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  1. Vancouver is as beautiful as ever. 😀 The province dropped its indoor mask requirement in July. By a coincidence, covid cases rebounded from 30/day to 300/day. https://governmentofbc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/dashboards/11bd9b0303c64373b5680df29e5b5914 The mask mandate has been reinstated in the Interior region... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interior_Health However, I do not expect the same for the Vancouver Coastal Health region (Whistler, Vancouver, Richmond, YVR airport). On transit, 90% of Vancouver riders are voluntarily masked. Enjoy!
  2. As expected, lots of hotspots. Greece Islands are red. Closer to home, is MSC still sailing from Florida? Just back from a visit to Toronto and Montreal. Thye still have an indoor mask mandate and cases are under control. I'm horrified to learn that Florida's hosiptals are full again. https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-health-florida-coronavirus-pandemic-38917e4fd073c8142df15de2d8102a24 Stay safe.
  3. I'm not bothered by the masks. It's only a two-oz device. I'm okay with the tests. Hoping that I don't get a false positive. 🙄 What is daunting is the speed at which covid19 is evolving. I'm prepared to cancel before FP if the situation looks 'complicated'.
  4. I was afraid of that. With the uncertainty about the Variants of Concern, and the masking/testing requirements; just no fun to cruise. I'm glad that I cancelled my October cruise in the Mediterranean! 🙄
  5. Now that more cruises are starting up, please let us know, if you have been affected. Cases in the UK are very high. Netherlands and Spain have almost caught up. The bounce has started for Greece, Israel, France. USA and Italy. Let us know if there are any disruptions to the itinerary and excursions. Thanks.
  6. I've had the same problem. Had a booking from December for October on the Seaview YC. Cancelled on me without compensation. I scrambled to make a booking on the Seashore at a higher price. Then, they imposed a covid insurance requirement. I cancelled for a final time, and forfeited my deposit. All the similar itineraries were booked up to March. I'll be taking a refund on my FCC on December 31st. So, its MSC's loss. 😛
  7. IMHO, the end of the cruise ban in November is a positive development for Canadian cruisers. We will be able to cruise during the winter months with insurance. I would expect that the Level 3 travel advisory would also end, as we achieve the 70-75% full vax target. I do hope that visitors to Canada will have to continue to take a test before and on arrival. We can still get substantial outbreaks, even with 80% fully vax.
  8. Good news for FULLY VACCINATED visitors. As Canada nears its 75% target, it will reopen to vax visitors from around the world. Hopefully, we will continue to require a quick test at the border. "Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday Canada could start allowing fully vaccinated Americans into Canada as of mid-August for non-essential travel and should be in a position to welcome fully vaccinated travelers from all countries by early September. Trudeau spoke with leaders of Canada’s provinces and his office released a readout of the call. He noted that if Canada’s current positive path of vaccination rate and public health conditions continue the border can open..." https://ca.yahoo.com/news/fully-vaccinated-americans-enter-canada-020046950.html
  9. That's good news. First, Canada is able to open up because >70% of the population will be full vax by September. Possibly >75% by November. Second, it's good news for Canadian cruisers. The end of the cruise ban will also end the travel advisory on cruising. Possibly, allowing Canadians to cruise with insurance during the winter months. No, I don't think that the $4 billion industry matters that much to a $2 trillion economy. 🙄
  10. Done! Cancelled the booking. Forfeit $199 deposit. Yes, I was required to have covid insurance. No exceptions. Thanks for the help on this forum. I might sneak in a flight to just Germany and France in September, using the Manulife-Costco covid insurance. Be safe.
  11. As far as I know... "As during a cruise, you may be exposed to specific COVID-19 risks that may not be usually covered by existing insurance policies, to ensure your peace of mind is mandatory for all guests to have in place an insurance policy that specifically covers them against COVID-19 related risks, such as cancellation, interruption, repatriation expenses, quarantine, medical assistance and related expenses, as well as hospitalization.... With immediate effect, for all new reservations on Summer 21 and Winter 21/22 cruises sailing from 27 June 2021 , passengers will be required to provide evidence of their insurance policy and this should include the details of the insurer, the insured amounts and full details of the COVID-19 coverage such as cancellation, interruption, repatriation expenses, quarantine, medical assistance and expenses, and hospitalization..." https://www.msccruises.com/en-gl/Manage-Your-Booking/Before-Departure.aspx Of course, requirements could change before embarkation(?)
  12. I was reading their brochure... “Important information about cruise travel: If you have not received the vaccine, this policy does not provide any coverage for Coronavirus (COVID-19) and related complications on a cruise or at any destination included in your cruise itinerary...” Exclusion... “Any act of terrorism or any medical condition you suffer or contract when an official travel advisory issued by the Government of Canada states, "Avoid all non-essential travel" regarding the country, region or city of your destination, before your effective date.” So, we've to hope that GoC lifts its travel advisory before the cruise. I'm fully vax and willing to risk a cruise without covid insurance. However, MSC makes life difficult by requiring covid insurance. That's one of the reasons why I'm cancelling.
  13. Some good news for Canadians. Yes, Manulife is selling covid travel insurance for the FULLY VACCINATED, to Costco members. The call center quoted a very reasonable price for a 21 day trip. Unfortunately, I will be cancelling my October cruise in the Med. Delta variant is thriving in the tourist friendly countries. Likely to see border closures again within the EU. Not good for a 5-country itinerary. I am keen to take the October cruise (before the winter season) because IMO the next viable cruises might be in spring of 2022. Unfortunately, Delta is moving too fast. It is what it is.
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