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Pre board COVID testing for ALL passengers from Florida Ports though December 2021 Now


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11 minutes ago, CruiseGus said:

based on the day of the test being day Zero (0) we can test any time the day before we board our airline.

If we test just before leaving for the airport of departure the evening before our 2 days in port

with a check in before 4pm we are still even in a 72 hour (3x 24) window.

guess that is the route we will try

personally i think its BS because if VAXed even if positive your viral load is greatly reduced

so your chance of spread to other passengers is much less, most VAXed are either asymptomatic or mild cases.

what i worry about is all the un-Vaxed spreaders out there giving me mild symptom that i can live with.

but what ever make the minority happy, guess we have to do

 

 

 

 

Especially if your are going to Alaska, First they make me wear a mask then cancel my excursions because we are spending less time in 2 of the ports. Now we have to get tested at our own expense. We are taking a wait and see approach. My TA said today she's getting a lot of unhappy customers and we can cancel for a full refund up to 48 hours before our ship is to sail. I'm going twice next year so waiting until next year isn't a big deal. I'm really hoping there won't be anymore of these restrictions or changes.

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6 hours ago, SmoothJ24 said:

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Odyssey of the Seas July 31, 2021 Protocol Update 

We can’t wait to welcome you onboard your sailing. Before departing, we have an update to share regarding our pre-cruise testing requirement. All guests 2 and up, regardless of vaccination status, are now required to provide a negative PCR or antigen test result for COVID-19 on boarding day. Below are additional details.

We understand that, for many of you, this is a new and last-minute requirement. We've added this additional precaution in the interest of all guests, crew, and the communities we visit. For the smoothest boarding experience, we strongly suggest you secure a negative test result prior to sailing. Doing so will allow you to proceed through our usual boarding process. However, if guests impacted by this late change cannot get tested before sailing, we'll offer complimentary testing on a limited basis and shuttles to an adjacent terminal for testing.

All other previously advised testing protocols remain in place for our guests that are not fully vaccinated.

 

Why would anyone get a test by themselves when they have to pay for it? Everyone is going to opt for the complimentary test from Royal in a separate terminal. From my understanding, rapid-antigen or PCR tests are not covered by insurance if they are related for a "travel" reason. They are only covered if you actually have symptoms. Not sure lying is a good idea either. 

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40 minutes ago, spursfreak21 said:

Isn’t testing still free at large pharmacy chains like CVS? I got tested last year due to a close contact and paid nothing. Has this changed?

You didn't pay because you were in close contact. If it's for travel that's different, you pay for that. Had to do that earlier this year to travel.

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6 hours ago, Cruising With JT said:

I am hearing that you can do drive through rapid tests and they don't really ask you why you're there since you're sitting in the car? 

I was tested for Covid 2 weeks ago at Walgreens drive through. It required an appt. You have to fill out questionnaire that you check off your symptoms. 
 

On the appointment form, it does ask if this is for travel purposes or because you have symptoms. 
 

Travel purposes = charge

Symptomatic = free

(I was negative BTW. Managed to catch a summer cold) 

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12 minutes ago, LovetoCruise87 said:

I don't see it that way. The more testing, the safer the cruise will be. 

I agree - more testing will make the cruise safer. I am the type that would rather be safe than sorry. It would be much more inconvenient to have your cruise end early due to COVID rather than being tested before. Especially because both vaccinated and nonvaccinated are getting the Delta variant, I don't see why there is a problem with everyone getting tested prior to boarding. 

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6 hours ago, Jill said:

I was tested for Covid 2 weeks ago at Walgreens drive through. It required an appt. You have to fill out questionnaire that you check off your symptoms. 
 

On the appointment form, it does ask if this is for travel purposes or because you have symptoms. 
 

Travel purposes = charge

Symptomatic = free

(I was negative BTW. Managed to catch a summer cold) 

How do they know if you're symptomatic? Like do they actually check?

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So?? where are these tests being done and by whom and are they certified tests? Who is able to and willing to order the tests? What medical facility are they going to accept results from? Joe's Med Shoppe??

See the reason I ask is, as a medical professional we are NOT testing people that are not having any symptoms.

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23 minutes ago, Jolly Ogre said:

So?? where are these tests being done and by whom and are they certified tests? Who is able to and willing to order the tests? What medical facility are they going to accept results from? Joe's Med Shoppe??

See the reason I ask is, as a medical professional we are NOT testing people that are not having any symptoms.

An entire industry has been borne out of the pandemic.  "Covid testing for travel" businesses have popped up all over. 

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