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  1. Thank God! Hopefully, tests are required too. Covid is still alive and well. Having a vessel accommodating 6,000+ people with major uncertainties about their infection status converge on a small island, is totally irresponsible. All countries have the right and the responsibility to take all steps to protect their people and their country from known dangerous diseases! Anyone foolish enough to object to those requirements shouldn't be allowed to sail.
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  2. It's been too long. You'll now need an Anthropologist, Archeologist and Proctologist to find the line of distinction between Royal Caribbean's nose and the CDC's butt.
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  3. I think people should get tested, even thou you still can get COVID, it want be as bad if you didn't get the shot.Just got back for a seven day cruise and my whole family had COVID, but we all have been vaccinated and boosted and doing fine except me still feeling a little under the weather because I'm 70 with underline health conditions, I wouldn't tell anyone to get vaccinated but I would because I could be in the hospital hooked up to machine but I'm not,at home resting.
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  4. I don't like the testing either, being vaccinated x 2 and boosted x 2 but those are the times we live in. We've done the at home monitored test 3 or 4 times now. Pretty easy, available 24 hours a day and we can do it 3 days before the cruise. We have 4 cruises coming up, one this month that I'm sure we'll have to test for but hoping that the ones in the fall and winter they will have gathered enough info to do away with it. Again, I'd rather not do it because there is a small chance you could come up positive but for us it's been worth the hassle.
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  5. Hi everyone, just thought I would let you all know about the big change to testing announced by Royal Caribbean Group. Starting from August 8, 2022, vaccinated guests won't have to do a pre-cruise test on the shorter sailings. All the details will be released by the cruise line on the week of August 1. https://www.cruisehive.com/royal-caribbean-to-change-testing-policy-on-shorter-cruises/77461 What do you think of the change? We're gradually getting back to some normality.
    2 points
  6. c'mon man you got me all excited for nothing 🙁
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  7. OOpps! Nevermind, it is still there! I just figured out that I had clicked the "hide advisory" button a while back! A guy can hope right?!
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  8. We are booked on the Elation for a 5 day August cruise. Yes, she is old and will be retired in October. I guess we are more traditional cruisers and do not need go-karts or rock walls to enjoy being at sea. We like smelling the salt air from our balcony, sipping our morning coffee, having a leisurely breakfast in the MDR, reading, playing Rummy or Blackjack in the casino. Lunch at Guys Burger joint, an afternoon nap, a quiet dinner and a show in the evening. Or watching a movie in our cabin, then rolling over and going to sleep with the gentle movement of the ship rocking me. No dishes to wash or beds to make. Not even going ashore unless we want to. I certainly understand the allure of the mega-ships with all the latest gadgets, and the young families that cruise on them. To each his own. I just hope that enough smaller ships survive to serve the older generation with the peace and tranquillity that we worked for and deserve.
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  9. Diversity in Cruise Lines is a good thing. With Cruise lines like Virgin and Viking that are totally different in their Targeted Guest demographics it is possible to find the Ships we Each like to sail on. The Cruise industry grew with the advance of the Baby Boom generation but with our passing the Next generation has a broad range of choices of where and how they will cruise.👍
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  10. I just read about the aging of Carnivals fleet of ships. What is not mentions is the Impact on the Cruise Industry of the MSC cruise line. MSC is a privately family-owned company with huge resources. They are building New Ships at a rapid pace and incorporating all the latest technology and style that the Demographic they are wanting to attract are looking for. While I Personally do not fit that demographic and will not sail on their Ships, they are focused on Price and jamming in as many guests (Per Gross Ship Tonnage) as possible. This arrangement is not new but what Is New is that this is a Cruise Line based in Europe and focused on European Cruisers. The Largest Cruise Lines of the recent past have been US controlled Companies and now they have to compete with MSC for the Second biggest (Mediterranean/European) Market. MSC has tried with mixed results to get a bigger share of the Caribbean market by trying what they Think American Cruisers want in the way of onboard entertainment and features. MSC is the Elephant in the Room that the US controlled cruise lines are going to be dealing with as they move forward.😟
    2 points
  11. The sad part is, this is not a political topic. it is a medical topiic. And people should have health autonomy. Stop using the term anti vaxer, it's just a flamatory term. People and doctors that do not subscribe to a mandate are not anti vax, they are pro health autonomy. And if it satifies your crazy need for people to take in that stuff, then perhaps Cruise lines should offer some optional cruises. For those that need a mandate, you can choose a vaccinated cruise and those of us that prefer a different cholce for health, should have an optional cruise as well. Millions of people died from covid needlessly. due to the cover up of early treatment. Perhaps the cruise lines should look into the successful treatment protocols of Dr. Peter McCullough, Dr. Pierre Kory, Dr. Robert Malone and many other doctors and have those treatments readily available on the ships.
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  12. We are in sync my friend. I dont discriminate and not sure what you read from my post that lead u down that path but I too am a Carnival shareholder and lost a fortune.. at this point, we as shareholders need to hold these board members accountable for these unjustified, discrimatory mandates that is creating mega losses for us..
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  13. Why do you still discriminate against the Vaccine Free people when your post, which I mostly agree with, states that ANYONE can catch and pass on the Con-or-a-virus ? How are the Vaccine Free people any different to those who are fully vaxxed and triple boosted? We've all seen stories of people with multiple jabs still catch this flu and probably pass it on. I have shares in Carnival.....Gee Whiz, you wouldnt want my losses! There is no sane reason why anyone is discriminated against and cruise-lines are virtue signalling by keeping these protocols. They are scaring would-be passengers away by advertising that EVERYWHERE on board is pristine clean, double scrubbed etc and making the floating hotel appear as it is a death-camp in waiting. Not only that, they are keeping the Vaccine Free away, those who are not afraid to cruise, by discrimination.
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  14. The testing requirement for 5-days or less on Carnival is for Bermuda stops, not Bahamas. You can access their full protocols by clicking here. It's an ever moving target, so best to go to this website a couple of weeks prior to your departure to make sure you have the latest updates.
    1 point
  15. I agree. I could understand if the decision was made to stop vaccine requirements because they do not guarantee protection from COVID, however, at the very least, everyone should be tested, and preferably within 24 hours of sailing. Isn't the whole point to ensure that guests are COVID free? What better way to do that than test within 24 hours? I went on a Windstar cruise and they tested onsite before embarkation, and we all had to be tested before even flying to the port. So, as guests, we all felt very safe/comfortable around each other and we felt good knowing we were not potentially carrying disease and death to people on the islands we visited. I believe it is the right thing to do. I don't like the process of being tested but the procedure has improved considerably and it is worth the potential momentary discomfort to ensure the safety of others. Sadly in today's society, most people think primarily of themselves and what they want, regardless of who is hurt in the process.
    1 point
  16. Does anyone know if I can check in to my cruise at 12:01 a.m. E.S.T. on my assigned check in date in order to get an earlier boarding time? We live in the C.S.T. zone, so it would be 11:01 p.m. in our time zone?
    1 point
  17. Gratuities are a necessary evil. We go with the automatic tip charge to our onboard account and bring cash as well for extra tipping. We have done a Azamara cruise where tips were included. We still left a tip for our cabin steward. Currently looking at Virgin Voyages where tips are also included.
    1 point
  18. Gratuities have become a Cruise Line cash cow and a sneaky way to re categorize income. We consider them part of the Cruise fare and tip based on quality of service. In our experience, tipping is an all around winner.
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  19. Just catching up on cruise news on a beautiful Friday evening with a cool adult beverage- almost as good as sitting on a cruise ship balcony waiting for dinner!
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  20. There is a small chance of easing up the vax requirements this summer or this year. They are still dead set on it Maybe next year. Here's to hoping!
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  21. I can't remember with certainty, but I think you are able to check in at midnight of the time zone of the port of departure. Either that, or midnight of eastern time. In either case, for you, yes it would be 11pm.
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  22. I am sailing from london to Newport. Stopping in iceland and nova scotia .the end of September to beginning of October. I have no idea how to pack. Amy ideas? I am a 55 woman.
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  23. I do not think it is discrimination, toward the unvaxed. Of course we wanted everything to go back to pre-covid, but that is not gonna happen. Covid is here to stay. So in a larger picture, would be finding ways to live with Covid. The generally acceptable solution for this is to get vaccinated, until such a time that Covid has become so common that the masses no longer need to be vaccinated. The requirements will definitely ease up, when that will happen is up for everybody's guess. But hopefully, all the restrictions will be lifted up next year.
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  24. Here's a resource: https://linktr.ee/allthingsiceland
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  25. Another beautiful Friday evening catching up on cruise news with CruiseHive and having a burger and a glass of white. Not a Guys burger. And a bit warmer than last Friday. Almost like I’m on a ship in the Caribbean during the month of July. But alas it’s the Mid-Atlantic seaboard in July...not much difference....
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  26. Well you will probably have to wait in the hot sun for hours on embarkation day, then there’s going to be a photographer insisting on taking your picture upon boarding. When you enter your cabin for the first time, there will be a single strand of hair in the shower. The bar will not have your special grey goose imported from China and the ice cubes will not be cold enough. There will only be 5 options on the dinner menu each night.... Need I go on?
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  27. If you don't know the 1000s of different opinions on it, you obviously have been living off the internet and away from society for the last couple of years. Welcome back!
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  28. to whom this may concern , why can't they book one week all vaccinated guest and the next week only all unvaccinated guest so everyone gets to have a vacation God Now's we all need it .
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  29. And I think that time is sooner than most think. Studies and science have shown masks and vaccines do NOT work in preventing one from catching the ‘rona.
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  30. Come on Royal! I know that you guys have someone monitoring what goes on these boards so you have the pulse of the public. Do the right thing! get rid of these draconian vax mandates and open up your future! Get back to normal life! The damn thing is over and don't be the last ones holding out to the fear!
    1 point
  31. The chips are falling into the right and sensible places! The sky is no longer falling folks, Chicken Little can go back into the hen house! Now it's up to the cruise lines themselves to do the right thing and send the VAX mandates packing!
    1 point
  32. I am pretty sure you are splashing awesomely @FJB 🤣. Splash Academy is for kids 5-12. Parents can sign up their kids for different onboard activities.
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  33. @Jonzzz It sounds to me like the travel agent gave up. I cannot imagine having a different refund policy for fully paid customers than the non-fully paid. I think the compensation packages/cancellation packages are the same across the customers. Take note also if the ticket you bought is not refundable, and can only get cruise credits. I would call NCL directly and probably use another travel agent.
    1 point
  34. Oh your poor kids! ⓁⓄⓁ We only have the one so she may be a bit spoiled- mostly verandas, an occasional mini-suite, one inside and one or 2 ocean views. But she is just about the age she is moving out and will have to buy her own cabin so will be interesting to see what she chooses...
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  35. What is your preferred type of balcony cabin on Celebrity ships - Infinite veranda, sunset veranda, “hump” veranda, or the standard veranda? I prefer the forward facing “hump” verandas on the Solstice class ships, especially those that are a bit larger than the rest. We have had an infinite veranda on the Edge but I wasn’t a fan. I like to sit out on the balcony - the wife and kid not so much. The infinite doesn’t work for “mixed” families lol. We have never had a sunset veranda so can’t speak to that type. My second favorite would be the standard or concierge class verandas that are directly under the overhang. I don’t care to be in direct sunlight. What say you?
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  36. Great observation. I have “Carnival” friends that did the Caribbean on one of MSC’s new ships. They booked another. They are value shoppers, not concerned about how many sardines are packed in the can but how much the can costs - the cheaper the better. PS - I don’t say Carnival friends as derogatory, only that their 1st choice in cruise lines is Carnival. We have been on a couple of Carnival cruises but our loyalty leans toward Celebrity.
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  37. We have not done the family veranda - no need with only one kid, who is now 22 so will probably have her own cabin on the next cruise. Maybe when there are grandkids... Like you I am not a morning person either, but being a farmer I love being outside and watching the sun and weather in general.
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  38. @FJB I agree, we have to live with it. Please enjoy your cruise @Gunther Block. COvid is here to stay and it should no longer be a threat and stop us from doing the things we love to do. But always protect yourself first.
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  39. Hi @FJB, thanks so much for the comment and glad you're enjoy reading the latest unbiased cruise news. Our forums are new and have only been active since the end of last year, so it will take some time for them to grow. We haven't even promoted our forums at all yet and have plenty of ideas for the future too. Thanks again for your post and all the best! 😁
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  40. It’s time to move on with life. You are just as likely to get sick from Walmart as you are on a cruise. IMO Good luck - enjoy your cruise.
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  41. That is quite a predicament. I hope you do still enjoy your cruise. I know the mask is only required for non-vaccinated guests, but it will not hurt to mask up, especially in closed spaces, and spray alcohol often. I have had Covid twice already, and both times it was bearable and mild but the first one was a pain and scary. The second infection was more bearable It feels like flu but with a more painful headache. Not as scary because I know what to expect already and know what to do. Always carry your meds, all your maintenance meds just in case.
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  42. Would not be surprised if they have stopped mailing them. Another way to save money and stay afloat. The beauty of the Tags mailed to you was that they were self adhesive. With the ones I have to print, then the morning of the cruise I’m in my hotel room trying to figure out how to attach them to my bags. I don’t wanna have to pack tape or a stapler-just another thing to be concerned about on vacation.
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  43. Any word of carnival, or any other, cruise line is planning to loosen the COVID vaccination requirements?
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  44. DeanneB, the people getting sick with it now ARE the vaxed! As far as the requirements, the CDC does not have the power to enact policy, they only have the power to publish rules and guidelines. It's the cruise lines that are following the heavy hand of the CD(emocrat)D! I would bet you that if you put, let's say 2500 people that are unvaxed on a 7 day cruise to nowhere (read that as no port calls) that the infection rate at the end of the cruise would be less than or equal to the current rate of infections on cruises.
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  45. It's amazing that people like you were not afraid of crusing when there was a cold virus going around, now all of a sudden, everyone is afraid of someone sneezing, caught or a fart. Travel on a plane is worse than being on a cruise ship. It's nuckle heads like you that has cause this huge fear of standing next to someone who caught,sneeze and blow their nose. (That person must have covid). The cruise Industry were bitten so bad when the pandemic began, they have to do what the government tells them, even though the CDC has washed their hands of vaccination requirements. Did you forget the CDC lower the level for that industry or old age kicked in. Or wait you must be a sheep. Get a life or soon you will experience what government control is all about. Especially Socialism,it's coming. But you have your beliefs and so do others. Look where we are today, the great USA is turning to shit and we face shortage in baby food.
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  46. I am embarrassed to be Canadian if the story I just read on Cruisehive is correct. We have cruised to Alaska and in fact doing so again this September. We have taken the WP&YR train and enjoyed it immensely. I believe most persons do. The train goes through a small border crossing with the flags and if I remember a sign and a cabin and proceeds a few miles into the Yukon where the train stops beside a narrow lake. The engine disconnects and comes back around to the other end of the train and then takes us back down to Skagway. The train does not stop at the border, there are no border guards and nobody disembarks the train. That means there is nobody to show passports to, nobody to show ArriveCan to and other than pictures out the window and a story to tell, no proof of being in Alaska and the Yukon during a train ride. If we (Canada)changed this procedure at some point during the pandemic then we went overboard. There was no need to, the system worked and I do not believe there were any international incidents because of the way it was set up. Many people would be proud to tell their tale of their WP&YR train ride and the fact that they visited the Yukon and Alaska by rail. Now all they will get is probably a laugh at the fancy procedures of Canada to protect a vast wilderness and a couple of black bears from Covid. Amazing how we can complicate things!
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  47. Audra, I would have to agree with you 100%, thus requirement of vaccination is bull shit, the cruse and being controlled by the CDC, which is full of so much confusion. They are throwing things out there to see what sticks. Here is one of their quotes"In March, the agency then dropped its warning against cruise ship travel for the first time in two years, telling Americans to "make their own risk assessment when choosing to travel on a cruise ship, much like they do in all other travel settings." Come on, who are yhe people writing these rules. It make the organization look really stupid. The cruise industry need to make their own decision. It's like what "Audra" said did anyone worry about a sneeze, cough years ago. Now all of a sudden people are freaking out when you sneeze or cough. I sneeze at least 15 times now, it's allergy season. People wake up, the government is fucking with your mind. If we continue like this, we are fuck big time. Look at the shit we are in right now. Biden is doing a great job in putting this country in a great depression. This is going to get worse, until we say ENOUGH. Come on people, wake up, stand up to what really make sense.The cruse industry, you guys need to stop with the BS, you guys are going to cripple the industry. U have spent BILLIONS on new ship and cannot said with full capacity.
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  48. The vaccine is a bunch of bull and should not be pushed on anyone . I’m fully vaccinated and had covid and my daughter who is unvaccinated never caught it ( hmmm) Leave people alone . We love NCL abut they were never concerned when guests cough , sneeze and grab food with hands at buffets . Guests were never screened for the deadly flu before embarking / enough Is enough . For those that are vaccinated and want everyone else vaccinated so they feel safe - do you really believe in the vaccine ? If you did then you would not care about others ! Think about it
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  49. I completely agree! We are unvaccinated but had covid in May last year. I just donated blood again 3 weeks ago and the Red Cross started again testing for covid antibodies. My results came back as Reactive+ which means, according to the Red Cross, that my antibody levels are high enough that my plasma can be used as "convalescent plasma". I am at least as protected as those who are vaccinated and boosted! Let us cruise!!
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  50. Sen. Murkowski has done a great job for Alaska and if it wasn't for her and a couple of others, there would still be no cruise ships sailing to Alaska. Some great cruise destinations there for sure and it's good see cruise visitors enjoying them once again!
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