November 2, 2020
In this Issue
Here are some of the news articles we are following:
- Ban on Cruises from the U.S. Lifted
- The Controversial Technology That Could Change Cruising Forever
- First Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship to Sail Gives Glimpse of New Normal
- Western Australia exploring turning ships away COVID cases onboard
- Why sustainability is at the heart of cruising
- MSC To Implement New Onboard Air Cleaning System
- Haunting Images from a Cruise Ship Scrapyard [PHOTOS]
- Portsmouth Becomes First UK Port to Welcome Back Cruising
- Carnival Required to Certify Environmental Status of Ships Before U.S. Cruising
- FMC Report: Cruise Shutdown Caused Severe Economic Impact to Alaska
- Royal Caribbean Announces Major Winter 2021-2022 Redeployment
- CDC Still Advises Against All Cruise Travel Worldwide
- Japan cruise ships resume domestic services
- Holland America Line – Sanitation Protocol Update
- Carnival Corp. kicks passenger off cruise ship for breaking COVID rule
- Carnival cruises ahead, helping FTSE to end-of-week rally
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LEADING NEWS - Ban on Cruises from the U.S. Lifted
The Controversial Technology That Could Change Cruising Forever
"Not all cruisers were onboard when cruise lines started moving toward a more technology-driven experience. As wearable tech like the Princess Ocean Medallion was introduced, some pushed back over various concerns, chief among them privacy issues. Among other criticisms, some guests didn’t like the idea that cruise lines could use the wearable tech as a way of knowing their location on the ship at all times. But as cruising adapts to new protocols in an effort to safely sail in the age of social distancing, that technology and variations of it will likely play a key role. In the new hyper health-conscious cruising reality, knowing where people are gathering on a ship will be important. If there are too many in one place, staff could be assigned to encourage them to spread out."
First Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship to Sail Gives Glimpse of New Normal
"Cruise lines are well aware that the key to a successful industry relaunch is convincing potential guests they will be sailing in the safest possible environment. As Royal Caribbean prepares to offer a series of cruises from Singapore aboard Quantum of the Seas on December 1, the line is assuring customers that their health and safety is its top priority. A close look at the steps they’ve taken shows that this is not a promise made lightly. Royal Caribbean says it partnered “with top medical minds and the Singapore government” to design its safe cruising plan. Comprehensive prevention protocols were developed for every part of the ship. Onboard medical centers have been enhanced and response plans developed for a host of scenarios."
Western Australia exploring turning ships away COVID cases onboard
"Western Australia (WA) is looking at whether it can turn away vessels with COVID-19 cases onboard following four outbreaks on ships calling at its ports in the last three weeks. This week has seen 25 crew test positive for COVID-19 onboard the livestock carrier Al Messilah and two seafarers from the bulker Key Integrity, both of which called at the Port of Fremantle. These followed the recent outbreaks on the bulkers Patricia Oldendorff and Vega Dream calling at Port Hedland."
Why sustainability is at the heart of cruising
"How important is a robust sustainability programme for cruise lines, and what sustainability practices do you already have onboard your ships? Wassim Daoud, head of sustainability and corporate social responsibility at PONANT, and officer at PONANT Foundation: Ponant’s commitments are an integral part of the company’s status and a priority for its management. We have created a Sustainable Development & Corporate Social Responsibility department that reports directly to our CEO and co-founder, Jean Emmanuel Sauvée, and have an environmental officer present onboard each ship. In support of this, Ponant has initiated a series of unprecedented environmental initiatives. These include: the use of the cleanest maritime fuels, the installation of catalytic converter for nitrogen oxide elimination, shore power, carbon offsetting for 150 per cent of carbon dioxide emissions, waste sorting and recycling, biological treatment of sewage water, and the reduction of single-use plastics."
MSC To Implement New Onboard Air Cleaning System
"The currently under construction MSC Seashore will feature advanced air sanitation technology, “Safe Air,” which reduces the risk of catching viruses, according to a press statement. The ship will be the first new cruise ship ever to have it, MSC said. Previously, Windstar said it would retrofit HVAC upgrades on its existing ships. “The “Safe Air’” next-generation sanitation system is based on the technology of UV-C lamps which are type C ultraviolet rays applied in combination with the ship’s air conditioning system, whereby airflow is radiated at source with a short wavelength light that hits organic particles and prevents the circulation of air pollutants such as viruses, bacteria, and mold,” said the company, in a statement."
21 Haunting Images from a Cruise Ship Scrapyard [PHOTOS]
"It has been months since Carnival Fantasy arrived at Aliaga shipbreaking yard in Turkey, sadly, to be her final resting ground. At the time, we said farewell, making peace with this beloved piece of cruise history sailing into the great beyond. We probably should have simply left her story there. But curiosity keeps drawing us back, the ship’s deconstruction fascinating us almost as much as did her long-ago introduction."
Portsmouth Becomes First UK Port to Welcome Back Cruising
"Today [Monday 19 October] Portsmouth welcomed the first international cruise call since sailings were suspended, as SeaDream Yacht Club’s vessel, SeaDream 1, stopped to pick up passengers for a transatlantic voyage to the Caribbean. 19 passengers joined the 112-capacity ship, following strict health protocols. These include the use of coronavirus testing 72 hours in advance and immediately before boarding the ship, alongside extensive cleaning and sanitation regimes. In addition, all crew members are certified for the WHO's Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for novel coronavirus course and CoVid-19 Contact tracing course from Johns Hopkins University. SeaDream 1 had previously called at Oslo and Rotterdam, en route to the UK, part of a 21-day trip to Bridgetown, Barbados. Since the onset of the pandemic the port has implemented enhanced protocols, this includes a reconfigured terminal layout to maximise social distancing, and a temperature camera to check passengers, staff and crew."
Carnival Required to Certify Environmental Status of Ships Before U.S. Cruising
"A Federal Judge ruled on Wednesday that Carnival Corporation must certify each of its ships are environmentally compliant at least 30 days before resuming service in the United States, according to a court order. Judge Patricia Seitz, who is overseeing the U.S. Government's case against Carnival for environmental issues, said that the company must provide a certification signed by the Company’s Chief Executive Officer (Arnold Donald) as to the status of the items listed below from the Company’s Pause Priorities Plan for such Covered Vessel."
FMC Report: Cruise Shutdown Caused Severe Economic Impact to Alaska
"Alaska may have suffered the most severe impact from the cruise industry shutdown of all the states in the U.S. according to a new report from Federal Maritime Commissioner Louis Sola. The commissioner has been examining the economic impacts of COVID-19 on specific geographic regions. Commissioner Sola traveled to Anchorage, Whittier, and Seward where he met with elected officials, port directors, business executives, and labor leaders. While tourism benefits all the Northwestern states, Sola heard from the local officials and businesses that it is one of three pillars of the Alaskan economy. Alaska’s economy rests on three key industries: energy, fishing, and tourism. Tourism has been a growth industry for Alaska, with the number of visitors increasing 45 percent from 1.5 million in 2010 to 2.2 million in 2019. Alaska had been projecting a record tourism year in 2020 before the onset of the pandemic. Only one small cruise company, UnCruise Adventures, attempted to operate in Alaska, but suspended operations after just days."
Royal Caribbean Announces Major Winter 2021-2022 Redeployment
"Royal Caribbean International today made a number of adjustments to its winter 2021-2022, which includes new itineraries in the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand, citing guest feedback and market search to add variety in departure ports and itinerary length."
CDC Still Advises Against All Cruise Travel Worldwide
"While the cruise industry awaits a decision on the No-Sail-Order for December, the CDC still recommends that travelers defer all cruise travel worldwide. The decision from the CDC to continue spreading this advice is surprising, to say the least. It will not be pleasing towards the cruise industry which has been making positive noises in the last weeks about sailings to take place this year."
The CDC issued a level 3 warning
"Avoid Nonessential Travel - Widespread Ongoing Transmission." The CDC stated that "Cruise passengers are at increased risk of person-to-person spread of infectious diseases, including…
Japan cruise ships resume domestic services
"Japanese cruise ships are resuming domestic operations following long service suspensions caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The Nippon Maru ship operated by Mitsui OSK Passenger Lines departed the port of Niihama, Ehime Prefecture on Sunday, October 25, and will arrive at Port Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture the next day. It is the first time for a cruise vessel carrying passengers to go into service since February 2020. Operated by NYK Cruises ship MS Asuka II will also resume services from November."
Holland America Line – Sanitation Protocol Update
"At Holland America Line, our highest priorities are compliance, environmental protection and the health, safety and well-being of our guests, crew and the communities we visit. Our sanitation protocols have always been at the forefront of the cruise industry with comprehensive cleaning of public areas and staterooms with Oxivir, a solution used by many hospitals for cleaning and killing germs. Hand sanitizer also has been readily available, and staff have encouraged its use. However, we will elevate these existing sanitation practices to even greater levels, providing our guests with confidence and peace of mind when sailing with us."
Carnival Corp. kicks passenger off cruise ship for breaking COVID rule
"Some are wondering how Royal Caribbean closely will enforce new health protocols, and rival Carnival Corporation showed they mean business. One passenger on Carnival brand cruise ship AIDA was not allowed to come back on their cruise ship after breaking one of the new rules. AIDA Cruises’ AIDAblu prohibited a guest from returning from a shore excursion while in Catania, Italy because he left the organized tour group. Like other cruise lines that have restarted sailings, AIDA requires guests to only book cruise line approved shore excursions, and guests are made very aware of this rule prior to the cruise, and before the shore excursion begins. This is meant as a way of limiting potential exposures in the destination’s ships visit."
Carnival cruises ahead, helping FTSE to end-of-week rally
"Shares in Carnival sailed higher this morning amid speculation that American officials could soon give cruise ships the green light again. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has suspended cruise ship operations since the middle of March in an attempt to bring the coronavirus under control. The no-sail order is due to expire next week and there is optimism that it will not be extended. Analysts suggested that the move could be a political one, given the importance of the cruise ship industry to Florida, one of the key battleground states in the upcoming election."
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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