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JamieLogical

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    Rochester, NY
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  1. But you haven't said anything at all! You haven't told us WHY you won't get the vaccine. If you have a reasoned argument as to why the vaccine is bad, or even just bad for you, we would love to hear it and potentially offer our understanding and sympathy. But so far you have told us nothing about why you will choose not to get it.
  2. I agree that the vaccine is likely to be a requirement for sailing. It would make everything that much easier for the cruise lines and allow sailings to operate pretty "normally", versus all of the precautions they might have to take around testing, masking, social distancing, disinfecting, etc. Since I will probably be at the "back of the line" due to my age and lack of pre-existing conditions, that might mean I have to wait a little longer to sail than those who might get earlier access. Trust and believe that I will be the FIRST in line once it's my turn! I don't really anticipa
  3. First off, I miss you guys! I can't wait for cruising to restart so I can be active on these forums again! Secondly, we got the notification this week that our January sailing has been canceled. That makes four canceled cruises for me so far. I was scheduled to do B2B sailings on the Bliss back on March 15 and 22. The first leg I was going by myself and the second leg, my SO, my parents, and my brother and sister-in-law were supposed to join me. Then I was scheduled for a September sailing to Alaska on my first Princess cruise. And now, my January sailing to the Southern Caribbean
  4. If Cuomo hadn't exempted NJ, CT, MA, and PA from the NYS travel restriction list, 42 of the 50 states now meet the criteria to be on the list. They have 10% positivity and/or more than 10 new cases per 100,000 population per day on average over the past 7 days. Only New York, Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine do NOT meet those criteria right now. With that being the case, I definitely don't see the Port of New York opening any time soon!
  5. Taiwan has only had 540 cases and 7 deaths. The county that my parents live in in the middle of nowhere, rural Pennsylvania has had 400 and 7 deaths. The Vice President of Taiwan is an actual, real life epidemiologist, so they had a big advantage! Along with being an island that was able to completely lock down its borders.
  6. Unfortunately, both of my cruises were canceled due to COVID-19, just two days before I was set to depart.
  7. I find it interesting that the ship left with their belongings still onboard. I had heard (and seen) that the crew pack up the cabin and leave the passengers' belongings with the port authorities. I know I have seen something that looks like this a few times with what I assumed were passengers were left behind or chose to stay behind. I have definitely seen then loading up luggage onto a shuttle, cab, or golf cart as they are still calling out names just before departure.
  8. But at those Caribbean ports there are sometimes 2, 5, more (?) ships docked at once. Would each ship have to have staff there to swipe the cards of passengers coming through the gate? Is access to those areas limited to cruise ship passengers? If someone who wasn't on a cruise wanted to enter/exit to shop, would they be barred from doing so? How would they prove they WEREN'T on a cruise and therefor didn't have a card that needed to be swiped?
  9. How would they track/monitor that?
  10. Even before COVID there was no such thing as a "typical winning bid". Who knows how bids will be handled post-COVID when ships will likely be at reduced capacity? Whether a bid would was primarily dependent on availability. Obviously, if the ship is at 100% capacity, few, if any bids will be accepted. The best advice anyone can give you is to bid what you are comfortable with. You want to place a bid where you will be happy if you win it and content to save that money or just spend the money onboard if you lose it. You don't want to be full of regret after ward thinking that you overpaid or th
  11. Before COVID I kept spreadsheets tracking pricing and availability on all my upcoming cruises. I needed somewhere else to put all my spreadsheet energy once all my upcoming cruises were canceled, so I decided to keep COVID spreadsheets in the mean time. I track daily new cases and deaths at the World, US, New York State, and Monroe County (my home county) levels. It's definitely not nearly as fun as my cruise tracking spreadsheets. 😪
  12. It's weekend reporting. I see it on every single graph at every single level (county, state, country, world). New cases and deaths are consistently under-reported on weekends. Which is why on my own graphs that I keep (I love spreadsheets!), I always display the 7 day average as well and pay much more attention to that than the daily peaks and valleys.
  13. Oh absolutely. Just like most of the early cases in New York came from Europe and then spread. I think it is much more telling to see how cases and deaths have spread after much more information has become available to us (and the powers that be). Currently Florida and New York are armed with the exact same information about how the virus spreads and how to treat those who have it, yet in the past 30 days, these are the numbers: Notice how the Florida chart tops out over 200 deaths per day and the NYS chart tops out around 15 deaths a day. For those of
  14. Yeah, don't feel too bad about it. My best guess is that there is maybe a 20% chance the cruise will happen at all and I know many people wouldn't want to cruise under the proposed restrictions anyway. My current thought is to wait it out until the last possible minute and make a decision about final payment. Most of our final payment would be comprised of FCC from canceled cruises anyway, so our out-of-pocket wouldn't be too much. My main concern there is we had applied some FCC to one of our canceled cruises and have not received it back on our accounts. We have only received FCC from the ca
  15. Are you planning to make final payment at the 60-day mark? I am wavering on whether or not to do so, but have a little more time than you do to decide. I was very relieved they reduced the final payment window to 60-days when we were only about a week away from having to pay at the 120-day mark. If we had had to make final payment then (early September) we definitely would have just canceled. Hopefully we'll be armed with enough information to make a decent decision by the 60-day mark.
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