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10 JANUARY 2022
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The cruise industry is being hit even harder than airlines by the pandemic, although traditionally the most health safety conscious of all travel industry offerings.
For many years most cruise companies have insisted on passengers sanitizing upon entering an eating area. Boarding testing is rigorous, and the crew are in most cases not allowed off at ports. The close confines of a ship do not help.
In recent days AIDAnova with 3,000 passengers was stuck in Lisbon due to 68 positive cases being detected. AIDA Cruises said all infected displayed mild symptoms or were asymptomatic.
In the US the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned Americans to avoid cruise ships even if fully vaccinated.
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Franz Plachy, Norfolk
It is a requirement that all passengers are triple jabbed, but the same is not always true for crew, so it is no surprise that there are outbreaks on board.