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Pranks and patience: Passing the time on the Diamond Princess

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It sounds like a barrel of laughs with viral infections doubling in as many days.

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For sure, there go 2600 people not in a hurry to book their next cruise.

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... The world has more important things to do deal with than the boredom of quarantined people.

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here's a novel idea- allow the countries to take back their citizens and deal with the crisis themselves like they did with Wuhan. Why Japan has to shoulder the responsibility is beyond me. All countries, including Japan, evacutated their citizens from Wuhan. Why don't they do the same here?

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There are probably a dozen senior civil servants slapping their foreheads right now.

They must have thought that keeping mostly foreigners on a ship would mean it wouldn’t be Japan’s problem.

Their actions have allowed Japan’s infection rate to be the second highest in the world,as of today!

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very strange.

Japan is now listed as 25 cases only while the diamond princess is listed separately at 61..

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019–20_Wuhan_coronavirus_outbreak#Japan

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It seems 3,700 passengers are toooo many for Japan for quarantine and everything after infected ones in the ship. The US wants 426 Americans back home for quarantine. The US Air Force plane will send them back. This is very good. If other countries do same things, Japan can take good care of Japanese and less foreigners in Japan. It seems all hospitals are full of infected Japanese and Chinese patients from China.

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A problem with the consumerist society - people no longer know how to enteratian themselves without consuming instant content or material goods.

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Good to see some of these shippers keeping a sense of humor about their plight.

I think I'd like the extra time given to me to relax. I'd get a hell of a lot of reading done.

As long as they also had some good grub and drinks, I wouldn't mind my two weeks "cruise" on a boat in beautiful Yokohama harbor.

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Who really wants to be confined to a windowless and airless cabin for two weeks?

The after effects of mass quarantines and infection rates of over 20% are not going to go down well for airlines nor the tourism business in Japan.

Again and again,I ask doctors and nurses here,if they are receiving briefings on the virus and all replies are negative.

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You know what would be good publicity? If Nintendo send some switch consoles for the kids to play. Their family might also be into it. Is a great family console. Is the best cure for boredom. Some companies should do something to support them. Doing nothing can make the long hours very miserable and spread fear and anxiety

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Wong published a video of people dancing with joy as they frolicked in the sunshine, saying "I'm so excited, I just can't hide it"

Long live the Pointer Sisters!

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A problem with the consumerist society - people no longer know how to enteratian themselves without consuming instant content or material goods.

@ Ifd66, I'm curious. No snark. No shade. What would you suggest people do in lieu of "instant content" or "material goods" in this situation? Stuck in a cabin the size of a Japanese business hotel--some windowless and airless, with intermittent arrivals of sub-standard food (compared to expectations at the outset of a luxe cruise), I'm trying to think how I might best handle it.

Please offer concrete and viable suggestions. I'm travelling to Japan in three weeks for a two month stay. Who knows? I might need great ideas. You know. Just in case.

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I hope more people will keep in contact with them and boost their spirits

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Coming from one of the poorer families in the world, my parents could only afford one of the window-less cabins during their several cruises. Can't imagine what it's like to be inside those sort of cabins 23/7.

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On Cruise Ship Quarantined In Japan, Any New Cases Would Reset The Isolation Clock

https://www.npr.org/2020/02/07/803843303/on-cruise-ship-quarantined-in-japan-any-new-cases-would-reset-the-isolation-cloc

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On Cruise Ship Quarantined In Japan, Any New Cases Would Reset The Isolation Clock

Too bad, because they found 3 new cases this morning on that cruise. Total is now 64.

https://www.theweek.in/wire-updates/international/2020/02/08/fgn6-japan-virus-ship.html

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It seems to be only matter of time that almost all passengers would be infected each other in the densely lived ship in 2 weeks. Better let them to send their own country somehow before infected in the ship. 3,700 people can't be hospitalized in Japan. Just too many! The ship seems like little Wuhan.

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Read a book.

Do other people not travel with a tablet with 10+ books? Heck, mine has over 100 books on it along with 50+GB of music. I'd rather read on the deck, but if the cabin is all that's available, so be it.

I'd definitely need some vitamin D pills to keep my mood stable if enough direct sunlight isn't possible.

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Bible study as entertainment? Yeesh, they really must be bored

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Just keep repeating, "I never go on another cruise!" "I never go on another cruise!" "I never go on another cruise!"......

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I do not understand why they do not send the passengers back where the trip started and go home.

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On my iPad/iPhone my mobi book collection is about 500 books. But can connect to my home computers for movies/music/TV

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The rooms with a balcony might be bearable but imagine the cheaper rooms that have no windows! I would go mad. Maybe they could send some sedatives so people can just vegetate to pass the boredom.

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Coming from one of the poorer families in the world, my parents could only afford one of the window-less cabins during their several cruises.

I've got good news for you. If your parents could afford any cabin on a cruise, you are not from one of the poorer families in the world, but one of the richer families. Congratulations.

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playing cards -- presumably patience for the solo traveller.

Not necessarily. I can imagine the tedium, combined with the ever-increasing likelihood of infection, leading the susceptible to some pretty high-stakes play.

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ifd66

A problem with the consumerist society - people no longer know how to enteratian themselves without consuming instant content or material goods.

Even before the "consumerist society", people would go outside to be entertained by travelling minstrels, run and play with wooden toys, shop in the market (yes, they still did that - for basic goods at least), go to theatres, etc. Notice, they are social activities where travelling outside and being with people is a necessity. Being cooped up is no fun in any time period. Best they could do is have xbox, computer, et lan parties in a simulated world of one they cannot in reality take part in.

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First, thank God it’s not 39° out. Everyone would want out under the sun. I’d like to know how the costs are going to be covered. Some passengers may have insurance, others don’t. What a vacation!

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commanteer:

If your parents could afford any cabin on a cruise, you are not from one of the poorer families in the world, but one of the richer families.

Ha! I wish! I wouldn't be working, I can tell you that.

You may be basing the price of these cruises on what Japan offers. I was shocked when I compared Japanese prices and say, cruises in Europe and the Caribbean. I thought the cheapest packages my parents got were very affordable. Hence the shock at Japanese prices.

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