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  1. No, because this is what the judge stated in his ruling, that the CDC was strictly limited to the language of the PHA, and that is what they are going to do. The judge said that anything other than what is specified in the PHA is "overreach", so they are following his instructions. This is an unintended consequence of the judge's opinion and ruling. And, in the context of your response to another poster, the PHA gives the USPHS the authority to promulgate regulations regarding the inspection and quarantine of vessels entering the US. So, that is the Congressional authorization f
  2. According to World Tourism and Travel, only 11% of Venice's GDP comes from tourism. Remember, Venice includes areas on the mainland, and these areas have serious heavy industry (shipbuilding, biofuel refining, oil terminal, cargo terminal, construction, etc).
  3. Neither is correct. Tonnage refers to cubic footage, volume, not square footage. And, displacement is the same as the amount the ship weighs, as it is the volume of water displaced by the weight of the ship.
  4. Regardless of whether or not there is a social gathering with officers and staff or not, the ship is going to be run safely. Due to regulations starting in the 90's, blood alcohol testing is done randomly on the ship, and most lines do not allow deck and engine watchstanding officers (those who actually are in charge of "steering the boat" or "keeping the lights lit" to have any alcohol at any time while assigned to the ship. They are tested, and must show a 0.00% BAC at all times, whether on duty or not. This same typically applies to the top 5 ship staff (Captain, Staff Captain, Chief Eng
  5. The entire engine room and propulsion plant was going to be replaced. Steam propulsion is so inefficient, that only ships that can burn their own cargo (LNG tankers) even consider using it. The power that the SSUS had was needed to push her well beyond hull speed to her maximum speed, and no one needs or wants that these days, even Cunard has scaled back the QM2 speeds. NCL bought the SSUS mainly to maintain a monopoly on US passenger ship bottoms. But the CEO of Genting Group (that owned NCL at the time), KT Lim, has a fascination with the SSUS. NCL's plans to rebuild the SS
  6. Quite aware of what the VSP contains, as I worked under it for years. However, if the CSO is ruled overreach, then the VSP would go away as well, since the two programs are essentially the same. As you quote, the VSP is voluntary, but not adhering to it, means that the ship gets a sanitation inspection every time it applies for clearance, as you say, according to 42 CFR 71.41 (and nothing says it is only on a random basis (as is allowed by the VSP), but every time. And, this is what the CDC is saying will happen to ships that don't adhere to the CSO. And, you are correct, they can only det
  7. Well, it's certainly not a cruise. And, any outside location on the accommodation block, you're going to be very lucky to listen to the waves, over the exhaust of the engines and the roaring of the supply fans for the engine room. Life at sea is not a romantic adventure, nor do many mariners really care about the "call of the ocean", it's merely where you work. My wife visited a ship the one time we called at our hometown, and she likened it very much to a prison.
  8. The far more important part of the CDC's response to the Circuit Court's reversal is not about the mask mandate for public transportation. It is: "CDC also said cruise ships not following its order must abide by other requirements including "reporting of individual cases of illness or death and ship inspections and sanitary measures to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of communicable diseases." This means that the CDC will fall back on the specific language of the Public Health Act, as required by Judge Merryday's ruling. This allows the CDC to inspec
  9. Typically, the USB and HDMI ports on the TV are inactivated. If you bring a universal remote, and want to scroll though all the TV codes, you could unlock the ports. As for a router, each device using wifi needs to log in, so I'm not sure that a router has that function, to be able to log into the internet. As cruiserbruce says, the real problem is limited bandwidth in the ship's system, and also the latency of the satellite communication.
  10. You are correct that the CDC, in itself, is not a regulatory agency, but it is part of the US Public Health Service, which is, as is the Department of HHS. Through the Public Health Act of 1944, and the use of the USPH Commissioned Corps, HHS has regulatory authority to grant free pratique to ships wishing to enter the US.
  11. The CSO is much like the CDC's VSP. If you follow the protocols, we only randomly inspect the ships. If you don't, then we can do a full sanitation inspection, including health interviews with a selection of crew and pax, and delay clearance of the ship, and departure of the pax until the inspection is done, every single time the ship enters the US (at least each cruise, or more often if more than one US port). I would say that operationally and PR, it will be worse for the cruise lines.
  12. Yes, it is totally expected. In response to the Circuit Court's reversal, the CDC stated this: "CDC also said cruise ships not following its order must abide by other requirements including "reporting of individual cases of illness or death and ship inspections and sanitary measures to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of communicable diseases." So, they are falling back on the specific language of the Public Health Act, as required by Judge Merryday in his ruling, and can now make sanitary inspections and health interviews of crew and passengers, ever
  13. In response to the Circuit Court's reversal, the CDC has stated this: "CDC also said cruise ships not following its order must abide by other requirements including "reporting of individual cases of illness or death and ship inspections and sanitary measures to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of communicable diseases." This is what I predicted, the CDC is falling back on the specific language of the Public Health Act, as demanded by Judge Merryday, and will be making sanitation inspections and health interviews on those cruise ships that are not follo
  14. How's that square with your idea of "equal protection under the law"?
  15. Just as the VSP, which you continue to ignore, allows for cruise ships to bypass the sanitary inspection and health interviews every cruise, by complying with additional regulations, so the CDC can say that unless the ship follows the CSO, then it will have to comply with the standard inspection and quarantine until the inspection is completed. And, no, they are not "targeting" ships they "don't like", the other ships are meeting the additional requirements that allow them to bypass the inspections. The equal treatment is that some ships are willing to meet additional health requi
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