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    Anything across the pond

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  1. Just a fyi, the deal is extended. I just booked an Africa cruise using this promo for January of 2023. For once, the price really was 15% less than the last time I tracked (August). It's a ridiculously long time to wait as I typically book last minute, but I had a cruisenext that was about to expire and NCL allowed me to apply it.
  2. Add me to the group that would love an overnight on Ocean Cay! IMO Overnight ports offer a much more relaxed atmosphere for the entire ship.
  3. I watched a video of a White Party night on MSC grandiosa's second voyage. Zero social distancing, and I counted 7 people without masks in the midst of the party and another 4 sitting at a table off to the side without masks (no one was around them). There were also photos of servers without masks, but they had face shields. If you are a person who insists everyone wear a mask, I just don't see that happening on a cruise, ever. And, of course, those who are vulnerable should be wearing a N95.
  4. That is exactly what Hawaii has done. Formed a partnership to allow for testing for travel. Right now, plenty of people can get tested if they have symptoms, if their employeer requests, if they have a script from a Dr., but in Michigan it is very difficult to get tested for the purpose of travel. Yes, there are are many people getting tested and things are starting to open up to make testing more easily accessible. Unfortunately, not all states are in the same position. In Michigan, you still can not get tested without symptoms, possible exposure, employer request, or Dr. Script. Testing for the purpose of travel is currently very challenging. I suspect more and more states will become like the University of Illinois. Things are going to get better quickly.
  5. The availability of rapid turn around tests is going to increase greatly in the next few months. Hawaii is finally allowing visitors to arrive without quarantining if they have a negative covid test within 72 hours. They have made a partnership with CVS and Walgreens. This is all very new (announced just a few days ago) so the details from CVS and Walgreens aren't available yet, but I expect them in the next few weeks. It's going to make testing infinitely easier.
  6. These articles also correlate, you may find them interesting: https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/23527-royal-caribbean-and-norwegian-reveal-the-healthy-return-of-sailing.html https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/5608/ https://www.*****.com/2020/09/21/cruise-industry-sees-cruises-restarting-usa-thanks-newly-announced-safety-policies
  7. I would not describe MSC as offering "high quality". IMO, They are a budget cruise line offering exceptional VALUE, but the cost cutting measures onboard were noticeable. Keeping expectations aligned with price paid is always my advice regarding MSC. Of course, this is a MSC board and most people are very 'pro' MSC.... I am too!!! I just don't expect Champaign on a beer budget.
  8. Apparently 50,000 people signed asking the CDC to extend the no sail order. There has always been environmental 'anti-cruise' concerns, but I have never read about them organizing to this extent. Hopefully many of us who love cruising filled out the cdc input form asking cruise lines to start. https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2020/09/21/50000-people-tell-cdc-extend-no-sail-order-cruise-ships
  9. The CDC no sail order expires on September 30th. There are rumors they will officially announce an extension by next Wednesday. Rumor aside, I suspect that the CDC will announce either way sometime next week so your waiting is almost over.
  10. What I found most interesting is they are moving forward with the 2021 World cruise. https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/117-cruise-news-wire/23497-msc-expands-itinerary-for-october-restart-of-magnifica.html
  11. Thank you so much @petra75 for this live report. I expect this post will go viral especially since you are including relevant details of ship life after Covid. Please now that the time you are devoting is much appreciated and I'm wishing you a terrific sailing. On another note: This is not a slam on MSC, as I see this type of marking in many stores I enter. The line itself is social distancing, but when the que double backs on itself....not so much....
  12. I thought this was a nice list of cruise ships which are either back in service or scheduled to sail soon. Obviously, nothing is sailing from the USA anytime soon, but there are some choices emerging for those of you across the pond. https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/23461-here-are-the-cruise-ships-back-in-service.html
  13. This was published in Cruise Industry News: NCL neglects promised August Update" https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/23468-norwegian-cruise-line-neglects-promised-august-update.html
  14. NCL Neglects promised August Update: https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/23468-norwegian-cruise-line-neglects-promised-august-update.html
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