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    CA
  • Interests
    Cruising and travel planning
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    RCCL, Princess, HAL, Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    All of them!

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  1. I was informed two days ago that my Ovation Honolulu to Vancouver, BC cruise was cancelled for next April. Not wanting to wait around in case the CWC policy doesn't get extended past the 10/31 book by date, I replaced the cruise with a b2b on the Jewel. The money (paid in full with prepaid tips) was in their "cancelled" bucket, and I could not just move the booking over to the Jewel. So, I paid the deposits and the refund will pay the finals.
  2. The way I read RCCL's announcement is that IF you have had 3 shots, you have to wait until 14 days after the third (booster) shot before you sail. You are not required to have 3 shots in order to sail.
  3. I just checked my bookings, and I can add MTD for January and February 2022 sailings. So, about 4 months in advance. I was able to get the time I wanted for both cruises.
  4. You can still buy them through the optum.com store in the 2 and 3-pack sizes: https://store.optum.com/shop/category/tests-and-devices/covid-19-home-tests/
  5. "Millions of Americans will be one step closer to receiving a Covid-19 booster shot this week when a key Food and Drug Administration advisory panel meets Thursday and Friday to debate extra doses of the Moderna vaccines." This is a quote from a CNBC article updated on 10/11/21. I'm hoping it's approved quickly, as I'd like to get it before I fly to Kauai in November. Fingers crossed.
  6. My son has used BinaxNOW supervised test kits on three different occasions. I bought six test kits, not realizing they would expire before I could use all of them. So, I gave them to my son and his family. They were all purchased in my name, but you can enter up to three names on one account (I think it's three; two for sure). When my son, with his own account, went to use the first one, he selected "I'm ready to take a test" in the Navica app. When he scanned the test kit identifier, he was directed to emed.com to register the test in his name, and then went on to do the appointment. The video call is one way: the medical technician can see you, but you cannot see them. The video feed is kept on throughout the session. My son said he thinks they contract with labs all over the world, so all time zones and 24 hours a day can be accommodated worldwide. The lab technician verified the test kit, instructed my son on what to do, and then said he would keep the video on to check the results within 15 minutes. Once verified, the technician sends a message through the app to verify the results, and an email is also sent. My son said each of his 3 tests took about 10 - 20 minutes each. The Navica app can be used to by the 6-pack test kits, while optum.com can be used to buy 2 and 3-pack tests. RCCL's link is to the optum web site. 6-packs average about $30 per test (including shipping); 3-pack $33 per test, and 2-packs $35 per test. 2 and 3-packs include shipping.
  7. What we used to do is find a decent looking bar in port, ask if they had wifi we could use, buy a margarita, use the wifi. Just about everywhere.
  8. My thoughts exactly: I'm not traveling for at least 10 days after the Moderna booster. I have to smile: everyone who knows that I'm going to Kauai for a week are envious. I'm starting to get "Hawaii traveler's guilt". (Plus, it's a friend I'm visiting who wants me to come any time I want. Now, THAT'S a travel honey pot I fell into.....HA!).
  9. Whatever any ship gives me to ID me as vaccinated, I will ask it be attached to my lanyard. I cannot stand to wear anything on my wrists. I always wear a lanyard to match my clothing whenever I'm cruising. I use one at home, too, for my apartment door fob, keys. DL and credit card go in a plastic sleeve attached to my lanyard. I do this so I don't have to carry a purse anywhere.
  10. Perhaps. In my case I was dealing with the State of Hawaii, known to be very strict about timing of vaccine shots and coming into HI. So, I thought I would call and ask. Their explanation seemed applicable to what the cruise lines are requiring.
  11. The reason I called was because I COULDN'T be boostered 15 days in advance, to be completely over an side effects, and was that a trip-killer? They don't count the boosters as your "last vaccination"; they are only interested in the first two (for me, with Moderna).
  12. Parking is $17 per day for the duration, including the day of arrival and departure from the parking lot. https://www.portcanaveral.com/Cruise/Cruise-Parking,-Directions-Rates Uber is $60 each way plus tip.
  13. Uber is $10-$25 for everyone in the car from LGB to San Pedro, depending on the time of day.
  14. Thank you for your sympathy. We loved living in Elk Grove, and loved our neighbors, too. They were also very supportive of my family through the bad days. Our next door neighbor was an ex-Marine from Guam. One of the funniest people I've ever met next to my husband. He and my husband used to yak up a storm in the garage, with the door open, wearing their masks, standing half a driveway away from each other. Thanks again.
  15. I never went near an NCL cruise for decades, but that cruise with my bff was fabulous!
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