Test Cruises

Does anyone know? Does each ship or just the cruise lines have to perform the test cruises?

Tags: Royal Caribbean

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Interesting question. Scanned thru the CDC's epic, and nowhere does it say each and every ship has to go thru this "process". So I would ASSUME (heheheh) that each cruise line has to demonstrate compliance. Either way, how would the CDC actually KNOW what those so-called "floating petri dishes" are actually doing....UNLESS....they have a representative onboard...badged or incognito....observing procedures......and if this person sees something that he/she considers a violation, what then...tell the Captain?...report it to the CDC (but of course), and if its repetitive, and/or egregious enough, how much authority does this person have? tell the ship to "return to port"?...quarantine it? what? you know that eventually every "monitor" has to justify their job by a demonstration of oversight power...

Longtime readers of this site may remember the infamous GREEN SHEET REPORT...where virtually every cruise ship that docks in the USA is periodically inspected for health violations....I still have it...completely out of date obviously, but...it WAS interesting....folks who swore how much they loved one ship or another may have been somewhat shocked by what the inspectors found..it happened to me...

The Federal gov't, with almost unlimited power and resources can do...well...anything it wants. Brave new world ain't it?

Yep...they can do ANYTHING!!!!..... hehehehehehehehehehehe....Now I wonder what the Canadian response to the CDC "belt-loosening" will be...if any...

Originally it was each ship. But with newest set of "guidelines" it may change. Watching and waiting.Surprised

Per the new CDC conditions, test cruises will not be required for lines with sailing with 98% of crew and 95% passengers vaccinated.

It is as cruisellama said, at least as of a few hours ago. BUT, this did not come from high authority, but the lesser head of the Maritime Unit (which should have been the driver all along I am thinking), Aimee Treffiletti.

I am wondering what will happen with all those powerful folks who claimed they were blocking a start to protect there families?

One problem is that yes there are the new requirements of 98% staff and 95% passenger vaccination but how is this going to fly in the state of Fla where the state prohibits the requesting of proof of vaccination?

They (the State) can always carve out an exemption, citing some or another excuse. Or they could easily just state "hey, that's a Federal mandate.... go talk to them".

That means if you have 3,000 passengers, only 150 can board w/o a vaccination. So at this moment that means barely anyone under the age of 16 will be able to go. It's going to be choice between the kids, and the adults who can't get vaccinated for medical reasons. It will probably be first come first serve, but imagine if your schedule only allows you to sail a certain date on a certain ship with your wife and 2 children, but the cruise line only has [1] opening left for an un-vaccinated passenger.

I guess in that situation the kids will just have to flip a coin.

Yeh well............nice to "assume" the creators of this latest thought of that....on the other hand, there's always "the law of unintended consequences"....and it has my vote....and while we're at it....here we go again with PROVING you got jabbed!....what d'you do with those thousands of online bookings already made?....(assuming they change the booking process to include questions re vaccinations)...don't tell me they expect 2,350,727 cruisers (nice # eh?) to start retro uploading shot cards....so you show up at the terminal with no proof? and?? that ranks s/a shot cards right up there with passports doesn't it?? except they're NOT, not hardly... it goes on and on and on...either way...I trust the new "bus driver"....WHY???? Because somebody in the White House who outranks the head of the CDC told said CDC head honcho thanks but no thanks...we want to be heroes and announce we beat COVID... so STFU!!...and while you're sitting around with nothing to do, here's a mop to try to sop up all that paint on the floor...y'know the paint you used to paint yourself into a corner...

BUT....upon reflection....why look a surprise gift horse in the....whatever......

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