December 2, 2020
In this Issue
Here are some of the news articles we are following:
- Billions in New Cruise Ships Are Ready to Sail, With Nowhere to Go
- UK government allows cruises to resume from late-January 2021
- Argentina and Chile begin reopening for tourism
- Marella Cruises' Marella Dream ship sold for scrap
- Former Carnival Cruise Ship Auctioned for Three Million Dollars
- Sea Princess becomes MS Charming - China's second large cruise ship
- Aegean Majesty runs aground in Corinth, Greece
- Norwegian Cruise Line CEO: “We’re Going to Get Over This”
- I just boarded the first cruise ship to sail in the Caribbean since March. This is what the process was like
- How Biden Could Impact the Resumption of Cruises
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Billions in New Cruise Ships Are Ready to Sail, With Nowhere to Go
Around the world, cruise lines are cutting the ribbon on extremely expensive new vessels—then keeping them indefinitely docked. Normally, when a new ship wraps construction at a shipyard, it’s cause for a party, with executives in sharp suits and free-flowing Champagne. But when the sparkling 596-passenger ultraluxury ship Silver Moon joined Royal Caribbean Group’s elite Silversea Cruises brand in late October—the culmination of a $380 million, 20-month project—there was little pomp and circumstance. No media were on hand at the Italian shipyard to ooh and ahh over such exquisite design features as bespoke Lalique panels in the French restaurant and handcrafted Savoir beds in the top suites. This time, even Royal Caribbean’s top brass bowed out of the celebration and teleconferenced from Miami. And the ship’s handover, in Ancona, Italy, came with a cringe. After all, Silver Moon has nowhere to go. With border restrictions and a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic freezing all kinds of travel, she may have to wait at least until spring to make her maiden voyage—and start turning any kind of profit.
UK government allows cruises to resume from late-January 2021
The UK government is working on a package of measures that include the restart of cruises from the UK in late-January 2021. The measures include the reduction of the quarantine period for arrivals from countries where it is necessary from 14 to 7 days. A new testing regime that is expected to be introduced to take effect on December 2, when the present month-long lockdown in England is due to end, will also be part of the new measures. The package will initially be trialed for travelers on flights returning from a small number of destinations prior to being expanded in case it proves successful. Ministers are expected to agree on a package for a restart of the United Kingdom's cruise industry from late January 2021 providing cruise lines can demonstrate stringent testing and infection control measures. Foreign voyages may resume in the following months in case of operators agree to take responsibility for repatriating any crew or passengers stranded due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Argentina and Chile begin reopening for tourism
Argentina and Chile began reopening for tourism which means that travel to the Antarctic could soon be back. Argentina started to make progress towards opening its borders, though only for neighboring countries at the time. The government had implemented the longest lockdown of any country globally but has now also realized that tourism is vital for the collapsing economy. 40000+ tourists made their way through Port Ushuaia (cruise ship homeport for Antarctica) between October 2019-April 2020.
Marella Cruises' Marella Dream ship sold for scrap
Marella Cruises ship Marella Dream has reportedly been sold for scrap and will be heading to Turkey's Aliaga ship-breaking yard. According to a weekly report released on November 16 by the shipbroking company Anchor Shipbroking Inc., Greece, Marella Dream is among the vessels listed for demolition. The report says that the liner had been sold to a Turkish scrapyard for an undisclosed price. In October, Marella Cruises announced it was retiring Marella Dream from its fleet after a decade of service but the fate of the ship had been unknown. The ship joined TUI Cruises back in 2010 as Thomson Dream. Later, she was renamed Marella Dream as part of the rebranding of Thomson Group.
Former Carnival Cruise Ship Auctioned for Three Million Dollars
A Greek ferry operator was able to acquire a former Carnival Cruise Line ship at auction after another cruise line went bankrupt earlier this year. SeaJets purchased the 1,452-passenger Magellan from Cruise & Maritime Voyages, a British cruise line that went bankrupt in July. The Magellan, which first entered service in 1985 as one of the first purpose-built ships for Carnival as the Holiday, was acquired at auction for $3.4 million. This isn’t the first time the 46,052 gross registered ton ship has changed hands. In 2009, Carnival transferred the vessel to their Spanish affiliate, IberoCruceros, who sailed it as the Grand Holiday. When IberoCruceros ceased operations in 2014, the ship was transferred to Cruise & Maritime Voyages and renamed Magellan.
Sea Princess becomes MS Charming - China's second large cruise ship
China is currently preparing to launch its second domestic cruise ship operation with a newly acquired large liner. The handover of the former Sea Princess ship (of Carnival Corporation’s Princess Cruises brand) was completed this week in Manila (Luzon Island, Philippines). Introduced in 1998, Sea Princess was built by Fincantieri. The 77,500 GT vessel sailed for Princess Cruises and briefly for P&O Cruises and had been cruising mostly in Australia prior to being idled by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In September, Princess announced they were selling the liner along with the sistership Sun Princess. Buyers for Sea Princess had not been revealed while Sun Princess will be operated for NGO Peace Boat Japan (starting in 2021) as Pacific World.
Aegean Majesty runs aground in Corinth, Greece
The cruise ship Aegean Majesty (ex-Holland America Line's ship MS Veendam) has reportedly grounded on a sand bar at Port Korinthos (Corinth, Greece) Friday evening, November 6, in stormy conditions. The vessel has been docked there since October 15. The berthed liner broke off its moorings, drifted and at ~4:30 AM (UTC) runs aground in Corinth Harbour, approx 50 m (170 ft) away from the dock.
Norwegian Cruise Line CEO: “We’re Going to Get Over This”
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings expects to have their entire fleet of ships up and running by sometime in the second half of 2021. And while that may seem awfully far away, CEO Frank Del Rio said during this week’s earnings call that “the excitement level hasn’t been this high in a long time.” He added optimistically, “We’re going to get over this.” In just the past 10 days or so, light has been visible at the end of the long, dark tunnel that has been the 2020 cruise season. First, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lifted its no-sail order, replacing it with a conditional-sailing order that provides a path — though not one without hurdles — to an industry restart.
I just boarded the first cruise ship to sail in the Caribbean since March. This is what the process was like
The process of getting on board a cruise ship is going to be a little different for a while. But maybe not as different as you might think. Within minutes of arriving at the port of Barbados on Saturday afternoon to board the first cruise ship to resume sailing in the Caribbean since March, I found myself in a medical tent, face-to-face with two staffers in full Contagion gear — masks, goggles, medical gowns, the works. They were there to test me for COVID-19 — my second such test in just three days. It’s a new requirement for anyone who wants to step onto the vessel, SeaDream Yacht Club’s SeaDream 1. I also had my temperature taken, underwent a pulse oxidation test, was asked to sanitize my hands, had my luggage sprayed down with sanitizer — even my hand luggage! — and had to produce several pages of medical-related forms.
How Biden Could Impact the Resumption of Cruises
The cruise industry is at a make or break point in its existence. After almost nine months of a pause in operations, the cruise lines will finally start sailing again in January 2021. Or will they? What are the implications of a Biden presidency to cruising? The tourism sector will be critical to the global recovery from the pandemic. In 2019, the tourism sector was responsible for one in 10 jobs (330 million in total) and a 10.3% contribution to global GDP. 174 Million jobs could be on the line if the current restrictions and lockdowns continue.
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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