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  1. The destination category for transatlantic cruises is “MSC Grand Voyages”.
  2. MSC Cruises is a subsidiary of Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. (MSC), a privately owned company. MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. (MSC) is the world’s second largest shipping line with more than 500 vessels, over 70,000 employees and 480 offices worldwide. Revenue: over USD 28 billion. (source: https://moverfocus.com/shipping-companies/ ) MSC Cruises has posted net income of 348 million Euros on revenues of 2.6 billion Euros for 2018. (source: https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/20740-msc-cruises-posts-2018-financial-results.html )
  3. The CDC has already shipped 15,000+ test kits and another 50,000 are in production. Each test kit can perform between 700-800 tests (patient specimens). As per today a patient needs a lab order from his physician. CDC and laboratories are not accepting samples without a suspected Coronavirus infection. That means the physician needs to order all regular test for flu (full respiratory panel) first to exclude any other infections. I hope that much more test kits will be available in the near future and patients can be tested quicker. That said the bottle neck will be the capacity of CDC and laboratories. The can only run so much samples on a 24/7 basis equipped with the number of analyzers.
  4. I appreciate your information. The itinerary of MSC Bellissima has been revised and 3 ports have been replaced. China (mainland), Hong Kong and Taiwan are no longer on the route. They are replaced by Sir Bani Ya Is (UAE) , Laem Chabang, Bangkok (Thailand) and Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam). Disembarking is in Yokohama (Japan)!?! I am speechless if we don’t go to Sri Lanka and maybe other ports if the situation worsens in the next 2 weeks.
  5. Noooo!!! Not another port! We are booked on MSC Bellissima Grand Voyage (29 nights) from Dubai to Yokohama , embarking March 17th. MSC revised the itinerary already and replaced 3 ports.
  6. @paulsurf @BermudaBound2014 You are both right... sorry for the confusion. I was referring to the CDC recommendation for Health Care Professionals. We just implemented a new office policy in the office for phlebotomists to wear face masks when in contact with patients. We have trained employees how to properly fit a face mask and how to take the mask off. @BermudaBound2014 I hope the CDC will extend the recommendation for face masks to the general public. Public transportation in large cities can be a potential source for getting infected. I guess the CDC and government just don’t want everybody running around with a face mask and creating panic for people who have no face masks.
  7. @Dred pilot Roberts This is from the website of CDC : “ Person-to-person spread The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. “ CDC recommends to wear face masks for protection !
  8. How can the management of your office can be sure that there will be no community outbreak in the U.S. in the near future ? Do you have to stay home if you have the flu ??
  9. @BermudaBound2014 We are going ‘hardcore’... booked on MSC Bellissima 29-nights Grand Voyage from Dubai to Yokohama on March 21st 2020. MSC changed the itinerary, replacing China, Hong Kong & Taiwan with Sir Bani Ya Is, Laem Chabang & Ho Chi Minh City. We are monitoring the situation and still planning to go on this cruise. We are concerned but not to the extend to cancel and we are well informed about the risk. We still have the option to cancel if the situation changes dramatically within next week.
  10. Rapid Flu Influenza A+B tests are screening tests and known for “false negative” results. The CDC estimates the accuracy rate of Rapid Tests between 50%-70% , being more accurate detecting flu in children than adults. The most accurate method of testing is PCR , which requires additional equipment (analyzer) and is done in reference laboratories or labs in hospitals.
  11. I count a higher number of Deluxe Grand Suites: Deck 16: 2 Deck 18: 2 Deck 19: 37 (!) I might be wrong since the color shading of the categories on the deck plan is slightly off on my PC compared to mobile device. I have called MSC USA regarding the new Deluxe Grand Suites but couldn’t get any reliable information of size. It seems that the Grand Suites are slightly stretched to fit a walk-in closet between Bathroom and Bed-/ Living Room and the higher price reflects only the additional closet space...
  12. I am kind of speechless... do you really think DSC is the sole source of income and that officers including the captain work for the amount you calculated ? wow !
  13. Please explain what you are calculating. I can not follow...
  14. @jkgourmet You did the right thing bringing this to the attention of the forum and fellow MSC passengers. This is very important and we are certainly prepared how to react in such a situation. Thank you !
  15. Once you are on the ship go to the spa and schedule date & time.
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