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About choose2cruz

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    Travel, reading, writing, jogging, hiking
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    Celebrity, NCL, Princess
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  1. No worries. I didn't take it that way. You offered useful information. All good. 😀
  2. Thank you. Yes, fully vaccinated as soon as it was available to me.
  3. Okay, thanks. I don't travel without travel insurance, anyway. But, good to know.
  4. These kind of requirements seem to change by the minute nowadays. But, for what it is worth, I booked a cruise out of Galveston last week through my TA and she told me Royal Caribbean is requiring proof of medical insurance for all passengers. I'm on Medicare as of this year, which is only good in the US. So, I just purchased third party trip insurance that includes $250K primary medical (incl COVID), med-e vac, and repatriation. That satisfies the requirement.
  5. I get that, in the sense of "normal" before COVID. I meant something closer to what other cruise lines are doing, which for most seems responsible. There is a perception that someday COVID will magically disappear, but viruses don't do that. Hopefully, at some point it will mutate into something less viral and dangerous as other viruses have done. But there will never be "normal" again in the sense of how things were before. Any cruise line refusing to sail with less than 100% vaccinated people is not going to remain in business. I'm not against that concept, as a vaccinated person. But when I
  6. Another weird thing is there are discounted NCL Caribbean cruises advertised on all the cruise discount sites, but according to NCL, as reported in the Miami Herald: "All voyages embarking from Aug. 1 to Sept. 30 from Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises will be canceled. This does not include Seattle-based Alaska voyages in September. Some voyages, including Canada and New England sailings, will be canceled through October." Seems a bit dishonest to promote cruises that are obviously not going to sail.
  7. I've never sailed with Norwegian, but I have two cruises booked with them. If they don't return to something approaching normalcy soon, I'm cancelling both. And I won't consider booking with them again. Sure, I'd feel more comfortable sailing on a ship that was 100% or even 95% vaccinated only. But, not sailing, despite the reasoning, is not sustainable. A company generates revenues or it goes out of business. If, in the worst case, there is a virus outbreak on a cruise ship, the CDC will shut everyone down again. Then what? I think you will see a lot of cruise lines go under, and I expect Nor
  8. My December and January cruises both sail from a port I can easily drive to. Until the airlines stop cancelling so many flights due to staff shortages the related maintenance issues, I'm avoiding cruises where I'd have to fly. I'm not comfortable depending on the airlines to get me to a port at the moment.
  9. Yes, I do. According to the CDC, for "people aged 18 years and older, the Moderna vaccine is 94.1% effective at preventing laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection in people who receive two doses and have no evidence of being previously infected." I'm healthy and fully vaccinated. While I believe people who decline to take the vaccine have every right to do so, I've done my part to protect myself, the people I love, and others by taking it. Now I'm getting on with my life. I can live with the 5.9% risk.
  10. Welp, couldn't wait until my January cruise so I booked a 5-night Western Caribbean on Royal Caribbean that sails from Galveston on December 1. Sure, it's just eight weeks sooner, but I'm getting a 2019 cruise in the books. 134 days until I'm finally cruising again. 😁
  11. Update on the story from Fox26 Houston from the same date, May 12, 2021 confirms the article mentioned in the OP and gives further details. https://www.fox26houston.com/news/carnival-norwegian-cruise-lines-announce-plans-to-sail-from-galveston#:~:text=The Port of Galveston confirms Norwegian Cruise Lines,ship%2C" said Port of Galveston CEO Rodger Rees. "Rees says the 3200-passenger Prima will set sail on a 3-day cruise from Galveston on October 27th, and a 4-day cruise from the port on October 31. And Galveston may see more of Norwegian after that." That's g
  12. @Ramona_Flowers Yep, they look amazing and you're welcome. Thanks for the tip on the bonus loyalty points.
  13. @Ramona_Flowers Hey! No, I booked a regular cabin for the January cruise. But the other two I have booked, one on Norwegian and the other on Celebrity, I booked solos. Really looking forward to trying the Celebrity Edge single stateroom with infinite veranda. Didn't know that about the double loyalty points for solos on Royal Caribbean. This will be my first cruise with them but might look at another one with those bonus loyalty points. If my passport comes through in time, I'd love doing an October or November cruise. Hope you enjoy enjoy yours!
  14. Adventure of the Seas, Royal Caribbean January 31, 2022 This will be my first solo cruise. My best friend and I (platonic) used to cruise together, but she is in a relationship these days and unavailable. So, I'm trying the solo route. I have always enjoyed dining with and meeting new people on cruises, but I have no problem at all dining alone. I enjoy the cruise dining experience too much to even consider staying in my cabin and settling for room service. Hopefully, I will enjoy solo cruising since I've already booked two additional cruises after this one. 😁
  15. Yep, this is still the current policy from the MSC website: Vaccinated Guests: "You will be required to wear a mask throughout the cruise while indoors and in public areas. Mask use is not required outdoors. Where social distancing is not possible outdoors, mask use is recommended for all guests." Unvaccinated Guests: You will be required to wear a mask throughout the cruise while indoors and in public areas. Mask use is not required outdoors but is recommended for unvaccinated guests. Where social distancing is not possible outdoors, mask use is recommended for all gue
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