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  1. Thank you Petoonya. My healthy slim active mid twenties daughter caught Covid in March. She continues to have pain in her lungs every single day since then. She has changed positions at work. She has no idea if she will be able to return to her original profession. She lives far away for us and let me tell you, as mother it is brutal to not be there with her. Let's give some respect and consideration to all the staff who make the Windstar experience so special. Young does not equal bulletproof. All the staff have families that love them.
  2. The Washington Post has an article about the increase of cases in Iceland. They are closing bars and gyms and limiting gatherings to 20 people. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2020/10/05/iceland-an-early-coronavirus-role-model-closes-bars-gyms-cases-rise/ The part that has the most relevance to our discussion- "...At least some of Iceland’s recent cases have been linked to tourism. State epidemiologist Gudnason recently blamed two French travelers — who both tested positive for the virus but did not self-isolate in mid-August — for a cluster of about 100 coronavirus cases on the island, the Guardian reported. The two travelers had visited several crowded spaces, including a pub and a restaurant in the capital, Reykjavik...." The Guardian article states that roughly 100 infections were caused by the French tourists. They can tell because it is a slightly different strain than had been circulating before.
  3. For whatever reason I can't get the voyages to load. Iceland air has a page about testing requirements for incoming passengers.https://www.covid.is/categories/tourists-travelling-to-iceland I bet they will combine current process (the day of arrival test and the 5 days of quarantine and retest) into something the ship can process. Perhaps the first few days are ship's excursions only with no walking around the town followed by more freedom after the second round of testing?
  4. If you have a lot of clothes that you want to air dry, you could bring a portable line like this https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00WAVDO78/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I strung it across using the drapery tie back hooks as my anchors.
  5. My sincerest condolences to your family. I am thinking of you all.
  6. Mitsugirly I know your daughter is a kid and kids naturally want to touch and sense things. All the turtles in the VI are endangered. It is illegal to touch them or to swim along after them. That is considered pursuing. I get it that this is really hard for kids because they are so enchanted with wildlife and nature. edited to add: I would recommend removing the photos showing her touching them, especially the ones of while they are eating. That is super bad and you shouldn't leave evidence on the public webpages. IANAL
  7. I get it that we all enjoy traveling and planning traveling. But Friends, please do not try to play the odds and think that you have a good chance of not getting too sick. My 24 year old healthy, active, slim daughter had this back in March. She was never hospitalized but has pain in her lungs every day since. Her lung capacity is diminished. Her medical profile is that of one who should have bounced back quickly but she hasn't. As many of you have probably read in the papers, it seems that the amount of antibodies in the blood drop off in a matter of months. She recently had an antibody test (4 months from being sick) and it came back showing no antibodies. Whether or not she has protective T cells is unknowable. https://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2020/07/07/more-on-t-cells-antibody-levels-and-our-ignorance Please stay safe. I don't want you or anyone in your family to suffer.
  8. Washington Post has a link for signing up to participate in the vaccine trials. I put my name in. I would really like to contribute to those efforts. Perhaps some of you who are eager to get back into the world would like to too.
  9. I am not dreaming of any travel, much less cruising until fall of 2021. I have one person in my extended family die from Covid and my 24 year old daughter sickened. My daughter was never hospitalized but 4 months later she has pain in her lungs every single day. Every single day it hurts to breathe. This affects her ability to do her job. Medical staff have no idea if this will be life long. So, we won't be booking until there is a vaccine or an effective medical treatment that is widely available. I am hoping this will occur by next summer. I am very eager to get back to traveling but to me the risk isn't worth it.
  10. My daughter uses STT Direct often. She has groceries or dinner delivered. They are reputable.
  11. Moe's is in downtown Red Hook, on the side that does not back up to the water. The first time you go from Sapphire, keep your eyes peeled to the right once you are in a commercial area. It faces its skinny parking lot, not the street. If you see a small strip with Chelsea Drug, Duffy's bar, and more, you have gone just barely too far. If the parking lot is full, there is a paid lot behind it. I estimate a 5-7 drive from Sapphire. This is what their signage looks like: http://www.moesvi.com/home.html I think power outage is fair game. If someone relies on a CPAP machine, it is vital information.
  12. The electric and water service is known by its initials WAPA.From what I understand they generate current using huge generators using propane and diesel. Many of the generators are leased and are old. There are reliability issues. Additionally, I think the government still owes the unit owners millions of dollars and the owners will threaten to turn it off unless they get some of the debt paid down. When I was down in November they were coming off of some weeks of interruptions. I brought strong flashlights to use if we needed to see in the apartment. That week was fine. You can imagine how difficult it is for the businesses and shops to have the power cut out mid day. Lots of lost sales. Residents report ruined electronics and appliances. My daughter's landlord just installed a generator that automatically flips on in a power outage. Thus I have not been getting updates. Previously she had lost power 7 times in one day. It's an awful mess for which the residents pay about 4 times more for power than the average in the mainland. For the curious: https://stthomassource.com/content/2020/06/11/due-to-unit-23-fuel-and-generation-issues-wapa-to-add-26-megawatt-generator-to-harley-plant/?doing_wp_cron=1592881535.8851439952850341796875 https://stthomassource.com/content/2020/05/06/wapa-sheds-light-on-potential-cause-of-mondays-electrical-service-interruptions-across-district/ https://stthomassource.com/content/2019/12/29/bryan-thanks-legislature-for-wapa-bail-out-calls-for-long-term-solution/
  13. email the zipline and ask if they have reopened https://www.ziplinestthomas.com/ziplineinfo.html
  14. Regarding power- Power will be fine for a couple months and then have a spate of outages, not always island wide. We stay at Secret Harbor because my husband runs hot and is miserable without air or a fan. Without him I have stayed at Point Pleasant but not in the summer. Lots of day excursions post their business links on the facebook page What's Going On St Thomas. The page is mostly for locals but tourists do ask for recommendations. Scroll through a few days worth of posts and you will find many links. We use Paradise car rental. Driving on the left is a little tense the first day, especially for me getting across town towards the east end. The good news is that speed limits are very slow so your brain has time to train itself to be on the left. Download a map like apple maps or goodle maps so that you can use that as a GPS for finding the beaches. I bring some snacks, granola bars, coffee, etc in my bag so that we don't have to go to the market on the arrival day. We have a very long travel day coming from the upper midwest and I just want to relax. We get the first dinner at wherever we are staying. I tend to shop at Moe's in Red Hook but occasionally go to Plaza in Tutu. That is an area that feels more like a suburban shopping area - strip malls, fast food, Kmart, and Plaza. My daughter says the best prices on booze is at Kmart if you are wanting to take some rum back as a souvenir. My daughter recently did an eco kayak tour through the mangroves that was very informative and enjoyable. Coral World activities with the sea lions and dolphins are a lot of fun. https://coralworldvi.com/ Please be considerate of the locals and wear masks. They want to be open for vacationers but know that this will reintroduce the virus to the community. St Croix already has a new case that is travel related. Space yourselves out on the beaches and wear a mask when ordering at the beach food stands. Sunscreen need to be reef friendly - for example zinc based. This article will tell you which ingredients to avoid https://www.travelweekly.com/Caribbean-Travel/Sunscreen-law-in-USVI-passed-to-protect-coral-reefs Please also be generous with the tips. The two Cat 5 hurricanes beat down the islands and the economy. The pandemic shutdown was the cherry on top. Help out.
  15. Oh my gosh I am so sorry to hear of your loss! That is devastating. Yes you do need that refund! I can offer no ideas. Perhaps someone can give you the email of the top person for the British market. My deepest sympathy.
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