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mnocket

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    Celebrity
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    Everywhere

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  1. Maybe a tad hypersensitive? Hank never said anything negative about Celebrity. Praising another line is not denigrating X.
  2. Thanks for the in-depth review. I must admit I was somewhat surprised at your final conclusion that VV was not your cup of tea since the review was, for the most part, very positive. As an older, seasoned cruiser, I've been unsure if VV would be my cup of tea as well. Could you elaborate on some of the things that we older "traditional cruisers" might find disappointing? Thanks.
  3. That is great (except hitting on soft 17)! Thanks for clarifying.
  4. Great descriptions of the ship's features👍 If you have the time, could you discuss a bit about how you spent your days onboard? I'm enjoying reading your posts🙂
  5. Great job! Looking forward to the rest of your review👍
  6. I've got no idea, but it would be a real surprise if BJ was other than 6:5 with dealer hitting on soft 17. This seems to be becoming the new standard, even in Vegas, on other than high stakes tables. I guess we can hope😉
  7. I fully support your right to make your own decisions based on your personal assessment of the risks and your risk tolerance. This is the primary reason I am opposed to Vaccine Passports. It's so easy for a vaccine passport to morph into a "Health Passport" and for your freedom to decide to be replaced by expanding restrictions. Want me to show my vaccination records? No problem, but let's not start down that slippery slope to Health Passports. jmho
  8. Thanks for the overview. I look forward to reading your full review once published. I must admit I've found many of the reviews thus far to read more like advertisements than reviews.
  9. It's important to understand exactly what the CDC is saying. If people actually follow this advice it will kill the cruise industry. Here's the troubling part.... People with an increased risk of severe illness should also avoid travel on cruise ships, including river cruises, regardless of vaccination status. Now here is how the CDC defines people with an increased risk of severe illness........ Cancer Chronic kidney disease Chronic lung diseases, including COPD asthma (moderate-to-severe) cystic fibrosis pulmonary hypertension Dementia Diabetes (type 1 or type 2) Down syndrome Heart conditions including hypertension HIV infection Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) Liver disease Overweight and obesity Pregnancy Sickle cell disease or thalassemia Smoking, current or former Solid organ or blood stem cell transplant Stroke or cerebrovascular disease Substance use disorders including alcohol I'd wager this list covers an overwhelming majority of cruise line passengers. Just look at the CDC statistics on overweight and obesity..... Percent of adults aged 20 and over with overweight, including obesity: 73.6% or chronic kidney disease..... CKD is more common in people aged 65 years or older (38%) or current/former smokers..... Former smokers represented about 21% of all adults and nearly 40% of adults aged 65 and over in 2018. Current smokers represent about 14% of the US population. It sounds nice to say that people at an increased risk should refrain from cruising..... until you look at the actual impact that would have. The bottom line....... the cruise industry is now totally dependent on customers ignoring this CDC recommendation.
  10. Really??? Here's the CDC's list of who's at an increased risk. Cancer Chronic kidney disease Chronic lung diseases, including COPD asthma (moderate-to-severe) cystic fibrosis pulmonary hypertension Dementia Diabetes (type 1 or type 2) Down syndrome Heart conditions including hypertension HIV infection Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) Liver disease Overweight and obesity Pregnancy Sickle cell disease or thalassemia Smoking, current or former Solid organ or blood stem cell transplant Stroke or cerebrovascular disease Substance use disorders including alcohol I'd wager this list covers an overwhelming majority of cruise line passengers. Just look at the CDC statistics on overweight and obesity..... Percent of adults aged 20 and over with overweight, including obesity: 73.6% or chronic kidney disease..... CKD is more common in people aged 65 years or older (38%) or current/former smokers..... Former smokers represented about 21% of all adults and nearly 40% of adults aged 65 and over in 2018. Current smokers represent about 14% of the US population. It sounds nice to say that people at an increased risk should refrain from cruising..... until you look at the actual impact that would have.
  11. It would be a shame if cruise lines adopted this piece of CDC guidance. I kinda doubt they will as it would likely be the death of the industry. It's a strange situation when an industry becomes dependent on its customers ignoring CDC guidance.
  12. Seems so. I guess older and overweight people who choose to cruise despite this CDC guidance are being reckless.
  13. I thought my point was obvious, but I guess I should have been more clear. Of course there were Covid deaths from cruising in 2020 before cruising was shut down. My point was that since cruising has resumed I don't believe anyone has died from contracting Covid on a cruise ship. I should have included that qualifier.
  14. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think anyone has died from contracting Covid on a cruise ship. I wish the CDC would publish objective criteria for when restrictions are warranted...... for example if an activity is shown to increase the Covid mortality rate by X% these restrictions should be implemented.
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