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  1. I would have to do some googling and searching to find the article I read about the Westerdam passengers. It IS concerning that the testing is not exactly trustworthy. And yes, I've read that a person can be a carrier and asymptomatic.
  2. I have just tried to add information that might figure into someone's broader knowledge of this epidemic. I do try not to speculate.
  3. I don't know if Italy also relies on foreign labor, but they have also reported cases. And then we have the passengers from the Westerdam who have flown home to various areas of the world after a number onboard have come down with the virus. My point is that the virus IS spreading that there are a lot of unknowns. The fact that the State Department of the United States (such as it is) is warning people about cruise ships and the virus, there are things to be concerned about if you have booked a cruise already--or are considering it--which is our situation.
  4. I have also read that the virus has spread to Iran--which surprised me. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/21/coronavirus-latest-updates-outbreak.html Before I am accused of "chattering", I have a point to adding this information. The virus is spreading to other areas of the world. Will this be a cruising issue going forward? I do not know, but it is something to consider.
  5. And then, there is this article---which makes several issues very upfront. Political decisions to be made, health decisions to be made. Nothing is easy. I really feel for all the passengers and also for the cruise lines who are caught up in this: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/coronavirus-diamond-princess-cruise-americans/2020/02/20/b6f54cae-5279-11ea-b119-4faabac6674f_story.html?fbclid=IwAR17BT9Us1xkXMahQP-u8L11ekQDyPEasiukg1xcdxfymvoYWQHNP_oDHX4&utm_campaign=wp_main&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook
  6. I find this map of port restrictions due to the Corona virus to be interesting. It is updated daily. https://wilhelmsen.com/ships-agency/campaigns/coronavirus/coronavirus-map/?fbclid=IwAR0Uhixj7YJ62-jP0cBaU9UKAfBZ8SP8tPooAx7C0zHlq0SmaCRYTkR5dIo
  7. I just read some very sad news---two of the Diamond Princess passengers have died of the virus.
  8. SLSD


    It varies. Many times you are given a specific number of minutes to use (gratis) while on board. If you have to buy internet access, it can be rather expensive and frustrating as the connection and speed are not always satisfactory.
  9. I haven't seen this number, but I don't think the virus will discriminate according to race. The whole epidemic (not calling it a pandemic yet) is very concerning. I think those in quarantine in the United States are feeling a bit like forgotten pariahs. I hope this will not devastate the cruise industry. I am just so very sad about this.
  10. And I change for tea, and again for dinner. I am just laughing at the term used to described the well dressed!
  11. The costume changing group---I never knew they had a name. Thank you for making me laugh today.
  12. I read about French Polynesia on FB from someone on world cruise. Perhaps they were mistaken? I hope so, but I can understand small islands not wanting to be inundated with cruise passengers during an epidemic.
  13. Laughing about pulling the chinos out of the charity bag--not about the virus and those that are ill. I also read a report from someone on Sojourn on the World Cruise that French Polynesia is accepting no cruise ships. I also read SS on FB and will head over there for the latest.
  14. I really hope that everyone's cruises are sorted out very soon. It is so sad to be looking so forward to something and have to deal with uncertainty at the same time. I hate being the bearer of more bad news, but I just now read in a newspaper article that one of the passengers aboard the Westerdam (Holland America ship which sailed around looking for a port to take them--and finally one in Cambodia did) has tested positive for the dreaded Covid virus. She has been hospitalize along with her husband who has pneumonia. He is testing negative, but pneumonia is sometimes a part of the virus so he is going to be retested. The upshot is that many more of those passengers who disembarked, showing no symptoms, may yet get the virus. It's this kind of thing that the cruise lines are struggling with--along with port closures.
  15. And I've seen a report that most other countries (except for the UK) are sending planes for their citizens (including Hong Kong).
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