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  1. I doubt if any drove themselves to port since this was a very long itinerary. You'd have to take out a second mortgage to pay the parking fees ($15/day in Fort Lauderdale)!
  2. According to the Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale) and other local news reports, the Coral did not even ask to dock at Fort Lauderdale. The Sun-Sentinel article (https://www.sun-sentinel.com/coronavirus/fl-ne-coral-princess-port-everglades-wait-20200403-5pkjldpy4zh73dcg7bnrrrcqei-story.html) notes that The U.S. Coast Guard won’t allow Princess Cruises’ Coral Princess, which has 12 people aboard who’ve tested positive for the new coronavirus, to dock in Port Everglades for the time being, a port spokeswoman confirmed Friday. Miami-based Carnival Corp., which owns the ship, had already decided not to head for Broward before the Coast Guard decision, said Port Everglades spokeswoman Ellen Kennedy. The article also noted that as of Friday, according to the Broward County Mayor, no formal request has been submitted to dock. Should they, he expects similar conditions to those for the HAL ships to be invoked.
  3. I share your fears. Have you seen/heard that the Coast Guard is actually enforcing that statement? I ask because on Thursday while watching the entry of Zaandam and Rotterdam into Port Everglades there was an emergency evacuation of a crew member from the Oasis of the Seas (IIRC). The Oasis didn't come into port; the ship's tender was met by and ambulance at the jetty.
  4. There are dozens of ships with crew only in Florida ports and off the coast.
  5. Even in times of crises - or maybe especially in times of crises - two wrongs don't make a right.
  6. Update in this morning's Sun-Sentinel on the Coral Princess (https://www.sun-sentinel.com/coronavirus/fl-ne-coral-princess-port-everglades-wait-20200403-5pkjldpy4zh73dcg7bnrrrcqei-story.html) notes that The U.S. Coast Guard won’t allow Princess Cruises’ Coral Princess, which has 12 people aboard who’ve tested positive for the new coronavirus, to dock in Port Everglades for the time being, a port spokeswoman confirmed Friday. Miami-based Carnival Corp., which owns the ship, had already decided not to head for Broward before the Coast Guard decision, said Port Everglades spokeswoman Ellen Kennedy. As of Friday, according to the Broward County Mayor, no formal request has been submitted to dock. Should they, he expects similar conditions to those for the HAL ships to be invoked.
  7. I agree. No need to reinvent the wheel and it seems the HAL disembarkations are going smoothly.
  8. While the state of Florida was slow to respond, the counties in South Florida (Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach) took individual action earlier. I hope you realize that Broward and HAL reached an agreement with for the Zaandam and Rotterdam that could be the groundwork for an agreement with Princess.
  9. The Port Everglades update was dated Monday so I’m thinking HAL was aware of the requirements before Tuesday.
  10. That subject was on the Unified Command’s requirements list. HAL met the requirements as many (most?) of us thought they would but it wasn’t out of the kindness of their heart. It was a negotiated agreement since it took days so obviously details satisfactory to Broward County had to be worked out. So glad they all worked together!
  11. The Sun-Sentinel published the agreement between HAL and Broward County. Exhibits A and B are the details including the HAL disembarkation plan. https://www.sun-sentinel.com/coronavirus/fl-ne-holland-america-cruise-broward-cruise-ship-agreement-20200402-2ah3hcdswrctniryfsomeamdga-story.html
  12. The Washington Post has just published a fascinating and touching article entitled ‘The holiday of a lifetime’: An oral history of the infected, rejected Zaandam cruise ship (https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-holiday-of-a-lifetime-an-oral-history-of-the-infected-rejected-zaandam-cruise-ship/2020/04/02/958c2288-7491-11ea-87da-77a8136c1a6d_story.html). Passengers' and family members' comments are interspersed with a history of the cruise.
  13. That would be all the members of the Unified Command and their staffs and the HAL management and staff! They did all the work and will never get the glory.
  14. Broward county does have a mayor and commissioners. I can’t explain why.
  15. They’re on their way into port now according to the Sun-Sentinel.
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