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If this is any indication of how quickly the virus spreads on a cruise ship, I think we all have a long way to go before sailing again anytime soon.  :(

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2020/08/01/hurtigruten-cruise-line-33-crew-infected-covid-19-norway/5562151002/

And yet "Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings together launched the "Healthy Sail Panel," as it's being called, with the goal of looking at every facet of safety, from whether ultraviolet lights can effectively kill the virus to how to improve meal service."

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As much as we would like to get back to cruising once again we'll be waiting for vaccine before we even think about venturing back again.  :(
Although they're expecting something to arrive in 2021, we'll still wait until they begin cruising without any incidents for many months. My thinking is that if an outbreak is to happen, it'll occur on a cruise ship since it's just about impossible to avoid contact with other people.  :(
I'm hoping that Princess will still be around in a few years but the way it looks I'm not sure they can hold out that long.

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Cruising Chatter / 40,000 crew still at sea
« on: June 15, 2020, 04:35:20 AM »
It's almost hard to believe that this many crew are still stranded on RCCL ships & cannot return home.

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/tourism-cruises/article243398711.html

After 80 days at sea, three transfers between ships, four canceled flights and one plane malfunction, Royal Caribbean Cruises music director Bruno Cruells finally touched down in his native Argentina on June 3, accompanied by 251 compatriots. Sitting behind the taxi’s new plexiglass on the way home from the airport with his hometown whizzing by out the window, he felt relief.

“I felt like I was finally safe somehow,” said Cruells, 30, “like continuing from where I left before all of this happened.”

As more countries loosen COVID-19 travel restrictions, crew members are slowly making their way home. About 3,000 Carnival Cruise Line workers got off in Croatia earlier this month to catch rides and flights home across Europe. Smiling behind their masks, they posed for a selfie on the pier.

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Princess News & Princess Chatter / New lawsuits for Princess
« on: June 11, 2020, 09:09:08 AM »
Does it ever end?  ???

Two new lawsuits allege that Princess Cruises didn't take adequate steps to protect passengers on two ships that became the focus of international attention when they were struck by outbreaks of the coronavirus.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/2020/06/08/princess-cruises-faces-two-new-lawsuits-over-coronavirus-plagued-ships/5322809002/

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 After a six-month odyssey around the world, during which it was hit by coronavirus and saw the oceans dramatically empty of other vessels, the last cruise liner still carrying passengers has made its final port of call, delivering its eight guests to a world vastly changed from the one they set sail in.

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/artania-cruise-ship-docks/index.html


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It very well might be standard procedure for many other ports as well depending on a rise in future infections.

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Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: CCL Mergers
« on: June 05, 2020, 11:54:42 AM »
Chill everybody.  Princess will be baaaack.
Probably so but what will a cruise look like in the future?
Unless there's a vaccine to prevent further infection, I'm not sure I would enjoy what they'll offer as a cruise vacation. ie (possible) - limited seating at all venues, no buffet, long tender waits, maybe even tickets being distributed for the shows.  :(

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Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: CCL Mergers
« on: May 28, 2020, 09:33:29 PM »
I'm not to sure that many of the cruise lines will be around in the coming years.
We've been receiving numerous emails from Princess in the last week or two but we're definitely not interested until they have a vaccine & there are hundreds of cruises on all cruise lines without any incidents.
Merging cruise lines might get them past all of this but what a typical cruise will look like might not be what most people will enjoy.
I hate to think it but I think our cruising days are over....at least for the next few years.

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Cruising Chatter / Re: Carnival CEO defends company's safety record
« on: April 24, 2020, 06:07:33 AM »
I think people will have a different view about getting an inoculation for viruses in the future.

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Cruising Chatter / Re: Current status of cruise brand operations
« on: April 23, 2020, 12:10:08 PM »
Even a terrific offer for a cruise in 2021 doesn't seem that attractive right now....and none of the cruise lines can afford to even allow that right now with their recent episodes.
It should be interesting to see what happens shortly.

My prediction is that many of the ships will sail partially filled- just to get the public accustomed to the idea of cruising beginning once again.

Any takers for a trip this fall?  ::)

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Cruising Chatter / Re: Carnival CEO defends company's safety record
« on: April 23, 2020, 12:02:16 PM »
If and when the next cruise ship leaves any port & there's another our break of the virus, I truly believe it might be the end of the cruise industry for a long time. Most people I talk to about cruising lately are horrified at the though of being confined on a ship right now.
I can't imagine what it could do to the industry if there's another incident down the road.

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Cruising Chatter / Re: Current status of cruise brand operations
« on: April 21, 2020, 07:05:17 AM »
I'm guessing the temperature taking when boarding, possibly a tighter control on serving food in the buffet.
How much good it will do is questionable since crowding is next to impossible to enforce....like sitting next to someone in the DR and lounges.
You though a table for 2 was hard to get last year......just wait.  ::)

Unless they find a vaccine for this virus I'm thinking cruising will be put off by most people for quite a while.

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Cruising Chatter / Re: Current status of cruise brand operations
« on: April 20, 2020, 10:52:44 AM »
Thanks. That provides quite a sampling of cruise ship to keep an eye on after they begin cruising later this year just to see if that nasty virus pops up once again.

As mass testing becomes widespread there 'might' be an opportunity for prescreened PAX cruises. Just saying!
I'll be watching very closely.

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I wonder if they can have filled any of the first ships to sail with enough people to make a profit?
No matter what the date. Everyone will be so skeptical about sailing it would be impossible to relax & have a good time.

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Cruising Chatter / Re: Current status of cruise brand operations
« on: April 19, 2020, 02:13:41 AM »
Thanks. That provides quite a sampling of cruise ship to keep an eye on after they begin cruising later this year just to see if that nasty virus pops up once again.

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