Cruise Bruise News Wednesday Wow – February 26 2020

Cruise Bruise News Wednesday Wow – February 26 2020
Cruise Bruise News Wednesday Wow – February 26 2020

Cruise Bruise News Wednesday Wow – February 26, 2020

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Issues New Warning (see video below)

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Wednesday there were six more cases of the coronavirus among citizens evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, taking the total number of confirmed cases among Americans to 59.

An outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has spread throughout China and to 31 other countries and territories, including the United States.

What is added by this report?

Fourteen cases have been diagnosed in the United States, in addition to 39 cases among repatriated persons from high-risk settings, for a current total of 53 cases within the United States. The U.S. government and public health partners are implementing aggressive measures to slow and contain transmission of COVID-19 in the United States.

Caribbean Cruise Ports Deny Cruise Ship Entry

MSC Cruises ship MSC Meraviglia was denied entry into Ochos Rios, Jamaica on Tuesday. MSC Meraviglia had 4,500 passengers and 1,600+ crew members on a 14-day cruise of the Caribbean. One crew member, reporting flu-like symptoms, had been placed in isolation. “The crew member had a cough, fever and associated muscle pains with a travel history to a country of interest relating to the COVID-19. read a statement from Jamaica’s Ministry of Health and Wellness.

The ship was also denied a scheduled entry on Wednesday in Grand Cayman. “In order to provide protection to the health and safety of the residents of the Cayman Islands, the Government denied permission for the cruise ship to call on Grand Cayman as previously scheduled.”, health minister Dwayne Seymour said in a statement.

Fourth Diamond Princess Passenger Dead 

As of Wednesday morning, there were at least 705 confirmed cases of coronavirus that stemmed from the Diamond Princess. The fourth fatality was also included on a map built by the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering that is tracking all confirmed cases, fatalities and recoveries.

Another Diamond Princess passenger who has tested positive for coronavirus is heading to Omaha for quarantine. UNMC/Nebraska Medicine said in a news release that arrival, who is again the spouse of one of the cruise ship passengers who arrived here for quarantine on February 17, landed Tuesday night at Eppley Airfield. Their arrival will follow similar processes as previous quarantined arrivals, landing away from the terminal in an isolated area of the tarmac, the release states.

Coronavirus cases are now in the following countries:  Afghanistan, Algeria, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, China, Croatia, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Macau, Malaysia, Nepal, Oman, Philippines, Russia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, The Republic of Korea, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam.

State Department Coronavirus Travel Warning

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is caused by a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the source of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China.  Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread is occurring.

U.S. citizens are urged to:

  • The Department of State’s Travel Advisory for China is currently a Level 4- Do Not Travel to China due to novel coronavirus.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • If you decide to travel to China discuss your travel with your healthcare provider.  Older adults and travelers with underlying health issues may be at risk for more severe disease.
  • Avoid animals (alive or dead), animal markets, and products that come from animals (such as uncooked meat).
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Follow local authority instructions.
  • Closely monitor Travel.state.gov and CDC.gov for important information.

U.S. citizens should reconsider travel by cruise ship to or within Asia. U.S. citizens planning travel by cruise ship elsewhere should be aware that, due to the current public health situation, many countries have implemented strict screening procedures in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. This is a dynamic situation and U.S. citizens traveling by ship may be impacted by travel restrictions affecting their itineraries or ability to disembark or may be subject to quarantine procedures implemented by the local authorities. While the U.S. government has successfully evacuated hundreds of our citizens in the previous weeks, repatriation flights should not be relied upon as an option for U.S. citizens under the potential risk of quarantine by local authorities. U.S. citizens should evaluate the risks associated with choosing to remain in an area that may be subject to quarantine and take the appropriate proactive measures.

Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady All Adult Cruises

Virgin Voyages will launch in April the 2,770-passenger Scarlet Lady, which will operate four- and five-night Caribbean cruises out of Miami.  All tips are included in the fare, and so are on-board Wi-Fi and all dining options. All adults, the minimum sailing age is 18. Shipboard dining will keep passengers spread out among 20 dining venues, ranging from steak and seafood to a vegetarian option, along with Korean BBQ, upscale Mexican, Mediterranean and Italian, along with an ice cream shop and a pizzeria.

The cruises will replace the traditional Broadway shows with an eclectic variety of new entertainment productions and will offer a big indoor/outdoor gym, lots of yoga classes on deck, and what we think is the first-ever tattoo parlor on a cruise ship.

Carnival Cruise Line Cruises From Norfolk Virginia

On February 20, Carnival Cruise Line announced Carnival Magic will be sailing out of Norfolk, Virginia for several months in 2021. The 3,690-passenger ship will operate a series of 12 voyages to Bermuda, the Bahamas and the Caribbean.  Carnival Sunrise and Carnival Radiance will end the 2020 cruises from Norfolk.

“Norfolk has been a valued partner for nearly 20 years, and we’re delighted to expand upon this relationship with this five-year contract that will bring exciting new choices from the Half Moone Cruise Center. Our cruises from Norfolk have been very well received by our guests, and this new agreement speaks volumes about our confidence in growing this market.”, Carnival president Christine Duffy said in a statement.

Grandfather Takes Deal After Cruise Ship Overboard Death

Salvatore Anello, the grandfather of Chloe Wiegand, now says that he is going to plead guilty in her death.  The toddler was dropped out of cruise ship Freedom of the Seas window just before the cruise ship was about to embark from San Juan, Puerto Rico for a Caribbean cruise.

Case History:  On Sunday, July 7, 2019, about 4:30 p.m, South Bend Indiana Police officer Alan Wiegand and his wife Kimberly were departing San Juan, Puerto Rico aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Line ship Freedom of the Seas, when their 1-and-a-half-year-old toddler daughter Chloe Rae Margaret, fell, plunging 150 feet to her death.

“I took a plea deal today to try to help end part of this nightmare for my family, if possible,” Salvatore Anello said in a statement after a family attorney announced the grandfather’s intention to change his plea. Anello filed paperwork to change his plea in return for an agreement that included no jail time.

Two Women Dead After Vehicle Dives Off Florida Ferry

On Tuesday, February 18, 2020, Emma M Afra, 63, from Miami, Florida, was aboard the Fisher Island Pelican, when her vehicle went overboard.  The ferry had just departed from the island on a route from Fisher Island to and Miami Beach, about two miles apart.  The ferry ride lasts between 8 and 12 minutes. Suddenly, the 2019 blue Mercedes Benz Afra was driving, went off the ferry into a channel, more than 50 feet deep. Also in the vehicle was Viviane Brahms, 75.

Witnesses told Miami-Dade police: that the car accelerated suddenly through a lightweight barrier aboard the Pelican ferryboat and into Government Cut, just after the ferry departed from the island on Tuesday evening.

Court records appear to show Afra was arrested and charged with driving under the influence on March 22, 2018.

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