When I read the news this morning that a COVID-19 outbreak involving around one-hundred passengers and crew members occurred on the Coral Princess, Princess’s sister ship to the Ruby Princess which had one of the earliest outbreaks of COVID-19 in Australia two years ago, I felt as if I were trapped in a scene
Stock Awards During a Deadly Pandemic? Carnival Executives Prosper While Crew Members Struggle
Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald and other top Carnival cruise executives collected millions of dollars more in compensation in 2020 than in 2019 via stock awards, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last week. Cruise Industry News summarized the compensation in an article titled Carnival Corporation Executives Made More Money…
Airborne Virus Transmission: Why Didn’t Cruise Ships Install HEPA Air Filters Long Ago?
Airborne Transmission of Norovirus
In 2015, doctors participated in a study which determined that norovirus can be transmitted in an airborne form. They published their findings in an article titled Detection and Quantification of Airborne Norovirus During Outbreaks in Healthcare Facilities in the highly respected journal of Clinical Infectious Diseases.
The medical experts concluded…
Cruise Coronavirus Crisis: Crew Members on the Ruby Princess Plea for Help
A number of crew members aboard the Ruby Princess have requested assistance as the cruise ship remains drifting off the coast of Australia for over a week.
The crew members, who have requested to remain anonymous, have stated that several of the most seriously ill seaman have been transported from the ship. The crew is…
Cruise Coronavirus Poster Child: Princess Cruises Leads All Cruise Lines with 27 Disease Outbreaks in Last Decade
For the better part of the last decade, I have been writing on a regular basis about disease outbreaks which occur on cruise ships. In the past ten years, there have been over 120 disease outbreaks on cruise ships, involving norovirus, e-coli and other more exotic viruses, as well as measles and Legionnaires Disease.
Passenger Medevaced from Diamond Princess
A cruise ship passenger suffering from an undisclosed medical condition has been medevaced from a Princess cruise ship sailing to Sydney.
The ABC News network in Australia reports that a Westpac rescue helicopter was dispatched to the Diamond Princess after a passenger became ill.
A doctor, paramedic and rescue crewman were first winched down from…
Norovirus on Diamond Princess: How is Princess Cruises Handling the Outbreak?
A newspaper in New Zealand is reporting that 60 cruise passengers aboard a Princess cruise ship which sailed from Australia have been infected with the dreaded norovirus. They have been suffering from vomiting, nausea and diarrhea.
The newspaper is stating that cleaners are working to sanitize the Diamond Princess before the next group of passengers…
Coast Guard Medevacs Cruise Passenger From Diamond Princess
KCAW reports that a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, based in Sitka, Alaska, medevaced a 72-year-old woman from the cruise ship Diamond Princess in Icy Strait on September 19, 2013.
The woman, suffering from convulsions, was safely transferred to awaiting emergency medical personnel in Sitka, about 100 miles south of Icy Strait. EMS then transported her…