I can’t see the 15 March happening because the crew will commence their 14 day isolation on the ship only once all passengers have been relocated. And the earliest that will start in full (non US) is around the 21st.Princess have just announced a whole lot more cancellations for Sapphire and Majestic Princesses. Looks to me like basically their entire northern spring Asian cruise seasons up to June. Diamond remains cancelled up to 12 March but I suspect it's only a matter of time before more cancellations are announced for it too.
Lots of opportunities for Aussie ports to attract ships I would say. Could be good for Kangaroo Island and other bushfire-affected ports.
I wonder if Aussie pax returning from Westerdam will now be quarantined and if so will they be allowed to self isolate at home?
Golden week is a group of national holidays at the end of April/ beginning of May in Japan. It is a peak travel time in Japan.Diamond Princess now cancelled until 29 April, but expected to resume for Japan 'Golden Week' whatever that is.
Any Princess pax who cancelled Asian cruises after 20 January and which Princess has now cancelled anyway, will be eligible for some compensation, tba by Princess.
Celebrity Millennium is relocating to LA for its northern spring cruise season (was in Singapore).
And they are bringing the NZers back as well. And they will fly on to NZ. Really they had no other choice but to make them sit out another 14 days though. And hope they trace the Westerdam passengers up too. Not to put them in one location but to ensure they properly stay in self isolation.Finally - from the Guardian
"The Australian PM, Scott Morrison, has announced Qantas will fly home Australian citizens stuck on the stricken Diamond Princess cruise liner in Japan this Wednesday.
There are more than 200 Australians on the ship. They will face a further 14 days in quarantine at the Howard Springs facility near the Australian city of Darwin."
Wednesday was the day they were supposed to be allowed off the ship anyway. Another 14 days in quarantine, poor buggers.
Would not a “reasonable person” come to the same conclusion?“We are not entirely convinced that the quarantine procedures on that ship were 100% effective,” said Prof Dianne Stephens, deputy chief health officer for the Northern Territory (NT).
I hope they have a better legal basis than "not entirely convinced" for mandatory detention of Australian citizens. "Not entirely convinced" would get laughed out of court in any other context. "We're not entirely convinced that you didn't deserve 12 demerit points on your licence so we're taking it away anyway". "We're not entirely convinced you didn't commit that armed robbery so we're putting you on remand anyway". What a joke. I highly doubt that the Public Health Act permits a health officer to issue a mandatory quarantine order on the basis of "not being entirely convinced". The usual language is along the lines of "reasonable cause to suspect" which I reckon they may not have here seeing that nobody seems to be reasonably certain of very much about covid 19.
Oh good grief. It’s domestic travel and she needs a quarantine? It’s out of hand.Fear virus in full focus on Explorer Dream - 7 day Sydney to Tasmania and back - which Mrs SydneySwan and I are currently cruising on.
It has about 1000 passengers out of a capacity of around 2700. I understand original bookings were north of 2000. Many Chinese were forced to cancel and many local, mainly Asian Australians cancelled in the last two weeks prior to departure. We have met one Chinese Australian lady from Sydney who is the only one of her group of 8 who travelled. The other 7 cancelled 3 days prior to departure for no refund. One person on the cruise has been told by her employer, a Chinese Australian business on Sydney’s north shore, she must not return to work until 2 weeks after she returns from the cruise!
We have just reached Hobart - waiting for clearance to go on land. Not in doubt surely?
Id expect that to be the case for an employee to be honest. Unfortunately we aren’t as we are self employed and it might be something our clients might want and it’s up to the toss right now as to whether we can risk that.I would be challenging that. "I will stay home for two weeks if you pay me full pay and allowances, otherwise I'm off to the fair work commission".