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  1. Scenario 2 then. So, I buy a bottle, have it opened, and drink a glass from it in Vintages. Can I then take the uncorked bottle back to my cabin?
  2. It's amazing what a little bit of sleuthing can reveal. It turns out, there are two clinics at YVR that handle rapid antigen tests for travellers with instant results and waay cheaper than Shoppers. Ultima (https://yvrmedical.com) and CVM (https://covid-medical.ca). Ideal solution. And, in my case, only one certificate needed for US entry and RC embarkation. But watch out for their restricted opening hours, especially on the weekend. Dodged another bullet. Phew!
  3. So, here's my final calculation for a BC-based traveller, flying in to Newark from Vancouver via Montreal. Two approved antigen tests required, as follows: (1) for airline/US entry requirements (within 3 days of departure); (2) for RC embarkation requirements (within 2 days). Total cost over CA$ 400 (incl tax)! You can do it all through Shoppers in conjunction with Life Labs, but only at certain SDM locations in BC. Why two tests? Because, if you try to get just one test done within 2 days of RC embarkation, you won't get your results in time to use it for your Vancouver-Montreal-Newark flight. If you're on a shoestring budget (like me), all you can do is keep your fingers x'd that the protocols may have changed by next spring! And keep up that YOLO attitude!
  4. You must be in Ontario or Alberta. We don't have SDM rapid antigen tests for $40 in BC.
  5. We're talking 11-day TA, so the two carry-on bottles will be long gone by mid-voyage. So, I think Scenarios 3 or 4 will do nicely. Problem solved. Thanks, guys!
  6. Rookie question. Scenario 1: So, I go to Vintages for a nightcap, 5oz glass of red vino, and I can take it back to my cabin, right? Scenario 2: To economize with my nightcaps, I go to Vintages and buy a bottle of red vino instead of a glass, and I can take the bottle back to my cabin. Right? Or wrong?
  7. Newbie question. Scenario 1: So, I go to Vintages for a nightcap, 5oz glass of red vino, and I can take it back to my cabin, right? Scenario 2: To economize with my nightcaps, I go to Vintages and buy a bottle of red vino instead of a glass, and I can take the bottle back to my cabin. Right? Or wrong?
  8. Wow! It seems like I've really opened up a BIG can of worms with this topic! It really is too bad that RC isn't taking better care of their Canadian guests, at least by upping their communications game. So far, I haven't heard a peep out of them on this critical matter. Where is their public-relations team? Fortunately, I'm not sailing until Anthem's TA to Southampton next spring. Things may have improved by then. But, for those fellow Canucks sailing sooner, it's a real dog's breakfast. I can only suggest that now is not the time to be all nicey-nicey polite about things ... shake the trees, guys! Something good might fall out!
  9. Canadian and international travelers residing outside the U.S. will need to complete testing requirements for COVID-19 at more standard venues, as these test-at-home kits are only approved for those residing in the United States. (From CruiseCritic website).
  10. ... NOT for Canucks!! We can't do it that way. And most of us Westerners have a longer journey than 2 days to the port of departure. It really is a problem for us. Any suggestions?
  11. From a Canadian, eh: Easiest way to imagine safe distance? Imagine the length of a bicycle between you and the next person.
  12. I've 289 days to go before my TA on Anthem in May 2022. The general advice seems to be: if you want the best availability and the best deal(s), book your shore excursions as early as possible. I'm happy to make early bookings and reservations, as early as possible in fact. However, no excursions are available for my cruise right now. Drinks and dining packages, sure. But no shore excursions. (Or entertainment). Too early, I guess. So, when can I expect my cruise planner to come to life? Before year-end perhaps?
  13. JL, I certainly understand that the gratuity is to cover dispenser maintenance. That's only fair. Unfortunately, emmef, on an 11-day TA, I'll probably need the dispensers too!
  14. Sailing on Anthem TA in May 2022 without a drinks package. Not a big enough drinker, but I do like a glass of wine before bedtime as a nightcap. Maybe two. Helps me sleep. So, I was planning on using the Vintages wine dispensers, which serve 5 oz glasses. My question is: when you tap/swipe at the dispensers, are you charged the 18% gratuity, even though you did all the work yourself? Just asking.
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