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8 hours ago, voljeep said:

we've had our passports since 2006, before our Alaska cruise in 2007

 

now, after our 2nd vaccine shot yesterday, we also have our Covid-19 card... 

Happy for you!!!

Here in Ontario, Canada we are waiting for vaccines to arrive. Very few shots in my area to date. Most likely I won’t get mine until the late summer. 

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13 hours ago, NSWP said:

Thanks for explanation, Don. Stay safe in Vegas.

US citizens can take a Caribbean cruise without a passport. Instead, they can present a proof of citizenship (most use a birth certificate) and a photo ID (most use drivers license). This is only for closed loop cruises. 

 

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I wonder how this mask requirement is going to be enforced?  Is staff going to be expected to enforce it?  Already I’ve seen people say that CDC rules don’t apply in international waters. Or people standing packed in a bar have their masks off to drink. Doesn’t seem workable to me. I don’t know. 

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On 2/5/2021 at 10:51 AM, dog said:

Would like to know how they will deal with crowding elevators. 
I am ok with ship tours or staying onboard for a couple of ports, but more likely will keep pushing my next cruise further out. 

I’ve wondered that, too. Thinking about after muster when everyone is anxious to get to sail away. And who is going to enforce the masks and social distancing?

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11 hours ago, ontheweb said:

Passports are not required for US citizens for these countries. It might differ for citizens of other countries.

 

If you come back from any country anywhere by plane which you will do if you get yourself kicked off the ship, you must have a passport.  

 

DON

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1 hour ago, Pamster said:

I’ve wondered that, too. Thinking about after muster when everyone is anxious to get to sail away. And who is going to enforce the masks and social distancing?

Princess has changed their muster drill procedure & thus no more dash to sailaway. 

 

We’ve streamlined the traditional safety drill to make it more convenient and crowd-free. Watch the required safety video anytime on embarkation day and anywhere, thanks to your MedallionClass app, or on your stateroom TV. Visit your muster station during select hours prior to your sailing and check in your medallion with a crew member - this way, you'll know exactly where to go in case of an emergency.

 

https://www.princess.com/plan/cruise-with-confidence/cruise-health/

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2 hours ago, Astro Flyer said:

Princess has changed their muster drill procedure & thus no more dash to sailaway. 

 

We’ve streamlined the traditional safety drill to make it more convenient and crowd-free. Watch the required safety video anytime on embarkation day and anywhere, thanks to your MedallionClass app, or on your stateroom TV. Visit your muster station during select hours prior to your sailing and check in your medallion with a crew member - this way, you'll know exactly where to go in case of an emergency.

 

https://www.princess.com/plan/cruise-with-confidence/cruise-health/

That is a definite improvement. 

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2 hours ago, Astro Flyer said:

Princess has changed their muster drill procedure & thus no more dash to sailaway. 

 

We’ve streamlined the traditional safety drill to make it more convenient and crowd-free. Watch the required safety video anytime on embarkation day and anywhere, thanks to your MedallionClass app, or on your stateroom TV. Visit your muster station during select hours prior to your sailing and check in your medallion with a crew member - this way, you'll know exactly where to go in case of an emergency.

 

https://www.princess.com/plan/cruise-with-confidence/cruise-health/

Thanks for the link. That page has been updated by a lot since the last time I looked at it. 

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8 minutes ago, Pamster said:

Thanks for the link. That page has been updated by a lot since the last time I looked at it. 

You’re welcome...things have been evolving & feel they’re attempting to keep us updated.

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11 hours ago, jwattle said:

Tony,

Etsy is the place!

Would these work in the rowboat?

😄

 

 

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Etsy is our friend!

Hi Jo & Tom,

I love all of them. You know how much I like to where are my tuxedo. I will have to get all of them.

On formal nights on The Rowboat they will be Mandatory or over the side you go 😁.

Love Ya,

The Captain of The Rowboat,

Tony

 

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On 2/5/2021 at 10:19 AM, Dunk said:

Here is a printout of what Carnival pax receive when they book a new reservation. There is more detail here than in the linked article above--especially reservations for public areas is interesting. 

 

Check-In

Only booked guests are permitted to enter the terminal and boarding area. Visitors are not permitted in these locations at any time. All guests must complete their online check-in and select an arrival appointment time no later than midnight (Eastern time) prior to their sailing date. Guests must arrive within their selected time to facilitate physical distancing during the check-in and boarding process. Guests arriving earlier than their scheduled time will not be allowed to enter the terminal until the time of their arrival appointment. This also applies to VIFP Diamond/Platinum and Casino guests.

Testing

As part of our efforts to keep our guests safe and healthy, every guest 2 years of age or older, joining a ship, regardless of method of travel to the ship, is required to take a SARS-CoV-2 test between 5 days to 24 hours prior to the date of embarkation and must receive a negative result. Guests must provide the original document confirming a negative test result that is legible, identifies the approved and licensed testing entity, sample collection date and type of test, and identity of the tested individual. Carnival reserves the right to reject any test result that does not meet these requirements. Per our privacy notice, test results will be shared only with Carnival personnel and/or contractually engaged third parties to facilitate our screening and mitigation protocols, or as required by health authorities. Carnival may perform additional testing at the terminal or on board the vessel. Any guest who fails to provide the required documentation or testing at the terminal or on board will be denied boarding or disembarked, and no refund or credit will be issued.

If at any time within 14 days prior to embarkation, or at any time during the cruise, a guest tests positive for COVID-19, exhibits signs or symptoms of COVID-19, has had close contact with a person confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19, or Carnival otherwise determines in its sole discretion that guest is unfit to board due to risk of any communicable illness, guest shall be subject to denial of boarding, denial of re-boarding, quarantine, isolation and/or disembarkation.

Health Screening

Carnival has the right to screen any guest to facilitate compliance with its health and safety protocols. All guests will be required to complete a health questionnaire beginning 72 hours before the date of embarkation to identify any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (or other infectious diseases) and any contact with individuals confirmed to have COVID-19 prior to the cruise. The questionnaire will be based upon the latest CDC guidance for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and guests will be required to reconfirm their responses at time of check-in. All guests will have their temperature taken as part of the boarding process.

Screening on Board

Guests may be required to undergo at least daily temperature checks and must submit to any requested medical screening during the cruise. Temperature checks may also be conducted prior to disembarking at a port of call and before participating in certain onboard activities.

Reporting COVID-19 Symptoms

Every guest has an important duty to immediately report any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 to the ship’s medical personnel. Failure to do so jeopardizes individual health and that of all those on board and others ashore.

Face Masks

In our continuing effort to keep our guests safe and healthy, all guests over the age of two will be required to wear a mask when indoors except when inside their own stateroom, while eating and drinking seated at a table and when using the cardio equipment at the gym and physical distancing is maintained. Guests are required to wear a mask outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Masks should have two or more layers and be worn over the nose and mouth. Gaiters and bandanas are not allowed, and face shields are permitted when used with a mask. These requirements apply during all aspects of the cruise, including embarkation, shore excursions and disembarkation. A limited supply of masks will be available in staterooms after boarding.

Physical Distancing

In our effort to maintain physical distancing on our ships, access to public spaces will be limited and venues/activities will operate at reduced capacity. We may use a reservation system for our public areas, such as pools, gyms, casinos, restaurants, bars, and entertainment. 

Our physical distancing protocols will be in accordance with the CDC’s recommendations, which is defined at staying at least six (6) feet (2 meters) apart from other people who are not the guest’s cruise companions (family or immediate travel group).

Guests can expect appropriately distanced seating in theaters, dining facilities and other common venues, modified entertainment showings and meal services to control capacity as well as other measures to promote a healthy and safe environment. These measures will apply during all aspects of the cruise, including embarkation, shore excursions and disembarkation. Buffet service is modified to eliminate or severely restrict self-service items.

Contact Tracing

All guests may be required to provide identifying information and information about certain activities engaged in during the cruise so Carnival can perform contact tracing in the event any person on board is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19. Various location tracking technologies may be used to assist in the collection of contact tracing information such as wearables, video surveillance, transaction data, and photographs taken during the cruise. Please refer to Carnival's Privacy Notice for more details.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

To help limit potential exposure and/or transmission to communities at destinations, during the initial return to sailing, guests will only be allowed to participate in excursions or activities executed and escorted by vetted tour operators who maintain Carnival’s level of COVID-19 controls. Shore side visits may be also limited to port areas that have no public access. Self-exploration or non-Carnival sponsored excursions will not be permitted. This policy applies to all sailings scheduled during the declared Public Health Emergency involving COVID-19.

Carnival may, in its sole discretion, avoid a pre-planned destination should a concern arise regarding the level of COVID-19 community spread in that destination or impose certain restrictions on shore excursions relating to capacity, participation, locations, times, eligible venues and persons with whom the guest may come into contact. Carnival may offer indoor excursions only if physical distancing, use of masks, and other recommended protective measures can be implemented.

We will have pre-arranged transportation from the ship to the venue and back again. Guests will be able to pre-purchase shore excursions through Carnival.com, the Carnival HUB app or on board, subject to availability and capacity restrictions. All guests will have to comply with our physical distancing, mask wearing and all other COVID-19 related requirements. Throughout the duration of the shore excursion, guests will be asked to remain with their cruise companions. There may be additional restrictions during shore excursions depending on local conditions.

Any noncompliance by guest or members of guest’s travelling party with Carnival COVID-19 Policies and Procedures shall be grounds for refusal to re-board after going ashore, or other steps deemed necessary in Carnival’s sole discretion to protect the health and safety of others. If a guest is denied boarding or disembarked due to failure to comply with Carnival COVID-19 Policies and Procedures, they will not be entitled to a refund, credit, or compensation of any kind. Guests will be responsible for all costs and fines, including without limitation travel expenses.

Interesting as I have a cruise with Carnival in 2022 but I never have seen this. Thanks for posting. 
 

Tom😀

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18 hours ago, Steelers36 said:

I do realize that cruise lines are using local providers, but I think your generalization excludes that fact that generally the ship tours involve large groups in large buses and other local providers can be booked for small groups of 4/6/8, etc.  The tours may cover similar highlights, but the experience is entirely different.  

 

Pre-pandemic that is the case as it will be again when things get back to "normal."

 

But the ship sponsored tours that have been offered on the very limited cruises so far have reduced the sizes of the tour groups so that there are a reduced number of people on the large bus allowing for the proper social distancing. It won't be groups of 4/6/8, but it would be less than 1/2 the bus capacity. Headsets will allow the people in a toure group to be socially distance and still hear the tour guide when walking around.

 

On the typical tour that has occurred so far, there is a rep from the ship on each tour to stay at the rear when the group is walking around to be sure everyone stays in the group and does not wander.

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10 hours ago, paul929207 said:

US citizens can take a Caribbean cruise without a passport. Instead, they can present a proof of citizenship (most use a birth certificate) and a photo ID (most use drivers license). This is only for closed loop cruises. 

 

 

Not totally true anymore.

 

On 2/6/2021 at 2:26 AM, caribill said:

 

Some Caribbean countries now require a passport for cruise ship passengers. So the itinerary will determine if you must have a passport instead of a valid ID + birth certificate.

 

Just because you can get on a ship without a passport doesn't mean you can get off at every stop. Some islands still want to see a passport if you disembark to play for the day. Barbados, Cuba, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Martinique, St. Bart's, St. Martin, and Trinidad and Tobago have all at one time or another required cruise passengers to have a valid passport in order to set foot in their countries. However, you can sail without a passport to these islands as long as you stay on the ship at these ports. https://www.frommers.com/tips/cruise/do-i-need-a-passport-to-cruise

 

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9 hours ago, Pamster said:

I wonder how this mask requirement is going to be enforced?  Is staff going to be expected to enforce it?  Already I’ve seen people say that CDC rules don’t apply in international waters. Or people standing packed in a bar have their masks off to drink. Doesn’t seem workable to me. I don’t know. 

 

CDC rules may not apply in international waters, but the Captain's orders do apply.

 

So, yes, the mask requirement will be enforced. Those not complying may find themselves off the ship permanently at the next port with no refund and having to figure out how to return home and have to pay for their return to home.

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The CDC has made it quite clear that the cruise lines comply with all mandates or they do not enter US ports. That would put a monkey wrench in the works for them to get back to cruising!!!

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17 hours ago, Pamster said:

I wonder how this mask requirement is going to be enforced?  Is staff going to be expected to enforce it?  Already I’ve seen people say that CDC rules don’t apply in international waters. Or people standing packed in a bar have their masks off to drink. Doesn’t seem workable to me. I don’t know. 

Same way we do in the theme park where I work- ALL staff front of house are expected to enforce mask wearing. Social distancing is harder to police, but we still try. We have signs throughout the parks stating that if you don't wear a mask, or don't wear one properly, you will be asked to leave. Most folks just need a gentle reminder. Cruise ship staff can easily do this. 

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2 hours ago, kimlovesfl said:

Same way we do in the theme park where I work- ALL staff front of house are expected to enforce mask wearing. Social distancing is harder to police, but we still try. We have signs throughout the parks stating that if you don't wear a mask, or don't wear one properly, you will be asked to leave. Most folks just need a gentle reminder. Cruise ship staff can easily do this. 

When you say "Most folks just need a gentle reminder. Cruise ship staff can easily do this." are you taking into account that many on a cruise ship who might need this reminder may have consumed a large quantity of alcohol?

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7 hours ago, trvlwrld said:

nope-won’t wear a mask, had it, had vaccine, no need!

 

Because the vaccines were given EUAs after just two or three months of Phase 3 trials, it is not yet known if having had the disease or having had the vaccine will (a) keep you from getting the virus and spead it to others even if you do not get sick, (b) how long the immunity will last and (c) whether you are protected against new strains of the virus.

 

Until those are known, there is still a need to wear a mask and follow other recommended precautions.

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14 hours ago, trvlwrld said:

nope-won’t wear a mask, had it, had vaccine, no need!

Having had the vaccine won't keep you from being required to wear a mask in most public places including cruises and public transportation.

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Here’s a thought...2 ships for each itinerary- one ship with masks and then one without masks.  There are alot of non-vocal, non-confrontational, non-maskers who have valid opinions also.

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On 2/6/2021 at 1:20 PM, dog said:

Happy for you!!!

Here in Ontario, Canada we are waiting for vaccines to arrive. Very few shots in my area to date. Most likely I won’t get mine until the late summer. 

I think that is lending itself to the recent  decision from transport minister Alghabra

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3 hours ago, trvlwrld said:

Here’s a thought...2 ships for each itinerary- one ship with masks and then one without masks.  There are alot of non-vocal, non-confrontational, non-maskers who have valid opinions also.

 

People may legitimately have different opinions, but the facts do not change.

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