Cruising choices with an active Pandemic

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I received an email from Ponant yesterday advising cancellation of my
September cruise (so assume that means October cruise as well). They cite the Australian government still not able to give approval for their cruises to go ahead.
 

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I received an email from Ponant yesterday advising cancellation of my
September cruise (so assume that means October cruise as well). They cite the Australian government still not able to give approval for their cruises to go ahead.

where was the cruise - in Australian waters?
 

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One of the many aspects of cruising which I enjoy is the quality and variety of the food. But not having cruised since March, 2020, I miss trying many varieties of food. It's taken me a while but I have recently started to make sure that we eat out at least once a week. Usually at lunchtime. I've also joined a group which meets on a Saturday morning at various cafes in the local area which gives me the chance to try places which I haven't heard of.
So at least I have replaced one of the aspects of cruising which I so enjoy.
 

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where was the cruise - in Australian waters?
Yes, they were doing Broome to Fremantle, circle cruise, Fremantle to Hobart, etc. Only 200 pax capacity. I think much of Ponant’s frustration would be the rotating border closures, which the Australian government couldn’t guarantee because it have no say in it.
 
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One of the many aspects of cruising which I enjoy is the quality and variety of the food. But not having cruised since March, 2020, I miss trying many varieties of food. It's taken me a while but I have recently started to make sure that we eat out at least once a week. Usually at lunchtime. I've also joined a group which meets on a Saturday morning at various cafes in the local area which gives me the chance to try places which I haven't heard of.
So at least I have replaced one of the aspects of cruising which I so enjoy.
In a similar vein to enjoying variety, on a Drink package I love working my way through the coughtail menu because they are normally so expensive. 😂
Oh how I miss having a white, or fancy gin coughtail at the stern of the ship watching another Greek, Italian, French, or Croatian island slip away 😥
 

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This reads like a very political arrangement with little or no basis in science

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This reads like a very political arrangement with little or no basis in science

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Absolutely ridiculous.
 

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My understanding of the US position is that interim emergency approval was sought by Pfizer, Moderna and J&J for their vaccines and was granted due to the dreadful US covid figures. AZ didn't apply in US for interim approval. But they all have applied for permanent US approval which takes longer to process.

I am hoping that by the time I am allowed out of Prison Island again, either AZ will be approved in US or else I will have had a booster of either Pfizer or Moderna.
 

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My understanding of the US position is that interim emergency approval was sought by Pfizer, Moderna and J&J for their vaccines and was granted due to the dreadful US covid figures. AZ didn't apply in US for interim approval. But they all have applied for permanent US approval which takes longer to process.

I am hoping that by the time I am allowed out of Prison Island again, either AZ will be approved in US or else I will have had a booster of either Pfizer or Moderna.
I think we will all be having a booster of Pfizer/Moderna before we can travel. I expect by March next year. Some won't bother like they don't bother with the flu, but for we who love overseas travel, we will.
 

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In a similar vein to enjoying variety, on a Drink package I love working my way through the coughtail menu because they are normally so expensive. 😂
Oh how I miss having a white, or fancy gin coughtail at the stern of the ship watching another Greek, Italian, French, or Croatian island slip away 😥
it was pretty amazing on Seabourn where all drinks are inclusive - I had fun working my way down the coughtail lists in each of the bars 🍹
 

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Booked cruise 2 months ago for 2 BNE/NZ/BNE depart 20th Dec 2021 in mini suite on Coral Princess, returns 3rd Jan 2022, inc. premium drinks / coffee package, fast Wi Fi and $400 credit per cabin, all gratuities all for $4200 each. Ship had major refurb 2018 so should be in good nick.
 

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This reads like a very political arrangement with little or no basis in science

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It's only applicable to the US, and is in line with current US policy. Makes sense they apply local policies, just as you expect them to do here.

I wouldn't see any concern for people travelling on local cruises. Of course, travelling internationally is more an issue - but that already is, and isn't even possible for us at the moment, and will likely have changed by the time we ever can.
 

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Challenging times for us all

 
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