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  1. Good luck with that business strategy. We will see how this rollout with children's vaccines go and how many parents have their children vaccinated. If it is a low percentage, dont expect the cruise lines to require vaccinations for those under 12. To do so, would eliminate family market and MANY cancellations will follow. I expect Fain to look at the bottom line. What would benefit Royal more is accepting natural acquired immunity in place of vaccinations
  2. How about if you get delayed and arrive later than your check in time? Will they let you in or will you have to wait for next group that boards?
  3. I’m debating between magens bay and sapphire beach at the moment. My ship won’t get into st Thomas until 12pm and there are 3 other ships in port that arrive early morning. Worried about crowds at magens beach
  4. T minus 3 weeks!!! Can’t believe after 2 years and 2 cruises cancelled, sail date is almost here!!! equal parts excitement and fear that I only have three weeks left to finalize excursions… one night stay in Miami…double checking packing list for misc items… etc etc etc!!!
  5. If you choose to sail during a pandemic, you have to be able to assume some level of risk because the cruise lines cannot guarantee that you will not get Covid while on the ship just like they could never guarantee that you wouldnt get sick in the past from any number of illnesses. Even when Covid becomes endemic, it will join a list of respiratory viruses that one can catch anywhere including a cruise ship. I agree that cruise lines should be as transparent as possible but the ultimate responsibility falls on the consumer and its up to the customer how much risk they are willing to assume
  6. When participating in onboard activities, flow rider....zip line....ice skating. Does one have to sign waiver each time participating or is it a one time waiver they keep record of?
  7. Just realize that the CEO of the cruise lines know that sick people on cruise ships do not equal good PR or increase revenue. The cruise lines have a vested interest in protecting their passengers and that is what informs their health protocols. Notice that the CDC did not regulate the airline industry. Nor did they regulate Casinos in Las Vegas that operate very much the same way cruise ships with large amounts of people staying in hotels for a week, dining together, in the casino together, entertainment together. The cruise lines know they have to appease the CDC right now to avoid shut downs moving forward. But most of the protocols we see now on cruise lines would have happened with or without CDC guidance and CDC ultimate overreach just like the CDC overreached on Evictions Edited to Add: and do you need the CDC in your daily life to tell you what activities and habits or activities are bad for your health or would you have come to that conclusion on your own with your personal freedom and responsibility
  8. Thank you everyone that offered an answer. I was also trying to be cheap....lol But as mentioned, its not worth betting a cruise over. I wish Royal would provide a clearer answer on their website as i copied that straight from them
  9. very true And to clarify, my intent was that I hope going on a cruise would be the deciding factor for a parent of a 5-11 year old to get them vaccinated.
  10. I just hope parents of 5-11 year olds wont solely use a cruise as the deciding factor to get vaccinated. It will definitely be a can of worms for Royal if they require vaccination for 5 and older. I can forecast more cancellations on the horizon if they do so
  11. I dont disagree with much that you are pointing out. My major sticking point with Vaccine requirements(I am vaccinated) is that they ignore natural immunity of those that have previously had Covid. I will not get into the argument over how long natural immunity vs vaccines and how long either is effective but there is enough research out there that would make a valid case for naturally acquired immunity should be included in any vaccine mandates. Just yesterday there was a major protest in NYC over vaccine mandates so it will be interesting to see how all this plays out with vaccine requirements for other sectors of travel industry when it comes to domestic travel. It seems the airline lobbyists would object to vaccine requirements to fly domestically but that matter is certainly up for debate and will play out in due time. And how willing passengers will submit to covid tests and have to pay for out of pocket. I have flown at least 20 times domestically since pandemic and that would be a hard sell to shell out covid testing costs each time vs a cruise. and you are right, Royal has to follow the protocols of the countries they visit and that creates the dilemma. It will be interesting to watch to see if FL follows through with fines for cruise lines and the certain court battles that will follow. Strange times indeed and will be fascinating to watch to see how all this plays out
  12. On a more positive note, my daughter and step daughter would like to decorate their door as we have connecting rooms. Best source for custom door decorations? What do people use to apply? Magnets? putty? I heard no tape
  13. Unfortunately. I expected there to still be masking but I was holding out hope for test requirement being dropped for vax passengers but of course the CSO extension killed any hope of that
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