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  1. I asked Royal Caribbean about this and their response was that South Beach is now open to all passengers, which is why the cabanas are available to book. We are considering a cabana because Odyssey of the Seas is at Coco Cay the same day and I don't want to fight for a lounger. Still considering.
  2. Thanks for the info. Interesting that they're selling it for my sailing on January 2. Why would they be doing that if it's not open to passengers?
  3. It''s a bit hard to tell from the map, but how far are the cabanas at South Beach from the Coco Cay Beach Club? Considering renting one since those are the only cabanas left, but we also have the beach club passes. How far apart are they?
  4. The CDC director issued a statement and her final ruling last night. Basically, anyone over 18 "may" get a booster, and some groups "should". As far as being fully vaccinated, it's my understanding that for public health purposes, fully vaccinated is considered two doses. https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/09/23/covid-booster-shots-cdc/?fbclid=IwAR1qcjwVPa9edAF48NsdbCt6lalYr_N9i9s4sDAjxEjj8npUrfqxP2bohCk
  5. Well, that's just great. That means we'll have to try to find a place to get tested in Florida if the policy holds for our cruise that leaves January 2.
  6. This is absolutely fabulous news and the right decision as far as I'm concerned. I hope this lawsuit is successful and sets a precedent. I'd sure feel a lot safer sailing on Oasis in January if it was a requirement. If not I may be jumping ship to NCL if they sail 100% vaxxed.
  7. Good for them. I hope other cruise lines join this.
  8. I have absolutely no issue with wearing my mask even though I'm vaccinated when there are unvaccinated people allowed on the ship. If it gets me back out to sea, so be it. I am in Missouri where the Delta variant is spreading because of certain areas of our state that have low vaccination rates, so I really never stopped wearing mine. Not yet, anyway.
  9. Not getting a vaccine is a choice, so anyone that makes that choice when they are eligible to get the vaccine is indicating they're willing to suffer the consequences. That's not discrimination, so yes, the comparison is a far reach.
  10. I believe if you are all together your group is considered unvaccinated while on board.
  11. I have no issue with wearing a mask even though I'm vaccinated. Small price to pay for my peace of mind. I also don't have any issue with additional requirements/restrictions on unvaccinated people. I'm glad to see these changes - it makes me feel a bit better about our upcoming cruise. We're still trying to decide what to to do though and will wait and see what happens before making a decision to cancel - that is not off the table. In my state, we are seeing the results of low vaccination rates in rural counties. There are several outlying counties that are seeing a huge spike in the Delta variant. That's not being seen in counties with a higher vaccination rate. That's a bit frightening to me. And this is why people that can get the vaccine should. It's not all about them.
  12. I believe so. It was a while back, but I think that's the outfit we did it with. It was very frightening. My son (he was pretty young at the time) was less disturbed than I was, though. I think that's because I'd ridden horses for so long that I really realized how seriously hurt that person could have been.
  13. This has happened to me twice. We are going to use our FCC's on a cruise in January, 2022, as we can't get a refund now, but we will most likely not sail Royal again. All of this left a very bad taste in my mouth, especially the second time when I was basically called a liar when I read the rep I was speaking to my notes from my previous conversations. I was in the same boat as you the first time - difficult to track the ins and outs - but the second time I knew to the penny what I was due and they still messed it up.
  14. Someone can correct me if I'm wrong, but I looked up the portion of the Florida law that talks about vaccines. It says that companies can't refuse to provide services because of vaccination status, but I do not believe it says they can't ask you to voluntarily show proof.
  15. That makes sense. Once they're out of Florida, Florida's restrictions about vaccines don't apply. I didn't think of that.
  16. There's one thing I'm not understanding about this. It was my understanding that the Florida law prohibits Royal from requiring proof of vaccination to board the ship. But the way I read it, it doesn't prohibit them from asking if someone has had the vaccine. If that's the case but no proof has to be shown, then nothing's stopping someone from lying. It's basically the honor system. So how then would they differentiate between vaccinated and unvaccinated passengers? Maybe I'm making a mountain of a molehill here, but it does bring a question to my mind.
  17. In answer to the original question of this thread - yes, I'd cancel if I could. But I have FCC's that will expire in September, 2022, and most likely will not be able to sail in the summer of 2022. We picked the January, 2022, date, because of the pricing and the fact that the date worked. We are sitting tight right now and waiting to see what happens since we can't get a refund at this point. It may be a moot point, though. If RCCL sailings go out with no vaccine requirements and there's Covid outbreaks on board which I think is more likely under those conditions, who knows what will happen with cruises after that.
  18. I am not sure we'll sail if they don't require vaccines. I understand from the press release that passengers who aren't vaccinated will probably be required to test and there will be other as yet unspecified "protocols". The thought of being on a ship in the middle of the ocean with a Covid outbreak definitely gives me pause and makes me want to consider something else for our vacation. I don't mind wearing a mask, but why should I have to when I've done my part to make everyone safe just because someone else didn't? For right now, I'm going to wait and see as we don't sail for a while. And if there's outbreaks on cruises, it may all be a moot point, so sitting tight for now. I'm sorry to see them cave to DeSantis.
  19. We have done this and will never do it again if it includes swimming the horses in the ocean. We did an independent excursion. Long story short, the person guiding our tour led a group of 8 people with varying experience levels as far as riding a horse into the ocean for a swim without asking if everyone was comfortable with it. One person in our party who was behind us was riding a horse that got buffeted by the waves. That horse panicked, fell, and ran out of the ocean to the beach. The person riding that horse had fallen off but had a foot still stuck in the stirrup and was dragged 75 feet along the beach upside down. Thankfully, they had us wear helmets. Looked like they suffered serious injuries to their arm and possibly their leg. Long story short, I am an experienced rider and I've never seen a ride conducted in such unsafe conditions. I should have realized this from the get go when the person leading the ride was wearing Crocs and shorts.
  20. Because (from what I've read) vaccinated people can still carry the virus (i.e,, they are either asymptomatic or just don't get very sick) although much less of it. The problem is that if they around people that are unvaccinated and/or immunocompromised, it's possible they could spread the virus to them. If our goal is stop this virus from spreading, that would seem to be a problem.
  21. I honestly don't know. I know my registration is my state's public health database and I'm sure the federal government knows how the vaccines were allocated to the states. I just haven't read anything that says there's a national database. Perhaps there is. I don't know and I have read that reporting is kind of a patchwork depending on what state you're in. That was my only point. I'm not saying one way or the other - I'm saying I don't know and I'm reserving my judgment. Personally, I would like it if there was a database for authorized entities to verify someone's vaccine status, but given how politicized this has all become, I doubt that will happen. I also think there might legal issues surround that. I don't know, I'm just speculating.
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