As of this weekend, 100% of the cruise ships tracked by the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention are crusing with cruise friends and/or crew members who’ve examined constructive for COVID-19. The Cruise Ship COVID-19 Dashboard maintained by the CDC reveals that of the ninety-six (96) cruise ships tracked by the CDC, six (6) cruise ships have instances of COVID-19 that are under the brink for CDC investigation and eighty-eight (88) cruise ships with instances which have met the CDC’s threshold for investigation.
The CDC’s dashboard reveals zero cruise ships with no COVID-19 or COVID-19-like instances. To repeat, there are completely no cruise ships designated as “inexperienced” by the CDC.
The brink for investigating COVID-19 on cruise ships crusing with passengers is 0.3% or extra of whole passengers and/or crew.
As the favored Cruzely site stories, effectively over half (almost 60 ships) have been inexperienced as lately as mid-March.
— James (Jim) Walker (@CruiseLaw) June 27, 2022
Not coincidentally we’ve heard from dozens of passengers and crew members who’ve reported that they’ve skilled COVID-19 outbreaks throughout their latest cruises, involving Royal Caribbean, Celeb, MSC, Virgin Voyages and Princess Cruises.
Jewel of the Seas
In the beginning of final week, on the Jewel of the Seas, which is at the moment crusing on a 12 -day cruise by means of Norway from June 20 to July 2, 2022, thirty-six (36) of 1,438 friends examined constructive. As well as, twenty-four (24) out of roughly 780 crew members examined constructive.
Every week earlier, forty-six (46) friends of the 1,750 passengers examined constructive for COVID-19.
Beforehand, the ship’s officers expressed their concern that there was an rising development of constructive COVID-19 instances on the ship, and reminded the crew that they have been required to put on masks on the ship. The scenario aboard the Jewel of the Seas illustrates a typical scenario on many cruse ships with the crew ordered to proceed to put on masks whereas the corporate doesn’t require masks for friends.
On the finish of final month, a variety of senior officers on the Jewel of the Seas examined constructive for COVID-19, together with the grasp in addition to the the ship’s employees captain and chief security officer.
As with different different posts relating to this explicit cruise ship, a Royal Caribbean crew member who needs to stay nameless offered this data to the agency.
From an contaminated visitor on the Island Princess: “On June 13, 2022 between 200 and 250 passengers who examined constructive for COVID-19 have been disembarked from the Island Princess in Southampton. We have been required to be quarantined for 5 (5) days in a lodge at Heathrow Airport. We have been offered a meal allowance and no additional assist. This was on back-to-back cruises, together with an 18-day Ft. Lauderdale to Southampton cruise (departing Could 27, 2022) and a16-day Southampton to Norway spherical journey cruise (departing June 13, 2022).”
A visitor from the MSC Seashore who sailed on the June 18 to 25, 2022 cruise, and examined constructive for COVID-19, indicated that “half of the cabins” on deck 10 had friends with COVID-19 (left).
In line with a crew member who needs to stay nameless: “Celeb Past crew have a excessive variety of Covid instances onboard proper now. Over 3% of the 1200 crew. Individuals being informed to work additional shifts and further work to select up for the crew which are in isolation. The instances are rising on a regular basis nonetheless.
The corporate closed all crew areas so there isn’t a the place for the crew to go. Free shore go away has been taken away, now letting solely 150 crew at one break day so long as numbers don’t proceed to rise in the event that they do all shore go away might be stopped.
Friends from the earlier cruises additionally had a excessive variety of instances . . .
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Celeb don’t disclose the case numbers to friends or crew at any time. We’ve all needed to discover out by phrase of mouth.”
At the very least 120 friends have been reportedly contaminated on Virgin Voyages’ Valiant Woman, in keeping with a passenger who organized a bunch to journey on the cruise ship earlier this month and examined constructive proper after the cruise.
All Cruise Strains Are Affected As COVID-19 Surges Throughout the Cruise Trade
We’ve acquired over a dozen messages from passengers and a few crew members relating to COVID-19 outbreaks on cruise ship, together with s. Sadly, there isn’t a central database and neither the cruise traces nor the CDC disclose this fundamental data.
The cruise traces are all attempting to get rid of restrictions with a view to enhance the occupancy of their ships and create revenue whereas the fact is that COVID-19 is surging on their ships.
The CDC Ought to Disclose The Variety of Visitor and Crew Members Contaminated with COVID-19
As we pointed our earlier this month, cruise passengers deciding whether or not it’s secure or prudent to take a cruise with their household on a specific cruise ship which simply had an outbreak, ought to be capable to go to an official supply for correct data. They need to not need to scour the web or search by means of cruise chat rooms looking for out fundamental public well being data already reported by a cruise line to a federal well being company however not disclosed to the general public.
The U.S. public pays for the providers of the CDC and deserves transparency. The very last thing the general public wants is for the CDC to behave like a non-transparent cruise line (which pays no U.S. revenue taxes due to its overseas incorporation and registration of its ships exterior of the U.S.) and preserve such public well being hazards secret.
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