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  1. That's the one I'm worried about. We sail out of Galveston on Sunday. I remember a few years ago when we sailed in August, and the people who got on board the ship the day we returned were stuck at sea for an extra week due to Hurricane Harvey affecting the Port of Galveston directly.
  2. We are scheduled to sail on the Carnival Dream this coming Sunday. I pulled up your Dream review from 2013 to see what you thought of it. It was an interesting comparison reading your current Aruba review at the same time as this one from when Sakari was only 5. 😄
  3. The timeframe for taking the test was reduced from 3 days to 2 days. Still only one test required.
  4. We have cruised Carnival slightly more than others because Galveston is our drivable homeport and they have a large presence there. We have sailed on 4 lines (Carnival, Royal, NCL, & HAL) and honestly liked all of them for different reasons. Would sail all of them again. As far as the current protocols, I'm not thrilled about them, but I'm willing to do whatever it takes to get back on board. I have my Covid test scheduled for Friday with a planned departure on Carnival Dream on Sunday! I cannot wait. Praying Covid and the hurricanes don't wreck our plans.
  5. Really enjoyed following along with you! I'll finally be on a cruise again in 2 weeks - allegedly, if Covid and/or a hurricane don't cancel our plans. I've heard the MG will be in port with us one day (Dream), so it will be fun to see it in person. Looking forward to your next reviews in the coming months.
  6. So glad to see you cruising again!! Looking forward to following your review!
  7. Per Carnival: Is a self-test acceptable? Vaccinated guests may use a medically observed self-test (sometimes referred to as home test) that meets the following criteria: The test must be a SARS-CoV-2 viral test (nucleic acid amplification test [NAAT] or antigen test) with Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The testing procedure must include a telehealth service affiliated with the manufacturer of the test that provides real-time supervision remotely through an audio and video connection. Some FDA-authorized self-tests that include a telehealth service may require a prescription. The telehealth provider must confirm the person’s identity, observe the specimen collection and testing procedures, confirm the test result, and issue a report that meets the requirements of acceptable proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
  8. The Optum website sells them in smaller quantities. https://store.optum.com/shop/products/abbott-binaxNOW-COVID-19-ag-at-home-test-kit-3-pack
  9. I have bought these, too, just to use at home for peace of mind. Wouldn't hurt to keep a couple on hand for that reason.
  10. These are the "self tests" - they are not proctored and do not give you the official report that cruise lines require. The Binax NOW "home tests" are proctored by eMed - these are the ones you need. Currently only available online as far as I know.
  11. Were these as good as the ones you get at that gas station on the way to NOLA?
  12. I would definitely not assume something with that name was referring to a word processor.
  13. We always use Parking Spot at both Love & DFW (usually the north lot). Never had a bad experience with them.
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