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  1. I have never been on a cruise shorter than 7 days. Last time I did a week long cruise was 2013. Everything since has been 10 to 21 days. The longer the better and certainly more of a bargain.
  2. Looking good for parents with kids. Pfizer has requested emergency authorization from the FDA for ages 12 -15 for the vaccine. As the weeks and months go by, every age will eventually be eligible. Any excuse after that is just an excuse. https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/09/health/us-coronavirus-friday/index.html
  3. Currently, cruises are still iffy. Checkout Tripadvisor Barbados forum and you will see what they are talking about. As of today, a curfew is still in effect and all types of restrictions for locals and visitors by air. You can only go to the beach for 3 hours in the morning.
  4. When I read this, the first thing I thought of are those agitators who comply with a wearing a mask until they are seated on a plane. Then they make life hell for the flight crew and all the other passengers because everything must be done their way. Me, me, me. Don't be shortsighted. NCL is trying to get sailing again. Eventually when CDC gives the all clear and kids start getting vaccines, you and yours will be welcome aboard. I bet all the mass market lines make a ton of money having families onboard.
  5. No one knows what's going to happen. CDC obviously is being very cautious so the Gov could have proposed that he is willing to handle any ships returning with problems and not just for Florida residents like he did the last time.
  6. Normal people would prefer the basement act instead of sedition. Getting away from politics, I bet the CDC director has never taken a cruise. She may think cruises are for the dirty masses. Hopefully, there will be enough pressure to get her to ease up on the requirements for cruise lines.
  7. Well if it's any consolation, MLB Texas Rangers will have a capacity (49,115 screaming fans) on opening day April 5th at Globe Life Field. I guess there is hope for the cruise lines that would only have 2000 to 4000 on ships. https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/texas-rangers-plan-to-allow-full-capacity-of-fans-for-2021-mlb-opening-day/
  8. Hahaha! No politics, huh! Florida is ranked #3 in cases since January. More problematic for cruises is that destinations like the Caribbean islands have barely begun vaccinating residents through WHO donated vaccines. Currently, most if not all have a mandatory quarantine for air arrivals where you are restricted at various levels based on positive/negative test results. Some islands are going through curfews/lockdowns to control virus spread. So it really doesn't matter how quickly the federal government lifts restrictions if the ships have nowhere to go in this hemisphere.
  9. Mandatory vaccinations as a policy continues to grow for the cruise industry. "Royal Caribbean will set sail out of Israel for the first time this spring, and every passenger and crew member will be vaccinated. Starting in May, with three to seven-night journeys to the Greek Isles and Cyprus on its new Odyssey of the Seas, the cruise will leave from a port in Haifa for the first time ever, the cruise line said in a statement. Guests 16 years old and older on the sailings, along with all crew, will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19." https://www.travelan
  10. This drastic change was not based on science. Leaders here attempting to distract from the horrendous snowstorm and all the ensuing ramifications. Oh well, this month is Spring Break.
  11. For those who don't want to get vaccinated, exotic cruises that include Israel would now be off your bucket list. "The minister in charge of the world’s most successful coronavirus vaccination rollout says countries such as Australia should consider copying Israel’s new “green pass” regime, which bans people from entering a swathe of indoor venues if they have turned down the jab." https://www.smh.com.au/world/middle-east/no-jab-no-entry-laws-the-obvious-way-to-promote-vaccines-israeli-minister-20210225-p575yz.html
  12. Today February 28, 2021 Dr. Fauci, White House Chief Medical Advisor said: "Now, when you get two people that are vaccinated and protected together, like in a home setting, you can have two people that you would not need to do that. We're working with the CDC right now on trying to get updated, reasonable recommendations of what we can tell vaccinated people to do as you get more and more people vaccinated. But the reason we say mask -- and, sometimes, people don't understand that and think it's being too rigid -- there will be a time -- and I believe it will be reasonably soo
  13. Seventy million got bamboozled into believing that Mexico was going to pay for the wall. Ah the gullible!
  14. I am due for my 2nd dose of Moderna in 17 days. What I miss most: **Daily 1 hour walk around the full Promenade Deck starting just before sunrise. **Mid-afternoon chocolate chip cookie and hot cup of tea at the Great Outdoors. **Being totally disconnected from my cell phone. When I board, I set it on airplane mode. Put it in the safe and don't take it out until the night before disembarkation to charge the battery. I just don't like the bother of having it in my hand or pocket. Freedom from the phone.
  15. As a solo, the answer is the great rates for regular cabins.
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