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  1. Not before cruise industry executives are cruising aboard their own ships. And not cloistered in their suites with room service, but strolling the decks and eating in the MDR.
  2. And not cloistered in their suites with room service, but strolling the decks, riding the elevators, and eating in the MDR?
  3. Are you implying that the executives would stop working if their compensation was suspended for a few months? Why? Is money that important to them. But it is not important to their passengers?
  4. It would generate some much needed goodwill. These executives are in a much better position to personally get through the coronavirus than passengers who may need their money for rent or mortgage payments.
  5. If improving working and living arrangements for crew won’t prevent or reduce disease spread and if more social distancing of passengers won’t prevent or reduce disease spread then how can the cruise lines possibly come up with a safe plan for returning to operation without a vaccine or an effective treatment. Unless the virus just goes away on its own by mutating into a harmless form.
  6. There is professor at Purdue who is an expert in ventilation systems and disease. He says that the ventilation system on planes is better because it filters virus while the ventilation system on cruises does not. Hopefully this can be addressed. Nonetheless I don’t feel safe flying or on busses because, as you point out, social distancing is not possible. Social distancing may be somewhat possible on a ship, but since you are on the ship for days or weeks rather than hours I wonder if any mitigation efforts could be effective. So far the CDC thinks not. They also don’t think I should fly. One thing I do know is that I have caught URI (usually minor) on about 80% of my cruises (some of which I have driven to) but on few of the hundreds of flights I’ve taken for business travel.
  7. A few weeks ago I bought an Oculus Go so I could “travel”. I found a few VR movies of Princess ships on YouTube. One was made by Princess, others vary in quality based on the skill of the videographer and the resolution used. All of them brought back memories in a way that pictures and standard video can’t. I also used them to revisit ports and excursions and to visit places I had planned to cruise to but now cannot. Of course it isn’t the same as being there and I found it most effective when revisiting places I had already been. i just wanted to let you know there is an option for revisiting your memories of cruising. I wish I had known before because I would have taken one of these cameras with me on what may have been our final cruise.
  8. This is a real problem. Not even a primitive camping trip will be 100% safe, you still need to stop for gasoline. Still this is probably the lowest risk option along a continuum along which cruising is the highest risk option.
  9. Perhaps I was misinformed about 4 to cabin. I hope I was also misinformed about crew having to sleep in two 4 hour shifts...that is so unhealthy. I am concerned if crew felt in was necessary to work in food prep and delivery on the Diamond while they were sick with Covid. I believe tHat is what the investigators found. I think the leadership needs to clearly communicate that sick days are OK.
  10. We did a forced cross country road trip after our last cruise since it was no longer safe for us to fly, according to CDC. It was our longest road trip and it had been many years since we have made a road trip as a vacation. The drive wasn’t as bad as we thought it would be and we made in just over 4 days. In some ways the amount of freedom we had was exhilarating. We decided where and when to stop and for how long. And I knew I wouldn’t be locked in the car against my will for 2 weeks or forced to drive in endless circles. We have been talking ever since about doing a long road trip to visit the National Parks in the US and maybe Canada. One danger for the cruise industry is that people like us may revisit other forms of vacation and find we prefer them to cruising. Even if it just reduces cruise frequency, it will hurt the cruise industry.
  11. Yes, I think this is true in some cases. I hope someone who knows will chime in.
  12. I like that idea of mini private dining rooms. Maybe a nice entertainment system too so the showrooms could be avoided. On our last cruise a 28-day that left Feb 1, we decided to skip all the shows, in part because of news of the Diamond. We usually skip most of them anyway. Instead after dinner we often watched a movie. The new TV system was great and with lots of entertainment options. We didn’t miss the shows at all. Getting an inside room across from your balcony that is set up for dining and entertainment would be very nice. The refrigerator could be fully stocked.
  13. Will you take a longer cruise when it is safe to do so? Will you upgrade your cabin? Or try a different cruise line...one with fewer COVID-19 problems? Will you spend it on a different type of vacation. One you can drive too? Will you be willing to fly? Will the money go to home and yard improvement since you expect to be staying home more often? Or will the funds go to offset additional expenses or financial losses due to Covid. I’m not sure yet what I will do, but I’m leaning toward home improvements.
  14. My understanding is that COVID-19 was spread on the Diamond by sick crew involved with food prep and delivery. This may have been true on other ships too. The crew needs to know that they can take sick days without fear of job loss. Going forward, some passenger cabins should be converted to crew cabins so the crew don’t need to sleep 4 to a tiny room. This would reduce disease spread and also increase the crew to passenger ratio so the crew can have civilized and healthy sleep schedules. My waiter told me she had to sleep in two 4 hour shifts. I believe her because I couldn’t sleep one night and after a late dinner, I saw her opening the buffet in the very early morning. This is not good for her immune system. the cabin stewards need fewer cabins so they can clean them well. will this increase the cost to cruise. Probably. But at least cruising will still exist.
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