Covid testing

We have a cruise booked for Jan 2 got email saying we need to get tested two days before we embarkation we will be in fl a week before we leave any idea on where we can go to be tested?

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What kind of test is required? One you can have results in 20 minutes but the other usually 24 to 48 hours waiting for results.

If it is the latter I wish you good luck with that one. This would require a test on either NY day or NY eve and then have an open lab to process it.

Call the cruise lines and ask them if they have any recommendations? As they are sailing from that port they may have a line on who does what. Failing that I would start calling all of the labs in your

I'd call the cruise line or visit their website, they should be able to tell you which test is acceptable.

As far as getting the test, some pharmacies such as CVS offer testing, which you can schedule ahead of time. Some also sell the test over the counter. Sometimes even hospitals can administer it.

Here we go again....ours is for the Sat after TDAY...and you all know the epic I went thru trying to get a test. Nobody cares its after a holiday...and I'm sure not going to bump up that monster piece I posted trying to explain what I went thru setting up a way to comply. (Y'all can thank me later)..Call the cruise line?? yeah right...good luck with that.......How many people in here have had that wonderful experience with CVS?...make an appointment, and they cancel it...or they only do the quick tests if they feel like it, because they make more $$ doing the other..You aren't going to get much sympathy when you tell em you need it to cruise.....I would STRONGLY suggest you sit on line, copy down phone numbers, and CALL an assortment of places near where you'll be...especially walk in emergency clinics..FIRST question is "do you do the 15 min test?" and if they don't ask if there's someone in the area that will..(THATS how I got hooked up!)....If they don't hang up and move on.....I managed an appointment with one way ahead of time near the port and our motel...we only had a one day window to get it, and I expect no problems...(crossing every body part thats crossable)...I'm just leaving out the HOURS I spent working at this...and all the blatant bs you get trying it...remember..no emails, CALL!!!....GOOD LUCK!!!!!

We are cruising in a couple of weeks. We found out our family physician office does the rapid 15 minute antigen test. Our friends traveling with us Found out their family physicians office also does the rapid 15 minute test. We were all able to make an appointment 48 hours prior. My suggestion is to check with your own personal family physician office first so you can make an appointment when needed.

We are going to be in fl a week prior to our embarkation.

Yes we understand. You didn't say where you were cruising from, but I assume it isn't FL...or even if it is, you apparently are far from home...which is why I attempted in my response to explain the "process" of locating places to do the test...WE'RE going to be far from home on OUR cruise, which is also after a holiday, which affects the ability to get a test within their timeframe. I don't know where you'll be in FL, but I'm sure theres TONS of places that will fill the bill...Suggest you sit at a pc (which is easier) or a smart phone and do your research..keep a pen and paper handy, you'll find yourself scribbling alot of names and phone numbers down. Again, don't be surprised if it takes awhile. Frankly, I'll bet real money theres a bunch of folks who can't be bothered, or think its too much of a hassle...in THAT case reread the cruiselines cancellation policy.

Short of doing it online, which is acceptable (IF you don't screw it up in the process)...I wonder if theres a niche industry where someone in a van drives to your address, administers the test, does the processing and texts you the result...sounds line a million dollar niche industry to me....Hey ABLEMAN...you up for this? You can do the swab part heheheheheh..........

Again...GOOD LUCK! (it would be nice to hear how you made out...)

Great info Yankee47. It will not be easy but sounds like yankee has a lot of work in this and has knocked out some of the kinks and bumps. Hope his info helps you.

Thanks OGW....the main problem was that holiday...normally, we'd be home, get the test 2 days before.... there's a local place ready willing and able, drive down the day before, stay one nite in a motel, and board the next day...case closed...no can do this time.....hence the "epic quest".....

The thought occurs, that as in the OP's case, MANY folks are elsewhere for several days (or longer) prior to their cruise, regardless of the actual cruise port, and therefore have virtually the same problem. No difference....you gotta put in the time, as big a PITA as it may be.....thanks again!

If you are out of state the best option for getting a rapid antigen test is probably calling the walk in clinics and urgent cares around where you will be staying. Most of them will let you walk in take the test and then wait 15 minutes for the results. Most places I called did not take appointments. They will also probably charge you because they said Covid test done for travel usually does not fall under your insurance. I hope this helps!!

My next cruise is 35 days out. We were able to get test appointments at local medical services drive through med test station. Friends who cruise, found the place, and found the testing to be very easy. We'll also make backups at the Walgreens test sites 2 weeks out. If those bomb out, we have the proctored home tests to fall back on. Triple redundancy.

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