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  1. Read some good news for the EU today; Pfizer is beginning vaccine production in Marburg, Germany. It's being produced at an old Novartis facility they have retooled to make the vaccine. Goal is to send out 250 million vaccines from this facility by the end of June, starting beginning of April. Hope this comes true! https://www.dw.com/en/biontech-starts-vaccine-production-at-new-site-in-germany/a-56524305
  2. We are supposed to get 6-10 inches of snow Monday through Tuesday morning. I'm not worried about getting to the appointment; here in western NY we are used to driving in snow! I'm more concerned about the supply chain being disrupted given the huge storm crossing the country. Oh well, if it's disrupted I'm sure they will reschedule.
  3. Congratulations! My second shot is on Tuesday, a day when major snow is forecasted. I'll get there no matter the weather is like!
  4. We are going on Dec 7, right behind you! Hopefully....
  5. I read in an article recently(don't remember where) that countries may require proof of vaccination once vaccines are available and travel opens up again.
  6. I read an article yesterday by Forbes magazine that said Viking's CEO has seen his personal wealth drop from $6.2 to $2.1 billion and that the company is strapped for cash after having to issue so many refunds. It's currently trying to raise $600 million at high interest rates to keep the company going until cruising can resume. I suspect that other cruise lines are having the same issues although I haven't seen financial reports on other lines. Vantage might be in the same predicament and may be why Vantage is so slow to issue refunds.
  7. I wish the US was as strict with quarantine rules as Canada is. There was a story today about a college student in Ohio who had tested positive and 'quarantined' in he house he rents with other students. They had friends over. Needless to say, more are now infected. I live in the Finger Lakes region of NY and our numbers have been pretty low for the last month, with masks and social distancing required. There was a spike last week from some people attending a church. The minister was interviewed and he said they didn't know how people got sick; they 'can wash their hands when they come t
  8. Interesting that there's no option for a refund, many lines seem to be doing this. I wonder if the cost of a year's loss in income has put cruise line's finances in a precarious condition.
  9. We rescheduled a Christmas markets cruise from 12/20 to 12/21; although Avalon hadn't cancelled it yet we knew we wouldn't be going. We ended up reserving a different cruise that had 2 additional nights and a better itinerary. With the lower prices Avalon is offering for next year the longer cruise was only $200 more and we received a suite upgrade. I'm surprised your travel insurance wouldn't cover a new booking. I was pleasantly surprised that our insurance company transferred the deposit we made to our new booking. Hoping that by December 2021 cruising will be back to normal!
  10. I clicked on the link and the page was automatically translated to English! Looks like an interesting trip and very inexpensive compared to other lines.
  11. When is your cruise supposted to take place? We had a deposit on an Avalon Christmas Market cruise for December 2020. I just contacted my TA to ask if we could switch our reservation to the same cruise in 2021. Avalon said we could switch the deposit to any cruise in 2021, and there are some very good deals on right now for next year. We did not buy plane tickets thru them, so not an issue for us.
  12. I agree with you completely, Daisi. Every country needs to do what they need to keep safe. We have had low numbers here for quite awhile because we locked down early and opened slowly. But it's a different story in other states.
  13. I live in Rochester and miss being able to visit Canada, but agree that keeping the border closed makes sense.
  14. We live in New York and have friends who have a cottage in Ontario. Would they have to apply to the government for permission and quarantine once the border is open? Doesn't look like the border will be open anytime soon....
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