Coronavirus stays on surfaces far longer than scientists first thought. Traces of coronavirus remained inside cabins of the Diamond Princess for more than two weeks after the 3,711 passengers and crew were removed, according to alarming new research.
A report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control Monday traces of the coronavirus is found in cabins on the stricken cruise ship 17 days after they were abandoned. More than five times longer than it was believed at first. Scientists had initially claimed the potentially deadly bug live two to three days on some surfaces.
Port Canaveral is among the busiest cruise ports in the world with 4.5 million cruise passengers annually.
Five cruise ships have been spotted docking at the same time in Port Canaveral a day before New Year’s Eve. The cruise ships are Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas, Disney Cruise Line’s Dream, Norwegian Cruise Line’s Bliss, Carnival Cruise Line’s Liberty, and Royal’s Mariner of the Seas.
Norwegian Breakaway arrived at Port Canaveral on Saturday, starting a
five-month seasonal service as a Port Canaveral-based ship.
Breakaway is the second Norwegian Cruise Line ship that joins the Port
Canaveral lineup as the Norwegian Sun also will be based here for more than
seven months from fall 2019 to spring 2020.
The Norwegian Breakaway will replace the slightly older and larger Norwegian Epic at Port Canaveral. The Epic has been based at Port Canaveral for three consecutive fall/winter sailing seasons. Both Norwegian ships will sail a total of 67 voyages from Port Canaveral.
Royal Caribbean cruise ship Grandeur of the Seas canceled its cruise due to an engine issue, shortly after the vessel left its home port in Baltimore, Maryland on Saturday. As a result, the ship had to return to the port and cancel the trip, which included a call to Bermuda. Grandeur of the Seas is over 73,800 gross tons and has a guest capacity of 1,900 at double occupancy.
Major cruise line operators have changed the
itineraries of some cruises to avoid Hurricane Dorian.
Cruise ships sailing from Port Canaveral have changed their itineraries to avoid the tropical storm.
Dorian has forced cruise lines to shift their
ships out of the storm path, while at the same time shutting down operations at
private islands. In addition to voyages changed into longer trips, Royal
Caribbean also closed down CocoCay, the theme-park like island in the Bahamas with
a water slide that rises 148.5 feet above the mostly flat island. CocoCay won’t
be taking any cruise ships though Tuesday, September 3.