August 7, 2020
In this Issue
Here are some of the news articles we are following:
- Association of major cruise lines issues third suspension, will pause operations through Oct. 31
- As cruising resumes in some parts of world, multiple cruise ships affected by new COVID-19 cases
- Holland America Renames New Ship; New Delivery Date
- MSC Cruises to Operate Palumbo Malta Shipyard in New Joint Venture
- 230 Mauritian Crew Arrive in Italy For the Restart of MSC Cruise Ships
- Variety Cruises restarts Greek island itineraries around the Cyclades
- UnCruise Adventures resumes cruise operations in Alaska
- Cruise Cancellations: Ocean and Yacht Voyages Through December 2020
- When will cruise ships resume sailing? A line-by-line guide
- Paul Gauguin Has A COVID-19 Case
- Hurtigruten Temporarily Suspends Expedition Cruise Operations
- Costa Releases Health Plan and Eyes Restart of Cruising
- Cruise Line Relaunching with Masks, Rapid Testing and More
- Passengers confined to cabins as coronavirus appears on another cruise ship
- Norway Restricts Cruise Traffic for Next 14 Days
- 'No apparent social distancing': NYC river cruise stopped, arrests made over illegal party
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Association of major cruise lines issues third suspension, will pause operations through Oct. 31
"An association of major cruise lines has announced yet another voluntary suspension of all sailings from U.S. ports, marking the third such announcement in recent months. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), a trade association with members including Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Virgin Voyages cruise lines, among dozens of others, announced Wednesday the extension of a voluntary pause in operations through Oct. 31 in response to the ongoing coronavirus health crisis. The pushback applies to all of CLIA's 27 member cruise lines, which also include those operated by Norwegian, Disney and Princess Cruises. Prior to Wednesday's announcement, CLIA had only extended the suspension of cruise activity through September 15."
As cruising resumes in some parts of world, multiple cruise ships affected by new COVID-19 cases
"While most of the global cruise industry remains on pause as coronavirus continues to sweep the world, some cruise lines have begun to resume operations on some ships in international waters. And while ships are sailing with new precautions, problems due to the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, are already on the rise. Multiple cruise lines, including AIDA Cruises, Hurtigruten and Paul Gauguin Cruises, have had cases on board announced before and after setting sail."
Holland America Renames New Ship; New Delivery Date
"Holland America Line announced it is changing the name of its 2021 newbuild from Ryndam to Rotterdam and designating it the new flagship of the fleet, according to a press release. The seventh ship to bear this historic name, Rotterdam will be delivered one year to the date on July 30, 2021, pushed back slightly from its original delivery of May 2021."
MSC Cruises to Operate Palumbo Malta Shipyard in New Joint Venture
"MSC Cruises and Palumbo Group today officially announced they have formed a joint venture to operate the Palumbo Malta Shipyard. The news was previously reported by Cruise Industry News earlier this year.
The new joint venture sees MSC Cruises take a 50 percent stake in the shipyard and become an equal partner alongside the current owner Palumbo Shipyards. The yard has four drydocks of various sizes and will be available to other cruise operators, according to MSC. The companies said they are planning a major update to the yard, which will become the yard of choice for MSC Cruises' vessels as well as from MSC Group cargo ships and ferries, while continuing to serve the shipyard's existing clients."
230 Mauritian Crew Arrive in Italy For the Restart of MSC Cruise Ships
"The Mauritius national public broadcaster MBC, reports that 230 Mauritian crew members, called to resume service on cruise ships at the port of Genova in Italy, left Mauritius on a charter flight on Wednesday, July 29. MBC reports that among these Mauritian crew, a good number are made up of new recruits who will be in training before joining different cruise ships. They boarded Alitalia aircraft which repatriated 153 cruise ship crew back to Mauritius on Wednesday, July 29. According to our source, the new joiners are MSC crew, ready to board cruise ships docked in Genova. Most of them will join MSC Grandiosa."
Variety Cruises restarts Greek island itineraries around the Cyclades
"Variety Cruises restarted its Greek island sailings with week-long itineraries island-hopping around the Cyclades. The company restarted sailings on July 25, becoming one of the very few cruise lines currently operating on the oceans. The first trip back took place on the 49-passenger Galileo mega-yacht. Taking passengers on a voyage around the Cyclades, the vessel stopped at the islands of Paros, Syros, and Folegandros, along with the popular Mykonos and Santorini."
UnCruise Adventures resumes cruise operations in Alaska
"One of the smallest cruise brands in North America, UnCruise Adventures, restarts operations in Alaska on Saturday, August 1, with one small ship. There have been a number of false starts this summer for the comeback of small-ship cruising in North America, with some sailings cancelled just days prior to departure. However, the company’s 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer received a green light to sail from Juneau late Saturday on a 7-night, adventure-focused voyage to remote parts of Southeast Alaska.
In order to allow for social distancing, the ship will sail with just 38 passengers onboard."
Cruise Cancellations: Ocean and Yacht Voyages Through December 2020
"Like all travel enthusiasts, we are eagerly anticipating the day we can return to sailing the world again and welcome our guests back aboard. Unfortunately, the constantly changing variables related to Covid-19, coupled with differing restrictions for international travel, continue to determine when and where this can happen. The uncertainty surrounding this global health crisis hinders the ability for all cruise lines to operate, and it is with deep regret that we have had to cancel all Ocean voyages (aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity) and Yacht voyages (aboard Crystal Esprit) through the remainder of 2020."
When will cruise ships resume sailing? A line-by-line guide
"When will the Great Cruise Shutdown end? That’s the question many cruise fans are asking now as they eagerly await the day when they can get back on the high seas. The bad news, for those who are itching to cruise again, is that many ships might not return to service for many months. Every major cruise line in the world suspended departures in mid-March as the coronavirus outbreak grew, and it’s likely many major lines will remain completely shut down at least into the fall. While we are seeing a few cruise vessels — river ships, mostly, but also some ocean ships — starting to resume operations in Europe (with trips aimed at local vacationers), most major lines that cater to North Americans have canceled sailings through at least September. A few lines have gone even further."
Paul Gauguin Has A COVID-19 Case
"Paul Gauguin Cruises has one case of COVID-19 aboard its cruise ship, according to local reports from French Polynesia. The ship has docked in Papeete where all passengers and crew were expected to be tested. The current sailing is also said to be cancelled, according to local reports. The company has relaunched operations in July with a cruise for local residents, and was sailing its second voyage, open to international guests."
Hurtigruten Temporarily Suspends Expedition Cruise Operations
"Calling it a response to the coronavirus outbreak onboard the Roald Amundsen, Hurtigruten has temporarily suspended all expedition sailings on the Roald Amundsen, Fridtjof Nansen and Spitsbergen until further notice. Thirty-six crew and several guests tested positive for COVID-19 in the outbreak onboard the Roald Amundsen. "The safety and well-being of our guests and crew is Hurtigruten’s number one priority. We are now focusing all available efforts in taking care of our guests and colleagues. We are working closely with the Norwegian National and Local Health Authorities for follow-up, information, further testing, and infection tracking," said CEO in Hurtigruten, Daniel Skjeldam. Hurtigruten is as of Monday 03 August, 2020 in the process of reaching out to and informing guests booked on the now cancelled voyages."
Costa Releases Health Plan and Eyes Restart of Cruising
"Costa Cruises has said it is waiting for the final sign offs from authorities to start operations with its new "Costa Safety Protocol" system in place. Carnival's Italian cruise brand said the protocols were supported by a panel of independent scientific experts in Public Health coordinated by V.I.H.T.A.L.I. (Value in Health Technology and Academy for Leadership and Innovation), a spin-off of the Università Cattolica of Rome. Costa said it has worked in line with several global and national health guidelines to develop the new guidelines which represent a comprehensive set of measures and procedures, including the safety of crew members as they return to work onboard, the booking process, embarking and disembarking operations in port, life and medical care onboard and shore excursions."
Cruise Line Relaunching with Masks, Rapid Testing and More
"One of the major cruise lines hopes to begin welcoming guests later this summer if their newly-released health protocols are approved. The plan involves the use of rapid testing, the distribution of masks, and restrictions put upon shore excursions. MSC Cruises announced their hopes to sail later this summer, starting with Mediterranean sailings aboard their flagship MSC Grandiosa as well as the MSC Magnifica."
Passengers confined to cabins as coronavirus appears on another cruise ship
"Another cruise ship that tried to resume sailings in recent days is having a coronavirus crisis. The French Polynesia-based, 332-passenger Paul Gauguin returned early to its home port of Papeete, Tahiti, over the weekend after a passenger tested positive for the illness. The vessel, operated by Tahiti-based Paul Gauguin Cruises, was just three days into its first sailing with international passengers since cruise lines around the world halted operations in March."
Norway Restricts Cruise Traffic for Next 14 Days
"Norwegian authorities are reportedly restricting cruise ships with more than 100 passengers from sailing in Norwegian waters for the next 14 days, according to the newspaper VG, seemingly awaiting the final outcome of the COVID-19 outbreak on Hurtigruten’s Roald Amundsen. Cruises underway are allowed to complete their itineraries but passengers and crew will not be able to go ashore. The restrictions do not apply to ferries or other shipping."
'No apparent social distancing': NYC river cruise stopped, arrests made over illegal party
"Authorities shut down an illegal party on a New York City river cruise ship over the weekend for multiple violations, including a lack of social distancing provisions, according to the New York City Sheriff's Office.
Empire Cruises' Liberty Belle ship was intercepted at Pier 36 in Manhattan on Saturday and the owners and captain were arrested, the sheriff's department tweeted. Photos shared to social media appeared to show a "packed" boat with "no apparent social distancing" or mask usage, as one Twitter user put it. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer later said in a tweet she alerted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to the posts, who then "alerted the sheriff who handles health & civil violations."
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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