TTN 26th March 2020
Audio of The Ovation of the Seas captain declaring that passengers would not require quarantine on disembarkment in Sydney has been uncovered by The Tourism News Australia. The audio was recorded on 18th March 2020, three days after the NSW Government declared new health orders that prohibited gatherings of more than 500 people.
Under the orders of 15th March 2020 and under the Public Health Act, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard declared that if corporations were to wilfully proceed with gatherings of more than 500 people, those corporations would be liable for fines of $55000 and for $27500 for every subsequent day gatherings are allowed to proceed.
The video of the Royal Caribbean captain ensuring passengers that they could disembark at the end of their cruise under no health restrictions was recorded and uploaded by a cruise passenger on 18th March, a full three days after the declaration.
Friends of the passengers commented immediately that new strict fines and potential jail time were in place for people who did not self-quarantine, demonstrating that the public including Royal Caribbean Cruises executives were made aware of the risks. The Royal Caribbean captain instilled such confidence in the passengers that they were not required to quarantine that the video was uploaded along with the caption ‘I’ll just leave this here for anyone questioning our cruise and quarantine time *cry laughing face*
The captain’s dialogue of Wed 18th March 2020 (see video below)
“Whether you are international or going back home in Australia, you will walk off and go home at your leisure; if you’re travelling abroad, you will go to the airport or wherever hotel or airport, but just to say again that no self-isolation of any kind will be required by anyone disembarking The Ovation. This of course is the silver lining of not making it into New Zealand, because we did not go and visit any foreign ports, we can rest assured that no self-isolation will be required.”
On 5th March 2020, Royal Caribbean Cruises published on their blog that “Royal Caribbean sent an update to travel partners that it will add mandatory temperature screenings to the cruise check-in process in order to better protect guests and crew against the spread of coronavirus COVID-19. Beginning on March 6, 2020, all Royal Caribbean International ships will conduct mandatory temperature screenings for all guests and crewmembers on embarkation day.”
The screenings were not done on the Australian-boarding cruises on and around 12th March 2020.
This text is directly from the NSW Health press conference (Facebook Live video) of 16th March 2020
“Under the Public Health Act’s Quarantine Provision of 16th March 2020, ‘any person entering Australia will now be required to have a 14 day Quarantine Period… both of those orders are designed to make sure that we minimise the spread as much as possible from the possibility of those people coming into Australia and coming into our community without a period of 14 days. I would remind the community that any time you come into contact with a carrier of COVID-19, it is considered to be that symptoms would normally appear within 14 days… which is why we are in fact directing under our emergency powers that individuals coming into our country, all people, will be subject to that quarantine. I stress that it is quite a serious scenario because people will be liable to individual fines of up to $11000 if they breach that direction, and they may be also be liable for up to six months imprisonment.
Ovation of the Seas is one of five ‘locally based’ (in Sydney) cruise ships, according to a press release from Royal Caribbean reproduced by First Class Travel.
Royal Caribbean Blog detailing supposed measures being taken by date