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Will Cruise Ships Ever Set Sail?


CDC Recommends Travelers Defer All Cruise Tours Worldwide

The cruise industry is in peril. Carnival, the world’s largest cruise line, lost $4.4B for its quarter ended May 31. With almost all operations on hold since March, the company barely eked out $700M in revenue an 85-percent drop from a year earlier. Carnival’s stock has plummeted nearly 60 percent while the shares of Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines have lost more that 70 percent.The industry’s economic woes are further compounded by serious legal trouble. Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian, whose ships make up 70-percent of the industry’s fleet, face multiple court cases from passengers who lost relatives to COVID and crew who became ill. A group of investors is suing Norwegian, claiming the company lied about the severity of the disease to shore up bookings. Carnival faces investigations in the U.S. and Australia for allowing infected passengers to disembark.

A masked and PPE healthcare working who is distributing pills to a sick masked patient.

Can the Industry Survive?

To survive, the cruise industry must recognize that the nature of cruiseslarge groups sharing the same recreational, entertainment, and dining facilities for days and weeks at a time creates the ideal conditions for the spread of viral infections.

Quarantined cruise ship docked because of a pandemic.
Changes to the way cruises are organized and managed, as well as more robust health protocols, are mandatory. These changes should include:
  • Enhancing sanitation procedures 
  • Upgrading air filtration systems
  • Introducing pre-embarkation health surveys
  • Performing more thorough onboard passenger and crew health screenings
  • Eliminating buffet meals
  • Implementing socially distant seating in all venues
  • Simplifying itineraries to cut response time in case of a viral infection.
  • Using continual temperature surveillance for passenger and crew.

Take the Labor Out of Passenger & Crew Monitoring

FeverGuard can deliver 24x7 monitoring while virtually eliminating the labor involvedand dramatically slashing the cost. Imagine a scenario where every passenger and crew member wear FeverGuard. Once the wearable is activated, continuous temperature monitoring begins, with a reading every four seconds*. As a soon as anyone on board presents signs of a potential fever, FeverGuard alerts doctors and nurses through its mobile app and administrative console. Meanwhile the medical staff gains valuable time for high priority tasks, such as rapidly isolating and treating individuals with confirmed infections. With FeverGuard, everyone gains around-the-clock protection.

Cruising on the Grand Princess - Vacation Turned Quarantine

In March, cruise ship Grand Princess was denied entrance to the port of San Francisco with 2,422 passengers and 1,111 crew members on board because of COVID-19. More than a hundred were infected, two of whom died. A  two-week, impromptu quarantine ensued. Guests were confined to their cabins with no idea if they were infected or when the quarantine would end. And it was literally impossible for the ship’s doctor and staff to monitor everyone. FeverGuard could have changed this scenario dramatically. Text and email alerts would have notified medical staff as soon as anyone presented with a potential fever. Infected passengers could have been quarantined and treated, while substantially reducing the rate of additional infection.