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Well, those that will go to a resort or stay a few days. $40.00 per person might not be so bad. However, we have been there countless times. Now usually, get off. Walk to the small straw market for about an hour or so, listen to the music. No longer, having to pay $80.00 to do that. We will stay on the ship and relax. Have a drink maybe lay out in the sun or hit the hot tub. If you have never been on one of these 2 dayer's. The bingo may not happen because not enough players, if any. The slot tournament, if they have one, is not worth it. If you win. You win points to play the slots. No winning money involved unless they changed it. Another words. You pay to to play both ways. Going mid week never had many on board. Probably even less now. If they do the games. They were fun to do. Hopefully the drinks are like they were, Strong.

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Well, news update posted 2 days ago from the Bahamas. Those who have received both vaccines and have done so at lest 14 days prior to arriving in the Bahamas are no longer required to get the swab test before entering the Bahamas. Hurray!

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15 hours ago, ALWAYS CRUZIN said:

Well, those that will go to a resort or stay a few days. $40.00 per person might not be so bad. However, we have been there countless times. Now usually, get off. Walk to the small straw market for about an hour or so, listen to the music. No longer, having to pay $80.00 to do that. We will stay on the ship and relax. Have a drink maybe lay out in the sun or hit the hot tub. If you have never been on one of these 2 dayer's. The bingo may not happen because not enough players, if any. The slot tournament, if they have one, is not worth it. If you win. You win points to play the slots. No winning money involved unless they changed it. Another words. You pay to to play both ways. Going mid week never had many on board. Probably even less now. If they do the games. They were fun to do. Hopefully the drinks are like they were, Strong.

 

So, if you stay on the ship, you are off the hook for the $40.00 fee?

I hope so.

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9 hours ago, Fla Mike said:

 

So, if you stay on the ship, you are off the hook for the $40.00 fee?

I hope so.

I assume you are asking if you do not have the vaccine shots. Not sure how I read that on the web site. Someone should read it and see if they can decipher it. I think it says to get on the ship to go to the Bahamas you will need to take the test and have the form filled out before you board. I certainly can be incorrect. I did read on the site but could not find that today. To get on the ship, no vaccine shots are required.

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7 hours ago, ALWAYS CRUZIN said:

I assume you are asking if you do not have the vaccine shots. Not sure how I read that on the web site. Someone should read it and see if they can decipher it. I think it says to get on the ship to go to the Bahamas you will need to take the test and have the form filled out before you board. I certainly can be incorrect. I did read on the site but could not find that today. To get on the ship, no vaccine shots are required.

 

Asking in relation to the $40.00 fee for the "Health Visa".

If you do not get off the ship will you still be subject to the $40.00?

 

My guess is yes. If not, how will they screen you to get off.

Show your " Health Visa" when you disembark in Freeport?

An extra step that BPCL most likely would not do for liability issues.

 

So, add the $40.00 to the cruise price.

The major cruise lines will probably pad it into the cost upfront, or add it as a line item to the "Plus port taxes and Fees".

 

IMO, just a money grab for the Bahamian government.

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5 hours ago, Fla Mike said:

 

Asking in relation to the $40.00 fee for the "Health Visa".

If you do not get off the ship will you still be subject to the $40.00?

 

My guess is yes. If not, how will they screen you to get off.

Show your " Health Visa" when you disembark in Freeport?

An extra step that BPCL most likely would not do for liability issues.

 

So, add the $40.00 to the cruise price.

The major cruise lines will probably pad it into the cost upfront, or add it as a line item to the "Plus port taxes and Fees".

 

IMO, just a money grab for the Bahamian government.

Figured I would post this for some actual info. 

Beginning May 1, The Bahamas Prime Minister announced international travelers will be exempted from RT-PCR testing once they have been fully vaccinated and have passed the two-week immunity period — in line with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.

Anyone that has not been fully vaccinated will still be required to obtained a negative RT-PCR test to enter The Bahamas. Prior to this change, all international guests had to provide a negative test result at least 5 days before arrival. The change comes a month before Royal Caribbean is scheduled to begin sailings from Nassau, Bahamas on Adventure of the Seas.

A health form will need to be filled out before boarding. Also BPCL indicates an on line check in will be available. It includes the time to check in, so they can stager the it. Considering they shut down two cabin decks or about 300 cabins closed off. I would think the maximum guests at 50-50% capacity will be around 900 or so which is just over half. So reading what I found indicates RCL will start very soon sailing FROM Nassau not to. Looks like a 7 dayer will be. Nassau, 2 days at Coco Cay then to Cozumel then Grand Bahamas and back to Nassau. Guess 3 sea days.

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Well, maybe you all know this. I just found it out. They did change the information on the web site about the Covid19 test and added in the part about you already having received the two vaccine shots. You need to have received them 14 days prior to sailing. Now, here is the kicker. You still must purchase the Bahamas insurance health visa at $40.00 each even though may not not want to get off of the ship. The site also says you can cancel without penalty. Yes, but it must be 31 days or more prior to the sailing date or there is a penalty. If at that point the requirement for the health visa insurance is not dropped by the Bahamas, we will cancel. All we do is take a walk to the straw market for about an hour or so and go back to the ship. Not worth spending $80.00 just for that. We would stay on the ship and just kick back. Still need to pay the $80.00 for the two of us. With an ocean view the price totaled $501.00 including the gratuities. So now it is $581.00 For two days. Nope! $145.00 a day. Not worth it at all. We ahve a 14 day cruise visiting 8 ports on the Crown Princess that we booked a year ago for April 2nd. 2022 that totaled $2,422.00  including the Tax, Port and gratuities. That is $86.50 a day. So I think you can see where I am coming from on this.

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More news that I did not think about. yes you can book for the BOGO for a cruise up to Dec30, 2022 but if you book a cruise over 91 days from the day you call, there is a $25.00 fee. Also the BOGO is ending soon.

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So the new BOGO includes 10 free drinks. I see the lowest inside is $249.00 and depending on the date many over $400.00 yes, for an inside. Add the $80.00 for two on top of that. You are now in the price range of a far better cruise and cruise line. Why would anyone want to pay the lowest cost inside of $146.50 pp per day? So you get 10 free drinks now instead of 5. Guess they are trying to make up for the Bahamas Med visa charge. Still a fine price for someone who can only get away for a few days. There are many others that do 3 day cruises for less. Wonder how the booking is going. I would think because of the pandemic, many just want to get away for a few days. We cancelled and booked an MSC for 7 days at $55.50 pp per day which includes $100.00 obc.

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5 hours ago, ALWAYS CRUZIN said:

Still a fine price for someone who can only get away for a few days. There are many others that do 3 day cruises for less. Wonder how the booking is going. I would think because of the pandemic, many just want to get away for a few days.

 

If I lived near Palm Beach, I'd consider it.  Except.  Reading the most recent CDC guidelines for cruising, their mask requirements lack common sense.  

 

Some time ago, I remember reading posts about the "Bacon Police" on certain cruise lines.  Never experienced such, but I now wonder if we will need to be concerned about the "Mask Police"?  

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12 hours ago, rkacruiser said:

 

If I lived near Palm Beach, I'd consider it.  Except.  Reading the most recent CDC guidelines for cruising, their mask requirements lack common sense.  

 

Some time ago, I remember reading posts about the "Bacon Police" on certain cruise lines.  Never experienced such, but I now wonder if we will need to be concerned about the "Mask Police"?  

I’m vaccinated, I live in Palm Beach County, I’m booked on the Classica for July 30th and I’ll have Covid-19 test the tequired amount of days before boarding. And now the it seems the CDC is going to approve sailings. With all that said I’m not going to allow having to wear a mask to ruin my trip. I’m boarding that ship baby. I need a vacation so badly. I may or may not get off the ship. I’ll be on the ocean and there will be drinks and swimming pools and a casino. What more would a person want after being locked down over a year. 

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12 hours ago, pinkie60 said:

I’m vaccinated, I live in Palm Beach County, I’m booked on the Classica for July 30th and I’ll have Covid-19 test the tequired amount of days before boarding. And now the it seems the CDC is going to approve sailings. With all that said I’m not going to allow having to wear a mask to ruin my trip. I’m boarding that ship baby. I need a vacation so badly. I may or may not get off the ship. I’ll be on the ocean and there will be drinks and swimming pools and a casino. What more would a person want after being locked down over a year. 

Hope you do not want to get a tan. The CDC now requires you to wear a mask when lounging at the pool. Also wear a mask when not actually eating or drinking.

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Here it is.

The CDC makes clear that it expects guests and crew, as well as port personnel, to wear masks in indoor and outdoor areas except for brief periods while eating and drinking and says that "removal of the mask for extended meal service or beverage consumption would constitute a violation of this Order." 

The mask order includes while guests are seated in outdoor pool areas.  

If you are swimming you can remove your mask as long as you maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet --with the number of bathers restricted.  

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15 hours ago, ALWAYS CRUZIN said:

Hope you do not want to get a tan. The CDC now requires you to wear a mask when lounging at the pool. Also wear a mask when not actually eating or drinking.

I’m a Floridian I don’t get tans. Only tourists get tans. Besides my skin is extremely fair so I burn like a lobster in 10 minutes time. 

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7 hours ago, pinkie60 said:

I’m a Floridian I don’t get tans. Only tourists get tans. Besides my skin is extremely fair so I burn like a lobster in 10 minutes time. 

 

Not a Floridian either, but I end up looking like a well cooked lobster as well if I am careless.  I have to be very careful; once in awhile, I will return home with enough of a decent tan during the Winter months that others know I have been traveling.  

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