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  1. The issue will be preventing a resurgence. Cruises have proven to be a rapid spreader of virus. Unless they come up with a vaccine that works, and the cruise lines require proof that every passenger has had it, I can't see cruises resuming any time soon. I would be shocked to see all of that happen within a year from now. Sadly, cruises are a luxury and not a necessity (like they used to be) to get from A to B. Airlines have similar issues with spreading the virus, but we don't vacation on board an airline for a week. We use them as a method of travel for many reasons (vacation, business, relocating from one place to another). They are considered more necessary than cruise ships. If airlines are to continue they will have to take steps to mitigate a resurgence (thoroughly cleaning planes, screening passengers, sitting them every-other seat, requiring everyone to wear masks, scheduling less flights so there are not as many people in the terminal, etc.)
  2. I agree - recovery takes time whether it is COVID or pneumonia- but his point in sharing his experience publicly, was that he is an elite athlete who was training daily for the Olympics and COVID ravaged his lungs to the point where even if the Olympics were still happening, he doubted that could get back to where he needed to be.
  3. I would cancel. Everyone with expertise in infectious diseases is urging social distancing and travel restrictions continue to stay in place even after the peak of the virus, in order to prevent a resurgence. I don't see cruising making a comeback until next spring at the earliest - and that's only if they are able to recover from the financial blow.
  4. Loucat- thank you for your work with those suffering from COVID! I think the cruise lines are trying their best to "stay afloat" during this shutdown and part of the PR in that is giving people hope (albeit false, in my opinion), that cruises will resume in 30 days time. Some people may feel comforted by seeing cruises listed as active, and being able to physically book them - even though logic tells us that they can't sail to a closed port. The worst thing they can do is resume cruising before we are absolutely sure that the virus is contained.
  5. Part of this is on the buyer of the May/June cruises. Anyone who is seeing/reading what is happening with the virus on a day-by-day basis and still thinking that a May/June cruise is happening is kidding themselves. Even if the curve is flattened sometime this summer, there is still a number of months afterward that we will still need to practice social distancing in order to keep the virus from flaring up again. Cruising has proven to be a rapid spreader of the virus. Realistically, I don't think you'll see mass market cruising resume for at least a year.
  6. Way too early. Late summer would be a best guess on when things may start to turn around. RCL is being falsely optimistic about a cruise leaving 4/13/20. The quicker we start to take "social distancing" seriously, the quicker we can get through this. Americans are still not taking this seriously. While you may not be worried about the virus for yourself, you can (and likely will) get it in some form and possibly spread it to someone else who DOES care about it because they are elderly or in fragile health. Flatten the curve, people!
  7. I was wondering this too. Since there is no drug that will treat the virus, other than adding to the official count (and fueling the worldwide panic), what difference does it make if people are tested? Whether you have regular influenza or COVID 19, the treatments are the same - rest, fluids, self-quarantine. Why risk infecting others traveling around to hospitals, urgent cares and doctor's offices trying to find a test? The "test shortage" news cycle is contributing to the panic. As far as the OP - yes, I have thought since the beginning of this that cruise lines should have started canceling cruises to affected areas earlier (probably after the first Princess ship quarantine). And not to discriminate, airlines also should have started earlier in limiting air travel and enacted better screening procedures. Hind sight is 20/20 though and I understand that both these industries will lose billions and can't take shutdowns lightly. I've also been surprised at how determined some folks are to take their cruise or get on the plane and take their vacation "no matter what" despite the knowledge of how quickly this virus spreads. My family too has been affected by having to cancel our land vacation and having our child's spring sport canceled, and likely school being canceled starting next week. The sooner we all take this "social distancing" seriously, the quicker the virus will be contained and start to fizzle out and we can get on with our lives.
  8. Cruise ships being stranded at sea or quarantined at port, with people stuck in their cabins broadcasting their experience on social media is much more juicy and sensational to the media than someone touching a handrail at Disney and feeling sick in their home a day later. The cruise lines are gonna take a hard PR hit from this no matter what (and arguably they may deserve it, in part because of their historically inflexible refund policies and difficulty working through customer service issues). Maybe it will result in better policies for passengers.
  9. Brilliant! You answered your own question. Bring a case of masks with you and wear them proudly!
  10. They help contain fluids from spraying out (which is why they are more effective in keeping those who are already sick from spraying their sickness into the breathing path of others) and they help protect healthcare workers who are often inches from the noses and mouths of the sick. Additionally, they provide some level of protection for those who are immunocompromised. Unless you fit into one of those catagories or if you plan on getting into overly close proximity with the noses and mouths of strangers on your cruise then I don't think the mask will benefit you.
  11. Because healthcare professionals are in close contact with potentially infected people. They are close to their faces and have a much higher chance of getting directly sneezed or coughed on than the "regular Joe" walking down the street. Save the masks for the people who really need them.
  12. Maybe people who are closely following refund/FCC policy developments can chime in, but at one point there were posts claiming that only the person who is refused boarding was offered the FCC and not the healthy people traveling with him/her. I would think that if they hear you barking, they would err on the side of caution and not let you board, regardless of whether you have a fever. My daughter is recovering from bronchitis due to allergies and every time she coughs, I feel like she has a giant spotlight on her and people scatter. Bronchitis is a respiratory illness that can be hard to shake (my daughter has been coughing for a month ) since Corona is said to be a respiratory virus, if it were me - I would not want to risk a double hit by being in any environment with a large group of people (land or sea) until I was over the bronchitis - especially given that you're in the beginning stages.
  13. There's no way anyone would be able to see in during the day unless you're pressed up against the glass. Even at night with lights on, there's a limit to how far you can see into the cabins. If you're cruising in a tropical climate, you're going to want to pull the curtains closed during the heat of the day to help your A/C work efficiently.
  14. We sailed in December on Brilliance with a large extended family group. My father-in-law made the arrangements through a big box travel agent. For us, Royal DID require that there be someone 21 years of age or older be in each stateroom. We had to book an adult in staterooms with anyone under the age of 21 (my daughter was the youngest at age 16. We also had several 20 year olds and a 19 year old who had to be booked with an adult). We easily switched everything around after we left port. My daughter ended up in a cabin with her 19 year old cousin. They were a floor down from us and on the opposite side of the ship, but the ship's staff didn't blink an eye over it (FWIW, other adults from our group were on the same floor, but I have no idea if the staff would have known that).
  15. I would cancel over the fear of being held on the ship in a quarantine as well. It seemed an unlikely event at first, even with the first Princess ship being over in Asia, where the virus was spreading - but now with the 2nd ship coming back from Mexico and being held off the coast of San Diego - the possibility is hitting too close to home for my comfort level. mt99808 also makes a very valid and often overlooked point about unknowingly contracting the virus during travel and spreading it to vulunerable people upon return, which is something to be seriously considered.
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