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Would you fly or drive?


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5 hours ago, Pooch said:

Just curious as to why you think everyone at the airport would have a negative test and be vaccinated?  I’ve been flying every couple months since late last year and have never been asked for test results or my vaccination card.  Flying requires wearing a mask and is not restricted in any other way that I’ve seen.

To fly even domestically in Canada you have to be vaccinated.   

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Appreciate the responses.  Good thing is we have until the day before to decide (in which case we would have already left if driving).  Most likely will fly....the main risk is that if we test positive then we are stuck in the US (but will be taking things pretty low key on the ship and only getting off at the private island)

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3 hours ago, Canadian-Cruiser said:

And to avoid positives false or not make sure to mask and avoid malls and crowds the week prior to the test and trip as to not have any unintended exposures and therefore having to cancel the trip. 

Yes, aside from school, we will pretty much stick to home the 2 weeks prior to the trip....halt on seeing friends and extra curricular programs.  Luckily, DH and I still work from home due to our office not opening up yet since covid. 

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11 hours ago, WannaCruise said:

One pro though with driving is if one of us tests positive on the ship, then we could drive home and quarantine (not sure the logistics of washroom breaks).  With flying, we would be stuck in a hotel in New Jersey. 

If you test positive on the ship, Royals Covid assistance will be available to get you home.  In which case my vote is to fly so you are not dealing with vehicle logistics should this happen.  

https://www.royalcaribbean.com/faq/questions/if-i-test-positive-for-sars-cov-2-what-is-your-refund-policy-and-costs-covered

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4 minutes ago, Jax said:

If you test positive on the ship, Royals Covid assistance will be available to get you home.  In which case my vote is to fly so you are not dealing with vehicle logistics should this happen.  

https://www.royalcaribbean.com/faq/questions/if-i-test-positive-for-sars-cov-2-what-is-your-refund-policy-and-costs-covered

Yes thanks.  I've seen that....but they leave it open if they actually get you home, or if they cover quarantine costs (which is great in itself as no insurance seems to do so).  We're in Canada so not sure if that impacts what they do.

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21 minutes ago, WannaCruise said:

Yes thanks.  I've seen that....but they leave it open if they actually get you home, or if they cover quarantine costs (which is great in itself as no insurance seems to do so).  We're in Canada so not sure if that impacts what they do.

I had similar concerns and inquired with the executive office about this and was assured all elements of this policy extends to Canadians. So I am going to put my faith in this policy and hope for the best. Lol 

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23 minutes ago, Jax said:

If you test positive on the ship, Royals Covid assistance will be available to get you home.  In which case my vote is to fly so you are not dealing with vehicle logistics should this happen.  

https://www.royalcaribbean.com/faq/questions/if-i-test-positive-for-sars-cov-2-what-is-your-refund-policy-and-costs-covered

And as someone who was the benefactor of this RC-assisted flight home, it's one hell of a service they're offering.

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I always prefer to drive. We're 5 hours to NJ where our next three cruises are. Then we have Ft Lauderdale, we currently have flights, but I've driven it twice before. It will depend on whether we decide to spend extra time in FL. I've driven to FL every year for vacation for the last 30 years. Used to be a two day drive, now that I'm retired and have the time I take three. Seattle in June, will definitely have to fly that one. An earlier comment about luggage is one reason having a mini-van to fill up means the DW can bring just about anything.

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Stopping every 30-60 minutes because of back issues (my wife has them and empathizes), is a non-starter; I'd fly, if possible.  That said, we drive to Florida from NC, some 11-13 hours depending on whether it's Tampa or Port Canaveral.  One reason is lousy airline connections.  If we could easily fly, we'd do that.    For us, "flying" is a 5-7 hour proposition because of connections in Charlotte or Atlanta.  We miss the direct flights we had from Baltimore to Florida.

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50 minutes ago, ChessE4 said:

Stopping every 30-60 minutes because of back issues (my wife has them and empathizes), is a non-starter; I'd fly, if possible.  That said, we drive to Florida from NC, some 11-13 hours depending on whether it's Tampa or Port Canaveral.  One reason is lousy airline connections.  If we could easily fly, we'd do that.    For us, "flying" is a 5-7 hour proposition because of connections in Charlotte or Atlanta.  We miss the direct flights we had from Baltimore to Florida.

That's rough when you don't have many options for direct.  Fortunately, we are able to fly direct....would be nervous if we had to do the connecting thing never knowing how much time to leave between flights.

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Being in Illinois, we have flown to every cruise we did - including our one this year.

I made to sure to get the KN95 masks for the flights and wipes for all surfaces as well as my hand sanitizer. It was weird being so close to strangers but I felt safe enough considering they did things right as well.

 

That said - if a drive to Florida was more feasible (it's 24 hours according to google - so an easy 2 days and I'm still paying for a hotel) we would do it. Not having to stress over the weight of my luggage alone would be a godsend.

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On 11/7/2021 at 7:40 AM, WannaCruise said:

I know everyone's situation is different, but torn with what do to for our Dec cruise out of New Jersey:

  • 10 hr drive (or much more with regular stops)
  • 1.5 hr flight

We are all vaccinated.  Obviously without covid, the 1.5 hr flight would win.  Flying is much quicker (of course, there is still the time that you spend driving to the airport, and check in and waiting, etc).  But then we are exposing ourselves more than with driving.  Having said that, at least everyone at the airport will have a negative covid test and be vaccinated.

With driving, 10hrs is still long, especially for kids.  And the big issue for us, or me, is that I have back issues and can't sit for long...so that would mean stopping every 30-60 minutes.  We would probably leave 2 days before (after our antigen test) to spread out the drive so there would still be an extra hotel stop.  And this all assumes good weather (Toronto to New Jersey), which you can't really assume in Dec.

One pro though with driving is if one of us tests positive on the ship, then we could drive home and quarantine (not sure the logistics of washroom breaks).  With flying, we would be stuck in a hotel in New Jersey.  (If we fly, DH and I are going to bring our laptop in case this happens so we can work...haven't decided yet about kids laptops for school).

For those that have the choice, are you driving or flying?  And how long is the drive?

Do you feel that flying is safe?

I fly from Ohio and have zero concerns about flying. As long as you are masked up, you’ll be ok. 

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