships near capacity... DH needs scooter
  19. They also have our medicare info... and since that is a Federal program... there is likely data within that system for all of those on Medicare. I wonder since our card has lot number info... if they could use name and lot number to confirm that the name on the vaccine card lines up with the name tied to the brand and lot number. Wonder if that data is in a computer or just on sheets of paper...? I suspect for purposes of tracking side effects that that data is in a database someplace.
  20. Sorry, it still is a personal choice. People have to balance their personal risk of Covid vs their personal risk of taking a technically unapproved vaccine. We are not in the Soviet Union..perhaps Canada is different. If you are older you are at a much higher risk of dying of Covid. We have only been vaccinating children for a few weeks and there have several cases of heart inflammation among young recently vaccinated. Fortunately the effects appear to be short lived... but more needs to be known before I would vaccinate a child. Fortunately for me, I don't have children so I don't have to mak
  21. Wouldn't that just be someone's luck... better get that will updated
  22. This really is a mess isn't it. I saw the protocols for AOS out of Bahamas... they will likely be different from ones for FL or TX and perhaps by the time I sail they will change yet again. I heard Fauci made a comment that life can return to normal (paraphrasing) when the number of new cases/day drop to 10,000. They are currently around 13,000. So what happens then? Denmark has declared the pandemic over... will we be doing the same?
  23. One thing that is confusing is the number of people who have died because of Covid vs the number that have died with covid. The way records have been kept is the later... I heard the doctor from Johns Hopkins speak this morning and he indicated that no young children have died from Covid although there have been some 300 (going from memory) that died with Covid..they had additional factors. Yes you can still die after being vaccinated and I could win the powerball...but both are uncommon and if you focus on reaching zero..you will be in the house forever
  24. Isn't Carnivals policy the same as Royal..in that they are accepting unvaccinated children under 12. The difference being Royal assumes they can not make the 95% vaccinated..where as Carnival is shooting for the 95% goal.. So Royal will likely attract more families with young children and Carnival will cut off the number of people to keep to the 95%. We have a pretty good idea of what the protocol will be on the 95% cruises... still not sure how Royal and CDC plans to handle masking for vaccinated on their sailings..will everyone be masked or will CDC allow them to only have unvaccinated masku
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