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  1. Does anyone know if MSC will offer full refunds for Canadians or if there are any tips and tricks to do so? My cruise is not till Dec 4, but kind of tired of second guessing whether or not I will be able to board the cruise. I rather just cancel know and book an NCL cruise.
  2. OP says he/she is sailing on the Breakaway. If it is a Bermuda itinerary, then it they need a PCR test 4 days before sailing. If not, then no test is required.
  3. Has anyone had any success requesting a proper chair in the stateroom? I'm planning on booking the Breakaway, but will probably spend 4-5hr a day in the cabin working. My work allows remote work so taking full advantage of it. The stool that they provide in cabin is not very comfortable. Either that or I take one of the chairs from the balcony and put a cushion on it or buy something in NYC and bring it onboard.
  4. Not sure about post-covid schedule, but Celebrity usually does a Australia --> Hawaii --> Vancouver and vice versa once a year. Their ship capacity is under 3500
  5. If you have insurance, they'll charge it to your insurance company. If you don't have insurance, they'll charge it to the federal government. At the end of the day, you don't have to pay for it.
  6. I'm on the Seashore in December. Hopefully, my reservation doesn't get cancelled :S
  7. I was referring to the ones you buy from Walgreens/CVS to take home.
  8. I did the ID NOW NAAT test via drive thru. They give you a kit and you swab it in front of them, then dropped it in a box at the drive thru. I work in the US, so have a US phone #. I have not tried using my Canadian info, but would think there may be some roadblock. I've shown them my Ontario driver's license before and they were ok with it, but sometimes they don't even ask for my ID, just confirmation # and DOB. Note, CVS does not ask for a SSN when creating an account, but Walgreen does, so you might want to try a CVS instead. However, Walgreen gives an option to have ID NOW or PCR or Antigen while CVS is only PCR/ID-NOW or Antigen. CVS does not give the option to search specifically for ID NOW. That said, I've never had issues with PCR results coming back late. The only time was maybe the start of the pandemic. CVS takes appointment up to 13 days out, while Walgreen only takes appointment 3 days ahead. Also, my understanding is the take home ones are antigen tests only and you can't use them to get back into Canada. In addition, the take home ones are not proctored, so you can't use them for the cruise. If you need it for the flight home after the cruise, the ship do provide testing.
  9. I use it to fly back to Canada. I usually get it within 24hr-30hr.
  10. Are you running on a VPN? If so, try turning it off.
  11. 30 yr old guy here and also introvert. My next three cruises are all solo sailing, which may be a challenge as there arn't many solo activities on the cruises right now. I'm all for meeting new people on my trips, it's just finding them in the first place. I get a bit nervous going to new places as well sometimes. Going on the ship's excursion helps a bit.
  12. A little data point. I fly back and forth between Canada and the US every month (even during the pandemic) for work. When I fly back to Canada, I have to take a PCR test within 72hr (not 3 days so less time). I can also take the ID NAT tests, but PCR is easier to find in the US. Back in April to June 2020, it would take almost 3 days to get my results back, but nowadays, the longest I waited for a PCR test is 48hr. So I think you'll be ok. The chances of you getting the results longer than 3 days is very slim unless they messed up the tests. My only recommendation is have a backup plan, such as finding a place that does rapid PCR test i.e. airports. Also, I don't have children, but I don't think they provide online results or any email documents for children (at least for CVS). You have to call in to get the results. That was my co-workers experience getting his family tested prior to flying back to Canada so YMMV.
  13. Day Port of Call Arrive Depart Sun Miami, Florida 6:00 PM Mon Perfect Day at CocoCay 7:00 AM 4:00 PM Tue Cruising Wed Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas 11:30 AM 8:00 PM Thu Philipsburg, St. Maarten 8:00 AM 6:00 PM Fri Cruising Sat Cruising Sun Miami, Florida 6:00 AM
  14. My Oasis cruise in Dec also lost San Juan as a port of call: As part of the guidance received from the CDC, we've implemented new boarding protocols, so we'll need some extra time for check-in and we'll now depart from Miami, Florida at 6:00 PM, instead of 4:00 PM. Separately, pier construction in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic has been delayed which means, we'll no longer be able to visit this port and as a result, we unfortunately won't make our visit to San Juan, Puerto Rico either. However, we'll visit our private destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay and Philipsburg, St. Maarten instead! Additionally, to maintain your safety and wellbeing, our visit to Labadee has been replaced with a sea day due to the current political and security situation in Haiti. We know how much time and effort go into planning your cruise with us, and we're sorry for any inconvenience caused by this. The good news is, we've added extra time to our visit in Perfect Day at CocoCay, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten - giving you more time to enjoy these beautiful destinations. We're excited to take you to new ports and know you'll have an excellent time! Below, please find our revised itinerary.
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