June 21, 2021
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Here are some of the news articles we are following:
- US & Canada Border Closure Extended Until July 21
- First US trial cruise testing Covid safety protocols to set sail on Sunday
- A Celebrity Cruise Sets Sail, the First Post-Pandemic
- CDC: Food Services
- Here Are Royal Caribbean's New Protocols for July Cruises Aboard the Freedom of the Seas
- Mexico's Cozumel port gets first cruise ship since pandemic
- All I could eat: What it's like to dine at a cruise ship buffet during a pandemic
- The Future of Cruise Ship Food and Dining
- What makes a foodborne virus: comparing coronaviruses with human noroviruses
US & Canada Border Closure Extended Until July 21
There had been optimism among many that the border between the United States and Canada would reopen as of this month, given that both countries have seen an uptick in vaccination and a decrease in coronavirus cases. Unfortunately it’s now official that this won’t be happening — the border closure has been extended by another month.
A trial cruise scheduled to sail from Miami on Sunday evening puts the cruise industry one step closer to resuming operations out of US ports, 15 months after the Covid-19 pandemic brought cruises to a halt in the United States.
One woman threw her bag on the floor and started shimmying to the Caribbean calypso beat playing in the welcome hall. Another triumphantly bumped fists with a crew member before giving him a hug, while an older man stood still and gazed at the elated guests, his eyes welling up as he processed the reality of being back on a cruise, one of over 400 he has taken in his lifetime. “We’re back, we’re home,” one passenger yelled as she entered the vessel. “Welcome back ma’am,” a crew member responded with a gleaming smile. “We’ve missed you.”
This information was originally published on May 14, 2021, CDC's website: “Quarantine and Isolation” “Cruise Ship Guidance”.
Cruise ship operators, at their discretion, may designate areas as only accessible to fully vaccinated passengers and crew where masks and physical distancing are not required (e.g., casinos; bars; spas; entertainment venues; and dining areas, including self-serve buffets).
For ships with at least 95% of crew and 95% of passengers fully vaccinated, the following requirements are recommendations only.
Royal Caribbean International has confirmed its health and safety protocols for the Freedom of the Seas and its July sailings from Miami.
Gov. Carlos Joaquín said about 5% of passengers aboard the ship — about 150 youths or those with chronic health conditions — haven’t been vaccinated and would be subject to special rules. State and federal health officials were on hand to oversee the arrival.
Since the start of this seven-night voyage of Royal Caribbean’s 3,114-passenger Adventure of the Seas, which kicked off on Saturday in Nassau, I’ve been heading to the ship’s Windjammer buffet on the Lido Deck every morning for breakfast. I often head there for lunch, too. And what I’ve found is a classic buffet experience that’s not only alive, but thriving.
Cruise companies have been fighting contagious viruses for years, which loyal cruisers say makes eating aboard as appetizing as ever.
In order to answer the question whether coronaviruses (CoVs) can be transmitted via foods, this review made a comparison between CoVs with the most recognized foodborne virus, human noroviruses (NoVs).
Disclaimer: The views expressed in the articles above are those of the authors' and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of this e-Newsletter
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