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Dr. Cocktail

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  1. The The science on this is changing on a daily basis but today's thinking seems to lean toward the fact that breakthrough Covid patients are infectious for one week or less. The 14 day quarantine is quite excessive. While I personally wouldn't want to be stuck on a plane sitting next to someone who was confirmed to be positive, driving back in a car and arriving back to Canada and quarantining would be a reasonable answer. The odds of getting infected on a ship (and especially on one owned by NCLHI!) are extremely low. But as you perfectly stated, it's not much of a vaycay if I'm dreading my departure test!
  2. This is an edited version of a post that I just placed on the NCL Boards. First off , when did this magical, mystical Canadian 🇨🇦 section appear???!!!! I think that many people are focussing on Vax status and insurance requirements right now. It's one thing to be allowed to cruise (on paper), it's another to actually get on the plane or drive down to the port. Insurance is one thing, an entirely unpleasant vacation is another. I view your pre or post cruise PCR as THE big key to having a good or disastrous vacation. If you fail either, you are still unable to return to Canada for 14 days from the day of your test result. Vaccination has NOT changed the entry requirements!!! If you wanted to look at a nightmare scenario, let's say that your debarkation PCR is positive ... while NCL for example, will handle the details (and with your insurance company, work out the $$$), other cruise lines will not and you are now stuck wherever you are for 14 days until you can return home. But it gets worse .... your travelling companion/kids/spouse who tested negative will require a test within 72 hours of the return to Canada. What if one of them fails? ANOTHER 14 days!!! The ONLY (yeah, I know I'm using a lot of caps here!) way to escape Dodge as quickly as possible is if one of you tests positive, the other would have to take a DAILY rapid test to make sure that they also didn't convert. If they did, they would then need to go for a PCR so they could start their 14 day countdown. What a spectacle de poo (for our bilingual friends ....) In other words, for the average Canadian flying down to the States for a cruise, it's still a pretty big risk. Oh, and have I mentioned that the Government of Canada still has a pretty strict "Do Not Cruise" edict? Off for another glass of wine .....
  3. I've spent the last hour artistically spraying the large, red "L" on my forehead.... agreed, when did this magical, mystical section appear???!!!! I think that a lot (OK, most if not all) Canadian cruisers are missing the forest from the trees here. While your vax status may be a limiting factor to cruising, it's by no means the only major one. The equally large one is your pre and post pcr.... If you fail either, you are still unable to return to Canada for 14 days from the day of your test result. Vaccination has NOT changed the entry requirements!!! If you wanted to look at a nightmare scenario, let's say that your debarkation PCR is positive ... while NCL will handle the details (and with your insurance company, work out the $$$), you are now stuck wherever you are for 14 days until you can return home. But it gets worse .... your travelling companion/kids/spouse who tested negative require a test within 72 hours of the return to Canada. What if one of them fails? ANOTHER 14 days!!! The ONLY (yeah, I know I'm using a lot of caps here!) way to escape Dodge as quickly as possible is if one of you tests positive, the other would have to take a DAILY rapid test to make sure that they also didn't convert. If they did, they would then need to go for a PCR so they could start their 14 day countdown. What a spectacle de poo (for our bilingual friends ....) In other words, for the average Canadian flying down to the States for a cruise, it's still a pretty big risk. Oh, and have I mentioned that the Government of Canada still has a pretty strict "Do Not Cruise" edict? Off for another glass of wine .....
  4. As I have been lurking on these boards in anticipation of my first Regent cruise, I finally have something to add to the discussion that I'm very well versed in! Please ..... a 50 cent N95 is not necessarily actually legit or a good buy! There are a LOT of counterfeits out there. I spend all of my hours at work in a fit-checked N95 and tried on many different types and brands for comfort and safety. We are all extremely happy with the Makrite Sekura masks ... flexible, extremely durable and the most comfortable in my decades of practice. If you're going to wear one for many hours, make it the best that it can be!
  5. Wait a minute, people drink juice without preservatives???!!! As a fellow newbie, thanks for letting me crash your thread! While my partner and I are both in our mid to late 50's, internet on vacation is strictly to check up on animals, weather and flight status. The rest needs to be firmly ignored!
  6. Many thanks .... as I was saying to another poster, it sounds very similar to O. We like to eat late and basically missed every show. I had a very nice, long chat one day with the CD and asked why they simply didn't also do an early show as the sets, cast and everything else were already there. He totally agreed but said that the decision was made in Miami ... they thought that a 1/2 empty theater looked "bad" ....
  7. Many thanks .... it sounds similar to our trips on O. Our sailing is still at only 2/3 of the cabins sold so I won't stress. The majority of availability is actually in the Concierge category, or as I call it, "the competition"! I'll reserve my worrying for getting to and from the ship from Canada and the varied testing and insurance requirements!
  8. On a related note, I will be on my first Regent cruise this winter (I hope) and booked the F2 (the Horror....!) I wasn't worried about dining times until I read this thread ....😬 Our preferred dining time is usually in the 8:15 to 8:45 range. Is this usually a challenge to get? If so, I may need to reconsider my reservation!
  9. I'm not disagreeing but I think that we'll need some more pix with higher resolution. It's extremely challenging to figure out the depth of the balconies .... Still, for the Aft-Facing Penthouses with Master Bedroom and Large Balcony, the deck plans and computer generated videos most certainly do NOT match the reality! It appears that the "best" balcony is on 14 but I would hate to take it until reviews confirm that there's no noise from pool pumps and drains. It almost looks like there's only one window on 13 but we will see. Still, with everything that's happened this past year or so, these are truly First World Worries!!!
  10. I'm hoping that it all works out for you! It's more complicated coming from Canada with insurance, borders and whatever the rules will be at the time.
  11. I thought that you might find these interesting - pictures I took from Prima's cousin, once removed - Seaside! This is from a Yacht Club Suite located fairly far forward. While you couldn't look directly down, it really wasn't an issue. If you were seated, you'd never know ..... ps.... I LOVED the outdoor lounge located directly over the bridge!
  12. We are in the same boat, so to speak! This past Monday, NCL changed their final payment date to 60 days before sailing . I am hoping that Regent does the same to provide a little more wiggle room…..
  13. Yup .... we have seen how ONE couple can throw off the entire Haven restaurant.... This next story has nothing to do with that except it's kinda' funny! One of THE most obnoxious groups we ever encountered was a noisy, foul-mouthed, loud and JPG (Just Plain Gross) gaggle of people in and around the whirlpool outside on Escape. Many of the people around us were rolling our eyes at each other until one of the obnoxious-ees paid for a drink ..... Our eagle-eyed friends who we were travelling with INSTANTLY saw his NON-Haven key card! I discreetly asked the waiter as he walked by and he said confirmed this observation. I marched my way down to the Concierge who said that there really was nothing he could do!!!!! I continued my march (more of a furious, head-down vent) to Guest Relations where the agent immediately called security. Ten minutes later, two very polite security officers fanned the deck asking if people could just display their key cards. About 16 people left! It ultimately turned out it was a couple in the Haven with over a dozen of their nearest and dearest. It was so quite and lovely afterwards!
  14. On our first Haven to Bermuda on Breakaway in 2014, we had a lovely bar server who we would chat with outside on the deck. It was funny how the deck had that imitation teak decking and it abruptly ended and became painted deck just at the lip of the steel door leading to the regular outdoor deck space. At the end of many chats, she would sigh dramatically and say "oh well, time for The Population" and head towards and through the steel door! Straight to Hell but we've called it The Population ever since!
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