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  1. However, the Mask Order applies to public conveyances, which a cruise ship is not. I agree we have to wait for CDC updates on the CSO.
  2. CDC eases restrictions on indoor mask wearing. Dud not see cruise lines included on the exceptions, but who knows. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/13/health/cdc-masks-guidance.html
  3. Indoor will probably be reviewed in the not too distant future, as also suggested by Dr. Fauci. Some people are thinking that the CDC will relax indoor mask restrictions by July 4 at the latest.
  4. Someone posted this on the NCL board. The CDC just updated its guidance for fully vaccinated cruisers. Fully Vaccinated Travelers Cruise ship operators, at their discretion, may advise passengers and crew that—if they are fully vaccinated—they may gather or conduct activities outdoors, including engaging in extended meal service or beverage consumption, without wearing a mask except in crowded settings. Fully Vaccinated Travelers Cruise ship operators, at their discretion, may advise passengers and crew that—if they are fully vaccinated—they may engage in self-guided or in
  5. They have recently changed the procedure to allow visa applications only within 14 days of arrival. I guess they were inundated with applications from cruisers not arriving for months. Just relax and wait until closer to your cruise. There is always a chance that they could decide that the visa is no longer needed for vaccinated travelers, and you would have paid unnecessarily.
  6. On the NCL board, they are saying that they are talking to port officials in Savannah and Charleston.
  7. Yes, I agree. And some of them would like to form a bubble with Australia and New Zealand. Of course, there are also other countries where opening is in question of as far as the WC is concerned, such as New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, China (including Hong Kong), and Japan. And of course Canada. If the CDC keeps its ridiculous rules, then we probably don’t want to go to San Francisco, Hawaii or Alaska. So what is left?
  8. I actually wouldn’t mind island hopping in the South Pacific, but there are some logistical considerations. Sydney is a major supply hub, and the next one is not until Singapore.I would hate to run out of champagne as happened on our Amazon cruise.😉
  9. FDR appears to threaten to pull NCLH ships out of Florida if De Santis opposes vaccine mandate. https://thepointsguy.com/news/norwegian-could-pull-ships-from-florida/
  10. Looks like Australian international borders will likely be closed until well into next year, sounding the death knell for any cruises this coming winter season. Even 2022/23 looks iffy at this point. https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/health-safety/finance-minister-simon-birmingham-says-no-overseas-travel-until-later-in-2022/news-story/8098512c990408a8643fe8f404f05a1c I would not be surprised if New Zealand follows along.
  11. So no buffets and no independent exploration, probably somewhat expected. But CDC is recommending alternative meal options such as pre-packaged grab-and-go meals, no thanks. I agree will stay away from US ports. https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/24942-cdc-will-eliminate-cruise-ship-buffet-require-organized-shore-excursions.html
  12. More new Crystal cruisers here. July 17 and July 24 Nassau RT BBWC (Ron/Birgit)
  13. Yes, that is their reasoning. Last year, the WHO said that countries should not impose travel bans, and most if them did. I suspect that their current recommendations will be ignored as well.
  14. Florida has now filed a lawsuit against CDC. https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/24742-florida-files-lawsuit-against-cdc-to-restart-cruise-industry-in-united-states.html
  15. Seabourn has now announced cruises from Greece starting in July (one ship). Time for Regent to get moving.
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