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  1. Here's another one ....... Greece is a CDC designated Level 4 - don't travel there country. Greece just opened to international travelers including Americans today. If you can show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test you can travel to Greece and don't have to quarantine. Are Greek public health officials idiots? Nope, the Greek government has correctly ascertained that the cost of restricting tourism in Greece, fearing SARS2 transmission from travel associated mobility, is higher than the cost of dealing with the low risk that vaccinated or even unvaccinated tourists with proof of be
    6 points
  2. Some will argue the CDC is "just doing their job" adding countries to the don't travel to list. I look at it this way. Even though the advisory does offer that if you're going to travel to the Bahamas get vaccinated before you go is contrary to their general guidance that if you are vaccinated, you can travel...... with certain additional recommendations that are also contradicted elsewhere .... when you return from travel get tested, or don't get tested if you don't have symptoms. I mean, the CDC can't keep up with their own set of advisories that contradict each other. Exhibit one in m
    6 points
  3. Unfortunately, the CDC is guided more by politics than public health and science. The CDC has become another hammer to wield by whatever administration is in control in order to match their agenda. And its sad to see the hypocrisy of those that ignore most of CDC guidance and suggestions on other matters (smoking, obesity, etc) but yet take CDC Covid recommendations as 100% Gospel that is never to be questioned and strictly adhered to
    5 points
  4. I believe Jill to be right. They are having a tantrum they can't control the whole world. Today the Congress added a bill to the Senate one trying to bring this to an end. It doesn't bod well to have multiple states suing then bills from both house and senate looking to clip their wings. Bahama numbers very low. Their peak came in October with five times as many active cases as they have now (2500 vs 450). Most days have no deaths. About 40 new cases a day nation wide... CDC are behaving like spoiled children who's toys are being taken away...
    5 points
  5. Yes! I also believe a certain segment of our population is approaching going off the deep end. A fully vaccinated acquaintance recently posted that she and her husband finally ate at a restaurant “don’t worry! We ate outside!” These are the same people that have now been conditioned to avoid Level 4 countries and if you do visit a restaurant and eat inside or travel to a Level 4 country you’re labeled reckless and putting others in danger. It’s past ridiculous in my opinion. Life is full of choices but I fear our freedom of choice is being smothered to put it mildly.
    4 points
  6. I think you've said before the bureaucrats and scientists at CDC cannot properly bound their perception of risk. "One can never be too careful" is practically their motto, and I'm concerned that people are beginning to adopt that old axiom into their own lives to an unsustainable degree... We used to consider people who were several degrees of "too careful" beyond normalcy as having some sort of obsessive disorder. What I've been looking for lately is what the FDA is going to do with Pfizer's request to expand the EUA into adolescent children given the apparent success of a very small tri
    3 points
  7. Matt is correct - online reviews are usually pretty worthless. People either seem to have an axe to grind and vent on their keyboards instead of calmly discussing any issues with fellow humans in a reasonable way, or....the other stuff we see online is clearly a paid promo piece of glowing PR. i stayed on navigator in Feb of 2020 in a balcony with new carpet a few new other pieces (artwork, bed cover, couch, TV, etc) and yes, the cabins were not as brand flashy new as the cabins on Symphony which I cruised a year earlier, but were still fine and we had a great cruise. I was really impressed
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  8. As we’re still two months from any potential cruise liveblogs from the Caribbean, I figured I’d take our trip next week and share with others. We decided back in November after a couple of years of talking about it, that we’d make the move down to Florida. Between work trips and vacations We’re there 6-8 times a year in a normal year, so might as well get the benefits of it. So, this January we signed a contract on a new home in the Winter Garden area of Orlando. While the house won’t be done till July, we were able to sell our home in the D.C area in a day, and the new owner needed to move
    2 points
  9. You have that choice now. OTH, private companies have the choice of adopting policies that prevent you from entering their places of business to receive services they offer without proof of vaccination. Same thing as "no shoes, no service." This isn't new nor should it be disturbing or raise concerns about personal freedoms.... I will avoid a long legal discussion on that subject but trust me. It's legal and not an abridgement of your rights to refuse entrée. The addition of COVID as a disease that you assume the risk of becoming afflicted by when you enter into a contract to sail with
    2 points
  10. I stomached my way through Like Father, Love at Sea is a bridge too far for me. Enjoy those who are Hallmark fans.
    1 point
  11. With NextCruise on deck 5 in the promenade it's makes me wonder what the space on deck 6 near the Schooner Bar will be. Perhaps Loyalty Desk but how much space does an LA need in China? Worthy of prime real estate?
    1 point
  12. Thank you twangster for taking the time and effort. My wife and I really appreciate all the details and photos, you are amazing.
    1 point
  13. Best hurry before Royal Caribbean joins the cruise line super league. I know - too soon.
    1 point
  14. I'm an old fan of Matt from his WDW Today days. I posted the info below on the RCCL thread over on the Dis, but I thought it might be helpful here. I’ve been visiting Nassau and Atlantis nearly annually for almost 20 years. Staying at one of Nassau’s resorts for a night or two is nothing like being a cruiser on an excursion. On the two cruises I’ve been on with stops in Nassau, I didn’t get off the ship. But I love my annual vacation to Atlantis, and I bring friends and/or family along nearly every trip. Here are some tips if you’ve only been to Nassau as a cruiser on an excursion.Flights
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  15. I’m back from my annual week at Atlantis in Nassau. From my experience, I think they will be coming up with a different process for cruisers. I suspect the requirements for entering the Bahamas will stay the same. But the process once there, and departing almost certainly has to be adapted to visitors getting on a ship.Bahamas Health Visa Entry RequirementsAs noted above, to get a Bahamas Health Visa you have to get a negative COVID test (PCR only, not rapid antigen) a maximum of five days before your arrival. I arrived on a Saturday, so a test from the preceding Monday was valid. In our case,
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  16. This is a fair point. The mRNA vaccines in particular are very new. Traditional vaccines like the AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson products use a monkey adenovirus as a vector to challenge the human immune system to produce a response to SARS2. The technology is the same as that used for the vaccines you mention. Remember that efficacy and effectiveness are two different metrics used to evaluate a vaccine, the later - the real world "effect" as measured by the products ability to prevent, in these cases, serious illness and/or death from COVID. While all of the FDA approved vaccines fo
    1 point
  17. I absolutely understand your position for not wanting the vaccine and respect it. I have family on both sides of the issue and have an appreciation for each decision. However, you can't necessarily discount the age of the vaccine as a reason for not getting it. If everyone said in 2006, 2007 that the shingles vaccine was only a year old, and who knows what it would do, and then they refused to get it, and no one ever received it, how could you get the data 10 years later to know that it turned out safe and then you'd decide to receive it? Somewhere along the line enough people have to acc
    1 point
  18. That can be (has been) arranged
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  19. Can't find all of my pictures but are some from various trips. These are taken from the area where the pink and yellow circles overlap in the previous post. There is a walkway behind these cabanas. There are also stairs or a ramp to the beach and/or water. The picture I can't find is for the non-water cabanas that are behind me and to the right from where I took the first picture above. The non-water cabanas have a concrete wall between them and a sidewalk that is used by the general public. (see pictures in the blog link posted above)
    1 point
  20. The auto train is unique and there are some good reviews of it on Youtube. Too bad this isn't offered in other regions, it is kind of cool.
    1 point
  21. The way cruises use to be.pdf
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  22. deep1

    Curious?

    Gotta start somewhere...
    1 point
  23. I respectfully disagree with a some of comments that have been mentioned above. I fully support businesses deciding on requiring proof of vaccination since this is a public health issue. At the current level of new cases, I would feel better about cruising again knowing that the person sitting at the row of two person dining tables was vaccinated. (They are ridiculously close) Also norovirus to COVID are not comparable. Yes there are 900 deaths annually but there have been 500,000 deaths COVID related. The level of risk is in a different category. Finally, I wish my governor woul
    1 point
  24. No it’s a scare tactic in my opinion. They had one small spike in cases 3 days ago (129), last 2 days zero cases. Sounds like a testing dump. Their numbers go from high to zero multiple times.
    1 point
  25. The map of Labadee illustrates the differences. Full map here: https://creative.rccl.com/Sales/Royal/Private_Destinations/14039222_Labadee_Map.pdf In the yellow circles below are Nellie's overwater cabanas. In the pink circle below are the "standard" Nellie's cabanas that have public beach and a public walkway between the cabanas and the water. Both are labelled "31" but are not the same.
    1 point
  26. The overwater cabanas at Nellie are much like the overwater cabanas at Barefoot beach. You have direct water entry. The other cabanas at Nellie's do not have direct access to the water but may have beach or a walking path between your cabanas area and the water. It's like buying waterfront property where one property may be literally right on the waterfront versus another property that has a road between your house and and the waterfront. In both cases your view is to the water but in one case there is potentially traffic between you and the water and a road you need to walk acros
    1 point
  27. You are correct. Studies have shown that if you have a good experience with something, you tell a couple of people. If you have a bad experience, you tell ten.
    1 point
  28. More than likely it was a full ship charter. I'm seeing the other weeks in February being available.
    1 point
  29. Actually, this EO seems to prevent businesses from deciding what they can do. Directly from the EO: "Businesses in Florida are prohibited from requiring patrons or customers to provide any documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination or post-transmission recovery to gain access to, entry upon, or service from the business." So while the State wont allow government to require vaccines, it also prevents leaving it up to businesses to decide what they want to do. I really get what DeSantis is trying to prevent, but saying businesses can't flies in the face of his other major objec
    1 point
  30. Matt

    Cabins on The Navigator?

    Oh my gosh, this is a good reminder about how untrustworthy online reviews are! Not shooting the messenger @SDHappy Girl, just wanted to use this as a good learning opportunity Why you can't trust online reviews of cruise ships
    1 point
  31. teddy

    Corny Jokes

    This thread has been great, especially after a long day of dealing with the public. Thanks to all who contribute.
    1 point
  32. I was looking for Del Rio quotes specifically. Not because I think it will make a difference, but because of the "theatre" (not something I can go to these days). Here are a few of my favourites from the article: “This impasse has got to stop,” Del Rio said. “The cruise industry must participate in the great national reopening. Every other hospitality travel and tourism sector has been allowed to operate and we have not.” “We were disappointed,” Del Rio said. “We thought it was a step backward, quite frankly.” Del Rio called the combination of safety p
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