Cruise Lines Continue to Misrepresent Number of Positive COVID-19 Cases During Cruises Outside of the U.S.
In an effort to persuade the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that it is safe to continue sailing from US ports, cruise lines, travel writers, cruise bloggers and the industry’s trade agency have resorted to false devaluations. real number of positive COVID-19 cases that have occurred outside the US
Yesterday afternoon, the CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Frank Del Rio was interviewed on the popular stock market MAD MONEY hosted by Jim Cramer. He enthusiastically made the alleged NCL health and safety protocols that Del Rio claims, the NCL cruise ship the “safest place on earth. Del Rio has been involved in this hyperpole in the past Last May, before the NCL had a single health protocol, it publicly claimed that cruise ships were “safer than anywhere else in the world” and urged the CDC to “stop” everyone immediately. the constraints associated with COVID. Hundreds of thousands of US citizens have died since then. He suggested that cruise ships in Europe and Asia had carried “more than 400,000 visitors with less than 50 cases of COVID”. He added that “other cruise lines handled all cases with grace. Cruises were not interrupted or canceled halfway through. “As explained below, these allegations are completely false.
Royal Caribbean CEO Richard Fain reiterated CLIA misinformation just last week.
The Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) initially published the false data. In a March 24, 2021 press release to persuade the CDC to withdraw conditional sailing, the CLIA said “nearly 400,000 passengers” had sailed in the last eight months in Europe, Asia and the South Pacific with “less than 50” COVID cases.
Many travel writers and cruise bloggers have repeated the fake CLIA speech points. Travel writer and cruise blogger Dave Monk (right) cited CLIA misconceptions in comments on Twitter, in a bid to continue cruising, including tweets to travel writer Dana Freedman.
Thousands would be happy to be “laboratory rats” under these conditions. More than 400,000 people have sailed since August, only 50 Covid cases (even @CruiseLaw could only find 200, including the crew). And now vaccinations over strict health protocols.
– Dave Monk (@shipmonk) March 26, 2021
The Royal Cruise fan blog also revived fake industry data in an article today – “nearly 400,000 passengers have already traveled from Europe and parts of Asia since last summer” with “less than 50 confirmed cases of COVID-19 over of the vessel “.
The Royal Caribbean Blog also wrote that the Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas had over “50,000 visitors traveling on board with zero positive Covid-19 cases to date”. This may be true, but it is more of a reflection of the cruise outside Singapore, which is not mentioned in the article. The natives of the country of Singapore who have, remarkably, zero new cases of local transmission COVID-19 (and only 30 deaths in the last year). Only Singaporeans are allowed to travel by Royal Caribbean from this country. Singapore’s success is in stark contrast to US data with more than 555,700 deaths from coronavirus and above 30,800,000 COVID19 infections so far (based on data from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center).
Travel Weekly, Cruise Radio, Cruise Industry News and many other travel writers and popular cruise bloggers have repeated the misleading information from the CLIA. Several cruise bloggers such as Cruise Hive and the Royal Caribbean Blog have instructed cruise proponents to write to elected officials to urge the CDC to lift its restrictions, based in part on CLIA’s erroneous claim that there were less than 50 COV cases. outside the US
This variety of cruise lines, cruise executives, industry leaders and travel writers has consistently underestimated the actual COVID-19 case by more than 75%. Our company has closely monitored the number of positive COVID cases on a cruise ship since then. last summer with the participation of passengers and crew based on news, mainly from Europe and the Caribbean, based on cruise press releases, public health authorities and witnesses. The truth is that there were about 214 passengers and crew members who tested positive for COVID-19 in sailing since the voyage was suspended from US ports last year. The cases involved MSC Cruises, Costa Cruises, TUI Group / Mein Schiff, AIDA, SeaDream, Hurtigruten and some smaller river cruise ships.
Regardless of the health protocols that cruise companies have always described as “strict” and reportedly creating a “safe bubble”, there were four cases on river cruise lines from September to November 2020 where at least 99 people were infected and many were canceled. Ten crew members were infected on the cruise ship MS Thurgau Chopin (formerly MS Frederic Chopin) operated by the Swiss company Thurgau Travel. Sixty out of ninety-two passengers (two-thirds) aboard the MS Swiss Crystal cruise ship became infected on a cruise on the Danube and Maine. In early September, eight visitors and crew on a CroisiEurope River cruise ship on the Douro River in Portugal showed positive results for COVID-19. German newspapers reported that at least thirteen people were infected on another river cruise ship, MS Vista Serenity, on the Moselle River in Germany. In some of these cases, local newspapers reported that the passengers left the ship without realizing that there was an outbreak on board.
In addition, 74 people were infected on Hurtigruten cruise ships, including MS Roald Amundsen (where 71 were infected) and MS Finnmarken (3 were infected with 1 death) and the cruises were canceled. Costa Cruises and MSC Cruises have recently reported cases on their cruise ships. Eight people were infected on the Costa Diadema (top left) advertising “strict protocols” and a “completely safe cruise”. One person also tested positive for MSC Grandiosa. Silversea Silver Spirit also had a COVID-19 case in early September during a Red Sea cruise. A Ponant cruise ship, the Jacques-Cartier, was involved in a COVID-19 outbreak that infected thirteen people. The ship was initially delayed in leaving an Italian port. On its website, the Compagnie du Ponant boasts excellent cruises in a “bubble against Covid” with “innovative health protocols”.
Four visitors tested positive for COVID at Mein Schiff 2 in February 2021. Five crew members tested positive for COVID at Mein Schiff 1 in July last year. Ten AIDA crew members tested positive last July.
The most widely reported recent COVID disaster was a COVID outbreak last November at SeaDream that infected 7 visitors and 2 crew members. SeaDream Yacht Club canceled the cruise from Barbados and stopped all cruises until today.
The cruise industry tends to make false statements to the public to sell cruises. Earlier last year, the Miami New Times and the Washington Post published articles revealing that the NCL had publicly published the pandemic and pressured its sales team to underestimate and mislead the reality of COVID-19. Read: Email leak: Norway push sales team to mislead potential customers about Coronavirus by Miami New Times March 11, 2020 (“Coronavirus can only survive in cold temperatures, so the Caribbean is a fantastic choice for your next cruise “, was an NCL talk point to potential customers).
It is important for cruise lines to regain public confidence if the industry is to successfully return to sailing. But the public is right to view the cruise promises with suspicion. NCL’s discussion of ironclad health protocols seems questionable when Cruise Line, CLIA and cruise proponents constantly underestimate the true number of positive COVID cases outside the US
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Photo Credits: CEO Frank Del Rio – MAD MONEY by Jim Cramer April 5, 2021; Costa Diadema – Z Thomas – CC BY-SA 4.0 common / wikimedia; “Completely safe cruise” – Costa Cruises – By Z thomas – CC BY-SA 4.0 wikipedia / commons,