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janewe

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    carribean

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  1. Thanks for the 125 replies to my thread “would you cruise if you had to wear a mask most of the time?”. It got closed down yesterday before I could say thanks to the responders, perhaps it got too contentious. The replies were helpful for me in coming to a decision. I tabulated the answers I got and 64% said they would not cruise with a mask on. I was out yesterday, a little north of Toronto, Ontario and although we have a mandatory mask law, must have on inside businesses, a person in my demographic walked into a small convenience store without a mask and was served. I stayed in my car until he left. So even although we have it under a semblance of control, less than 100 cases a day now in a population of 14 million there are some that don’t adhere to it. I am concerned about complacency as things improve somewhat and we have a reversal. So, at 70, my wife a little younger, we are high risk to have serious problems if we were to get covid 19 on a plane, at a hotel or on a cruise ship from one person who doesn’t follow the rules. To use a stock market analogy, the risk reward is not in our favour. Some don’t mind wearing a mask and I do all the time when going to the store etc but I really don’t like them and can’t get my head around to wearing them for hours on end on planes, ships, excursions. I asked myself, would it be fun? The answer was no. As a result, we just cancelled our January cruise. We will wait for a vaccine that is proven to be effective and has broad distribution. Thanks again for your input.
  2. Thanks for the 125 replies to my thread “ would you cruise if you had to wear a mask most of the time”. It got closed down yesterday, perhaps it got too contentious. The replies were helpful for me in coming to a decision. I tabulated the answers I got and 64% said they would not cruise with a mask on. I was out yesterday, a little north of Toronto, Ontario and although we have a mandatory mask law inside businesses, a person in my demographic walked into a small convenience store without a mask and was served. I stayed in my car until he left. So even although we have it under a semblance of control, less than 100 cases a day in a population of 14 million there are some that abuse it. So, at 70, my wife a little younger, we are high risk to have serious problems if we were to get covid 19 on a plane, at a hotel or on a cruise ship from one person who doesn’t follow the rules. Some don’t mind wearing a mask and I do all the time when going to the store etc but I really don’t like them and can’t get my head around to wearing them for hours on end on planes etc. I asked myself, would it be fun? To use a stock market analogy, the risk / reward is not in our favour. As a result, we just cancelled our January cruise. We will wait for a vaccine that is proven to be effective and has broad distribution.
  3. Here are your only other travel options, Albania, DR, Kosovo, Maldives, Mexico, Serbia, Tunisia and Turkey. All the rest require covid 19 test and or quarantine.
  4. You reminded me of during a Europe trip, flying from Glasgow to Faro, Portugal was taken aback by the early morning, (8 am) drinking. Asked someone as it’s not common in our parts. His response “ our holiday starts at the Airport”. An hour into our flight there were five guys lined up for the wash room. Now that could be a problem.
  5. On previous cruises I organized our own private excursions. This time we would do more walking, into Towns, to beaches although also did that before and social distance reducing the need to wear masks outside.
  6. We know there is no social distancing on flights now with middle seats being bookable. People are allowed to take their own food on the plane. Would you fly to your cruise knowing the person beside you can remove their mask and eat, perhaps for an extended period of time? Should eating on planes be banned during covid 19?
  7. Thank you all for your input. It’s almost 50/50 with “no” slightly outnumbering “yes”. The prospect of looking out at the snow from November to April and not traveling is not appealing. As seniors, my wife and I have limited travel years ahead of us. On reflection, the prospect of wearing a mask from the cabin to the elevator or stairs which only takes a couple of minutes is not too daunting. Likewise lining up at the buffet. Once seated at tables, be it at the Ocean View, MDR, Sunset bar, they can be removed. It would increase my comfort level if mask use was not only mandatory but there would be consequences for not wearing one. One poster said “they would have to leave the ship at the next Port”, good idea. If you smoke in a plane toilet, you can be taken into custody and the fines are very substantial. Why not something similar for flaunting the mask rule? I think I would be more concerned with the flight. No social distancing. The person in the seat beside you is able to take their mask off to eat the food they took with them. They could take forever to do that limiting the amount of time they need to wear a mask. Perhaps it’s time, especially on shorter flights of up to say four hours that eating is not allowed. If that became the case and severe consequences for not wearing a mask in public places, not a slap on the wrist, then I would cruise.
  8. All good points. Ours is an 11 night cruise, none of these available in the L & S criteria, would probably have to downgrade to 10 nights which I am not thrilled about.
  9. We have final payment due in October for a late January, Caribbean Cruise. If there’s not a vaccine approved in the interim, It would appear, from limited information, we would need to wear a mask in the corridors, elevator, stairs and all inside public areas. The only time with out masks would be sitting down for drinks and meals and perhaps at social distancing in the theatre. Then there would be the issue of perhaps wearing masks to exit and enter the ship. There might also be a need to wear them in the heat on excursions. All that coupled with wearing them from home to airport, flight etc 8 hours or so. So, would you take your chances on a vaccine by the end of the year? Would you be prepared wear a mask most of the time other that being outside on deck? Or, would you cancel and get your deposit back and review your options a few months out? Been a long time since I was on the board. Would like to get some idea of what the consensus is. Thanks!
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