Believe what you will...other cruise lines somehow managed to get their crews off. CCL claims its "too expensive to arrange non-public transportation.." so the saga continues.

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Color me skeptical!

I stopped believing that the gov't has your best interests at heart around 1967...I stopped believing that the mahogany row types have your best interests at heart shortly thereafter...nothing has changed...except now they're even more devious...All I know is the crews are still there...

Interesting times.

Sure they've convened a Congressional committee to "investigate" the thing...when in doubt, form a committee. All I know is a whole bunch of crew, who had nothing to do with the decision making process, are pawns in somebody else's game. Sort of like the poor (and in this case I mean it literally) folks who work in the meat packing plants. They didn't sign on to be forced to go to work to get sick.

The ships themselves may be a little culpable, but the various ports and food handling systems outside the ships control are a greater risk (IMO).

I think one of the biggest changes we will all see is the traditional buffets. No more self serve. Staff serving, more staff, longer lines. Safer - maybe. Convenient - not so much any longer.

Time will tell.

Getting the cruise lines started isn't going to be easy. You're going to want anyone on that ship to be plague free. So guessing the lines may want a 14 day quarantine on all crew members prior to starting their contracts. How do you do that? They're coming from all over the world, then need to put in clean lodging with limited movements prior to boarding a "clean" ship. If you're in the military there's a way, but these are all free agents and keeping the crews healthy is key to saving the industry.

Agree - much of the self service will go away. Also will be interesting to see what happens with spa services.

Well, you won't get much of an argument from me about the buffet...watching the way some folks destroy the food isn't too pleasant any way....not a bad idea to have crew ladling stuff out....but it never occurred to me re the spa...good question!!

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