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Re: Coronavirus : passengers locked down on cruise ships
« Reply #60 on: Mar 12, 2020, 08:49 PM »
And I don't want to say I told you so (ages ago) but...

https://twitter.com/NPR/status/1238192551972278276
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Re: Coronavirus : passengers locked down on cruise ships
« Reply #61 on: Mar 13, 2020, 10:02 AM »
From a business point of view this is a disaster - not only for the cruise industry itself but also the sub industries that rely on it.

Whilst it is of paramount importance to focus on Covid-19 there have to be measures put in place to support industries / businesses during and also in the immediate aftermath.

I take no pleasure whatsoever in reading about these decisions - this pandemic is going to affect the global economy for years to come. Even if you dont contract the virus it'll affect you in some way.

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Re: Coronavirus : passengers locked down on cruise ships
« Reply #62 on: Mar 13, 2020, 06:45 PM »
I take no pleasure either, however I'm frustrated that it was clear that this was going to happen, but nobody else seemed to acknowledge it.  Thousands of people in close contact just now isn't a great idea, let alone moving them all from country to country.

Cunard must be hugely affected.  They have lots of older passengers, who are being advised not to go on cruise ships (or anywhere else now).  I'm amazed they've managed to keep sailing this long.

The cruise industry provides employment and enjoyment, but also has a huge number of problems now due to constant growth over the past couple of decades (thousands of extremely large polluting ships).

The majority of businesses will be affected, lots of them very seriously. Lots of us are going to have to lose our jobs, or take unpaid leave, hopefully temporarily...
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Re: Coronavirus : passengers locked down on cruise ships
« Reply #63 on: Mar 14, 2020, 12:10 AM »
We are getting ready to disembark QM2 after a fabulous 25 night cruise around Australia.

With the developing Coronavirus situation the Captain announced this morning that no new passengers will be embarking on the ship this morning and that there will be no crew changes, including himself.  He also announced that the ship would not call at reunion isles and there may be further itinerary changes depending on how the virus situation develops.

These changes have been done for the safety of crew and passengers. I have to say that while onboard ship I have felt it is a safe environment and not felt at risk, but now going off ship and with homeward ahead just need to take what precautions I can take.
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Re: Coronavirus : passengers locked down on cruise ships
« Reply #64 on: Mar 14, 2020, 01:19 AM »
All the best, Lynda, for a safe homeward journey ! June  :)
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Re: Coronavirus : passengers locked down on cruise ships
« Reply #65 on: Mar 14, 2020, 01:28 AM »
More cruise lines are suspending operations, at least into and out of US ports for 30 days - MSC, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Disney, Aida, and Norwegian.
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Re: Coronavirus : passengers locked down on cruise ships
« Reply #66 on: Mar 14, 2020, 08:58 AM »
Cunard has now ceased North American departures for a month

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/cunard-announces-month-long-pause-015400846.html
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Re: Coronavirus : passengers locked down on cruise ships
« Reply #67 on: Mar 14, 2020, 10:01 AM »
Probably not the best time to have a hotel based in an old ocean liner also...

Next few weeks will be crazy, bigger question now is whether things go back to where they were...or change permanently?

Personally I feel some things, like the cruise industry, may never be quite the same again...

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Re: Coronavirus : passengers locked down on cruise ships
« Reply #68 on: Mar 14, 2020, 12:33 PM »
It certainly makes the investment in a mega ship look a doubtful one, in the medium term at least.

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« Reply #69 on: Mar 14, 2020, 01:42 PM »
And, ALL cruise ships are banned from New Zealand ports until June 30th (at this time), so that's the end of the NZ cruise season for this year. The effects on tourism-based industries & small businesses here will be huge!

ALL people (except for aircrew) flying into NZ after midnight today (Sunday 15th March) will now have to go into 14 days of monitored self-isolation.

Who would want to come down here for a holiday, and spend the first 14 days isolated in a hotel room?
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Re: Coronavirus : passengers locked down on cruise ships
« Reply #70 on: Mar 14, 2020, 09:10 PM »
With all this panic buying going on I wonder if disembarking pax are nicking the toilet paper... ;D

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Re: Coronavirus : passengers locked down on cruise ships
« Reply #71 on: Mar 15, 2020, 11:57 AM »
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« Reply #72 on: Mar 15, 2020, 12:14 PM »
Need to wait for Cunard to confirm this latest information. It appears the ship is still in Fremantle and yesterday the Captain announced the changes to itinerary and if World Cruise passengers wanted to disembark arrangement would be made.

There are a couple of inaccuracies in the Independent’s report so we should wait for Cunard’s PR release, but it is is  a possibility.

The world has gone crazy!
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Re: Coronavirus : passengers locked down on cruise ships
« Reply #73 on: Mar 15, 2020, 04:45 PM »
From the Financial Times

Will cruise ships survive and what will be left of them?

It is no surprise that virus-hit Carnival is the FTSE’s worst performer this year

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Re: Coronavirus : passengers locked down on cruise ships
« Reply #74 on: Mar 15, 2020, 06:57 PM »
Need to wait for Cunard to confirm this latest information. It appears the ship is still in Fremantle and yesterday the Captain announced the changes to itinerary and if World Cruise passengers wanted to disembark arrangement would be made.

There are a couple of inaccuracies in the Independent’s report so we should wait for Cunard’s PR release, but it is is  a possibility.

The world has gone crazy!

Information is here - https://www.cunard.com/en-gb/contact-us/travel-health-advisories
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Re: Coronavirus : passengers locked down on cruise ships
« Reply #75 on: Mar 16, 2020, 07:15 AM »
Yes, sadly QM2's World Cruise has been terminated at Fremantle.
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Re: Coronavirus : passengers locked down on cruise ships
« Reply #76 on: Mar 16, 2020, 10:01 AM »
As planned waiting at hotel in Perth for transfer to airport and seeing some QM2 passengers. One gentleman from NY said arrangements made to stay at the hotel for four days full board with drinks included. The people we met on Saturday, who had not been allowed to board at Fremantle were also getting four days full board, 100% refund or 150% towards a future cruise.

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« Reply #77 on: Mar 16, 2020, 10:50 AM »
As planned waiting at hotel in Perth for transfer to airport and seeing some QM2 passengers. One gentleman from NY said arrangements made to stay at the hotel for four days full board with drinks included. The people we met on Saturday, who had not been allowed to board at Fremantle were also getting four days full board, 100% refund or 150% towards a future cruise.

Well, you really made history, Lynda! You must be glad that you took this final opportunity to take a QM2 cruise before the world of cruising (and many other worlds) changed, probably for a long long time...

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Re: Coronavirus : passengers locked down on cruise ships
« Reply #79 on: Mar 16, 2020, 12:03 PM »
Well, you really made history, Lynda! You must be glad that you took this final opportunity to take a QM2 cruise before the world of cruising (and many other worlds) changed, probably for a long long time...

It has been an amazing cruise and I am glad we got the opportunity to do it, sad situation with the virus. I was speaking to some of the world cruisers who came off the ship this afternoon. They are accepting the situation and I suspect they will get good compensation.
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