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Desert Diamond

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  1. This week we received credit for our (HAL canceled) June 1st Alaska cruise. We applied for the refund on April 17th. Sad to have missed the cruise but happy to be fully refunded.
  2. Here is a video she posted earlier today.
  3. This link came from a thread on the Celebrity Boards. There is also a link towards the end of the article about five physicians, three of whom have treated cases from and on cruise ships. For me, the most pertinent piece of info is that the CDC has not even begun to review plans for how to safely operate cruises before a vaccine is developed. Their focus is still on repatriating crew members safely. The article should be viewable online through private, or incognito mode. https://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/tourism-cruises/article243180861.html
  4. She had posted recently on Instagram that she would remain on the ship until her replacement could be flown in from Greece. Greece does appear to be opening up slowly, for incoming tourists at least.
  5. Most of the Celebrity related content is towards the end of the article. It was the first time I had seen a photo of the crew cabins they’re quarantined in. Some have been moved to passenger cabins but with so many ship to ship transfers, not always. Without question, it is no doubt a challenge to repatriate crew with so many variables. Unfortunately, they were not told the truth about CDC Requirements and why Celebrity was not signing on to them.
  6. Basic gist of the article highlighted the struggles to repatriate crew which is understandable. Repeated misinformation was told to them about CDC not allowing them to return home on charter flights or that it was too expensive. Also, continued falsehoods about Covid testing and cases onboard. Crew also repeatedly transferred from ship to ship and kept quarantined for many days in tiny crew cabins. Not all have received the 5 star treatment that Captain Kate features on Instagram.
  7. Apologies if already posted. I looked for it on here but may have missed it.
  8. I believe you can reply “no thanks “ to the offer to sign up and view it for free.
  9. Details of Celebrity crew repatriations are the last entry in the article. A bit of a long read that shows the emotional toll crew members are experiencing. I understand that many of us want “fluffy clouds” and optimism, and I do too. But I am also interested in how my favorite cruise line is communicating and treating their crew. https://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/tourism-cruises/article242565281.html
  10. Read article this morning also. In my opinion, I agree with you, cruisinbanjo, it’s pretty damning.
  11. Hoping everyone can open this link. Video credit: Dan France
  12. This is helpful information, especially the chart of affected ships.
  13. Here is an interesting clip from CNBC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDiR4Qm4O-w
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