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  1. The restriction is a statement about staying at home. There is still no mandatory state wide closure of public facilities, lodgings, or asking those from out of state to return home. Until that is done, the chasing of the almighty tourist dollar puts us at risk.
  2. Put the pressure on who? We have no decisive leadership in Florida that is willing to firmly put in place state wide restrictions but instead leaves it up to the "locals." Southeast Florida is currently a hot spot with insufficient medical supplies for the local population. Perhaps the OP could speak to his neighbors and volunteer his home locale as a quarantine site.
  3. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/coast-guard-tells-cruises-to-prepare-to-care-for-sick-people-for-indefinite-period/ar-BB11ZoEY?li=BBnb7Kz In case the above link doesn't work, the US Coast Guard has notified cruise ships that they must go to the nation in which they are flagged to seek supplies and medical assistance as the ports of Florida and the Coast Guard are overburdened. That means for those corporations who have made the corporate decisions to have their ships flagged in countries other than the US must seek assistance in those countries.
  4. To cut through the histrionics and hyperbole of the first post, the situation seems to be as follows: OP was on a back to back originating in Buenos Aires with the first leg ending in Santiago, Chile on March 14. The second leg was to be from Santiago to Fort Lauderdale, ending on March 29. On March 13, passengers on various cruises that were to port in Florida (including us on a MSC cruise due into Miami on March 16), were notified that all cruises were no longer allowed to depart from Florida. As a result, OP was notified that day (March 13) that the cruise due to depart from Santiago to Fort Lauderdale was cancelled and that the OP needed to debark the ship the next day in Santiago. No force was used in the removal of the passengers. Optional transportation in the form of an NCL shuttle to the airport was available to those already schedule to debark the ship in Santiago and was also available for booking by those now leaving the ship due to cancellation of the next cruise. For those who wished to book the transfer, cost was $130 or the passengers could make their own way to the airport. OP opted to use the NCL shuttle. It seems that the OP had not used an NCL flight package (not sure what NCL calls their optional flight arrangements) and was, therefore, responsible for their own flight arrangements. NCL did provide free internet for those making their own arrangements. The standard debarkation procedures were followed for the end of the cruise and the OP was off the ship by 9:30 AM to catch the optional scheduled NCL transfer. Flight didn't leave until evening (a familiar scenario for those of us traveling internationally - unless the flight leave early in the morning). While the situation was not pleasant, "ship" does happen whether it be a storm, illness, or mechanical difficulties. It is part of cruising. As the second cruise was cancelled by NCL, there is probably some policy being developed for refunds. As far as insurance, it depends on the insurance policy. In our case for the MSC cruise, the policy we had had good coverage that would have included travel expenses from such a situation if we needed it.
  5. Just a note for those who think there is a problem with Jamaica clearing MSC ships. Our cruise on the MSC Armonia which ported in Ochos Rios on March 11, was cleared early to allow passengers off the ship. Like many who have been to any port in Jamaica many times, we stayed on the ship.
  6. Yes, I have sailed where there were no sea days. It was pretty much the standard in my early days of cruising (1970s). I was in my twenties and had the stamina to do a port a day. I was on an Viking Oceans cruise last summer that also had a port call every day. Forty plus years after those early cruises, I was exhausted at night.
  7. What time did you arrive at port? Either you were too early and the porters were still helping debarking passengers (they take your luggage to the parking garage if you are driving), too late, or you were not at the right place for the porters (they are not just outside the entrance to the building, but further down in a long portico between two piers.
  8. As our last cruise on the Armonia was booked as a "do nothing" cruise to relax from a few stressful months, we didn't leave the ship in two (Ochos Rios and Costa Maya)of the four ports. In Grand Cayman we rode the tender to shore, took a photo of the ship, and returned to the ship. We are not beach people and found Ocean Cay to be a reclaimed industrial waste site with a long way to go. We took a tram around the island (yeah, I know that tours are not offered, but we found someone who was bored) and was back in the ship within thirty minutes. So, yes, if the price was right, we would do a limited port itinerary.
  9. When was your first cruise? I am talking 1976 for my first cruise. While Carnival existed then, it was not the same level of service that was standard on other cruise lines (most travel agents would not sell Carnival or, if they did, would strongly advise clients that had traveled on other lines that Carnival would not met their expectations). I believe the first time I had an on board account secured by a credit card was on Sitmar in the mid 80s.
  10. Sorry, your post can't be quoted. Here are the answers to your statement: Cardboard sail card and room key: standard practice in the days before computers and electronic locks (talking the 1970s and early 1980s). It was a technological advancement when the large room key was changed to a cardboard/plastic card that had punches in it (like the old data entry cards) that could be read by the lock on the door. Not sure if you mean you never had your name checked off or been escorted to your cabin. Remember, no computers meant no automated data systems. Everything was done manually. Being escorted to your cabin was standard. Boarding was a more leisurely affair with no mad stamped of "gotta get on the ship first" passengers. Because air fare and transfer to the ship was often included with the cruise, arrival of passengers was spaced out. Cruises were sold by "X" number of nights, not by days. It was understood that one boarded sometime in the later afternoon or early evening. The first evening meal was a cold buffet available to boarding passengers if dinner was not eaten before boarding. Paying in cash: remember there was no automated system for scanning sea passes. One paid as one went for on board expenses (drinks, excursions). Cruiselines I cruises on were Chandris (You known that big X on the blue smokestack of Celebrity? That is the chi of the Chandris line), Sitmar (merged with Princess when Princess was an independent line), Norwegian Cruise Line,
  11. Itineraries were 7 or more days (at least the ones I sailed on). Except for the original Carnival cruises, booze/party cruises were not the norm. I imagine pretty much everyone on board rented a chair. It was nice. The chair was labeled with one's name and set up at the location that one specified. In our case, it was on the fantail looking out over the water.
  12. No, you checked in on shore and were given a cardboard card that had a handwritten name and the cruise date and a room key. As you boarded, your cruise card was checked and your name checked off. A crew member would then escort you to your cabin. At some point, a visit to the purser's office was needed if you wanted a safe deposit box (no room safes). Also needed was a trip to the pool deck area to pay the rental fee for your deck chair and to select its location. Payment for expenses on board was in cash at time of purchase. Remember, ships were much smaller and a cruise ship would carry only 500 - 800 passengers.
  13. Which MSC ship? I just came off the MSC Armonia in Miami and we had no cases on board. Embarkation screening was tight. We were all thermally scanned before boarding. Any temperature over 99.5 F caused an alarm. Everyone on board ship (crew and passengers) were healthy.
  14. We are not being defensive of HAL. We are just aware that the timeline and circumstances don't fit for bed bugs on the cruise.
  15. Like Ruth and USN, I also can not make the dates work for bed bug bites on the cruise. While it can take several days for the weals to developed, this still puts the date of the bites, based on the date of the doctor's visit and estimate of the age of the bites, at perhaps the very last night of the cruise if not later. Why would the bites only occur at the very end of the cruise and not sooner if there was an infestation? Also, bed bugs bite on exposed skin. If one is sleeping on one's back (and with night clothes on?), the back is not going to be exposed.
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