‘Not the cruise I signed up for’: 30-fold increase in Covid cases upends industry (The Guardian)

The Guardian: ‘Not the cruise I signed up for’: 30-fold increase in Covid cases upends industry. “Over the holidays, passengers found themselves floating around on ships that couldn’t dock because foreign ports were turning them away or facing long, onboard quarantines before being allowed to come home, after testing positive for Covid. Dozens of cruises have been cancelled and some ports in the Caribbean and South America are turning ships away from making daily visits.”

CNN: Cruises are once again facing disruption because of Covid-19

CNN: Cruises are once again facing disruption because of Covid-19. “At least four ocean cruise ships were turned away from ports of call or were prohibited from letting passengers disembark in the Americas this week because of Covid-19 cases aboard. Though other cruises have had cases since US-based ships resumed service this summer with vaccine requirements and other measures meant to minimize outbreaks, the rate of cruises forced to alter their itineraries appears to have ticked up.”

Miami Herald: Second Royal Caribbean ship has COVID-19 outbreak and is denied entry to Curacao and Aruba

Miami Herald: Second Royal Caribbean ship has COVID-19 outbreak and is denied entry to Curacao and Aruba. “In a second coronavirus outbreak in less than a week, 55 fully vaccinated crew members and passengers on Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of the Seas ship that set sail Saturday from Fort Lauderdale have contracted the pandemic disease, the cruise line confirmed late Wednesday.”

Washington Post: Carnival Cruise to require vaccination proof for all passengers 12 and over

Washington Post: Carnival Cruise to require vaccination proof for all passengers 12 and over. “Carnival Cruise Line is tightening its vaccine mandate beginning this week, announcing that vaccination will be required for all passengers except children under 12 and adults with medical conditions that prohibit inoculation. The move came Sunday, three days after the Bahamas issued an emergency order barring cruise ships from entering the country’s ports beginning Sept. 3 unless all passengers over 12 have gotten the shots. An exception is made for those with medical issues that preclude inoculation.”

Washington Post: 27 people test positive for coronavirus on Carnival cruise ship

Washington Post: 27 people test positive for coronavirus on Carnival cruise ship. “A Carnival Cruise Line ship that left from Galveston, Tex., has 27 coronavirus-positive people on board, according to the Belize Tourism Board. The outbreak is among the highest number of publicly reported cases on a ship sailing from the United States since cruises restarted this summer. According to the statement from Belize tourism officials, 26 of the infected people are crew members and one is a guest. All are vaccinated, and most have either mild or no symptoms.”

BBC: Can onboard rollercoasters save the cruise industry?

BBC: Can onboard rollercoasters save the cruise industry?. “It has the world’s first rollercoaster at sea, a micro-brewery, restaurants from celebrity chefs and sports figures, and, in a sign of the times, a massive medical facility. The Mardi Gras – Carnival’s newest and most extravagant ship – also features a water park, a suspended rope course and an atrium built into the side of the ship with moveable panels that open to ocean views.”

Business Insider: The first cruise line to resume Caribbean trips just canceled all 2020 cruises after an outbreak infected 7 passengers

Business Insider: The first cruise line to resume Caribbean trips just canceled all 2020 cruises after an outbreak infected 7 passengers. “SeaDream Yacht Club has canceled its remaining 2020 cruises following a COVID-19 outbreak on one of its ships, the company announced Tuesday. The cruise line was the first to resume Caribbean trips when its SeaDream I set sail from Barbados on November 7. It had planned 22 such voyages, but a coronavirus outbreak onboard the very first ship forced the ship to turn around and led the company to suspend sailings for the rest of the year.”

Cruise Industry News: Royal Caribbean Opens Website for Cruise Volunteers

Cruise Industry News: Royal Caribbean Opens Website for Cruise Volunteers. “Trial cruises are expected to be short and sail to the company’s private island at CocoCay, where Royal Caribbean can create a so-called bubble environment, controlling the entire experience. Trial sailings are said to be monitored by company officials, a third-party class society as well as the CDC. The test sailings could happen as soon as December or January.”