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Lottie A

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    Azamara, Celebrity, Cunard Oceania and P&O
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  1. OK, I have bitten my tongue and tried not to respond to this stupid requirement from Azamara of a physician’s letter to certify “fitness to travel” but now I have had enough. Two comments....firstly good luck in getting any doctor to provide you with one at this time of extreme pressure. We are all working ourselves to exhaustion looking after seriously ill and dying patients. Letters to cruise lines are not on our list of priorities right now. Secondly, anyone with even a moderate pre existing relapsing chronic health condition could not be deemed “fit to travel” anyway. No doctor could predict when or whether a deterioration was likely. Someone with Cancer, Angina, COPD, Asthma, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue....they are just a very few examples of varying conditions that can fluctuate dramatically at any time, including on a cruise. It doesn’t actually matter if you are over 70 or not. If you did have one of these health conditions you may be perfectly stable, yet your GP could not medically certify that would continue to be so on a cruise. Then there is the minefield of getting travel insurance.... Azamara need to reconsider this requirement now. Sorry...rant over from a very tired GP who should be retired, but has gone back to work. I have an even more exhausted GP friend fast asleep on my sofa right now. He has been working 12-14 hour days for over 2 weeks. He won’t be writing any “fitness to cruise” letters either.
  2. I got the email too. Yeah right....”book quickly as the cruises are selling out fast!” 🤣
  3. Braemar is currently circling off the coast of Cuba being shadowed by the Cuban Navy. British Airways planes have taken off and are approximately 4 hours away from Cuba. The suspected Covid-19 positive passengers will be flown home in a different plane from the other passengers and presumably then quarantined in the UK. Figures being bandied about suggest this rescue operation will cost about 2 million US dollars. I expect Cuba asked for dollar payment rather than in sterling.
  4. I did say “Coronavirus stricken Braemar” Phil. They presently have 41 crew and passengers displaying Covid-19 symptoms, including the doctor onboard. Just giving options of how other cruise lines are handling very difficult situations re getting their passengers home. I also think Cuba deserves some praise for helping out in this humanitarian effort, when every other Caribbean island has denied the Braemar passengers entry. Let’s hope Pursuit passengers are on their way home very soon.
  5. Hope it works out for them. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/braemar-cruise-ship-foreign-office-statement?fbclid=IwAR3E5YEIUMqNvGQNZy_zc2X3RNn3RwxNyDUh21UnYNw-_67Y9A4SrQ9nJTE
  6. The U.K. government have said that Coronavirus stricken Fred Olsen’s ship Braemar is now heading towards Cuba where flights are being arranged for passengers to come home. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/braemar-cruise-ship-foreign-office-statement?fbclid=IwAR3E5YEIUMqNvGQNZy_zc2X3RNn3RwxNyDUh21UnYNw-_67Y9A4SrQ9nJTE
  7. Good news for the passengers onboard Braemar. Not so sure about it being good news for the Cuban people. https://www.fredolsencruises.com/braemar-update
  8. Yes the doctor onboard has symptoms of Covid-19. I should think it is very likely that the nurses have it too. The extra doctors and nurses have now apparently been allowed to board Braemar. It is rumoured and I emphasise rumour only, that Braemar May be allowed to berth in Cuba as a humanitarian issue. Whether passengers would be allowed to disembark there is in doubt. The internet onboard is “down”. This is said to be because of too many passengers and crew trying to use it but I’m afraid I have a far more cynical idea of why that is.
  9. So do I hope they survive ...very much so, but every instinct I have right now would be telling me to insist on a cash refund and not take a FCC, despite Fred (and most other cruise companies) offering a sweetener to keep your money.
  10. I’m quite sure they won’t Barbara. Take care of yourself and your loved ones. It’s going to be a very tough few months for everyone.
  11. Just a “heads up” ....medics are expecting a big Government announcement on Tuesday. I’m pretty sure I know what it’s going to be. ☹️
  12. Some more news about poor Braemar. https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/cruise-transatlantic-coronavirus-gbr-intl/index.html?fbclid=IwAR04sbmwe3vG6mUDRanjxIlgHUjCe4VVSPLGk7ni1MUtWjUT0vygV_c2VAQ
  13. No Barbara I don’t. I think it’s medically very likely that many more cases onboard will become evident in the next 7 days, given that Fred allowed open access throughout the ship since the previous cruise passengers disembarked. Some may have a slight infection themselves...mostly the younger crew, but they will carry on infecting the more vulnerable elderly passengers unless everyone is quarantined to their cabin. The doctors and nurses onboard must be totally exhausted and it seems that the doctor has now reported Covid-19 symptoms himself. Goodness knows how many elderly passengers he has been in contact with! Fred should have quarantined everyone at least a week ago. They also should have sailed Braemar back to the U.K. They would be home now with access to the NHS if they had done that. Other companies are sailing their ships home from all over the world and it’s patently obvious that Braemar is not going to be allowed to debark passengers anywhere right now. I’m also very sceptical that we are hearing the true numbers affected anyway. Also to embark these new passengers onto this current cruise after the infection was known to be present on the previous one was just foolish in my opinion. Wishing all the wonderful crew and the passengers onboard Braemar a safe journey home, however you get here. Maybe they should use the free booze to disinfect their hands rather than drink it!
  14. So sorry to say it’s not looking good on Braemar. Still at least the passengers now have free booze! https://www.fredolsencruises.com/braemar-update
  15. Further news just out. It has been confirmed that 5 people from the St Maarten - Manchester flight of March 2nd and also 3 people from the St Maarten - Gatwick flight have now tested positive for Covid-19. They are now in enforced isolation. Two more passengers from the Gatwick flight have reported symptoms, but since testing has now been stopped by the Government we might never know. They are still awaiting a number of previous test results from both flights. These figures have been confirmed by Public Health England. There are also more passengers on Braemar who have symptoms now and have been isolated in their cabins awaiting testing. Their relatives must be so worried.
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