October 23, 2020
In this Issue
Here are some of the news articles we are following:
- Alaska cruise ports issue plea to save 2021 season
- The SeaDream 1 Ready for the Caribbean Season
- Bastia and North Corsica welcome Le Lyrial and La Belle des Oceans simultaneously
- Heritage Expeditions to Resume Sailing in New Zealand
- Nippon Maru Aiming for November Cruise Start
- Another New Cruise Ship Is Delivered
- CCL-Carnival Cruise Line cancels all Miami and Port Canaveral sailings for November
- Japan helps create cruise ship rules for virus outbreak
- What happened to Royal Caribbean's first cruise ship?
- Miami Continues to Support Cruise Lines by Extending Waiver on Fees
- What is the Best Time to Board Your Cruise Ship on Embarkation Day?
- Cruise Ships Back in Service: October Update
- VIDEO: Shutdown impact on Australasian businesses
- Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings extends suspension of voyages to December
- Mein Schiff 6 Declared Corona Free After More Testing
- Mystic Invest Holding buys CMV Vasco da Gama
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Alaska cruise ports issue plea to save 2021 season
"After facing a devastating season that saw no cruise ships call on ports in Alaska and BC (British Columbia) as a result of the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, port cities on the itineraries that rely on travel industry say that having ships return in 2021 is crucial for their survival. Borough mayor for the Alaskan cruise port of Skagway Andrew Cremata remarked on the current situation faced by the town, and numerous other ports of call in Southeast Alaska, during a panel discussion at the virtual Seatrade conference on October 7. Cremata said that the cruise industry made up as much as 95% of the overall revenue of the port town."
The SeaDream 1 Ready for the Caribbean Season
"The SeaDream I will be the first cruise ship to depart from Great Britain after months of shutdown caused by the pandemic. A transatlantic 17-day sail is scheduled for the ship’s repositioning to Barbados. Despite the new security measures put in place by Great Britain, the SeaDream Yacht Club’s ship will leave from Portsmouth on October 19 to reach Barbados 17 days later. Funchal, on the island of Madeira, will be the only stopover during the long trip before reaching the Caribbean. Once in the Caribbean, there are stops scheduled in Kingstown and on the island of Mayreau. SeaDream Yacht Club enjoyed great success this past summer with their cruises in Norway, and was one of the first and few companies to begin sailing again after the forced break beginning in March 2020. The company will now propose, beyond the transatlantic cruise, a series of weekly cruises from the Barbados Islands. The ship to be used is the SeaDream I, but in the case that requests are more consistent it could be joined by the SeaDream II, which is exactly what happened during the summer season."
Bastia and North Corsica welcome Le Lyrial and La Belle des Oceans simultaneously
"Since July 12, 2020, Bastia and North Corsica cruise ports welcome on a regular basis, cruise ship calls from two French companies: Ponant Cruises with its Le Lyrial and L’Austral ships and CroisiEurope with its MS La Belle des Oceans. Departing from the port of Villefranche-sur-Mer (Nice, France Riviera), both lines have proposed to their French passengers only, exclusive week-long routes around the island including visits to Bastia, Calvi, L’Ile-Rousse, and Saint Florent."
Heritage Expeditions to Resume Sailing in New Zealand
"New Zealand’s Heritage Expeditions will resume domestic cruising this season after receiving the green light from the government, according to the New Zealand Cruise Association (NZCA) in a press release. According to the statement, which quotes Heritage Expeditions’ commercial director Aaron Russ, all clearance and exemption requirements, including the Ministry of Health clearance, have been received for the ship to be in New Zealand on the basis of the plan submitted by Heritage Expeditions. Heritage Expeditions will resume operations on its 50-passenger ship Spirit of Enderby as early as November 24. The seven-day New Zealand cruise will start in Invercargill and take guests around the country’s remote southern backyard, comprising of the Stewart Island and Fiordland, to return to the Port of Bluff."
Nippon Maru Aiming for November Cruise Start
"Mitsui OSK Passenger Line is hoping to start cruising again in Japan with the Nippon Maru in November after a handful of test cruises, according to Naohiko Yamaguchi, president, in an interview with Cruise Industry News. The company will follow recent rules released by JOPA (Japan Oceangoing Passenger Ship Association), which is supervised by the MLIT (Japan Ministry of Land Infrastructures, Transportation and Tourism). Itineraries will be short, concentrating on Japanese coastal sailings for now with cruise lengths of one, two and three nights. Deployment includes 37 cruises through August 2021. Ship capacity will be trimmed to between 40 and 60 percent, Yamaguchi explained, with 20 rooms set aside for isolation purposes."
Another New Cruise Ship Is Delivered
"With shipyards getting back into full swing, another new cruise ship was delivered when a cruise line took delivery of their largest vessel yet. P&O Cruises took delivery of Iona from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany this weekend. At 185,000 ton, 345m in length with 17 guest decks and setting new ground for guest experience, Iona is the first British cruise ship to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG)."
CCL-Carnival Cruise Line cancels all Miami and Port Canaveral sailings for November
"CCL-Carnival Cruise Line notified passengers and travel agents that it is cancelling the remaining sailings for the 6 total liners operating from PortMiami and Port Canaveral in November 2020. The company also cancelled 5 cruises scheduled to operate from Sydney between January 16-February 8, 2021. Following the decision of the U.S. CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to extend its "no-sail" order for cruise operations until October 31, Carnival Cruise Line cancelled all but PortMiami and Port Canaveral sailings for the rest of 2020. However, it has now determined that November operations will not be feasible. The company continues to work on procedures and protocols that would allow for the resumption of cruises, with a gradual, phased-in approach, designating PortMiami and Port Canaveral as the first 2 homeports for embarkations."
Japan helps create cruise ship rules for virus outbreak
"Japan's Foreign Ministry plans to launch a research and study project to help to create international rules on how to handle infectious disease outbreaks onboard cruise ships. In February 2020, Coronavirus (COVID-19) cluster infections were confirmed aboard Princess Cruises' Diamond Princess, a cruise ship registered in Britain and operated by a US company. After the liner entered Yokohama Port close to Tokyo, Japan's government responded to prevent the infections' spread. The government tested many people on the cruise ship, including foreign nationals, and offered treatment to those with confirmed COVID infections. According to the Foreign Ministry, the response had shown that proper international rules had not been established to handle infectious diseases onboard cruise ships. The ministry added that currently, it was not clear which country should bear responsibility."
What happened to Royal Caribbean's first cruise ship?
"Royal Caribbean just celebrated the 51st anniversary of the cruise line's founding, and in all those years, you may recall Royal Caribbean's first cruise ship. Song of Norway was the first Royal Caribbean cruise ship, and it was a revolution in its own right that paved the way for every other cruise ship and advancement the cruise line would have later. So, what happened to Royal Caribbean's first cruise ship and where is it now?"
Miami Continues to Support Cruise Lines By Extending Waiver on Fees
"Miami is the cruise capital of the world and it continues to support the cruise industry by extending the waiver for lay berth and harbor fees. With cruise lines still suspending operations until December 2020 and for many even longer it comes as no surprise that Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez has announced to extends its waiver on berth and harbor fees."
What is the Best Time to Board Your Cruise Ship on Embarkation Day?
"We already have a previously written post on embarkation day tips, but here we will just talk about when you should try to get on your cruise ship and the best times to board to avoid a long wait in line."
Cruise Ships Back in Service: October Update
"The cruise industry is slowly staggering a restart of operations with ships restarting operations globally at reduced capacity levels. Here are the cruise ships currently back in service or planning restarts in October and beyond…"
VIDEO: Shutdown impact on Australasian businesses
"Australian and New Zealand businesses that have been devastated by the suspension of cruises will voice their support for a planned revival in a video series launched this month by CLIA-Cruise Lines International Association. Under the #WeAreCruise banner of CLIA, the videos highlight the economic impact suffered by local businesses as well as the 25,000 jobs that are at risk across Australasia while the industry remains at anchor. An initial 4 videos will be released on social media as part of the campaign that aims to raise awareness of the impact on the region’s $5 billion-a-year cruise industry. The videos tell the personal stories of people within the Australasian community."
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings extends suspension of voyages to December
"The company's cruise ships won't embark passengers until December at the earliest."
Mein Schiff 6 Declared Corona Free After More Testing
"False positives were a temporary setback for TUI Cruises and the Mein Schiff 6 as the German cruise operator said that previous positive COVID-19 tests were now negative. Sailing with limited capacity in Greece, the ship docked in Piraeus on Tuesday morning following 12 crew who had tested positive for COVID-19. "Following a false alarm caused by a report of 12 positive test results on crew by a land-based laboratory, three further tests, including two PCR tests and one antigen test, have confirmed the results: There are no cases of COVID-19 on board Mein Schiff 6. This was confirmed by the Greek authorities this afternoon," TUI Cruises said, in a press release."
Mystic Invest Holding buys CMV Vasco da Gama
"The Portuguese river and expedition cruise company Mystic Invest Holding bought the 1993-built CMV Vasco da Gama at an auction in the United Kingdom. The vessel, which started life as Holland America Line's Statendam, was the first of 5 cruise ships formerly operated by CMV-Cruise & Maritime Voyages, a UK-based destination-focused operator, which went out of business in the aftermath of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Mystic Invest will look at the German and British cruise markets to employ the 55,451 GT liner. It is by far the largest cruise ship owned by the company. Cruise & Maritime Voyages was also active in both markets and its Vasco da Gama sailed out of German ports during the summer months."
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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