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Norwegian Jewel Cruise Ship Receives Bow-to-Stern Renovation
Norwegian Jewel is the latest ship to complete a refurbishment as part of Norwegian Cruise Line's $400 million "The Norwegian Edge" initiative. The ship emerged from a two-week dry dock with new and redesigned cabins, new and refreshed venues and new entertainment. "Norwegian Jewel's complete renovation showcases our dedication to providing guests with quality experiences across the fleet and around the world," said Andy Stuart, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line. "Not only are we revealing updated designs and accommodations throughout the ship, but guests will also enjoy new venues and three incredibly exciting shows, one of which premiers for the first time on Norwegian Jewel."
Teenager on cruise ship in Alaska had measles
A teenager visiting Alaska on the "Norwegian Jewel" had the measles, prompting concern that passengers may spread the rarely-seen virus further. A group of passengers who may have contacted the patient disembarked in Seward from the ship on Aug 13, 2018. On Aug 14, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services warned health care providers to look out for measles symptoms like rashes, runny noses, fevers and red eyes from passengers who may have contracted the disease. Health officials called the risk of secondary cases low. The patient was at the tail end of infectiousness when she boarded and was placed in medical isolation shortly after boarding the ship in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Aug. 6. The ship docked in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Glacier Bay before the cruise ended in Seward. Several days prior to the cruise, the patient reported waking up with a rash, fever and cold-like symptoms after a trip to Thailand. The patient’s parents, traveling with her, reported that she had never received the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine. On Aug. 8, the patient, a 16-year-old non-U.S. citizen was transferred to PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center for care. Doctors diagnosed her with measles on Aug. 10, several hours after her discharge from the hospital. At that point, she was no longer considered contagious. Though the disease is highly contagious, the risk of passing it on is very low after four days after the onset of a rash. Health officials believed the patient boarded the ship the fourth day after rash symptoms began, giving them reason to believe she wasn’t highly contagious while in contact with anyone who may still be in Alaska. The disease has a 7-21 day incubation period. The first day a passenger may show symptoms would have been Monday, seven days after encountering the measles patient. Anyone who contracted the virus is expected to show symptoms before Aug. 27.
Tricky medevac off Auckland
A seriously ill woman aboard the "Norwegian Jewel" sparked a challenging rescue in choppy seas off Auckland in the night of Dec 18, 2018. The Coastguard was called around 8.15 p.m. to help the passenger who urgently needed to be taken to hospital. The NZ Coastguard search and rescue catamaran "Lion Foundation Rescue" was sent, picking up St John paramedics on the way, and arrived at the cruise ship by 9.30 p.m. The ship had begun to turn back near Kawau Island and was north of Rangitoto at the time. Battling 2 meter swells, gusting 37 knot winds and poor visibility, a paramedic climbed aboard the cruise ship through the pilot's boarding station. After stabilising the woman, the patient and paramedic were lowered onto the rescue boat in a lifeboat, along with her partner in a tricky transfer. A Ports of Auckland pilot was sent out to safely guide the ship back to the anchorage place around the back of Rangitoto. The Coastguard took the woman back to shore, where an ambulance was waiting. She was taken to Auckland City Hospital and the "Norwegian Jewel" resumed its journey to Sydney. Report with photo: https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/travel-troubles/100706164/coastguard-rescues-ailing-cruise-ship-passenger-in-turbulent-conditions-off-aucklandNews schreiben