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  1. Sounds like the US may be getting back to normal. Many airlines in the world are still dealing with COVID and that is causing fairly dramatic changes. That is not common. In Canada at least the practice the airlines have had has to been to load last year schedule and then make minor changes. This year the changes are far from minor.
  2. That smallpox card is part of a system for doing this that has existed for decades and is still used today. The World Health Organization has had a standard for what a vaccination passport looks like and a process for each country to issue one. It is called the "International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis" Each country then issues these. The organization that administers the vaccine places a stamp, and certifies the vaccination was delivered. This is what is used as proof of yellow fever vaccination for countries that requires it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Certificate_of_Vaccination_or_Prophylaxis
  3. Normally it would be illegal and a violation of anti-trust laws in the US, Canada, Europe etc. So they needed to go and get special permission from authorities to do this. They basically operate as a joint venture for travel between North America and Europe. They still compete with each other in other markets. As an example, Air Canada and United do not have anti-trust immunity for travel between Canada and the US. United and ANA have a similar agreement for travel to Asia that Air Canada is not part of. Not all Star Alliance members are part of this special deal. For example TAP Air Portugal is part of Star Alliance but is not part of this joint venture. United, Lufthansa and Air Canada under their joint venture agreement they pool costs, co-ordinate schedule and price. Basically they are not competing with each other. Here is a news article from when the agreement was first setup: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/dot-approves-continental-united-lufthansa-air-canada-antitrust-immunity-with-limited-carveouts/ These types of agreements are difficult to get regulators to approve and frequently come with lots of strings. WestJet and Delta proposed something similar for Canada-US travel. However the regulator required WestJet to sell domestic seats at wholesale to any potential competitor and to offer to give up its LaGuardia slots. WestJet and Delta found the requirements excessive and did not move forward with the deal.
  4. I think it is unlikely to see Canada extend the ban. The vaccination rollout in Canada had a slow start but is going well, we are a few weeks away from having a higher percentage of people with a first shot that the US. Having everyone with the second shot is going to around September. There are a few people who will pas on it but we are probably looking at 80-90% vaccinations by the end of the year. The concern in Canada was always ending up with a ship in port with thousands infects and hundreds requiring ICU beds at the same time we dealing with our own population. With the cruse lines requiring everyone to be vaccinated these issues just disappear.
  5. Your not required to show proof of US citizenship. I am a Canadian (living in Canada) and have taken several NCL cruises showing my Canadian passport. NCL regularly carries non-US citizens as passengers on their ships. Usually when an airline or ship asks to sea travel documents prior to boarding it is to ensure you meet entry requirements for the country your going to travel to.
  6. Actually Air Canada, United and Lufthansa has a profit sharing agreement in place for travel between North America and Europe. Behind they are basically operating those flights as a joint venture. The competition authorities had issues with Air Transat flights being added to that mix.
  7. They are working on getting on getting more hotels setup. When ready in a few days the expectation is everyone quarantines in a hotel under government supervision for 3 days with a COVID test on entry and a COVID test on exist. If positive it is extended for the full 14 days. Yes, people are good at promising to boarder control officers all sorts of thing, but several days later appear to have lapses in memory. I suspect a universal trait in humans.
  8. In Canada, the requirement on entry was (and still is), you must demonstrate that you have a worked out plan of how you will quarantine at home for 14 days. If you don't have a plan you will be put up at a hotel the government has leased and quarantine there. The problem is to many people we not sticking to their plan. They could be fined for violating the local quarantine laws in their province. To many people were violating the rules that they are no proposing everyone quarantine in a hotel under government supervision. Similar to what Australia and the UK are now doing. As for fines it varies. The federal quarantine act only applies to holding someone long enough to determine if they are safe to enter Canada. Once admitted into Canada it is provincial authorities and quarantine laws that apply. Yes, there are fines for breaking quarantine.
  9. News reports that show up in Canada usually feature people who own property in the US and spend part of the year in Canada and part of the year in the US. That said news reports do not represent everyone just the story of the people they interviewed.
  10. The key thing with the tax is it only applies to vacant property. If your renting or living in the property then your exempt.
  11. Ton answer some of these questions... Under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom (part of our Constitution), the government can't easily restrict a Canadian from entering Canada. You can be quarantined but not stopped from entering. I suspect the US has similar rules for US nationals returning back home. Canada permits dual citizenship, so that provides an exemption. The Canadians getting a vaccine in the US were mostly people who qualified under US rules by having a winter home in the US. .
  12. So as far marriages go...... United codeshare partner in Canada with Air Canada (and Jazz is Air Canada's regional operator). Air Canada (through Jazz) is flying to Seattle and directly on a limited basis to Hawaii and California and Phoenix. Delta codeshare partner in Canada is WestJet (and Encore is their regional partner) WestJet is operating a limited number of flights tp Vegas, Hawaii and California. Alaska does not have a Canadian codeshare partner (they do interline with both Air Canada and WestJet) they are codeshare partners with American. Alaska is flying a few times per day between Vancouver and Seattle. Canada has fairly strict COVID regulations in place. You need to have a negative COVID test within 72 hours of departure to Canada. Someone arriving from outside of Canada is required to quarantine for 14 days before they can tour around. Not as strict as Australia but it is getting there. That has dramatically reduced the number of international flights especially to the US.
  13. In this case they are off message and are going to be ignored. The CDC is asking for input on the virus. It is not the place of the CDC to decide if a cruise ship benefit to society exceeded its impact on the environment. They do have a valid concern, however a public health agency is the one to take the environment concern into consideration.
  14. I have done the EPIC for Cevitavecchia. Great choice. Most of the passengers are getting on/off in Barcelona, so the lineups are small to non existent. The state rooms are normally ready very early relative to other ports. There is a bit of weird vibe with this cruise. Usually everyone gets on you meet people and then you have that last night. In this case that is true for half the passenger and not for the other half. Finding an old small hotel within walking distance of everything in the center of Rome is the best bet. As for taking the train or shuttle/car. I have done both and they are both fairly straightforward. If you have luggage you should do the car; generally speaking the car is the better option. If you do the train it is a short walk from the station to the gates entering the port facility. It is a massive port and your not permitted to just walk in. To the side of the gate there will be shuttle buses for each ship in port and they will take to the ship itself. The vide on ship is quite different to the Caribbean. The passengers are more multi-lingual and that is reflected in the entertainment. I would say more reserved and calmer. I was on the EPIC in both the Caribbean and Med when they featured the Blue Man Group. The med reaction was more along on the lines of "what was that?" It did not go over well. Partially due to preferences of the passenger mix and partially due to these being very port intensive cruises and after a day in port exploring most people are tired and not overly interested in partying until early in the morning. The Caribbean is more likely to have guest spend the day sun bathing while the med is more walking tours.
  15. You want to phone Princess (aka EzAir) and ask them how to handle it.
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