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Not sure when (or even if) this change was made, but I just read on CC that fully vaccinated guests are now required to test 2 days prior to boarding as opposed to 3 days.  It looks like vaxxed now have a choice between 2 day prior pre-test or being tested at the pier.  Can anyone find a link to verify this ?  It also contains requirements for unvaccinated (presumably children under the age of 12) for B2B sailings...which I guess is good news for those who are hoping to take children on B2B.

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14 minutes ago, smokeybandit said:

So if you're vaccinated, your window is 2 days, but if not vaccinated, it's 3 days?  

Um that math doesn't quite add up to me

Yeah...that's what I think, too.  ....but I guess the good news is that it seems as though there is now an option to test pre-arrival OR at arrival where there was only the option to test pre-arrival before.

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I think it would be good to have a contractor at the pier performing viral testing for those who arrive without a test result…even for a reasonable fee. That would help those who don’t get their private test results back in time, and just show up thinking they can board anyway.

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12 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Yeah...that's what I think, too.  ....but I guess the good news is that it seems as though there is now an option to test pre-arrival OR at arrival where there was only the option to test pre-arrival before.

That would cause a bit of consternation if the unvaccinated can walk right on while the vaccinated have to wait for test results

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It looks like vaccinated have a choice to use the home proctored test but unvaxxed do not.  Since unvaxxed can only mean children under 12 (since no other unvaxxed are allowed) then kids will not be able to use the home test...which totally sucks.

At least, that is the way I am reading it.

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Actually, looks like the CDC wants all unvaxxed tested at check-in too (which of course those under 12 already get tested on RC)

 

CDC is just off their rocker at this point. With so few positives found pre-cruise or on board combined with the fact we're deep into delta right now, not at the start (and onboard issues haven't changed), trying to make testing more strict is just trying to pile on.

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Per Matt's write up, the CDC has some new recommendations on Masks.

CDC wants cruise lines to reconsider mask policies on cruise ships | Royal Caribbean Blog

I sincerely hope that RCI ignores these recommendations.  I am not willing to wear a mask at all times while on the ship (which is what it sounds like the CDC wants) - this would cause me to reconsider future cruises.

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57 minutes ago, Pooch said:

Do we have confirmation from RCCL that passengers can get tested at the pier?  And is this on their dime or our own?

No, testing is NOT available for vaccinated at the pier.

They're only offering tests at pier for unvaccinated because they have to pay out of pocket extra for it.

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1 hour ago, wordell1 said:

Per Matt's write up, the CDC has some new recommendations on Masks.

CDC wants cruise lines to reconsider mask policies on cruise ships | Royal Caribbean Blog

I sincerely hope that RCI ignores these recommendations.  I am not willing to wear a mask at all times while on the ship (which is what it sounds like the CDC wants) - this would cause me to reconsider future cruises.

Yet another CDC attempt to discourage cruising. Hope the cruise lines give them the middle finger ? on this one. 
 

There has not been a problematic “outbreak” on any ship to resort to this new “recommendation.” CDC trying sooooooo hard to remain relevant. 

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2 hours ago, BrianB said:

I think it would be good to have a contractor at the pier performing viral testing for those who arrive without a test result…even for a reasonable fee. That would help those who don’t get their private test results back in time, and just show up thinking they can board anyway.

All this added time compression stress could increase the number of drink packages.

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2 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Yeah...that's what I think, too.  ....but I guess the good news is that it seems as though there is now an option to test pre-arrival OR at arrival where there was only the option to test pre-arrival before.

No, it's not an option, it's a CDC recommendation to either request vaccinated have a test in the 2-day window prior to sailing or they can get one on embarkation.  

Basically they still want the unvaccinated tested at the pier and they want them to be tested prior to coming to the pier, but they're giving them 3 days since they're going to be tested again.  I guess they feel they're giving the cruise lines a win to not have to test as many people at boarding this way. 

It's on the cruise lines to give the OPTION for the vaccinated to just get tested at the pier if they are going to abide by these new screening requirements.  We will see how Royal decides to do handle this for the September and October cruises. Previously they have been taking the stance to go by the CDC recommendations as they've made it clear they're honoring the CSO guidelines to sail, even though the CDC added the language that the CSO is non-binding in Florida.  

I think the CDC exists in a vacuum where they don't realize that this type of screening testing isn't as widely available all over the country as they might think, especially with the surge in cases.  PCR is a type of NAAT, but you don't find many places that offer quick results on that one, but that's the most widely available type of test, at least from my experience.  But again, the lack of testing really isn't their problem.

This change means even the 100% vaccinated cruise lines will require testing before sailing, although I think most of them already did. The ones like that I know of actually provide the tests at boarding at their cost already.

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