‘We will be back’: Cruise ships send message amid coronavirus pandemic

‘We will be back’: Cruise ships use cabin lights to send defiant message as vessels are left idle in ports around the US amid coronavirus pandemic

  • Idle Carnival cruise ships docked in Long Beach, California, Gavelston, Texas, and Port Canaveral, Florida, used cabin lights to deliver a defiant message
  • The ships used cabin lights to spell out, ‘We will be back,’ in response to the deadly coronavirus outbreak 
  • The message comes after cruise lines had to temporarily halt all of their trips for thirty days in response to the deadly flu-like virus
  • Cruise operators, in the meantime, may provide their ships as emergency accommodations for those infected
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Idle Carnival cruise ships seen docked in ports around the US had their cabin lights on and arranged to deliver a defiant message in response to the deadly coronavirus outbreak: ‘We will be back. 

The messages appeared on ships docked in Long Beach, California, Gavelston, Texas, and Port Canaveral, Florida.

All of the messages end with a heart image made from several cabin windows. 

A Carnival cruise ship docked in Gavelston, Texas, delivers the defiant message: 'We will be back,' in response to the coronavirus outbreak

A Carnival cruise ship docked in Gavelston, Texas, delivers the defiant message: ‘We will be back,’ in response to the coronavirus outbreak

Another Carnival cruise ship docked in Cape Canaveral, Florida, delivered a similar message

Another Carnival cruise ship docked in Cape Canaveral, Florida, delivered a similar message

Carnival was making it known that it plans a comeback after the company and other cruise lines had to temporarily halt all of their trips for thirty days in response to the deadly flu-like virus, also known as COVID-19. 

The cruise operators, in the meantime, may provide their ships as emergency accommodations for those infected. 

As of Sunday more than 30,200 people in the US have tested positive for coronavirus and 386 have died since the nationwide outbreak began less than two months ago. 

Cruise operators stand ready to provide assistance in containing the outbreak. Last week, President Donald Trump said Carnival chairman Micky Arison offered use of his company’s idled ships to assist in the battle against Covid-19.

The company operates Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Seabourn and has 102 ships. 

When they are under normal operations, the ships host more than 225,000 a day.

The coronavirus outbreak, however, disrupted cruises around the globe for thousands of passengers.  

The infection highlighted the dangers of traveling on cruise ships packed with elderly passengers after hundreds of people were infected on the Diamond Princess and several other voyages were wrecked by virus fears.

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The Diamond Princess became one of the world’s largest clusters of virus cases when more than 700 people tested positive during a two-week quarantine in Japan.

The Diamond Princess became one of the world's largest clusters of virus cases when more than 700 people tested positive during a two-week quarantine in Japan

The Diamond Princess became one of the world’s largest clusters of virus cases when more than 700 people tested positive during a two-week quarantine in Japan

A passenger from the Diamond Princess is whisked away from the vessel and placed into quarantine after the vessel was hit with the deadly outbreak

A passenger from the Diamond Princess is whisked away from the vessel and placed into quarantine after the vessel was hit with the deadly outbreak

Another Princess Cruises ship – the Grand Princess – had a confirmed coronavirus outbreak on board after 21 people tested positive.

Learning the lessons of the Diamond Princess, countries were quick to evacuate their citizens back to their home countries. 

Another Princess Cruises ship – the Grand Princess – had a confirmed coronavirus outbreak on board after 21 people tested positive

Another Princess Cruises ship – the Grand Princess – had a confirmed coronavirus outbreak on board after 21 people tested positive

The cruise liner was barred from returning to its home port of San Francisco after a former passenger died from the virus.

The 71-year-old from Sacramento, who had underlying health problems, is feared to have contracted the illness during a cruise to Mexico.

 

 


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