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  1. While Mr. Arison may not have known of individual violations, he set the corporate culture that recruited senior management that allowed these violations to happen and to continue. Having worked in the industry for decades, I know that ship's crew do not wake up one day and say "I'm going to jeopardize my career and incarceration by violating an international regulation, in order to save the company some money", no, they are told "make the environmental problem go away, and I don't want to know about it". Carnival gets the attention because they have continued to violate environme
  2. It's easy to keep the profits flowing if you disregard statutory regulations.
  3. I believe the DOJ and a federal judge would take a different view of his operations.
  4. There is no guarantee that the CSO requirements will change with a vaccine, certainly not in the immediate wave of vaccinations, and certainly not until they determine whether the vaccines prevent transmission or not. As I feel that future airborne virus outbreaks are just around the corner, I suspect that many of the CSO requirements will become permanent. That, however, doesn't guarantee that the cruise line executives are smart enough to think this might happen, and keep working on the requirements.
  5. This is correct. A tender evacuation would typically allow time and space for the spouse to disembark with the patient, but not a helicopter evac. The cruise line would have their agent arrange for the hospitalization of the patient, and the agent would contact the ship with that contact information, which would be passed to the spouse remaining on the ship. In cases like this, your choice, or your insurance plan's choice of medical provider is not really taken into consideration, as it is an emergency, and the patient will be taken to the closest suitable facility. If you want
  6. Having a son and daughter-in-law living in Brooklyn, I can say this is not correct. But, I will let the kool-aid drinkers who want to cruise no matter what to this discussion.
  7. I believe it is updated weekly. Horizon came on the list about two weeks ago, with green status, and just yesterday dropped to red. From what I read of the status changes, a confirmed case on the ship would have resulted in a drop to yellow status, but a failure to supply the weekly EDC form is automatically a drop to red.
  8. Horizon has gone to "red" status for crew operations, so either they have had a case of covid among the crew, or they failed to provide weekly documentation.
  9. It would surprise me greatly if the trial cruises were not required for each and every ship, separately. This would be like the CDC inspecting one ship for the VSP, and saying that all sister ships complied with the sanitation procedures by extension. Or the USCG inspecting one ship, and saying that all the sister ships met SOLAS requirements and didn't need to be inspected. Even for original certificates of compliance for the VSP and USCG, each ship is inspected and tested to ensure compliance. The trial cruises are as much to determine whether the crew is trained to meet the e
  10. I find two things very interesting in the arguments from those who place the "boogeyman" and "hate the cruise industry" labels on the CDC. First, they decry the "flip flops" that the CDC has made with regards to the pandemic, and remediation measures, and cite this as "failure of leadership", yet in the one area where they have stood firmly, and not changed their recommendations for 8 months, they are labeled as "dictatorial". Second, they decry the CDC for not giving specific details on what was needed to restart cruising, yet even in areas that the CDC had no jurisdic
  11. Okay, so if you are willing to "go on with life" while waiting for the "way out", what it appears you are saying is that because remediation measures are not perfect, and don't stop transmission completely the way people hope a vaccine will, that you just drop the remediation efforts and "roll the dice" that you won't get infected, and worse, that you won't infect others? And, you know why the No Sail Order was repeatedly renewed, you just don't want to admit it, that if the cruise lines had made efforts to meet the requirements of the NSO, the CDC could have shifted to the CSO, wh
  12. Perhaps I should have been more explicit. The CDC feels that thinking of remediation measures for hotels, etc, are a waste of time, because they cannot enact them. But, they still study what happens there, to improve their knowledge of epidemiology, just as they study noro outbreaks at nursing homes and colleges, to see how things happen, even if they have no jurisdiction over those places.
  13. So, what you are saying is that without a vaccine, there should be no cruising? And, yet, you complain that the CDC is restricting cruising while there is no vaccine?
  14. As far as I know, the only documented cases of community transmission on an airplane were on flights over 12 hours long, and there were just a handful of those. If cruises could last less than 12 hours, they might get to reopen.
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