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  1. I have made up mind (back in January) that for 2021, I will travel on my own and not rely on third parties, which is a continuation of what I did in 2020. Air lines are the only one that I am beholden to, and their rules have been consistent. I love Windstar, but I will not cruise with them or anyone until this all settles down.
  2. A friendly suggestion that you might want to consider. Get a test as soon as you can, and make sure it would be accepted by them. It took us a few tries to find a place that had the right paperwork that said the right things. Not all CVS, Walgreens, etc do the same test at all locations. The tests are not fun, but it is worth it.
  3. I have a few thoughts. I am not sure it is about profit, at least not solely about profit. In my opinion, Windstar has previously taken a different model from the major cruise lines in that the major cruise line cruises are not profitable until the end of the cruise. They make money from all the up charges. Windstar has historically not charged you guests for extras. No cost for specialty restaurants (they could charge). Free soda. Reasonably priced drinks, so much so that many can't justify the drink package. They even got rid of the casino for a FREE coffee bar. I believe in the past windstar had upfront pricing (at least for the way I cruise). My bill at the end of a windstar cruise is always palatable and expected. Other cruise lines, not so much. I still believe that Windstar is going for "super safe". Letting passengers off the boat (to do anything) and mingle among a largely unvaccinated population would be against the "super safe". They are small cruise line and have the ability to have a very small niche and succeed at it.
  4. Gov Abbott signed an executive order, not a law, but a rule. I am not aware of a court challenge to the executive order. My question was to the OP, whose cruise is out of Nassau, BS. I did not hear that RCL dropped the vaccine requirement for any place other than TX and FL.
  5. Has RCCL dropped the vaccination requirement for cruises out of NAS? I thought they were only dropping it for cruises that start in FL and TX to comply with local state law?
  6. PLEASE READ The thread is a simple question. Will you cancel your future reservation IF RCCL has no vaccine mandate. Stick to that please. It is a useful subject. The personal attacks and "science" fighting is out of control. This thread is going to just get ripped down. Onto facts about the issue. A LOT of the SCIENCE IS NOT COMPLETE. What the mainstream media is reporting is misleading and sometimes just WRONG. If you want to share, discuss and debate the SCIENCE go to PEER REVIEWED articles from reputable scientific journals NOT CNN, MSNBC, FOX, WSJ, NY POST, NY Times, and the rest of them. Try places like Nature, Science, JAMA, or New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Genetics, Journal of Biology. The latest info (on its way to publication) is often put on what is called "bio archives" (you need to be careful and be sure you can read and understand the information to see if it is flawed, but if you want the latest raw data look there. Please have civility and respect for all people, and please use the sample of places listed above to get your facts. Good day to you all.
  7. I second that. Chase's travel cards are excellent, although the claims are made through a third party, I have found the process relatively painless. I have used the "insurance" at least three time that I can think of. My advice is read the fine print before you need it. We are generally consider ourselves self insured, and usually have lots of backup plans and are just prepared to take care of most things ourselves. Be prepared is my motto.
  8. I have said this before. I think Covid is going to create niche markets for the cruise lines. Seems like Windstar is going super safe. Some cruise lines will cater to groups of people and the "rules" they think should be in place. Royal just announce they are also dropping the vaccine mandate in FL and TX. I do not like how much flux there is in policy, guidance, and rules. It is whack-a-mole.
  9. I do not have first hand knowledge, but I say something is fishy. Here is their list of members : https://cruising.org/en/cruise-lines Plenty of those cruise lines have announced they are offering get off the ship and do your own thing.
  10. I would say it is still a mess. Security flowed well just because passenger volume was down. A local I talked to up in Grand Case said that they are seeking Bids for Phase 2. The rumor was Phase 2 would start in the fall. Progress is slow.
  11. Correct, MedjetAssist for anyone interested. There are also discounts for AARP and MDVIP.
  12. You might want to look into medijet. They have updated their policy. If you are admitted to the hospital for covid-19, you will be flown home to the USA. They have done this EVEN after the January required test to return to the USA. There are a few competitors that also offer versions of this. We have not stopped travelling during the pandemic. Medijet is what gave us the confidence to continue to travel. Before vaccines were available, we ensured that if we caught it and it got serious, we would be cared for in the USA, which what we would want.
  13. It is 120 to go to SXM, and 72 to leave SXM. PCR to go to SXM, pretty much anything to leave. I have never found a test not approved by the CDC. You can even buy a test in the USA (pack of 5 PER PERSON) and do a video conference (SKYPE) and do it in your hotel/cruise ship/airbnb.
  14. It is relatively painless to get into and out of SXM. I have been twice in the pandemic. It is one of my favorite places. It has sentimental value. It was the first vacation with my wife. It is all pretty straightforward. It is one of the easier place to get to. I think only Mexico is easier at the moment. Their instructions are very clear. I have had to test three times coming back into the USA. it is nerve racking. Behave yourself and limit your exposure as much as you can. There are people who test positive even after being vaccinated. If you have had covid, it might be better to get the proof you have had it and be cleared by a doctor.
  15. All cruise lines *Should* be publishing their protocol (and sticking to it for people who plan on it) and revise it on a set schedule, so people can plan. I am a little concerned about how things are going. I am not saying I disagree with the NEW CDC rules that are coming out rapidly, but they are doing "180s" from what they said a week prior. It does not give me a warm and fuzzy that the decisions are being made in a thoughtful way, logical, science driven way.
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