Quarantined in a cruise ship

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1. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 864 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Been reading up on the situation in Yokahama:

Trapped on a Cruise Ship by the Coronavirus: When Is Breakfast?

Coronavirus outbreak on cruise ship sends Australian couple 'stir crazy' as thousands confined to cabins

The whole thing sounds extraodinary. I watched a couple of vlogs from some of the passengers onboard, it seems pretty grim and a little chaotic. I think I would go mad locked up in my room for days and I feel especially sorry for those with inside cabins who have no windows or balconies. Though I suppose it has to be better than being trapped in Wuhan.

How do you think you would do in quarantine?

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Feb-2020, 04:28 GMT by Teoni ]

2. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1447 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quarantine for sick passengers is SOP on cruise ships. You've got the TV and the internet. It's not that bad. (I got the Australian flu on a ship and was quarantined for a couple of days.) My concern would be for the crew.

3. Posted by Vic_IV (Respected Member 50 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I understand that passengers who are trapped on board the cruse ship have to be confined to their cabin during a quarantine.
I agree with greatgrandmaR that it is not that bad. Food and drinks are served and the guests are provided with complimentary internet access and telephone use to stay in contact with their families...
Therefore, patience and increased everyday hygiene should prevail! ;)

4. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1447 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Diamond Princess update: The well-being of our guests and crew remains our top priority, and we are working diligently to improve their experience during this challenging time. Food and beverages are being brought to their rooms via a daily menu. Guests in inside and non-balcony staterooms are now permitted to get fresh air on a rotating basis, as directed by Public Health authorities. We are also providing many in-room activities and additional entertainment options. This includes new TV channels, movies, audiobooks, exercise videos, arts and crafts, board and card games delivered to each stateroom, and more.

5. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 864 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting greatgrandmaR

Quarantine for sick passengers is SOP on cruise ships. You've got the TV and the internet. It's not that bad. (I got the Australian flu on a ship and was quarantined for a couple of days.) My concern would be for the crew.

Just to clarify they are not all sick. From what I have read those who are confirmed sick are taken to a hospital in Tokyo. I think the quaratine is to make sure those who are healthy don't get sick.

6. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1434 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Teoni

I think the quaratine is to make sure those who are healthy don't get sick.

In New Zealand, visitors from potentially infected areas have been asked to self-isolate (??!!!!) for 14 days. It is really so that a potentially infected person does not spread the disease to others. See the guidance from our Ministry of Health.

Personally, if I had docked at a port of a country or a city like Tokyo, I'd be crawling up the walls and desperate to get out to explore if I was in quaratine for 14 days. It's like a solitary confinement prison sentence for a couple of weeks (admittedly a very luxurious prison but ...).

7. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1447 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I was quarantined on a ship in Australia when we were in Port Douglas. I had the Australian flu because Australians at our dinner table had come aboard sick and I had no resistance to that type flu. Port Douglas was where we were scheduled to do the snorkeling or diving of the Great Barrier Reef, which was the reason I had taken this trip. The rest of it was nice but I really only paid a lot of money and went to the trouble of flying across the world because I wanted to see the Great Barrier Reef. I was bitterly disappointed. And I felt very sorry for myself. I resented the people that had made me sick. But I didn't feel it was anything like a prison sentence.

[ Edit: Edited on 07-Feb-2020, 05:14 GMT by greatgrandmaR ]

8. Posted by Ellie303 (Budding Member 10 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Because of this coronovirus, I think I’ll generally cancel all my trips for a while

9. Posted by Ellie303 (Budding Member 10 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

According to the latest data from the PRC State Committee on Health, at midnight on February 7, the number of coronavirus victims in mainland China rose to 722, more than 34.5 thousand people were infected, 2050 recovered and were discharged.

10. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1855 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

We've been considering a Baltic cruise this summer. Planning on waiting to try to pick up a late bargain anyway, but we'll now certainly also consider whether we want to be in a shared space with a thousand plus people if Coronavirus hasn't died down by then.