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  1. That's really not true anymore. More and more countries are shutting down borders to non-citizens/non-residents. Airlines, due to low demand, are dropping their number of flights/seats available. It's becoming harder and harder to get home if you haven't yet.
  2. Not really...the whole point is to avoid mass groupings of people. Whether a cruise goes to anywhere or nowhere, it's still an incredibly high concentration of people mingling around together. Sort of defeats the purpose.
  3. Definitely no requirement. I know several US citizens living around the world, including in Europe and China, and they're staying put for the most part because...well, that's their home for now. For example, one of my best friends is currently on a five-year assignment in Europe, and he and his husband are certainly staying put. There's no need for them to come back to the US at this time, and nobody is making them. (They do own a house in a US, but it's being rented out during their time in Europe, so they'd really have no place to "come home to" even if they wanted to)
  4. Probably just an automated message that goes out to everyone. You can also reach out to them on social media, that's how I usually get a hold of AA and their social media team is pretty good...though they're also probably pretty swamped right now.
  5. This isn't necessarily true. Muster spots are just where you're supposed to gather in an emergency. It may or may not be next to the lifeboats. I've been in a muster drill where we were inside a bar/venue/lounge at the front of the boat. Now, I assume our actual lifeboats were nearby, but they never actually took us to them. Other cases, yes, our lined up right next to lifeboats.
  6. To me, this is easy. In my opinion, Princess > Norwegian, and a Canada cruise > Bermuda cruise. I personally love Bermuda as a land vacation, but don't have much desire to cruise there.
  7. If there ever is a case where flying in the same day is reasonable, yours may be it. I still personally would not do it for multiple reasons, but I would understand someone heavily considering it in your case.
  8. Even assuming you don't have any priority, I wouldn't show up any more than 90 minutes in advance. You'll need to clear security and exit immigration, but the Germans are usually pretty efficient about both of those things. Also try to find out when your airline even opens their check-in desks, assuming you have a bag to drop.
  9. On top of the earlier comments about the cruise line now having access to your immigration history, there's no way for the cruise line to know you carry more than one passport unless you tell them. I have dual citizenship and the cruiseline just asks to see a passport. They never ask if I have another citizenship/passport, whether it's with me or not (it usually is).
  10. Here's something I posted about a week ago, so the numbers are slightly different, but the point remains: We're looking at about 45,000 cases worldwide...That is .00058% of the world population. Now, the vast majority of those are in China, and an even more vast majority of those are in East and Southeast Asia - maybe like 98%, I believe. So only 2% of the .00058% of the world's people (a) have Coronavirus and (b) are outside of E/SE Asia. These are rough numbers, and it's always changing, but just goes to show how ridiculously small of an issue this currently is outside of that region. Now, picture even just one of those people being the random few thousand people on that ship at the same time as you. The mathematician and engineer in me cannot even remotely calculate how small the odds of that are.
  11. I think it's 4x weekly. That stinks. I clear US immigration/customs at ORD about every month, on top of domestic connections at ORD and O&D trips at ORD, and I rarely run in to any issues..never what you experienced unless there's a major storm or something, and even then... You really must have hit a bad time.
  12. Spot on with Gardyloo's recommendation - seriously, there's almost no reason to book right when they open. Prices will likely drop later once they figure out the demand, and schedules are more likely to change.
  13. I have always cleared US immigration a YVR in the early morning (like when they open at 4:30am, since I am usually on the 6am flight), and it has never taken me more than 10 minutes including security. That being said, it may be busier later in the morning...I am not sure. And as mentioned, do bring your physical card with you.
  14. What advantage is this unless you own stock? I can give you the George Foreman guarantee that they won't pass any of that savings on to customers.
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