48 people catch COVID-19 aboard Royal Caribbean cruise

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[–]S_XOF 133 points134 points135 points  (26 children)

Hey, wake up.

It's 1999.

The world is at peace, the cold war is over and it's about to be the start of a new era.

Technology is advancing faster than ever in recorded history, the internet is bringing people closer than ever before and the future is looking bright.

Soon we'll have flying cars and free education and everyone will be able to work from home and live however they want wherever they want, and we'll all just be spending our free time making art and music to share with each other.

Isn't it gonna be great?

[–]FBI_Agent_Fred 42 points43 points44 points  (6 children)

It’s wild that they don’t get infected, barely survive and then become life-long pariahs with debilitating health impacts.

I’ve seen some antivaxxers go from marathon runners to barely able to make it through going up a flight of stairs without being winded. Hate to see it, but they did it to themselves. Ask them if they are proud of themselves for overcoming Mount Half-Flight-o-Stairs. Here’s your award for the half-assed walk around the park.

With omicron, it spreads quickly. These southern churches are going to become makeshift morgues. Hope they are praying extra hard this year. Perhaps instead of doing something completely meaningless, they could do the bare minimum and get the jab.

[–]walker_paranor 23 points24 points25 points  (1 child)

Lmao my boss was on this cruise.

The guy would freak out anytime someone had a minor cough or sneeze, wore his mask 24/7, if you even felt like you maybe sorta had a symptom he'd beg you to get tested.

But a cruise in December? Hell yeah! Outbreak on the cruise ship? That's ok! I tested negative but I'll still come into the office anyway.

Some people are just dunces.

[–]robotteeth 29 points30 points31 points  (6 children)

I had my first and only cruise booked in dec 2019, like a month before the pandemic became reality, the cruise itself was going to be in 2020. It got moved to oct 2021, and they had very rigorous requirements for vaccination: you had to be fully vaccinated (so no kids were allowed), you had to have a pcr test 3 or less days before boarding, and then they rapid tested everyone at boarding. So I did go, and from what I heard the only sickness on board was hangovers. A risky thing to do, yes, but I was vaccinated and even had my booster like 20 days before…I think that there’s a point at which you either have to choose to never do anything, or accept minor risks (and yes I think going to an event that requires 100% vaccination compliance is only a minor risk). Unless you are never going to any social gatherings again, I doubt anyone here really has a moral high ground, they just like to shit on people doing things they personally wouldn’t do, but are more than happy to turn a blind eye to their own risky behaviors. I haven’t met even 1 person who can say that by dec 2021 they haven’t done any social activities, so waxing poetic about how it’s still a pandemic is just shallow virtue signaling. It’s about going about your life with precaution, not entirely shutting it down indefinitely.

[–]austinrc1260 14 points15 points16 points  (0 children)

how anyone could go on one right now is beyond me

Why? It’s probably one of the safest vacation options there is right now. I was on this exact cruise and everyone had to be vaccinated, masked, and tested 2 days prior to departure. That’s in addition to nonstop sanitizing and handwashing across the ship, etc.

If you are in decent health, it’s just a calculated risk that you take. As seen by the fact that all were mild/asymptomatic

[–]tomfreeze6251 6 points7 points8 points  (1 child)

Ship lines have been very carefull about COVID protocols. It's in their best interests to do so.

The problem now is that Omicron is so contagious that unless you live like a hermit, you are almost certainly to get exposed to the virus. It's spreading like wildfire, and only your personal level of immunity, your age, and your comorbiities going to determine how sick you get. You'll get this on a ship, at work, at church, out shopping, or at the neighbourhood diner. Take your pick.

Best thing to do now? Get vaccinated, get boosted, and maybe some vitamin d and zinc. Maybe pray if your are inclined.

[–]Chairboy 3 points4 points5 points  (2 children)

Everyone is vaccinated on these things

We thought the same thing but after being aboard a day we discovered they’d (Royal Caribbean Galveston->Honduras->Yucatán) allowed unvaccinated people with recent tests aboard too. Vaccinated folks (who had shown proof) had a white wristband that was required for some shows/events but we were like wtf why are there some COVIDiots onboard? The unvaccinated people must have claimed some kind of medical exemption but as far as we could tell, they were all ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ types.

So with that new knowledge, this story isn’t super surprising I guess because I’m going to assume one of those disease vectors brought it onboard because the unvaccinated probably are more likely to have the kind of viral load necessary for transmission to others/breakthrough.

[–]tinnic 74 points75 points76 points  (46 children)

It won't because some of the wealthiest people in history, aka Western boomers, are getting older and retiring!

Cruising is the best way for old people to still travel. Their hotel goes with them and they have 24/7 service. I have heard that for some, cruising for the bulk of their time works out cheaper than going into retirement villages.

As long as you have a steady flow of old people still keen to travel in some way, cruising will be here to stay!

[–]Future_Amphibian_799 12 points13 points14 points  (3 children)

one of the worst know polluter to entertain you

Like with many of these problems; The pollution is not inherent to the activity, it's a side-product of us choosing to go about it in the "most economic" aka cheapest and most profitable way.

But there are realistic ways to even make cruise ships way more environmentally friendly, like running them on hydrogen, the very same hydrogen that will most likely serve as renewable energy storage of the future.

We just have to get to a point where hydrogen can out-compete natural gas, and other fossil fuels, on price. One way to get there quicker would be to stop fossil fuel subsidies and instead invest that money into hydrogen/renewable subsidies.

[–]cameron0208 20 points21 points22 points  (15 children)

Never understood why people want to go on a vacation where 90% of the time is spent on a boat out on the water with a ton of other people, stay in a room the size of a jail cell, eat generic food, and only stop at tourist traps where you spend maybe a few hours before getting back on the boat. I know the have stuff to do on the boat, but that’s just shit they had to build to distract people from their boredom and realizing they’re 3 days into their 7 day vacation and haven’t seen anything other than open water and a shitton of other people, and they spent thousand(s) to do this.

I’d much rather just fly to the place I want to go to, spend all my time there, and immerse myself in the culture.

To each their own. Just never understood the appeal.

[–]Hyndis 5 points6 points7 points  (0 children)

It's convenient and brain dead.

I love simple vacations where I can turn my brain off and just enjoy things. Everything is planned out and scripted, I just go along with the schedule. Its so relaxing.

That and reading books on the deck while watching the ocean go by. I spent most of the cruise on a deck chair with an ocean view, going through a pile of books. It was fantastic.

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