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  1. If they can't enforce some degree of social distancing, then they can't safely reopen until there is a widely vaccine or herd immunity. No solution will be 100% safe. That is just reality.
  2. Apparently there is effort underway to train dogs to detect the presence of COVID-19 in humans. Dogs have been very adept at detecting malaria in humans so there is a good chance this may work. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-52057543 If it is succesful and fairly accurate, I could see dogs being part of pre-screening at the dock. If the dog flags someone as infected, they would have take one of those fast turnaround tests to confirm that they are either positive or negative.
  3. No way that they could test everyone at the pier! They probably need an Abbott test setup for anyone that may be borderline on the screening.
  4. Another good video about how COVID-19 will change cruising. Pretty much agrees with most of what I have said from the beginning. Only one person's opinion so it will be interesting what actually happens.
  5. Sorry, I must have had that backwards then. So after March there are restrictions?
  6. Yep, that is what I was doing. The article said “Meyer Werft is cutting overtime and weekend work. Contract staff are being reduced.” Now maybe that won’t affect Odyssey or maybe it will. I know they have to meet a tight time window for the conveyance on the river. And if cutting overtime and contractors puts them behind schedule they will have to wait until spring for the conveyance. I am sure Royal Caribbean would not mind deferring final payment for a while. Again, just speculation on my part but certainly plausible.
  7. Interesting article about how Meyer Werft is dealing with the crisis. I suspect that Odyssey may be delayed until Spring 2021 but nothing official. https://www.seatrade-cruise.com/news/amid-order-shifts-cutbacks-cruise-market-will-need-decade-recover-bernard-meyer
  8. Here is the text of the CDC order from the Federal Register. Note that this is currently unpublished but is slated to go into effect on April 15. It is possible it may be modified before then. I am sure CLIA and the cruise lines have been given the opportunity to comment. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/04/15/2020-07930/no-sail-order-and-suspension-of-further-embarkation-modification-and-extension-and-other-measures
  9. This video has a good explanation of what the CDC is requiring the cruise lines to do before they can resume sailing.
  10. Actually this is Lee! Petra’s CC name is CleoPetra. We are so glad we went on that Ovation Cruise last May. We had such a good time. Hope you are doing well through these crazy times.
  11. Cramming thousands in sports arenas or convention centers will have similar consequences. The difference is people are not in those environments long enough to see symptoms develop but if the disease is not contained it would surely spread at those venues. Airline travel will also be problematic. Will you want a middle seat? Restaurants as well. There will need to be precautions and procedural changes in place for any of those “petri dishes” to begin operating.
  12. Thanks for posting those videos Hoopster95! I liked the first video much better than the second. I did learn a few things from the second video but I did not care for the presenters style.
  13. I agree that the buffet gets a bad rap but it is one of the few areas that they can mitigate directly. I have already seen the cruise staff constantly cleaning railings, elevator buttons, bathrooms and other high touch areas. They can only do what they can do. Nothing is foolproof.
  14. You are right about getting the virus in transit. That is why I believe the infection rate must be very low before starting cruises again. Then the odds of getting the virus in transit would be very low. And the temperature checks and on-board testing capability would help identify anyone that may get it. Of course asymptomatic carriers would throw a monkey wrench into all that. This would help mitigate the risk but the bottom line is that low risk cruising wont be possible until we have a (good) vaccine and a significant amount of herd immunity. And, by the way, I took the refund option on my recently cancelled cruise even though I have 3 cruises booked in 2021.
  15. Yep, this is what they will need to do. For those that can't get a test within 24 (or maybe 48) hours, they will have to have testing available at the cruise terminal. And they would also need to have antibody tests which will be simple pinprick blood tests that only take a few minutes. Just because testing is limited today does not mean that will be the case in a few months. People will do what they have to do to cruise safely. The cruise lines will do what it takes to make this possible. Just my opinion. We will see what actually happens.
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