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  1. I have a cruise booked for Sept 2022. It's just barely under the 1 year mark now, I think it's something like 356 days to sail or something close to that. I am anxious to book the onboard activities like North Star, Pixels, etc, but right now there is nothing listed yet. When do they release that? I assumed it gets listed at the 1 year mark but we've passed that by a few days now, and it says to keep checking back. Is there a time frame of when they release those activities? I'm also dying to know who will be playing the Music Hall. I went on this same cruise (Ovation of the Seas to Alaska) in 2019 and Pandora's Box was playing. They were an Aerosmith tribute band and it was one of the highlights of my trip. I'm REALLY hoping they'll still be there but I imagine it'll be a different band by the time I go. Hoping that someone might have some insight.
  2. I'm beyond shocked that no one has recommended the Museum of Pop Culture. I cruised out of Seattle in 2019 and we went to Chihuly Gardens, Pikes Place and Museum of Pop Culture. I thought MoPop blew Chihuly Gardens and Pikes Place out of the water. Can't recommend highly enough. It's right next to Chihuly Gardens and the Space Needle. It has sections of the museum of music, horror movies, sci-fi, fantasy and more. https://www.mopop.org/
  3. Do you know if they are also providing airfare, or is that an out of pocket expense for the volunteer?
  4. If it helps- the very first sentence of the article: "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued long-awaited technical guidance for cruise lines on Friday" To further explain: The article was written and published today, explaining the guidance that the CDC released on Friday of last week. The article then goes on to talk about the letter that NCL submitted to the CDC in response to the guidelines they released last week. Not today. It's entirely too early for the CDC to respond to the letter already. We won't hear anything earlier than tomorrow and most likely it'll be closer to mid week at the earliest. My personal opinion- the CDC is not going to require vaccines for travel as it's a violation of people's rights, since many people are required to travel for business, family emergencies, other other important matters outside of leisure and vacation. There's no way the CDC is going to push for a mandate for people to be vaccinated to travel. They also are not going to force cruise lines to require something like that and take that decision away from them, since it will impact their business on some level. However, cruise lines and tourism destinations are well within their rights to require vaccines to sail, as that is for pleasure/leisure and it's a person's choice if they want to get vaccinated and travel now, or wait until the pandemic is over. That being said, the CDC is much more likely to approve sailing if the cruise lines require vaccinations and the other stipulations detailed in the letter. I have an extremely positive feeling about this.
  5. I would absolutely love to volunteer as tribute. But I'm pretty positive the 'volunteer pool' will be limited to friends and family of crew- and possibly some news media and maybe travel agents. But I don't see it ever being open to the general public, unfortunately.
  6. 3 weeks out- this is the closest we've ever gotten without them cancelling, isn't it? I've given up on rebooking for now. My last cruise was supposed to sail Oct 3rd and I actually forgot I even had it booked until I saw someone mention it on FB. Cruising seems like such a distant memory. But I keep crossing my fingers that a cruise- ANY cruise- will soon sail so I can live vicariously through the rest of you.
  7. I'm in the same boat. My favorite part of going to a buffet is to try just one or two bites of many different items. I would never want a full serving. I'm sure it won't be a big deal to just ask for tiny portions though.
  8. For those people who enjoy hanging out at the DMV on the weekends, just to soak up the atmosphere.
  9. I can't imagine carrying a purse around on the ship. The only thing I need is my sign and sail card, especially at dinner. When I'm on a cruise, I feel like the ship is my home. I don't wear my purse around my house.
  10. I've been watching Carnival Panorama out of Long Beach. When this thread was started, ALL November cruises were removed from the website, and the first sailing out of Long Beach was mid December. I want to say the 19th, or somewhere around there. Interestingly, November 14th has been put BACK. But then nothing else for the month of November. Weird.
  11. I'm so thrilled to hear that the 3-4 day cruises will return to Long Beach. I live in Vegas and want that option for a very cheap, last minute cruise if I see a good deal. I did my very first solo cruise on Imagination just before covid happened, and was bummed to see the ships leave Long Beach. Someday when things are normal again, I'd love to do another last minute solo cruise.
  12. Well, that's it for me. I'm just going to let my FCC sit there until I see cruising actually start up again, and keep going for at least awhile. I'm not playing the guessing game anymore.
  13. Not really. But I have a tiny bit more hope than before when Carnival cancelled almost all of it's cruises a week or so ago, but Panorama was still intact. It makes me feel like they were hoping to continue with the October Panorama cruises, at least as of last week. Otherwise, they would have just cancelled those like all of the other sailings.
  14. Well, October is still bookable on the website, and that's usually the first indicator. In the past, they've unlisted the bookings several days before any official announcement. As of right now, you can still book my Oct. 3rd cruse on Panorama. We're 65 days out...
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