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I was wondering if anyone has experienced the new health screening criteria when boarding a ship in the last few days. Just curious what it looks like. We sail in 2 weeks and I am pumping my family full of vitamin C and zinc to stay healthy, but just wonder if everyone is being screened for a fever and pulse oxygen or just select people. Would it be wise to plan for a longer boarding process?

Thanks!

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I could be wrong, but it seemed to me (if I’m reading the screening guidelines correctly) that you will receive these “extra” screening parameters ONLY if you qualify via the “China” questions. In other words, if you have not been in contact with anyone who meets those (list) of conditions, you will not be subject to the extra screening.

I will find out later today, as we board Anthem at 3:00.

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We boarded Harmony this morning. They asked us 3 questions::  1) have we been to China, Hong Kong, or Macau in the last 15 days, 2) were we in close contact with anyone from these areas in the last 15 days (that we were aware of) and 3) did we have any flu symptoms in the last 7 days. We answered no to all and that was it. 

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1 hour ago, CFL said:

We boarded Harmony this morning. They asked us 3 questions::  1) have we been to China, Hong Kong, or Macau in the last 15 days, 2) were we in close contact with a from these areas in the last 15 days (that we were aware of) and 3) did we have any fu symptoms in the last 7 days. We answered no to all and that was it. 

Exactly the same for us for Anthem. 

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I actually wondered,  if someone was too scared to go and wants to cancel (or want to cancel for any other reason), but want a refund as well. Couldnt they just lie and say they've had dinner with someone who was recently in China last night or something, and get denied boarding and get their refund? Or am I missing something. 

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15 hours ago, CFL said:

We boarded Harmony this morning. They asked us 3 questions::  1) have we been to China, Hong Kong, or Macau in the last 15 days, 2) were we in close contact with anyone from these areas in the last 15 days (that we were aware of) and 3) did we have any flu symptoms in the last 7 days. We answered no to all and that was it. 

Yup, same thing last week for Brilliance out of Tampa.

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13 hours ago, Jzx1103 said:

Royal just lifted the ban on Chinese passport holders. Back to only banning people whose been to the region. 

https://www.royalcaribbean.com/cruise-ships/itinerary-updates

I think this is a little premature to lift the ban right now, it’s not gone away yet that I know of,  Has anyone heard of a cure/vaccination being distributed?

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4 hours ago, Mickey said:

So wrong the ban was lifted.  RCCL is worried about a discrimination lawsuit.  Shouldn’t they be more concerned about an outbreak on the ship?  Better safe than sorry.  I’m not a racist by any means, but will shun Asians until the outbreak is over.

Yea you're not racist, you're just prone to fear and hysteria. Asian people who's not been to Asia recently are no more dangerous than any white or blacks that hasn't been to Asia recently. Royal is already banning anyone whose been to Asia recently. Which is enough!!! Btw if you're that fearful, you should just cancel your cruise instead of having those that really want to go be punished just because of their ethnicity. Better safe than sorry right?

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33 minutes ago, mworkman said:

I think this is a little premature to lift the ban right now, it’s not gone awake yet that I know of,  Has anyone heard of a cure/vaccination being distributed?

By the way according to them, they didn't place the ban originally due to fear of having Asians onboard, but more so because some countries are barring ships with Chinese onboard to dock and Royal didn't want to deal with that mess. But currently all countries barring Chinese to dock are countries near China. Royal already canceled Asian sailings anyways so there's no point to that ban here in the states for ships going to the Caribbean or Mexico. 

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2 hours ago, Mickey said:

Unless I missed something, I was just told (hearsay) By our friend’s travel agent that anyone with a Chinese passport will be permitted to cruise (with exceptions) so long as they don’t reside in those 3 countries.  Has anyone heard this?

 

 

"Novel Coronavirus Travel Alerts

UPDATED ON FEBRUARY 10, 2020

TRAVEL RESTRICTION UPDATE

Royal Caribbean has ended its temporary general restriction on holders of passports from China, Hong Kong and Macau. The general restriction was adopted last week in response to numerous ports and governments around the world restricting travel for Chinese passport holders, often with little advance notice.

Now that these governmental restrictions have been clarified, we are able to clarify our own policies. Our 15-day restriction on all individuals who have traveled from, to or through mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau remains in effect, and so do restrictions on individuals who have been in close contact with persons who have traveled from, through or to China, Hong Kong and Macau in the past 15 days.

We maintain a list of our current boarding policies for all travelers, together with a list of current local travel restrictions at https://presscenter.rclcorporate.com/pr ... rt-holders. We encourage holders of China, Hong Kong and Macau passports to be aware of the potential for a disrupted vacation, and to contact us with any questions."

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Who ever @RCL is in charge of press releases needs to read what they write.  They should have said that the travel ban has been adjusted or redefined, not lifted. Then state that a ban is still in place for those who are currently in the affected regions, to include those who have been recently to the infected areas, until a medical team has cleared them as a possible carrier via 15 day quarantine process.

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I have been feeling a bit anxious about our upcoming cruise in a couple weeks. we are departing from Miami on Symphony.  Have any recent cruisers noticed less crowded ships than they expected?  I wonder how many people have cancelled or have been denied boarding for some reason.  I currently live in the east coast which has been having tons of regular flu cases so chances are not so low that people boarding will have the regular flu... so if you have the sniffles will you be flagged ?  on some other interesting ship news have you all heard that one passenger from the Holland America Westerdam which was allowed to dock in Cambodia has tested positive for the Corona virus ?  The ship that was supposedly virus free.  So given what happened to the Princess ship now docked in Japan there is a good chance that more on the Westerdam ship have also been infected and now they have all been let go.  SO when these folks are flying back from Malaysia , Japan , Vietnam etc, I wonder what is happening ?  Clearly it is very difficult for the CDC and homeland security to all be on he same page... Just wondering if others who will be boarding soon have some of my same misgivings.  at the end of the day it seems like it is impossible to contain this virus which is a bit deadlier than the seasonal flu and it is just part of the world we live in and the risks that are associated with that.... I do feel a ton of sympathy for all those folks that are still stuck on the Princess ship in Japan.  My nightmare is that one person falls through the cracks or just on person causes a false alarm and because of an abundance of caution we are all stuck being denied entry back to any port.  

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Looks like Royal has added South Korea, Japan, Thailand,  Singapore,  and Iran to the list of countries with extra screening needed. I'm surprised they haven't yet outright said you mustn't been to those places recently. S Korea, Japan,  and Iran are all on the verge of full blown outbreak. S Korea looks like the next Wuhan.

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1 hour ago, Jzx1103 said:

Looks like Royal has added South Korea, Japan, Thailand,  Singapore,  and Iran to the list of countries with extra screening needed. I'm surprised they haven't yet outright said you mustn't been to those places recently. S Korea, Japan,  and Iran are all on the verge of full blown outbreak. S Korea looks like the next Wuhan.

Italy incoming... Pretty sure that meets the criteria for a pandemic. Tomorrow will be interesting. Hoping beyond home we'll be able to keep our Mariner reservations in August. Someone sell me a miracle.

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