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  1. We live in a resort type area, so have lots of open areas and trails for walking. Lots of folks have been outside walking and biking throughout the pandemic.Infection rates have been high in our county, but are beginning to drop. More restaurants are beginning to have events such as wine dinners. We received our initial doses of Pfizer in February and had our booster shot in September. We have taken 2 trips within the US since July on tours requiring vaccinations. Met some fellow Texans on the last trip. We have easy access to free testing so were both tested early in the pandemic and again prior to our July trip. And I had required testing prior to each of two surgical procedures in September. All tests negative. Most medical practices still require masks, but most other business have made it optional. Although we have stayed CoVid free we have multiple friends and family who have been infected. One family member died. She was 94. We are considering a cruise in the Caribbean in February on a cruise line that requires vaccinations and testing, including for children and those who have recovered from CoVid.
  2. We don’t have any experience with Viking air. We had planned to use them for a trip this year that we moved to 2022. I appreciate the information being shared. We also usually book our own air, and only use a cruise lines fare if we can get the flights we want at a better price we can get on our own. But even with flights we book ourselves we have had our flights changed with no notice. I make it a practice to monitor our flights at least once a week once we are booked.
  3. I briefly scanned the document. I have the same questions as you. Also in the contract you can be disembarked, or refused reboarding at the discretion of the ship. I am concerned about what happens after that. We have Medjet insurance that would evacuate us to a US hospital if we were hospitalized. But there is no provision for evacuating someone who tests positive, but is not hospitalized. I am concerned about having a breakthrough infection and being required to leave the ship with no place to go to quarantine.
  4. We were on the Constitution's July 4th sailing from Boston. We had issues with cleanliness of our cabin that did not improve. We repeatedly had to go in search of bath. towels and other supplies. We were in 310. Interesting about the breakfast service. We did not have any difficulty with timing, but did have some days when there was confusion on orders. One of the waiters, D'Artagnan (His mother loved the Three Musketeers) became our favorite and we made a point of sitting at one of his tables for every meal.He was very helpful with checking to be sure that any foods I was served were gluten free and that all our food orders were correct. Wifi never got better on the ship. They team that handles the tender operation are terrific. We did have some difficulty with the tender schedule.
  5. Just a correction on Texas. Quoting the Houston Chronicle this morning..." Texas, where Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill against “vaccine passports,” cruise lines are still requiring vaccines thanks to an exemption in the law. Texas businesses are allowed to comply with public health guidelines, including the CDC sailing order.
  6. Based on our recent experience the WiFi is free, but you get what you pay for, which is nothing, unless you only go online at 3:00 am.
  7. We just returned from an ACL cruise. We are looking for a cruise for October. I would appreciate feedback on American Queen cruises, and if you have also sailed on ACLa comparison.
  8. We also experienced poor housekeeping and lack of attention to requests for basic things. We paid full price and they did not deliver.
  9. We just left the Constitution this morning. It was not the cruise we had hoped for. I will provide more details when we get home. We had booked the Revolutionary War cruise for October, also on the Constitution, but we will be canceling.
  10. In case this helps, there is Hilton hotel that is connected to the airport by a covered walkway. You can easily roll your.luggage to the hotel. If you plan to stay overnight the hotel has a shuttle that you can take into Rome for a little sightseeing.
  11. We inquired about a Business class upgrade for an upcoming cruise in and out Miami, but it was double what we would pay by booking ourselves
  12. nybumpkin, Thanks for the update. We will leave on Friday for Boston, and board the Constitution for the Grand New England cruise on July 4th. We have our vaccination cards ready! Our cruise does not require vaccines and the only email we got about vaccinations just asked us whether we were vaccinated,or planned to be vaccinated before the trip. We replied that we were vaccinated and have received no communication since. We would prefer that vaccinations be required. Since this is not the case we will try to wear our masks as much as we can indoors. We have our masks on lanyards,so it is easy to put them on when needed as protection for the unvaccinated. Were you all tested more than once?
  13. Thank you all for all the information and discussion. Even though we are vaccinated, and since it is not a problem for us to literally walk down the street and get tested for free, we will do that for our own peace of mind, and to possibly avoid testing onboard. We won’t submit a negative finding online, but take our info with us. cindy
  14. We are vaccinated, and leaving for a cruise of New England on the Constitution in 2 1/2 weeks. No requirements indicated so far for us to get tested. But we have a free testing site near our house with 24-48 hour results, so may just get tested anyway. We have used the site before, and got results the next day by text.
  15. Thanks for your reply. We will be on the Constitution in July for New England. Just wanted to get any feedback on how ACL COVID protocols were working for passengers to prevent COVID cases.
  16. Have there been any situations on American Cruise Line ships where passengers have been turned away because of positive COVID test? Or have there been any passengers, vaccinated or not. who have tested positive once on board?
  17. My husband and I are both vaccinated. We are booked on a small cruise line, American Cruise Line, for a New England cruise starting July 4th.The ship is sailing at 75% capacity. Maximum capacity is 200. They were requiring vaccinations, but changed to allowing non vaccinated passengers testing negative 4 days prior to the cruise, with additional testing during the trip. All staff and crew will be vaccinated. Masking is required in pubic areas, except for when seated for drinks or eating. Also for group tours. While we would prefer everyone to be vaccinated, we feel we can be safe by masking when not being able to socially distance. This is pretty much what life is like here at home. We have renewed our Medjet insurance just in case. If all goes well we have another cruise on the same ship in October. And we are booked on the Regent Explorer in December.
  18. I had better luck booking excursions when I switched my browser from Safari to Goggle Chrome. Still slow, but I was able to complete the process and receive an email from Regent summarizing my selections. Cindy
  19. We are taking this cruise on July 4th, with 2 nights precruise in Boston. We booked another hotel instead of the Four Seasons. We would also appreciate any feedback from others sailing before us.
  20. Just got our new invoice with new booking number for our ship change from Mariner to Explorer for the new sail date of December 9th RT from Miami . OK with the cabin location. And pleased that even though the trip is one day longer the price was still the same. And have shore excursions mostly booked. Fairly smooth transition.
  21. We had been concerned that our December cruise on Mariner would be cancelled, and were pleased that we were instead moved to Explorer. I had emailed my TA with the change information I had read on Cruise Critic. She did not receive the email from Regent specific to our booking until the following day. Now waiting for the updated invoice with a new suite # and any change in pricing, due to arrive by tomorrow. I am more concerned about how certain I can be that I can go ahead with booking air in and out of Miami, than than changes to the trip or the timing of the changes. Sorting out all the changes in bookings while keeping passengers as happy as possible is a major undertaking
  22. Thanks Ladys Mom and mrlevin for the feedback. Ladys Mom, I didn't know that the culinary classes were associated with a Penthouse and above booking. That would be a real treat. Cindy
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