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Cruising Chatter / Re: Four passengers died aboard Holland America’s “Zaandam”
« Last post by RichC on April 03, 2020, 05:35:45 AM »
 ???Floridians will be driven to their homes.???
I can't believe they really mean they'll drive people home who live in Florida.
Carnival Corp. secures rescue financing package

"The biggest slice of the financing came through a $4 billion senior secured bond offering that gives investors an 11.5% coupon, yielding near 12% yield on debt that matures in 2023. Initially, the company pitched a smaller $3 billion senior bond offering at coupon of about 12.5%, but was able to get slightly more favorable terms from creditors even as Carnival and others battle a worldwide slump in travel due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Baa3/BBB rated Carnival CCL, -9.43% also planned to raise $1.75 billion in senior convertible notes due 2023 and $1.25 billion of new equity. The new financing is expected to bridge the cruise liner with liquidity until about November 2020, according to analysts at CreditSights, who underscored in a note Wednesday that Carnival said it now needs about $1 billion worth of liquidity per month. The company already drew a $3 billion revolver in recent weeks and pledged 86 vessels of its 105 ship fleet as collateral for the senior bonds, as well as other company assets. Shares of Carnival on Wednesday plunged 23%, as the cruise operator followed up its worst-ever quarterly performance with its biggest one-day drop in two weeks."
Cruising Chatter / U.S. Coast Guard wants cruise ships to remain at sea
« Last post by Host Mike on April 02, 2020, 08:03:41 PM »
"FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has directed all cruise ships to remain at sea where they may be sequestered “indefinitely” during the coronavirus pandemic and be prepared to send any severely ill passengers to the countries where the vessels are registered."
"Carnival shares plunge after the company discloses it is suspending its dividend and stock buyback program, and also fielding lawsuits related to the coronavirus outbreak aboard its ships."
Princess News & Princess Chatter / Pacific Princess is still at sea
« Last post by Host Mike on April 02, 2020, 07:52:32 PM »
"Pacific Princess — Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises says there are 115 passengers on board and no known cases of Covid-19.

The Pacific Princess is due to arrive in Los Angeles on April 24. It stopped briefly in Melbourne, Australia, to “refuel and replenish provisions,” according to Princess Cruises.

The ship is also expected to dock in Honolulu, Hawaii, for an additional service stop."

On Thursday, April 2, the Princess cruise line said in a statement that 12 positive cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed among the ship’s 1,020 passengers and 878 crew members. The 12 positive results – seven guests, five crew – came from 13 tests submitted Monday in Barbados, the statement said.

There are reports on social media from family members of passengers that the medical staff aboard the Coral Princess has been overwhelmed and ran out of supplies in the last week.

And still, the ship hosted party after party. The ship’s casino, library, theater and buffet were open through the month of March. Joani wrote about finishing second in a corn hole tournament on March 28.
Princess News & Princess Chatter / Police investigate NSW Ruby Princess fiasco
« Last post by Host Mike on April 02, 2020, 07:39:43 PM »
"NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller is investigating the Ruby Princess coronavirus scandal as health authorities sweat on COVID-19 results from the ship's crew.

Staff from Aspen Medical and NSW Health boarded the Ruby Princess cruise ship on Thursday afternoon to test and treat sick crew members.

Mr Fuller says police are now waiting to hear how many of the 1100 crew on-board need to be evacuated into NSW hospitals."
Cruising Chatter / Zaandam and the Rotterdam have docked but the story isn't over
« Last post by Host Mike on April 02, 2020, 07:32:28 PM »
"Two Holland America cruise ships, the Zaandam and the Rotterdam, docked at Port Everglades Thursday afternoon after Broward County Commissioners and other state and local officials approved a plan that would allow passengers to disembark at the port near Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Four people died and nine people tested positive aboard the Zaandam. Another 200 people reported flu-like symptoms. Passengers who didn't have symptoms will be taken off the ships and driven to the airport where chartered flights will take them to their homes. Floridians will be driven to their homes. No more than 10 passengers who need critical care will be taken to a local hospital, the Sun Sentinel reported, while about 45 who have a mild illness, will remain on the ship."
Princess News & Princess Chatter / 12 positive cases aboard
« Last post by Host Mike on April 02, 2020, 07:26:59 PM »
"The Coral Princess cruise ship, which is due to arrive at Port Everglades on Saturday, has 12 positive cases of the coronavirus on board, Princess Cruises said Thursday. All passengers had already been asked to stay in their rooms Tuesday after a “higher-than-normal number” of people reported flu-like symptoms. The ship is carrying 1,020 guests and 878 crew members. Seven guests and five crew members have tested positive for the coronavirus."
Cruising Chatter / 'We don't need any more infection in our community'
« Last post by RichC on March 31, 2020, 02:52:25 PM »

I can't wait to heard the outcome of this one.
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