Genting takes this step: its boats will sail with up to 40% fewer passengers.
“We can no longer earn the same money,” said Zhu. “As long as we can continue our operations when we resume – enough for the business to continue – we will be happy enough for a few months.”
Dr. Schaffner called the Genting guidelines “very comprehensive,” although he said masks may have to be part of the equation. (Genting’s plan doesn’t require passengers to wear masks or stay away from each other on board.) It’s not the cruise experience, it goes too far, ”he said. -he declares.
But at the very least, he said, companies should offer to provide passengers with masks when they get off the ship for day trips and mingle with people ashore.
“This is a time when people should be very encouraged” to wear masks, he said.
Do not go back on board
Fred Kantrow and his wife were among the passengers who fell ill with coronavirus after sailing aboard the Celebrity Eclipse, a cruise ship owned by Royal Caribbean. Their daughter, who picked them up at the airport on their return, also fell ill.
Mr. Kantrow, 59, a lawyer in Smithtown, N.Y., sued Celebrity after the experiment, saying that they had not done enough to prevent the epidemic on board. The Eclipse was forced to sail for two more weeks when Chile refused to let the passengers disembark; meanwhile, the ship continued to host overcrowded parties, photographs included in Mr. Kantrow’s trial.
The C.D.C. records show that 92 people from this ship tested positive for Covid-19, and Mr. Kantrow’s combination claims that two died.
“I don’t know if they’re going to be able to do anything to get me back,” he said. “It is really difficult to trust them. In two or three years, will my position change? May be. But when we got off the ship, my wife said, “Yeah, I’m not doing it again.” “