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Passengers on prior cruise of Royal Princess disembarked per normal but cruisers waiting to embark today were waiting for hours to board.  Eventually - just now - cruise was announced as cancelled.  No reason given.  Events unfolding as we speak.

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Sounds like a real shambles at Long Beach LA . I read those  waiting to embark were taken over to Queen Mary for a feed . The ship has still not been cleared .

Now I know what it means when you arrive at a port of call and have to wait for the Captain to announce that the ship has been cleared and you are free to go ashore.

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Viking Ocean ship - not sure which one - refused entry to Bali this morning.

She is on a very long around the world cruise.

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Wow ..so that means California cruising is taking a big hit 

Grand Princess...San Francisco

Royal Princess ... San Pedro LA

Carnival Panorama ....Long Beach LA.

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7 minutes ago, SeaDog-46 said:

Viking Ocean ship - not sure which one - refused entry to Bali this morning.

She is on a very long around the world cruise.

 

That would be Viking Sun - currently at anchor off Benoa, Bali

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Wonder how long before a cruise ship is denied entry into an Au or NZ port .?

 

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On 3/7/2020 at 1:18 PM, SinbadThePorter said:

Once the virus is ubiquitous, containment policies become pointless. At that stage I don't see any reason to shut down cruises or quarantine ships. Just treat it as any other disease outbreak, send the sick to hospital and the healthy home to be checked by their doctors.

 

Any decision to shut down cruising entirely would be hard to justify without also shutting down airports, sporting events and rock concerts. None of which will happen.

This is probably the reality although the longer the islands can stay clear of the virus the better, so I don't see them opening up their ports long after their first cases.

 

Hopefully the vax will not be too far away and the cruise industry helps distribute.

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From Twitter:

My sister's on the ruby princess docked in Sydney harbor Australia. she says on facebook that they are not being allowed to leave the ship.

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The Royal Princess was cancelled today because a crew member on board had been transferred from the Grand was unable to be tested in time and CDC denied them approval to depart.  There is an official letter with the full explanation issued by Princess.  Hopefully someone can post it here.

Edited by aussielozzie18

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1 minute ago, aussielozzie18 said:

The Royal Princess was cancelled today because a crew member on board had been transferred from the Grand was unable to be tested in time and CDC denied them approval to depart.  There is an official letter explaining issued by Princess.  Hopefully someone can post it here.

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14 minutes ago, By The Bay said:

From Twitter:

My sister's on the ruby princess docked in Sydney harbor Australia. she says on facebook that they are not being allowed to leave the ship.

 

On the Princess board someone posted that they were waiting to board Ruby - had been allowed to check in but were told to come back at 5 to board, due to a "medical issue" onboard but not Corona. Evidently previous passengers had disembarked.

 

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Apparently Princess are increasing the sanitization of ships between disembarkations and embarkations of cruises, also of cruise terminals where possible, as per the latest Princess update:

 

Updated March 7, 2020

Health Advisory and Travel Safety Procedures

To protect the health and safety of all onboard, we are closely monitoring the evolving situation with novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We are quickly implementing enhanced screening measures and additional prevention and control procedures. Our protection and prevention tactics include:

  1. Beginning in select embarkation terminals on March 7th and as soon as possible in all embarkation terminals, we will be temperature checking all guests embarking on our ships using temporal scanning thermometers. All guests presenting with a fever or flu-like symptoms will be denied boarding, irrespective of their recent travel history. All guests who are denied boarding due to sickness will be issued a full cruise credit or refund.
  2. Beginning in select embarkation terminals on March 7th and as soon as possible in all embarkation terminals, we will be implementing enhanced sanitation protocols including the thorough cleaning of all hand touching surfaces for all cruise terminals before and after all sailings.
  3. Onboard all Princess ships, effective immediately, we are executing enhanced environmental sanitation protocols with a disinfectant that kills coronaviruses within 30 seconds.
  4. Our medical experts are coordinating closely with international health authorities and together, we have developed a written traveler’s health declaration to be completed by all guests and crew prior to boarding in order to keep our guests and crew safe. This health declaration advises guests and crew of their obligation to report any symptoms of illness. PLEASE NOTE: Given the serious nature of these circumstances, false responses on pre-boarding documents will result in immediate disembarkation at the next opportunity. Individuals who do not disclose travel through prohibited areas may also face additional legal consequences.
  5. Additional Screening & Measures for COVID-19
    • Any individual who has traveled from or through mainland China, Macau, Hong Kong, South Korea, Iran or lockdown areas within Lombardy and Veneto, Italy within 14 days of the start of their cruise, including transit through their airports, will not be permitted to board the ship. Shipboard staff will be scanning passports to verify that transit did not occur through any of the prohibited areas.
    • Crew members from China, South Korea or lockdown areas within Lombardy and Veneto, Italy will be delayed from joining any ship until further notice.
    • Any individual who has been in contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, or a person under monitoring for COVID-19 within 14 days of the start of the cruise, will not be permitted to board the ship.
    • We will conduct additional pre-boarding screening of all guests and crew who have visited areas with community spread of COVID-19 and for individuals reporting illness.
    • We will provide medical screening for COVID-19 on all individuals who visit our onboard Medical Center with symptoms of respiratory illness or fever.
    • We will report all cases of fever and respiratory illness, and any patients with suspected COVID-19 infection, to local health authorities.

As with all respiratory illnesses, particularly during cold and flu season, you can take steps to reduce your risk of illness:

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  2. Supplement hand washing by regularly using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  3. Avoid close contact with people suffering from respiratory illness.
  4. Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze using a tissue or your bent elbow.
  5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  6. Get vaccinated against seasonal influenza.

While onboard, if you experience any symptoms of respiratory illness, which may include fever, chills, cough, or shortness of breath, please contact the Medical Center, where you will receive a complimentary consultation.

Please be aware that as this public health situation continues to evolve rapidly, you may be required to undergo additional health screening measures by local health officials before you disembark at any of the ports we visit, and entry requirements are subject to change. If any revisions need to be made to our itinerary due to travel restrictions, or to protect the health and safety of our guests and crew, we will update you as soon as possible.

The above is subject to change at any time based on the interests of health and safety of our guests and crew and any other requirements that may be imposed by local authorities. Updated information on the illness and travel advice can be found at the CDC website.

*14-days is the accepted standard incubation period of COVID-19 recognized by the WHO and US CDC.

Grant Tarling, MD, MPH
Chief Medical Officer

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Hope people actually read this and practice it all the time, especially on any cruise at any time, it will cut down on many viruses that tend to spread on ships, or in food halls etc..

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  2. Supplement hand washing by regularly using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  3. Avoid close contact with people suffering from respiratory illness.
  4. Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze using a tissue or your bent elbow.
  5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  6. Get vaccinated against seasonal influenza.

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Interesting to also note the note
 

NOTE: Given the serious nature of these circumstances, false responses on pre-boarding documents will result in immediate disembarkation at the next opportunity. Individuals who do not disclose travel through prohibited areas may also face additional legal consequences.

 

 

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4 hours ago, boeckli said:

 

On the Princess board someone posted that they were waiting to board Ruby - had been allowed to check in but were told to come back at 5 to board, due to a "medical issue" onboard but not Corona. Evidently previous passengers had disembarked.

 

My relatives are due to go on Ruby in 2 weeks to South Pacific.

As some ports are not going to be visited, I am wondering if they will substitute other ports? 

Wouldn't be a great cruise just floating around for 2 weeks.

 

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A passenger on Amsterdam's World Cruise which left Sydney tonight after a 2 day visit reported visits to Sri Lanka and India are off their itinerary now. 

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6 hours ago, boeckli said:

 

On the Princess board someone posted that they were waiting to board Ruby - had been allowed to check in but were told to come back at 5 to board, due to a "medical issue" onboard but not Corona. Evidently previous passengers had disembarked.

 

Aparently there were several cases of Norvirus.

 

Princess are also carrying out extra cleaning on each turn-around now.

 

3. Onboard all Princess ships, effective immediately, we are executing enhanced environmental sanitation protocols with a disinfectant that kills coronaviruses within 30 seconds."

 

https://www.princess.com/news/notices_and_advisories/notices/coronavirus-update.html

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Just booked one of the very cheap Carnival cruises to South Pacific for July.  Thinking it maybe an 8 day cruise to nowhere!  At that price it doesn’t matter.

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13 hours ago, Sallyandtex said:

My relatives are due to go on Ruby in 2 weeks to South Pacific.

As some ports are not going to be visited, I am wondering if they will substitute other ports? 

Wouldn't be a great cruise just floating around for 2 weeks.

 

Most of this itinerary is to Fiji. I think they have Lifou and Mare which they will miss, but have picked up one extra stop in fiji. I have family on this one.

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The U.S. Department of State has issued a warning to U.S. citizens that they do not travel on cruise ships, especially those with underlying health conditions. See: Cruise ship warning.

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26 minutes ago, bretts173 said:

Most of this itinerary is to Fiji. I think they have Lifou and Mare which they will miss, but have picked up one extra stop in fiji. I have family on this one.

Thanks for that.

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19 hours ago, Kiwi Kruzer said:

Wow ..so that means California cruising is taking a big hit 

Grand Princess...San Francisco

Royal Princess ... San Pedro LA

Carnival Panorama ....Long Beach LA.

Florida also - Regal Princess - issued with a "no sail order" by US Centre for Disease Control - Port Everglades, Florida (next cruise cancelled)

Royal Princess was also issued a "no sail order" according to Wall Street Journal. 

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