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Wendy The Wanderer

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    Toronto, Dunedin FL and Ottawa Valley
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    Outdoors, photography, travel
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    Paul Gauguin
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    French Polynesia

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  1. I believe with successive Hurtigruten trips they will allow excursions off the ship, but disallow any casual passengers getting on and off (which is usual.) The excursions will be tightly controlled. And yes, the capacity limits sound great. I've got my sights on the Norwegian fjords, perhaps for next year, probably not on Regent.
  2. There's a misconception here. The idea of a bubble or "household" group is not that they somehow become immune to each other. This is wrong. The idea is that a closed family group can be virus-free because they are isolated from others, and practice physical distancing, hygiene and mask-wearing while outside that group. Hurtigruten from what I've read, does not require masks onboard, although it's recommended I think. But the other requirements are quite strict from what I've read. And of course, the cruises they're (mostly) starting with are all along the coast of Norway, so close to medical facilities, and within a single country (and limited for now I believe, to Norwegians.) Looking at an interesting graph right now about mask acceptance in Europe: https://www.statista.com/statistics/1114375/wearing-a-face-mask-outside-in-european-countries/
  3. If Mariner is really going to try to relaunch with the WC in January, obviously there will have to be some serious refitting going on somewhere. Could that be at Long Beach? I'm thinking that they could be getting a start on things like, plexiglass barriers, removing or altering buffet areas, reducing seating in the restaurants and lounges, things like that. Presumably if this panel of experts comes up with bigger changes that get approved, then there would possibly be changes to the room ventilation systems, re-architecting of the pool deck area, let alone the show lounge. Let alone staff housing changes, and changes below decks generally. They've got 5 months to get this particular ship ready for this WC. Having regretfully cancelled, there are many hanging on to their bookings. The question is, will it sail?
  4. To me, at the moment, I live in relative luxury, nice view, air conditioning (although the dishwasher just broke.) But the real luxury is being able to go to the cottage, our summer home, on the river outside of Ottawa. I've spoken about it before, but I'm jonesing for it right now. It is far from luxurious there, as accommodations go, but it is far above camping, and I have endless access to the great outdoors, the trees and wildlife, my bicycle. Our porch is like a large cruise ship balcony, with a view of the river, flowing by. Utterly quiet except for the odd waterskier. And swimming in the river, which will be fairly warm by now after our horrendous heat wave. Only downsides are limited internet and no TV reception, so we're experimenting with casting to the TV from our phones. Hope to be up there again next week, with David.
  5. I'm at loss why our governments aren't finding a way for airlines to keep those middle seats empty. I'm guessing it's the powerful lobby that exists for this industry. It's happening here in Canada too.
  6. You should probably ask your TA or Regent themselves if you really want these answer. And get everything in writing.
  7. So sad, the end of an era for us. Kept going back and back, thinking each time it was surely our last.
  8. An interesting and somewhat chilling description of what might happen if the ships can't sail any time soon: https://panatimes.com/the-world-s-cruise-ships-can-t-sail-now-what-to-do-with-them?fbclid=IwAR10oYbtH_Ktfv9ptC4TQ8DmlOsuyNHJQrMnyCb9zDiavy8bIzuvexKNd9Q I can't help but think about poor Splendor--brand new in all its glory, rusting and moldering away.
  9. Right, which is relevant to Tahiti how exactly? But if it is in fact the same as Hawaii, then that just makes it so much more difficult. At least if you're flying to Hawaii you can get a direct flight from many parts of North America. But the wording above seems to indicate 72 hours before "departure".
  10. Thanks, that's great! I've always wanted to do a Hurtigruten trip, almost did one a couple of years ago. Maybe next year will be the time.
  11. Star Breeze is sounding like a great option if we get to cruise at all in the future!
  12. No matter the ease of testing or the speed of results, 72 hours is going to be tough if you want to fly into Papeete, isn't it? I believe I could walk to a hospital testing centre right now (Wednesday noon) and get a test today. Then I'd have to wait perhaps 48 hours for the results, could be longer, but that's the average time right now; so I get my results Friday afternoon, say. Presumably that means the 72 hour clock starts testing when I get the result, or when I get the test, hopefully the former? So it's 72 hours before departure from, where? Los Angeles? Toronto? Sound terribly fraught.
  13. Interesting. Masks onboard are optional even for staff, and physical distancing to only one metre (3 feet instead of 6). Fever scanning upon boarding. Enhanced requirements for Svalbard only (not sure why.) It's a good example of a doable itinerary--an enlightened, modern state, well-controlled excursion situations, low occupancy, good cleaning protocols, timed dining. Not sure about the mask thing though. And the one metre.
  14. I will presume that you meant, "See no reason...will [not] work together... As soon as a ship is outside the range of the CDC, other national or regional health agencies will come into play. To be able to do a successful port stop anywhere in the world there will have to be coordinated protocols for cruises, period.
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