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  1. Technically any age can be a self signer, there is no official age set. However, the manager onboard makes the rules so it can/does vary and most will say 9+ But you could probably have the 9 year old be a self signer and also on the pick up list for the 6 year old.
  2. I should probably add that I dont know if I'll go back. But, it has absolutely nothing to do with how the company/cruise lines in general have dealt with it. I simply can't afford to wait until potentially next year. I tried at the start but as it gets pushed back, it's just as annoying for crew as those who are having cruises cancelled but for obviously different reasons. I'm applying for a few jobs that have a 2 year contract, so I wont be able to go back. If I get a job on land and enjoy it, I'll stay. I've been looking to leave ships for a while but haven't had the push. If Covid hadn't happened I would be onboard right now, or if Covid had done one already I would be ready to go. I just cant afford to wait.
  3. I used to think he was decent/on our side. He deletes comments and blocks people who speak the truth when it doesn't fit his 'news'. I commented once and he went and looked on my profile (but not much of what he can see is absolutely 100% so he kinda failed) and asked if it was an official statement from the company. And then couldn't accept that I actually love and enjoy my job and accept the rough deal we get with it, so he told me I had Stockholm syndrome. 🙄 Unfortunately a lot of people truly believe what he says over the people that actually live it, because he tells people we are brainwashed...
  4. Good luck with that. Your entertainment might be sorted but I think you'll be hungry on a dirty ship that wont be moving very far...
  5. Crew member here 👋 I am ready to go back as soon as I can get back, as are the majority I know (also part of various social media groups full of crew from all different companies and the consensus seems the same there too). I do not necessarily think the operations to get crew home was/is botched, not when you open your eyes to what is going on in the world, but then I dont believe much of what that cruise lawyer posts as 'news'. Crew onboard who are working are getting paid. Crew whose contracts have ended are not being paid a 'wage' but are still getting an allowance for necessities, as well as being fed and getting free wifi (which is where most my wages go) Those at home are also not being paid, no furlough for crew, and not many jobs available out there. Those that I see complaining the most are also the ones who complain about the job pretty much every day onbaord too, so it's probably best for everyone if they dont go back. For everyone who doesn't want to go back there are new crew waiting.
  6. For the majority of ships, actually yes you can guarentee it. As I said, many have been in isolation since March, have temperature checks twice a day and no cases onboard! Unless the virus apparates onto the ship... I would understand the CDC a little bit more if the US had been successful like Aus or NZ, but clearly they're not and a lot of Americans dont care either... Keep reading the Miami Herald and Jim Walker 😂
  7. Yeah they were. These crew have been in isolation for weeks. No one on, no one off, (and the majority of ships) no cases on board. They have not set foot on land since March! For ships that have had cases onboard they could enforce things. But for the most, the CDC were just being ridiculous. If anything, the crew are way more at risk setting foot in the US, than the US is from these crew members. It's not like the US has zero spread of the virus is it... But you keep believing whatever makes you happy...
  8. But they havent signed them for the majority of crew. That's why they're sailing out of US waters and shipping/flying crew home from elsewhere.
  9. I blame the CDC just as much, if not more, for this whole mess. Neither side is innocent in all this.
  10. This article is 3 days old and pre-repatriation announcement. Tbh, in my opinion, the CDC requirements are/were making it too difficult (without even bringing cost and money into it) for cruise lines to debark their crew.
  11. Those crew are going home. At least Mariner, so I assume symphony too. While it probably is an indicator that they wont be cruising any time soon, there will also be crew that need to go home: if they were half way through a contract when this started, then months onbaord in quarantine, the actually wouldn't have long (even if cruises started back tomorrow) until they would have to go home. Its better to send as many home as possible and then have a bigger number of 'fresh' crew for when it all starts again, rather than have the craziness of starting cruises and then signing off a fleet load of crew in the first few weeks. As former crew, I also dont think I'd adjust well and give the best service cruisers want/expect after months in isolation and then being thrown right back into work with no break and escape in between.
  12. You shouldn't believe everything Jim Walker posts about 😂 They have been in isolation for weeks. There are no cases onbaord. They're way less likely to have the virus than 99% of people on land...
  13. You conveniently cut off the bottom bit of that page... Only the ships with an asterisk next to it are ships that actively had cases onboard. The other ships on the list who had people on them who reported symptoms within 14 days of returing from them, so nobody can say for sure if they are/were "infected ships" or not...
  14. It's not just tourists. They wont let their own Australian crew get off the ships, crew that had just been giving Australian's free cruises...
  15. This. They have one crew to a guest cabin and they're eating in the windjammer (when not in isolation) And I know for a fact that royal have sent home a lot of their crew over there!
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