The good news we were hoping for came through this afternoon - TUI Cruises - Mein Schiff Mein Schiff 6 has NO COVID on board, none of the crew have Covid, no passengers have Covid and even surfaces on board have been tested and no traces of Covid have been found!!
Despite the sensationalist articles which still dominate any searches about Mein Schiff 6 everyone and everything has been given a clean bill of health after the crew were tested a further 3 times. These 3 further tests were 2 different test types and test were undertaken by TUI Cruises AND Greek Authorities just to be totally sure. They even went as far as to test anyone the crew will have been in contact with (another 24 crew) and some surfaces on board.
The cruise will now continue as planned.
REASSURING REGARDING CRUISE LINE PROCESSES!
This pours huge doubts over testing as the original 12 positive results were sent to TUI from a laboratory and you have to question how so many false positives could have been found!!
Lets stay positive though (pardon the pun!!!) and focus on the fact that the processes in place, the constant crew testing and their early warning & response processes worked brilliantly! That's a good thing and reassuring for us all!
RESPONSIBLE REPORTING & FUTURE CASES!
We do think there will be bumps on the road ahead... there are huge measures and huge efforts at huge expense to ensure cruising is safe to resume. When you think of it, cruising will be the worlds most regulated controlled holiday bubble you can find and that should bring reassurance and comfort! No where else will you be in an environment where everyone is tested, everyone is monitored and you can do things like go to bars, see shows, enjoy pools and all the cruising things you know and love!!
There will be bumps ahead, there will be scares, there may even be a case or two but we need to ensure when it happens that they are reported with facts (not sensationalism!) and that the response is appropriate...
We also have to have confidence that these procedures & guidelines that have been worked on by some of the worlds leading experts in their fields kick in and work as expected! In this case they definitely did and we should take confidence from that!
We know the early days of cruise in the weeks and months ahead will not be for everyone - and that’s ok!! But any changes are temporary and should be considered as such! 😉
Now, where's that pesky CDC and their No Sail Order announcement!!!! 😉🤣