As of this weekend, 100% of cruise ships tracked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are sailing with cruise passengers and/or crew members who have tested positive for COVID-19. The Cruise Ship COVID-19 Dashboard maintained by the CDC shows that of the ninety-six (96) cruise ships tracked by the CDC, six (6) cruise ships have COVID-19 cases that are below the CDC investigation threshold and eighty-eight (88) cruise ships with cases that met the CDC investigation threshold.
The CDC’s dashboard shows no cruise ships without COVID-19 or COVID-19-like cases. To repeat, there are absolutely no cruise ships designated as “green” by the CDC.
The COVID-19 investigation threshold for cruise ships sailing with passengers is 0.3% or more of the total number of passengers and/or crew.
As the popular Cruzely website reports, more than half (nearly 60 ships) were green by mid-March.
— James (Jim) Walker (@CruiseLaw) June 27, 2022
It’s no coincidence that we’ve heard from dozens of passengers and crew who have reported experiencing outbreaks of COVID-19 on their recent cruises, involving Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, MSC, Virgin Voyages and Princess Cruises.
jewel of the seas
At the beginning of last week, the jewel of the seas, which is currently sailing on a 12-day cruise through Norway from June 20 to July 2, 2022, thirty-six (36) of the 1,438 passengers have tested positive. Additionally, twenty-four (24) of the approximately 780 crew members have tested positive.
A week earlier, forty-six (46) guests out of the 1,750 passengers had tested positive for COVID-19.
Earlier, the ship’s officers expressed concern over the growing trend of positive COVID-19 cases on the ship and reminded the crew that they were required to wear masks on the ship. The situation on board jewel of the seas illustrates a common situation on many cruise ships with crew being ordered to continue wearing masks despite the company not requiring masks for guests.
At the end of last month, a number of senior officers from the jewel of the seas have tested positive for COVID-19, including the captain as well as the ship’s staff captain and chief security officer.
As with other posts regarding this particular cruise ship, a Royal Caribbean crew member who wishes to remain anonymous provided this information to the company.
princess of the islands
From an infected guest on the princess of the islands: “On June 13, 2022, between 200 and 250 passengers who tested positive for COVID-19 were disembarked from the princess of the islands in Southampton. We had to be quarantined for five (5) days in a hotel at Heathrow airport. We were provided with a meal allowance and no other assistance. This was on back-to-back cruises, including an 18-day Ft. Lauderdale to the Southampton cruise (departs May 27, 2022) and a 16-day return cruise between Southampton and Norway (departs June 13, 2022).
A guest from MSC Seashore who sailed on the June 18-25, 2022 cruise and tested positive for COVID-19, said “half of the cabins” on Deck 10 had guests with COVID-19 (left).
According to a crew member who wishes to remain anonymous: “The Celebrity Beyond crew have a high number of Covid cases on board at the moment. Over 3% of the 1200 crew members. People are being told to work extra shifts and extra work to pick up for the crew who are isolated. The cases are still increasing every day.
The company has closed all crew spaces, so there is nowhere for the crew to go. Free shore leave has been removed leaving only 150 crew members at a time until the number continues to increase if they do all shore leave will be stopped.
Guests from previous cruises also had high numbers of cases. . .
The company has set a 15-minute window for eating meals (pictured right).
Celebrity does not disclose case numbers to guests or crew at any time. We all must have known about it by word of mouth.
At least 120 guests are believed to have been infected by Virgin Voyages valiant lady, according to a passenger who organized a group to travel on the cruise ship earlier this month and tested positive just after the cruise.
All cruise lines are affected by the surge of COVID-19 in the cruise industry
We have received more than a dozen messages from passengers and some crew members regarding outbreaks of COVID-19 on cruise ships, including s. Unfortunately, there is no central database and neither the cruise lines nor the CDC release this basic information.
Cruise lines are all trying to remove restrictions in order to increase occupancy on their ships and create revenue as the reality is that COVID-19 is sweeping their ships.
CDC should disclose number of guests and crew members infected with COVID-19
As we highlighted earlier this month, cruise passengers who are deciding whether it is safe or prudent to cruise with their family on a particular cruise ship that has just had an outbreak, should be able to go to from an official source for accurate information. They shouldn’t have to scour the Internet or search cruise ship message boards to try to find basic public health information already reported by a cruise line to a federal health agency but not disclosed to the public.
The American public pays for CDC services and deserves transparency. The last thing the public needs is for the CDC to act like a non-transparent cruise line (paying no U.S. income tax due to its foreign incorporation and registration of its ships outside the United States) and keeps these public health risks secret.
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