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World’s Largest Floating Petri Dish

Posted by feww on October 16, 2014

Submitted by a reader [Edited by FIRE-EARTH]

First survivor of next contagious deadly disease on a cruise ship should be awarded…

More than 8,700 passengers and crew, wine, dine and make sewage aboard Oasis of the Seas nearly every day of the year.

Oasis of the Seas is 362 meters long, 65 meters wide and 65 meters high from the water line—the size of a city block. It made its maiden voyage five years ago.

Oasis Stats
22 knots cruising speed; 16 guest decks; 18 total decks; 24 passenger elevators; 4 bow thrusters with 7,500 horse power each; 5,400 guests (double occupancy); 6,360 guests total; 2,394 crew (From more than 71 countries); 241 km of piping used 5,310 km of electrical cables; 600,000 liters of paint used; 500,000 individual steel parts; makes 50 tons of ice cubes every day; contains 2,300 tons of water in the swimming pools and whirlpools…

oasis of disease
The world’s largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas. (Photo xinhua)

One Response to “World’s Largest Floating Petri Dish”

  1. Jim said

    Updated statement from Carnival Cruise Lines Oct. 17, 2014 – 12.30pm U.S. eastern time

    The Carnival Magic, which was waiting off the coast of Cozumel, Mexico this morning to dock there for a scheduled port visit, had not received clearance from Mexican authorities to do so by 12 noon eastern time today and therefore the decision was made to proceed to Galveston to ensure the ship arrives there on time on Sunday morning. We greatly regret that this situation, which was completely beyond our control, precluded the ship from making its scheduled visit to Cozumel and the resulting disappointment it has caused our guests. The Texas healthcare worker on board continues to show no symptoms of illness and poses no risk to the guests or crew on board. The individual remains in voluntary isolation. Guests on the ship are being provided a $200 per person credit to their shipboard accounts and a 50 percent discount on a future cruise based on the missed visit to Cozumel.

    6:00 am Statement:

    Late afternoon on Wednesday, Oct. 15., we were made aware by the U.S. CDC of a guest sailing this week on board Carnival Magic who is a lab supervisor at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. At no point in time has the individual exhibited any symptoms or signs of infection and it has been 19 days since she was in the lab with the testing samples. She is deemed by CDC to be very low risk. At this time, the guest remains in isolation on board the ship and is not deemed to be a risk to any guests or crew. It is important to reiterate that the individual has no symptoms and has been isolated in an extreme abundance of caution. We are in close contact with the CDC and at this time it has been determined that the appropriate course of action is to simply keep the guest in isolation on board.

    Additional background:

    None of Carnival Cruise Lines’ ships visit the region where Ebola cases are originating nor do our ships call in any countries with Level 3 CDC Travel Heath Notices. Any passengers or crew who have visited or traveled through Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea within 21 days of a cruise departure date will be denied boarding. Additionally, all guests sailing with us must answer a series of health screening questions during embarkation and, if deemed necessary, will be asked to submit to further medical screening prior to being allowed to board. All cruise lines continue to monitor the situation closely, along with our colleagues in the rest of the travel industry. The cruise industry is in close, frequent contact with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) for updates and guidance.

    Carnival Magic is based year-round in Galveston, TX and operates seven-day cruises to the Caribbean. The ship departed Galveston on Sunday, Oct. 12 and will return on Sunday, Oct. 19.
    – See more at:

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