Issue #

137

|

Volume

8

July 13, 2020

In this Issue

Here are some of the news articles we are following:

  • Can cruising go from Covid scapegoat to pandemic hero?
  • Health expert claims cruise ship could be safer travel than some major cities to avoid coronavirus
  • Carnival, World Travel and Tourism Council, Partner on COVID-19 Scientific Summit
  • Viking Extends Operations Pause Through September
  • Carnival cancels at least 30 cruises from November to January
  • MSC Cruises implements health and safety operational protocol
  • CroisiEurope Announces Restart Dates For 2020 European River Cruises
  • Which Cruise Lines Include Gratuities? (Cruise Line Guide)
  • CDC says it doesn't know when it will be safe to resume cruises
  • Royal Caribbean will have new health protocols by end of August
  • Another cruise line cancels all voyages until October as industry struggles
  • How can cruising come back? Two of the world’s biggest cruise companies join forces to figure it out
  • TUI To Restart Operations at End of July

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Can cruising go from Covid scapegoat to pandemic hero?

“In terms of economic and reputational damage, travel was the first industrial sector to fall victim to the coronavirus and is expected to be the last to recover. And among travel products, none has taken a harder reputational hit than cruising. But recently, a path to reputation restoration has opened, and with it the possibility that cruising may even be credited with funding advances related to epidemiology. Crises of the magnitude of Covid-19 spur a binary result for enterprises: innovation or collapse. And the high degree of risk posed to cruise lines is measurable, reflected in the cost of the loans and investments they arranged to ensure midterm liquidity.  But signs have emerged that cruising will not only survive but even offer a case study of exemplary crisis management.”

Read more

Health expert claims cruise ship could be safer travel than some major cities to avoid coronavirus

“A health official working as part of a joint safety task force between Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line said it could be easier to avoid coronavirus on a ship than in some major cities. In an interview with Travel Weekly, Healthy Sail Panel co-chair Dr. Scott Gottlieb said cruise ships provide the ability to control an entire environment and implement enhanced health and safety protocols to curb potential coronavirus infections.  “We’re trying to come up with a set of measures that can be adaptable in a high prevalence environment as well as the future lower prevalence environment where [the virus] will continue to be a threat but, hopefully, a much lower threat,” Gottlieb told Travel Weekly.” 

Read more

 

Carnival, World Travel and Tourism Council, Partner on COVID-19 Scientific Summit

“Carnival Corporation & plc has partnered with the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) for a virtual summit that convenes leading global scientists and health experts to outline insights and best practices for dealing with the ongoing global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The free virtual summit, which is open to members of the public and will be held on July 23 between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. EDT, will share the latest scientific knowledge on the prevention, detection, treatment and mitigation of the COVID-19 virus. The summit will offer panels covering a wide array of COVID-19-related topics, including ones on the virus's epidemiology (incubation periods and disease progression from exposure to illness); transmission; screening and testing; therapeutics (status of vaccine development); and practical risk mitigation. The last one will delve into how to manage the risks of social gatherings and the role of testing, contract tracing, and the psychology of virus-based fear…” 

Read more

Registration for the joint summit between the WTTC and Carnival Corporation can be made on CovidScienceSummit.com. Registration opened on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 8 a.m. EDT. 

 

Viking Extends Operations Pause Through September

“Viking is extending its pause in river and ocean operations through September 30, citing the COVID-19 pandemic.  "In Europe, countries are beginning to open up, but the process will continue to be slow and cautious. Like you, I look forward to traveling again and I am encouraged by the scientific advancements being made around the world to overcome COVID-19," said Chairman Torstein Hagen, in a letter to guests.   "We were the first cruise line to announce a temporary suspension of operations and have continued to evaluate the situation, responding accordingly. While restrictions related to COVID-19 are beginning to ease in some countries, travel remains particularly challenging in other regions of the world. Therefore, we have made the decision to extend our temporary suspension of operations through September 30, 2020." ”

Read more…

Carnival cancels at least 30 cruises from November to January

“Carnival Cruise Line announced that its newest ship, the Mardi Gras, will not sail until Feb. 6, four months later than planned. That means that Mardi Gras itineraries sailing out of Port Canaveral, Florida, will be canceled between Nov. 14 through Jan. 30, a popular time to sail. All told, at least 30 cruises won't happen as a result of the domino effect caused by the delay of the new ship and another that's being renovated. While there are cancellations, some itineraries will be shifted to different ships and will remain on schedule.” 

Read more

MSC Cruises implements health and safety operational protocol

“After setting up an inter-functional task force composed of in-house experts in the sectors of medical services, public health and sanitation, hotel services, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), on-board engineering systems and technology IT and logistics, MSC Cruises also made use of the support of a group of experts from Aspen Medical to further implement its health and safety protocol.”

Read more

 

 

CroisiEurope Announces Restart Dates For 2020 European River Cruises

“Good news for river cruise lovers still looking to get away this summer, as CroisiEurope has announced its restart dates for 2020 European river cruises. The boutique river cruise line will kick off its post-Covid-19 sailings in France, launching back on the River Seine from 13 July 2020.  The same week on 16 July, the line will resume activities on the Rhône and the Burgundy Canal, while Rhine river cruises will restart on 20 July.  Sun-soaked sailings in the French island of Corsica will be able to happen from 26 July, while cruises on the Loire will return on 31 July. The last French sailing to resume will be the Gironde from 26 August 2020.” 

Read more

 

Which Cruise Lines Include Gratuities? (Cruise Line Guide)

“On most cruise lines an automatic gratuity will be added to your onboard account to cover tips for the staff. Increasingly cruise lines are including this in the cruise fare. I’ve cruised with a number of lines who include gratuities and I much prefer it.” 

Read more…

 

CDC says it doesn't know when it will be safe to resume cruises

“The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated its website with a note that indicates the agency has no current regulations that apply to crew member repatriation will necessarily apply to passengers on ships, nor is it certain when sailings can safely resume.  The CDC website lists criteria for cruise ships that are repatriating crew members, and includes a number of requirements to safely get them home via commercial travel.  The CDC specifically mentions these rules do not apply to passengers onboard.” 

Read more…

 

Royal Caribbean will have new health protocols by end of August

“Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings announced their ambitious new panel of health experts earlier this week, which aims to get its first set of recommendations for both cruise lines by the end of August 2020.  The Healthy Sail Panel will be comprised of 11 subject-matter experts, who represent a diverse group of health advocates that have experience not only in their professional fields, but also working with government officials.  The Royal Caribbean Group spoke with members of the media on Tuesday, and provided a timeline of events for the panel.  Carol Cabezas, Azamara's Vice President and Chief Operating Officer indicated the panel would have their initial recommendations by the end of August.” 

Read more

 

Another cruise line cancels all voyages until October as industry struggles

“Cruise companies have been hit financially by the coronavirus pandemic as travel restrictions and bans remain in place across the world. And now, another cruise line has been forced to cancel more of its future voyages, dashing hopes of a cruise this summer.  Cruises have been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus crisis after countries closed their borders and restricted international travel. As airlines begin to restart their operations and restrictions are slowly eased, it was thought that cruises may have been able to make a comeback. But now another major cruise line has announced that it will be extending its voyage cancellations until early October.  Norwegian Cruise Line, also known as NCL, and its sister brands Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceana Cruises announced yesterday that they would be cancelling more voyages going into Autumn.” 

Read more… 

 

How can cruising come back? Two of the world’s biggest cruise companies join forces to figure it out

“Two of the world’s biggest cruise companies have joined forces to figure out how to make cruise ships safe enough for cruising to resume.  Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings on Monday announced they had jointly created a “Healthy Sail Panel” of nationally known health experts to develop new health and safety standards for ships in the new era of coronavirus.  The experts include former U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb and former U.S. Department of Health and Human Services secretary and Utah governor Mike Leavitt. The two will co-chair the panel.  Other panelists include former head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Julie Gerberding, former acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration Stephen Ostroff, and Cornell University School of Hotel Administration dean Kate Walsh.  “We sought out the best experts in the world, and we think we have that,” Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings president and CEO Frank Del Rio told TPG on Monday. “We’re looking forward to them going through the process.” ” 

Read more...

 

Europa 2 and Hanseatic Inspiration to Start Sailing

“Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is planning to set sail again starting at the end of July 2020, with extensive hygiene and preventive measures in place, and two ships at 60 percent capacity, the company said. Sailing from Hamburg, the Europa 2 and Hanseatic Inspiration will offer short routes, the company announced. Eight cruises are currently on sale and will comply with the line's new 10-point health plan, available to view on its website.” 

Read more

 

TUI To Restart Operations at End of July

“TUI Cruises announced it will restart operations with the Mein Schiff 2 on July 24, sailing a three-night weekend cruise to July 27, and cruising in the North Sea, with the ship sailing roundtrip from Hamburg.  Occupancy aboard the 2,900-guest premium ship will be capped at 60 percent, or 1,740 guests.  "The health and safety of crew and guests is a top priority for TUI Cruises. That is why TUI Cruises has again strengthened the strict measures that have always been in place to prevent the spread of viral diseases," the company announced." Together with medical experts, TUI Cruises has developed a 10-point plan for resuming cruise operations.”

Read more…

 

 

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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Issue #

137

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Volume

8

July 13, 2020

In this Issue

Here are some of the news articles we are following:

  • Can cruising go from Covid scapegoat to pandemic hero?
  • Health expert claims cruise ship could be safer travel than some major cities to avoid coronavirus
  • Carnival, World Travel and Tourism Council, Partner on COVID-19 Scientific Summit
  • Viking Extends Operations Pause Through September
  • Carnival cancels at least 30 cruises from November to January
  • MSC Cruises implements health and safety operational protocol
  • CroisiEurope Announces Restart Dates For 2020 European River Cruises
  • Which Cruise Lines Include Gratuities? (Cruise Line Guide)
  • CDC says it doesn't know when it will be safe to resume cruises
  • Royal Caribbean will have new health protocols by end of August
  • Another cruise line cancels all voyages until October as industry struggles
  • How can cruising come back? Two of the world’s biggest cruise companies join forces to figure it out
  • TUI To Restart Operations at End of July

Cover Image by:

Can cruising go from Covid scapegoat to pandemic hero?

“In terms of economic and reputational damage, travel was the first industrial sector to fall victim to the coronavirus and is expected to be the last to recover. And among travel products, none has taken a harder reputational hit than cruising. But recently, a path to reputation restoration has opened, and with it the possibility that cruising may even be credited with funding advances related to epidemiology. Crises of the magnitude of Covid-19 spur a binary result for enterprises: innovation or collapse. And the high degree of risk posed to cruise lines is measurable, reflected in the cost of the loans and investments they arranged to ensure midterm liquidity.  But signs have emerged that cruising will not only survive but even offer a case study of exemplary crisis management.”

Read more

Health expert claims cruise ship could be safer travel than some major cities to avoid coronavirus

“A health official working as part of a joint safety task force between Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line said it could be easier to avoid coronavirus on a ship than in some major cities. In an interview with Travel Weekly, Healthy Sail Panel co-chair Dr. Scott Gottlieb said cruise ships provide the ability to control an entire environment and implement enhanced health and safety protocols to curb potential coronavirus infections.  “We’re trying to come up with a set of measures that can be adaptable in a high prevalence environment as well as the future lower prevalence environment where [the virus] will continue to be a threat but, hopefully, a much lower threat,” Gottlieb told Travel Weekly.” 

Read more

 

Carnival, World Travel and Tourism Council, Partner on COVID-19 Scientific Summit

“Carnival Corporation & plc has partnered with the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) for a virtual summit that convenes leading global scientists and health experts to outline insights and best practices for dealing with the ongoing global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The free virtual summit, which is open to members of the public and will be held on July 23 between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. EDT, will share the latest scientific knowledge on the prevention, detection, treatment and mitigation of the COVID-19 virus. The summit will offer panels covering a wide array of COVID-19-related topics, including ones on the virus's epidemiology (incubation periods and disease progression from exposure to illness); transmission; screening and testing; therapeutics (status of vaccine development); and practical risk mitigation. The last one will delve into how to manage the risks of social gatherings and the role of testing, contract tracing, and the psychology of virus-based fear…” 

Read more

Registration for the joint summit between the WTTC and Carnival Corporation can be made on CovidScienceSummit.com. Registration opened on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 8 a.m. EDT. 

 

Viking Extends Operations Pause Through September

“Viking is extending its pause in river and ocean operations through September 30, citing the COVID-19 pandemic.  "In Europe, countries are beginning to open up, but the process will continue to be slow and cautious. Like you, I look forward to traveling again and I am encouraged by the scientific advancements being made around the world to overcome COVID-19," said Chairman Torstein Hagen, in a letter to guests.   "We were the first cruise line to announce a temporary suspension of operations and have continued to evaluate the situation, responding accordingly. While restrictions related to COVID-19 are beginning to ease in some countries, travel remains particularly challenging in other regions of the world. Therefore, we have made the decision to extend our temporary suspension of operations through September 30, 2020." ”

Read more…

Carnival cancels at least 30 cruises from November to January

“Carnival Cruise Line announced that its newest ship, the Mardi Gras, will not sail until Feb. 6, four months later than planned. That means that Mardi Gras itineraries sailing out of Port Canaveral, Florida, will be canceled between Nov. 14 through Jan. 30, a popular time to sail. All told, at least 30 cruises won't happen as a result of the domino effect caused by the delay of the new ship and another that's being renovated. While there are cancellations, some itineraries will be shifted to different ships and will remain on schedule.” 

Read more

MSC Cruises implements health and safety operational protocol

“After setting up an inter-functional task force composed of in-house experts in the sectors of medical services, public health and sanitation, hotel services, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), on-board engineering systems and technology IT and logistics, MSC Cruises also made use of the support of a group of experts from Aspen Medical to further implement its health and safety protocol.”

Read more

 

 

CroisiEurope Announces Restart Dates For 2020 European River Cruises

“Good news for river cruise lovers still looking to get away this summer, as CroisiEurope has announced its restart dates for 2020 European river cruises. The boutique river cruise line will kick off its post-Covid-19 sailings in France, launching back on the River Seine from 13 July 2020.  The same week on 16 July, the line will resume activities on the Rhône and the Burgundy Canal, while Rhine river cruises will restart on 20 July.  Sun-soaked sailings in the French island of Corsica will be able to happen from 26 July, while cruises on the Loire will return on 31 July. The last French sailing to resume will be the Gironde from 26 August 2020.” 

Read more

 

Which Cruise Lines Include Gratuities? (Cruise Line Guide)

“On most cruise lines an automatic gratuity will be added to your onboard account to cover tips for the staff. Increasingly cruise lines are including this in the cruise fare. I’ve cruised with a number of lines who include gratuities and I much prefer it.” 

Read more…

 

CDC says it doesn't know when it will be safe to resume cruises

“The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated its website with a note that indicates the agency has no current regulations that apply to crew member repatriation will necessarily apply to passengers on ships, nor is it certain when sailings can safely resume.  The CDC website lists criteria for cruise ships that are repatriating crew members, and includes a number of requirements to safely get them home via commercial travel.  The CDC specifically mentions these rules do not apply to passengers onboard.” 

Read more…

 

Royal Caribbean will have new health protocols by end of August

“Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings announced their ambitious new panel of health experts earlier this week, which aims to get its first set of recommendations for both cruise lines by the end of August 2020.  The Healthy Sail Panel will be comprised of 11 subject-matter experts, who represent a diverse group of health advocates that have experience not only in their professional fields, but also working with government officials.  The Royal Caribbean Group spoke with members of the media on Tuesday, and provided a timeline of events for the panel.  Carol Cabezas, Azamara's Vice President and Chief Operating Officer indicated the panel would have their initial recommendations by the end of August.” 

Read more

 

Another cruise line cancels all voyages until October as industry struggles

“Cruise companies have been hit financially by the coronavirus pandemic as travel restrictions and bans remain in place across the world. And now, another cruise line has been forced to cancel more of its future voyages, dashing hopes of a cruise this summer.  Cruises have been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus crisis after countries closed their borders and restricted international travel. As airlines begin to restart their operations and restrictions are slowly eased, it was thought that cruises may have been able to make a comeback. But now another major cruise line has announced that it will be extending its voyage cancellations until early October.  Norwegian Cruise Line, also known as NCL, and its sister brands Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceana Cruises announced yesterday that they would be cancelling more voyages going into Autumn.” 

Read more… 

 

How can cruising come back? Two of the world’s biggest cruise companies join forces to figure it out

“Two of the world’s biggest cruise companies have joined forces to figure out how to make cruise ships safe enough for cruising to resume.  Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings on Monday announced they had jointly created a “Healthy Sail Panel” of nationally known health experts to develop new health and safety standards for ships in the new era of coronavirus.  The experts include former U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb and former U.S. Department of Health and Human Services secretary and Utah governor Mike Leavitt. The two will co-chair the panel.  Other panelists include former head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Julie Gerberding, former acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration Stephen Ostroff, and Cornell University School of Hotel Administration dean Kate Walsh.  “We sought out the best experts in the world, and we think we have that,” Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings president and CEO Frank Del Rio told TPG on Monday. “We’re looking forward to them going through the process.” ” 

Read more...

 

Europa 2 and Hanseatic Inspiration to Start Sailing

“Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is planning to set sail again starting at the end of July 2020, with extensive hygiene and preventive measures in place, and two ships at 60 percent capacity, the company said. Sailing from Hamburg, the Europa 2 and Hanseatic Inspiration will offer short routes, the company announced. Eight cruises are currently on sale and will comply with the line's new 10-point health plan, available to view on its website.” 

Read more

 

TUI To Restart Operations at End of July

“TUI Cruises announced it will restart operations with the Mein Schiff 2 on July 24, sailing a three-night weekend cruise to July 27, and cruising in the North Sea, with the ship sailing roundtrip from Hamburg.  Occupancy aboard the 2,900-guest premium ship will be capped at 60 percent, or 1,740 guests.  "The health and safety of crew and guests is a top priority for TUI Cruises. That is why TUI Cruises has again strengthened the strict measures that have always been in place to prevent the spread of viral diseases," the company announced." Together with medical experts, TUI Cruises has developed a 10-point plan for resuming cruise operations.”

Read more…

 

 

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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