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I'm on the Oasis on cruise number seventeen since my personal cruise re-start in September. I haven't changed a thing pre-cruise during that time. But, then again...I've been 'social distancing' before it became a thing.😜

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I respect everyone's opinion on this topic.

Having said that, the comments regarding how some of you didn't change any pre-cruise routines and still got on board are very personal and overall risk-inducing comments.

I totally get freedom of choice.  Let me put it this way....say that your local lottery is up to one billion dollars.  We all know that the odds of winning the lottery are astronomical.  I tell you this though, during the days before the lottery draw, I see thousands of people flock to stores to buy a ticket.  Ever watch Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory?  

Now, the odds of getting Covid are higher than most lottery odds.   If you spent thousands of dollars to go on a cruise, cleared out your family's schedule to fit the cruise, and spent months agonizing over the anticipation of cruising, even if your chances of getting Covid are slim, why not take precautions to ensure you board?  A week or so to take some preventive measures also adds to the release and joy in boarding your cruise does it not?

 

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8 minutes ago, CruisingNewb said:

I respect everyone's opinion on this topic.

Having said that, the comments regarding how some of you didn't change any pre-cruise routines and still got on board are very personal and overall risk-inducing comments.

I totally get freedom of choice.  Let me put it this way....say that your local lottery is up to one billion dollars.  We all know that the odds of winning the lottery are astronomical.  I tell you this though, during the days before the lottery draw, I see thousands of people flock to stores to buy a ticket.  Ever watch Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory?  

Now, the odds of getting Covid are higher than most lottery odds.   If you spent thousands of dollars to go on a cruise, cleared out your family's schedule to fit the cruise, and spent months agonizing over the anticipation of cruising, even if your chances of getting Covid are slim, why not take precautions to ensure you board?  A week or so to take some preventive measures also adds to the release and joy in boarding your cruise does it not?

 

I’m confused. Are you saying people who can’t isolate before a cruise should not go?  

I’d have to take a vacation from work to isolate the week before I took a vacation from work for our cruise.  I can’t get two weeks back to back for vacation.

When the pandemic hit, my wife’s job transitioned to remote.   I can’t. I’m a butcher/meat cutter for a large regional supermarket chain.  Other than mask wearing, the only thing that changed for me (and my coworkers) was we had to work many more hours and had to deal with supply chain issues (and deal with how people behave toward us now, but that’s a thread for a different site 😉).

 


 

 

 


 

 

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9 minutes ago, teddy said:

I’m confused. Are you saying people who can’t isolate before a cruise should not go?  

I’d have to take a vacation from work to isolate the week before I took a vacation from work for our cruise.  I can’t get two weeks back to back for vacation.

When the pandemic hit, my wife’s job transitioned to remote.   I can’t. I’m a butcher/meat cutter for a large regional supermarket chain.  Other than mask wearing, the only thing that changed for me (and my coworkers) was we had to work many more hours and had to deal with supply chain issues (and deal with how people behave toward us now, but that’s a thread for a different site 😉).

 


 

 

 


 

 

Not at all.  I am not saying that.  I am sorry if you took my comment as offense.

If you or anyone else chose not to isolate OR could not due to circumstances, that is totally understandable! 

What I am saying is that comments of those who did not take preventive measures could lead to a future cruiser following the lead and maybe not getting on the ship because they got covid.  Real or not, right or left, the fact is that a positive test will result in not being able to board unless you have a timely certificate of recovery.

Now, you say that you wore a mask.  That is preventative measures! So this doesn't apply to you.  In fact, you are helping those people who cannot isolate understand that at least wearing a mask may have helped.  Also, if your wife was remote, then that is another preventative measure.  That is also positive for future cruisers to know.

My family and I cannot completely isolate a week before, but we intend to avoid unnecessary gatherings, wear masks, and stay home for most of that week.  Not complete isolation, but doing whatever we can to ensure boarding. 

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When I posed my original question, I knew there would be differences in approach to pre-cruise planning, but I was not trying to be divisive.  I thank everyone for sharing their thoughts, from which I have learned a great deal.  And I truly thank all who continue to work and support the rest of us.  We are really looking forward to our cruise next month and wish everyone a safe and wonderful journey.  Cruising can be therapy for all of us!

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45 minutes ago, ChessE4 said:

When I posed my original question, I knew there would be differences in approach to pre-cruise planning, but I was not trying to be divisive.  I thank everyone for sharing their thoughts, from which I have learned a great deal.  And I truly thank all who continue to work and support the rest of us.  We are really looking forward to our cruise next month and wish everyone a safe and wonderful journey.  Cruising can be therapy for all of us!

8 days and counting down!

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8 hours ago, CruisingNewb said:

I respect everyone's opinion on this topic.

Having said that, the comments regarding how some of you didn't change any pre-cruise routines and still got on board are very personal and overall risk-inducing comments.

I totally get freedom of choice.  Let me put it this way....say that your local lottery is up to one billion dollars.  We all know that the odds of winning the lottery are astronomical.  I tell you this though, during the days before the lottery draw, I see thousands of people flock to stores to buy a ticket.  Ever watch Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory?  

Now, the odds of getting Covid are higher than most lottery odds.   If you spent thousands of dollars to go on a cruise, cleared out your family's schedule to fit the cruise, and spent months agonizing over the anticipation of cruising, even if your chances of getting Covid are slim, why not take precautions to ensure you board?  A week or so to take some preventive measures also adds to the release and joy in boarding your cruise does it not?

 

I would say your wording is a little off. OP asked what we do and you somehow said by sharing we made "risk-inducing comments." Many of us who said we don't change our habits aren't "out in the streets." I work mostly from home and tend to stay in more than 75% of the week. So there isn't any reason to change my habits.

I tend to believe that people who change their routine for things like this often make more mistakes trying to be overly cautious. 

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14 hours ago, Ampurp85 said:

I would say your wording is a little off. OP asked what we do and you somehow said by sharing we made "risk-inducing comments." Many of us who said we don't change our habits aren't "out in the streets." I work mostly from home and tend to stay in more than 75% of the week. So there isn't any reason to change my habits.

I tend to believe that people who change their routine for things like this often make more mistakes trying to be overly cautious. 

This is similar to my thinking behind my response.

The odds of getting COVID are what they are, the risks I am willing to take on a daily basis dont change just because I am taking a cruise in a week or two, so neither does my behaviour.

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15 hours ago, Ampurp85 said:

I would say your wording is a little off. OP asked what we do and you somehow said by sharing we made "risk-inducing comments." Many of us who said we don't change our habits aren't "out in the streets." I work mostly from home and tend to stay in more than 75% of the week. So there isn't any reason to change my habits.

I tend to believe that people who change their routine for things like this often make more mistakes trying to be overly cautious. 

Lol. Please read the OP’s title and post again. It doesn’t ask “what” but rather clearly asks “how long.” It implie that the OP is contemplating isolation. 
 

by posting comments about not doing anything at all, even if it poses little risk, is still “risk inducing.” Try again.

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Everyone has their own risk tolerance and how they look at things.  

The way I see it...If nothing is going on in my life, then sure, I don't want to get sick or pass things to my family, but it's not quite as big deal.

But if something is coming up...vacation, or as an example, we have my DD's bat mitzvah next month....then yeah, I personally am extra nervous and we are extra cautious.  Since catching covid = goodbye trip or event cancelled, etc.  Huge disappointment, big loss of money we put out, and missing out on the event we soooo look forward to.  So we definitely take extra precaution AT LEAST the 2 weeks leading up to the event.  

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36 minutes ago, CruisingNewb said:

Lol. Please read the OP’s title and post again. It doesn’t ask “what” but rather clearly asks “how long.” It implie that the OP is contemplating isolation. 
 

by posting comments about not doing anything at all, even if it poses little risk, is still “risk inducing.” Try again.

In the OP the person asks/states that he/she was thinking of doing something outside of the home within 3 -7 days of the cruise.  Sounds like what they are doing, not just time to me.  

Being retired active Army and Law Enforcement, I'm not risk adverse.  I'll not change anything if I can help it.  PERIOD!

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17 minutes ago, GatorCruiser said:

It’ll be Fantastic the day they discontinue pre cruise Covid testing. It makes for stress and neurosis pre cruise. Already enough of that as it is. 

That's for sure.  I've never stressed like I have for this one that I leave on next Friday.  It's almost, I say again, almost not worth it.  But, I'll force myself to go and be pampered for 7 days.  I think I'll survive.

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9 hours ago, CruisingNewb said:

Lol. Please read the OP’s title and post again. It doesn’t ask “what” but rather clearly asks “how long.” It implie that the OP is contemplating isolation. 
 

by posting comments about not doing anything at all, even if it poses little risk, is still “risk inducing.” Try again.

The title is not always reflective of the post. It was a "what" as in an/the actions we take pre-cruise. I was merely saying your wording implies that because we don't change behavior, we are going to cause harm. Which was not true as many weren't engaging in risky behavior. I have no control over anyone but myself and my posting shouldn't have any bearing on a reader's behavior. Even if you didn't mean it that way, your post implied shame as does this one. 

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I work in a hospital, so there's my risk factor. DH & younger DD work from home, & will mask when in crowded places. Older DD goes to an adult day program, & just prior to Christmas, was exposed, ended up catching it, and was still positive the day before our cruise on Jan 9, so we couldn't go.  Ironically, we had planned on keeping her home the few days after Christmas break to minimize her exposure, but it wasn't soon enough.   And, we had won a Royal Up bid to a 2BR Grand suite from our Junior Suite, which made it even more disappointing.  

We have a B2B scheduled on Oasis starting Aug 5, and we're thinking of keeping her home for the 2 weeks prior, again, to minimize contact.  There's been several cases reported at her day program just this week, & we just got told 2 cases were in her room. They had lifted masking for the participants, but we insisted that she stay masked, so hopefully she is safe this time.  

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I live like a nun for 2 weeks 😷 …. not taking any chances on our needed vacays. But since the pandemic started we have been using Instacart and never stopped. We used Hello Fresh and so all that helps. My husband is going back into the office now so that does change things, but we will do our best and cross our fingers. 🤞🏼

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I ride mass transit with a mask but i'll work from home a few days before and after if possible before any big event. I've been living on the more careful side so I can always be around my family members who are immuno-compromised. 

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We (our family of 4) will be limiting our exposure time the week before we travel. Masks when we’re out, additional hand washing, etc. Maybe take Emergen-C and/or echinacea for a bit. 
We are on Voyager for a Baltic cruise, so we have a long flight from Chicago to Stockholm, and will have to figure out the Covid antigen testing when we get there. 

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