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  1. Yup! Well, it's preliminary research, but all signs point to an equitable if not better response. Also a greater risk of post-vaccine side effects......but I'd happily exchange a few days of feeling lousy for better protection. Following an AZ shot with an mRNA as a booster has actually been shown to provide better protection than boostering an AZ vaccine with another AZ vaccine. When it comes to the mRNA vaccines, it doesn't really matter which one as they're kind of interchangeable -- so boostering with Pfizer is the same as boostering with Moderna. I'm more ups
  2. Sounds like a jam-packed trip.....have fun! I've been cruising solo for over 10 years or so, but I've never done a European cruise (I prefer lots and lots of sea days). I did do a 6 week solo trip to Italy 18 months ago, and it was so fabulous I want to go back again.
  3. I disagree with Jim - take a book or a kindle if you want to. This is your cruise, and if you feel better perusing a book or your day's photos on your phone, do it. Or if you feel better taking it just in case you might want to, do it. I did it frequently, and I was not trying to hide from anyone - I was trying to enjoy myself. If other people thought I was nervous or introverted, that's their problem, not mine. I did not go to dinner with the plan of meeting people, and therefor wanted to make myself seem approachable (ick - sounds like a pickup bar), I went to dinner with
  4. I thought that maybe I could get a head start on getting a refund on my deposit, and I figured I could almost assuredly re-book it if it turns out that it's going and I'd be comfortable aboard.
  5. I just cancelled my booking on a June 2021 Baltic cruise. I wasn't going to wait for them to cancel it for me, LOL. If things look up, I know I'll be able to book a 2021 cruise closer to the date.
  6. That depends on your definition of "solo friendly". For me, I decided Crystal was the most solo friendly because they have low solo supplements on virtually all voyages, and they treat solos well i.e. they treat solos exactly like any other passenger who is traveling with someone else. That's what I think of as "solo friendly" - no discrimination of solos, even in small things. I get tired of standing in line to enter or be seated somewhere and they address the pair behind me, as if we must be a group of 3. Stuff like that. And with solo supplements in the 25%-30% range, even a luxury li
  7. I think of it more as "for those who want to choose if or when to rub elbows with fellow passengers"
  8. Because being separated from everything, looking off the ship and seeing no commercial life, really helps me relax and feel calm. I could probably get equally as calm and relaxed in a solitary cabin in the woods, too, but cruise ships come with better food and service 😉 When I get to a port, even seeing the equipment and cars near a large port causes me to subtly tense up a bit. Other than mid-day trivia, I don't do any activities, even ones I think would be interesting......my time is spent watching the ocean, reading a book, listening to an audiobook, or playing Scrabble and chatting w
  9. But the reason it was not provided was not a fraudulent one. Fraud is more than just not delivering what was purchased - it's intentionally using deception to steal (that money, by not delivering the product). There was no deception involved.
  10. Hotels as well - I think hotels most of all, who were already having difficulty with the AirBnB type offerings.
  11. The difference is in the motivation, not the action. One is about a contagious disease, the other is about ideology.
  12. I would love a 14 day cruise with no port calls! I've almost been on a cruise leg like that: Hawaii to New Zealand with no stops, a total of 12 days at sea, if I recall. It was wonderful! (The cruise started in LA, and Oahu was the only stop on the trip to NZ.)
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