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Ok we are taking a chance that ‘rona protocols/vax & testing requirements are NOT returning this winter. We just booked our first post-rona cruise on the Celebrity Millennium leaving out of San Juan in February. We booked Aqua Class because it included tips, wifi, and adult beverages. Concierge class was more expensive when adding the extras and standard verandas were not a lot cheaper. Worth it to us to spend a bit extra For the larger cabins.  
 

If mandates return, we are screwed because we did not purchase travel insurance. Fingers crossed.  Jammies inside out. 

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It sounds like you got a pretty good deal.  Celebrity has always been generous with their deals.  Hopefully,  the mandates do not revert back.  I don't think it will return, as we have generally managed, not really controlled the spread, but have coped up with the situation.  I think 2023 is a good year to book a cruise.  

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On November 3 I disembarked Silhouette after a Southampton to Miami transatlantic.  For the TA cruises, Celebrity still required vaccination, but not boosters, so of course there was a lot of COVID onboard. There were no PA announcements about it; it was just word of mouth "the people we traveled with are in quarantine." Etc. My husband and I got the new boosters before our flight to London; even so I came home feeling unwell,  testing positive today. It was bad enough with all passengers vaccinated; I can only imagine how bad it will be this winter when willfully unvaxxed are onboard. At least my symptoms are relatively  mild; I hate to think of how sick I'd be if I did not have that recent booster. 

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On 11/5/2022 at 2:32 PM, GretchenL said:

On November 3 I disembarked Silhouette after a Southampton to Miami transatlantic.  For the TA cruises, Celebrity still required vaccination, but not boosters, so of course there was a lot of COVID onboard. There were no PA announcements about it; it was just word of mouth "the people we traveled with are in quarantine." Etc. My husband and I got the new boosters before our flight to London; even so I came home feeling unwell,  testing positive today. It was bad enough with all passengers vaccinated; I can only imagine how bad it will be this winter when willfully unvaxxed are onboard. At least my symptoms are relatively  mild; I hate to think of how sick I'd be if I did not have that recent booster. 

You know all the latest data shows that people who don’t get the boosters are less likely to get the ‘rona to begin with so your arguments are somewhat laughable but you do you. 

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On 10/27/2022 at 2:01 AM, FJB said:

Ok we are taking a chance that ‘rona protocols/vax & testing requirements are NOT returning this winter. We just booked our first post-rona cruise on the Celebrity Millennium leaving out of San Juan in February. We booked Aqua Class because it included tips, wifi, and adult beverages. Concierge class was more expensive when adding the extras and standard verandas were not a lot cheaper. Worth it to us to spend a bit extra For the larger cabins.  
 

If mandates return, we are screwed because we did not purchase travel insurance. Fingers crossed.  Jammies inside out. 

@FJB, fingers crossed for you! I don't think the protocols will return, especially now that the CDC is out of the picture.

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1 minute ago, Kendall James-Vargas said:

@FJBAlthough cruising with a mask wasn't the worst thing, I am certainly glad the masking protocols have changed. 

I would probably forfeit my money before cruising with a mask. Only wore one less than an hour in total the last 3 years so definitely not wearing one for 7 days. So fingers still crossed for the February cruise. 

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3 minutes ago, Kendall James-Vargas said:

@FJB I wouldn't be too worried about it. That's pretty impressive. I can't say the same. I was wearing a mask daily for about 2 years.

Dang!  My local health officer closed my business over my non-enforcement of mask wearing among my employees and customers. She took me to court and I won.  Reading the cruise news articles and cruiser comments for the last year where the crew was still required to wear masks But in some cases the cruise customer was not required, I really felt for the crew - what a 2 class society we created...

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@FJB Wow, that's very impressive! I think closing a business over the idea sounds a bit extreme. I totally agree, if the guests aren't required to wear a mask, the crew shouldn't need to either. I have seen crew members sweating in their mask, while social distancing. For example, lifeguards who are forced to wear a mask outdoors in extremely hot temperatures. I think that's not fair. If someone is saving my life, I don't care if you are wearing a mask or not. 

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44 minutes ago, Kendall James-Vargas said:

@FJB Wow, that's very impressive! I think closing a business over the idea sounds a bit extreme. I totally agree, if the guests aren't required to wear a mask, the crew shouldn't need to either. I have seen crew members sweating in their mask, while social distancing. For example, lifeguards who are forced to wear a mask outdoors in extremely hot temperatures. I think that's not fair. If someone is saving my life, I don't care if you are wearing a mask or not. 

I think most mainstream cruiselines have removed the mask mandates for crew members Finally. But unfortunately some school districts are bringing the masks back. 

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@FJB You are too funny. I believe you are the first person to call masks "face diapers."  Thanks for the exciting update. I know some ports are still recommending masks, but most policies have become much more relaxed. 

I was very excited when cruise lines allowed their crew to have optional masking. 

https://www.cruisehive.com/royal-caribbean-and-celebrity-ditches-mask-requirement-for-crew/83443

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