Bloomberg: The Carnival Cruise Ship That Spread Coronavirus Around the World

Bloomberg: The Carnival Cruise Ship That Spread Coronavirus Around the World. “Although multiple cruise ships recorded large numbers of Covid-19 cases in the early stages of the pandemic, the Ruby was unique, and not simply because 28 people died of the illness, the most of any voyage. Two other notorious Carnival ships—the Diamond Princess, which was sealed off for weeks on a Japanese pier, and the Zaandam, which sailed up the entire west coast of South America looking for a country that would allow it to dock—were vessels that guests couldn’t leave. The Ruby was the opposite, the incubator of a devastating outbreak discovered only after passengers were on dry land.”

Washington Post: Cruise lines are already canceling sailings into 2021

Washington Post: Cruise lines are already canceling sailings into 2021. “Princess Cruises announced Tuesday that it’s canceling sailings in early 2021 ‘due to limitations with border and port access.’ The company also cited the “uncertainty of airline travel” as a reason for the cancellations, which will impact 29 sailings on two ships.”

The Guardian: Two cruise ships hit by coronavirus weeks after industry restarts

The Guardian: Two cruise ships hit by coronavirus weeks after industry restarts. “Covid-19 has been detected on at least two cruise ships – one in the Arctic and one in the Pacific – just weeks after cruising holidays restarted. At least 40 passengers and crew from the MS Roald Amundsen have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, and authorities are trying to contact trace hundreds of passengers from two recent Arctic voyages the ship took.”

Ruby Princess: Australian officials failed to carry out health checks (BBC)

BBC: Ruby Princess: Australian officials failed to carry out health checks. “Australian officials have admitted they failed to carry out mandatory health checks on board a cruise ship that became the source of one of the country’s largest coronavirus clusters. Andrew Metcalfe, the secretary for the Department of Agriculture, told the Senate Covid-19 committee on Tuesday that protocols had not been followed.”

MSC Grandiosa: First Mediterranean cruise launches after five-month pause (BBC)

BBC: MSC Grandiosa: First Mediterranean cruise launches after five-month pause. “The first major cruise ship to set sail in the Mediterranean in almost five months has disembarked from the Italian city of Genoa. The MSC Grandiosa will stop at three Italian ports and the Maltese capital Valletta in a seven-day voyage. Operator MSC Cruises, say all passengers and crew have been tested for coronavirus

New York Times: Aboard the Diamond Princess, a Case Study in Aerosol Transmission

New York Times: Aboard the Diamond Princess, a Case Study in Aerosol Transmission. “In a year of endless viral outbreaks, the details of the Diamond Princess tragedy seem like ancient history. On Jan. 20, one infected passenger boarded the cruise ship; a month later, more than 700 of the 3,711 passengers and crew members had tested positive, with many falling seriously ill. The invader moved as swiftly and invisibly as the perpetrators on Agatha Christie’s Orient Express, leaving doctors and health officials with only fragmentary evidence to sift through. Ever since, scientists have tried to pin down exactly how the coronavirus spread throughout the ship.”

New York Times: The Post-Coronavirus Cruise? Not Ready to Sail

New York Times: The Post-Coronavirus Cruise? Not Ready to Sail. “W. Bradford Gary spent 10 days trapped inside a cruise ship cabin off the coast of Brazil in March while health authorities in several countries scrambled to figure out what to do with a vessel full of older people who had potentially been exposed to the coronavirus. But when faced with the question of whether he’d ever cruise again, he doesn’t hesitate. ‘We are very anxious to get back on board,’ he said, and he believes he’s not alone: ‘There are people like us who want to do this.'”

Report: 40,000 Cruise Ship Workers Still Trapped at Sea (NBC Los Angeles)

NBC Los Angeles: Report: 40,000 Cruise Ship Workers Still Trapped at Sea. “More than 40,000 cruise ship workers are still stuck at sea because of concerns about the coronavirus. The Miami Herald reports that at least 42,000 workers remain trapped on cruise ships without paychecks, and some still are suffering from COVID-19, three months after the industry shut down.”

Cruise Industry News: Top Cruise Photos from Oceanliner Pictures

New-to-me, from Cruise Industry News: Top Cruise Photos from Oceanliner Pictures. “With the global cruise fleet in a temporary and extended service pause, take a look at these top cruise photos from expert photographer Oceanliner Pictures (by Oliver Asmussen), which is the largest cruise ship photo archive for photos of cruise ships, interior photos and maritime travel, currently with over 780,000 photos.”