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.”

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.”

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

Update: One of the first ships to resume cruising is having a COVID outbreak (The Points Guy)

The Points Guy: Update: One of the first ships to resume cruising is having a COVID outbreak. “On second thought, maybe it was too soon. One of the first cruise ships in the world to resume sailing since the coronavirus-caused worldwide halt to cruising in March is experiencing a significant outbreak of the illness that already has sent several people to the hospital.”

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.”

BNN Bloomberg: Domestic Cruises Unlikely to Resume This Year, Analysts Say

BNN Bloomberg: Domestic Cruises Unlikely to Resume This Year, Analysts Say. “Cruising in ‘any meaningful way’ in North America for the major brands will not resume until at least the second quarter of next year, SunTrust analyst C. Patrick Scholes wrote in a note, citing industry sources. This would be a ‘material setback’ from the expected October starting dates that his contacts were telling him just two months ago, he said.”

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.'”

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.”

Coronavirus: Anger grows for stranded crew on forgotten cruises (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Anger grows for stranded crew on forgotten cruises. “When Caio Saldanha and his fiancée Jessica Furlan arrived in the US in early March, they were looking forward to a new life working on board a lavish cruise ship. Working on Royal Caribbean’s Celebrity Infinity was supposed to be a fresh start, the next chapter in their lives together. On 13 March, the date of the cruise’s departure, the ship became their home. Little did they know then, it would prove to be their prison.”

Washington Post: The pandemic at sea

Washington Post: The pandemic at sea. “A Post review of cruise line statements, government announcements and media reports found that the coronavirus infected passengers and crew on at least 55 ships that sailed in the waters off nearly every continent, about a fifth of the total global fleet. The industry’s decision to keep sailing for weeks after the coronavirus was first detected in early February on a cruise ship off the coast of Japan, despite the efforts by top U.S. health officials to curtail voyages, was among a number of decisions that health experts and passengers say contributed to the mounting toll.”

New York Times: A Beloved Bar Owner Was Skeptical About the Virus. Then He Took a Cruise.

New York Times: A Beloved Bar Owner Was Skeptical About the Virus. Then He Took a Cruise.. “Decades before he would embark on a cruise to the Mediterranean, confident that the coronavirus would have little to do with him, Joe Joyce was known to the world as a social creature, the kind who would do well on a boat full of strangers.”

New York Times: Cruise Line Bars Woman Who Climbed on Balcony Railing for Selfie

New York Times: Cruise Line Bars Woman Who Climbed on Balcony Railing for Selfie. “A photograph taken this week on a Caribbean cruise ship quickly gained widespread attention but it wasn’t of a pink-sand beach, a zip-lining adventure or an onboard skydiving simulator. It was of a woman standing on a balcony railing of her stateroom on one of the world’s largest cruise ships — posing for a selfie.”

Travel Weekly: Tripadvisor (TA) Will Incorporate Cruise Travel Experiences Into Its Reviews Database, Allowing Travellers Around The World To Compare Maritime Trips.

Travel Weekly: Tripadvisor (TA) Will Incorporate Cruise Travel Experiences Into Its Reviews Database, Allowing Travellers Around The World To Compare Maritime Trips.. “Currently only available in the United States and United Kingdom, TripAdvisor Cruises will give travellers the TripAdvisor treatment: the ability to review and post photographs of cruise trips, by expanding maritime getaways to an audience of up to half a billion monthly users. The database will expand to other markets in the coming months, TripAdvisor said in a release, with additional cruise lines, cruise ships, cruise ship deck plans, features and content to be on offer.”