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  1. Did not enjoy it at all. Just a glorified TV show.
  2. In Victoria, Australia we now have ten suburbs identified by postcode (zipcode) that are currently in lockdown as the state is currently having up to 70 new cases a day. This has been caused mostly by returning Aussies who have been living overseas. They are required to isolate for 14 days in hotels (at the gov't expense). Our lax state gov't allowed private security firms to guard the hotel guests. These guards, spoke no english, (probably spoke the language of the returning travellers), Didn't understand about PPE, took the hotel guests shopping, slept with some of them etc. We now have a judicial enquiry into what happened. Testing has increased all over Melbourne, the authorities are going house to house testing everyone in the locked down suburbs. Over 10,000 people have refused to be tested. The reason given for most of the refusals is that Covid19 is a conspiracy and not real. They can tell from genome sequencing that we have a super-spreader somewhere who is going from suburb to suburb. We do hope they find this person soon. In the meantime Victorians are not really welcome In any other state and airports, train stations and roadblocks have been set up to check the postcodes of all interstate arrivals. They have found two (with Covid) trying to enter other states. One thought she had it, went and had a test, then got on a train to travel interstate prior to getting results. Unbelievable.
  3. I am sure that our state would have just as many aged care facilities as MA. My SIL is in aged care. They were all locked down and no one was allowed visitors. They have had no cases at all. A couple of aged care places in another state became a hot spot - lack of covid hygene processes. I believe about 19 residents died. We have a similar situation in Australia.whereby our State Premiers are responsible for each state so we do have different regulations state by state. They have regular what is called National Cabinet Meetings where the National and State officials discuss the situation. Some states, Western Australia and Queensland have their borders closed and no one from any other state is allowed in except by special compensation. They require 2 weeks Isolation in a hotel before you can enter.
  4. I don't know what the overall plan for the way Covid was handled in the US but I am just doing a comparison between two areas with a similar population. I live in a state in Australia with a population of 6.3million. We have had 1917 cases overall, with 20 deaths. We have just had some of our privileges taken back as we have had a spike in cases this past week. We have had cases in the double figures. A lot of the cases are from returning Australians who are in 2 weeks isolation in hotels. They are from 3rd world countries. There are also a few suburbs who have been asked to please stay home as they seem to be gathering in large family groups and ignoring the rules). We cannot have more than 5 visitors in our home at any one time. (Our grand daughter's 13th birthday party on Sunday is being held in shifts of 5 people at a time. My DIL will be serving lunch 3 or 4 times on Sunday) I just checked with Massachusetts figures. Similar population 6.7 million. Total confirmed cases 102,922. Total deaths. 7776. They have had more deaths today than we have had in total. What is going on in the US that is so different from other first world countries.
  5. How often are filters either changed or cleaned on a cruise ship?
  6. This is the current state of the Ruby Princess. https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/apr/06/ruby-princess-cruise-ship-dock-port-kembla-nsw-10-days-doctors-manage-coronavirus-outbreak-australia At the moment there is a criminal investigation i to the actions of NSW Health Dept and Carnival Corp/Princess cruises https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/2020/04/05/coronavirus-australian-police-investigating-ruby-princess-docking/2950398001/
  7. The Amsterdam had been in Australian waters for over 14 days prior to docking in Freemantle.
  8. DL6799 has been delayed. Due to leave Sydney, NSW at 10.25 AEDST - no idea what time it will leave. Current time is 9.50am AEDST
  9. Thank you John and Diane for allowing us to travel with you on your cruise. You are such a positive traveller. Very much a glass half full person.
  10. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-20/wa-coronavirus-cases-jump-as-cruise-ship-lockdown-announced/12075846
  11. I doubt they will be in a hotel. I believe it will be ship to airport. Nobody can stay anywhere else but the ship. This was announced today by the Premier of Western Australia.
  12. All non Australians on the ship will be required to stay on the ship until they are required to travel to the airport. Arrangements will be made for them to be taken from the ship to the airport to catch their flights home.
  13. For some reason ”taking responsibility for your own actions" has become a thing of the past. It seems that some people always look for someone to blame for their own stupidity. We stopped cruising about 14 months ago when my husband became ill on our last cruise. We organised to self disembark at the half way point in a back to back and changed our flight accordingly. It was not HAL's fault - they couldn't have been nicer though. We were credited back some of our internet payment, laundry, and spa payments that we had paid in advance. They didn't have to but they did. i know it is different this time with flights being difficult but if you read all the blogs and postings, it appears to be not that difficult if you keep calm and just work thru it.
  14. Obviously you have to already have the waiver from your own Doctor. The onboard medical doesn't know your history. I guess there will be many who will try to get a waiver as they don't want a long flight. We are used to long flights. We either fly long distances or see nothing or go nowhere. .
  15. Our Prime Minister has just announced that cruise ships will no longer be allowed to dock in Australia. I feel so sorry for those on the current World Cruise.
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