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50 minutes ago, rukkian said:

That might be tough, as there are people that cant get vaccinations (allergies, or some other condition), and then you have the religious exemptions.  I agree it would be prudent, however.

 

I would imagine that the CDC will take all of that into consideration, and that there will be some sort of alternate anti-virus medicine for those that can't (or won't) get a shot.  

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8 minutes ago, beachbum53 said:

 

I would imagine that the CDC will take all of that into consideration, and that there will be some sort of alternate anti-virus medicine for those that can't (or won't) get a shot.  

Remembering the mandatory polio vaccinations that were required years ago. Worked to stop polio. Maybe same thing here.

Makes me wonder how many seasonal flu fatalities are those who chose not to get an annual flu shot.

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Besides for potentially increased screening on the front end, I don't see much changing in terms of passenger experience.  I don't want to sound obtuse but it all starts with one thing....muster.  Getting every passenger on the ship into compact designated spaces to kick the sailing off negates any change they could dream of from that point forward.  If that doesn't change, no other chance matters.  

 

Once this virus is eradicated or at least under control, I hope that fear subsides and people can use a cruise as it is intended, as a vacation. 

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CARNIVAL’S COMMITMENT TO GUEST AND CREW HEALTH

Carnival Cruise Line’s highest responsibilities include the health and safety of our guests and crew. Coronavirus is a fluid situation and we continue to work closely with public health experts and the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), to monitor, screen and implement best practices to protect the health of our guests and crew as it relates to COVID-19 (coronavirus). Our monitoring, screening and operational protocols are designed to be flexible so that we can effectively adapt to changes as they occur.

The section below will be frequently updated for your information.

 
 
 
 
 
 

SHIP CLEANING STANDARDS

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In addition to our existing rigorous daily cleaning regimen and standards, we have established additional sanitation/disinfection/cleaning measures:

  • More frequent sanitizing of tables, chairs, menus and other surfaces in restaurants and bars before use.
  • More frequent open deck sanitation of sun loungers, outdoor furniture, mini-golf, sports equipment, handrails, etc.
  • Additional sanitizing of frequently hand-touched surfaces in all public areas and lounges, all restaurants, lobbies, elevators, handrails, public phones, counters, public displays, medical centers, gangways, casino chips, games, slot machines, fitness machines, children’s toys, and security screening equipment, among others.
  • Wherever possible, staff is serving guests at food stations, including the Lido buffet and ice cream machines. Where not possible due to layout restrictions or other locations such as condiment set-ups and salsa bars, dedicated personnel are posted to monitor these stations and service and ensure they are cleaned and sanitized in a timely manner. In any self-service areas that remain, serving utensils are replaced on a more frequent basis.
  • Stateroom surfaces and fixtures are thoroughly cleaned up to twice daily with particular attention to bathrooms and surfaces frequently touched. All guest corridors including handrails and stateroom door handles are frequently sanitized. During instances that guests display flu-like symptoms, the stateroom will receive additional deep cleaning.
  • Hand-washing sinks and/or hand sanitizing applications are available at the entrances to all dining rooms and the Lido buffet. A roster of guest communications detailing proper hand-washing techniques are visible throughout the ships and reiterated by staff and officers onboard.
  • Additional hand sanitizers/dispensers have been placed in highly trafficked locations where there may not be hand-wash sinks available.
  • The temperature in our washers and dryers has been increased for enhanced disinfection of laundered goods, including bedding, tablecloths, towels, napkins, etc.
  • At night, a deep cleaning and disinfection process is conducted utilizing electro-static applications through specialized machines in highly-trafficked public areas (including all restaurants, the fitness center, spa, lido deck areas, promenade, casino, medical center, public restrooms, lounges, bars, lobbies, elevators, atrium, youth activity centers, arcade and all crew public areas).
 

Our onboard Medical Centers are staffed to handle a wide variety of staff and crew medical situations. Any guest or crew member who exhibits symptoms of influenza or upper respiratory infection with fever is strongly encouraged to visit the medical center for a complimentary medical consultation.

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They could be required or choose to sail at no more than 70% or 80% of capacity, less if they could do it financially. They did something similar for the restaurants here in California before they shut them down. I presume they will do the same thing as they let them reopen when the time comes.


The cruise lines could use this in their marketing strategy and possibly charge more per cabin sold as they come back into service. It seems to me overcrowding is one of the biggest complaints of recent cruisers and the cruise lovers who will be the ones that return first might be willing to forego a bargain basement fire sale price to sail on an uncrowded ship.
 

The ships will undoubtedly not be sailing at capacity in the first months so why not turn it into a perk and market it that way? I hope they do it, I am already rebooked for March 2021 and would love it if it was not your typical Spring Break packed to the gills ship. 

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1 hour ago, firefly333 said:

Everything sounds like prices have to go up to cover additional costs

 

Hah! Lots of inflation coming with all the Quantitative Easing,  you don't just inject trillions of dollars with no limits, without the consequences coming due.   I bet a 2023 Cruise will cost 50% more than a 2019 cruise.   It's going to take awhile for people to get back to work, and have a comfortable pay check again.     But all that horrid outlook.   I'm super pumped to go on a cruise again,   I will be way more appreciative to be on the cruise!

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2 minutes ago, Elbozi said:

 

Hah! Lots of inflation coming with all the Quantitative Easing,  you don't just inject trillions of dollars with no limits, without the consequences coming due.   I bet a 2023 Cruise will cost 50% more than a 2019 cruise.   It's going to take awhile for people to get back to work, and have a comfortable pay check again.     But all that horrid outlook.   I'm super pumped to go on a cruise again,   I will be way more appreciative to be on the cruise!

If I lived in ny and could get almost 5k a month  without working, I wouldnt work. Not me.

 

I heard governor cuomo say he was adding 600 a week and the fed promised to cover it, to the 600 they will get. 

 

Rcl cruise prices are already rising with people having those 125% fcc they have to spend. Normally I'd wait until last minute to book but I got more than one to spend. Drink packages they say are up about 25% on rcl once you book.

 

It has to cost more to spend more on cleaning and hand washing stations carnival says above they will have. 

 

Carnival getting hit with bad press but some will do carnival just because rcl prices seem up so much. For carnivals lower price. Just wait until cruising resumes. Let's see.

 

 

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I think the cruise lines MUST create space between pax in public areas.  Whether that involves embarkation/ debarkation changes, buffet changes, show changes....I guess the 200 sq ft rooms are safe for now since it’s a virtual quarantine.  
 

They NEED a marketing miracle to change public perception since cruising is #2 on the dirty list just behind nursing homes.  I’ll probably cruise again but wish Carnival was much more responsive (hence responsible) to folks with pending refunds.
 

My booked cruise is not until October.  I have not panicked & called either CCL not my

TA.....yet.

 

TLDR; create a fun/safe environment again for new cruisers.  Refund ASAP those existing/long-term cruisers fares.

 

edit for 1 more item: World cruises or any over 10-12 days....I just don’t know what precautions cruise lines must take.  

 

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6 minutes ago, TooManyWakeUpsTilWeSail said:

I think the cruise lines MUST create space between pax in public areas.  Whether that involves embarkation/ debarkation changes, buffet changes, show changes....I guess the 200 sq ft rooms are safe for now since it’s a virtual quarantine.  
 

They NEED a marketing miracle to change public perception since cruising is #2 on the dirty list just behind nursing homes.  I’ll probably cruise again but wish Carnival was much more responsive (hence responsible) to folks with pending refunds.
 

My booked cruise is not until October.  I have not panicked & called either CCL not my

TA.....yet.

 

TLDR; create a fun/safe environment again for new cruisers.  Refund ASAP those existing/long-term cruisers fares.

 

I suspect they can't refund faster. Teetering just this side of keeping things afloat, they need cash coming in for new bookings to give out refunds faster. It's going to be tough to stay in business. Giving out refunds faster wouldnt help their cash flow problem. 

 

My prediction how things gotta change is they have to charge higher prices to make a profit and pay all those obc they giving out like candy to keep you booking.

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40 minutes ago, firefly333 said:

My prediction how things gotta change is they have to charge higher prices to make a profit and pay all those obc they giving out like candy to keep you booking.

1/2 of the current booked  equation is cruisers looking to rebook.  They hopefully will be happy with extensions + OBC if/when cruises continue. 
 

I was addressing 1/2 (or so) looking to get out of the equation for awhile (eg ME) and the sad state of affairs of how they are refunding.  Hint, I am a long-time CPA & while I don’t understand the ins/out of CCL, it’s simply not how you maintain your clientele while promising 90 day IOUs.  
 

I interpret any replies/counter-replies off-topic fodder.  So enough said.

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16 hours ago, geckoaz said:

Carnival will adapt on future cruises. What do you think will change? I think buffets will no longer exist. Maybe cafeteria where servers pick it out. Beveragrs will no longer be self served. Maybe 2 turn downs a day to make sure rooms are clean and occupants not sick.

Buffet will be gone????  What??? thats like the major thing people look forward to on a cruise. lol

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Nothing major will change.  There may be new cleaning standards and even more focus on hand washing and sanitizer but you simply can't change the cruise ship environment.  It is what it is, a captive group.

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3 minutes ago, tennboy1981 said:

Buffet will be gone????  What??? thats like the major thing people look forward to on a cruise. lol

from what i read on a different site that had an article about this, they will still be a buffet but it will no longer be self served. they will now be crew members to give you the food.

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10 minutes ago, shof515 said:

from what i read on a different site that had an article about this, they will still be a buffet but it will no longer be self served. they will now be crew members to give you the food.

Ugh.  I hope maybe its short term.   Seems like this is only going to cause lines to be longer and slower.  I can see doing this as a temporary precaution when they start back up, but I don't like the idea at all.

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Any guest or crew member who exhibits symptoms of influenza or upper respiratory infection with fever is strongly encouraged to visit the medical center for a complimentary medical consultation."

 

And a trip off the ship...

 

(Why won't the blue go away?)

 

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