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  1. CSO extended until at least 15 January 2022 whilst many small changes were made to the requirements primarily incorporating previous "letters." I skimmed the whole 50+ pages and I could not find anything that seemed to refer to ships with 100% vaccination (i.e., Regent) outside of US waters transitioning to US waters remaining at 100% vaccination. There used to be a two week period wherein a ship was not allowed to take passengers before embarking passengers in USA. Can anyone confirm that such a restriction no longer exists? thanks, Marc
  2. Jim, Arlene and I are so looking forward to being on Splendor with you and Jan this Christmas; we will have a fabulous time.
  3. Just saw this article regarding protests and (potential) strike in Trieste; where Explorer is embarking passengers today and Splendor will be debarking/embarking passengers on Monday. Protesters massed at some of Italy's major ports Friday as thousands took to the streets against the introduction of one of the world's toughest Covid pass regimes. More than 6,500 people demonstrated at the northeastern port of Trieste, according to local government estimates, although regional president Massimiliano Fedriga insisted that "the port is working". Delays were reported at the northwestern port of Genoa, where about 300 people blocked an entrance, while pockets of protests broke out across Italy ahead of bigger demonstrations called for later in the day. The government is braced for widespread disruption by Italians angry at the extension of the coronavirus "Green Pass" to all workers, after a demonstration last weekend sparked violent clashes in Rome. From Friday, all workers must show a Green Pass offering proof of vaccination, recent recovery from Covid-19 or a negative test -- or face being declared absent without pay. More than 85 percent of Italians over the age of 12 have received at least one jab, thus automatically qualifying for the pass. Among those who have not been vaccinated, a minority say they either oppose the idea or are fearful. Some foreigners have also reported difficulties getting the jab, including undocumented workers. But up to three million workers are estimated to be unvaccinated -- and most will only be able to work if they pay for their own tests either every 48 or 72 hours, depending on the type. Ivano Russo, director general of trade group Confetra, told AFP that out of a total of 900,000 truck drivers, couriers and warehouse staff employed by members of his lobby, "25 to 30 percent" do not have Covid certificates. Dock workers in Trieste have threatened to go on strike indefinitely, despite being offered free Covid tests. "Citizens not puppets" and "No Green Pass, No Discrimination" read some of the placards in the crowd gathered Friday. In Genoa, the small blockade was peaceful early Friday, according to an AFP journalist, although some truck drivers reported delays. "Today it's really hard to unload," Marco, a 50-year-old driver, told the ANSA news agency. "I have to unload, I have to be able to work. I took the vaccine to get the Green Pass because I have to work." - Downloading passes - Prime Minister Mario Draghi's government says the pass will help prevent further lockdowns in Italy, one of the European countries hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Business lobby Confindustria has been among the staunchest backers of the measure, which follows a similar initiative adopted in Greece last month, saying it would "create workplaces that are as safe as possible". Introduced in August, initially for museums and indoor dining, it has also had the effect of boosting vaccinations, and rates of infection currently remain low. The eurozone's third largest economy is expected to record almost six percent growth this year after a devastating Covid-induced recession. Ahead of the extension of the Green Pass to workplaces, more than 560,000 certificates were downloaded on Wednesday and around 860,000 Thursday, according to government data. However, there are concerns there is not enough capacity for everyone who is not vaccinated to have regular Covid tests, raising the prospect of mass absenteeism from work. Anyone caught in the workplace without a Green Pass risks fines ranging from 600 to 1,500 euros ($700 to 1700). And those who fail to turn up for work because they don't have one face suspension on no pay -- but cannot be fired. Meanwhile, employers can be fined 400 to 1,000 euros for not checking if their staff comply with the rules. Trade unions initially called for compulsory vaccinations to avoid discrimination between those who were and were not jabbed. They are now pushing for free tests, saying staff should not have to pay to go to work, although ministers so far seem unlikely to agree.
  4. Not cruise related but travel related; I want to take advantage of the knowledge here and the Canadians participating on this thread. With respect to previous post, Canada requires testing within 72 hours of departure time of your actual flight that lands in Canada. You could be traveling for a while but it is that plane that takes off for Canada that matters. Test needs to be PCR or NAAT. Normal one to two day processing of PCR tests is now two to four days in many cases; regardless, no guarantees provided. No getting around reporting time as the clock is based on sample collection time. Anyone else having this problem in scheduling PCR tests? Any work arounds? thanks, Marc
  5. I have spent over 100 nights on Voyager and 24 on Explorer; Voyager is by far the better ship. No Pacific Rim but otherwise restaurants identical. Voyager has much better public spaces most importantly including Horizon Lounge (and outdoor deck are) on the stern and forward facing deck area on Deck 12 (including Dag's bench). I usually go for the cheapest Cat H cabins onboard (still 360 sq ft) but many really like the midships Cat G on Deck 6; probably the finest and most convenient cabins for the dollar of any ship at sea. Hands down, you will greatly prefer the Voyager to the Explorer (at least that is my opinion). Marc
  6. We are on 14 November and no letter and no change to cruise planner. Question for those that have gotten notified - have your prepaid excursions for Cayman Islands and Jamaica been automatically refunded to credit card that was used to purchase? Marc
  7. I received this request for first time today; alas, Liberty is not one of the choices for ships and they won't let you type in the name of the ship. Any idea how to work around this issue? thanks, Marc
  8. Here is the entire email: Action Required Please review the information below regarding Royal Caribbean’s latest update regarding your upcoming sailing. This includes updates to accepted vaccine combinations as well as new pre-cruise testing options. We appreciate your patience, understanding and continued loyalty. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us. Please note that these are the protocols currently in place and are subject to change at any time. This includes health protocols for cruises through December 31, 2021. More details can be found by visiting Royal Caribbean’s Healthy Sail Center page located at https://www.royalcaribbean.com/the-healthy-sail-center. As you know, for guests departing from U.S. homeports, our stance on mixed vaccines has been one that did not support doses from two different vaccine manufacturers to qualify as being fully vaccinated. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) clarified their position, now recognizing a mixed combination of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (e.g., 1 dose of Pfizer with 1 dose of Moderna) as fully vaccinated. The doses must be administered a minimum of 28 days apart. Given this latest clarification, we have amended our stance to align with the CDC, now recognizing a mixed combination of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer/Moderna) as being fully vaccinated to sail onboard our U.S.-based ships. Regardless of vaccine brand/combination, it remains unchanged that all guests 12 years and older must complete the vaccine series with the last dose administered at least 14 days prior to the sailing in order to be recognized as fully vaccinated. Additionally, guests who received 1 shot of Johnson & Johnson, with any other vaccine, are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the Johnson & Johnson shot. Guests whose two-shot regimen consists of 1 mRNA dose (Pfizer or Moderna) with 1 AstraZeneca dose will not be considered vaccinated. Pre-cruise Testing Options for guests departing from the U.S. Note: International guests can use these options only once they have arrived in the U.S. Option 1: Test anywhere with At-Home Kits Pros: Order a kit and complete your video-supervised test right at home. Results in as little as 15 minutes. Cons: For vaccinated guests only. We recommend ordering a week before you need it. Only ships within U.S. Price: 2 tests for $69.99 USD; 3 tests for $99.99 USD. The Verdict: Great option. Fast results, flexible, works with your schedule. Order test kits at RoyalCaribbean.com/HomeTestKit Option 2: Go with your own local test provider Pros: Secure test at local pharmacy, lab, public test site, or doctor's office. Available to guests 2 years & older. Cons: Can be hard to find. Results could be delayed. Price: Usually free. The Verdict: Cost effective and you'll know your results before traveling to your cruise. Click here to learn about accepted tests. NEW!! Option 3: Boarding Day Test at port (Limited capacity | For vaccinated guests only) Pros: A last option if you simply can't find a pre-cruise test or could not secure results in time. Cons: For vaccinated guests only. Limited availability by appointment only. Wait up to an hour for results outside of terminal. Positive result unknown until boarding day. Price: Starts at $99 USD per person. The Verdict: Search out other options first, and if no luck, schedule your appointment 30 minutes prior to sailing check-in time, 24 hours in advance. Note: Guests can only book this option within 30 days prior to departure.
  9. I am sailing 14 Nov and received Health and Safety protocols today that include this line: Please note that these are the protocols currently in place and are subject to change at any time. This includes health protocols for cruises through December 31, 2021.
  10. Did you leave behind the five positive cases or were they able to reboard for isolation onboard?
  11. Mudhen; thanks. Should have included "break break" to show that my story was regarding totally different island.
  12. Cape Verde Islands are pretty! My step father almost got put ashore a few years back in Funchaln (on Madeira not Cape Verde Islands). Found out if you gave enough money to local cardiologist in Funchal he would state that you were fit for travel which is what the cruise line needed to avoid liability; seemed like an ongoing racket.
  13. Crystal has been successful, so far, in squelching any news; so far I can only find mention on reddit and one cruise blog.
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