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Sun Jul 26, 2020, 04:22 AM

Cruise ship with 1,200 guests sets sail for the first time since industry shutdown

https://www.nydailynews.com/coronavirus/ny-coronavirus-cruise-ship-sets-sail-first-time-industry-shutdown-20200725-4quj22ijjjcejfoxbldjdvfrvy-story.html

The (first) ship has sailed.

A German vessel operated by travel giant TUI Cruises, is testing the cruise industry waters as it becomes the first large cruise ship to resume operations, following months of shutdowns amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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According to German public broadcaster DW, the Mein Schiff 2 (My Ship 2), set sail late Friday night from the northern city of Hamburg.

“Today it finally starts again,” the company wrote in an Instagram post ahead of the departure. “Mein Schiff 2 is ready and so are we.”

The ship sailed toward Norway for a three-night scenic cruise in the North Sea. Without stopping at any other ports, it’s scheduled to return to Germany on Monday morning.

The German news agency DPA reported that the massive ship, which usually has a capacity of 2,900 travelers, is carrying 1,200 guests.

The company said that 1,740 people (or 60% of capacity) would be allowed to travel, but the quota wasn’t met.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Sun Jul 26, 2020, 04:39 AM

1. What could possibly go wrong?

At least they said the capacity quota wasn't met. Maybe it won't be a death sentence for all those people. I would love to go on a cruise, but not right now. Covid kind of makes me want to stick here at the house alone.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Sun Jul 26, 2020, 05:02 AM

2. looks like a floating hotel which I guess many of these cruise ships are

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Sun Jul 26, 2020, 05:51 AM

3. Usually a troubling combo of elderly people and swirling contagion

Legionnaires disease, noroviruses.... I realize it’s probably safe most of the time, but it sure seems risky to me.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Sun Jul 26, 2020, 06:01 AM

4. 10 crew test positive for COVID-19 on first Carnival Corp. ships scheduled to cruise

Tested positive.... but they’re on the ship?

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/tourism-cruises/article244474032.html

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Ten crew members on German-based ships slated to begin cruises in August have tested positive for COVID-19.

The AIDA-brand cruise ships are owned by Miami-based Carnival Corporation.

The crew members had recently flown to Germany from their home countries in Asia to begin working on the ships, local media reported. After testing negative in their home countries, they then tested negative again in Germany. Shortly after boarding the ships, docked in Rostock, Germany, they tested positive.

On Wednesday, the company flew 750 workers from the Philippines and Indonesia to Rostock to join the ships before the cruises begin, according to local media. Ten crew members on the AIDAmar and AIDAblu ships tested positive. The ill crew members are isolated in individual cabins and will be tested again, along with all other recently arrived crew members, Frizzell said.



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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Sun Jul 26, 2020, 08:44 AM

5. Makes you wonder

how much they had to pay the guests to take this cruise?

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Response to Chainfire (Reply #5)

Sun Jul 26, 2020, 10:05 AM

6. that plus the ratio of 750 to 1200 guests, they must be losing money on this cruise

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Response to Chainfire (Reply #5)

Sun Jul 26, 2020, 10:07 AM

7. Ha! "Free booze if u come on our cruise" A 3 day trip on the North Sea, no land stops, what fun

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Sun Jul 26, 2020, 10:30 AM

8. Mein Schiff 2?

More like Mein Schwanz.

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Sun Jul 26, 2020, 11:36 AM

9. Who in their right mind would board a cruise ship during a global pandemic?

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Response to Demovictory9 (Original post)

Sun Jul 26, 2020, 12:29 PM

11. Just keep Americans off the ship and things have a chance at working out.

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Response to HotTeaBag (Reply #11)

Sun Jul 26, 2020, 12:32 PM

12. We don't deserve nice things right now.

Our society is far from functioning. We need to get things on the right track and then we can talk about bringing back luxuries.

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