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  1. It would depend on how complete the herd immunity is, and how much travel inward from outside occurs. If herd immunity is established, barely, and you have a huge influx of new, non-immune people, you tip the balance away from herd immunity and run a risk of an outbreak. According to a random Google search: "In 2019, there were 79.26 million international visitors to the U.S. " That is about 20% of the US population. So if herd immunity is achieved at, say 60%, and the US is at 61%, those almost 80 million visitors might tip the scales.
  2. You can see the current stats from a variety of sites, such as: https://tallahasseereports.com/2021/04/14/two-charts-show-positive-trends-for-florida-in-coronavirus-battle/ or from a Google search that apparently harvests data from the NYTimes. Using those sources, I see: Current stats (4/15) are 6250-ish cases per day, rolling 7 day average 47 deaths per day, rolling 7 day average Deaths are currently on downward slope, but new cases are on upward slope, unfortunately. I agree that things should improve within a few mont
  3. The number of people infected in the US is a minority: 31 million out of population of ~330 million, or ~10%. So yes, they self-infected to a great extent. They also cross-infected family, friends, and co-workers who had been trying to stay safe but let their guard down.
  4. A great benefit from everyone getting vaccinated is that it significantly reduces the chances of it spreading to the the portion of the population that is very vulnerable (because, as is pointed out consistently, the vaccines are not 100% effective). So you aren't doing it just to protect yourself, but all of the society you live in. But I guess that involves a smidge of empathy and understanding of doing things for the "common good".
  5. "For now, all 10 of the ships will operate in Europe," That is a major detail that impacts the vast majority of US-based Carnival cruisers: many drive to the port (like me), or choose to afford domestic flight prices to cruise from US ports because they have a limited budget. Flying to Europe ain't exactly cheap. And then there is the non-passport contingent. In other words, a bit of a "nothing burger" for a lot of people. Good news for those that can arrange it, but I would say that is not CCL's target demographic.
  6. Unfortunately all it took was a small minority to allow the disease to continue to spread, nullifying a great amount of possibility to really nip it in the bud. If your plastic bucket is mostly sealed, but has some holes anyway, the water still leaks out. But I will also point out the main reason for the lock downs was to "slow the spread" or "flatten the curve" until the disease was better understood, treatments were developed, and possibly a vaccine. It was not expected to completely shutdown the spread, although that could have been achieved if everyone actually took the preca
  7. USVI or BVI? Not that it matters, I suppose - what will matter is what the islands/countries decide when the timeframe for opening up to cruising is nigh. Obviously, in Oct 2020 no-one had decided that vaccinations were going to be required - they didn't exist as a public health system (though they were in development, and it was surely discussed). By July 2021, those nations/islands might decide proof of vaccination is the easiest and safest way to decide who can visit.
  8. Well, to be honest, Carnival, like any other mass-market cruise line, tries to "game the system" to extract as many dollars out of their passengers, so a bit of turnabout is fair play, IMHO. You want a couple of photos? $20 a piece. How about that special meal at the Steakhouse or Cucina del Capitano? Oh, yes, there's an extra charge, even though we were going to feed you pretty well in the MDR. Oh, that lobster roll is an extra charge at Seafood Shack, even though you can get twice the value in bacon from the buffet whenever you like. That OBC is supposed to be a r
  9. The CDC has to deal with the here-and-now, vs what we think/hope might happen. I expect (hope?) the CDC will modify its stance in a few months, perhaps by start of June, saying something like "we still urge caution and common sense protective measures, but cruising can resume by 1 July [or 1 Sept, or whatever...], as long as pax over 16 years old and crew are fully vaccinated". But I can see their point - if you looked at how Germany was doing in late-Feb, you might have been tempted to predict that with more vaccine production the virus was going to be beaten down. In
  10. I took @BoozinCroozin's statement to mean that all of MG's July cruises are gone (true, and we've seen that since this thread started), and also many other Carnival Cruise Line's July booking are gone. I concur with that observation - when I checked, there were quite a few ports that were totally grayed out that had been available last week.
  11. I've decided that I'm going to fully "get off the grid" when I cruise next, and I'm bringing a dozen solar panels to set up on the top-most deck with UPS battery banks to charge during the day, so at night I can plug in my laptops and phones to recharge while I sleep. That should be safe, right? I'll be completely not using ship electrical power! And it will hardly inconvenience anyone else. 😁
  12. It just occurred to me, I wonder if the waitstaff in the Havana restricted area would check your room number if you order a drink, perhaps if tipped off by another passenger that you aren't staying in the Havana area (especially if you brag about it, lol), and as a result you get caught?
  13. This confirms the current June cancellations, not a new delay. Let's see if that sticks.
  14. Hmm, I haven't seen this posted here yet (sorry if old news now): https://www.clickorlando.com/news/local/2021/04/09/cdc-hopeful-to-have-cruise-lines-operating-by-mid-summer-pete-buttigieg-says/ "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are “hopeful” that cruise lines will be allowed to begin operating by mid-summer, according to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg."
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