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  1. Totally agree with Tothesunset on this. The CDC did not make the claim as stated here and neither has any other reliable or authoritative news source. Just check web browser searches (It is not that difficult) and there is no such data given. Had it been it would most certainly have made worldwide headlines. The ease of spread of disinformation is shocking.
  2. Travelcat2, your mention of some cough and sneeze particles travelling "slightly over 6' " if not wearing a mask, raised my eyebrows. I recall reading very early on in the Wuhan outbreak a study of virus particle travel distance on a bus in Wuhan showing a travel distance of 4.5m within the bus (sans air conditioning) . Since then, there have been a huge raft of articles published or re-surfaced on sneeze or cough droplet travel distance - too many to list here, but a quick google brings up many. There is a bit of variation in results, but sadly slightly over 6 ft is a huge understatemen
  3. I see on another thread on this board Crystal has now closed down all cruises through end of 2020. That's quite a "Negative Nelly" to deal with isn't it?
  4. To the OP, all I can add is that if we had not been in a penthouse suite for our 3 Riviera cruises we would not have enjoyed them nearly as much as being in a lower suite and possibly would only have done 1, not 3. Thoroughly enjoyed every extra benefit listed earlier, from what we felt was entirely necessary ( the extra space, the specialty dining privileges and butler) right down the list. Overall it felt very luxurious with the added benefits and on board we were able to feel we were never "missing out" on any little luxury or added excitement that would have made our cruise any less than
  5. Hi Kool cruiser, as I posted a couple of days ago when the UK FO made their announcement, this is indeed a deal breaker for us -and I dare say almost anyone else with UK insurers. No insurance means no cruising, given Covid-19 and its attendant potential problems. 😞
  6. On a slightly different tack, here in the UK our Foreign Office has just declared it currently advises no cruising for UK residents, which means all of our travel insurance, should we cruise, is null and void. 😞
  7. If cruising is against FO advice for UK passengers we can kiss our travel insurance goodbye if we cruise.
  8. To Mich3554 who replied to my earlier post re testing all passengers, I understand the points you make, but I disagree with your assessment of testing facilities available in Japan. I guess, if you read the link you missed the vital part "Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday said that the government will bolster testing capabilities for those on the cruise ship to about 1,000 samples per day by Feb. 18 — the last day of the designated incubation period for people on the cruise ship — by allowing testing at private facilities." That last sentence is the key. Th
  9. Been saying testing everyone on board was the only way forward for days now. Eventually, the inevitability of this expense finally hits the economic fan..... Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday said that the government will bolster testing capabilities for those on the cruise ship to about 1,000 samples per day by Feb. 18 by allowing testing at private facilities. So far, only up to about 300 samples can be tested each day at public health centers nationwide. Kato said the government is contemplating testing all passengers and crew members. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/0
  10. Been saying testing everyone on board was the only way forward for days now. Eventually, the inevitability of this expense finally hits the economic fan..... Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday said that the government will bolster testing capabilities for those on the cruise ship to about 1,000 samples per day by Feb. 18 by allowing testing at private facilities. So far, only up to about 300 samples can be tested each day at public health centers nationwide. Kato said the government is contemplating testing all passengers and crew members. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/0
  11. Of course testing all would be logistically difficult. But just because it is difficult, expensive and/or time consuming, that does not lessen the need for it to be done. Japan is a rich and sophisticated country with many labs surely able to deal with this if they are tasked to. Testing all on board should have been put in place at the start. Current circumstances show there does not seem to be another path which will ensure everyone who leaves the ship is virus free. If that does not happen, what was the point in the first place?
  12. Now total of passengers on this ship has jumped overnight from 63 or 64 to 130 (130-ish as figures not yet finally confirmed) more than double. Very worrying indeed, yet the Japanese health minister has been quoted today as saying they "might have to test everyone on the ship" . No kidding? That should have been done a long time ago, right at the start. Self-reporting is clearly not sufficient.
  13. Clearly at least one of the 273 people tested has been a crew member, as Princess themselves said days ago that one crew member was among those who tested positive. https://www.princess.com/news/notices_and_advisories/notices/diamond-princess-update.html see Feb 4 report. Wondering why they did not test all people on the ship on day 1? Lack of test kits or manpower? I believe, according to reports in our UK newspapers, especially the Daily Mail, only those who believed they had some kind of contact with the original passenger, or were situated in a cabin near them or
  14. I am someone who likes a really soft mattress as I am a side sleeper and have arthritic joints. I have cruised twice on Silver Spirit, albeit in 2015 and 2016, and not noticed any mattress problems. I know I would have done so if the mattress was hard. It may have had a topper, as I would have mentioned needing a soft mattress in pre-cruise information.
  15. Suffer? Why on earth should any passenger suffer because another person, the parent, is not looking after their children properly? Incredible. Just incredible. And there lies the problem........
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