7NEWS Australia today reports that 200 passengers infected with COVID-19 have disembarked from the great princess in Melbourne, Australia, after the Princess cruise ship completed a thirteen-day round trip to New Zealand. There is no public record of the number of infected crew members.
Princess Cruises again? 200 #COVID-19[FEMININE positif sur @PrincessCruises Grande princesse #croisière navire autorisé à débarquer à Melbourne en Australie après un aller-retour de 13 jours en Nouvelle-Zélande. “Certains sont restés coincés dans de minuscules cabines jusqu’à 8 jours avant d’être autorisés à débarquer”, https://t.co/vDpz3VSlUJ
– James (Jim) Walker (@CruiseLaw) 17 novembre 2022
7News Australia reports on its Facebook page that “200 COVID-positive patients have been cleared to disembark in Melbourne after being caught up in a cruise ship nightmare. Some had been stuck in tiny cabins with limited supplies for up to eight days before being allowed to disembark.
In an article titled “COVID-infested cruise ship docks in Melbourne,” 3AW 693 News Talk interviewed a passenger on the Great Princess. The guest, who was not positive with COVID-19, said she did not notice anyone else on the ship coughing or showing signs of the virus. But she said there was no general testing of guests during the nearly two-week cruise. The majority of passengers left the ship untested, which obviously led to further potential transmission and spread of the virus.
With Australia recently opening up to cruises, there have been a series of outbreaks of COVID19 on cruises calling at Australian ports:
Majestic Princess – 800 guests infected (Sydney);
Quantum of the seas – 400 infected guests (to Queensland)
princess coral – 290 infected guests and crew (Fremantle);
Ovation of the seas – 129 guests infected and 2 crew members (New Zealand)
majestic princess – 116 infected guests (Tahiti).
On just three Princess cruise ships (Grand princess, majestic princess and coral princess), there have been a total of more than 1,400 passengers infected with COVID-19. Although a Princess Cruise spokesperson said COVID-positive cases on board were either “asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic”, the truth is that “in a well-honed routine, ambulances transported the sickest to the hospitals and others have been told to go home and self-isolate.see Newshub “COVID-19: Ambulances encounter cruise ship in Sydney after hundreds of passengers were infected.”
At the start of the coronavirus epidemic on the diamond princess in 2020, I asked Princess Cruises if the virus could be spread by airborne particles. In response to my query in mid-February 2020 that I posted on Twitter (along with a photo of Princess crew members crowded in a hallway in the crew area), Princess Cruises is wrong denied that the virus could be transmitted through the air. He quoted to the World Health Organization that the virus would be “primarily” transmitted by droplets from close person-to-person contact.
The World Health Organization believes the virus is spread primarily through droplets from close person-to-person contact, such as through coughing and sneezing. Close contact means being within six feet or two meters of a sick person for an extended period of time, without wearing a face mask.
— Princess Cruises (@PrincessCruises) February 13, 2020
It remains surreal to see thousands of cruise guests crammed into the small confines of a Princess cruise ship, breathing the same air and risking exposure to an airborne virus.
The great princess must now sail to Sydney and other ports in Australia.
Unfortunately, the Australian Government of New South Wales’ list of travel websites, under the heading “Cruise Ship COVID-19 Status Update” (last updated November 16), does not does not indicate the percentage of passengers and crew who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last seven days for this particular cruise ship. (Level 1 is “0.0% to <3%”. Level 2 is “3% to <10%”. Level 3 is “=10%.) There is no official indication or warning that the great princess sails with about 10% of the approximately 2,000 passengers infected with COVID-19.
In an opinion piece for the Sydney Morning Herald, Margot Saville pointed out that Australia has learned precisely nothing from the ruby princess The 2020 COVID-19 debacle, which resulted in the deaths of 28 people and triggered a wave of the virus that could have overwhelmed Australia’s healthcare system. She asked rhetorically “should a juggernaut like the Majestic Princess be free to ferret out over 660 sick passengers in the community” with nothing more than a warning to stay off public transport?
The same question should be asked of Princess Cruises after the Grand princess, majestic princess and princess coral threw more than 1,400 infected guests ashore in Australian ports and small communities ashore?