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    Tucson, AZ
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    Computers, Table Tennis, Pickleball, Music, Chess, Games
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    RCCL, Celebrity
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  1. My wife is part of the John Hopkins study of vaccines in transplant patients. She had a kidney transplant about 14 years ago. They had a webinar last week to discuss the results after the first dose. Only about 17% of people that had blood tests taken 2 or more weeks after their first shot had antibodies. Unfortunately, my wife's sample taken after her first shot was somehow lost so we don't have those specific results. They did say on the webinar that they have seen preliminary results from tests taken at least one month after the second shot and they are much more encouraging.
  2. Great video! With the Seaplex now featuring Playmakers on the upper level, will there still be table tennis and video games on the other side of the upper level? Also will there still be a Dog House food truck on the lower level?
  3. We stopped at Cartagena, Columbia on our Panama Canal Cruise a few years back. We really enjoyed it. Such a great surprise that it wound up being such an awesome place to visit. On the other hand, Colon, Panama was a terrible disappointment.
  4. The logic is to first vaccinate people who spread the virus or are most likely to be spread to. Those who can't stay isolated from others. Having a prison full of COVID patients is a community spread nightmare. The logic is that older people can just stay isolated another month or so. I don't like it, but I get it. If it was just based on a person's value to society, then the order might be different.
  5. My opinion is that food and service is better on Celebrity. Entertainment is slightly better on Royal. Activities and nightlife better on Royal. Cabins are about the same. Celebrity has more inovative itineraries. We like both lines and will continue to base our choice on price, itinerary and perks being offered.
  6. Thanks for the responses. I think you just confirmed what I thought. I probably won't use this credit until next April or October but it would be nice to make sure it is the amount I expect. Yesterday I messaged Royal Caribbean on social media about the FCC and they said "we will get back to you". Not holding my breath!
  7. We cancelled a cruise scheduled to depart April 11th on March 11th using the "Cruise with Confidence" program. At that point the cruise had not been cancelled yet. We eventually received back 25% of the cruise fare (more than 30 days before sailing) and all of our taxes and fees back as refunds. We were supposed to get the remaining 75% of our cruise fare as a future cruise credit. We never received anything about the FCC. Our TA (big box warehouse store) assured us that the FCC would be accessible through our original booking number and we could use it for any cruise we take in the future
  8. Bummer! The indoor pool was one of my favorite features on Quantum class ships! 😟
  9. We had a one month land trip to New Zealand all planned out for March. Cancelled two days before we were going to leave! Would schedule that again in a heartbeat. I already have it all planned out. Maybe 2022. Other places: Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Greece, Israel, Bora Bora (in an over the water hut), Sweden, Spain. We have already done a lot of land travel in Italy and Australia but would go back to either again in a heartbeat!
  10. I tried signing up to get these Power Point offers but have not received anything. Is there a link to sign up?
  11. A shield is a good option if you are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons. Otherwise, a mask is better.
  12. They use dogs all the time in airport customs to sniff drugs. Maybe wishful thinking but not crazy.
  13. There are some interesting, out of the box ways to screen for COVID-19 that are quicker than conventional tests. There is a COVID-19 breathalyzer under development that gives results in 20 seconds that is supposedly 95% accurate. Dogs have been trained to detect COVID-19 in humans by smell. Some dogs are 100% accurate and they even were able to detect the virus in people that were pre-symptomatic. Showing proof of a positive antibody test may become useful if they ever get the accuracy of those tests under control. They could use methods like these in conjunction with traditional PCR testin
  14. They are having pretty good success training dogs to detect humans infected with COVID-19 by smell. There is a group of dogs in France that are about 95% accurate (some dogs are 100%) and they even detected it in two people that thought they were negative but subsequently tested positive. They is also a group in the UK working on this that believe they can detect it in asymptomatic people. https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/25979/20200608/belgian-shepherds-tell-coronavirus-smelling-armpit.htm Someone is working to train a group of 50 dogs in Florida right now. I wonder if
  15. If you had an elevated temperature I bet they would test you again to verify and may do some additional screening before they deny boarding.
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