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Well, fast forward two years, and another ocean liner—Royal Caribbean’s Spectrum of the Seas—is stuck in a similarly hellish limbo with 2,500 passengers and crew at the mercy of swab-wielding medics after nine people are suspected of being infected with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

The ship, which disembarked last Sunday on a “cruise to nowhere”— meaning it wouldn’t make any port calls to avoid contracting COVID-19—had to return to Hong Kong a day early because of fears that the highly contagious variant would spread.

The cruise-ship cluster is said to be tied to a group of Cathay Pacific flight attendants who bucked isolation regulations and went out partying on a stopover after flying into Hong Kong from America."
Cruising Chatter / All 92 U.S. cruises with passengers have reported COVID cases
« Last post by Host Mike on January 07, 2022, 08:09:44 PM »
"All cruise ships carrying passengers in U.S. waters have recorded outbreaks of COVID-19 onboard, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

All of the 92 cruise ships have reported enough cases to warrant an investigation. For cruise ships with passengers, this means 0.10% or more of passengers and one or more crew members have caught the virus or that the ship over a period of seven days did not report lab results to the CDC for a day or more.

The agency now advises even fully-vaccinated people to avoid cruises."
Cruising Chatter / Norwegian Cruise Line cancels sailings on 8 ships
« Last post by Host Mike on January 07, 2022, 08:04:34 PM »
Norwegian Cruise Line canceled cruises on several of its ships Wednesday as COVID-19 continues to surge with the emergence of the omicron variant.

"Our first priority is the health and safety of our guests, crew and the communities we visit," Norwegian said in a statement, noting that the cancellations and sailing modifications have been made "due to ongoing travel restrictions."
"Royal Caribbean International announced Friday that it will pause operations on multiple ships due to COVID, canceling some sailings and pushing back one ship's return to cruising.

"Despite stringent health and safety measures, including vaccination and testing requirements for guests and crew, and extensive contingency planning, we have had to move forward with this decision," the cruise line said Friday in a statement shared by spokesperson Lyan Sierra-Caro."
Princess News & Princess Chatter / Outbreak without widespread announcements
« Last post by Host Mike on January 07, 2022, 07:47:47 PM »
"A couple on board said there had been an outbreak among the performers on the cruise, NBC reported, leading to shows being cancelled and the couple isolating as a result.

“It was kind of disturbing that there wasn’t more widespread announcements about that … I think the only reason they announced that is because the shows were cancelled,” Diane Castillo told NBC."
Cruising Chatter / Re: CDC Recommendation
« Last post by Host Mike on January 07, 2022, 07:44:46 PM »
"A dozen COVID cases were discovered just days after the CDC raised its risk level for cruise travel to the highest category.  They say the virus spreads easily between people in close quarters aboard ships and that people should avoid traveling on cruise ships regardless of vaccination status."
Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Ruby Princess dealing with Covid
« Last post by Host Mike on January 07, 2022, 07:42:10 PM »
"The news came as the omicron variant drives extremely high infection levels in the cruise industry, prompting the CDC to either investigate or observe nearly 100 vessels as of Thursday. Cruise ships are required to notify the CDC of suspected or confirmed positive cases on board, and any vessel with 0.10% of passenger cases meet the criteria for investigation."
Princess News & Princess Chatter / Re: Ruby Princess dealing with Covid
« Last post by Host Mike on January 07, 2022, 07:38:52 PM »
"The same ship docked in San Francisco on Thursday after a 10-day New Years party voyage—to Mexico and back—ended in a dozen passengers testing positive on board. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the city’s port confirmed that a total of 724 passengers have left the ship, including the 12 passengers who returned positive test results."
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