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  1. There are several good discussions on the World Cruising board. A world cruise has been on my bucket list for years and I've done quite a bit of research . I also ran across an excellent book about a world cruise on P&O titled Chasing The Dawn. It's a chronicle and not a how-to book, but helpful nonetheless. With almost 50 cruises under my belt, I have a pretty good idea of what my cruising needs are - and after several long distance motorcycle trips where I camped out about half the time, my actual needs are pretty simple. I also like to stretch the cruise dollar and don't
  2. Take a long distance Harley trip and you'll find out just how much stuff you can do without. One pullman and a backpack is all I ever need for a cruise of any length. I'm not there to dress to impress, just enough to meet the dress codes. Son Of Arthritis, Ibuprofin Chapter. 😉
  3. While not widowed, I sometimes travel solo when She Who Must Be Obeyed is not interested in the cruise itinerary. I have never had trouble finding somebody to talk to in a lounge or on deck. Many times it results in an invitation to join them for a cocktail or a bite to eat, and I am still in touch with some of those folks years later. My secret? Eye contact with a smile and a raised glass by way of a toast and greeting. Perhaps just a smile and a comment or two. I like to watch the sun come up while enjoying coffee on the aft end outside the buffet, and have found other lik
  4. Captain Boat Face, I retired through a buy-out offer at 53 and have never regretted it one minute. It was the gift of time. You can always make more money, but you can't make more time. The first week into my retirement, I started a list of things that I wanted to do with the retirement. In 17 years I have accomplished many of them and I keep adding to the list. A world cruise has been on the list. With almost 50 cruises under my belt, I have a pretty good idea of what my cruising needs are - and after several long distance motorcycle trips where I camped out about half the ti
  5. Mike, check out P&O for a world cruise. Their prices are great, no tipping, their world cruises are adults only so no feral children on board, and their single supplement is around 160 percent I think. Their single cabins sell out the first day. If you are OK with an inside, you can do a solo world cruise for around $23,000.
  6. Here is what she said: “Our data from the CDC today suggests, you know, that vaccinated people do not carry the virus, don’t get sick,” Walensky said on MSNBC last weekend, adding “that is not just in the clinical trials, but it’s also in real world data.”
  7. Their reply about cruising after being vaccinated is especially interesting since last week the CDC director declared that there is no data showing that you can spread the virus after you've been vaccinated. Personally, I think they are so risk averse that they are looking for a zero infection rate for political reasons. Remember, POTUS's position is that if we all get vaccinated we can gather in our backyards for a cookout to celebrate Independence Day - the same thing we could do last year before the vaccine.
  8. I have been corresponding with the CDC regarding their ban on cruises. After several "canned" replies, I kept pressing for them to answer my question about the science behind the continued ban on cruise travel if all crew and passengers were vaccinated, and if so, did that mean the vaccine was not effective? I must've struck a nerve with the vaccine effectiveness query because I finally received something other than the previous canned responses. Here is their latest: "Cruising safely and responsibly during a global pandemic is difficult. Returning to passenger cruising is a pha
  9. I see lack of mandatory vaccinations for crew and PAX as deal breaker for me. Not that I am terrified of the virus, but because of the potential for a disrupted cruise, not being allowed to port, wearing masks on board, and less carefree cruise experience. I'm rescheduling cruises to 2023 when hopefully things will be back to normal.
  10. The new DCD guidelines are beyond onerous and are not following the science of how the virus is spread and the effectiveness of the vaccines. Here is a link to a page on the CDC website where, at the bottom of the page, you can send them a email and let them know. If you don't, there will be a bunch of suits sitting around a table and when the topic comes up, someone will report "Well, we aren't getting much blowback, so everything is good". Contact CDC-INFO
  11. One thing to keep in mind is that the virus does not sprout wings and fly from contact surfaces up to your nose or mouth. You must pick up the virus from a contact surface and manually transfer it to your nose or mouth. Most, if not all, of the extra cleaning so apparent nowadays is "theater" held over from the early days of the pandemic when science didn't have a handle on how it spread. The easy way to prevent contact spread is to keep your hands and fingers out of your nose and mouth, and to use sanitizer just before you touch anything that is going into your mout
  12. All of this, but it's OK to pack people cheek to jowl in a flying metal tube for 5, 6,7, or more hours.
  13. It's likely because the UK and Canada have socialized health care that doesn't cover them outside of their own country. I booked a cruise with P&O and had to show them proof of my US health insurance that covers me worldwide, as well as travel insurance.
  14. Right now the CDC has the cruise lines engaged in a ""Find Me A Rock" exercise. You know the one. I say go find me a rock, with no parameters. You bring me a rock, and I say, "No, that's not the rock I had in mind. Go find me another rock." And the game continues. When I'm asked how things are going, I report that I'm waiting for you to find me a rock. In the meantime, you are kept busy trying to find the right rock with no guidance from me.
  15. I'm wondering if his announcement on "vaccine passports" is a pushback against those in power who do not want citizens to have to show an ID to vote?
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