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I think I would definitely prefer to drive than fly at the moment.

The idea of a positive test at the port resulting in denied boarding and the nightmare logistics that would entail without a car to drive home in really puts me off the idea of flying.

However, for us, here in Custard Tart Land, that severely limits our options. Lisbon is under 3 hours away, but very few cruises start from there. Malaga is about 4 hours but even fewer from there. Barcelona? That's where our only currently booked cruise will be sailing from a year from now but that's a 12 hour drive. Doable but far from ideal.

I guess we'll wait and see how things pan out but, for sure, I won't be booking flights for it any time soon.

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Sorry.. as much as I love my wife.. there's no way I could spend 17 hours in a car with her having to pee once every hour.. lol.. Ill take my chances with flying lol 

It's definitely impossible with that spirit!    

We live in North Carolina and always drive to Florida when we cruise. It's a two day trip, but we have friends we can visit in Fl for an overnight visit and stop in Savannah, Ga or Charleston, Sc on t

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Flying is much more convenient when travelling with my entire family...only port close to RI is Cape Liberty and yes, I would consider that.  But I do not want to cruise to Bermuda and the other cruises from there are 7 or 8 nighters...which I am not sure will be options right away (according to many of the other posts and discussions). 

For now...our planned cruise in April 2021 is out of Miami so driving would add several days to both ends of the trip.  Not a problem for me and my husband (I took early retirement and he is flexible with his work schedule) but our kids' and grandkids' time is precious.  I am so anxious to cruise with my grandkids...and I want to do so before they all reach their teens!!!!  

Just waiting to hear more info as it pertains to all of this.

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51 minutes ago, FionaMG said:

However, for us, here in Custard Tart Land, that severely limits our options. Lisbon is under 3 hours away, but very few cruises start from there. Malaga is about 4 hours but even fewer from there. Barcelona? That's where our only currently booked cruise will be sailing from a year from now but that's a 12 hour drive. Doable but far from ideal.

So I gather that Custard Tart Land (gonna have to visit there some time, I love custard tarts!!) is somewhere in Europe. Is a combination of car / taxi and train a viable option? I know that rail transit in Europe is a heck of a lot better than it is here, but I imagine there are still gaps or problem spots.

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35 minutes ago, JLMoran said:

So I gather that Custard Tart Land (gonna have to visit there some time, I love custard tarts!!) is somewhere in Europe. Is a combination of car / taxi and train a viable option? I know that rail transit in Europe is a heck of a lot better than it is here, but I imagine there are still gaps or problem spots.

Correct. Portugal, home of the world famous pastel de nata. 

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Actually, since you're in NJ, I bet you can find the real thing not far from home, given the massive Portuguese community in that part of the world. No need to come all the way over the Pond for them. 😁

We are down in the Algarve, the southernmost province on the mainland, blessed with fabulous beaches right on our doorstep. A tourism hotspot that sadly is suffering badly as a result of all this Covid mess. 😢

We could certainly do a car/train combo, but with our low-cost airlines over here, the trains are not very competitive and we'd still be left with the issue of how to get home if we tested positive at the port. Not sweating it, though, as there's still plenty of time between now and our sail date. Fingers crossed we're all back to some semblance of normality by then.

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Living in Alaska, driving to a cruise port (in the lower 48) is completely out of the question.  Not only would I have to drive through Canada to get there, it takes me about 5 days just to drive to Seattle (ignoring Covid), not to mention another cross country trip to an East Coast cruise port!  And then I need to get home, so double this!

Flying is our only option, and Alaska still has mandatory quarantine requirements for many situations.  Leaving Alaska initially isn't a big deal, but on the return, I have to have a negative test result once I'm back in state AND another negative test 5-7 days later.  My work requirements follow the state mandate, so I'm in a work-from-home situation until I get that second negative test.  In my area of Alaska, we haven't had a Covid death for a couple of months, and have only seen 3-4 positive test results in the last couple of weeks.  The schools are all back in session with in-person classes (with social distancing, masks, etc.) along with remote online learning options if desired.  Alaska has only had 56 deaths in state total from Covid. 

My wife and I were originally going to celebrate our 25th anniversary with a B2B on Freedom last June 2020.  That cancelled, and we rebooked for late October (same B2B on Freedom).  That cancelled to, and we are now rebooked for a third time for the same B2B on Freedom the end of March 2021.  Freedom home ports in San Juan, Puerto Rico, so flying is the ONLY option for us there!  My concern is traveling all the way there and VERY MUCH wanting to have a negative test result.  It would be a huge nightmare to deal with a positive test at that point!

I do hope cruising starts up soon, and am really hoping that itineraries are basically back to normal come March 2021!  I'm willing to deal with the new cruise requirements, and am just hoping all the Caribbean ports open back up and things start to stabilize!

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Yup, I'm mostly looking at Cape Liberty since that's only about a 6 hour drive for me.

I've given some consideration to Amtrak in a sleeper roomette to get to FL. Since I work remote now anyways the extra time spent traveling doesn't really bother me and might be fun to try.  Just not sure it's actually much better than flying.

Had a pipe dream of just getting a dirigible and moving into that instead of a house, maybe one day.....

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Within an hour to Cape Liberty, so that's a no-brainer for me.  As things stand right now, if I were cruising out of FL I would almost certainly take the Auto Train down.  Shave a day of drive time (and arrive well rested) and have my car there for an emergency return trip.  After the cruise I'd probably just drive back home over two days, saves money and there's less of a real hard deadline as to when I get there.  It's not like my house will leave me at the pier!

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We’ll be driving from OH to Cape Liberty but that's because I’m too cheap to buy tickets for holiday flights (sail 12/24) and not the pandemic. But we’re an airline family so my viewpoint is a little skewed.

However, I would think that if someone was comfortable enough getting on a cruise ship then airports/airplanes wouldn’t even be on their list of “dangerous” places. 🤷🏼‍♀️

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2 hours ago, MarvinS said:

My concern is traveling all the way there and VERY MUCH wanting to have a negative test result.  It would be a huge nightmare to deal with a positive test at that point!

I do hope cruising starts up soon, and am really hoping that itineraries are basically back to normal come March 2021!  I'm willing to deal with the new cruise requirements, and am just hoping all the Caribbean ports open back up and things start to stabilize!

^^^^^^^^Totally agree with ^^^^^^^^

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2 hours ago, USCG Teacher said:

if I were cruising out of FL I would almost certainly take the Auto Train down.  Shave a day of drive time (and arrive well rested) and have my car there for an emergency return trip.

I forgot that's an option for us New Jerseyans! Not the cheapest option, but definitely a good one to keep in mind when flights are even pricier.

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For me it all depends, and it will depend on where the cruise leaves from, and the distance that it is from our home in VA, if the cruise leaves from Baltimore then we are definitely driving, if the cruise is leaving from Miami or Fort Lauderdale then we are DEFINITELY flying.  I just flew from VA to WA to assist my niece in moving to CO, so getting on a plane does not worry me as much.  I do not fear COVID 19 but I do respect it, and take all the necessary precautions in order to keep those that I love the most as well as those around me safe.  I actually must say that I was surprised with how packed the plane was as well as the airports that we stopped at, but once again mask was worn, hand sanitizer was used, and I definitely socially distanced prior to sitting in my seat on the plane.  

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12 hours ago, bhageerah said:

For me it all depends, and it will depend on where the cruise leaves from, and the distance that it is from our home in VA, if the cruise leaves from Baltimore then we are definitely driving, if the cruise is leaving from Miami or Fort Lauderdale then we are DEFINITELY flying.  I just flew from VA to WA to assist my niece in moving to CO, so getting on a plane does not worry me as much.  I do not fear COVID 19 but I do respect it, and take all the necessary precautions in order to keep those that I love the most as well as those around me safe.  I actually must say that I was surprised with how packed the plane was as well as the airports that we stopped at, but once again mask was worn, hand sanitizer was used, and I definitely socially distanced prior to sitting in my seat on the plane.  

For the highlighted, what a great saying...or way to think of it...

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On 9/29/2020 at 1:26 PM, Lovetocruise2002 said:

I am 100% with @monctonguy on this one.  The border is the biggest problem right now.

That and insurance coverage for COVID-19.  Just spoke to my travel agent.  There is COVID-19 coverage available to purchase as a stand-alone policy but any form of cruise travel is excluded.  

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