November 23, 2020
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Here are some of the news articles we are following:
- CDC Escalates Warning for Cruise Travel, Urging Avoidance
- Global Public Health Services (GPHS) - NAVIGATING THROUGH THE CDC'S FRAMEWORK FOR CONDITIONAL SAILING REQUIREMENTS - A STEP BY STEP GUIDANCE DOCUMENT
- 2021 a Transition Year for Norwegian; Up to Nine Months for Comeback
- Voyages will not resume until January 1, 2021
- Royal Caribbean Announces Four-Ship 2022 Alaska Program
- Norwegian To Have Trial Cruises as Early as January
- Cruises could be given ‘green light’ in January
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CDC Escalates Warning for Cruise Travel, Urging Avoidance
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has escalated its warning for cruise travel to the highest level and continued to recommend avoiding any trips on cruise ships worldwide. The agency raised its warning to Level 4 from Level 3, citing “very high” risk of Covid-19 on cruise ships. Passengers are at increased risk of person-to-person spread of Covid-19 and should get tested and stay home for at least seven days after travel, according to its website.
“For most travelers, cruise ship travel is voluntary and should be rescheduled for a future date,” the CDC said.
Global Public Health Services (GPHS) - NAVIGATING THROUGH THE CDC'S FRAMEWORK FOR CONDITIONAL SAILING REQUIREMENTS - A STEP BY STEP GUIDANCE DOCUMENT
The United States - Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has announced a framework for a phased resumption of cruise ship passenger operations. Considering the continued spread of COVID-19 worldwide and increased risk of COVID-19 on cruise ships, a careful approach is needed to safely resume operations. Hence, Global Public Health Services (GPHS) (www.gphsconsulting.com) is offering a step-by-step guide to assist the global cruise industry with compliance to CDC requirements.
Access your free copy of the GPHS guidance document at: www.gphsconsulting.com
2021 a Transition Year for Norwegian; Up to Nine Months for Comeback
Next year will be a transition year for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, according to President and CEO Frank Del Rio, speaking on the company's third quarter earnings call. "In terms of how long it's going to take to get the full fleet up and going, my best sense today, given all the uncertainties that we still have to work out with the CDC and when we can start, is six to nine months," he said. Noting 2021 as a transition year, Del Rio said he believes the company will be able to have our entire fleet up and running sometime in the latter half of 2021, so that 2022 becomes the first full year since 2019 that the company can operate the entire fleet for the full year. "(2022) is the road to normalization. And then '23 forward is normalization," Del Rio said.
Voyages will not resume until January 1, 2021
South Florida's 3 largest cruise companies suspended passenger sailings through the end of the year. Less than a week after the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) put out guidelines for the return to service, Carnival Corporation, RCG-Royal Caribbean Group, and NCLH-Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings all announced cruises will not resume until January 1, 2021, at the earliest. The companies, which make up the 3 largest in the United States cruise industry, have not embarked cruisers since mid-March due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Royal Caribbean Announces Four-Ship 2022 Alaska Program
Royal Caribbean International has announced its summer 2022 Alaska season, introducing new itineraries with four ports of call with the Ovation, Quantum, Radiance and Serenade of the Seas in the region. Royal Caribbean said based on feedback, it's a longer season, offering seven-night cruise vacations departing from Seattle; Seward, Alaska; and Vancouver, British Columbia. Royal Caribbean’s 2022 Alaska cruises open for bookings on Wednesday, Nov. 11; Crown & Anchor Society loyalty members are able to book today. The Ovation of the Seas will be joined by sister ship Quantum of the Seas to sail 7-night roundtrip itineraries from Seattle. The Quantum Class ships will bring guests to more scenic cities and towns along the Northwest coastline, including Victoria, British Columbia; Sitka, Skagway, Ketchikan and Juneau, Alaska. In addition, two Radiance Class ships will return to the region to round out the summer season. The Radiance and Serenade of the Seas will further expand Royal Caribbean’s reach with a fresh take on seven-night itineraries anchored by visits to Haines, Sitka, Ketchikan, Juneau and Seward, Alaska, the company said.
Norwegian To Have Trial Cruises as Early as January
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings may have trial sailings of cruises as early as January, according to President and CEO Frank Del Rio, speaking on the company's third quarter earnings call. "But if you just read literally the order and the sequence (from the CDC) that we need to get a vessel ready to start the sailings, we think those sailings could start as early as early January," said Del Rio. He noted it was not a race. "We want to get this 100 percent right. We're stressing flawless execution," Del Rio continued. "There's still a lot to learn about the order and the nuances of how to execute those orders, how to implement the 74 recommendations seamlessly along with the framework that the CDC has laid out. And those are complex issues, what kind of testing, how often do we test, et cetera." Del Rio added that he thought some companies may start trial cruises as soon as December.
Cruises could be given ‘green light’ in January
The cruise industry could be given the green light to restart as early as January, under plans being discussed by ministers. The Foreign Office issued blanket advice against all cruise ship travel back in July.
According to The Daily Mail, ministers initially discussed industry claims that ships could quickly be made safe. However, following work on improved medical procedures, discussions about a phased restart for the industry are now said to be at an advanced stage. The phased restart could mean cruise lines start operating “domestic” cruises around the UK from January. If these trials are successful, a wider lifting of the ban will be introduced over the following months. However, reports said that operators would be responsible for repatriating guests in the event of an outbreak on board. A Whitehall source was quoted as saying: “We are working on a framework to allow the industry to reopen safely early in the new year.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in the articles above are those of the authors' and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of this e-Newsletter
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