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  1. But both have the same potential downfall: The risk that CCL files for bankruptcy and you lose your money. I'm not knowledgeable enough to judge how likely that is.
  2. Apparently I'm being dense, but what is happening this week to make it less likely for coronavirus testing to occur? The obvious thing that is happening is the George Floyd death protests, but I can't see why that would be a factor. I apologize if I'm being stupid.
  3. Of course they don't require a vaccination now, because no vaccine for coronavirus now exists. (And may or may not in the future) In asking the initial question I remained neutral on my opinion in an attempt not to influence other opinions. But now I'll say I think the answer to requiring a vaccine to board is a modified no. Meaning probably no, unless requiring a vaccine becomes normal in some other situation. Say, you get a card showing you're vaccinated and need to show it to enter a nursing home or hospital, or less likely, something much more restrictive such as requiring one to fly. I don't think it's likely vaccinations would be required in other situations, but if that came to pass, I could see the cruise lines following suit.
  4. I'm surprised that Cherry on Top generates enough revenue per square foot that they find it worth continuing to operate them. It always seems pretty empty. But maybe that's because I don't normally cruise when kids are out of school. If it actually doesn't generate that much revenue, maybe they'll just leave it closed for the moment.
  5. Here's a link for the info the OP stated: https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/minister-garneau-announces-updated-measures-for-cruise-ships-and-passenger-vessels-in-canadian-waters-up-to-october-31-2020-828222862.html
  6. Or maybe my guess is widely off base: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coronavirus-vaccine-half-americans-would-get/ (Link summary: Only half of Americans say they would get a coronavirus vaccination)
  7. While I don't disagree personally, that might be a difficult position ideologically for politicians who oppose socialized medicine to support.
  8. I don't know about 100%, and I certainly don't know anything about the vaccines under development, but many vaccines for diseases spread by viruses are highly effective. Polio, measles, mumps, rubella, smallpox, you get a shot once and then you never worry about it again. Coronavirus could be more like those diseases than the flu, for which a shot is only partially effective. We will see eventually I guess.
  9. Since they are now saying coronavirus is primarily transferred through the air, and transmission though touching items is unlikely, the problem with the buffet isn't whether you serve yourself or they serve you and who touches the tongs. It's standing in line with other people waiting to be served. Now, it could be with reduced sailing capacity there will be few enough people on board that there won't be lines at the buffet. But if they only have half the people, I could see Carnival only opening up half the buffets. Which would mean the lines would be as long as they've always been.
  10. It'll blow over assuming the vast majority of people get vaccinated. Which they probably will.
  11. Assuming a Covid-19 vaccine becomes available, (which is by no means a certainty) do you think Carnival might require proof of vaccination to permit you to board? It would make a lot of sense from their liability standpoint. Having an coronavirus outbreak onboard is their worst case scenario. But there are a lot of those anti-vax people around and no doubt some of them are cruisers. They would not be happy about such a development.
  12. Like Jimbo, I think they may have an interim solution. While we are awaiting a vaccine (hopefully), I think they'll sail with reduced capacity thus making the use of servers in the Lido viable. But once the vaccine is out and full capacity resumes, I don't think serving at the tables would be fast enough given the crowds. At that point, the could conceivably go back to the old self serve buffet. But is suspect, at least initially, they will be serving you on the buffet. Which brings up an interesting question: Assuming a vaccine becomes available, do you think Carnival might require proof of vaccination to permit you to board? It would make a lot of sense from their liability standpoint. But there are a lot of those anti-vax people around and no doubt some of them are cruisers. They would not be happy about such a development.
  13. I could see them doing it whenever they resume cruising if they thought it would reassure people. But how many people would even realize they were doing it? If no one noticed, it wouldn't have the intended PR value.
  14. That's true, overall. But it goes back to what numbers you want to look at. NYC metro area has so many more cases than the rest of the nation, whatever NYC metro area numbers does drives the national coronavirus numbers. I haven't seen anything recently, but as of a couple of weeks ago if you took out the NYC metro area the national number of cases was up dramatically. But was that just because of increased testing, or an actual trend? Who can tell?
  15. Supposedly, wearing a cloth mask doesn't help you avoid catching coronavirus. But by blocking larger droplets released by coughing or talking means wearing a mask might make it less likely that an unknowing infected person infects others. So cheng was no safer himself for wearing a mask. He was just theoretically making his fellow travelers safer.
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