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  1. Here's an article describing why the German Ethics Council advised (back in September) against the use of so-called immunity passports. https://www.loc.gov/law/foreign-news/article/germany-ethics-council-advises-against-covid-19-immunity-passports/ Here's an excerpt: "The other half of the members advise against the use of immunity passports even if the uncertainties regarding immunity are resolved, because they believe this will lead to a two-tier society. (At 40, para. 3.2.3.) They state that instead of issuing immunity passports, the current successful pandemic protection strategi
  2. Well in my case it was 50 years ago, so my memory might be going, LOL. 🤣 But be that as it may, we're talking about vaccinations (or proof thereof) being required to move about in society at all. That strikes me as a bit of a stretch. What if someone has a bad reaction to the vaccine and can't work or gets sick, who pays for that person's care? We've had lots of debate in the US over whether to require photo ID just to vote. Telling people they're not welcome without proof of a vaccine is going to be a tough sell, in my view. Why would it stop at airlines and cruise ships? I'm just saying
  3. Sure, I just think that too many people will balk at the idea of being forced to choose between a vaccine and living their lives as normal. When I was a child, I was immunized against the mumps, measles, and chicken pox, but I was never required to show some kind of physical proof (such as a document) throughout my life in order to attend school, get on public transportation, shop, travel, etc. Shoot, here in the USA a few years ago, there was talk of stopping people in Arizona "suspected of being in the country illegally," and that set off a whole debate about "show us your papers" and other
  4. That's why I gave up Facebook and Twitter recently: no one's mind is changed, just pointless bickering and a complete waste of time.
  5. Hopefully you used a professional travel agent, like we always do. Our MSC cruise in May was cancelled and we got our refund in about 3 weeks. Best of luck, and congratulations on your 50th anniversary, wow! 🙂
  6. Right? I don't want to be anywhere near these two on an actual ship.
  7. I'd say the reason is that some cruisers are very optimistic, others, less so.
  8. As vaccines begin to be distributed and administered, which in the USA could be as early as mid-December, I will be interested to see how the pro-vaccine vs anti-vaccine debate plays out. There are legitimate civil liberty concerns, in my opinion, about how much "the common good" outweighs people's personal rights and bodily autonomy. Imagine a scenario in which people aren't allowed to go out in public, to the grocery store, school, job site, shopping mall, etc., to say nothing of airplanes or cruise ships, without proof they've been vaccinated. That's a massive slippery slope, if you ask me.
  9. This article suggests that foreign tourists may be allowed into Japan starting next spring. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/10/05/national/japan-entry-ban-foreign-tourists/
  10. Where does that statistic come from? I'd be curious to know what percentage of those people weren't cruisers to begin with. It's one thing to say nearly 1/2 of people who normally cruise won't get the vaccine, quite another if it's the general public, most of whom don't cruise, anyway.
  11. Nowhere in the foreseeable future? Hmm, I'm not so sure about that. Back in April and May, predictions were that it would take years to develop ANY vaccine, yet here we are on November 25 and no fewer than THREE are in production, with distribution to begin (according to the head of the CDC, Robert Redfield) in about 3 weeks' time. I can't say I share your pessimism.
  12. For what it's worth, my wife and I had a cruise booked on NCL for January 3, 2021, and our final payment date was on or about November 5. Seeing as how NCL suspended all cruises until December 31, we thought it highly unlikely that our cruise would sail, so we cancelled and got both our deposit and CN certificates refunded. We will certainly sail with them once they resume operations.
  13. LOL, it was an opinion backed up by the fact that direct attacks on members violate Cruise Critic's Terms of Service. 😁
  14. It could, or it could fail spectacularly when the flying public decides to boycott the airline and Qantas loses $millions. (I've already read comments where people say they'll never fly Qantas due to this decision). Germany has already ruled against so-called "COVID passports" that show a person's status because it could create an unconstitutional two-tiered society.
  15. Just a reminder that disagreeing with people on Cruise Critic is not against the rules, but name calling is. There was no need for that first sentence. My wife and I are visiting my extended family for Thanksgiving, because we live about 13 hours away from them and thus don't get to see them very often. We will be wearing masks and spending more time outside to protect ourselves. My father's friend had COVID a few weeks ago (they are both in their 80s) and are fine. My father didn't even have a single symptom. We take the virus seriously but are also able to decide for ourselves whether t
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