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Everything posted by WAAAYTOOO

  1. I totally agree with you - that Celebrity is best served by offering the tests on site....but I had read elsewhere that Celebrity was NOT going to offer the tests on site. I doubted that to be the case and it turns out NOT to be the case, looks like.
  2. I guess the real question is…. Does testing positive for COVID-19 = “becoming ill with COVID-19”. It’s obvious (at least, recent experiences indicate) that nobody is really “becoming ill” with COVID-19. The limited recent examples really just consist of asymptotic people testing positive or coming into contact with someone who tested positive. No one (that I am aware of) has had any real medical emergencies. The point of Royal requiring everyone (potentially) to get medical insurance coverage would be to preclude Royal from having to continue to fly all of the positive cases home in a private jet. Insurance companies, being what they are, will try and weasel out of paying for ANYthing if they can. Maybe this would have to be an entirely new coverage area. I really don’t know.
  3. I guess that answers the question of whether Celebrity will provide on-site testing for those who weren't able to get it ahead of time. Maybe they won't continue to provide the tests ?
  4. No, no separate Suites restaurant on Radiance class ships. The Suites Lounge will have (or did, BC) some munchies during breakfast and happy hours but no full service sit down restaurant. Breakfast only, as you noted.
  5. All I know is that, as an unvaccinated passenger, Royal has required that we are covered for potential COVID-related trip interruption and medical evacuation coverage. Luckily, our annual policy already covered us beyond what was required so we are good on insurance. Below comes from Allianz and is known as an "Embassy Letter". These coverage amounts are per person limits. I do note that the word "emergency" appears several times in this explanation of benefits but we were assured that this coverage meets all of Royal's requirements. Let's just hope we never have to use it to find out !
  6. I have had 2 price drops in the past 2 weeks on our Dec. 22, 2022 Oasis cruise. Not that much money ($364 total) but considering this is a Christmas cruise, very much appreciated and fairly unusual.
  7. Hmmm. I dunno. I do know that the annual travel insurance policy we purchase does cover such events (I had to have that verified) but some travel policies may not.
  8. ME TOO !!! That's the main reason that I get the UDP b/c cans are included.
  9. Really sorry to hear that your cruise got interrupted at the end.....but now that it's over anyway, a private ride home sounds pretty awesome !!! Be safe and good luck on your trip home.
  10. There are people who TRY to get this kind of room so I would definitely give it a try. Your balcony will be very large...nice catch !
  11. As @AshleyDillosaid above, SC does include the Chef's Table but at our last CT, they did charge $25 PP for the wine. I assume it will be the same after the restart. As a SC passenger, ANYthing (to eat) on the ship is included with the exception of the pastries at Starbuck's and the candy-by-the-pound at the candy store (but the ice cream at the candy store IS included). The coffee at SB is included but not the pastries (go figure...). All of the upcharge items at Chops are included, there is no upcharge for Izumi Hibachi, regardless of how much food you order (and you are allowed to order sushi from the sushi side if you want it). Eat as much as you want of whatever you want at Johnny Rocket's, drink as many malts or milk shakes as you want, eat all the ice cream you want, all of the popcorn at the theater and Aqua Theater is included. Food at the Pub, Playmaker's and all specialty restaurants is all included. You are actually hard pressed to find food that is NOT included in SC which is what makes it SOOOO incredible.
  12. On CruisingPower, the TA website, this sailing is currently listed as "Not Available" BUT that doesn't mean that it won't sail. In the recent past, this status has basically just meant that they aren't accepting any new bookings...in other words, the ship is probably booked at capacity. All room categories are showing CLS (Closed) but again that is probably just an indication of a sold-out status. This is just an example. The rest of the room categories are showing the same status. If it makes you feel any better, my 8-21-21 Symphony cruise (also 8 nights) looked exactly like this for a LONG time until they reactivated it and Royal announced that it was going to sail. I think the fact that your cruise has been hibernating as a result of it being >7 nights is also another reason for its status. So fingers are crossed for you. I know you will feel better once they announce a test cruise for Anthem.
  13. I’ve always had thin blood ! That’s why the skeeters and vampires leave me alone.
  14. Not a stupid question at all. The day you get the test is day 0. So, if you are sailing on Sunday, Thursday would be the earliest day you could be tested.
  15. I just got an interesting email from the Private Journey CSR. It is for our 1-23-22 OA cruise where we are in Star Class. She is offering different categories of cabanas for our visit to PDCC. Odd that I receive an offer for this sailing as I have 2 SC sailings before this one… Why would I need Private Journeys to secure a cabana at PDCC ? Can’t anyone just book a cabana through the cruise planner ? At these prices I can’t believe they are selling out super quickly. Maybe they are… I am not interested in a cabana in January in the Bahamas. It’s much too cold in Jan. for me to make it enjoyable plus the prices are very high…so no thanks. I actually had a floating cabana at the beach club booked at a MUCH lower price a number of months back but cancelled when I thought about it…too cold for me in Jan.
  16. I imagine that the CSO will be extended even if it is only recommendations since all of the cruise lines have agreed to voluntarily follow it.
  17. I think this is a great idea since it seems that the vaccinated are turning positive just as often as the unvaxxed (on cruises). I also believe that everyone will eventually be required to provide insurance protection. Royal cannot continue to fly everyone who tests positive home in a private jet !
  18. Not sure which bed you are referring to here ("We’re wondering if they’re comfy if we just split up and both get a double bed or whether we go with splitting the double into twins") but if you are referring to the bed in the loft of the GLS (the "Master" bed...sorry, I hate that term), that bed does not split. It is a Duxiana mattress and unlike other beds on board, it is 1 solid King mattress. I believe that the OS bed will split even though the OS used to be a solid mattress as well (maybe it still does ??). But the SC mattresses do not split into 2 separate beds. Perhaps you are talking about the sofa bed/mattress, in which case I have no idea as I have never had any downstairs bed made from the sofa(s).
  19. Do OY July 31 passengers have to be tested preboarding or not ? A friend of mine is on the 7-31-21 sailing and received the following VERY confusing and contradictory protocol update. The first box says that everyone, regardless of vaccination status must present a negative COVID-19 test....but then further down the page under "Testing Requirements", it says clearly that "vaccinated guests do not have any testing requirements". Were they just being lazy by adding this highlighted box with at the beginning, containing updated requirements, and then leaving their original testing requirements statement in there ? If so, I will say that is truly pathetic and very POOR messaging. Things are confusing enough without providing completely contradictory testing requirements ! Odyssey Of The Seas July 31, 2021 Sailing: Important Update For Guests All guests age 2 and older — regardless of vaccination status — will need to take a COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) with an accredited test provider, such as a drugstore chain or diagnostic lab, no more than 3 days before arriving at the terminal for embarkation. Guests will need to show their negative test result upon arriving at the terminal. The results can be printed out, or can be presented on your phone, such as the email result from your test provider. Costs associated with this test are the guests' responsibility. Vaccination Guidelines For sailings departing from Florida in July 2021, we strongly recommend all guests 16 and older be fully vaccinated. To be considered fully vaccinated, the final dose of the vaccine must be completed at least 14 days before sailing. At check-in, guests will be asked to provide documentation of their vaccination, such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card. Those who are 16 and older and do not have or are unable to provide documentation will be considered unvaccinated. Our unvaccinated guests must undergo additional COVID-19 testing at their own expense, and follow the health protocols described below, which are based on guidance from the CDC. We believe that in the coming months, restrictions and requirements will be more accommodating as public health circumstances evolve. All crew onboard Freedom of the Seas and Odyssey of the Seas will be fully vaccinated. Read Detailed Vaccine FAQs Testing Requirements Vaccinated Guests Vaccinated guests do not have any testing requirements. COVID-19 Testing for Unvaccinated Guests As a requirement to sail with us, all unvaccinated guests age 2 and older must undergo multiple COVID-19 tests. Testing at the terminal prior to embarkation and onboard before disembarking will be conducted by licensed and accredited third-party testing providers we have contracted. Our unvaccinated guests must register for this test and agree to the third-party testing provider terms and conditions. Registration details will be sent via email in advance. For unvaccinated guests 16 and older, the total charge from the third-party testing vendor for these tests is $136 USD per guest on sailings of 5 nights or less, and $178 USD per guest on sailings of 6 nights or more. This amount will be applied to the guest’s onboard expense account. Royal Caribbean will pay the testing vendor(s) on the guest’s behalf and will not retain any part of the testing costs. For guests age 2 to 15, we will cover the cost of any required testing. The testing required of our unvaccinated guests is described below. Pre-Cruise Unvaccinated guests 16 years of age and older will need to undergo a PCR test administered by an accredited laboratory of the guest’s choice, and taken no more than three days before sailing. We will require documentation of a negative result for this test prior to embarkation. All costs for this test are the unvaccinated guest’s responsibility. At the Terminal Unvaccinated guests 2 years of age and older are required to take a PCR test when checking in at the terminal, which will be administered by one of our testing vendors. Registration details will be sent via email in advance. Mid-Cruise Mid-way through cruises that are 6 nights or longer, unvaccinated guests 16 and older are required to undergo an PCR test for by one of our testing vendors. Guests will be notified onboard about how to register for this test. Prior to Disembarking While onboard, unvaccinated guests 2 years of age and older will be required to undergo antigen testing within 24 hours of the end of the voyage. This test will be conducted the day before the cruise ends by one of our testing vendors. Guests will be notified onboard about how to register for this test. Vaccinated guests who require an antigen or PCR test for entry into their destination country may receive one onboard at no charge. These tests will be complimentary for guests ages 2-15. Guests under 2 years of age will not be tested. Then again, they state that only unvaccinated need to be tested:
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