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  1. Is the OBC applicable to bookings made prior to the start of the updated loyalty program? Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  2. @Susiesan Now she’s back in PPT it seems...that’s a good sign. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  3. Appears to be on the move again past Tahaa and heading to Tahara Japan. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  4. Sorry, should have said approved tests... It’s on the Tahiti tourism site. “List of approved and non-approved tests” https://tahititourisme.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/FDA-Approved-Tests-for-Travel-to-French-Polynesia-August-11-2020.pdf Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  5. Do keep in mind that some parts of the Caribbean have already implemented or are considering implementing “safe corridors” for land tourists. St Lucia is one of them and on WS itinerary rotation. Visitors are only permitted to stay at approved resorts and use approved tour providers. No touring off on your own. I can only imagine the same expectation to use approved tour providers (likely provided by the cruise line) would be placed upon visitors arriving by cruise. If WS does not follow the CLIA proposal, there may be other restrictions based on the port. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  6. We plan to use the Pixel by LabCorp mail in swab test for our trip to the BVIs this winter. Hearing lots of success in using this kit for those traveling to the USVIs. So far they do not have the specificity around which labs are accepted, etc, just that it needs to be PCR. If we get the kit on a Monday, do the swab, drop off in FedEx box by 3pm Monday, we will have our results no later than Wednesday. For Tahiti, will def stick to one of the approved labs. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  7. Check out the Sea Dream board. Lots of chatter there on what qualifies as in-transit as SD plans to run cruises from Barbados starting next month. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  8. Other than the cut, I haven’t seen any other updates Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  9. Nancy, I’m not even sure how I’d feel about sailing Tahiti if this applies. We shall see what the outcome is but we’d def be on the fence and may look at a land trip instead. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  10. So far it’s been working for MSC in Europe. One family was booted for not complying. I have friends who will only sail the large lines and they’ve told me they don’t care; they just want to get “on a ship”. Good for them but doesn’t work for us. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  11. I read the Royal/NCL proposal earlier this week and thought this probably just applies to the large ships where thousands of people debarking in a port would be a higher risk than a few hundred. Then I remembered this would likely also apply to their smaller boutique lines like Azamara and Regent. Then I saw this from Crystal (no relation to Royal/NCL) and the “no independent tours” even applies to their 62-person Esprit vessel. https://www.crystalcruises.com/crystal-clean Crystal also upped the ante is requiring insurance. Then I thought, this is likely limited to sailings originating/ending in the US but then noticed no distinction of that. I wonder if Windstar will adopt the same. I don’t mind taking a ship tour on occasion if it’s a tour we actually want to do. Sometimes we like to hit up a local bar or restaurant afterwards or go see another sight. We can live with the masks and social distancing but not being able to explore on our own in port will have us rethinking cruising for awhile. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  12. Hi Dale, We’ve done about a dozen with a celebrity and a total of 34 over other lines. Simply put, once we tried Windstar we haven’t looked back. Celebrity is a great product and we really enjoyed but came to appreciate the intimate setting and personalized service of Windstar. I cannot say enough about the crew! We’re on our early 40s, work long hours and look forward to Windstar to really relax. No FOMO, no daily cruise planner sheet with loads of activities and nice relaxing evenings. As far as the food goes, we’ve always done Aqua class on Celebrity because we really liked the food in Blu. We find the food on Windstar to be a step above. You can also get hot breakfast, lunch and dinner items via room service and a really good bacon cheeseburger done medium if you wish. The Yacht Club area would be akin to Cafe al Bacio but much quieter and all coffee drinks (no booze) are complimentary. Lovely snack sized sandwiches, cupcakes, cookies and chocolate mousse pots.. We really got used to having a drink package (thanks Celebrity!) and enjoy afternoons in the Yacht Club having a few iced coffees with grand marnier. One night we had the hotel/beverage manager bring out a bunch of rums he picked up in Barbados, set the bottles down at our table and asked if we’d join him in a rum tasting. Ummm yea! We’re from San Diego and have done the 7-day version of the itinerary you are looking at. It was amazing! The Sea of Cortez is like glass and teeming with sea life. We even saw a blue footed booby as they migrate to the area. We may do it again in May depending on how things unfold with scheduling. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  13. We paid $89/pp/pd for our Jan 2020 Windsurf sailing.
  14. Oh good, thanks for the update. We wanted to do the Breeze on the west again as we enjoyed it on the Legend. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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