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  1. I did a search this morning trying to find a story about anyone, pax or crew, that died of COVID on the Vista and could not find one. That is not to say that it did not happen, I don't know, but it is not on the mainstream news. I did find this about a Carnival officer dying of COVID but that was not on the Vista and it occurred on June 30. RIP to the officer. https://www.cruiselawnews.com/2021/06/articles/maritime-death/senior-officer-for-carnival-cruise-line-dies-of-covid-19/
  2. I would not expect details from Carnival or anyone else, they want to keep this as low key as possible. This from the Washington Post: Carnival’s new mask policy went into place on Wednesday aboard Carnival Vista, where the company is “managing a small number of positive cases on board,” spokesman Vance Gulliksen said in an email. He would not say how many cases, whether the passengers were vaccinated or what their condition was. “We have identified and tested close contacts and anyone who tested positive is in isolation,” the statement said. Carnival Vista’s status is listed as “yellow” on the CDC table. Cruise companies including Carnival, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Oceania Cruises and Royal Caribbean International did not provide information in response to questions about most of their ships that were listed as orange or yellow. https://www.washingtonpost.com/travel/2021/08/06/cruise-delta-masks-vaccines-cdc/
  3. The reporter spoke with various pax at the dock and they would not have known what CCL did with those that tested positive.
  4. At the risk of speaking for people I do not know I would guess their concern was catching COVID on the ship during the return. At any rate, good or bad, that is what some opted to do per the TV report.
  5. I am not justifying what they did, maybe better or maybe worse, but the trade off is 2 hours on the flight vs. 2 days on the ship, take your choice. And only a few did this, most continued on board but with masks required inside.
  6. FWIW I offer the following. Channel 2 Houston, had a TV crew at the Galveston dock when the Vista arrived and interviewed various pax. No one knew what was done with the COVID positive so they were likely taken off the ship behind the scenes. However per the TV report some pax were shaken up by the news and decided to get off the ship in Cozumel flying home from there instead of continuing on the ship.
  7. That is correct, I have been there many times and it is a nice beach break but that is about it.
  8. Some details on the tragedy here: https://www.newstribune.com/news/national/story/2021/aug/07/weather-hampers-crash-victim-recovery-efforts-in-alaska/882615/
  9. Some details on the tragedy here: https://www.newstribune.com/news/national/story/2021/aug/07/weather-hampers-crash-victim-recovery-efforts-in-alaska/882615/
  10. The ship is supposed to dock in Seattle on Saturday (tomorrow) at 7 AM. Jeannie (Pescado Amarillo) posted this: "We will not have WiFi on the Nieuw Amsterdam, but I will continue to blog and will publish posts (without photos, most likely) from the ports where we have cellular internet." There should be plenty of cell and wifi access in Seattle so hopefully we will hear from them tomorrow.
  11. Thank you. I read the story - very sad for the victims.
  12. This was posted on August 6 (today) at 4:07 PM (CDT) - we may not know the name of the victims for a while. Poor weather conditions were hindering efforts to recover the bodies of six people who were killed when a sightseeing plane crashed in southeast Alaska, Alaska State Troopers said Friday. The victims have not been identified, and troopers were working with volunteers from the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad to coordinate recovery efforts. "Poor weather conditions and deteriorating visibility in the Ketchikan and Misty Fjords area have prevented the Alaska State Troopers and volunteers from the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad from conducting any recovery efforts this morning,” troopers spokesperson Austin McDaniel said in an email Friday to The Associated Press. Victims won’t be named until they have identified them following recovery efforts, he said. All five passengers were on an excursion of the Holland America Line cruise ship Nieuw Amsterdam. The company was making counseling services available to guests and crew, it said in a statement. https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/poor-weather-hampers-crash-victim-recovery-efforts-alaska-79321614
  13. She normally cruises with Princess and my understanding from her blog is that she was not planning on using the Holland American internet; that she would be using either cell service when in port or local wifi. She would have had plenty of chances to touch base from Ketchikan after this tragedy thus my concerns.
  14. This is very concerning. She had stated on her blog that she would post while in port where she could use WiFi and Ketchikan should have had plenty of places to post from. In addition the ship was held in port for longer than planned on account of the tragedy so I hope and pray that her and her husband are both ok.
  15. I have been following Pescado Amarillo's blog (her name is Jeannie and they live in the Denver area). I am also very concerned as her last post was two days ago. She had stated that she would post while in port where she could use WiFi and Ketchikan should have had plenty of places to post from. In addition the ship was held in port for longer than planned on account of the tragedy so I hope and pray that her and her husband are both ok. For those interested here is her blog, hope she posts soon. http://pescadoamarillo.blogspot.com/2021/08/
  16. Ironically there is a second article on the NYT today regarding aerosol transmission which also talks about the Diamond Princess. Don't know if this is behind the paywall, I have a subscription. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/30/opinion/coronavirus-aerosols.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage
  17. Very interesting reading indeed however I have a minor quibble. The article states that "But good ventilation is not enough; the Diamond Princess was well ventilated and the air did not recirculate, the researchers noted." (emphasis added). That is not true. The air in the cabins is indeed recirculated but only within the individual cabins but more important, the air in the common areas, hallways, atrium, clubs, restaurants, theater, etc. is indeed recirculated with a mixture of fresh AND recycled air. So if COVID particles stay in the air for a while like the study suggests, common areas were a likely factor in transmission prior to the cabin quarantine and a likely factor among the crew afterwards.
  18. They do have the cash, they just don't want to use it for refunds. CCL took $3 Billion from an established credit line and an additional $6 Billion from multiple sources, primarily debt at 12% interest.
  19. Negative comments on the Princess Board as well, some even worse.
  20. Hmm... I wonder why; could it be because what you said is indeed wrong!
  21. You have posted the same message all over Cruise Critic, not nice.
  22. Your analogy has no logic. If a shark attacks you while diving, it affects you; the shark is of no consequence for those on land. If a passenger catches COVID on a ship and disembarks, he will infect countless others on land. It is not YOU accepting whatever the risk, it is YOUR poor decisions affecting others. Hopefully you can get your head around that.
  23. Yeap, I got that from reading the links. What does not make sense is that preserving the so called "safe bubble" does not work if others are coming and going.
  24. The underlined comments do not make sense: "Adding to the frustration is that the MSC CIVMARs cannot leave the ship, but uniformed military personnel and contractors are coming and going from the ship. Though they are supposed to be following Navy and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines such as wearing personal protective equipment and social distancing, multiple CIVMARs sent USNI News anonymous emails saying they felt they were being kept prisoner in what was supposed to be a clean bubble but which actually wasn’t a healthy environment due to the number of other people coming aboard every day."
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