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Since RCL and NCL have submitted their proposal to the CDC I would be more concerned as to what the CDC didn’t find sufficient enough that they wanted to extend the no sail date another 4 months. The biggest challenge in my opinion is being able to get COVID test results within 24 hours -5 days. Many states have limited testing to those with symptoms or in nursing homes. Are the ships going to be prepared to test those passengers that have not been tested, if so, at what cost or will those passengers be denied to board the ship? Of the 74 protocols identified by RCL and NCL, the majority addressed crew/ passengers testings, crew lodging, medical arrangements, ship cleaning and mask wearing. No real details around social distancing in high traffic areas, dining options or ship events. Some of which will be addressed with reduced passengers, I suppose. With so many unknowns, I can understand why the CDC might want to extend the no sail date. It seems like it will take more than 30 days to get ship crews and support industries back in place and fully trained on the protocols. If everything is ok and up and running for a Nov 1st sail date, who’s to say a passenger traveling to the ship through the airport doesn’t get exposed and is on the ship days before they show any symptoms show. I guess for the unseeable future or until a vaccine cruising is going to be a crap shot.