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  1. Just in case you haven't seen this news yet 😉 "Fincantieri recently completed the float out of a new cruise ship. It was a milestone for the company returning to work after a long suspension while Italy fought the coronavirus. Fincantieri began to scale up production in May while also taking steps to maintain the safety of its employees. The Valiant Lady, under construction for Virgin Voyages, left the building dry dock on May 20 being moved to the fitting out berth at the Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponte shipyard near Genoa. Assembly of the Valiant Lady had begun in March 2019 and she was originally scheduled to be floated out in March 2020. Due to the work suspension and virus mitigation efforts work is currently approximately two months behind schedule". https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/fincantieri-completes-float-out-of-new-cruise-ship-valiant-lady
  2. Off topic but I thought any ship trackers here might enjoy/be interested in this "mystery" 😁 Maybe you can help them solve it! "The locations of twelve ships as reported by their Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) were thousands of miles in error. Most were displayed as circling an area northwest of San Francisco according to the environmental non-profit SkyTruth. The circling phenomena has been previously observed in GPS-based reporting systems for fitness trackers in China and Iran, and for shipboard systems near a variety of Chinese ports. In all those cases, though, it was clear that the real location was fairly nearby the false and circling locations. In the most recent observations, the real locations of the ships were thousands of miles away. Literally on the other side of the globe in most cases". https://www.maritime-executive.com/editorials/mystery-12-ships-ais-positions-thousands-of-miles-off-and-circling
  3. Bringing this over - CC shows the first European River cruise has set sail - here's what they required (NOT that the US will be the same, but interesting to see just how thorough their plan is: Guest embarkation • Scylla requests its tour operators to investigate the whereabouts and physical health of guests before boarding the ship by means of a questionnaire. • Scylla AG requires a pre-boarding statement from the tour operator confirming the validated health checks for all passengers participating in the journey, ensuring all passengers being fit to travel. • Only registered guests and crew are allowed to enter the ship, after performing safety/health checks such as measurement of body temperature and hand disinfecting. • In case elevated temperature is measured, the passenger will not be allowed on board until the potential risk of a passenger has been defined by the local health authorities. • Embarkation is arranged with respect for social distance and adapted procedures minimize the interaction between guests and crew. • Every step of the check-in procedure is being revised to have a contactless experience. • The main safety rules will be communicated to guests (verbal and in writing) before entering the ship the first time. • The use of plastic screens and other protective gear is used for embarkation steps that require interaction. • Before embarkation, the entire ship, including cabins is being cleaned/disinfected and ventilated. Guest interaction on board • The use of mouth masks is mandatory onboard when walking around. • Respect for 1,5-meter social distance or compliance with local guidelines with regards to social distancing is guaranteed and clearly communicated onboard. • General safety measures such as coughing hygiene are requested and clearly communicated on board When needed, meals and activities are being arranged in time slots to lower the used capacity of communal areas. • When spaces do not allow social distancing, one-way movements are being installed and clear routing is defined onboard to exclude crossings without a safe interpersonal distance. • All meals are being served and no buffet services are offered. Onboard services and facilities A doctor accompanies journeys to preform health checks with crew and guests, for onboard consultations and to assess the potential risks on a frequent basis. • Quick tests for COVID-19 are available onboard. These can be used by the accompanying doctor in case of suspected risk. • The temperature of every guest is being measured on a daily basis. • Clear signage is provided onboard to make guests and crew comply with the defined routing plans. • Services such as massage, hairdresser for which social distancing is impossible are not available. • Services with a medium risk of spreading bacteria such as luggage handling are being minimized and performed with adapted procedures to limit risks. • Facilities with limited space or elevated infection risks such as elevators and public toilets are out of order. • Our cleaning staff will be taking additional measures in disinfecting surfaces to minimize the spread of bacteria by cleaning handles, staircases, toilets, armrests, guardrails … with cleaning solutions adapted to COVID-19 on an even more frequent basis than is usually done. • Room service is being stimulated as one of the measures to limit the number of people in the restaurant. • Non-essential items that would be touched by multiple people are not made available (newspapers/umbrellas/ …) • No orders can be placed at the bar, all services are based on table services at all times. • All food and beverages will be served as individual portions with a minimal need for contact between the person serving and the food/drink item. • Each cabin is being disinfected twice a day, without the presence of the guest. Cabins are cleaned by the same member of the housekeeping staff every time and all members of the housekeeping staff are obliged to wear a face mask and gloves during their activities. • Al cabins will be provided with a bottle of hand sanitizer. • Payments can be made by credit card only, except for tips which will be deposited in a tip box. Crew for hotel and nautical operations • Every crew member will be officially tested on COVID-19 before boarding. • The crew arrives onboard days before guests to guarantee a quarantine period, after being questioned about their past whereabouts and current and past health situation. • Procedures are being put in place to ensure social distance between crew members in sleeping, recreational and mutual areas for the crew. • All crew is being clearly instructed and trained to ensure compliance with the COVID-19 protocols. • The onboard crew is obliged to wear protective gear during working hours and when interacting with guests. • If it is determined by the onboard doctor that there is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 disease on board, an outbreak management plan will be activated. The suspected case will be immediately instructed to wear a medical mask, follow cough etiquette, and practice hand hygiene; the suspected case will be isolated in a predefined isolation cabin with the door closed. Infection control measures will be applied in accordance with WHO guidance (2, 6). The disembarkation and transfer of the suspected case to an onshore healthcare facility for further assessment and laboratory testing will be arranged as soon as possible in cooperation with the health authorities at the port. https://scylla.ch/uploads/files/200519_scylla_protocol_overview.pdf After a nearly three month pause because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, cruising has restarted -- but only in Germany, with half the usual passengers onboard. Nicko Cruises, a German domestic line using ships chartered from Scylla, boarded 110 passengers yesterday on NickoVision and set sail at 5.30 p.m. CEST (11.30 a.m. EDT) today for a 13-day voyage along the Danube and the Rhine. If all goes well, A-ROSA, another German line will restart on June 17 on the Douro river and Scylla’s sister brand VIVA will restart in July. Scylla also charters vessels to Tauck, although that American line still has cruises on hold until August 1. https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/5376/?et_cid=3335856&et_rid=16683889&et_referrer=June 2008 Boards Mailing
  4. CC shows the first European River cruise has set sail - here's what they required (NOT that the US will be the same, but interesting to see just how thorough their plan is: Guest embarkation • Scylla requests its tour operators to investigate the whereabouts and physical health of guests before boarding the ship by means of a questionnaire. • Scylla AG requires a pre-boarding statement from the tour operator confirming the validated health checks for all passengers participating in the journey, ensuring all passengers being fit to travel. • Only registered guests and crew are allowed to enter the ship, after performing safety/health checks such as measurement of body temperature and hand disinfecting. • In case elevated temperature is measured, the passenger will not be allowed on board until the potential risk of a passenger has been defined by the local health authorities. • Embarkation is arranged with respect for social distance and adapted procedures minimize the interaction between guests and crew. • Every step of the check-in procedure is being revised to have a contactless experience. • The main safety rules will be communicated to guests (verbal and in writing) before entering the ship the first time. • The use of plastic screens and other protective gear is used for embarkation steps that require interaction. • Before embarkation, the entire ship, including cabins is being cleaned/disinfected and ventilated. Guest interaction on board • The use of mouth masks is mandatory onboard when walking around. • Respect for 1,5-meter social distance or compliance with local guidelines with regards to social distancing is guaranteed and clearly communicated onboard. • General safety measures such as coughing hygiene are requested and clearly communicated on board When needed, meals and activities are being arranged in time slots to lower the used capacity of communal areas. • When spaces do not allow social distancing, one-way movements are being installed and clear routing is defined onboard to exclude crossings without a safe interpersonal distance. • All meals are being served and no buffet services are offered. Onboard services and facilities A doctor accompanies journeys to preform health checks with crew and guests, for onboard consultations and to assess the potential risks on a frequent basis. • Quick tests for COVID-19 are available onboard. These can be used by the accompanying doctor in case of suspected risk. • The temperature of every guest is being measured on a daily basis. • Clear signage is provided onboard to make guests and crew comply with the defined routing plans. • Services such as massage, hairdresser for which social distancing is impossible are not available. • Services with a medium risk of spreading bacteria such as luggage handling are being minimized and performed with adapted procedures to limit risks. • Facilities with limited space or elevated infection risks such as elevators and public toilets are out of order. • Our cleaning staff will be taking additional measures in disinfecting surfaces to minimize the spread of bacteria by cleaning handles, staircases, toilets, armrests, guardrails … with cleaning solutions adapted to COVID-19 on an even more frequent basis than is usually done. • Room service is being stimulated as one of the measures to limit the number of people in the restaurant. • Non-essential items that would be touched by multiple people are not made available (newspapers/umbrellas/ …) • No orders can be placed at the bar, all services are based on table services at all times. • All food and beverages will be served as individual portions with a minimal need for contact between the person serving and the food/drink item. • Each cabin is being disinfected twice a day, without the presence of the guest. Cabins are cleaned by the same member of the housekeeping staff every time and all members of the housekeeping staff are obliged to wear a face mask and gloves during their activities. • Al cabins will be provided with a bottle of hand sanitizer. • Payments can be made by credit card only, except for tips which will be deposited in a tip box. Crew for hotel and nautical operations • Every crew member will be officially tested on COVID-19 before boarding. • The crew arrives onboard days before guests to guarantee a quarantine period, after being questioned about their past whereabouts and current and past health situation. • Procedures are being put in place to ensure social distance between crew members in sleeping, recreational and mutual areas for the crew. • All crew is being clearly instructed and trained to ensure compliance with the COVID-19 protocols. • The onboard crew is obliged to wear protective gear during working hours and when interacting with guests. • If it is determined by the onboard doctor that there is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 disease on board, an outbreak management plan will be activated. The suspected case will be immediately instructed to wear a medical mask, follow cough etiquette, and practice hand hygiene; the suspected case will be isolated in a predefined isolation cabin with the door closed. Infection control measures will be applied in accordance with WHO guidance (2, 6). The disembarkation and transfer of the suspected case to an onshore healthcare facility for further assessment and laboratory testing will be arranged as soon as possible in cooperation with the health authorities at the port. https://scylla.ch/uploads/files/200519_scylla_protocol_overview.pdf After a nearly three month pause because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, cruising has restarted -- but only in Germany, with half the usual passengers onboard. Nicko Cruises, a German domestic line using ships chartered from Scylla, boarded 110 passengers yesterday on NickoVision and set sail at 5.30 p.m. CEST (11.30 a.m. EDT) today for a 13-day voyage along the Danube and the Rhine. If all goes well, A-ROSA, another German line will restart on June 17 on the Douro river and Scylla’s sister brand VIVA will restart in July. Scylla also charters vessels to Tauck, although that American line still has cruises on hold until August 1. https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/5376/?et_cid=3335856&et_rid=16683889&et_referrer=June 2008 Boards Mailing
  5. Thankfully at least he doesn't mention being charged for internet as some HAL crew are. Surely HAL could afford WiFi? 😉 https://www.businessinsider.com.au/holland-america-charging-workers-internet-coronavirus-stranded-2020-6 A Holland America salesperson told Business Insider that they were also upset by the fact the cruise line is charging trapped crew members whose contracts have been terminated for WiFi. "There's so many levels of wrong going on right now," a Holland America salesperson told Business Insider. "And those crew who are stuck at sea? They're not being paid. And for their WiFi access, they have to pay for their WiFi access while they're stuck at sea." Internet access isn’t free for Holland America crew members stranded onboard the cruise line’s fleet of ships. Crew can purchase a plan that offers 607 mb for $US40 on a monthly basis. A Holland America spokesperson told Business Insider that the cruise line offers 24/7 “happy hour” rates for crew, thus allowing the workers to access more megabits per second. “There’s so many levels of wrong going on right now,” a Holland America salesperson told Business Insider, referring to the company’s practice of charging crew for internet access.
  6. The article showed 1 hospitalized so far - I will watch the story to see what happens and will follow up here. It seems to me like the company really tried to avoid this and at least are being transparent about what has happened. I appreciate it because this might actually help the people who can investigate this to see how it came about and thus help us who are (impatiently) waiting to cruise. Last week, as the vessel docked in Bellingham, one crew member reported feeling sick, tested positive for COVID-19 and was hospitalized. That prompted the company to have the rest of the crew screened, and 85 tested positive in results received Saturday. Results were still pending for nine crew members, according to a statement released Sunday by American Seafoods. A company spokeswoman said none of the crew that tested positive Saturday initially appeared to have symptoms. Two later reported feeling ill. But the son of one crewman said his father described the illness spreading on board while it was still at sea earlier last week off the coast of Washington. The crewman’s son, who requested anonymity to protect the privacy of his family, said his father fell sick with symptoms that included fever and cough, as did others. His father also was frustrated because some crew members were not following protocols that required them to wear masks, according to the son. “We are taking any concerns seriously while the ship was out,” said Suzanne Lagoni, the American Seafoods spokeswoman. “We welcome anyone who wants to call to talk about their experiences. All the crew members were given the cell number of our manager of employee health.” Lagoni said the company is conducting, in cooperation with other agencies, an investigation of the outbreak, and employees’ experiences at sea will be part of the review. The vessel is now moored in Seattle, and crew members who tested positive have been taken on shore, where they are being monitored by medical personnel.
  7. If you haven't already seen this info re a fishing trawler with COVID crew who had been 100% tested before departure it's pretty interesting: SEATTLE, WA – (May 31, 2020) American Seafoods Company previously reported that a crew member from the American Dynasty tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the company decided to test the entire crew and on May 30 an additional 85 crew members were confirmed positive. Results are pending for nine outstanding tests. “The health and safety of our crew, employees, and the communities where we operate is always the top priority for us,” said American Seafoods CEO Mikel Durham. According to Durham, 100% of crew members were screened and tested for COVID-19 antibodies and viral infection before they boarded the vessel. Pre-season tests were conducted through the University of Washington. Only those who tested negative for the virus were cleared to board the vessel. The American Dynasty has returned to the Port of Seattle and is under lockdown. All crew members are being quarantined and monitored by medical personnel. https://www.americanseafoods.com/media/1690/release-5312020-american-seafoods-reports-additional-positive-covid-19-tests-from-crew-members-on-the-american-dynasty.pdf A Seattle-based factory trawler cut short its fishing season off the Washington coast after 85 of 126 crew tested positive for COVID-19 in screening results obtained Saturday, according to a statement released by vessel operator American Seafoods. <snip> As part of the effort to keep outbreaks from impacting the seafood industry, the American Dynasty crew, before heading off to sea May 13, were screened for the virus and underwent quarantines. They also underwent additional testing for the antibodies created by the virus. “Only if there were no signs that they were actively infected or contagious were they cleared to board their vessel,” American Seafoods chief executive Mikel Durham said in a written statement. Somehow, the virus still found its way on board. https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/american-seafoods-factory-trawler-returns-to-seattle-after-85-crew-members-test-positive-for-covid-19/ (If you run into paywall for Seattle Times article I was able to use incognito to view it)
  8. Carnival (Corp) even mentioned having to defend lawsuits in the SEC filing, so they are well aware of human nature and knew it would be coming LOL 😉 In addition, we expect to incur ongoing selling and administrative expenses, and incremental COVID-related costs associated with sanitizing our ships and defending lawsuits, although we anticipate substantially reducing our advertising spend during the pause in operations. https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/815097/000095014220000946/eh2000552_ex9901.htm
  9. Bringing this over - about a fishing trawler with many COVID positive crew. 100% of the crew had been tested before boarding 😞 SEATTLE, WA – (May 31, 2020) American Seafoods Company previously reported that a crew member from the American Dynasty tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the company decided to test the entire crew and on May 30 an additional 85 crew members were confirmed positive. Results are pending for nine outstanding tests. “The health and safety of our crew, employees, and the communities where we operate is always the top priority for us,” said American Seafoods CEO Mikel Durham. According to Durham, 100% of crew members were screened and tested for COVID-19 antibodies and viral infection before they boarded the vessel. Pre-season tests were conducted through the University of Washington. Only those who tested negative for the virus were cleared to board the vessel. https://www.americanseafoods.com/media/1690/release-5312020-american-seafoods-reports-additional-positive-covid-19-tests-from-crew-members-on-the-american-dynasty.pdf https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/american-seafoods-factory-trawler-returns-to-seattle-after-85-crew-members-test-positive-for-covid-19/
  10. Maybe this from a couple weeks ago - thinking the employees mentioned in California might be Princess and Washington state might be HAL: Carnival Corp., the world’s largest cruise company, announced on Thursday it will be laying off hundreds of employees due to the coronavirus pandemic. The company’s CEO Arnold Donald said the combination of layoffs, furloughs and pay cuts were “necessary” as the pause on cruise travel enters its third month. The majority of affected employees in the U.S. will be in Florida, California and Washington state, Carnival Corp. said in an email. The company is eliminating 820 positions and furloughing 537 employees for up to six months in Florida out of a workforce of about 3,000 employees. Carnival Corp. did not reveal the number of job eliminations in the other states or countries around the world. https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2020/05/15/carnival-lay-off-hundreds-florida-other-states/5197141002/ Carnival Lays Off Almost 1,000 Workers in Florida, With More Layoffs Coming in Other States Employees in California and Washington will also be terminated. https://www.fool.com/investing/2020/05/15/carnival-lays-off-almost-1000-workers-in-florida-w.aspx
  11. I thought this was an interesting chart for February - May: Heart disease and cancer, typically the two leading causes of death in the United States, killed on average around 200,000 people between February and May in recent years. Despite that, there have been several weeks over the last four months where COVID-19 surpassed those and was the most common cause of death in the country. https://www.businessinsider.com/covid-19-compared-to-other-common-us-causes-of-death-2020-5
  12. "Coral" has posted on the Princess board that Princess has cancelled more sailings - I'm only bringing them over and listing them here so that you can see what Princess did: "Due to global events impacting travel, including travel restrictions announced by the Canadian government, we have extended our pause of global ship operations and have cancelled the voyages listed below". · Coral Princess – Sep 23 from Vancouver · Emerald Princess – Sep 28 from Vancouver · Grand Princess – Sep 22-Oct 17 from Vancouver · Royal Princess – Sep 26 from Vancouver · Ruby Princess – Sep 26-Oct 20 from Vancouver or Seattle · Star Princess – Sept 20-Oct 15 from San Francisco or Vancouver Plus these: Sea Princess – Sep 13 from Perth (Fremantle), Sep 21 from Perth (Fremantle) Majestic Princess – August 5 from Taipei (Keelung), Aug 8 from Taipei (Keelung), Aug 13 from Taipei (Keelung), Aug 20 from Taipei (Keelung), Aug 23 from Taipei (Keelung), Aug 29 from Hong Kong, Sep 14 Brisbane, Sep 16 from Sydney Sun Princess – Sep 5 from Sydney, Sep 9 from Auckland, Sep 18 from Honolulu Sapphire Princess – Sep 2 from Adelaide, Sep 7 from Perth (Fremantle), Sep 12 from Adelaide
  13. Adding a link with no wall from cruiseradio (same info) 👍 https://cruiseradio.net/norwegian-cruise-line-reveals-details-about-return-to-cruising/
  14. cruiseradio has an interesting article about waiting for cruise refunds 🙃 https://cruiseradio.net/ask-the-expert-why-you-shouldnt-wait-for-that-cruise-refund/
  15. The cruiseradio site now has the same info as in TrumpyNor #44 quote above - program called "Sail Safe" 😊 https://cruiseradio.net/norwegian-cruise-line-reveals-details-about-return-to-cruising/
  16. New article from the Miami Herald: "The Miami Herald asked five doctors — including three who treated COVID-19 patients on cruise ships — about onboard changes they would recommend in a pre-vaccine age. All said it would be impossible to eliminate the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak, but enhanced protocols could limit the chances. According to Miami Herald data, 24% of the world’s cruise ships were affected by COVID-19. “It’s already been demonstrated that cruise ships can be an incubator for this virus and its spread,” said Dr. William Schaffner, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. “You do the best you can. Everything you do is imperfect.” <snip> The five doctors interviewed by the Miami Herald — Vanderbilt’s Schaffner; Massachusetts General’s Callahan; Dr. Jennifer Jackson, assistant professor of emergency medicine at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; Dr. Mauricio Usme, who treated COVID-19 victims on Aurora Expedition’s Greg Mortimer ship; and a fifth cruise ship doctor who requested anonymity for fear of retaliation from his company — said these policies and procedures should be standard operating procedure for cruising before a vaccine becomes available. https://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/tourism-cruises/article242945396.html
  17. "Another massive layoff is being reported in the cruise tourism sector where Norwegian Cruise Line has sent home close to three hundred employees from its Harvest Caye destination in southern Belize". https://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/203248?
  18. Interesting articles re opening Hawaii 😉 The Governor talks extending the quarantine: "Gov. David Ige said Thursday the 14-day quarantine for out-of-state travelers to Hawaii will be extended beyond June 30 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a meeting with all four of the state’s county mayors that was streamed on Facebook Live, Ige confirmed the extension in response to a question from the public. “Certainly, we’ll be making that announcement soon,” he said. He didn’t specify how long the extension of the mandatory two-week quarantine for in-state arrivals would be". <snip> The Lt. Gov talks travel bubbles with Japan and possibly New Zealand and Australia. He also mentions cruise ships in the article, but not in a way that will inspire any confidence in cruise ships in the Hawaiian populace: “Given the significance of Japan tourists to Hawaii and Japan’s low COVID-19 infection and death rates, a travel bubble with Japan could serve as an effective start and pilot in the gradual reopening of tourism,” Yonamine told the lawmakers. The agreement, if approved, would likely allow incoming visitors from Japan, who meet safety thresholds, to be exempted from the state’s mandatory quarantine. Lt. Gov. Josh Green, an emergency room physician from Kona, said in a Facebook Live question-and-answer session earlier Thursday that he likes idea. “There’s also New Zealand and Australia,” Green said. “These are large possibilities for us.” Both those countries, like Hawaii, have flattened the coronavirus infection curve. Green did add a caveat, however “We cannot just throw caution to the wind,” he said. “We can’t just open up and hope that our (airport screening) lanes screen and catch everybody. We will get cases because … the national numbers are that about 35% of all individuals who are positive for COVID are asymptomatic carriers. But there are clusters that are much worse. On one of the cruise ships, there were 80% of the individuals that were positive asymptomatic. They had a weak strain, basically, of the virus. “Can you imagine if a cohort from some city or a cruise ship came in and 80% were positive? They would spread it like wildfire. And we have such a low rate of infection, we have very little immunity here. So without many antibodies and with the potential for asymptomatic carriers coming into the state … I think ‘travel with aloha’ — meaning getting a test 72 hours or less before travel — will give us good protection.” https://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/2020/05/29/hawaii-news/ige-confirms-14-day-quarantine-for-out-of-state-visitors-will-be-extended-beyond-june-30/ Senator Donna Mercado Kim said, “U.S. citizens tend to not want to follow these rules,” in showing her enthusiasm for the Japan bubble and contrasting Japanese visitors with those from the other US states. https://beatofhawaii.com/hawaii-travel-bubble-testing-tracking-acceptable-legal-useful/#comments
  19. Article about Belizean crew members arriving in Belize on RCI ship (doesn't say which one): Belize’s borders remain closed but on Saturday, a first group of Belizeans to be allowed to re-enter Belize due to the COVID-19 pandemic arrived on a Royal Caribbean ship. Belize remains COVID free for forty-five days, so protocols are in place to prevent any imported case by sea, air and land. The group of nationals was on the vessel for more than seventy days and Saturday was the first time they set foot on land. They were immediately placed on quarantine and will remain that way for fourteen days. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports. https://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/203255
  20. crew-center and Belize TV channel 5 is reporting about layoffs at Harvest Caye: "Another massive layoff is being reported in the cruise tourism sector where Norwegian Cruise Line has sent home close to three hundred employees from its Harvest Caye destination in southern Belize" https://crew-center.com/norwegian-cruise-line-lays-300-employees-harvest-caye https://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/203248?
  21. And don't forget the other cruise ship hot spot in Japan - 149 cases (crew) on the Costa Atlantica in Nagasaki... https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-japan-cruises/how-lax-rules-missed-warnings-led-to-japans-second-coronavirus-cruise-ship-hot-spot-idUSKBN22I3BJ
  22. I hope this project actually happens! 👍 "Following its recent $130m capital raise, Nassau Cruise Port is forging ahead on its $285m project to transform the Bahamian capital's waterfront into a world-class destination". https://www.seatrade-cruise.com/news/most-cruise-ports-now-frozen-nassau-builds-future-expects-q4-calls
  23. And those pesky Chinese raspberries! 🙃 https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2020/04/24/cdc-report-raspberries-caused-2019-norovirus-outbreak-cruises/3018721001/
  24. This picture from the "buffet" onboard one of the ships in Singapore (SuperStar Gemini and the SuperStar Aquarius), which are serving as temporary accommodation for 3,000 workers who have recovered from Covid-19, shows kind of a "to go" box situation. 😉 https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/yoga-sea-air-and-safe-distancing-for-3000-covid-recovered-migrant-workers-staying-onboard
  25. The only example I can add is an article about what happened to some Carnival customers on the last sailing of the Fantasy before the shutdown in March - sorry though, it doesn't explain if Carnival reimbursed and helped with arrangements home, etc. "The customers, many who came from other states, say they were not allowed to board because of underlying health issues, including diabetes. “It’s just sad because there’s nothing we can do about it,” said Ashley Maynor, who was one of many who were told they couldn’t board the ship due to underlying health issues. Maynor says she and her group came from Illinois to cruise out of Mobile, she says they weren’t told they couldn’t board because of the underlying health issue until 9:30 p.m. and weren’t given a hotel room until at least 7 hours later. She had six people in her group, four didn’t get on the ship, two did. She says those two tried to get off the ship, but couldn’t because of long lines at the guest services desks. “We did typical protocol, got our luggage out, went through security, everything was good to go. Come to find out that they tagged 80 passengers on the boat and they knew from this morning or yesterday morning that those passengers were not going to be allowed to board,” said Maynor. The ship left after midnight. She says she was one of the dozens turned away because of some new guidelines from the cruise line in response to COVID-19 concerns. One person in her party has diabetes, and she says they couldn’t leave her behind. “We just go on our merry way. We go back home, not much else we can do,” said Maynor". https://www.wkrg.com/mobile-county/carnival-passengers-say-they-were-denied-boarding-due-to-existing-conditions/ The person mentions "they weren't given a hotel room until at least seven hours later" so it does sound like Carnival might have paid for that? I wish she would have followed with a statement about reimbursement, but maybe by omission that meant that they were going to be reimbursed, because surely she would have been irate about that! Remember that this happened when everything was ending and all being rushed into practice at that time, so hopefully incidents like this will not happen in the future, and you will know you will be able to board before heading to the ship. Best of luck on your cruises!
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