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    Cruising, of course
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    NCL, RCL, Cunard, Princess
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    Greek Islands

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  1. All of the recent cancellations have been returned to original form of payment. If you paid with FCC, you get a FCC refund. If you paid with Cruise Next, you get CN certificates reinstated. If you paid by credit card, you get a refund to your credit card. In the past (pre-COVID), significant changes have been accompanied with a opportunity to opt out and take a refund to original form of payment. Yes, the contract says that NCL does not have to offer you that option. But they usually do.
  2. Large balcony rooms are cabin class B6. Large balcony mini/club suites are cabin class M6. All cabin classes ending in a number are premium rooms with a premium price. And the large balconies extend out so everyone above looks down on your balcony. There are a few cabins that have angled balconies that offer a bit more space. They are a midship class that cost a bit more. Check the deck plans to see where they are located on reach deck.
  3. The Sun is a perfect ship form this cruise. You wouldn’t want to be on a megaship on these port calls. You are not there for water slides and go karts. The food across the fleet is standard, with some regional additions (so it can’t be sub-par compared to other ships). We don’t buy into the specialty dining hype. The foods in the complimentary restaurants is perfectly fine for us.
  4. As COVID moves from being a pandemic to an endemic, mask use and distancing will be encouraged. Some of my initial PPE was from the days of the H1N1 virus (moving from being N95 dust and pollen masks for yard work to lifesaving masks during the high spread periods of COVID). The vaccines, especially the new J&J vaccine only prevent you from becoming seriously (fatally) ill when you catch COVID. If the virus is still around, it will spread and make people mildly ill. And the goal will still be to prevent it from being around.
  5. I prefer the co-ed facilities. I really don’t need to see other people’s giggly bits. And on the Quantum and Oasis class ships, the “thermal suite” is such a disappointment compared to NCL’s spa.
  6. If you were a security screener, you would not consider a plug, 6’ cord and head with multiple outlets an extension cord? Seriously???
  7. The challenge is that the vaccines (esp the J&J vaccine) prevent you from getting moderately and severely sick when you catch the virus. Vaccinated <> immune. There is no proof that when you catch the virus and your antibodies are killing it off, that you are not contagious at some point. As Dr Fauci stated last week, studies in Israel and Spain show some promise that transmission by vaccinated people is low, there is no science to back up. And you could be in the 5%-15% that the vaccine is not effective.
  8. The same. If you book on your own, the cancellation notifications go to you directly. The refund will go to you directly. The last two cancellations have been immediate full refunds to the original form of payment.
  9. Here's what's not allowed: Prohibited items: Firearms & Ammunition, including realistic replicas. Sharp Objects, including all knives and scissors. (Note: Personal grooming items such as safety razors are allowed. Scissors with blade length less than 4 inches are allowed.) Illegal Drugs & Substances CBD Oil / CBD Products Candles, Incense, Coffee Makers, Clothes Irons, Travel Steamers & Hot Plates. (Items that generate heat or produce an open flame. This includes heating pads, clothing irons, hotplates, candles, incense and any other item t
  10. On 2/17/21 Dr. Fauci said “The looming question is, if the person who’s been vaccinated gets infected, does that person have the capability to transmit it to another person. Some [Spanish and Israeli] studies are pointing in a very favorable direction." Which is far, far, far from a pronouncement that a vaccinated person will not transmit the virus. Dr. Fauci continued that "People who have been vaccinated should still practice social distancing, hand-washing, and, most importantly, mask-wearing"
  11. Yeah, but Governor Ige is against having a common testing/entry requirement for the state, allowing the ill-informed county mayors to make up different rules for each island.
  12. The vaccines, especially the soon-to-be-approved J&J vaccine, prevent you from getting severely or moderately sick when you catch COVID. Like any vaccine, if you catch the bug, you have the antibodies to fight it off. There is no evidence that, with the long incubation period, when you catch the bug and your antibodies are working to kill it or prevent you from going to hospital, whether there is enough not-dead virus in your system to allow you to spread the virus. Fauci said that COVID will likely become an endemic and be around for a long time. wrt wearing masks, we learn mo
  13. Please.... Everyone with a cancelled cruise was given the option of getting a cash refund. No victims. Yeah? Some people elected to get a bigger "gift card" (FCC) which they can use on a future cruise. No victims. Yeah?
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