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  1. Does Viking provide a tote bag in each stateroom or do I need to bring one?
  2. @Squawkman Thank goodness it IS specific to our cruise so I KNOW 100% it's applies to us AND it matches what I see under Resources (although WHY they can't have that reflected under MVJ is beyond me 🙄). Also, it had both of our names and our booking number at the top, along with the name of the cruise. This is a CDC requirement, not the cruise line, and I'm sure other cruises following ours that embark in the US will eventually get the same email directive specific to those cruises. RE: Quest Diagnostics, Holland America has been directing pax to them since September when they started requiring a 2 day turnaround but all Quest's are not created equal ... for instance, none of them in Colorado provide a rapid antigen test and none here guarantee results fast enough doing a PCR test. CVS is pretty non-existent in Colorado so our default is Walgreens to try to get a rapid test but then you're stuck only being able to schedule 2 or 3 days out max. The bottom line is that testing is very location-specific which many people don't get.
  3. Just received this email from Viking for our 11-17-21 cruise out of FLL. No mention of BinaxNow home test being accepted or not but regardless, I'd say this IS the definitive confirmation for anyone embarking in the US. ------------- Panama Canal & The Pacific Coast Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Los Angeles, California 19OCT2021 Dear Viking Guest, As you prepare to embark on your journey, we would like to take a moment to clarify the pre-cruise requirements for cruises embarking in the United States. Earlier this month, you received a notification about the Viking Health & Safety Program's 72-hour PCR test requirement. However, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regulations require that passengers embarking cruise ships in the U.S. present a negative PCR or antigen test taken 2-days before embarkation. The test taken to meet the CDC requirement (PCR or antigen) will fulfill Viking's 72-hour PCR test requirement. There is no need for any additional COVID-19 testing before your voyage. We recognize that PCR tests are considered the gold standard for COVID-19 and Viking's diagnostics platform for testing on board our vessels. However, because the CDC guidelines allow for antigen testing, Viking has made a policy exception for voyages leaving from the U.S. and will accept antigen test results. Additionally, to ensure your vaccination certification is processed well ahead of your departure, complies with CDC requirements and to avoid any delay, please complete your VeriFLY Vaccine Certification as soon as possible. You'll find detailed instructions here. For a complete list of all pre-cruise requirements and to be sure you are well prepared for your journey, please consult our Pre-cruise Requirements found here. We look forward to welcoming you on board. Sincerely, Viking
  4. Just received this email from Viking for our 11-17-21 cruise out of FLL. No mention of BinaxNow home test but regardless, I'd say this IS the definitive confirmation for anyone embarking in the US. ------------- Panama Canal & The Pacific Coast Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Los Angeles, California 19OCT2021 Dear Viking Guest, As you prepare to embark on your journey, we would like to take a moment to clarify the pre-cruise requirements for cruises embarking in the United States. Earlier this month, you received a notification about the Viking Health & Safety Program's 72-hour PCR test requirement. However, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regulations require that passengers embarking cruise ships in the U.S. present a negative PCR or antigen test taken 2-days before embarkation. The test taken to meet the CDC requirement (PCR or antigen) will fulfill Viking's 72-hour PCR test requirement. There is no need for any additional COVID-19 testing before your voyage. We recognize that PCR tests are considered the gold standard for COVID-19 and Viking's diagnostics platform for testing on board our vessels. However, because the CDC guidelines allow for antigen testing, Viking has made a policy exception for voyages leaving from the U.S. and will accept antigen test results. Additionally, to ensure your vaccination certification is processed well ahead of your departure, complies with CDC requirements and to avoid any delay, please complete your VeriFLY Vaccine Certification as soon as possible. You'll find detailed instructions here. For a complete list of all pre-cruise requirements and to be sure you are well prepared for your journey, please consult our Pre-cruise Requirements found here. We look forward to welcoming you on board. Sincerely, Viking
  5. The at-home proctored test we're talking about (and wish Viking would decide to accept) is done live in front of a camera (on your tablet, computer, phone, etc.) while a medical professional from eMed observes the entire thing and certifies it, then uploads your results into an account you created beforehand. It takes about 30 minutes from start to finish and can be done from anywhere, 24/7. Nothing has to be sent out via mail or FedEx. Here's the process:
  6. Thanks. But not sure this would be the number family would call to reach us on the ship in an emergency.
  7. Have tried searching both the Viking website and here and can't find a phone number for the ship (Orion) in case someone needs to reach us in an emergency. Anybody??
  8. I requested, via tellus@viking (and received a call the next day) that they seriously consider allowing us to use the BinaxNow proctored home test via online video observation like the “big boys”, e.g. Holland America, do. Haven’t heard back or seen anything on Viking that says they will yet.
  9. Since this thread is specific to Fort Lauderdale cruises, I'm posting a link to the newly updated PDF under resources, dated today, October 18, 2021. If you haven't already done so, go to the Resources page under your itinerary where you'll find a newly updated PDF that among other things looks to have added the info about being able to do independent tours "at this time but that can change". Testing info looks to be the same as the previous version dated October 5th - PCR or Antigen test within two days of boarding the ship. And of course the caveat to recheck all of this again at least 7 days before the cruise. 14-211018-RestartPreCruiseRequirement-UnitedStates_US_CA_FINAL.pdf (vikingcruises.com)
  10. We're in Colorado. I'm going to call them to see what the deal is here. Thx.
  11. Have never heard of Curative but apparently they have a testing facility within 15 minutes of our house. Did they accept insurance or did you have to pay?
  12. We just uploaded our Covid Proof of Vaccine cards into VeriFLY (we're 30 days out from embarking in FLL) and wanted to share the message that came up after everything was approved and we're officially "ready to travel" ... it says: Thank you for completing the VeriFLY vaccination certification process. Please review the Pre-Cruise Requirements found under the Resources tab of your itinerary page on the Viking website and follow all guidelines that Viking provides via email and on MyVikingJourney.com. We look forward to welcoming you onboard.
  13. We just uploaded our Covid Proof of Vaccine cards into VeriFLY (we're 30 days out from embarking) and wanted to share the message that came up after everything was approved and we're officially "ready to travel" ... it says: Thank you for completing the VeriFLY vaccination certification process. Please review the Pre-Cruise Requirements found under the Resources tab of your itinerary page on the Viking website and follow all guidelines that Viking provides via email and on MyVikingJourney.com. We look forward to welcoming you onboard.
  14. Jan - we board in FLL on Nov. 17th and I was told the same thing by Guest Relations a couple days ago. Curious though why you plan to get both tests?
  15. Don't forget that we will also have to upload our vaccine cards into VeriFLY so Viking will already have them prior to embarkation ... but we still need the original to board. (we're 30 days out today so can upload ours starting at 6:00 PM tonight according to the VeriFLY message on our account)
  16. THIS is what applies to US or Canadian pax embarking at US ports (shows up for the specific US embarking cruises under Resources) and THIS is what Clover with Guest Relations at Viking told me when she called me two days ago in response to my email. 14-21005-RestartPreCruiseRequirement-UnitedStates_US_CA_FINALv2.pdf (vikingcruises.com) Note the testing part - ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS TO TRAVEL ON BOARD A CRUISE SHIP: 4. Proof of negative COVID-19 NAAT/ PCR or antigen test - If traveling from US/Canada, taken no more than two (2) days prior to boarding your ship. So you do what YOU want! LOL
  17. That was me and the only reason I suggested against carrying it in your lanyard is because it seems like an easy way to lose things hanging off your body like that. We carry our important documents (Passports, vax cards, etc.) in our carryon bag and have photocopies in our checked bag. If you feel comfortable carrying that kind of thing around your neck, that's great.
  18. ⬆️ ⬆️ ⬆️ Does NOT pertain to US or Canadian pax embarking at US ports! GET IT?
  19. @AtlantaCruiser72 Any word when they might announce the OZ/NZ cruises for late 2023 (specifically the Circumnavigation of OZ and then following with NZ). Thanks.
  20. It's apparent Viking knows not of what they speak. The CDC and WHO both discuss antigen testing as having quick turnaround times (avg. 15-30 minutes) so I'm pretty sure any antigen test is considered rapid vs a test that must go to a lab to be processed and read and can take 3-5 or more days to get back the results.
  21. Good to know you were told the same thing. We live in the Denver-Boulder metro area and I have not been able to find anyone (other than the uber-spendy testing places) that will guarantee PCR test results will be returned in a timely fashion to meet travel deadlines so I don't know what we'll do if Viking flip-flops again and decides not to accept antigen tests. We embark on Wednesday, 11-17 out of FLL, we fly from Denver on Tuesday morning so that leaves Monday to get our tests done. We are pretty much limited to Walgreens (no CVS's here that test) and can only book 2-3 days out max. I plan to to be awake at midnight 😜 when the booking window for Monday opens and make appointments at 2 different locations just in case one cancels last minute on us.
  22. Not sure why you think you'll need to carry around your test and vaccine card but if you do, for sure I would not wear the original vax card.
  23. Actually no, that's not the bottom line. What shows on MVJ is still contradictory info (one place it recommends, one place it strongly requires) and then under Resources it contradicts both of these. So I emailed tellus@viking to vent my frustration and ask for some clarity. I received a call the next morning from Guest Relations and was told that for US pax embarking in US ports (which is what we are doing), it's testing no more than 2 days prior to embarkation (not boarding a flight) and can be either a PCR or Antigen test. I asked why it didn't show this on MVJ but that to see that, I had to go to Resources which as you know only shows if you go to the main page for the cruise where one would book it. She was apologetic for the confusion and said they are getting phone calls and emails constantly about it. We talked almost an hour and she claimed she would be sharing all my concerns with the powers that be. I told her that if the large cruise lines can handle this, certainly Viking should be able to. So we'll see ... PS - I also asked her to please have the "powers that be" look at the BinaxNow proctored antigen tests and sent her a link that describes it, including that it says it's approved by the CDC for travel and is used by airlines and cruise lines. She had no idea how it worked but after I explained it, she also said she'd share that and the link I sent with her manager because she agreed that it seems no different than a drive-thru test.
  24. All one needs to do is print out a copy received via text or email. No worries.
  25. It's bad enough worrying about testing NOT over a holiday weekend.
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