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That stinks and is my worry right now for our departure next Friday 1/31.  I officiate HS Basketball and have been in so many different gyms over the last month.  I have tested at home 2x in the past week and been negative so hopefully it stays that way.  My Wife works in the dental field so there's concern it could happen with her too.

Fingers crossed and hope you get something rescheduled for down the road.

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9 hours ago, Pattycruise said:

I think I am going to try and get exposed in between my cruises so I can "get this over with".....I'm so tired of the worry of missing my cruises.

I'm not sure if you really mean this but I can actually understand the sentiment behind it. I was a complete wreck in the run up to my Harmony cruise last September and it completely ruined all of the usual pre-cruise anticipation and excitement. It wasn't until the second day on board that I was finally able to feel relaxed and enjoy the cruise.

I reckon that pretty much everyone is going to get covid sooner or later going forward and Murphy's law inevitably means that, like in the OP's case, it will happen at the most inconvenient time.

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I am getting over Covid, probably the Omicron variant, and it has been about what has been said by others- mild cold symptoms, joint pain, and fatigue; but, was over after five days. On the 5th day it was like a switch was flipped in my body and it said, ok, you're done Omicron move along and I no longer had any symptoms.

My wife has had Covid, the Delta version, and that looked like something I didn't want, bad-bad cough and she still has some of it three months later. Interesting enough, I never got that variant and we are just two people living in the house alone. I was pleasantly shocked I didn't get it. @Curtis Kari I hope your wife gets the easy variant and gets better soon. 

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16 hours ago, Curtis Kari said:

My wife just tested positive and our hopes of a Jan 22nd cruise on the Allure are dashed. Hoping to get rebooked for a future date.

Same thing happened to my wife last month.  We were within 14 days of a January 9th cruise on Jewel OTS which was the first of a B2B on Jewel.  The second part of the B2B wasn't within 14 days of her testing positive for covid.  We cancelled the first cruise and weren't sure what to do about the second cruise.  Royal decided for us and both of the B2B cruises on Jewel were cancelled.   

Since we cancelled the first cruise because of testing positive, we requested a refund.  That seems like yesterday but you have to love Royal because a full refund just popped back onto our credit card today!

We are now in Florida two weeks early for another cruise on Odyssey.  My wife's last PCR test about 3 weeks ago was still positive.  We decided to go to Florida anyway to enjoy some warmer weather compared to Iowa.  We are waiting to do a rapid test before the cruise next week.  We aren't sure what the result will be but neither one of us have any symptoms.  I tested 3 times and never did test positive.

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15 minutes ago, Dad2Cue said:

Same thing happened to my wife last month.  We were within 14 days of a January 9th cruise on Jewel OTS which was the first of a B2B on Jewel.  The second part of the B2B wasn't within 14 days of her testing positive for covid.  We cancelled the first cruise and weren't sure what to do about the second cruise.  Royal decided for us and both of the B2B cruises on Jewel were cancelled.   

Since we cancelled the first cruise because of testing positive, we requested a refund.  That seems like yesterday but you have to love Royal because a full refund just popped back onto our credit card today!

We are now in Florida two weeks early for another cruise on Odyssey.  My wife's last PCR test about 3 weeks ago was still positive.  We decided to go to Florida anyway to enjoy some warmer weather compared to Iowa.  We are waiting to do a rapid test before the cruise next week.  We aren't sure what the result will be but neither one of us have any symptoms.  I never did test positive.

A rapid test will 100% be negative 

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We also feel your pain.....my wife and son tested positive last week.   We had hesitations about our Anthem cruise this week but the COVID result basically made the decision for us.  Right now it's 15 degrees in Virginia and hard to think about all of the "St. Somewhere's" we are missing out for the next 11 days.

Hope everyone is well and you get to go on another cruise soon.

 

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, Natalfaz said:

A rapid test will 100% be negative 

Just curious:

Is suggesting a rapid test for the purposes of a work around in order to board?

OR

Is the suggestion because PCR testing still picks up traces of the virus from the past?

Reason I ask is because if the OP, or anyone else, has Omicron or any other variant, and uses an unreliable test just to get on the ship, wouldn't that person potentially expose lots of other people?

On the other hand, may family had Covid last summer and I don't want the PCR test to show positive results if we are not carrying active virus.

We have a cruise in June and are trying to do the most responsible and appropriate thing.

To the OP, I am sorry your wife tested positive.  I hope that she gets over it with little to no complications.  Prayers and thoughts sent your way.

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On 1/21/2022 at 10:47 AM, CruisingNewb said:

Just curious:

Is suggesting a rapid test for the purposes of a work around in order to board?

OR

Is the suggestion because PCR testing still picks up traces of the virus from the past?

 

That's a good question.  For us, it isn't a work around just to get on a cruise ship.  We actually don't care anymore whether we go on the cruise or not other than to get what we paid for.  My wife doesn't believe she is still contagious.  I can't believe that I didn't have covid because I was as symptomatic as my wife but tested negative. 

From what I have read and heard about PCR tests, they can detect "dead virus" for months after being infected.  We were advised not to do a PCR test before a cruise for a few months because of that. It isn't like we are trying to game the system.  I think the CDC is clueless too when they changed the isolation time from 10 days to 5 days.  Everything just seems so arbitrary (and political) ... we don't know what to believe or what to do!

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13 minutes ago, sammy79 said:

@Mattdo you know what the pcr test policy is for the unvaccinated kids?  My 3 year old just tested positive on a home test. Fever and cough. We have a March cruise scheduled and I’m concerned about him testing positive on the pcr test. Thanks. 

I'd go get a PCR test (that test for multiple viruses at once) in the mean time. A lot of kids that young have symptoms from something else (like the flu or RSV) but additionally test positive for covid.

 

 

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On 1/21/2022 at 4:47 PM, CruisingNewb said:

Just curious:

Is suggesting a rapid test for the purposes of a work around in order to board?

OR

Is the suggestion because PCR testing still picks up traces of the virus from the past?

Reason I ask is because if the OP, or anyone else, has Omicron or any other variant, and uses an unreliable test just to get on the ship, wouldn't that person potentially expose lots of other people?

On the other hand, may family had Covid last summer and I don't want the PCR test to show positive results if we are not carrying active virus.

We have a cruise in June and are trying to do the most responsible and appropriate thing.

To the OP, I am sorry your wife tested positive.  I hope that she gets over it with little to no complications.  Prayers and thoughts sent your way.

Its because antigen tests are valid tests to go on board, if you test negative then your ok to go, PCR test test positive for weeks or even sometimes months... But you are not contagious. 

This is why is suggest the antigen test to OP if its negative then they shouldn't be any exposure to anybody. 

 

 

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On 1/21/2022 at 3:34 AM, FionaMG said:

I'm not sure if you really mean this but I can actually understand the sentiment behind it. I was a complete wreck in the run up to my Harmony cruise last September and it completely ruined all of the usual pre-cruise anticipation and excitement. It wasn't until the second day on board that I was finally able to feel relaxed and enjoy the cruise.

I reckon that pretty much everyone is going to get covid sooner or later going forward and Murphy's law inevitably means that, like in the OP's case, it will happen at the most inconvenient time.

Yes, thank you for understanding the sentiment behind it.  "Murphy" could be my middle name.

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