December 16, 2020
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Here are some of the news articles we are following:
- A COVID-19-Free Cruise Takes Planning, but the Strip Show Goes On
- Carnival Crew to Receive 4,000 Holiday Cards
- Will Royal Caribbean pick volunteers for its test cruises based on loyalty status?
- St. Lawrence Cruise Lines Awarded Safe Travel Stamp
- Australia extends cruise ship suspension until mid-March
- Second Carnival Cruise Ship Returns to Florida
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A COVID-19-Free Cruise Takes Planning, but the Strip Show Goes On
ABOARD THE WORLD DREAM, IN THE STRAIT OF MALACCA — The drinks were virgin and the distancing was social when the Dream Boys strippers stormed the stage. Masks at poolside were mandatory. Hand sanitizer stations stood within easy reach of the slot machines. And in a vision of the future of the global cruise industry, passengers aboard the World Dream cruise liner wore small pink contact-tracing pods that monitored their locations and recorded the names of everybody they met with. “We aboard the World Dream are doing our utmost to keep your cruise with us healthy,” Robert Bodin, the ship’s captain, told his 1,400 passengers as they set sail, in a departure from his usual invitation to relax and enjoy the journey.
Carnival Crew to Receive 4,000 Holiday Cards
An initiative started by Brand Ambassador and Senior Cruise Director of Carnival Cruise Line, John Heald, has led to more than 4,000 holiday cards received by the cruise line for its approximately 4,000 crew members working onboard. “Right now, we have over 4000 cards, which – as we have around 4000 crew onboard our ships – will mean they will all get one each,” Heald wrote on social media on Dec. 1. He added that every crew member will also receive a card from Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy.
“It may not sound like much, but to these crew who are away from their families at this special time of the year, and during the challenges that continue around the world, it will mean so very, very much,” Heald wrote. Heald came up with the card idea spontaneously on Nov. 13. He wrote on Facebook that he received a thank you card from someone he helped.
Will Royal Caribbean pick volunteers for its test cruises based on loyalty status?
It looks like the elite of Royal Caribbean's customer loyalty program might get the first chance. According to a report by unofficial cruise reporting site CruiseCritic, Royal Caribbean International CEO Michael Bayley seemed to confirm the higher your status in Crown and Anchor Society, the better your chances. Mr. Bayley spoke at the International Cruise Summit and said its Pinnacle members would be first. "Our top tier has the name of Pinnacle and they've cruised with us a gazillion times … they'll be amongst the first to receive the invitation."
St. Lawrence Cruise Lines Awarded Safe Travel Stamp
St. Lawrence Cruise Lines has announced that it has been awarded the Safe Travels stamp accreditation ahead of the 2021 cruising season. The Safe Travels stamp is an international symbol designed to help travelers recognize companies around the world that have adopted global standardized health and hygiene protocols - intended to ensure that travelers can travel safely, according to the cruise line. The company said that the accreditation was the result of enhanced health and safety measures that were developed and enacted for its fall cruise schedule. The measures are specific to overnight small ship cruising within Canada, and include guest screening, reduced passenger loads, physical distancing, masking, and a ship-wide disinfectant program. In Ontario, the Safe Travels stamp is awarded through cooperation between the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) and the World Travel and Tourism Commission (WTTC).
Australia extends cruise ship suspension until mid-March
Australia extended its human biosecurity emergency period, involving the suspension of cruise operations and overseas travel, for another three months until March 17. Health Minister Greg Hunt said Tuesday that the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee and Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer advised that the international COVID-19 situation continues to pose an unacceptable public health risk.
Hunt said the extension of the emergency period is ‘an appropriate response to that risk.’ The suspension has been in place since March 18 and was set to cease December 17. He said the Australian government is working closely with state and territory agencies and the cruise industry to develop a framework for the staged resumption of cruising in a manner that is proportionate to the public health risk. Cruise Lines International Association Australasia MD Joel Katz welcomed the government’s statement.
Second Carnival Cruise Ship Returns to Florida
After months of being anchored off the coast of the Bahamas, Carnival Breeze returned to PortMiami on Monday. Sister ship Carnival Horizon returned to Florida in late November. Earlier this year, Carnival Cruise Line confirmed that the plan was for Horizon and Breeze to be their first ships to return to service. While there has not yet been word as to which ships might be next, the line has said that when they are ready to look at sailings from ports outside of Florida, the next likely spot would be Galveston, Texas. Meanwhile, before any ship — for Carnival or any other line — can sail out of the U.S., it will have to undergo a certification process being overseen by the Centers for Disease Control.
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