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  1. We are in our late 50s and have been on 20 cruises and on multiple lines, including Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Princess, Holland America, Norwegian and some no longer in existence. Our favorite has been Royal Caribbean, but all were enjoyable. The time of the year seems to have a lot to do with how many children are on board. We generally cruise in the off-season and haven’t been overwhelmed with children on board. Princess and Holland America had the least amount of children, but also had the least enjoyable entertainment as well. If you go for the itinerary and not the entertainment, either of those may work for you.
  2. Maybe masks won’t be an issue based on an apparent change by the WHO that they aren’t needed by most people. “The World Health Organization is recommending healthy people, including those who don't exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, only wear masks when taking care of someone infected with the contagion, a sharp contrast from the advice given by American public health officials who recommend everyone wear a mask in public. "If you do not have any repository symptoms such as fever, cough or runny nose, you do not need to wear a mask," Dr. April Baller, a public health specialist for the WHO, says in a video on the world health body's website. "Masks should only be used by health care workers, caretakers or by people who are sick with symptoms of fever and cough." https://www.foxnews.com/world/who-guidance-healthy-people-wear-masks-around-coronavirus-patients https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/when-and-how-to-use-masks
  3. Maybe a mask won’t be required. The WHO apparently is no longer recommending wearing a mask for most people. “The World Health Organization is recommending healthy people, including those who don't exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, only wear masks when taking care of someone infected with the contagion, a sharp contrast from the advice given by American public health officials who recommend everyone wear a mask in public. "If you do not have any repository symptoms such as fever, cough or runny nose, you do not need to wear a mask," Dr. April Baller, a public health specialist for the WHO, says in a video on the world health body's website. "Masks should only be used by health care workers, caretakers or by people who are sick with symptoms of fever and cough." https://www.foxnews.com/world/who-guidance-healthy-people-wear-masks-around-coronavirus-patients https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/when-and-how-to-use-masks
  4. It is near Fort Amsterdam, a couple of miles from Phillipsburg. It is about a 12-15 min cab ride with traffic. Allow at least 30 min if late afternoon with traffic.
  5. We are booked on a Southern Caribbean from San Juan in late November and plan on going if the ship sails. Our May Mediterranean cruise was canceled, so we booked flights to Denver for August and plan to tour the Rocky Mountains for a week.
  6. It makes no sense to have to wait until you board to use Onboard Credit. It is for services, meals, activities to use while onboard, but I’ve never thought of it as having to physically be onboard to make the purchase. On Royal Caribbean the app tells me I have $ xxx of Onboard Credit available and can use it for purchases months before I board.
  7. I think anyone who has been in contact with someone who had Covid-19 in the previous 14 days will not be allowed to sail. That was listed in the new Princess requirements.
  8. I don’t see any major refurbishments anytime soon. Allure and Explorer both had their major upgrades postponed indefinitely. Allure is going in for it’s required maintenance, but that won’t affect many, if any, customer areas. I think all major upgrades and new builds will postponed or even canceled to the extent they can contractually. It makes no sense to spend millions on updates when they don’t even know when they will sail again.
  9. Nothing has been finalized yet. I expect many lines will use protocols similar to what Princess posted recently that did not list a specific age, but said that an extensive health questionnaire and thermal temperature scan would be required of everyone and there would be medical staff at the terminal for a more enhanced secondary screening, if warranted. They also stated that anyone found to have falsified the health information would be removed from the ship at the next possible opportunity and could face legal consequences (no specifics listed). https://www.princess.com/downloads/pdf/plan/Health-Advisory-and-Travel-Safety-Procedures.pdf
  10. That is one disadvantage Carnival has over other lines. You must book on board or on the HUB app after checking in. You can usually book through the App while waiting in the terminal if you can get a WiFi signal from the ship. I would book what you were interested in as quickly as possible since many people will have lots of onboard credit from prior cancellations and will probably be doing the same thing to use the credit.
  11. I decided I might as well have some fun at this point, got this mask to wear for anywhere that mandates a mask.
  12. We won’t know until cruises start sailing again. I think daily temperature checks will probably be in place, but I can’t see daily testing for the virus being feasible at this point. If they develop a test with almost immediate results, then I could see a test prior to boarding, but not daily.
  13. All of the cruise line websites make it difficult to find out how to get a refund to discourage people from requesting one. They also word it so you think you will lose money if you request a refund with phrases such as “you can choose the lesser amount for a refund...”. You get 100% of what you paid, but it is less than the 125% FCC amount. I have seen several discussions where people thought they would lose money if they requested a refund and decided to take the future cruise credit instead
  14. I think it will be a given that prices will go up. If the local businesses in our area that have reopened are any indication, they will try to add a separate COVID-19 charge rather than actually raising their prices so that it looks like the cost increases are not related to their business. There have been several reports and social media postings with restaurants, barber shops, salons, dentists, etc. adding a Covid-19 fee to the bill. My barbershop added a $ 2.50 Covi-19 fee to cover the additional costs and supplies. My dentist sent an Email saying they would be adding a $25 charge that may not be covered by insurance for personal protective equipment due to COVID-19. Based on these examples, and the fuel surcharges that airlines and cruise lines have used in the past, I can see cruise lines adding a percentage surcharge to cover additional costs, reduced passenger capacity, etc.
  15. Regardless of when they begin sailing again, it won’t immediately be all ships sailing again. All of the cruise lines CEOs have said they will begin with a limited number of ships and add more ships each month if things go well. The NCLH CEO said they would add approximately 5 ships per month once they start sailing again and it would take 5-6 months to have all of the ships across their 3 lines sailing again. So even if a few ships sail in August, it will probably be into 2021 before all ships would be sailing again.
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