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  1. We usually arrive by 11:00 and I don't think we ever had to wait more than 20 minutes to get on the ship. The suite embarkation experience is a nice perk. We were able to drop our bags off in the room immediately but not remain there until the general announcement is made that rooms are ready. After dropping the bags off we head to Luminae for a relaxing lunch.
  2. We would not do a land vacation at any of the Caribbean islands we have visited on many, many cruises. I would perhaps consider a land vacation to Bermuda which we have cruised to several times. We have done both land and cruise vacations to Hawaii so that would be my #1 choice. Have not yet done an Italy/Adriatic Coast cruise but a land vacation and cruise there are definitely on my bucket list.
  3. Surprised I was only on hold a minute or two. There were no equivalent itineraries for our 11 night September Equinox cruise and Celebrity would not lift and shift to any different 11 night itineraries at a different time frame. They were really pushing the 125% credit for another 11 night we wanted in January or February but that would cost us thousands more out of pocket as prices doubled and tripled from what we originally paid. Also, if we took the FCC and Celebrity then cancels the cruise booked with FCC, we would be unable to get a refund. We asked for a refund now and will wait to see if prices drop. We will also consider other cruise lines.
  4. This article discusses the misleading spike in Florida cases https://www.conservativereview.com/news/horowitz-ways-media-misleading-record-spike-florida/
  5. This article discusses the misleading spike in Florida cases https://www.conservativereview.com/news/horowitz-ways-media-misleading-record-spike-florida/
  6. Also, CDC statistics showing we are at the bottom of the Covid bell curve for mortality. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid19/index.htm Numbers have been decreasing since April despite what the media is telling you
  7. Your article contains the same link to the official statistics as mine . Did you actually look at those numbers?
  8. This study looked to see if there is asymptomatic spread. From the study: "we conclude that the infectivity of some asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 carriers might be weak". https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32405162/?fbclid=IwAR2q2NxWgFpKPLjqd-vKY7meWJ-pgGHb-CITNM8WoZ8lg8Ftc7dE1hN5iGU
  9. Where are you getting your data that the current numbers are an anomoly? From the linked article: "During the winter, most hospitals are running closer to 80 to 85% ICU occupancy." https://www.news4jax.com/news/local/2020/06/18/florida-has-less-than-25-of-its-icu-beds-available/ This article also contains the link to the official Florida numbers and plenty of beds seem to be available in most hospitals.
  10. Did they take any blood? That is how they do an antibody test.
  11. Yes, hospitalizations and deaths are the real indicators. Keep in mind more people are finally able to go to the hosital for their elective procedures (like hip replacements) and they test everyone there for Covid. Is a recent spike in hospitalizations actually due to Covid or perhaps just more positive antibody tests that could indicate the person only has the common cold? I feel like the media is terrorizing people with their constant reporting of positive test numbers 24 hours a day. This is a good article that shows how the numbers can be very misleading. What numbers are governors and mayors really using as a basis for mitigation policies? https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/05/cdc-and-states-are-misreporting-covid-19-test-data-pennsylvania-georgia-texas/611935/
  12. coronavirus 229E is associated with the common cold https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/neuroscience/human-coronavirus-229e
  13. Seems like they are indeed using the antibody tests to report Covid cases. I found these just with a quick Google search for Florida. https://www.sun-sentinel.com/coronavirus/fl-ne-florida-antibody-testing-data-release-20200529-cnq4rkcpt5a47hi63fbcaibwte-story.html https://www.local10.com/news/local/2020/05/29/more-antibody-testing-added-in-south-florida-as-leaders-await-state-results/
  14. From CDC: "A positive test result shows you may have antibodies from an infection with the virus that causes COVID-19, or possibly from infection with a related virus from the same family of viruses (called coronavirus), such as one that causes the common cold." https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/testing/serology-overview.html Perhaps this is why numbers appear to be increasing as states like Florida upped their antibody tests starting in May.
  15. From CDC: "A positive test result shows you may have antibodies from an infection with the virus that causes COVID-19, or possibly from infection with a related virus from the same family of viruses (called coronavirus), such as one that causes the common cold. " https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/testing/serology-overview.html Perhaps this is why numbers appear to be increasing as states like Florida upped their antibody tests starting in May.
  16. What happens if RCL cancelled, I used FCC then that second cruise is also cancelled by RCL. Can I get my original money back? Another FCC won't help since I won't be able to travel for awhile beyond next spring and my FCC would expire.
  17. States like Florida increased antibody testing in May. Based on this quote from CDC, is this why states are reporting increased positive cases lately? "A positive test result shows you may have antibodies from an infection with the virus that causes COVID-19, or possibly from infection with a related virus from the same family of viruses (called coronavirus), such as one that causes the common cold." https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/testing/serology-overview.html
  18. We are clearly nearing the bottom end of the bell curve as Covid peaked in mid-April according to CDC statistics. Scroll down this link for weekly US numbers and incidence in each state. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid19/index.htm Just because more people are reported as positive does not mean the actual rate of infection is increasing. Taking an arbitrary number, for example, a 5% rate in 100 people equals 5 people but a 5% rate in 1000 people equals 50 people. More people but exact same rate.
  19. I have an 11 night Caribbean cruise on Equinox in Sept. There are no comparable cruises next year--only 12 nights on Equinox. First time I called for lift and shift they would not switch me to any 11 night Reflection cruises for any date. I called again today and they only offered me a 9 night on Reflection next August which I declined.
  20. All of their breads and breadsticks, chocolate souffle in Murano
  21. The CNBC study you cited was done on hamsters. From New England Journal of Medicine 5/21/20: "We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection....In many cases, the desire for widespread masking is a reflexive reaction to anxiety over the pandemic. https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp2006372 This study in Respiratory Medicine 5/13/20 tried to determine if there was infectivity of asymptomatic carriers who had contact with 455 people. "No severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infections was detected in 455 contacts by nucleic acid test". https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32405162/?fbclid=IwAR2q2NxWgFpKPLjqd-vKY7meWJ-pgGHb-CITNM8WoZ8lg8Ftc7dE1hN5iGU
  22. This is from the WHO today: "Non-medical or cloth masks could increase potential for COVID-19 to infect a person if the mask is contaminated by dirty hands and touched often, or kept on other parts of the face or head and then placed back over the mouth and nose" AND "Currently there is not enough evidence for or against the use of masks (medical or other) for healthy individuals in the wider community." https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/question-and-answers-hub/q-a-detail/q-a-on-covid-19-and-masks
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