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Cruising Chatter / Dozens more cruise crew members test positive for COVID-19
« Last post by RichC on August 02, 2020, 05:51:13 AM »
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
« Last post by RichC 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
« Last post by RichC 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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Cruising Chatter / Re: Final cruise ship carrying passengers makes it home
« Last post by TrishEd on June 11, 2020, 07:02:21 AM »
Well I guess they did not have to wait to be seated for dinner
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Cruising Chatter / Final cruise ship carrying passengers makes it home
« Last post by RichC on June 08, 2020, 10:50:06 AM »
 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
« Last post by RichC 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
« Last post by Host Mike on June 04, 2020, 05:34:11 PM »
Chill everybody.  Princess will be baaaack.
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