Chairman of a major cruise line says ships will be safer than own neighborhood

The chairman of a major cruise line, Richard Fain, says cruise ships will be made safer than your own neighborhood. Cruise lines are stepping up their effort to get back in business, even as more jobs are lost and more ships are scrapped. Royal Caribbean cruises, one of Port Canaveral’s mainstays, plans to make its ships a COVID-free zone. “We intend to make our ships an environment – a bubble, if you will – that actually presents less risk of transmission than in their home communities on land,” Fain said. Under the cruise industry’s plan, 100% of passengers and crew would be tested before each cruise. No one testing positive would be allowed onboard. Ships would cruise with reduced capacity. They’d have more medical staff and isolation areas for the sick. The industry’s ships are idled by a Centers for Disease Control no-sail order issued March 13. Local businesses that serve passengers and crew have suffered. Now the cruise industry is pushing harder than ever to reopen, proposing test voyages that could start at Port Canaveral. “We propose to start slowly by training our crew and embarking on a series of non-revenue test sailings,” Fain said.The CDC is not budging, with no indication that the no-sail order will be lifted. Meanwhile, the industry is indirectly creating some new jobs: foreign shipyards are doing big business dismantling and selling for scrap dozens of cruise ships that have had to be removed from fleets.

The chairman of a major cruise line, Richard Fain, says cruise ships will be made safer than your own neighborhood.

Cruise lines are stepping up their effort to get back in business, even as more jobs are lost and more ships are scrapped.

Royal Caribbean cruises, one of Port Canaveral’s mainstays, plans to make its ships a COVID-free zone.

“We intend to make our ships an environment – a bubble, if you will – that actually presents less risk of transmission than in their home communities on land,” Fain said.

Under the cruise industry’s plan, 100% of passengers and crew would be tested before each cruise. No one testing positive would be allowed onboard. Ships would cruise with reduced capacity. They’d have more medical staff and isolation areas for the sick.

The industry’s ships are idled by a Centers for Disease Control no-sail order issued March 13. Local businesses that serve passengers and crew have suffered.

Now the cruise industry is pushing harder than ever to reopen, proposing test voyages that could start at Port Canaveral.

“We propose to start slowly by training our crew and embarking on a series of non-revenue test sailings,” Fain said.

The CDC is not budging, with no indication that the no-sail order will be lifted. Meanwhile, the industry is indirectly creating some new jobs: foreign shipyards are doing big business dismantling and selling for scrap dozens of cruise ships that have had to be removed from fleets.

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