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  1. I agree, it makes sense to keep the land border closed until after the holidays. There has already been a softening of the restrictions to allow the movement of family members. I really don’t see being able to drive across the border until January, at the very earliest. As for the 14-day quarantine, I think that we’ll have that kept in place well into next year, at least until the summer. As long as we keep, “relaxing” then seeing exponential spread, we’ll be stuck with it. Keeping schools open is a priority, as well as not flooding our health care system... heading into flu sea
  2. Even Fauci thinks the border closure at this time is a good idea... “Keeping the Canada-United States border closed will help contain the spread of the coronavirus as long as there remains a huge disparity in numbers between the two nations, Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. government official on infectious diseases, said in an interview with Global News. The coronavirus numbers in the U.S. are “unacceptably high” heading into the fall, Fauci said. As of Friday, there have been more than 6.1 million cases of the coronavirus in the U.S. In comparison, Canada had just over 132,000 cases, ac
  3. https://globalnews.ca/news/7304292/coronavirus-canada-extending-international-travel-restrictions-mandatory-quarantine-until-sept-30/ “Canada is once again extending emergency orders that place restrictions on international travel and make mandatory 14-day quarantines for anyone entering the country during the novel coronavirus pandemic. The orders will be extended for at least another month.” - now extended to Sept. 30.
  4. Pre-Covid, I often found the best prices for air tickets to Europe around New Year’s for travel spring-to-summer. With Covid-reduced capacity, who knows if/how ‘competitive pricing‘ will play out on airfares for the next year or two... Personally, I’d wait - and see who restores routes and increases capacity come December into January.
  5. Here’s what a slow return to normal looks like where I live, in Ontario (Canada): We went to a cinema to see a movie yesterday — Bought our tickets online, picked our seats in a much reduced capacity theatre, with bookable seats in pairs within acceptable social distancing requirements, wore our masks from the car to our seats, bought popcorn by snaking though the revised concession stand set-up & paid by tapping our CC on the pad, removed our masks at our seat & ate our popcorn, masks went back on with the closing credits. Went to a restaurant for dinner — Wore our masks fro
  6. I think that the key factor here is that sanitary protocols were diligently followed by all - arriving tourists, as well as the cruise company. There is a significant degree of confidence in the local authorities that this compliance would happen, and would continue to happen. In other markets and regions, I’m not sure that the same degree of confidence could prevail right now. French Polynesia has a few advantages in its corner: it is not a “mass tourism” destination; it’s a small region to administer, even if it has many islands; despite being a territory governed by France, local
  7. For the time being, they seem to be looking at tightening up testing and screening, as a means of preventing infected persons to board in the first place, rather than stop cruising altogether. The problem is not only PG, but also the cargo/passenger ships that combine “cruising” with a vital service between the islands.
  8. An update on the Paul Gauguin: More detailed (and well balanced) info is now available in local media: https://www.radio1.pf/paul-gauguin-les-passagers-en-septaine-a-terre-le-protocole-sanitaire-renforce/ https://www.tahiti-infos.com/Les-passagers-du-Gauguin-debarques-et-confines_a193190.html None of the other passengers and crew tested positive from Sunday’s testing, and they have been allowed to start to disembark the Gauguin Monday night. Here, IMO, are the salient facts to note: The infected passenger is a 22-year-old travelling with her mother. They arrived from the
  9. The ongoing uncontrolled community transmission in the States is making it impossible for other countries to accept your citizens as tourists. Saying this does not make any of us treat a person who is American as “a nasty virus” - as you state in your strawman argument. You can, however, justifiably be regarded as a society that lacks the collective will and direction to change your situation. I am sure that the American tourists now in quarantine in Tahiti will be treated very well, and if she becomes sick, will get good medical care in Papeete.
  10. Back to this issue of the Paul Gauguin. It’s now been confirmed that the infected passenger is one of a few Americans who travelled earlier in the week to Papeete to board the cruise. She was tested negative 3 days before leaving home. She was probably infected 0-5 days before leaving home. She could have been in contact with an infected person at a Home Depot or Walmart or Macy’s, doing last minute shopping. She could have been infected at LAX. Who knows... with the U.S. having uncontrolled COVID-19 community transmission, it’s really not important where or how she came in contact w
  11. What does the CDC has to do with any of this???? Besides which, get real, whatever policy decisions, protocols, and any containment measures various countries and health authorities mandate is done in response to a serious global pandemic. The French government is in the drivers’s seat regarding what will happen with the Paul Gauguin, and others will be watching.
  12. Greece has officially reopened six ports to begin receiving cruise ships in Greek waters next month: Piraeus, Katakolon, Volos, Heraklion, Corfu and Rhodes.
  13. The Paul Gauguin just restarted cruising with international passengers last Thursday, with a mix of resident, American and European passengers. Both French Polynesia and the Gauguin (Ponant) had extensive arrival & embarkation testing & screening protocols. See here: https://www.pgcruises.com/travel-advisory it was as a result of the 4-day self-administered follow-up test that a female passenger was found to be positive late on Saturday. The ship returned to Papeete on Sunday, the passenger was retested positive, then taken off the ship with her companion to be placed into
  14. I think that you would enjoy it quite a bit. The brand’s real strength lies in its intangibles though... crew dedication, guest mix, and atmosphere. Here’s the thing, the brand may or may not survive without RCL pulling the plug on it or selling it off. Pimentel, the guy largely responsible for keeping the brand being what it was going into 2020, recently left the helm. Some of the experienced, largely stable and loyal crew may not return when sailing resumes - that would be a huge loss for one of the brand’s core strengths. Finally, I think that their itineraries may shift in t
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