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    Gears got a reaction from cruisellama in Jewel of The Seas - November 28, 2021   
    That's what we thought too...until a Captain started saying the words for his 12:00 update on a ship that didn't have the PA chime.
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    Gears got a reaction from WannaCruise in Canadians - Are you cruising this year or waiting?   
    Yes, the at home tests are USA only...so far.
    Here's the RCL page on the acceptable tests (home testing needs to be 'supervised'): https://www.royalcaribbean.com/faq/questions/if-need-an-rt-pcr-test-before-i-cruise-where-should-i-go
    The Shopper's tests seem to be the best way to go at this point. But...wait a week...with all things C19 anything is bound to change.
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    Gears reacted to WanderPam in Canadians - Are you cruising this year or waiting?   
    We are preparing for our flight on Wednesday from Toronto to Seattle to cruise on Ovation Friday! Very excited and a little nervous of course.
    I am a pharmacist at SDM and administer antigen tests so that part was obviously easy for us, we are just going right before our flight.
    We just couldn't wait any longer to be back cruising! Mostly worried about getting the testing on the ship to be able to return to Canada but thinking positively that it will all work out !
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    Gears got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in Canadians - Are you cruising this year or waiting?   
    The Shopper's Drug Mart option looks more doable. From what I see on their website an appointment will be needed. Probably best to schedule something as late in the day as possible...you never know how '2 days' may be interpreted as C19 time goes on. A test at 9:00 am in the morning and a boarding time of 2:00 pm two days later is more than 48 hrs.
    I see testing can be done at YYZ too. If there is one place on the planet I don't trust for crowds and timing...it's YYZ.
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    Gears got a reaction from WannaCruise in Canadians - Are you cruising this year or waiting?   
    The Shopper's Drug Mart option looks more doable. From what I see on their website an appointment will be needed. Probably best to schedule something as late in the day as possible...you never know how '2 days' may be interpreted as C19 time goes on. A test at 9:00 am in the morning and a boarding time of 2:00 pm two days later is more than 48 hrs.
    I see testing can be done at YYZ too. If there is one place on the planet I don't trust for crowds and timing...it's YYZ.
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    Gears reacted to Lovetocruise2002 in Canadians - Are you cruising this year or waiting?   
    You and I are both from ON, and most Shopper's Drug Mart pharmacies and Loblaw's also offer rapid antigen tests now for travel purposes.  For my sailing that leaves on a Sunday, I would just probably test Friday, fly out Saturday, and board Sunday.  I don't love how close to the flight I have to test, but it is what it is I suppose.  But things can change by December so I'm not going to dwell on it too much for now.
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    Gears reacted to Vancity Cruiser in Canadians - Are you cruising this year or waiting?   
    Most airports offer rapid testing for flights so if you fly the day before your cruise it all lines up. We have tests booked at YVR for Wednesday afternoon (our flight is early Thursday morning so we decided to get test done the day before), fly Thursday, and board Friday so test covers the flight and is within the two day window required by Royal. As long as result is negative should be a fairly painless process.
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    Gears got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in C&A Program Updates - Drink Vouchers   
    General rule of thumb is to expect two weeks after a sailing to have the C&A points reflected on your profile and resulting tier level changes.
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    Gears got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in C&A Program Updates - Drink Vouchers   
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    Gears got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in C&A Program Updates - Drink Vouchers   
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    Gears got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in What is the strangest thing YOU have seen on a cruise ship?   
    2009 on the Independence. A very disruptive passenger who actually threatened to kill me and one other person...hauled off to the brig (they do have them so I learned!).
    One entertaining part...disembarkation day...guest services announcing (numerous times) his name to come to the Service Desk...usually the ones who have not settled up a cash account. ?
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    Gears reacted to LizzyBee23 in A Scenario I’m Afraid Of   
    A danger of a zero covid strategy.
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    Gears reacted to HtownHolly in Rebooked into an "upgrade" we don't like   
    Yup, that's the one I meant. And I saw pix of the sloped ceiling. No thanks!
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    Gears got a reaction from LifesEz in Royal Caribbean vs. Carnival   
    Part of what I used was ship tonnage divided by max number of guests. That will give an idea of how many passengers per square foot-ish of space (not a specific metric, but a general guide). Any time I compared RCL to Carnival, RCL always had a higher (by a good amount sometimes) tonnage to max guests ratio (inferring more space per passenger).

    This kind of topic has been around for a long time. The best overall value, RCL seems to always come out on top.
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    Gears got a reaction from Linda R in Royal Caribbean vs. Carnival   
    Part of what I used was ship tonnage divided by max number of guests. That will give an idea of how many passengers per square foot-ish of space (not a specific metric, but a general guide). Any time I compared RCL to Carnival, RCL always had a higher (by a good amount sometimes) tonnage to max guests ratio (inferring more space per passenger).

    This kind of topic has been around for a long time. The best overall value, RCL seems to always come out on top.
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    Gears got a reaction from DuaneG in Royal Caribbean vs. Carnival   
    Part of what I used was ship tonnage divided by max number of guests. That will give an idea of how many passengers per square foot-ish of space (not a specific metric, but a general guide). Any time I compared RCL to Carnival, RCL always had a higher (by a good amount sometimes) tonnage to max guests ratio (inferring more space per passenger).

    This kind of topic has been around for a long time. The best overall value, RCL seems to always come out on top.
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    Gears got a reaction from RCIfan1912 in Canadian Government to Lift 14 Day Quarantine Requirement   
    Media reports are out that the Canadian government will announce today that it will lift the 14-day quarantine requirement AND the three day quarantining in an authorized hotel requirement for fully vaccinated Canadian travelers.
    Expecting the changes will go into effect in early July.
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    Gears reacted to Matt in Canadian Government to Lift 14 Day Quarantine Requirement   
    Actual video footage from @Lovetocruise2002 earlier today

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    Gears reacted to Lovetocruise2002 in Canadian Government to Lift 14 Day Quarantine Requirement   
    Let's go!  It's been way too long in dry dock!
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    Gears got a reaction from teddy in Canadian Government to Lift 14 Day Quarantine Requirement   
    Media reports are out that the Canadian government will announce today that it will lift the 14-day quarantine requirement AND the three day quarantining in an authorized hotel requirement for fully vaccinated Canadian travelers.
    Expecting the changes will go into effect in early July.
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    Gears got a reaction from Neesa in Canadian Government to Lift 14 Day Quarantine Requirement   
    Media reports are out that the Canadian government will announce today that it will lift the 14-day quarantine requirement AND the three day quarantining in an authorized hotel requirement for fully vaccinated Canadian travelers.
    Expecting the changes will go into effect in early July.
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    Gears got a reaction from KristiZ in Canadian Government to Lift 14 Day Quarantine Requirement   
    Media reports are out that the Canadian government will announce today that it will lift the 14-day quarantine requirement AND the three day quarantining in an authorized hotel requirement for fully vaccinated Canadian travelers.
    Expecting the changes will go into effect in early July.
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    Gears got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in Canadian Government to Lift 14 Day Quarantine Requirement   
    Media reports are out that the Canadian government will announce today that it will lift the 14-day quarantine requirement AND the three day quarantining in an authorized hotel requirement for fully vaccinated Canadian travelers.
    Expecting the changes will go into effect in early July.
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    Gears got a reaction from JimnKathy in New CDC Guidance, no masks, no distancing...does it make a difference?   
    I think you are going to see a debate on what defines public transportation versus private transportation.
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    Gears got a reaction from nhilding10 in New CDC Guidance, no masks, no distancing...does it make a difference?   
    I think you are going to see a debate on what defines public transportation versus private transportation.
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