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You are. They (CCL) made a big announcement months ago about how they recognized the difficulty for some folks to get these tests, and how they were going to do it at terminals all over. Sent emails and made announcements. THEN they sent more announcements and emails saying they basically couldn't work it out, and made the same lame suggestions as to how to do it. Basically saying you're on your own. Not everyone is near anyplace that even had the tests in stock, or has the capability to do them online. People had appointments and had them cancelled out from under them. People discovered an assortment of "rules" concerning getting them. Some folks are not even near any area they're familiar with, being "on the road" or in another location prior to the cruise. Our cruise for example falls right after THANKSGIVING in their "2 day window"...Need I rehash the epic nightmare I had locating a test and making an appointment? We're spending TDAY in a motel, simply to be able to get our tests done the next AM, after driving to Galveston. JUST WONDERFUL!!!!
Not everyone has an easy time getting tested whenever they feel like, no matter what the politicians claim. Not everyone actually works in a place where testing is commonplace. Some folks simply can't understand what the problem is. Good for them, but THEY aren't solving the problem for those who can't get a test whenever they want, let alone for cruising...
NOW, magically, they're stepping up, apparently on a limited basis, (for a limited time only!!)to do it. Making sure to throw in the disclaimer about possibly not having enough tests. How many people are going to get caught in this "new" cruise line two-step, and put their cruise at risk? How many people you think are going make an appointment with CCL, just as BACKUP to their "real" appointment? The whole thing sucks.
This pandemic is now, pardon the expression, "old news." Mebbe for you and other cruisers its not... ALL this should've, could've been worked out MONTHS ago. NO dear heart, this wasn't the plan all along. Not even close. If it was, they'd have been doing it MONTHS AGO...then I would've been the first to sign up...as it is, I wouldn't trust CCL to do this right no how...
I believe you'll find that the "limited time offer" is an out, just in case it doesn't go well or if their system is overwhelmed. I further believe that CCL is experiencing a higher level of cancellations than expected due to the 48 hour testing window, and they're scrambling to come up with a workable solution.
As I stated previously, I believe they backed away from pierside testing because they probably got legal counsel regarding liability issues. Imagine the lawsuits filed by people whom CCL denied boarding because of a false positive test, or by people who caught Covid from someone onboard who tested negative at the pier.
Also, the logistics issues could be daunting. Imagine 5,000 people lining up for pre-cruise testing at the terminal, with the cruise line responsible getting them all tested and cleared prior to embarkation. And yet, am I wrong to believe that is what NCL is doing? Aren't they testing everyone prior to boarding?
You're absolutely 100% right about one thing though. The whole thing does suck.