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I'm waiting to see if mine went through, but honestly I don't have a lot of hope. I'll happily share what I wrote and where I wrote, but don't get your hopes up. 🙂 I will let you know when and if mine comes through. We're just a little over two weeks out now so I hope to know something for sure one way or another this coming weekend.

You'll need to write to [email protected]rccl.com 

Provide your name, sailing number, date, contact information. You'll also need to supply a specific exemption request, so basically an explanation of why taking the COVID vaccine violates your religious beliefs. Here's what I wrote:

"Taking a covid-19 vaccine violates my conscience and religious beliefs for the following two reasons. First, each of the manufactures of the COVID-19 vaccines currently available in my country were developed, confirmed and/or tested their vaccines using fetal cell lines originating from electively terminated fetuses. I learned of this when I was first offered a COVID-19 vaccine. My religious beliefs require that I respect all human life, including fetal life, and not knowingly benefit from harm to fetal life regardless of when that life was taken. I am aware that other vaccines and medications may use similar fetal cells in their development and to the extent that I am aware of such use, I avoid those medications. Second, knowingly introducing substances that may have unknown consequences into my body violates my fundamental belief that my body is a gift from God. My beliefs instruct me to examine for myself the things that I put in my body and judge them wisely because I will be judged by God for my choices. I cannot violate my religious beliefs even if it might be of medical or financial benefit to me. As such, I cannot, in good conscience and informed by my religious beliefs, take any COVID-19 vaccine at this time."

I would recommend calling the access department after you submit it to check in periodically. They can let you know up to two weeks out from your cruise. Their number is 866-592-7225

Good luck!

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3 hours ago, CharmMicah68 said:

If you don't mind, I'm going to share that with a few friends with the same issue.

Hopefully your thought out, biblically accurate, factual and well written message.....doesn't get deleted......😉

Why would it be deleted.  It was posted on page 2 of this thread also and has been there for several weeks now.

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Update: I called RC today since we're just over two weeks out. They said they would be finalizing all exemptions this week and I should hear something for sure by the end of the week. Either way it'll be nice to finally have this three year long chapter of my life closed. I talked to my Mom and we agreed that (much as we hate cruising without the kiddos) if the exemption doesn't get accepted we'll be calling to find a Virgin cruise with unvaccinated space and we'll be trying them out for a five day in August. I'm pretty excited to soon be back on a ship one way or another. 🙂

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33 minutes ago, Bowen said:

Update: I called RC today since we're just over two weeks out. They said they would be finalizing all exemptions this week and I should hear something for sure by the end of the week. Either way it'll be nice to finally have this three year long chapter of my life closed. I talked to my Mom and we agreed that (much as we hate cruising without the kiddos) if the exemption doesn't get accepted we'll be calling to find a Virgin cruise with unvaccinated space and we'll be trying them out for a five day in August. I'm pretty excited to soon be back on a ship one way or another. 🙂

We are also looking at Virgin.  We still haven’t confirmed whether or not we (as unvaxxed) would have to test.  @michellesays we don’t but I thought unvaxxed still have to test.  If we don’t have to test we will be booking Virgin ASAP.  I just wish they didn’t just do 4/5 nights out of Miami.  Guess we’ll have to do a B2B !

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I was also thinking B2B. Did you call them? I was under the impression you do not have to test unless you say "Yes" on the COVID questionnaire about a symptom of COVID. If you do call them, let me know, if not I'll let you know once I get final word from RC.

 

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47 minutes ago, Bowen said:

I was also thinking B2B. Did you call them? I was under the impression you do not have to test unless you say "Yes" on the COVID questionnaire about a symptom of COVID. If you do call them, let me know, if not I'll let you know once I get final word from RC.

 

No, I haven’t called them. I’m waiting on my TA to confirm for sure that we won’t have to test.  I’ll let you know what I find out.

I really know nothing about Virgin.  I have some research to do.

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Woot! I just got the email about my vaccine exemption, it was denied. This is such a load off, lol. I've cancelled the packages I bought and am on the phone now to cancel and get my money and FCCs back, after three years!! As soon as that's done I'll be on the phone to Virgin. 🙂

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9 minutes ago, Bowen said:

Woot! I just got the email about my vaccine exemption, it was denied. This is such a load off, lol. I've cancelled the packages I bought and am on the phone now to cancel and get my money and FCCs back, after three years!! As soon as that's done I'll be on the phone to Virgin. 🙂

Not sure whether to give you my condolences or congratulations !  At least you know, now.

This will be an interesting process.

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She said they will not refund the FCCs but will reissue them. I'm okay with that, they don't expire so I'll use them again. I did get her to list every single one I used on the cruise, along with the dollar amounts and names, so at least I'll have those handy when the time comes to rebook. And congratulations, please, lol! I've been dealing with this for so long that I'm just glad to be done with it. I was seriously stressing about having to shell out another $500 for COVID tests and then taking an additional test on top of that at the port, so much money potentially wasted. And my mom just messaged and asked about taking my grown niece on Virgin with us as a HS graduation gift, so that trip just got way more fun! I'm going to call them now.

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I think you could have gotten your FCCs refunded.  Back in Nov I got <$20K in FCCs refunded from a cancellation due to COVID protocols.  Sounds like you’re ok with it though.  I wish I had your confidence that we will be able to use them [FCCs] one day.  
 

So, to be clear, the CSR at Virgin said that if they accept an unvaxxed pax they still must test ?  When you said that vaxes and testing would go through Sept I wasn't sure “who” you were talking about.

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@WAAAYTOOOI am sure he means Royal. The Casino Royale rep reminded me last week that on my Sept 7th Nav sailing I still need to have a negative test. But I was calling about my Nov sailings and she just mentions having vax info......so I believe the testing might go away after the Sept 30th protocols expire.

@Bowen Congrats on the alleviation of stress. It is worse to be waiting to know and then still have uncertainty if it goes through with testing still involved.

In the case for all of you who can't cruise because of vax requirements, I am glad some lines are now possibly offering the chance. I hope that soon all of you will be able to cruise RCG again. 

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Yes, the RC rep said that the protocols would be in place through September. I couldn't get ahold of Virgin, they are closed until morning.

I thought about pushing for my FCCs to get refunded, but we're so close to a port that I'll use them the moment the mandates are dropped, like that next week, lol. 

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8 hours ago, Bowen said:

I've been watching videos all week long, it's very intriguing. I've never done a premium line, so it seems really neat that a ton of stuff is included, which makes sense given the cost. 🙂 The Videos are all really good though, great reviews.

https://www.cruisecritic.co.uk/articles.cfm?ID=6383

 

Interesting article about virgin cruises. Its always good to know what to expect..Celebrity Cruises it definitely isn't lol 

Some will love it others will wonder they have booked lol 

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3 hours ago, Ray said:

https://www.cruisecritic.co.uk/articles.cfm?ID=6383

 

Interesting article about virgin cruises. Its always good to know what to expect..Celebrity Cruises it definitely isn't lol 

Some will love it others will wonder they have booked lol 

Great article, thanks! It almost sounds like Vegas on a cruise ship. You can go watch the risqué shows if you want, or you can be like me at stick to to food, gambling, and cirque. Something for everyone. 😀

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RCL needs to clearly lay out what comprises a successful exemption request. Also, an answer should be available within 3 - 5 business days. Seems like some shoddy administrative work in this area with little proper management oversight. 

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11 minutes ago, KristiZ said:

I’m pretty sure the only thing that matters is the percentage of unvaccinated people onboard. 

Yeah I think that’s all it is, they are getting way more requests than they can handle. It would be nice if you could call to book the cruise and find out right then if there is room for unvaccinated. It doesn’t feel great to tie up money on a booked cruise without knowing if you can actually go. Hopefully Virgin does let you know before hand. I’m calling today so I’ll report back.

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Just spoke to RCL - their events call line for a cruise I have booked in December. She said that there will be an announcement coming soon (when pressed she said it could be in the next few days) with a change to the policy.  Very interesting and hopeful for big changes! Let the Healthy Unvaxxed sail! 

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1 hour ago, Bowen said:

@WAAAYTOOOI just got off the phone with them. Unvaccinated are required to test at the port. All good, at least now I can go ahead and plan a land vacation somewhere. Maybe I’ll be back to cruising next year. 😀

Thank you SO much.  This is what I thought. ..but at least we are moving in the right direction.  Land vacations for us, too.  Already have Disney booked for Dec and looking at some all-inclusive but frankly, I am not quite comfortable with international flight for a variety of reasons.  May just continue to stay close to home.  At least home is in paradise ! 😉

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