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  1. Do you have to be invited? Or once they announce the cruise & date anyone just signs up?
  2. If your nose isn't covered - you're not really wearing a mask.
  3. For me - the water is too cold to snorkel. But I'm a wimp.
  4. As a Washington State resident, I wouldn't mind a cruise to Alaska - no flying! I would go solo - but checking the various dates - looking at inside or ocean view - all are being booked Guarantee! Having been burned BIG TIME on a guarantee - I will never book a guarantee again. Hoping to see a change so I can pick a room in a location I can live with. I've been to Alaska in the past with a balcony. A must if it's your first time. But I just want to cruise - save some $$ - and not have to fly. Come on Royal - let me pick my cabin!
  5. Since you are flying from SEA to LAX - Alaska Airlines might be your choice! Read this - looks like more than American will save you having to snag your luggage - etc. https://www.airtahitinui.com/us-en/time-saving-tips-lax
  6. Not too much difference between D and D+ . . . . I'd be happy with some drinks on my card to use all day then! Regardless - looking forward to cruising once again. Hoping that independent from the ship excursions are happening by Jan 2022.
  7. I've booked B2B - January 17 & January 24th. Somewhat difficult getting the same cabin with a balcony. Ended up with 1164. New cabins . . . . hopefully noise from the pool area is blocked out with a door that closes. Anyone have experience with the bow cabins - deck 11? Also - as a D+ - hoping to get access to the concierge lounge. Excited to cruise on the west coast!
  8. I agree. Even though I am on the West Coast - not extremely interested in 3 & 4 day cruises. I'm ready to do b2b2b - but not a party boat each cruise. 7 day cruises PLEASE!
  9. I was told NO - so I cancelled my Windstar cruise for refund of deposit. I did not want FCC - and pay double the price. So no Windstar for me . . . .
  10. So Windstar if you're listening - you wouldn't let me carry my March 11 - 18th booking over to a fall cruise at the same price. No hints on how you might help me rebook and make it work. I'm under some time constraints with Air Tahiti Nui. (flights must be rebooked before the end of 2021) I couldn't get any hints of some assistance from Windstar or Oceania. I actually was booked on both with a week on Moorea in between. SO - I am using my Air Tahiti Nui one time date change for next fall. I spent a couple of hours on the phone with a BIg Box South Pacific agent. For almost the same price - 5 different islands, island hoppers, no tenders, pick and chose my excursions, snorkel when I want, all transfers, most meals, and social distance if I need to - and I am on the islands for 24hrs a day for almost 3 weeks - . I know cruising is in a hard spot right now - but cruise lines are frustrating right now. There is no way I will commit to a cruise at this time. Last year, I cruised 7 times! I do miss it - but I won't tie up my money with anyone right now unless I can get a refund. (Some airlines are worse!)
  11. I will not rebook unless it can happen at the same price, and sometime in 2022. Otherwise, forget it.
  12. I wish you had this option. Now that my March 11th in Tahiti has been cancelled - I'd like the same cruise and same price a year later. FCC but double or triple the price doesn't quite cut it. You've had my deposit for almost a year - - - guess cash and no cruise is my best option!
  13. Booked for March 2021. What % of the ship will be occupied? And will ship excursions be required to get off the ship? If ship excursions are required - will the price be adjusted to make them more reasonable? After our cruise with Windstar, we'll be staying in Tahiti for another 2 weeks - therefore, I want my own excursions.
  14. It was the entire month on the Empress. The prices were so amazing, due to no Cuba. Double points for a month pushed me to D+ - hubbie can thank me! I was able to have dinner with the officers. The VIP beach at Labadee. The cabins are REALLY small - it was perfect for me! I had the same cabin the whole time. My cabin steward took great care of me! So did a couple of bartenders! I sat in the same place for the shows - got to know the Cruise Director and Assistant Cruise Director. I was looking forward to my October 2020 as a first time Diamond +. Oh well - now 2021. Not much to do for kids to do on the Empress. The youngins did OK . The teenagers ran amok BIG TIME!!!!!! Security had to get involved. A couple at my table had to be protected by security due to being threatened by teens. And I'm a retired teacher that taught 12 - 15 year olds! So happy I was also on the week after the Thanksgiving week so I could relax and recover! Regardless of that one bad experience, cruising Solo is a treat . . . .
  15. Definitely a difference between Solo & Single. Sometimes I cruise with my husband - sometimes I cruise Solo. Sometimes I meet people and socialize a lot, sometimes I don't. Why a cruise & not flying from here to there? I like to go someplace warm in the winter. I like to unpack once. I like someone to tidy up my cabin, cook, and do my dishes. I like to sight see, read or walk or talk, with a little drinking thrown in. If you want no children - don't cruise during school holidays. Last year I spent a month on the Empress. Oh my goodness - Thanksgiving week was not for me! The other 3 weeks were GREAT! I am missing cruising right now. I had to Lift & Shift my October 2020 to October 2021. I hope my 2 March cruises are a go! Good Luck!
  16. There has been an extension - to September 15th! The authorities of French Polynesia have implemented the following measures though September 15 (subject to extension): Closing of discos and nightclubs; Meetings of more than 10 people on the public highway or in any place open to the public are subject to prior permission from the authorities. This permission should specify the health measures taken by event planners ; Application of strict rules in restaurants and bars (patrons must be seated, maintain a minimum distance of 1 meter between each table, and wearing a mask is mandatory by everyone when moving around the establishment); Wearing of masks is mandatory in outdoor public spaces subject to large number of people, including: shops, water taxis/ferry transportation, airplanes, public ground transport, airports and ferry terminals. Requirements will be enforced by controls and sanctions. Failure to comply with these requirements is punishable by a fine of up to €745.82; Informal meetings of more than 10 people is prohibited on beaches, green spaces and public parks, riverbanks, picnic areas and all sites used for this purpose.
  17. The Islands of Tahiti: an effective health protocol and additional measures to contain the increase of Covid-19 cases Papeete, August, 13th. Since the first cases of Covid-19 affected the global travel and tourism industry in The Islands of Tahiti, local authorities have established strong sanitary measures allowing the destination to avoid the spread of the virus. The Islands of Tahiti has continued its efforts by adopting a strict and innovative health protocol for the reopening of international borders from the 15th of July 2020: - A RT-PCR test to be carried out within three days prior to one’s international departure to French Polynesia; - An online ETIS (Electronic Travel Information System) declaration form (much like a sanitary ESTA); - A RT-PCR self-test to be carried out 4 days after the visitor's arrival. This rigorous protocol has been successful to date. Specifically, it allowed health authorities to rapidly detect the first case of a tourist carrying the Covid-19 virus aboard the Paul Gauguin cruise ship and to isolate this person immediately on August 1, 2020, thus controlling the chain of transmission aboard the cruise ship. No additional cases among the passengers and crew were detected thereafter. However, as in other countries, The Islands of Tahiti are facing an increase in the number of cases. From July 15, 2020, there have been 77 recorded cases. These originate mostly from two clusters that have generated numerous local contaminations. Indeed, the majority of the cases are residents or newcomers who have come to settle in the French Polynesia. The foreseeable and non-reversible increase of these cases, pushed the local authorities, who have demonstrated their control of the spread of the virus since the beginning of the crisis, to reinforce the sanitary protocol. Authorities have announced four measures to be applied in French Polynesia during 14 days (subject to extension) from August 12 to August 25: The closure of all nightclubs; Any meetings of more than 50 people on the public highway or in any place open to the public will be subject to prior permission from the Office of the High Commissioner; The application of strict rules in restaurants and bars (visitors must be seated, maintain a minimum distance of 1 meter between each table, and wearing a mask is mandatory by everyone when moving around the establishment); Reinforced control and sanctions in the event of non-compliance with the mandatory regulation of wearing masks in all shops, water taxis/ferry transportation, airplanes, public ground transport, airports and ferry terminals (fine of approximately €750). The importance of these protective rules and the need for the local population, as well as incoming visitors or returning residents, friends and family, to respect them, was highlighted during the official speech of the President and the High Commissioner on the 11th of August, at the same time as the announcement of these four health measures. "Indeed, the protocol and the sanitary measures will be effective provided that visitors as well as the residents of The Islands of Tahiti respect them in French Polynesia", according to Jean-Marc Mocellin, Chief Executive Officer of Tahiti Tourisme. To underscore this need, a reminder of the rules to respect is provided to local and international visitors upon their arrival at the airport which invite them to take the right steps to ensure the well-being of visitors and the local population.
  18. I received this just after midnight - Pacific TIme from Tahiti Tourisme. You can sign up to receive their newsletter. It comes in both French and English. Mr Dominique SORAIN, High Commissioner of the Republic, and Mr Edouard FRITCH, President of French Polynesia, announced this afternoon the results of the sampling of all passengers and crew members aboard the Paul Gauguin cruise ship. The results of the RT-PCR tests are all negative. As a result, passengers will be able to disembark from the cruise ship within the next hours and join a place of confinement. Prior to disembarkation, all passengers will be required to sign a declaration to respect a period of quarantine. They will then be quarantined for a period of seven days, either at home for local residents or in an individual accommodation facility for non-residents. This quarantine period will be monitored by the Public Health Surveillance Office (PHSO). In addition, the High Commissionner's sanitary platform will be in daily contact with all persons in quarantine in order to verify the evolution of their state of health, compliance with containment measures and their ongoing presence at the place indicated for quarantine. In order not to take any risk, at the end of this observation period, each person monitored will be tested one more time by RT-PCR test. The health protocol implemented and the early measures applied by the cruise liner made it possible to rapidly detect and isolate the confirmed case of Covid-19, limiting the chain of transmission aboard the ship. Moving forward, this health protocol will be reinforced with the obligation for all cruise passengers to carry out a self-test before boarding the ship.
  19. Received this a little after midnight - Pacific Time from Tahiti Tourisme. You can go in and sign up for their newsletter. It is in both French and English. Mr Dominique SORAIN, High Commissioner of the Republic, and Mr Edouard FRITCH, President of French Polynesia, announced this afternoon the results of the sampling of all passengers and crew members aboard the Paul Gauguin cruise ship. The results of the RT-PCR tests are all negative. As a result, passengers will be able to disembark from the cruise ship within the next hours and join a place of confinement. Prior to disembarkation, all passengers will be required to sign a declaration to respect a period of quarantine. They will then be quarantined for a period of seven days, either at home for local residents or in an individual accommodation facility for non-residents. This quarantine period will be monitored by the Public Health Surveillance Office (PHSO). In addition, the High Commissionner's sanitary platform will be in daily contact with all persons in quarantine in order to verify the evolution of their state of health, compliance with containment measures and their ongoing presence at the place indicated for quarantine. In order not to take any risk, at the end of this observation period, each person monitored will be tested one more time by RT-PCR test. The health protocol implemented and the early measures applied by the cruise liner made it possible to rapidly detect and isolate the confirmed case of Covid-19, limiting the chain of transmission aboard the ship. Moving forward, this health protocol will be reinforced with the obligation for all cruise passengers to carry out a self-test before boarding the ship.
  20. I just received this in my email tonight from Health Commission of French Polynesia. Following the self-test protocol, one case of Covid-19 has been detected on board the cruise ship Paul Gauguin Since July 15, a rigorous health protocol has been put in place by the authorities as part of the resumption of commercial flights and to allow the recovery of the tourism sector, including a RT-PCR test 3 days prior to departure, mandatory self-registration on the ETIS platform and self-test 4 days after arrival in the territory. As part of this health protocol, namely the mandatory self-test has been detected in an international visitor aboard the Paul Gauguin ship. The cruise ship immediately reverted back to the island of Tahiti to follow up on the health of all passengers. It docked at the port of Papeete this Sunday morning at 9:00 AM, with 148 passengers and 192 crew members on board. Tests were immediately carried out this morning on board the ship by health personnel. In accordance with its health and sanitary regulations, the PONANT company has implemented strict isolation measures on board. A health investigation is currently underway regarding all the contacts that the passenger concerned may have had. The High Commissioner's Crisis Department in coordination with French Polynesia’s Health and Tourism services met this morning to take charge of this situation. The country's authorities will communicate again on the subject as soon as the first results of these tests are known, probably this evening.
  21. Exact Response from Windstar: Thank you for contacting Windstar Cruises. At this time, we do not have snorkel equipment rental onboard. If you would like to book a diving shore excursion through Windstar, there will be snorkeling equipment provided, included in the cost of the excursion. If you would like to go snorkeling independently, please bring your own gear. Due to safety and liability reasons, Windstar is unable to allow snorkeling and swimming off our Watersports Platform. Thank you for your understanding. Please let us know if you have any additional questions.
  22. After seeing this thread yesterday - I emailed Windstar concerning snorkel gear. They said they would NOT be providing snorkel gear - unless you were on a Windstar sponsored snorkel excursion that provides gear. They also reminded me I couldn't snorkel or swim off their platform. So - guess I'll go buy some new gear. What I have is old - !!!! I know AirTahiti Nui will let a bag of snorkle gear be checked in for free - but nothing else can be in the bag. I'm waiting to hear from my connecting flight if they will do the same.
  23. We're middle of March on the Spirit - then a week in Moorea at an AirBnB, then Oceania - then I guess we have to go home. Also hope the craziness has subsided by then. Ready to do what we need to do for this trip. Enjoy!
  24. Ahhhhh! Thanks for unconfusing me! When are you booked in 2021! Maybe you can unconfuse me in person! 🙂
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