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  1. I read that (as of today -- things could change) only a few Caribbean ports of call allow passengers us to go ashore independently (e.g., USVI and St. Lucia). The vast majority of all other Eastern and Southern Caribbean islands require booking a cruise line-provided excursion to disembark the ship. Would this restriction change your planning for future cruises?
  2. Nope. Priceline quietly discontinued Name Your Own Price in early 2020. It has been replaced with Pricebreakers.
  3. That makes it 109 years stale instead of only 104! 😆
  4. https://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise-Travel/Cruise-allies-push-for-a-restart-In-some-ports-critics-push-back Bad news for mass market cruise lines (and fans of these ports) if these proponents get their way.
  5. Tapi: I fully understand what you're saying, that masks have become ubiquitous and second nature for us all, and I'm glad it's not a deal-breaker for you. I am 65+, retired (so no working -- YAY!), we just started resuming indoor dining (masks off to eat, of course) after 12 months. Prior to being fully vaccinated 2 weeks ago, we have done no traveling, no vacations, outdoors-only socializing, 6-feet apart, masks on, with friends and extended family. Happily, the sacrifices we have made while observing and enforcing these rules have succeeded in keeping us COVID-free, so now I am ready to resume pre-COVID, maskless life -- if only Dr. Fauci and the CDC would allow it! 🙂
  6. I’m fully vaccinated and I love cruising (23 so far), with future bookings in Sept and Jan. But if masking is required to resume cruising, then count me out. I will wait for the day when masks are history — if that day ever arrives.
  7. I’m fully vaccinated and I love cruising (23 so far), with future bookings in Sept and Jan. But if the CDC guidelines to resume cruising include a mandatory mask-wearing requirement (except for eating and swimming), then count me out. I willingly mask up for all inside retail shopping and indoors if with unvaccinated folks, but I draw the line at needing to mask up while cruising. I so much look forward to the day when masks are history — if that day ever arrives.
  8. Yes, definitely consider cruising to Bermuda again in the warmer weather. RC has repositioned Empress OTS from Cuba to Bayonne for Bermuda cruises, and -- because it is a much smaller ship than Anthem -- it visits St George (on the other side of the island chain) as well as King's Wharf, which all other cruise lines abandoned years ago because their newer, behemoth ships can't fit through "the cut" to get there.
  9. 12 Feb. 2020 HEADLINE: "In Coronavirus, $45-Billion Cruise Industry Faces a Big Challenge" SUB-HEADLINE: "Cruise companies have been reluctant to release data on bookings, but some travel advisers say they are off by as much as 15 percent" URL LINK: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/12/travel/coronavirus-cruises-travel.html?searchResultPosition=4
  10. Westerdam has now received approval to dock in Cambodia. HAL says it will provide transportation logistical arrangements to get guests home from there.
  11. kidz_rn

    Virus

    Omax4 is correct, but a life well-lived consists of making a well-informed decisions, taking into account one's own personal risk assessment vs. the perceived benefits gained. So, some people are afraid to fly, but have no problem getting in a car, even though it is indisputable that the risk of dying in a plane crash is infinitesimal compared to dying in a automotive accident. The key is to have confirmed, accurate, and factual information on which to base one's decisions. So, right now, the Coronavirus risk from cruising is low, but that could change. We all need to closely monitor the news and the rapidly changing situation.
  12. The obvious, bigger question is: How will the spreading coronavirus epidemic affect the cruise industry going forward? Massive cancellations? Bargain hunters seeking fantastic deals? A combination of both? As Stephen Stills once sang: "Paranoia strikes deep; into your life it will creep." * Time will tell if nervous cruisers' paranoia was justified or an unwarranted, hysteric over-reaction. * "For What It's Worth" -- Buffalo Springfield (1967)
  13. KTS, I fully concur. In fact, I expressed this exact opinion to my travel agent during a conversation earlier today and she agreed. As Stephen Stills once sang: "Paranoia strikes deep; into your life it will creep." * Time will tell if such paranoia was justified or an unwarranted, hysteric over-reaction. * "For What It's Worth" -- Buffalo Springfield (1967)
  14. Looking for information on the unlimited dining package for dinners and lunches on sea days? How is it priced? I am going on an 12 day cruise in January. Thanks
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