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  1. This is very different from how this situation is handled on Celebrity. The cruise director came on the intercom and directed passengers and crews to make sure our companions were with us and if anyone was missing from our groups to call him on a certain number and he would page that person. Apparently the crew is divided into small "family" units and they know to look for each other during an emergency. About 7 names were reported and called over the intercom by the cruise director with instructions to call him on a specific phone number and identify themselves immediately. Some names were only called once or twice. When the 7th name was called the second time, you could tell from the cruise director's voice that he knew the person and was upset. He called for that person at least 5 times over a half hour and we all knew that must be who had gone overboard. It turned out to be a crew member who worked in the galley, unfortunately. The ship searched for hours until the French Coastguard joined the search and then went on to Southampton where we arrived only an hour late for debarkation. The crew member was never found. It is interesting to me how this process is handled so differently by different cruise lines.
  2. Let's see if I can remember: Ocean Blue has both inside and outside seating with windows overlooking the ocean. Cagney's and Moderno also have ocean views IF you are seated near a window and I believe at least Moderno has outdoor seating as well. You can see out the windows from some seats at Wasabi La Cucina has some windows that have drapes, so there is a view from some tables, not all. Savor and Taste have windows The Manhattan Club is huge and probably has windows although we were seated near the show floor, so I didn't really notice. You are in there to watch the show anyway. Le Bistro has no ocean view but it does have the best food onboard. Spiegel Tent may have windows, but they would be draped because again you are in there to watch the show. Teppanyaki has windows, but again, you are in there to watch the cooking display. The Haven Restaurant has windows and outdoor dining as well (If you are in a Have suite) American Diner has ocean views and tables outdoors as well. Garden Cafe has lots of window tables. So basically, most restaurants have windows and you can see outside. I have enjoyed eating outside at Ocean Blue - it was especially nice when we were in Bermuda.
  3. This was the case on our NCL Escape cruise in March 2020 - last cruise before the pandemic lockdown. Their IT person told us that they limit passenger bandwidth.
  4. I believe all the lines offer "gentle walking" tours which are slower, not as long a distance, etc. River cruise lines don't usually charge single supplements as single cabins are fairly common on most lines. When we were on Uniworld, they certainly had gentle walking tours. On that Uniworld cruise we befriended 93 year old Philip who chose to remain on the ship most of the time and had a lovely time talking to people rather than wearing himself out touring. Hopefully this article will be of assistance. https://www.cruisecritic.com/articles.cfm?ID=4375
  5. I just watched a video by some Vloggers on YouTube who were on Symphony during the cruise the week of Aug 25, 2021 and it looked like there were so few guests onboard. I would say less than 50% occupancy for sure if not less. Anyone else been on a recent RCL cruise that was similarly uncrowded?
  6. So sorry for the lady who broke her ankle and her husband and the other two who were stuck in a hotel room for a week+.
  7. I would think you could get a test at your final port or next to final port before disembarkation and have them text or email your results.
  8. It is not loud, but it will get more motion than cabins in the middle of the ship. This is only a problem if you are in high seas. Should that happen, go to the center of the ship for the day and stay there. If you are in calm waters there will not be much motion. Also, if your cabin is forward facing or below the bridge, you may be required to keep your curtains closed at night for visibility from the bridge.
  9. My husband has a very demanding career and he has worked while on various cruises. What you need to know is that passenger bandwidth is usually severely limited so that transferring or emailing large files from most guest areas is usually completely impossible. The work around for this is to either wait until you are in a port where you can go somewhere such as Starbucks that has free WIFI or an Internet cafe on land or go to the ship's computer center, open your email on one of their machines and attempt to send from there. There is no way Zoom meetings would work on a ship at sea. You need to find out if your cellphone service is supported by the specific cruise line, otherwise you get unbelievably high rates if your phone is on while onboard unless you buy an international roaming package. So you need to figure out if you can work with these limitations. For my husband, he has been able to, although it was odd walking off the ship in Civitavecchia with him on the phone the whole time with a client who had no idea we were on a Med cruise. LOL!
  10. We cruise to identify places we would like to visit on a land based vacation later on. We also enjoy being at sea and the dining onboard and relaxing on our balcony with a good book. I do enjoy meeting new people, but it's not the priority on a cruise, just a nice thing that can happen.
  11. Here is Cruise Critics article on the subject: https://www.cruisecritic.com/articles.cfm?ID=5872
  12. Here is a helpful article which will begin to answer the OP's question. For US ports, both Texas and Florida do not allow the cruise lines (or any other business) to ask for proof of vaccination. Therefore, if you want to sail on a verified fully vaccinated cruise, you need to choose a cruise from a port in another place other than Florida or Texas. This is a rapidly changing situation, but I believe the article linked above provides enough guidance to know what lines to consider. Follow up with each cruise line's website to insure the status remains the same and find out what the exact requirement are on your booking date and continue checking up to your sail date. it is also a good idea to call the cruise line and ask questions in case there has been a change which has not appeared on their website yet. https://thepointsguy.com/guide/cruise-line-covid-vaccine-policy/
  13. I have done a similar itinerary. Choose a cabin near the center of the ship in case you wind up doing the bob near the Bay of Biscaye. We were in wild high seas! Thank goodness I had brought trans derm scops! It only lasted the one day (so we took off our Trans Derm Scops as the Med was smooth) and on the way back was not a problem but on the way to the Med, it was quite the wild ride! Our cabin was port side but I don't think it would have mattered which side we were on for that itinerary.
  14. Crystal River Cruises are AWESOME and the average age aboard out last cruise was 50 - 60 with many younger and a very few older. Most of the people seemed fit and, as a result, tours covered a lot of ground. Food was the best we've had on any cruise, ocean or river. Each day was well planned and really great. I would think, I had experienced the best day on the cruise, only to have an even more amazing day the next day all the way through day 7. I highly recommend Crystal River Cruises. We have also been on Uniworld and it was really great as well. Age-wise most of the clientele were 60 - 80, there were still some in their 40's and 50's and a smattering in their 20's as well as a spry 95 year old. The ship (SS Antoinette) was gorgeous. We had a Junior Suite and it was wonderful. I can recommend then without hesitation as well.
  15. I forgot to mention the 1 bedroom NCL The Haven Courtyard Penthouse - there is a fold out sofa in the living room.
  16. I guess I'm not surprised this is the case considering that no one was tested to see if they had natural immunity before being given the vaccines which I felt should have been done for vaccine prioritization. Oh, well.
  17. NCL has The Haven 2 bedroom villa cabins that have a king in the master, a fold out in the living room and usually two twins (bunks with one folding down or stored) in the 2nd bedroom. 2nd bedroom also has its own bathroom. These cabins are great for 3 adults! Plus you get all The Haven benefits. Celebrity Silhouette ( and her sisters ships) have a family cabin with 2 bedrooms and a living room but only 1 bathroom. These are usually not shown correctly on the website, but if no-one buys them, you can get them at a reduced price 6 weeks or so out from your sailing as they usually rent only to parties of 5 or 6.
  18. I absolutely loved the Hofburg Imperial Apartments and Sisi Museum. Can't recommend that highly enough. She was the Princess Diana of her day.
  19. Walk into town in front of the cathedral (you can go in there to see the casket of the 3 wise men) while facing the front door of the cathedral turn to the right and you will come across a shopping district with the original Eau de Cologne, shops with gigantic pretzels, and other food items and outdoor tables where you can order Kolsch beer. I don't like beer, but I ordered Kolsch beer and it was absolutely great! Everything is close together and easily walkable.
  20. The Gellert baths are gorgeous Art Nouveau. Highly recommend, this is one of the best things to do in Budapest! I also loved the Central Market Hall where I bought a lot of Ajka cut to clear crystal wine goblets, brandy snifters, decanters, etc and chocolates with brandy. So many interesting stores in there with great prices! (Although they don't ship, but I was prepared with an international size roll-aboard.)
  21. On NCL, almost all dinner reservations are taken by the end of the first day with just a few at weird times left at best, so it is best to book everything online before your cruise and if there is somewhere you want to go that you couldn't book online call them from your stateroom when you board to get a reservation as there should be a few left. NCL is all about going to a different restaurant every night, although there are some people who go to the MDR, buffet, The Manhattan Room (newer ships) and O'Sheehans and maybe the Chinese place (some ships) if it is included only. However, Le Bistro and Cagney's are the best restaurants onboard and Moderna and Ocean Blue are also great.
  22. Yay notamermaid! So happy to hear your cases are so low! Ours are down around 10 a day for the past week. I am hopeful things will continue to decrease here and we will get back to 0.
  23. ael123, I believe you have made the right decision to cancel your cruises for now. We are in a situation with a lot of unknowns and that is truly unsettling for many people. I do want to provide you with some reassurance: Less than .006 of people have had a breakthrough case of Covid-19, that is 10,262 breakthrough cases in total out of 150 Million people who have been vaccinated in the United States. My suggestion would be that you take other, land based vacations for now and choose situations where you feel confident, comfortable and safe. There are so many amazing places to vacation in the United States. Sedona, AZ, Mount Rushmore National Park in South Dakota, The Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX, Santa Fe, NM, Charlotte, NC, Savannah, GA, Bar Harbor, Maine, Rockport, Massachusetts, just to name a few of the wonderful places to visit! I believe that Covid-19 will not be the huge problem it is now in a year or two after the majority of people are either vaccinated or have had Covid-19. Also, medical researchers will have had the time to learn much more about how long the Covid-19 vaccines last and if we need booster shots or not and then, armed with full information about how to protect yourself from Covid-19, you should feel much more confident about cruising again.
  24. I happened to peruse the CDC website on travel and it appears that the US is going to recognize the three vaccines approved by the FDA (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson) as well as any other vaccines that were approved by the World Health Organization which would include Astra Zeneca among several others. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html "* This guidance applies to COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen COVID-19 vaccines. This guidance can also be applied to COVID-19 vaccines that have been authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization (e.g. AstraZeneca/Oxford). See WHO’s websiteexternal icon for more information about WHO-authorized COVID-19 vaccines." You can see the list of WHO approved vaccines as well as those in process of being approved here: https://extranet.who.int/pqweb/search?search_api_views_fulltext=Covid-19+vaccines&op=search
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