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    Charlotte, NC
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    Never thought I'd list cruising as a hobby but......
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  1. Not sure how the 1. popped up. But I'll go for 2, 3, 4 etc.
  2. I just don't give a crap anymore. Governments have screwed us royally. They just want control and I don't want to give it to them regardless of party. Let us have freedom.
  3. To the worldwide effort point, Pfizer is in the process of acquiring a vaccine production facility in Germany to increase capacity. I wouldn't be shocked to see some of the other pharmas do the same.
  4. I saw it on Fox earlier today including an interview with the lead researcher. He took time to explain in layman's terms how it works differently from a vaccine and how its uses would differ.
  5. So does Disney have early warning on the CDC extending the no-sail order or do they just not think they could be ready until 12/6 regardless?
  6. I saw this earlier this afternoon on both Fox and MSNBC. I just caught snippets but what interested me was that it would allow for a causal differentiation between COVID-19 and seasonal flu deaths.
  7. ... the elderly and people with underlying health conditions getting vaccinated first... Based on the cruises we've been on that could cover close to 74% of passengers - including us. I doubt we'll be good to go for our Feb 2021cruise but the Aug 2021 to the ABCs is more of a good shot. Trying to keep the glass half full.
  8. Company CEO Albert Bourla has said it is “likely” the US will get a coronavirus vaccine treatment to the public before the end of the year. “I cannot say what the FDA will do,” Bourla said. “But I think it’s a likely scenario, and we are preparing for it.” That scenario includes distributing “hundreds of thousands of doses.” I doubt distribution would be widespread enough to impact cruising much before June, 2021. But I'll keep my fingers and toes crossed. Then there's the whole question of effectiveness........
  9. We did the same with a family Princess cruise we rebooked. 7 family members in 3 cabins with FCC tagged to them all plus we were upgrading to mini-suites and shuffling occupants. No way was I going to try to do that without professional help. 🙂
  10. We're back and forth about payment due Nov 15 for a Feb cruise. Someone suggested cancelling then rebooking if things look better. The concern I'd have with that is if one of the conditions to sail again is limited capacity will the lines jack up rates to make up some of the difference? I've seen some comments that they are already doing so with 2021 and 2022 sailings.
  11. The CDC does not appear to be working in good faith with the cruise industry. Read an article from CC yesterday outlining a meeting with pols and cruise industry execs pushing back at the CDC for allowing sections of the travel and tourism industry to restart while the cruise industry works its butt off to comply with CDC demands. It seems the CDC is leaving cruisers swinging in the wind.
  12. Read an article yesterday from CC about cruise company execs and some pols pushing back against the CDC in a virtual meeting. The point seemed to be that the cruise companies have been working their butts off to comply with the CDC requirements but that the CDC is not working with them in good faith. I've had that opinion for some time - especially since other sections of the travel and tourism industry are being allowed to restart. I understand that the cruise industry is unique in some ways but it does seem like they are being left to swing in the wind.
  13. After getting cancelled twice we are now booked with the kids and grandkids for March, 2022. We've also scoped out a 22 day British Isles / TA. It pops up in October, 2022, as a single cruise rather than splicing together a local and a TA. Very doable, of course, but so far Princess is the only line I've found that offers them combined. Hopefully it will be available in 2023 when I actually retire and need it.
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