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Everything posted by MrMarc

  1. After reasearching it a bit, I'm going to change my mind and agree with you. There are many different definitions of "public transportation"
  2. I really cannot see any argument that a cruise ship is private transportation. I don't think "public" means publicly owned, but means open to the public and would include Taxis, Uber and Lyft.
  3. Whether any of us think the CDC has the power to mandate procedures on a ship or not, clearly the cruise lines do. So does the State of Florida.
  4. But I think it noticeable that cruise ship were not mentioned at all, just general recommendations for international travel.
  5. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html Basically it says if you are fully vaccinated, no mask required. If not, you should keep following all of the mask and social distance guidelines.
  6. I may be in the minority, but I believe that in this situation (which is totally different than the eviction question) Federal law, which I believe the guidance or rules from the CDC have the power of since this deals directly with the health issue itself, will prevail. Federal law also applies to the boarder and immigration area, and I think this clearly involves interstate commerce. But I know it doesn't matter what I think, it only means the probability of other lawsuits. As a practical matter, I think the cruise lines would rather start with 100% vaccinated ships initially to avoid the b
  7. I hear many people talking about the "low risk" of Covid as a reason to stop masks, not get vaccinated, etc. The way I look at it is the same way I look at how much money I am willing to bet in the casino. I never bet more than I am willing to lose. In this case, you are betting your life, regardless of your age or other health considerations, this virus can kill you or cause very serious life long problems. I am not willing to make that bet, or want the chance that I am forced to take that bet kept to a minimum. And the frustrating thing is I have no control over other people's actions t
  8. I think one complicating factor is the few yards between the ship and the other side of the terminal. There is no doubt that the Federal Government has control over the border, and different rules apply to that area than anywhere else. Add the fact that Maritime law also applies and the fact that the CDC will have endless experts that will support it's views (because they work for the CDC) and you have the makings of a legal mess. So I think that while we would all like a quick, simple answer or process, we will most likely not get it.
  9. I would think at least 30 days to get the test cruises in, gather and analyze the data and get the testing capabilities in place, then file the paperwork and wait for 60 days. Using this time table the earliest payed passenger cruises could start would be February.
  10. You might want to edit the calendar out of the video, unless you were trying to talk about planning something very different than the narration suggested.
  11. Yes, I wonder if there will be the same "administrative fee", which is really the non-commissionable fare. If so, I hope they make it clear in the award so people know.
  12. They also announced that NCL is a new rewards partner. I hope it is in addition to RCCL, not instead of.
  13. It is very variable, but they do tend to show up in November-December and May-June.
  14. Yes. It is absolutely for real. I spend money on it, but I have been on 6 free cruises in the last couple of years.
  15. Forget non-smoking, we need non-complaining cruises!
  16. 16.99 on Empress, January 2020(down from 24.99!). 17.99 on Independence, November 2019.
  17. I wish people would stay nice and positive. I would be sad if this turned into something like that other place. If you sail in Star Class, enjoy the perks, you deserve them. If you sail in the smallest inside cabin, enjoy the cruise, don't stress about what others do, say or wear. Unless they share the drink package, then knock yourself out.
  18. Wait. Aren't they supposed to get that(and anything else) done by wiggling their nose?
  19. Be sure to read all the terms. You can only use 1, it has to be on a new booking, and it cannot be combined with a casino offer.
  20. It is $30.38 per day on my Jan. 11 Empress cruise. $29 for surf only. Maybe the $24 was surf only.
  21. Are any of the Over the Water Cabanas at Nellie's Beach(Labadee) better than the others?
  22. I know they have said that they want the app to be enabled on "all" ships by the end of the year, but do you think that includes Empress of the Seas?
  23. No, I wonder about that too, but I really cannot imagine people packing everything to get off the ship and then saying they just thought they were going to spend the day in New Orleans (implying they would get back on the ship) or complaining about no transportation while being "held" on a bus.
  24. A few people are contradicting the article in the comments, but apparently some have been deleted.
  25. They claim they didn't have transportation, but were stuck on busses??? Some people just thought they were there for the day??? Something doesn't sound right...I think(just my guess) that those 200 requested to get off in New Orleans and there was a time difference between when they disembarked and when they could get their chartered jet. They were confined to an area in the port for security reasons. They were not just dumped, they simply had to wait for a delayed plane, but it is a better story if they were dumped.
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