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  1. I've seen one in southern Maine, when my wife commented on "what an ugly horse" that was out in a field (it was a cow moose). We have had several over the 40 years I've lived in Portland, that have found their way into the city. Most likely place is up in Aroostook county on the back roads, but it isn't something you could plan on.
  2. Crew are all gloved and masked when dealing with passengers and passenger's dishes. Dishwashers are commercial types that are designed to sanitize dishes, unlike home ones. Laundry, as far as I've heard has not been done since quarantine was implemented. The fact that the couple have had the symptoms for at least a week, leads me to believe they contracted it ashore. Also, there is no confirmation that any of the "new" cases are contracted onboard, or whether they were simply in the incubation period until symptoms showed up.
  3. I haven't seen this, but it may be due to air pressure balancing, as the return air vents for the passageways would normally be in the elevator lobbies, so this would be the lowest air pressure in the passageway, and in order to minimize possible "screaming" air flow under your doors the gap could be increased. Also, again naturally due to the design of the fresh air supply ducts, your cabins would be near to the first on line, so more air would be delivered, despite the best attempts at balancing using fixed dampers, so you would need more space for that additional air to vent out. Unlike a very old house (mine is 200 this year), settling wouldn't affect a cabin door, as the entire cabin assembly is not really structural to the ship, it is a separate module that is really only fastened to the ship at a limited number of locations.
  4. I will admit as well to holding my children up onto a railing, at a location where the railing was designed to control people (like at a theme park), but not where there was any fall hazard more than the distance from the rail to the floor, on both sides of the rail. It would never occur to me to do so even in a theater balcony or similar, let alone 11 stories up. Something like this, to allow the kids to see better:
  5. The stuff being "fogged" in the public spaces is Virkon or similar disinfectant, one of the few agents known to actually be effective against viruses like noro. As the above poster noted, the crew handling the fogging are exposed to the fog for hours, and at close range to the fogger. Once the Virkon droplets are on a surface, they are safe to touch, though it does present an "oily" feel. With regards to the gap at the bottom of the door, cabin AC systems are designed (provided the balcony doors are all kept closed) to be at a slightly higher pressure than either the outdoors or the passageway. The reason for this is so that this air pressure will seek to level itself by escaping out the gap at the passageway door. This is to prevent smoke entering the cabin from the passageway in a fire, and is also to keep recirculated air from entering the cabin from public spaces. If you hold a piece of tissue near the gap, it should swing towards the door, showing air flow out of the cabin.
  6. I won't try to advise on the psychological or emotional problems caused by this incident, but I will make some comments about the facts. I cannot find any reports of the actual angle of list that the vessel experienced, and I really have my doubts about the "fin stabilizer" cause given by Carnival. These types of listing incidents, while at sea are caused by a large change in course while at high speed, where the ship leans outwards from the direction of the turn, called "turn induced heeling". A stabilizer does not have enough power to create a considerable list. Now, to the OP's fears, you were never "very close to sinking", despite the panic onboard, and the dishes and furniture sliding all around, and people being thrown off their feet. A ship with intact stability (meaning there are no holes in the hull causing flooding), is virtually impossible to roll over, especially from forces generated by the ship, and even if the ship rolled to around 30* (and it may have, I've seen turn induced heeling go this far on a cruise ship I was on), the ship will naturally right itself. Scary, yes, life threatening, no.
  7. If you have mobility issues, you can get a pass to use the crew elevator to what the crew know as "deck 6A". The forward portion of deck 6 "promenade" is crew quarters.
  8. I don't believe that is an option. The only passengers removed from the ship are those who have been tested and confirmed to have coronavirus.
  9. While I don't agree with that poster's premise, crew have to move around the ship, as they are continuing to operate the ship and serve the passengers. Now, I will balance that with the requirement that they stay in their cabins during off hours, but they are not limited to their small cabins for 23 hours, like many guests.
  10. It is correct that balcony dividers must physically be able to be opened. Now, whether or not RCI has decided to not allow them to be opened for passenger convenience is another thing, and primarily up to their insurance cover and legal department. There will be some dividers that will not be allowed to be opened, and these are between cabins that straddle the fire zone boundary (there is a door in the passageway, typically hidden back in the wall, between the cabins).
  11. And you think that folks under a two week forced quarantine won't think about changing their habits? And, the quarantine keeps people from using public toilets, there is no buffet for cross-contamination, so at most one person in a cabin could contaminate the others in the same cabin.
  12. Thank you. Still requires a fecal to oral cross-contamination, so those practicing normal quarantine hand hygiene should have no problem with this transmission method. But, then again, since the CDC has stated that there is virtually no chance of transmission through the ship's AC system, it must be transmitted between cabins by toilet aerosols, right?
  13. I believe the thermal pool falls under the USPH classification of "spa pool": "Spa pool: A POTABLE WATER or saltwater-supplied pool with temperatures and turbulence comparable to a WHIRLPOOL SPA. • Depth of more than 1 meter (3 feet) and • Tub volume of more than 6 tons of water." and as such it must be drained and cleaned at least every 30 days, so this must be falling on your last day at sea.
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