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  1. If this information is correct, it is very disturbing. Any confidence one may have had in the quality of the medical staff, especially physicians, hired to work on ships now has to be seriously questioned. Clearly the screening process should eliminate or carefully review those applicants with prior infractions. It will be interesting to see how the Norwegian government responds. Somehow I don't think Daniel is coming out of this unscathed.
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    Let's hope Ponant has better luck than Hurtigruten. http://icepeople.net/2020/08/06/covid-19-cases-from-roald-amundsen-rises-to-53-french-luxury-ship-continuing-svalbard-cruises-beginning-this-weekend-trade-minister-discusses-tourism-crisis-during-visit/
  3. https://www.foxnews.com/travel/cruise-passengers-seadream-norway-coronavirus
  4. The article's main point, I believe, is the potential cover-up by Hurtigruten executives who did not want this problem to become public. As it turned out, the story of their mishandling the Amundsen's Covid outbreak among crew and passengers has gained world-wide attention.
  5. Thanks for posting, Icepeople! We enjoyed reading your paper when we visited Svalbard in happier times a couple of years ago.
  6. Update: https://www.businessinsider.com/covid-19-outbreak-ms-roald-amundsen-2020-8?amp
  7. Here is an update: https://www.businessinsider.com/covid-19-outbreak-ms-roald-amundsen-2020-8?amp
  8. Here's an update: https://www.businessinsider.com/covid-19-outbreak-ms-roald-amundsen-2020-8?amp
  9. Unfortunately you are correct. There will likely be many irresponsible people who will refuse to get the eventual Covid vaccine. The same ones who don't vaccinate their kids. The ships need to require documented verification before allowing passengers to board and everyone purchasing a ticket needs to have that clearly spelled out in the documentation. No vaccine, no boarding the ship. And any travel costs incurred need to be the responsibility of the passenger should boarding be denied.
  10. While the Bureau Veritas 'Safeguard' Label attempts to provide some level of comfort to the well being of its returning passengers, no mention is made of one of the most vulnerable problems on a ship, which is air circulation. Unless and until cruise companies install the new medical-grade H13 High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters, the virus will continue to spread within the confines of a vessel, regardless of masks and other precautions. These filters are estimated to remove 99.95% of all airborne pathogens that are 0.1 microns or larger. Cruise companies, in order to stay in business, will need to invest in the necessary adjustments.
  11. Ponant needs to be aware of another company's resumed sailing program and its consequences: https://thepointsguy.com/news/covid-outbreak-hurtigruten-norway/ English-language article from newspaper in Svalbard, where the ship took its two fateful voyages: At least 33 crew members aboard Hurtigruten’s Roald Amundsen during a voyage to Svalbard that ended Friday have tested positive for COVID-19, one day after officials initially reported two employees tested positive shortly before the ship docked. In addition, all passengers from the trip and one the previous week during voyages in Svalbard since July 17 must be quarantined at the order of Norwegian health authorities. One passenger from the first voyage tested positive for the virus on Wednesday. The initial reports of infects raised questions locally and globally – which are almost certain to intensify now – about whether cruises were allowed to resume too soon after a ban on them in Norway was enacted due to the pandemic…
  12. Unless new medical-grade H13 High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are installed on ships, the virus will continue to spread within the confines of a vessel. These filters are estimated to remove 99.95% of all airborne pathogens that are 0.1 microns or larger. Cruise companies, in order to stay in business, will need to invest in the necessary adjustments.
  13. Hurtigruten has always been lax with communicating information to passengers. We have made several voyages with them and this has always been a problem. In this case, it is an egregious mistake not to have paid meticulous medical attention, in a timely manner, for the crew members who got sick thereby avoiding the spread of the virus to others as well as passengers.
  14. More details here: https://thepointsguy.com/news/covid-outbreak-hurtigruten-norway/
  15. Hopefully Hurtigruten isn't going to fast with the resumption of sailings given the just announced COVID outbreak on the Amundsen.
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