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Old 06-02-2020, 08:17 AM   #1
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I am expecting Disney and the rest of the cruise lines to employ similar changes to ensure the safety and health of their passengers.



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Norwegian Cruise Line became the first major cruise line to offer specific details about health and safety protocols that will be implemented once service resumes.

Among them are reduced passenger capacity, onboard social distancing, health monitoring throughout each cruise and full-service buffets.

The cruise line said it has been working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on measures it is implementing now and says more are in development. The company also has created a new onboard position, public health officer, who is responsible for the oversight of all sanitation and outbreak-prevention initiatives and for monitoring the day-to-day cleanliness of all public areas and accommodations.

Prior to boarding, all passengers and crew will undergo enhanced health screenings, Norwegian said, and those considered at risk will undergo additional screening. Staggered embarkation and online check-in will be implemented to allow for physical distancing.
To allow for adequate onboard social distancing, Norwegian will reduce passenger capacity and limit guest counts in public areas. The cruise line said that all onboard activities would still be available but operated at a reduced capacity and in some cases “slightly modified in order to ensure safe social distancing.”

Norwegian said it would implement touchless temperature checks throughout each cruise to identify potential health issues. The checks will occur upon returning to the ship from a port of call, prior to all meals in dining venues and all activities in public venues, and before disembarkation.

Norwegian said its ships will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to every cruise with standards developed in partnership with the CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Program. Embarkation terminals will be sanitized continuously and, where possible, fogged before and after each embarkation and debarkation. The cruise lines said that all cabins, suites and public areas will be cleaned, sanitized and disinfected at an increased frequency. It will use electrostatic sprayers.

A “24/7 prevention schedule” will feature continuous disinfection of public areas and high-traffic touch points such as elevators. Buffets and beverage stations will be full-service with staff available to serve guests, Norwegian said.

The cruise line will expect passengers to employ enhanced personal hygiene.

“All guests will be strongly encouraged to engage in frequent handwashing, including when entering food-and-beverage venues, and hand sanitizer will be prominently placed and easily accessible throughout the ship,” Norwegian said.

Norwegian said it has partnered with destinations and tour operators to have its health and sanitation protocols “extend to the shoreside experience.”

“We will only visit safe, open ports of call which may cause changes to your itinerary,” the company said.

New ship features include medical-grade air filters that remove 99.95% of airborne pathogens and enhanced sanitation measures, increased medical teams and onboard medical centers equipped with testing kits. Each ship also will have isolation accommodations should the need arise.

The cruise line said that the new protocols are “just the start of a wave of new technologies and enhancements we are rolling out, so that you can explore the world with the ultimate peace of mind.”
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings CEO Frank Del Rio told Travel Weekly in May that no effort would be spared to ensure that vessels are safe. NCLH has been working with Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former Food and Drug Administration commissioner, to establish best practices and protocols and assess the viability and practicality of implementing new technologies.
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Old 06-02-2020, 08:37 AM   #2
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As we read through this list...

Wondering how they will be doing muster drills? DW believes they would use more space on the ship, or due to lower capacity this would be safer to do.

The air filtration that they will do...we felt this is a great step forward in making people safer. Isn’t this what airplanes do as well?

Not sure about the temperature checks, but if it makes people feel more comfortable then I guess that will help. What do you think will happen if someone in your party is running a fever on checkin? Do they cancel the entire parties trip? How about boarding from a port of call?

I wonder what the waivers are going to be like when booking...lol

I did not see any mention of masks for crew and/or travelers, interesting..

We are hoping to cruise safely again. I just read an article talking about hotels in south Florida, and how the market will probably not recover until the cruise industry does...they picked a 2025 date... I have a dart board too, and can pick dates too.lol
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Old 06-02-2020, 08:50 AM   #3
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We just got an email that extends our cruise credit from 3/2021 to 3/2022. I thought that meant they don't anticipate sailing for a while.
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Wondering how they will be doing muster drills? DW believes they would use more space on the ship, or due to lower capacity this would be safer to do.
I did read that muster drills will be changing. They might do it virtually or part of your check-in process at the port.

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The air filtration that they will do...we felt this is a great step forward in making people safer. Isn’t this what airplanes do as well?
Correct.....This is a needed change.

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Not sure about the temperature checks, but if it makes people feel more comfortable then I guess that will help. What do you think will happen if someone in your party is running a fever on checkin? Do they cancel the entire parties trip? How about boarding from a port of call?
This is one of those "feel good" policies. Overall, it is not effective if people are taking medicine to suppress fevers. But even if it adds a 10% factor, its more than nothing.

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I did not see any mention of masks for crew and/or travelers, interesting..
no word on that.....CCL will have the first sailings on Aug 1st. We should be seeing policy sooner then later.

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We are hoping to cruise safely again. I just read an article talking about hotels in south Florida, and how the market will probably not recover until the cruise industry does...they picked a 2025 date... I have a dart board too, and can pick dates too.lol
I have heard that 2021 should be a "positive" year for the cruise industry. It really will come down to the fall and how the virus is impacting the country/world.
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We just got an email that extends our cruise credit from 3/2021 to 3/2022. I thought that meant they don't anticipate sailing for a while.

Partly.....


Canada last week extended its port closures to cruise ships until October 31st. That effectively has canceled the entire Alaska cruise season and the fall foliage sailings on the east coast.
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Canada last week extended its port closures to cruise ships until October 31st. That effectively has canceled the entire Alaska cruise season and the fall foliage sailings on the east coast.

I also think that available sailings are very close to selling out. The 2021 TA currently only has inside staterooms available. I think DCL would rather give the discount longer than return cash in hand.

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Old 06-02-2020, 01:20 PM   #7
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[quote=tomandrobin;1644227]I did read that muster drills will be changing. They might do it virtually or part of your check-in process at the port.

I wondered if they would do them in 'shifts'. Which would make the whole thing longer for sure, but reduced the crowd situation.

I could also see them doing a sort of check in period where you have to go to your station and have your card scanned, so they know you know where your station actually is. But then have the announcement type stuff done in another way.

To me, at least for Disney, the current drill is 99% about you knowing where your station is and how to get there. Then 1% is showing you how to put a life jacket on.
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No issues with any of these protocols, in fact seems mostly positive if these are in place for the foreseeable future. If masks not required, even better...
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Old 06-02-2020, 07:51 PM   #9
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Temp checks during the cruise...my Irish hubby gets beet red and sweating hot just looking at the sun. We go into port and he will be burned when we get back on the ship. My question is what will they do when he scans in at 101 temp. Will they then do a COVID test or just auto quarantine us? Worried as we have Bahamas cruise in Oct. Hoping it cancels. We would cancel now but paid in full some non cancel able deal. And Carnival Sunshine is only cancelled through August at this point.
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