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Everything posted by K.T.B.

  1. Agreed that they'll be under contract, but I doubt they'll "force" anyone to go on board. Hence the volunteer comment, IMO.
  2. It was a quarantine, not isolation. The quarantine was to keep the people on board, not essentially keep them away from each other while on board.
  3. There shouldn't be any issues. The weather is always a crapshoot in Alaska anyway. It's just as likely to rain as it is be sunny, sometimes all within the same hour. Even if you went in July, you should pack a rain parka. Go, enjoy, you won't regret it!
  4. Doesn't say. But MY guess is why take a chance? Even if it's a PR thing, at least new passengers will know that the ship is 100% clean then.
  5. Oops. I always forget my browser at work allows me to see WSJ articles since my company pays for it. Basically, the ship is going to undergo a very DEEP cleaning, not just on the surface. All surfaces, air ducts, etc. All linens and towels completely replaced. And then back in service in April.
  6. I posted this link on the previous page: https://www.wsj.com/articles/coronavirus-cruise-ship-will-set-sail-again-in-aprilafter-a-thorough-cleaning-11582195707 Sharing it here for those who missed it.
  7. Check the cancellation policy of your current TA. It may actually cost you more money to move the booking than what you could possibly save.
  8. Personally, I'd do Fairbanks. But only because it's surprisingly cheaper to fly there than to Anchorage from Chicago! (Plus I've already been to Anchorage and I'd love to see Fairbanks.)
  9. I seem to recall there being an article that someone posted on here (or was it Facebook?) that the ship will go into drydock and there will be a deep cleaning and disinfecting done. No idea for how long. ETA: Looks like April: https://www.wsj.com/articles/coronavirus-cruise-ship-will-set-sail-again-in-aprilafter-a-thorough-cleaning-11582195707
  10. MAJOR breakthrough in the mapping the virus: https://www.livescience.com/coronavirus-spike-protein-structure.html Even though a vaccine is 18-24 months away, this discovery helps immeasurably.
  11. It's pandemic in terms of its spread across China. Thankfully it hasn't reached worldwide proportions, regardless of the few cases outside of China. When it starts to spread over other countries the way it has in China, then we should be concerned. IMO, it's probably the lack of any decent healthcare in the rural areas that has caused it to really "explode".
  12. Heck, I could play Christmas music every freakin' day. But my musical tastes tend to be a bit unique as well. When it comes to Christmas music, I'm more likely to be listening to Straight No Chaser or The Tractors or The Fab Four or Blake Shelton, than "traditional" music. And to be honest, I always listen to Straight No Chaser's "Christmas Cheers" album any day of the week over just about anything else, except the Beatles. (But that's for another thread..... )
  13. How do I know when they started contacting other countries? It's been in the news recently. It's when they finally allowed them to start removing passengers. Otherwise, it was on Japan. Yes, I know the logistics. Do you know how many US military bases there are in Japan that could easily handle 4,000 people for isolation? The answer is 23. Those 23 bases have well over 50,000 military personnel in total, not including dependents and civilian employees. Of those 23 bases, 4 or 5 (I forget the exact number) are within an hour or two of where Diamond is docked. The non-Japanes
  14. Requesting the help of the passengers' countries perhaps? Or even asking for help from WHO or any other health organization? Instead, they keep it "in country" and thousands on board are put at risk because Japan refused to use whatever detection kits they had on the passengers by making sure they had them for their own citizens. All Japan truly did is prevent the passengers from getting assistance while keeping their own citizens "safe". A fat lot of good that did them because they have 74 cases, of which, as far as I have read, only 1 came from the ship. I'm not say
  15. Then they should have asked for help. Period. The fact that they didn't reflects poorly on them. I wonder just how many countries or health organizations would have helped if asked. Instead, Japan allowed nearly 4,000 people to be subjected to being infected when it could have been avoided. Wasn't that a scheduled port for that cruise and weren't they already there?
  16. As if it would have been any worse? Hell, a number of people on here had some good ideas, rational ideas. NOT everyone of course, but quite a few. As I said, Japan quarantined the ship and decided to "wait & see" how it all worked out rather than pulling the passengers and placing them all in isolation. They could have requested assistance from the passengers' home countries. I understand the quarantine was to prevent the disease from spreading off ship, but they could have done a lot more to help it from spreading among the passengers AND crew.
  17. I think by now, most rational people realize that the quarantine was pretty much a dramatic failure in preventing the disease from spreading on the ship. Yeah, it prevented the disease from spreading on land, but it put nearly 4,000 people at risk for a potentially deadly disease. After a couple of days, plans should have been in place to remove passengers and place them in isolation. Instead a couple of weeks go by and we all see more and more getting sick. Needs of the many vs. needs of the few I suppose... Regardless, I really feel that Japan screwed up by taking the "wait a
  18. I agree for the most part, but not in terms of "quarantine". They all should have been removed and put in isolation. Keeping the passengers on the ship and under quarantine essentially made Diamond a floating incubator. I'm more shocked that the entire complement of the ship hasn't been diagnosed with the disease by this point.
  19. You beat me to the response! And very eloquently and accurately said, too!
  20. There are 23 US military bases in Japan, not including port facilities, medical, POL depots, etc. They could easily handle it and relatively quickly if needed.
  21. Hopefully those passengers who are still working will have a job when they get home. Not all companies are as "good".
  22. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case with a quarantine officer being infected now.
  23. Thanks for the correction. Obviously it's been reported incorrectly. I've seen articles saying "3,700 passengers".
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