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  1. https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/emirates-passengers-blood-test-covid-19/index.html This could be the sign of things to come for ALL passengers. First airline to do a Pre boarding blood test. Cruise industry will surely follow. However still not a guarantee that infection won’t break out once onboard unless they limit sailings to only those who test positive for anti bodies. All crew would have to test positive for anti bodies too.
  2. How are you coping at home at the moment. We are having no physical contact with our family. Shopping is delivered and left in the garage. We are waved at through the window. I would love to imagine we will all go on a holiday but it’s not an option.
  3. It would make nonsense of the current guide lines of shielding elderly relatives if they could be waved off on a cruise ship at risk of mixing with crew and other passengers who may be infected. We are fit and healthy almost 70 year olds but our family has asked us to remain at home and are doing all our shopping etc. Until we have either got immunity from a vaccine or the unlikely event of catching the virus then we are in the at risk group. No cruise line would want the responsibility of a ship full of elderly people falling ill. Either they will continue in business allowing th
  4. Have to agree. For this virus to go into history one of two things have to happen for the population to have immunity. 1 A vaccine that is trialled and tested and safe. 2. We reach 70 to 80 per cent infection and as a result achieve immunity. (Herd theory) Since it’s mainly the elderly who are at most risk from the virus and are at present being shielded then it’s unlikely we will be among the ones exposed to the virus and therefore unable to get immunity from catching it. That makes the cruise industry loose a lot of its present customers. Presumably if a test is intr
  5. In the past 20 or so years cruising has definitely been our preferred choice of vacation and we have taken over 50 cruises to all parts of the globe. We have been lucky and never been ill on a ship or needed to pay a visit to a medical centre. For us the game changer has definitely been the lack of control over your own destiny once embarking on a voyage. Ships come under the control of which ever port you visit. They have the power to say no as well. Unlike any other vacation where you could just pack and go home, once onboard that’s it. Like it or not you are stuck with the decision
  6. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/03/21/british-couple-felt-forced-go-coronavirus-stricken-cruise-refused/ seems it’s not just my thoughts on all of this. Those passengers were in effect confined to one vessel and as such ‘living with’ the passengers who were starting to show symptoms. Medical articles now show that had the Diamond Princess not quarantined passengers to their cabin hundreds more would have actually got infected. The right thing would have been to have got all the Princess passengers and crew into land isolation but in that instance given the enormo
  7. Not a customer and no personal dealings but my vote would go to Fred Olsen cruise line. At the minute they seem to be bathing in glory having got passengers flown back from Cuba last Thursday. However let’s just point out why they were in that stressful situation in the first place. 1 The ship was not allowed entry to The Dominican Republic to disembark passengers and embark these passengers. Had flu like symptoms onboard .. . later shown to be confirmed cases of COVID19 2 Passengers were flown to St Maarten and given no option but to board the ship. No flight home offered. 3
  8. Thankfully passengers have now arrived back in the UK. However they have not been advised to self isolate ... they will not receive any follow up calls with regard to their health nor have they been offered ANY compensation. The passengers should never have been allowed to board the ship. The Dominican Republic were right in their assumption that it had infected crew onboard. Passengers were flown to St Maarten and not given the option to return home. It wasn’t until Curacao that Fred Olsen disclosed the positive tests but only tested a handful. More passengers and crew were isolated o
  9. 4 of the original 5 positive cases were crew and will presumably stay onboard in isolation. The other passenger could well be making a recovery and well enough to travel. The other passengers who are in isolation are hopefully not too ill to travel. There has been no quarantine for the rest of the passengers since the first confirmed cases. So to isolate them now is pointless they almost certainly have all been exposed to the virus and guess many will go on to get symptoms after returning home. The BA will try and put the passengers showing no symptoms on separate flights to those wi
  10. A huge sense of relief ... hopefully all passengers able to travel home. No doubt many will find themselves with symptoms in the coming days and weeks but will have the reassurance of hospitals close to home. Apart from needing transport they should spend little time in Cuba. Four flights have been arranged with British Airways. Our friends onboard showing no symptoms at present but obviously will need to self isolate back at home. It could have ended so much worse for many of them.
  11. I understand your point and can see that for the people who live in the Bahamas this ship on their doorstep is the last thing they would want. I’m sure Japan didn’t relish the thought of aprox 700 cases to deal with in their hospitals. Thank god they didn’t turn them away. The world offers them a huge debt of gratitude. I hope the UK would have responded equally as well. If flights were arranged when the ship arrived the majority of the passengers onboard could have been flown home .. they have not been in isolation so no concerns about separating them on the flight now. I hope there
  12. Think the ship had to refuel and take on food supplies before being able to sail back. At anchor that must be a logistical nightmare. Announced today latest numbers indicate 20 sick passengers and 20 sick crew which includes the ships doctor! Extra medical staff to go onboard. Saying it would take 10 days for this ship to get back. That’s a long time for the virus to spread. Additional measures are they have now stopped the theatre shows and they are on TV. Really! Why these passengers are not self isolating beats me. Infection models indicate the spread in a confined environme
  13. Today announced there are now 20 ill passengers and 20 ill crew including the ships doctor. Total 40.
  14. Now saying there are 20 ill passengers and 20 ill crew .. including the ships doctor. Total 40. No one testing so this number could well be higher.
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