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Carnival’s Princess Cruises to shut down for two months due to coronavirus

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6D彩票网开户Two of the company’s ships became hotbeds for coronavirus spread

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Carnival Corporation has of the Princess Cruises line of ships after two of them became hotspots for the spread of the novel coronavirus. The 18 Princess Cruises ships will stop sailing for at least two months. The news comes just a few days after the US State Department warned citizens against traveling on cruise ships in order to mitigate the risk of spreading the virus.

Anyone currently on board a Princess Cruises trip that’s scheduled to end in the next five days will “continue to sail as expected through the end of the itinerary so that onward travel arrangements are not disrupted,” the company wrote on Thursday. Any trips currently underway that go beyond March 17th will “be ended at the most convenient location for guests, factoring in operational requirements,” the company said.

, while US airlines have made more modest adjustments.) Amtrak, meanwhile, has seen its and cancellations shoot up 300 percent.

6D彩票网开户Princess Cruises’ Diamond Princess ship was one of the first ships caught in the crosshairs of the novel coronavirus outbreak. After a number of passengers on board were believed to have caught the virus, the ship had trouble finding a friendly port and eventually set up outside of Yokohama, Japan. The local government essentially forced the company to keep all 2,700 passengers and 1,000 crew in quarantine on the ship.

6D彩票网开户This helped the virus spread, but so did a number of other apparent failings on the Princess Cruises and Carnival side of things. that the cruise line’s top doctor and his team missed an email from a passenger alerting them to the fact that they were infected with the novel coronavirus. Even when the company found out, the doctor and his team reportedly “played down the risk of infection, ignored best medical practice for evacuating passengers, and activated only low-level protocols for dealing with outbreaks.”

6D彩票网开户The US and other governments eventually had to , but not before at least 700 passengers became infected with the virus. Eight of those people have now died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

6D彩票网开户A similar drama recently played out aboard the Grand Princess, which wound up parked in the waters just outside of San Francisco as the US government decided how to deal with the boat’s sick passengers. Ultimately, many of them were let off at a commercial port in Oakland and sent into quarantine.

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6D彩票网开户“We definitely heard a lot of criticism for going on” a cruise, . “But we decided if we sanitize, it will be fine.”

Meanwhile, the Miami New Times6D彩票网开户 discovered that members of Norwegian Cruise Line’s Miami sales team were , even as the pandemic spreads.

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