If a cruise line does not want to wait for that percentage of crew and passengers to get vaccinated, it may apply for a simulated voyage, which allows the crew to practice COVID-19 procedures with volunteers, and get a response from the CDC within 5 days, rather than the previously expected 60, meaning ships could set sail much faster.
"We acknowledge that cruising will never be a zero-risk activity and that the goal of the [Conditional Sailing Order's] phased approach is to resume passenger operations in a way that mitigates the risk of COVID-19 transmission onboard cruise ships and across port communities," Aimee Treffiletti, CDC's head of the Maritime Unit, said in the letter.
In a statement about the CDC's letter, the CEO of Royal Caribbean Group, Richard D. Fain, said "although this is only part of a very complex process, it encourages us that we now see a pathway to a healthy and achievable return to service, hopefully in time for an Alaskan season."
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It will be tested on over 60 buses throughout the coming months. Residents taking the 35 Jane route will be able to access free Wi-Fi starting at the end of May, while the 102 Markham Rd. route will launch the pilot in early June.
The buses will reportedly be "specially marked" to help commuters identify which ones offer internet services.
When it comes time to negotiate your plan, Victoria advocates for speaking over the phone with your provider because employees in the store may not "have the ability to offer any deals, sales, or promotions."
And when you do eventually get through, she suggests asking to speak directly to retentions and coming prepared with information like how much you're actually using and what speed you're actually getting.
While the first offer you do get may not be the best offer on the table, Victoria advises that you "be friendly, be direct, and ask for exactly what you want" and that "no just means we haven't found the parameters to come to a yes yet."