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Court Boots Suit Against Cruise Line Over COVID Risk

Reuters reports: A federal judge dismissed lawsuits by Grand Princess cruise ship passengers who sued for emotional distress caused by their fear of exposure to COVID-19, saying that allowing their cases to proceed would “lead to a flood of trivial suits.” Judge Gary Klausner in Los Angeles said in Tuesday’s ruling that allowing passengers to collect damages based on potential …

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Cruise Lines: No Travel From US Ports Until Sept 15th

From the Cruise Lines International Association: “Due to the ongoing situation within the U.S. related to COVID-19, CLIA member cruise lines have decided to voluntarily extend the period of suspended passenger operations. The current No Sail Order issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will expire on 24 July, and although we had hoped that cruise …

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100,000 Cruise Workers Still “Trapped” Aboard Ships

Complex reports: It’s been two months since the cruise industry closed down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, more than 100,000 workers are still trapped on ships, with many going unpaid. According to the Miami Herald, crew members don’t know when they’ll be able to go home. While cruises allowed most passengers to disembark the ships, employees have been left …

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House Opens Probe Into Cruise Line’s COVID Response

Bloomberg News reports: The U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure today opened an inquiry into Carnival Corp.’s handling of the Covid-19 outbreaks that have resulted in more than 1,500 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus aboard its cruise ships, as well as dozens of passenger and crew deaths. In letters sent Friday to Carnival President and Chief Executive Officer …

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CDC Issues Indefinite “No Sail” Order For Cruise Ships

Note the cultist adoration in this CDC press release: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today the extension of a No Sail Order for all cruise ships. “We are working with the cruise line industry to address the health and safety of crew at sea as well as communities surrounding U.S. cruise ship points of entry,” said …

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DeSantis Will Allow 49 Floridians To Disembark Stricken Cruise Ship, Not Any Other Americans Or Foreigners

CNN reports: Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday his state was willing to accept Floridians on board a cruise ship seeking to disembark in Florida after more than 190 guests and crew reported flu-like symptoms, including eight passengers who tested positive for Covid-19. But DeSantis expressed concerns about taking in others given the state’s limited hospital beds. “We are going to …

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Coast Guard To Cruise Ships: Stay Away “Indefinitely”

The Associated Press reports: The U.S. Coast Guard has directed all cruise ships to prepare to treat any sick passengers and crew on board while being sequestered “indefinitely” offshore during the coronavirus pandemic. The new rules require daily updates on each ship’s coronavirus caseload for vessels in U.S. waters, and come with a stiff warning: Any foreign-flagged vessels “that loiter …

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Four Dead, 100+ Sick On Cruise Ship Seeking Port

USA Today reports: Four elderly passengers on board Holland America’s MS Zaandam have died on the cruise ship that is stuck in limbo during the coronavirus pandemic. The ship is currently carrying 138 people who have complained of flu-like symptoms, which are similar to coronavirus symptoms. Two people have tested positive for coronavirus. The ship did not have coronavirus tests …

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CDC Finds Live Virus On Cruise Ship 17 Days Later

The New York Daily News reports: Coronavirus stays on surfaces far longer than first thought — with traces found in cabins on the stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship 17 days after they were abandoned, according to alarming new research. The potentially deadly bug was previously understood to live two to three days on some surfaces — but the new report …

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Major Cruise Lines To Suspend Operations For 30 Days

The Observer reports: Norwegian and Royal Caribbean cruise lines announced temporary suspensions of their operations in an effort to help quell global spread of the novel coronavirus. The announcements by the two companies follow similar moves on Thursday by competitors Princess, Disney, and Viking cruise lines, and suspensions earlier Friday by Carnival Corp.-owned Costa Cruises and AIDA Cruises. Norwegian said …

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Princess Cruises CEO Announces 60-Day Travel Pause

Cruise Industry News reports: Princess Cruises announced will temporarily and voluntarily pause all ship operations for 60 days, calling it a proactive response to the unpredictable circumstances evolving from the global spread of COVID-19 and in an abundance of caution. The company will voluntarily pause global operations of its 18 cruise ships for two months (60 days), impacting voyages departing …

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Cruise Industry Floats Restrictions On Those Over 70

CBNC reports: The cruise industry has submitted a proposal to the White House that would impose restrictions on travelers over the age of 70 as well as those with chronic medical conditions as the coronavirus spreads, two sources familiar with the matter told CNBC. The proposal would restrict people over the age of 70 from getting on a ship unless …

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CDC Warns Against Long Plane Trips, Cruise Ship Travel

Politico reports: New guidance from the CDC urges travelers, especially the elderly and those with compromised health, to avoid long plane trips “and especially” cruises — a stark shift in rhetoric from an administration that had previously appeared reluctant to discourage Americans from moving around the globe. The CDC now recommends that travelers “defer all cruise ship travel worldwide” and …

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Thousands To Disembark Cruise Ship Hit By Virus

The Associated Press reports: Federal and state officials in California were preparing Monday to receive thousands of people from a cruise ship that has been idling off the coast of San Francisco with at least 21 people aboard infected with the coronavirus. Fences were being installed at an 11-acre site at the Port of Oakland, as authorities readied flights and …

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Another Cruise Ship Held In Virus Quarantine [VIDEO]

USA Today reports: A cruise ship was being held off the coast of San Francisco on Thursday amid fears that more than 3,500 passengers and crew may have been exposed. Gov. Gavin Newsom said the Grand Princess was sailing with 62 passengers who had been on the ship’s previous voyage with a 71-year-old man who eventually died from the virus. …

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Dominican Republic Turns Away Cruise Ship Over Virus

The Associated Press reports: A cruise ship heading to the Dominican Republic to disembark hundreds of passengers after a 14-day tour was turned away on Thursday because officials feared eight of those aboard showed potential symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, officials announced. A joint statement by the Public Health Ministry and Port Authority said that the captain of the Braemar …

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Brazil Sees First Virus Case, 57 US Cases, Ship Diverted

The Insider reports: The coronavirus has now reached every continent on earth except for Antarctica after Brazil confirmed its first case. On Tuesday, Brazil’s ministry of health confirmed that a man in São Paulo had tested positive for COVID-19, according to Reuters. The 61-year-old male returned to São Paulo from Lombardy, Italy, on February 21, the ministry said. He had …

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Fifth Port Refuses Cruise Ship Over Virus Fears

Bloomberg News reports: The 2,257 passengers and crew onboard the Westerdam luxury liner are in limbo once again after Thailand became the latest country to turn the ship away from its ports, leaving guests desperate to disembark after almost two weeks at sea. Fearing that some passengers aboard the Westerdam may be infected with the deadly new coronavirus, Thailand’s Public …

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JAPAN: Virus Cases Surge On Quarantined Cruise Ship

The Washington Post reports: Eleven Americans are among 66 additional people on board the Diamond Princess who have tested positive for the new coronavirus, the cruise ship operator said Monday. The latest results bring to 136 the number of passengers and crew who have tested positive for the virus, not including a former passenger from Hong Kong who is thought …

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Virus Update: Cruise Ship Line Bans All Chinese Citizens

Reuters reports: Royal Caribbean Cruises issued a statement on Friday saying: “Any guest or crewmen traveling from, to, or through mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau less than 15 days prior to their sailing will be unable to board any of our ships.” But it did not stop there. It also said, “Any guests holding a Chinese, Hong Kong or …

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