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  1. Reyne Mayer

    MV Freewinds

    the ship took a short loop yesterday, staying within sight of the port but apparently out for as long as 18 hours. my guess is it's repaired enough to start doing the sort of exercise runs that normal cruise ships have been doing all along during the pandemic, but maybe not seaworthy enough to...
  2. Reyne Mayer

    MV Freewinds

    one of the things that jumps out at me is the pictures of beaches, which even when the ship did still take passengers sailing that was something they would almost certainly not be given the leisure to set foot on themselves. also, someone put up this video about the ship, that after 4 days has...
  3. Reyne Mayer

    MV Freewinds

    i'm also reminded of this in a piece today at the Underground Bunker: they are effectively billing it as a floating hotel, apparently with no plans or expectations that it will ever move again. i suspect they're flailing around in the face of some sort of catastrophic fail of the ship's...
  4. Reyne Mayer

    MV Freewinds

    I haven't seen anything about them being formally quarantined since the measles outbreak, though they seem to have their own self-imposed quarantine measures. Also, from the context of the video, taken by passengers on another cruise ship, what was going on with the Freewinds was not the norm...
  5. Reyne Mayer

    MV Freewinds

    Vesseltracker shows that the ship has been moored in port for 500 days. my understanding is that when a ship has been laid up that long it can't just resume operations, and has to be towed to a drydock for both technical reasons -- systems like steering may have rusted to the point of freezing...
  6. Reyne Mayer

    MV Freewinds

    given the passage of so much time with the ship staying docked, i think it has to have suffered some sort of crippling issue that just happened to more or less coincide with the beginning of the pandemic. from what i understand, if the boat had been able to move under its own power they would...
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