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    Crystal Cruises
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    New Zealand, Norway

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  1. Being immune to COVID-19 and doing my part in contributing to the broader goal of herd immunity are well worth feeling a little bad for a day or two. It would be very short sighted to avoid the vaccine or skip the second dose for this reason. I have had Shingrix (also two shots) with its side effects, and IMO that was also well worth the marked reduction in my risk of getting Shingles, which is not nearly as potentially serious as COVID.
  2. Update -- I did get an email from my TA. She did not address the cancellation penalty schedule, but I will be asking her about that.
  3. Where did this information come from? I can't find it on Regent's website, and I have received no notice from Regent regarding my May 16 booking. And if the cancellation penalties remain in effect, does that mean that if you cancel 61 days before sailing, that you would have to make the final payment and take your refund as 100% FCC under Regent Reassurance or else pay a penalty per the normal cancellation schedule?
  4. So far most of the official recommendations say that masks will still be needed as the vaccine rolls out, even for those who have been vaccinated. At some point after herd immunity kicks in, the majority of the medical pundits will probably stop saying that. I will be very surprised if that happens much before the end of 2021, though. Whether or not they will be required is another question. They can be recommended but not required. I do believe that properly worn proper masks would help, but the lack of common sense in formulating requirements and the ridiculously poor complia
  5. Is this a common occurrence on Regent? In my experience so far on Crystal, they have had a separate line for continuing passengers to reboard. I could not say if that is always the case, but for us it has been. So I was very surprised to hear of Regent combining the lines for continuing and new passengers. Does Regent sometimes or (hopefully) usually have a separate quicker line for reboarding?
  6. Perhaps possible but not very likely, and probably much less likely than a norovirus outbreak. And there would definitely not be a Diamond Princess type situation. If 95% of the people on the ship are immune, some of the others might get sick but it will not be a ship-board pandemic. In order to infect all the 5%, they would all have to be in close contact with each other. That is unlikely since they will mostly be interacting with people among the other 95%. That is the whole point of herd immunity.
  7. They will have to revise or at least clarify the order before even any of the 7 NIGHT cruises can sail. I just checked, and Regent is not currently listing any 7 DAY/6 NIGHT or shorter cruises. Perhaps the CDC really meant 7 nights, but that is NOT what the order says. It is very common in the tourism industry to say "7 days" and it really means "6 nights." Without clarification from the CDC I would not assume they meant 7 nights. The ultimate answer is to require all passengers and crew to be vaccinated before sailing. The sooner we get to the point that can be done, the soon
  8. That could well be true. I certainly don't claim any legal expertise. I was just quoting what is in the CDC order. IMO, the whole process outlined there sort of reads more like a preliminary draft than the final word on the subject, anyway. I think the only real teeth they have is whether or not to grant Conditional Sailing Approval, anyway. I don't think they are threatening any other sanctions against cruise lines that don't follow their rules.
  9. I was referring to herd immunity achieved with a good vaccine (or multiple good vaccines), not by having everyone be infected with the actual virus. It is still herd immunity. So I think you actually do want us to get to herd immunity, which really is the only way out of this. This term has been misused in the media, leading to the false impression that it only means everyone getting the disease. As for the antibody levels, I would expect them to be very high while you are actively fighting an infection (or initially responding to a vaccine), and then diminish over time. Your b
  10. I certainly hope not. The issue is not the gravity of the situation, but rather what action to take, would it be effective, and how to get compliance.
  11. Marc, this is purely wishful thinking, although I think you probably realize that. Since I just re-read a lot of the latest CDC order to address a question on another thread, I found the relevant requirement at the bottom of page 30: "As a condition of obtaining or retaining a COVID-19 Conditional Sailing Certificate, cruise ship operators must comply with the requirements of this framework. These requirements apply to any cruise ship operating in U.S. waters and to cruise ships operating outside of U.S. waters if the cruise ship operator intends for the ship to retur
  12. From the CDC document, the first full sentence on page 32: "The cruise ship operator must not sail or offer to sail on an itinerary longer than 7 days." Freedom of speech may enable them to market longer itineraries, but under the current rules it would disqualify them from receiving a Conditional Sailing Certificate.
  13. If not enough people are vaccinated to reach herd immunity, then all those people with the virus but no symptoms (as well as the ones with symptoms) will just help perpetuate the status quo. Herd immunity will almost certainly be necessary to stop the pandemic. Yes, there are a lot of unknowns. We are used to getting flu shots once a year and if the COVID immunity does not last we will probably need to do the same for that. But hopefully with better compliance than we have with flu shots. I think the news just came out of Oxford that immunity after contracting the vi
  14. I think that those who were disparaging the idea of herd immunity meant reaching it naturally without a vaccine. I can't imagine why anyone who would have a problem with herd immunity reached with a vaccine. Even the anti-vaxers would benefit from the decreased spread of disease because those who are immune will not get sick and infect others, as UnoriginalName just explained in more detail.
  15. Yes, that would be a reason to do targeted lockdowns in local areas. But not a reason to lock down the whole country, as some are advocating. Or even a whole state, in most cases.
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