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4 minutes ago, UNCFanatik said:

I just hope parents of 5-11 year olds wont solely use a cruise as the deciding factor to get vaccinated. 

 

 

I wouldn't cancel because of that. But due to such low incidence of covid cases on ships, adding a new protocol without getting rid of others (specifically, masks) sure would damper the experience.

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13 minutes ago, smokeybandit said:

 

I wouldn't cancel because of that. But due to such low incidence of covid cases on ships, adding a new protocol without getting rid of others (specifically, masks) sure would damper the experience.

very true

And to clarify, my intent was that I hope going on a  cruise would be the deciding factor for a parent of a 5-11 year old to get them vaccinated. 

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14 hours ago, KWofPerth said:

I'm coming at it from the POV that Royal is a family brand. With up to 2/3 of families not ready to vaccinate their kids yet, it might cause problems if they mandate it.  Don't get me wrong, I'd be fine if they did. I'm just musing on how it might affect their business. Time will tell, but an intriguing phase coming up I think.

Royal may not have a choice if the destinations require the kids over 5 to be fully vaccinated.  If going on a cruise with the entire family, everyone will need to be vaccinated.

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53 minutes ago, SteelersNationVA said:

Royal may not have a choice if the destinations require the kids over 5 to be fully vaccinated.  If going on a cruise with the entire family, everyone will need to be vaccinated.

This is the crux right here. Some countries have vaccine requirements, RCL would be required to enforce them if they continue the requirements, and I cannot think of any reason they wouldnt. And this will likely stretch further as Pfizer will have data on covid vaccination for children 2 - 4 and 6 months - 2 year early 2022, it might become a requirement for everyone to be vaccinated. If so, I hope they remove some of the restrictions.

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I suspect that once the vaccine is approved for young ones, Royal will enforce it, but there will be time for people to get it so it won't be right away.  I personally was hoping that it would come in time for our Dec cruise.  Our kids are 12 and 16 so will be vaccinated.  They don't go to the kids clubs, but will join the kid friendly activities (e.g. Sea Plex, family pool, etc) it's a holiday and thus there will be ton of kids. Having said that, I do like the extra protocols that Royal has with the additional testing so that in itself is a comfort and not too worried.

 

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1 hour ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

I hope parents don't get their children vaccinated for ANY reason.

My wife and I have a cruise booked with our 3-year-old for May. I'm hoping he's eligible and fully vaxxed by then.

My wife has a PhD in biochemistry and has spent her career studying infectious diseases. I've spent the pandemic working in a hospital. We have our reasons. Many reasons. Science being the #1 reason. Same reasons he's been given all his other vaccinations.

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21 minutes ago, smokeybandit said:

FDA just recommended EUA, despite a lot of misgivings about unintended consequences

Wish they had done it a couple of weeks ago. Our next family cruise is thanksgiving week which even if we could get it for my daughter tomorrow would be nearly impossible to be “fully vaccinated” by 11/20. 

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27 minutes ago, Andrew72681 said:

Wish they had done it a couple of weeks ago. Our next family cruise is thanksgiving week which even if we could get it for my daughter tomorrow would be nearly impossible to be “fully vaccinated” by 11/20. 

Usually Royal is lenient about implementation of a new protocol for vaccine. They know the issues of getting the shots and the time frames are generally several months out from the start date in order to allow guests to schedule their children. They did this when the 13 to 18 shots were recommended. Royal will announce when they will start requiring vaccinations for that age group.

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I hope and believe that once the vaccine(s) is approved for ages 5-12, it will eventually be required to cruise.  Eventually schools will require it just like the other vaccine requirements for the past 150+ years.  Also in response to earlier comments about not basing their kids vaccine decision on cruising, I completely agree.  You should get your kids vaccinated for their health, your health, your family's health, and your fellow human beings health.  Cruising is just another excellent reason for people to vaccinate.  

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2 hours ago, CrznTxn said:

Usually Royal is lenient about implementation of a new protocol for vaccine. They know the issues of getting the shots and the time frames are generally several months out from the start date in order to allow guests to schedule their children. They did this when the 13 to 18 shots were recommended. Royal will announce when they will start requiring vaccinations for that age group.

My issue isn’t that she wouldn’t be allowed onboard, rather than we’ll be stuck with the very limited ship sponsored excursions for that thanksgiving cruise. 

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4 hours ago, amcooper said:

I hope and believe that once the vaccine(s) is approved for ages 5-12, it will eventually be required to cruise.  Eventually schools will require it just like the other vaccine requirements for the past 150+ years.  Also in response to earlier comments about not basing their kids vaccine decision on cruising, I completely agree.  You should get your kids vaccinated for their health, your health, your family's health, and your fellow human beings health.  Cruising is just another excellent reason for people to vaccinate.  

That’s one take.

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