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    Travel, pets, photography, reading, computers, working out
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    Celebrity, Princess, Royal Caribbean
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    Caribbean, Alaska, Panama Canal

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  1. From what I read, the Celebrity ship out of St. Martin that had passengers with Covid, they were doing the final PCR test to get into St. Martin and return to the US about 3 days before the disembarkation. When they were found to have Covid, they were moved to a cabin near the sickbay and received room service for the final days of the cruise. And yes they were confined to their quarantine cabin. On the Millennium, they expanded the sickbay to add quarantine cabins. I don't know if they are inside or outside. When the ship returned to the disembarkation port (St. Martin) the two with Covid
  2. Here is a detailed description of how RCCL plans to handle both vaccinated and unvaccinated guests: https://www.travelpulse.com/news/cruise/royal-caribbeans-unvaccinated-cruisers-face-more-fees-less-options.html
  3. The FDA is my source. 2 doses of one of the mRNA vaccines OR one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are currently approved for everyone in the US. No more. There are research studies in regards to a mRNA booster shot, but that does not mean that everyone should run out and get a third dose of any Covid vaccine at this time. We need to wait and see IF this is approved and for WHOM it is approved. While the incidence of death after vaccination has been quite low in the US (only 3 cases are attributable to any of the vaccines https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2779731)
  4. Research published in February found that coronavirus patients gained "substantial immune memory" that involved all four major parts the immune system: memory B cells, antibodies, memory CD4 + T cells and memory CD8+ T cells. IF you have had the virus, your body's natural immunity recognizes all the antigens in the virus and will respond regardless what part of Covid-19 is recognized. The mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) cause our bodies to recognize the spike protein antigen only. The spike antigen is responsible for invading our cells. So in a vaccinated person, if they are e
  5. When Celebrity had 2 passengers test positive for Covid-19, they were offloaded and send home on a chartered flight (# if you cruise be sure to buy health insurance that covers Covid). So...hopefully that is what will happen across all the cruise lines, but I don't blame you for being worried. Personally, I'm in a wait and see mode. There is no reason for me to rush out and go on a cruise until I'm confident that the industry has things under control and working right. I wouldn't want to get stuck on a cruise to nowhere. https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/celebrity-cruise-two-covid-positive
  6. Hard to know what RCCL will do, but I suspect you will be required to pay for the test one way or another. But, in the meantime, RCCL has a problem now with several crew members coming down with Covid-19 which will disrupt their startup plans: https://www.wsj.com/articles/royal-caribbean-postpones-july-cruise-after-crew-members-test-positive-for-covid-19-11623867232 It will be interesting to see what happens.
  7. My husband has worked many times when we were on cruises. The main problem he has encountered was the ability to transfer large files. For example, we were on the NCL Epic in her maiden year and he was trying to transfer a report he had edited back to his office and it would not go. It would start to transfer then time out after 20 minutes. He was in the bar in The Haven and had been trying to send the file for 3+ hours. He told me he was going to have to stay up all night and skip dinner and split the file into single pages as he had tried groups of 20 pages and it still would not go. I
  8. Our area has already declined in number of cases again. We were down to 12 as of Friday and 0 new deaths. 62% have had at least one vaccine + 27% who had Covid-19 = 89% with at least some immunity if not fully immune. It will be interesting to see how this week goes. Last time when we got down near 10, the next day was 5 then 3 then 1 then 0 and the 0 stuck. But we are coming up to the 4th of July when lots of people will be getting together, so it will be interesting to see what happens then.
  9. If you are vaccinated, your life is not at risk, even if you are exposed to someone with Covid-19. The vaccines available in the USA are very, very good. The chances of a breakthrough case are only .05 of 1%. To me, the bigger issue is if the ship is not allowed to make port because someone onboard is diagnosed with Covid-19 and you wind up on a cruise to nowhere instead of the trip you expected.
  10. Pfizer and Moderna are studying making booster shots which may or may not be needed. In fact, so far Pfizer and Moderna seem to be holding their own against the known variants but this is the study: https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/third-pfizer-dose-covid-19-vaccine-maker-studying-booster-shots-n1258775 However, being a participant in a study is very different from being a regular person who just decides to get a third dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. That undertaking, at this time, should only be done under the advice of your doctor. Vaccines are a modern medical miracle
  11. Texas opened up last year in May 2020. People here have been out in droves since then. We stayed home and got groceries delivered until we got our vaccines in March and April 2021 and now go out to eat and go to stores. My husband has been working from home since March 2020 and it has worked out great. The mask Mandate was dropped in May 2021 and people who are vaccinated plus two weeks no longer wear masks here. The past 2 weeks, we were at 0 new cases in my county, although counties around us still had new cases. This week we are back up to 104 cases although the total number of cases in
  12. The first recipients of the vaccine got it in March 2020 (Moderna and then two weeks later Pfizer) and still are immune, otherwise, we'd all be hearing all about it and I'm sure some states would go into lockdown...again. The length of time the vaccine will last depends on the speed at which the T and B cells degrade. Scientists have been able to observe the speed of the T and B cells degrading and have seen that it is extremely slow in subjects who received either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines. From that observation scientists have estimated that the Covid vaccine will be lon
  13. You do not need a travel agent and, in fact, unless I have to use one, I won't because it places control of the booking in the hands of the travel agent who may or may not be at work on the day the cruise line has a flash sale where you could upgrade to a suite for very little money and if the booking is with a travel agent you can't do the upgrade without them. No one has brought this up here, but I'm going to. The 3 - 4 day cruises are usually on the oldest ships in the fleet with the least amenities and the ship may well be in serious need of redecoration. The differences amon
  14. Nobody should even consider getting a third dose of any of the Covid-19 vaccines at this time. There could be horrible unforeseen consequences, even death. Please speak to your doctor if you ever start to entertain such an idea.
  15. Full Circle Road to Hana on Maui. Yeah...this looks like the Jersey Shore (if you are blind):
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