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  1. Hapag Lloyd Cruises has posted the following German Language video on a recent Norwegian cruise: Despite the Europa 2 looking wonderfully empty, the current requirements render, what is at the end of the day an expensive holiday, a totally unattractive proposition for me. Given how a person can be asymptomatic with Covid 19 the only secure test is a swab test, yet all we see in the video by way of a boarding check is a temperature check.
  2. You take the trouble to repeat my post, and then proceed to make observations that don't apply to Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. As it clearly states in my post: 'If we have four or more children on board, two childcare specialists will join the cruise and organise a varied programme of activities. ' And: 'after an eventful day, children eat together with our childcare specialists.' Even at lunchtime, on the Europa 2, I have observed a group of supervised children being taken to the back of the self service restaurant to eat their meal. I don't know the basis for it, but you have a history of negativity towards Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.
  3. Here in the UK, the Cruise Industry has been angered by the Foreign Office advising against cruise ship travel at this time.
  4. To the anger of the Cruise Industry, the UK Foreign Office has issued advice to avoid cruise ship travel at this time.
  5. As a direct link to it's website is blocked, H-L Cruises plan is as follows: The highest hygiene standards The protection and health of guests and crew always have top priority for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. Together with experts and the relevant authorities, we have developed a safety and prevention concept for the resumption of cruise operations. This concept is the basis of the following ten-point plan, the measures of which will enable a safe and comfortable cruise on board and meet the highest hygiene standards with regard to COVID-19. In addition to organisation, capacity planning and hygiene measures, the plan also includes in-depth training for the crew on board. Boarding All passengers boarding the ship must provide a completed health questionnaire on embarkation, and undergo a health check. If anything out of the ordinary is found, the medical team will conduct a PCR test in the terminal, which will then be immediately analysed by a laboratory. The guests and crew will also undergo mandatory screening with thermal imaging cameras before boarding. A great deal of attention and time will be devoted to this procedure, so boarding will be performed in groups. The required minimum distance will also need to be observed during boarding. Distancing rule Restarting with around 40% less guests enables even more space in public areas. Everyone on board must maintain a distance of 1.5 m (4.9 ft) from others in the public areas of the ship, including the restaurants and fitness rooms. Crew The crew will undergo a period of isolation and will undergo PCR test. In addition, they will have their temperature checked by the medical team each day before they begin their shift. Crew members will wear face masks. Air conditioning The modern air conditioning systems on board guarantee that the cabins (for guests and crew) and the public areas are supplied with a 100 per cent fresh supply of air. The fresh air is cleaned through a filter. Extracted air is diverted directly outside without being mixed. Restaurants The number of tables in the restaurants will be reduced, and guests will be seated with a minimum distance of 1.5 m between tables. This means that the number of guests in the restaurant will be limited. The opening times of the restaurants and other services will be extended to allow all guests sufficient space and time to dine. Plenty of variety, more service, no self-service Keeping the number of staff members at the usual high levels, while significantly reducing passenger numbers, means more individual service and more resources for implementing the hygiene measures. We will still have great gastronomic variety in the restaurants and at the buffets. There will be no self-service in the restaurants, at the buffets, or in the bars. Entertainment and activities Sport and entertainment events will have fewer participants and will not involve close physical contact. Visitors to the spa area and hairdresser will be governed by the latest regulations from the Hamburg authorities. State-of-the-art hygiene technology The ships are equipped with thermal body cameras and also a mobile laboratory. The number of disinfectant dispensers on board will be significantly increased so that guests and staff can disinfect their hands at all key contact points, for example at gangways, at all places where food and drinks are available, and in fitness and lobby areas. Each guest on board will also be given a care set with face masks – also known as surgical masks – which must be worn on board at any time when maintaining the minimum distance is difficult (in the lift, during embarkation and disembarkation, shopping in the boutique, etc.). The masks from the care set are a preventive measure and meet the relevant legal regulations. Intensive cleaning of public areas and cabins/suites Our fleet has the high OPP Level 3, for hygiene standards. This includes cleaning of frequently touched surfaces every 30 minutes. All cabins and suites will be cleaned with special cleaning agents that also eliminate potential COVID-19 viruses before the arrival of new guests. Cabins will be cleaned three times a day. Particular attention will be paid to surfaces in the bathroom, the bedside tables and everyday devices, such as the television remote control. Public Health Responsible und expanded medical team Health staff on board will be responsible for implementing all the new measures. Hapag-Lloyd Cruises will provide in-depth training on the new prevention and hygiene measures for the crew on board. In addition, a Public Heath Specialist will be appointed for this purpose on each ship. THE WORLD AHEAD OF US
  6. The EU, in consultation with the Cruise Line Association, has issued a 49 page guide for the re-commencement of cruising. Given the assessment in the following video, a cruise experience, especially a luxury one, is hardly likely to be an attractive proposition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJ372hgC-_E&t=33s
  7. Personally, given the ease with which the norovirus can break out on a ship, I would not contemplate a cruise until such time as there is a proven vaccine or a treatment against the coronavirus. Then there is the added problem of airlines recirculating air around a plane's cabin. With regard to deaths in care homes, in the UK, the possible effect of the coronavirus upon mortality has been factored in by comparing the mortality figures for a specific time frame against those for the average of the previous five years . Between 13 March and the 8 May the excess figure was 21,813.
  8. The latest information from H-L Cruises states: 'Therefore, all of the fleet’s voyages are suspended temporarily, probably until the end of July. In addition, all cruises calling at a US and Canadian port will be cancelled until mid-September.'
  9. On the subject of children on the Europa 2, the following video bears repeating once again: From H-L Cruises website: What programme of activities is offered on board? During supervision hours, our youngest guests can look forward to lots of fantastic games, sports and creative programmes. On board the EUROPA 2, for example, we offer musical workshops, group cookery courses or even fencing lessons. Are there any menus designed especially for children? The menus are designed with children in mind; after an eventful day, children eat together with our childcare specialists. Is there a childcare service on board? On our luxury ships, MS EUROPA and MS EUROPA 2, even your children will not miss out. If we have four or more children on board, two childcare specialists will join the cruise and organise a varied programme of activities. Childcare is offered for children aged two years and older on MS EUROPA 2 and four years and older on MS EUROPA.
  10. An extract from the latest notice on H-L Cruises' website reads as follows: 'Therefore, all of the fleet’s voyages are suspended temporarily, probably until mid-July. In addition, all cruises calling at a US port will be cancelled until the end of July.'
  11. According to a report on today's BBC News , 200 members of the crew are confined on board with the virus. The report also stated that 10% of Australia's infections, and 30% of it's deaths relate to passengers disembarked from the ship.
  12. I think HL would be wildly optimistic in thinking that cruises could be reinstated within the next 3-4 months. If nothing else, surely crews would have returned home, and being able to leave would depend on the situation re the virus in their respective countries, and national Governments' exit strategy for safely relaxing measures that have been introduced to deal with the virus. Then there is the uncertainty as to which airlines will have survived when the pandemic has run it's course , and how quickly flights can be re-established. Already, Virgin Atlantic has made it known it will be approaching the UK Government for financial aid, which is rather rich considering the speed with which it laid off staff, and Richard Branson's personal fortune of $5.1 billion.
  13. The Company has published a revised list of the first envisaged cruises: MS EUROPA: May 9, 2020 from Hamburg (EUR2008) MS EUROPA 2: May 13, 2020 from Hamburg (EUX2011) MS BREMEN: May 23, 2020 from Otaru (BRE2008) HANSEATIC nature: May 30, 2020 from Porto (NAT2010) HANSEATIC inspiration: May 18, 2020 from Boston (INS2010)
  14. Cruise Critic is continuing to block the posting of a direct link to HL Cruises English language website. HL Cruises posted yesterday a series of Q & A topics.
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