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TeeRick

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    Worcester, PA
  • Interests
    cruises
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity and Royal Caribbean
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Anywhere a ship takes me

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  1. I wonder if the crew is wondering what you are doing tonight and why you are wondering about them?😀 Say that 3 times fast.
  2. I am waiting to see what the CDC says about Vaccination requirements for cruising. And if they outline age groups.
  3. An effective oral Covid vaccine might generate the much desired mucosal immune responses but it would be better to have an intranasal spray vaccine administration for this virus IMO. Something like FluMist for Influenza. So far the oral Covid vaccine in Clinical Trials has not been very good at inducing antibodies. https://www.flumistquadrivalent.com/about-the-flu/when-is-flu-season.html https://www.cnbc.com/2021/02/03/covid-vaccine-vaxart-says-its-oral-vaccine-got-promising-results.html https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7544966/
  4. Just keep in touch here and eventually the answers to these questions will be announced by the cruise lines and reported here very quickly. But for now you will only get a lot of speculation with your question. No facts yet unfortunately.
  5. Sputnik V is hopeful and is much like the J&J vaccine but two shots. The country of Brazil is still a mess. But for a limited Antarctica cruise you just might have a chance in early 2022.
  6. I think current surveys are saying up to 65-70% of the US adult population would now decide to get vaccinated. This is great progress but still not enough. You might be correct in that some of the people might decide based on factors such as free payment period for the vaccine expiring. But most of the vaccine-adverse people are not going to change their minds for whatever reasons they have (anti-vaxxers, mistrust, fear of shots, safety perceptions, misinformation, but also some have specific and valid medical reasons too). https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/538198-over-30-percent-
  7. I have not had a shot yet but hopefully the J&J Janssen vaccine will reach some of us soon. Hopefully if booster doses are needed (if- not when, at this point) there will be increased capacity of doses to do so this coming fall.
  8. Agree. And the clinical studies will perhaps be quicker by immuno-equivalency criteria but they probably need to show increased efficacy against the S. Africa strain. Both Moderna and Pfizer have engineered and produced enough of the S.Africa variant vaccine to start clinical studies. https://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/moderna-test-booster-shot-targets-south-african-variant-rcna310 https://www.pfizer.com/news/press-release/press-release-detail/pfizer-and-biontech-initiate-study-part-broad-development
  9. I am optimistic that some sort of Caribbean island cruising will happen in Winter 2022. There will be enough vaccinated in the US (and UK and parts of the EU) to get limited international travel and cruising going even with some restrictions. I am less hopeful about early months of 2022 for summer cruises in the southern hemisphere. South America, Australia and NZ. Perhaps by mid year 2022 there will be some open ports in Europe. All depends on the speed and coverage of the vaccine rollouts.
  10. I will make sure my Auto-correct is turned off.
  11. Honestly what will Disney cruise line do if kids need to be vaccinated along with their parents to cruise? It is a major part of their revenue unlike Celebrity.
  12. There are occasional posts here (and on Facebook and other social media) from crew members.
  13. cruisestitch- You asked on another thread and I answered it there. But I will copy it here. Very good question but really no answer about cruising. Just speculation. So here is mine. Trials are being done right now for children in stages and progressively down in age (see link below). First group is adolescents. Studies will be careful and slow with a lot of safety data required to go to the next age group down. Not anything for infants/toddlers planned for quite some time. So it is likely that for a year or two parents might need to cruise without kids in tow - or choo
  14. Very good question but really no answer about cruising. Just speculation. So here is mine. Trials are being done right now for children in stages and progressively down in age (see link below). First group is adolescents. Studies will be careful and slow with a lot of safety data required to go to the next age group down. Not anything for infants/toddlers planned for quite some time. So it is likely that for a year or two parents might need to cruise without kids in tow - or choose a different vacation. All on the premise that vaccines will be required for cruising. https://sci
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