• Welcome to ScubaBoard


  1. Welcome to ScubaBoard, the world's largest scuba diving community. Registration is not required to read the forums, but we encourage you to join. Joining has its benefits and enables you to participate in the discussions.

    Benefits of registering include

    • Ability to post and comment on topics and discussions.
    • A Free photo gallery to share your dive photos with the world.
    • You can make this box go away

    Joining is quick and easy. Login or Register now by clicking on the button

Not a good sign for cruise ship industry return before vaccine

Discussion in 'Cozumel' started by cozcharlie, Nov 13, 2020.

  1. cozcharlie

    cozcharlie Barracuda

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Cozumel, MX and Houston TX area
    343
    526
    93
    Very small (53 passengers + 66 crew) cruise ship tried to do a test run from Barbados that included pre-boarding testing and on ship testing. Had to abort mid-cruise and return to Barbados due to virus outbreak.

    Cozumel will probably have to limp along until vaccines widely available (hopefully 90% efficacy holds up, or at least doesn't go to 50%). As I have said many times before--I don't like most cruise ships, but island economy desperately needs the return of at least some of the ships. People are limping along they best they can with giant hole in economy.


    [https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/caribbean-cruise-seadream-1-covid/index.html]
     
    NAM001 likes this.
  2. greeniguana

    greeniguana ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    412
    439
    63
    Mexico will take any ship that is willing to dock there. The big problem is literally everywhere else cruise ships go. Basically every stop EXCEPT Mexico requires onerous testing and other protocols for entry. The cruise industry is going to need to do a lot of work to figure out how they'll ever be allowed to stop in those places again.
     
  3. rick00001967

    rick00001967 Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: canada
    1,618
    577
    113
    this sounds odd to me. i can only assume that whatever protocols were put in place were faulty or not executed properly.

    my humble opinion.....if a passenger is required to submit a negative test result "X" number of days prior to boarding, if secondary screening is done while boarding, every crew member provided a negative test and has isolated on board well before any passengers are allowed on, and if social distancing, hand sanitizing, and mask wearing is practiced on board, then how do you get an "out break" ?
     
  4. tridacna

    tridacna ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: New Jersey
    7,052
    4,337
    0
    It just takes one unreliable test result...
     
  5. lowwall

    lowwall Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Chicago
    1,286
    1,227
    113
    Ports. The "bubble" pops as soon as the first passenger sets foot ashore.
     
  6. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    27,457
    18,258
    113
    :shocked:
     
  7. rick00001967

    rick00001967 Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: canada
    1,618
    577
    113
    silly me. i guess i just assumed people would follow proper protocols especially when on shore. but i suppose **** happens right ? or maybe people just don't follow them. thats the chance you take i guess.

    i wonder if any cruise lines considered offering on shore activities that would only be for those on board? to try and keep that " bubble" intact. not very practical though.
     
  8. tridacna

    tridacna ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: New Jersey
    7,052
    4,337
    0
    My reading indicates that no ports were visited. One person tested positive - spread quickly to seven causing the ship to turn back to Barbados. Two negative tests per passenger were required to disembark.
     
    shoredivr likes this.
  9. greeniguana

    greeniguana ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    412
    439
    63
    Carnival has plans to take their passengers to separate isolated beach areas for shore excursions to prevent them from roaming around where they stop. Sounds fantastic.
     
    Hoyden, rick00001967 and tridacna like this.
  10. lowwall

    lowwall Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Chicago
    1,286
    1,227
    113
    They left on Nov. 7. The itinerary was stops the next 5 days at ports in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, then one day at Grenada, then back to Barbados. The first diagnosis was Wednesday, at the 4th port of call.

    Interesting. I found this from a travel writer who is on board: The first cruise ship to resume sailing in the Caribbean is having a COVID scare

    In addition to Union Island [where they were when the first positive test was returned], SeaDream 1 has visited St. Vincent and the Grenadine islands of Canouan and Tobago Cays during this voyage. But passengers on the vessel have not come in contact with locals on the islands. In order to maintain a COVID-free bubble on board, off-vessel activities have focused exclusively on landings at empty beaches for swimming and sunning, and catamaran trips from the ship for snorkeling.

    Passengers have not visited any island towns.

    If you read this his first article - I just boarded the first cruise ship to sail in the Caribbean since March. This is what the process was like - which covers the extensive safety precautions taken prior to embarkation, it's hard to avoid the conclusion that cruising will be essentially impossible to perform safely until general vaccination had been achieved.
     
    wheeledgoat, Esprise Me and tridacna like this.

Share This Page