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There are reports, they're seemingly getting a grip or wrapped their heads around the situation; and, are coming up with some type of vaccine, that may help alleviate the ability of the virus to spread or something. BBC says WHO is trying to verify the claim. Hopefully, it may be over a lot sooner than not. They know the particulars of the virus; so, that should help combat it.

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Given RCI’s policy for those who have traveled to China, how did these people get on board?  I thought that RCI was denying boarding to anyone who’d been to China in the 15 days prior to boarding. 

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Yes.  All suspected of possibly having the virus have been preliminarily cleared. Apparently one person tested positive for influenza. 
 

Even though the ship has been cleared, RC decided to wait until they get a positive test results back from the CDC and so we will not board until tomorrow, Feb 8.  There will be some partial refunds for cruise fare and prepaid packages.  Everything seems to be fine except for the late start.  

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4 minutes ago, danv3 said:

Given RCI’s policy for those who have traveled to China, how did these people get on board?  I thought that RCI was denying boarding to anyone who’d been to China in the 15 days prior to boarding. 

Already on board before RCI announced policy.

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8 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Dan got an email but I got nothing. Still, we knew before we got to the port.  We are staying overnight in a Newark Courtyard and will go over tomorrow assuming everything is cleared.

Probably safe, and this is all erring on the side of caution. Hope y'all have a great day in Sunny, Friendly Newark, New Jersey!  Have a great cruise and enjoy that OBC! 

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Just now, SteveinSC said:

Probably safe, and this is all erring on the side of caution. Hope y'all have a great day in Sunny, Friendly Newark, New Jersey!  Have a great cruise and enjoy that OBC! 

Thanks, Steve.  Unfortunately, it is cold, rainy and gloomy here.  It was a a ROUGH ride from DC...but we made it.

Our itin was originally DCA-CLT-EWR but yesterday AA contacted us and advised significant weather delays for CLT and allowed us to make changes without a fee. I opted for a non-stop into JFK and BOY am I glad I did !  I’m not sure whether or not that original flight ever left CLT.  It’s a pricey Uber ride from JFK ($160.00) but I’d rather pay a little more and get here than get stuck in CLT and frankly, I think that is what would have happened. 

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1 minute ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Thanks, Steve.  Unfortunately, it is cold, rainy and gloomy here.  It was a a ROUGH ride from DC...but we made it.

Our itin was originally DCA-CLT-EWR but yesterday AA contacted us and advised significant weather delays for CLT and allowed us to make changes without a fee. I opted for a non-stop into JFK and BOY am I glad I did !  I’m not sure whether or not that original flight ever left CLT.  It’s a pricey Uber ride from JFK ($160.00) but I’d rather pay a little more and get here than get stuck in CLT and frankly, I think that is what would have happened. 

DC to Newark....Acela first class.....unless someone jumps on the track I've never had an issue on the train 😉

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3 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Yes.  I booked a Courtyard in Newark. Site unseen. On the fly. In the Uber. Livin’ dangerous.  😉😉

Hahaha, my only non-negotiable hotel rules are white bedding and doors on the inside of the building - I think all Courtyards pass this rigorous test! 

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Train ride from Union Station to Newark Penn Station is 2.5 hours on the Acela and then short uber to airport (or port 😉 ).  Business class $220, first class $380 *prices vary based on actual train

Train ride from Union Station to EWR (at the airport) on Amtrak Regional Rail (more stops) is 3 hours.  Coach class $130, business class $180 *Prices vary based on actual train

The train IMO takes the same as a flight factoring in security lines at airport, time to arrive ahead of departure, etc....plus parking at the train station is cheaper in many cases and you don't have to deal with baggage issues (weight, checking, liquids)

According to my son....the pan roasted Shrimp on a bed of wild rice was the very good.  😉

 

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3 hours ago, Brie said:

Is anyone considering canceling their cruise in the next coming weeks?

No. I'm leaving in 2 weeks.  I'm more likely to get the flu or norovirus (either on a cruise, or from the flight, or right here at work) than coronavirus. I'm tired of the fear mongering and hyperbole.

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27 minutes ago, DDaley said:

Hahaha, my only non-negotiable hotel rules are white bedding and doors on the inside of the building - I think all Courtyards pass this rigorous test! 

FYI the difference between a hotel and a motel:   

Hotel= room doors exit to interior of building    Motel=room doors exit to exterior of building

 

 

 

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51 minutes ago, Ogilthorpe said:

The new policy was published on Feb 3, this sailing left Jan 27. I suspect there are a number of ships that boarded and departed prior to the policy being enacted and many if not all should conclude this weekend.

I was on Harmony and we were docked next to Anthem on the 30th in San Juan. 😯 😷

 

There were a lot of people sick on Harmony when we left on the 26th too.  At one of the ice shows there was a whole group of sick people right behind me hacking everywhere.

 

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It's flu season. People are going to be sick here and there. Frankly I'm far more worried about the airports and the plane, because I have no idea what the screening is there.  And by far more worried, I mean 5% more worried than I am about coronavirus on the ship, and that is 0%.

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47 minutes ago, SpeedNoodles said:

No. I'm leaving in 2 weeks.  I'm more likely to get the flu or norovirus (either on a cruise, or from the flight, or right here at work) than coronavirus. I'm tired of the fear mongering and hyperbole.

EXACTLY! Up until this past weekend, more people in Missouri had died from the flu THIS FLU SEASON, than had died in the ENTIRE Coronavirus outbreak.

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1 hour ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Yes.  I booked a Courtyard in Newark. Site unseen. On the fly. In the Uber. Livin’ dangerous.  😉😉

If not too late to change, take a look at the Country Inn & Suites at Newark Airport. I've stayed in both chains, and feel that Country Inn & Suites are a bit nicer and have a better breakfast spread.

If you're a Marriott rewards member then I totally get why you'd book there, but wanted to offer the alternative.

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3 minutes ago, SpeedNoodles said:

It's flu season. People are going to be sick here and there. Frankly I'm far more worried about the airports and the plane, because I have no idea what the screening is there.  And by far more worried, I mean 5% more worried than I am about coronavirus on the ship, and that is 0%.

 

Yeah i wasn't worried about getting sick on the ship at all.  I have a doomsday prepping friend that was sending out a ton of group messages when i was sailing. Stocking up on water and food, i sent him a picture of me downing a drink to show him how worried i was. He sent me a message this morning saying he was locking himself in his house since i was on a royal ship that was near Anthem.

 

I work in a medical office. If I'm getting sick it's there. I has been a pretty crazy flu season though.

 

Most important rule, wash your hands!

 

 

 

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