Miami-Dad “Cruise Restart” Zoom Turns Into Conference Cheerleading Session

Yesterday’s Zoom meeting for the Tourism and Ports Committee brought officials for major cruise lines with Miami-Dade commissioners. In agenda item number one, Rebecca Sosa, chairman of the Miami-Dade County Tourism and Ports Committee, discussed the “initial plan for the cruise line”.

Of course, the problem is that none of the Miami-based cruise lines in attendance have presented any proposed updated health and safety plans for the CDC at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

During the meeting, Commissioner Sosa told the federal agency to “… listen to the plans, correct the plans …”, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCL) CEO Frank Del Rio (above, second from left, ) Was rebuked and reprimanded by the CDC. Joe was the most vocal critic of the CDC at the virtual meeting, promising that NCL would submit its health protocol proposal to the CDC “within the next 10 days” in collaboration with the Royal Caribbean Group.

Commissioner Sosa noted that the cruise lines “were working on” were somehow “the safest, most comprehensive plan in the plethora of possibilities”. It did not address the fact that cruise lines have six months to develop long-awaited plans. Ms. Sosa praised the cruise lines and stated that NCL and Royal Caribbean hired several experts to develop joint health protocols. He clearly did not feel that the “healthy cell panel”, an expert on cruise lines, was the former head of the FDA, Dr. There’s Scott Gottlieb, who said at the beginning of March, before he was paid by the cruise lines, “I don” no one should take a cruise right now … it’s a very sticky pathogen. ” The doctor explained last March 9, that once it reaches inside a closed place like a cruise ship, it spreads widely. He gave Diamond princess As an example of the widespread proliferation of the cruise ship COVID-19, where more than 700 people were infected and more than a dozen people died. Dr. “Packing a lot of people on a cruise ship is a terrible risk,” Gottlieb said.

Commissioner Sosa also falsely claimed that the cruise lines were “safely sailing in Europe with all regulations for the past one month without problems.”

The truth is that COVID-19 has started cruise ship operations in Europe ever since they resumed. Last month, 29 passengers and 42 employees were confirmed positive with Hurtigruten’s COVID-19 Ms Ronald Amundsen. A guest and his wife boarded another Hurtigruten cruise ship Ms fridtjof nansen, Also contracted virus. The cruise ship allowed the couple to return home where the husband died. Passengers and crew members of Cedres Yacht Club Seadream I was released in August after testing positive for a passenger for COVID-19. In July and August, ten crew members employed by Carnival-owned AIDA Cruise tested positive for COVID-19. Five crew members working for TUI / Mein Schiff tested positive, requiring a cruise to be canceled Mine shift 1. You can read articles on these matters here. Nine Costa crew members on Costa favolosa And Costa deliziosa Tested positive.

MSC Cruise has experienced some success in Europe with its health protocols when pre-boarding testing revealed that five guests on board MSc Grandiosa Tested positive for the virus. He was denied boarding in Gangwar. But other cruise lines in Europe do not require COVID-19 tests, such as the Chrissierope River Cruise ship where at least seven passengers and crew members tested positive this week. According to the Portuguese newspaper Expresso, sixty-five other guests left the ship and returned to their homeland (France, Belgium and Switzerland). These travelers are required to test the virus. A week ago, Royal Caribbean had a DJ aboard Silver soul Tested positive for COVID-19 during a Red Sea cruise, which resulted in the cancellation of the cruise. More than 400 crew members are now awaiting the exam results.

All of these cruises were expected to “test the waters”, so to speak, before large US cruise lines were to resume cruises from US ports. All these companies postponed their health protocols and promised that their top priority was the health and safety of their passengers and crew members. But the reality is that the protocol, which varies from cruise line to cruise line, still allows more than 100 passengers and crew members on cruise ships in Europe to be infected with the virus (400 crew members with) Silver soul Waiting for their test result alone and required 65 guests to test from the cruise ship on the Croissirope River). With this Miami herald Reported today that “at least 7 ships reported diseases like COVID-19 or COVID to the CDC in August”.

CEO Del Rio dramatically claimed during the meeting that “the cruise industry is near catastrophe.” But in early May when there were reports that NCL might be forced to consider a Chapter 11 reorganization, Del Rio reduced the likelihood of bankruptcy and said the company would survive for an additional 18 months without income. Can. But during the meeting he insisted that “we have got to work, Commissioner.” Enough is enough, he said, claiming that “it would be safe to cruise from the US.”

Del Rio argued that although the CDC’s no-sale order has stopped Cruise from leaving US ports since March. I want someone to tell me how it is possible that COVID-19 does not happen on an airplane when you are sitting four inches away from someone. . . “This is an argument commonly made by cruise lines and many travel agents.

The CDC has already explained that the limited space and density of cruise ships and other unique features of cruise operations led to the expansion and spread of COVID-19 worldwide. The context of traveling by plane is particularly misleading: a flight from Miami to Atlanta, for example, is slightly less than two hours. A flight to New York is less than three hours. Unlike the one-week cruise, which lasts for about 168 hours, and potentially involves contact with many thousands of other guests and staff on the ship. And the journey by cruise ship is completely voluntary and amusing in nature regardless.

Cruise Industry News quoted CEO Del Rio as saying “what we are asking is that we have the opportunity to demonstrate this COVID-19 very seriously. Unfortunately, NCL in particular has shown little concern for the CDC guidelines in the last six months.

Like many other cruise lines, NCL has instructed its cruise ships fleet to leave US waters to avoid any obligation to comply with the CDC’s jurisdiction.

Del Rio announced during the Zoom meeting that “we’ve been quiet for a very long time,” but he has been the most vocal in the past, claiming that the “cruise ban should be stopped immediately” as early as May. Notably, Del Rio said months ago that “people are rushing to bars and restaurants because they reopen, they want to return to their normal lives, and cruising is a part of their normal lives.” Del Rio believes the CDC guidelines are disregarded for social discrimination and wear. Masks are a good thing rather than a big problem that needs to be discouraged.

Ironically, NCL allowed its crew members to crowd together without masks during several parties earlier this month. Norwegian Escape (Right up) And Norwegian epic (Left) at the port of Miami. In an article titled “Ridiculously overcrowded” Norwegian Escape Heading to Miami, we noted that many different NCL ship crews gathered after NCL Norwegian Escape Cruise Line scheduled a series of parties at the pool, which left for Miami. The decks of its many ships. It made no attempt to enforce social disturbances or wear masks.

Hundreds of NCL crew members and dozens of officers frequently roam and crowd openly on the pool deck of an NCL ship without a mask. (We also posted a video of the mob pool party in our article Norwegian epic – The latest NCL cruise ship to ignore the CDC’s social distinction rule). The NCL also ignored the requirements of the CDC that crew members be assigned separate cabins with balconies. NCL required its ship crews to double in windowless cabins. This was negligent and in clear violation of CDC guidelines.

During the virtual meeting, no one asked the cruise lines any questions about their health protocols or how the lines intended to avoid the problems going on in the European cruise market.

If not a hostile attitude towards the CDC since March, the cruise lines have consistently performed uncooperatively. The COVID-19 epidemic in America is neither a hoax nor an exaggeration as the most outspoken cruise CEO would have believed you. COVID-19 continues in the US short of a new and infected and effective vaccine at a daily rate of about 40,000 newly infected and over 1,000 dead, cruising during an epidemic is nothing short of reckless and irresponsible. The spectacle of a mistaken and powerless county commissioner may upset federal epidemiologists, public health experts and CDC scientists, who may please frustrated cruise fans and some travel agents, but it is a sign that, unfortunately, more disease. And the coming death.

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Image Credit: Cruise Executive – Seatrade Cruise News; Norwegian Epic and Norwegian Ecape crew – Anonymous crew member.