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  1. What I saw was a PM that had to be dragged into action by the Premiers (including NSW). One who preferred to head off to a football game rather than take the virus seriously. Well done Premiers. I will say that once on board he did step up, unlike during the bushfires. It's a great pity that some of his Federal colleagues now think it's OK to take potshots at Premiers who have been doing the heavy lifting. Bushfires spread, but they are not contagious. Viruses spread exponentially. There is a reason we've only lost 103 so far, and that was the prompt action taken by officials and the responsible attitude of (most) people. It could easily have been 10,000 or more. The virus has not gone, it's bubbling away in Sydney and Melbourne especially. We've manged to get the epidemic back to the situation in early March, not to last year. It's here and if it's allowed to spread then it will and we've seen how fast it can spread in Italy and the US. As I understand it, the plan now is to test, test, test, and if an outbreak is found, to isolate everyone involved until it goes away. Good plan if it's implemented correctly. Let NSW prove they've got it under control, then open the borders.
  2. I don't see how keeping the virus out of Queensland makes her crazy. Currently travel restrictions are due to be lifted on 10th July, but they are subject to review each week. All NSW has to do is keep their numbers down. I don't particularly want to see the borders open just as there is a resurgent spike in Sydney. Let them open up and prove they are handling it before we let them in.
  3. For June/July I wouldn't think it worth trying to swim south of the Whitsunday Islands. The further north the better, so if you want a swim then Cairns would be the obvious destination. Cairns is slightly closer to the equator than Kingston , Jamaica.
  4. For me one sea day is fine, two less fine, and then it rapidly goes downhill from there. The easiest and simplest test for when it will be safe to cruise again is when insurance companies start offering coverage for covid-19 related issues in their policies. Until then cruising will be limited to the self-insured and/or thrill seekers.
  5. But you would be getting an excellent view of Falmouth for the next few months.
  6. I'm curious as to how you intend to get around the travel insurance problem. I've got a December cruise booked which I'm going to have to cancel, because even if the borders open up, there will be no insurance for covid-19 related problems.
  7. Borders are closed at the moment and will likely be well into next year.
  8. I don't know about the visa situation, but wouldn't the almost certainty that no Australian or NZ ports will be open to cruise ships for the rest of this year be an even bigger problem?
  9. Just keep in mind that there almost certainly will not be a vaccine before the end of 2021. More likely 2022 or even 2023. The virus will not be exterminated until a working vaccine is available to everybody. So until then the virus will be floating around, hopefully at a low level depending on how future shutdowns work out. That means that in that period there will always be a risk of outbreak on any cruise. As such travel insurance will not be covering covid-19 events. So you will be traveling without any such coverage. There is a very good explanation of how the shutdowns work to keep the virus under control here. It shows that until there is a vaccine, shutdowns will need to keep being relaxed and reimposed to maintain the virus at a low enough level. That is why the ships won't be coming back. There is no point if every few months restrictions have to be reimposed.
  10. The NSW police force is the direct descendant of the Rum Corps. It has always been an organisation willing to do the bidding of its political masters for favours received. Look up Sir Robert Askin. Things have not changed one bit.
  11. With or without travel insurance that covers covid-19 problems? Because it will be without.
  12. No metaphor bears close examination, which is why they are metaphors, but WE ARE IN THE SAME BOAT. That boat is the fight against the coronavirus. What you or I do affects others, as far as the virus is concerned we are all courses on the same buffet table. You can't just say "I will do this" without considering the effect of doing so on your friends and neighbours. Another metaphor, "No man is an island". To stretch the boat metaphor a bit more, some of us might be in the bow of the boat taking the brunt of the waves, some might be in the stern on a sun lounge and some might be in the engine room stoking the boilers, but we are all in the same boat. That boat is trying to get to a safe harbour without the boat foundering and without throwing some of the crew overboard to lighten the load. If the crew in the bow need help it's up to all of us to help them, but it's especially up to the captain. The captain should be running the ship with the best interests of the crew and the ship at heart, not one or the other. If people are suffering, then the captain is the one with the authority and resources to help. If that help is not forthcoming, blame the captain not the course the ship is on.
  13. Or even more likely, given it's A Current Affair, some backhanders have been exchanged.
  14. Yes, you'd have to wonder where these ships are going to go. There is no way any Caribbean port is going to allow a ship full of Americans to offload in the the middle of a pandemic. They would have to be nuts to allow it. I also wonder how the crews are supposed to getting to their ships. You'd have to think that this is an announcement designed to take some financial pressure off the company rather than anything to be taken seriously.
  15. If anybody has forgotten the reason for flattening the curve it's only because they must be amnesiacs. The idea for flattening the curve is the same it has always been. To keep hospitals from overflowing with covid-19 patients, which would result in all types of patients dying in the corridors, or untreated on the street. Once that happens I doubt anybody can give you numbers on the deaths except to say somewhere between catastrophic and unimaginable. There is a cost to opening up and a cost to staying closed. Opening up is like turning on a high pressure spigot without being able to see the flow for two or three weeks. You won't know if you've ended up with a trickle or a flood, so you'd better turn it on carefully. Which is what most governments are doing.
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