Transcript for Aboard the 1st cruise ship to set sail in North America
significant sign of life returning to normal. The first cruise ship setting sail in North America since the pandemic, pretty much docked the entire industry, and ABC transportation correspondent gio Benitez has a lovely tan working right now. He is in Barbados, good to see you, my man, this is a big deal. We can smile and laugh and have a little fun about it, but this is significant to have this industry back going. Reporter: Yes, this is the first ship, T.J., in north America, that is actually going ahead and getting out there and sailing, and we're talking about a ship that is only at 30% capacity right now, but let's go ahead and go up live there with our drone cam and you can just see, right now, there aren't a lot of people out there, and that is because we're in Barbados and they're out having fun on those excursions, but no doubt about it, there are still people on board and here is what is really significant, T.J., we're talking about people who are fully vaccinated. Every adult on board right now is fully vaccinated, right now, and every crew member is fully vaccinated, the crew members are still wearing the masks so there's that, but passengers don't necessarily need to wear a mask if they don't want to, the cruise line is giving some out just in case. And the other big change, the dining hall. T.J., you know how popular that is on any cruise ship. The dining hall has a major change. There are no self-serve stations anywhere. You basically go up to the regular buffet and you have them go ahead and give you the food. That is the big change. And otherwise, we're talking about a very normal experience and that is what people like here, that it feels normal. But you also mentioned of course everybody is fully vaccinated, that's great, but god forbid someone did test positive on that cruise ship. What's the plan in place if that happens? Yes, and it's a great question, T.J., they do have a medical facility on board this ship, they've got two doctors on board, 11 nurses on board, and basically what happens is if someone were to test positive because they do do testing on the ship, if someone were to test positive, they go ahead and they go over to one of those isolation cabins that they have designated just for that, and once they get that going, they do all of the contact tracing, and that, T.J., is really what's important here. All right, gio, I was so ready and prepared to be jealous and upset with you for the assignment that you got, but I've seen you out in storms and hurricanes, on tarmacs, look, you earned this one, my man. So I know you're working but try to enjoy yourself a little bit. You earned it, all right, gio? We'll see you soon, brother. I'm going to go do some water aerobics right now.
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