Issue #

232

|

Volume

15

February 22, 2021

In this Issue

Here are some of the news articles we are following:

  • CDC will require everyone to wear face masks on cruise ships
  • Should We Forget About the 2021 Alaska Cruise Season?
  • Does NCL’s Crew Repatriation Mean Bad News for Everyone?
  • New Vessels and More for American Queen / Victory
  • New Swan Hellenic Broadens Horizons
  • Formal nights on cruise ships... observations from the deck
  • Cruise industry says successful Asian voyages during pandemic show they are COVID-safe
  • Worst Case Scenario, Cruising Resumes in July
  • Port Canaveral officials: cruises restart in July
  • Disney Cruise Line Extends Suspension Further Into 2021
  • Vaccination — of crew at least — may be part of cruising's restart (updated)
  • SOMETHING FOR LAST…  Memories from one year ago…

Cover Image by:

CDC will require everyone to wear face masks on cruise ships

When cruises restart, passengers onboard will have to wear a mask.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) passed a new order that requires people to wear masks on public transportation. "Persons must wear masks over the mouth and nose when traveling on conveyances into and within the United States. Persons must also wear masks at transportation hubs as defined in this Order." The order pertains to forms of travel including aircraft, train, road vehicle, vessel or other means of transport.

Read more…

 

Should We Forget About the 2021 Alaska Cruise Season?

The Alaska Cruise season is becoming ever more unlikely now that Canada is tightening its travel regulations, COVID-19 vaccination requirements, and PCR testing regime. Without Canada, the Alaskan cruise season will be unlikely to take place. On January 29, the Government of Canada announced new rules on international travel, in addition to the multi-layered approach on COVID-19 already in place. The government and Canada’s airlines have agreed to suspend all flights to and from Mexico and Caribbean countries until April 30, 2021, while travelers from the U.S. are only allowed to enter Canada for essential travel, and with negative PCR tests taken 72 hours before entering the country. But why is Canada important for the Alaska season? Any passengers transported between U.S. ports must do so on vessels built in the U.S., owned by U.S. companies, sailing under the U.S. flag, and adhere to U.S. Coast Guard regulations. 

Read more

 

Does NCL’s Crew Repatriation Mean Bad News for Everyone?

Is the repatriation of crew members from Norwegian Cruise Line ships this week a sign of worse to come? It could very well be. The company’s decision to sign-on thousands of crew members only two months ago in Manila and Mumbai has now been turned back again as non-essential crew members are sailing home. The repatriation will not have been a decision made lightly by the company. However, it poses a whole new question, why was the decision to board crew members made in the first place, and why has that been overturned? 

Read more….

 

New Vessels and More for American Queen / Victory

Having canceled nearly their entire 2020 cruise seasons shortly after the Covid-19 pandemic began, American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) and Victory Cruise Lines (VCL) ended the year on an upbeat note and with big plans for the future. In a “Season’s Greetings” video, CEO John Waggoner and his wife Claudette noted that “while 2020 has been a very challenging year for the cruise industry, we look forward to a very exciting 2021.” This will include the introduction of two new vessels this spring: The American Countess for American Queen in the heartland followed by the Ocean Victory making Victory’s Alaska debut. 

Read more….

 

New Swan Hellenic Broadens Horizons

Swan Hellenic, which pioneered boutique cruising to destinations with cultural and natural interest, will broaden its horizons to include high latitudes both north and south in its portfolio, thus becoming an expedition cruise line at its relaunch.  Dormant since 2017, the company will operate two 10,000 gross ton and one 12,000 gross ton ice-strengthened expedition cruise ships that are on order at Helsinki Shipyard in Finland. It is also looking to widen its customer base: Established in the UK in 1950, it was quintessentially a British company in its former guise. However, under new ownership the company has signed agreements with partners in China, India and the U.S. plus established an office in Germany in addition to one in London to tap a wide range of source markets…. 

Read more….

 

Formal nights on cruise ships... observations from the deck

If you want to start a heated and vigorous debate in a cruising chat room or a ship's lounge, just bring up the issue of formal dress.  A recent article in the Washington Post noted how a query about relaxed dress codes on Facebook "...struck a nerve and sparked more than a few squabbles, differences of opinion and downright insults." I reposted the article on a Facebook group for Celebrity Captain's Club members (frequent travelers), and received similar reactions. 

Read more

 

Cruise industry says successful Asian voyages during pandemic show they are COVID-safe

Major cruise lines are pinning their hopes on the success of recent COVID-safe voyages in Asia to convince the federal government to allow them to sail again in Australian waters.  For the past few months, Royal Caribbean and Dream Cruises have been cruising within Singaporean waters without a recorded case of COVID-19, says Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasian spokesman Joel Katz.  Dream Cruises have also been conducting intra-country cruises – mainly island hopping – within Taiwan’s territory since July.

Read more…

 

Worst Case Scenario, Cruising Resumes in July

Cruise-goers and industry stakeholders have endured a waiting game since cruising stopped in March of last year, with restart dates being pushed back further and further amid COVID-19.  On Wednesday, the world’s second-busiest cruise port announced when it believes cruising will finally be able to resume. At a January 27 port authority meeting, Port Canaveral commissioners approved a revised budget, which assumes that passenger cruise-ship operations won’t resume until at least July. 

Read more

 

Port Canaveral officials: cruises restart in July

According to Port Canaveral officials, some sailings might return in July. At a meeting on Wednesday, January 27, Port Canaveral CEO Captain John Murray said he believed by July, the Coronavirus/COVID vaccine would be widely distributed and the cruise industry could get restarted.

The projection of Port Canaveral is based on what officials foresee as a worst-case scenario. Under the worst-case scenario, they are estimating lines will each have at least one cruise ship sailing by July 2021 even though current data suggest vessels will sail before that. 

Read more

 

Disney Cruise Line Extends Suspension Further Into 2021

Disney Cruise Line has just released an update regarding the extended suspension of cruise sailings further into 2021. In December, we reported that Disney Cruise Line had to cancel cruises that were longer than 7 nights due to new CDC guidelines, which prohibits cruise ships from operating voyages longer than 7 nights.  And the last we reported, Disney Cruise Line canceled sailings into March 2021. Now, as of January 27, 2021, Disney Cruise Line is continuing to cancel certain sailings on the Disney Fantasy, Disney Dream, Disney Magic, and Disney Wonder further into Spring 2021.

Read more….

 

Vaccination — of crew at least — may be part of cruising's restart (updated)

With vaccines key to ending the COVID-19 pandemic, it's surprising there hasn't been more open discussion about their potential role in reviving cruising.  An exception is Frank Del Rio, president and CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, who advocates crew vaccination and has said his company was looking into whether it has the legal standing to mandate vaccination for guests.  'It is our intention that all crew members be vaccinated before boarding our vessels to begin their duties, subject to availability of the vaccine,' an NCLH spokeswoman confirmed. She wasn't able to provide details about how that will be undertaken and who bears the cost.

Read more

 


AP PHOTO/JAE C. HONG, FILE


SOMETHING FOR LAST…  Memories from one year ago…

 

Princess Issues RFP to Clean and Sanitize Diamond Princess

Princess Cruises announced today a global search for a service provider with advanced, scientifically proven cleaning and disinfection capabilities to perform work onboard the Diamond Princess. The work will begin after the guests and crew have disembarked, following the quarantine of the ship in Yokohama.

Princess is seeking proposals and estimates from the most technologically advanced service providers in this business, the company said. The company is in action to manage an extensive out of service cleaning, disinfection and refurbishment period. The exact location of the project will be announced soon. 

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


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 #

232

|

Volume

15

February 22, 2021

In this Issue

Here are some of the news articles we are following:

  • CDC will require everyone to wear face masks on cruise ships
  • Should We Forget About the 2021 Alaska Cruise Season?
  • Does NCL’s Crew Repatriation Mean Bad News for Everyone?
  • New Vessels and More for American Queen / Victory
  • New Swan Hellenic Broadens Horizons
  • Formal nights on cruise ships... observations from the deck
  • Cruise industry says successful Asian voyages during pandemic show they are COVID-safe
  • Worst Case Scenario, Cruising Resumes in July
  • Port Canaveral officials: cruises restart in July
  • Disney Cruise Line Extends Suspension Further Into 2021
  • Vaccination — of crew at least — may be part of cruising's restart (updated)
  • SOMETHING FOR LAST…  Memories from one year ago…

Cover Image by:

CDC will require everyone to wear face masks on cruise ships

When cruises restart, passengers onboard will have to wear a mask.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) passed a new order that requires people to wear masks on public transportation. "Persons must wear masks over the mouth and nose when traveling on conveyances into and within the United States. Persons must also wear masks at transportation hubs as defined in this Order." The order pertains to forms of travel including aircraft, train, road vehicle, vessel or other means of transport.

Read more…

 

Should We Forget About the 2021 Alaska Cruise Season?

The Alaska Cruise season is becoming ever more unlikely now that Canada is tightening its travel regulations, COVID-19 vaccination requirements, and PCR testing regime. Without Canada, the Alaskan cruise season will be unlikely to take place. On January 29, the Government of Canada announced new rules on international travel, in addition to the multi-layered approach on COVID-19 already in place. The government and Canada’s airlines have agreed to suspend all flights to and from Mexico and Caribbean countries until April 30, 2021, while travelers from the U.S. are only allowed to enter Canada for essential travel, and with negative PCR tests taken 72 hours before entering the country. But why is Canada important for the Alaska season? Any passengers transported between U.S. ports must do so on vessels built in the U.S., owned by U.S. companies, sailing under the U.S. flag, and adhere to U.S. Coast Guard regulations. 

Read more

 

Does NCL’s Crew Repatriation Mean Bad News for Everyone?

Is the repatriation of crew members from Norwegian Cruise Line ships this week a sign of worse to come? It could very well be. The company’s decision to sign-on thousands of crew members only two months ago in Manila and Mumbai has now been turned back again as non-essential crew members are sailing home. The repatriation will not have been a decision made lightly by the company. However, it poses a whole new question, why was the decision to board crew members made in the first place, and why has that been overturned? 

Read more….

 

New Vessels and More for American Queen / Victory

Having canceled nearly their entire 2020 cruise seasons shortly after the Covid-19 pandemic began, American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) and Victory Cruise Lines (VCL) ended the year on an upbeat note and with big plans for the future. In a “Season’s Greetings” video, CEO John Waggoner and his wife Claudette noted that “while 2020 has been a very challenging year for the cruise industry, we look forward to a very exciting 2021.” This will include the introduction of two new vessels this spring: The American Countess for American Queen in the heartland followed by the Ocean Victory making Victory’s Alaska debut. 

Read more….

 

New Swan Hellenic Broadens Horizons

Swan Hellenic, which pioneered boutique cruising to destinations with cultural and natural interest, will broaden its horizons to include high latitudes both north and south in its portfolio, thus becoming an expedition cruise line at its relaunch.  Dormant since 2017, the company will operate two 10,000 gross ton and one 12,000 gross ton ice-strengthened expedition cruise ships that are on order at Helsinki Shipyard in Finland. It is also looking to widen its customer base: Established in the UK in 1950, it was quintessentially a British company in its former guise. However, under new ownership the company has signed agreements with partners in China, India and the U.S. plus established an office in Germany in addition to one in London to tap a wide range of source markets…. 

Read more….

 

Formal nights on cruise ships... observations from the deck

If you want to start a heated and vigorous debate in a cruising chat room or a ship's lounge, just bring up the issue of formal dress.  A recent article in the Washington Post noted how a query about relaxed dress codes on Facebook "...struck a nerve and sparked more than a few squabbles, differences of opinion and downright insults." I reposted the article on a Facebook group for Celebrity Captain's Club members (frequent travelers), and received similar reactions. 

Read more

 

Cruise industry says successful Asian voyages during pandemic show they are COVID-safe

Major cruise lines are pinning their hopes on the success of recent COVID-safe voyages in Asia to convince the federal government to allow them to sail again in Australian waters.  For the past few months, Royal Caribbean and Dream Cruises have been cruising within Singaporean waters without a recorded case of COVID-19, says Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasian spokesman Joel Katz.  Dream Cruises have also been conducting intra-country cruises – mainly island hopping – within Taiwan’s territory since July.

Read more…

 

Worst Case Scenario, Cruising Resumes in July

Cruise-goers and industry stakeholders have endured a waiting game since cruising stopped in March of last year, with restart dates being pushed back further and further amid COVID-19.  On Wednesday, the world’s second-busiest cruise port announced when it believes cruising will finally be able to resume. At a January 27 port authority meeting, Port Canaveral commissioners approved a revised budget, which assumes that passenger cruise-ship operations won’t resume until at least July. 

Read more

 

Port Canaveral officials: cruises restart in July

According to Port Canaveral officials, some sailings might return in July. At a meeting on Wednesday, January 27, Port Canaveral CEO Captain John Murray said he believed by July, the Coronavirus/COVID vaccine would be widely distributed and the cruise industry could get restarted.

The projection of Port Canaveral is based on what officials foresee as a worst-case scenario. Under the worst-case scenario, they are estimating lines will each have at least one cruise ship sailing by July 2021 even though current data suggest vessels will sail before that. 

Read more

 

Disney Cruise Line Extends Suspension Further Into 2021

Disney Cruise Line has just released an update regarding the extended suspension of cruise sailings further into 2021. In December, we reported that Disney Cruise Line had to cancel cruises that were longer than 7 nights due to new CDC guidelines, which prohibits cruise ships from operating voyages longer than 7 nights.  And the last we reported, Disney Cruise Line canceled sailings into March 2021. Now, as of January 27, 2021, Disney Cruise Line is continuing to cancel certain sailings on the Disney Fantasy, Disney Dream, Disney Magic, and Disney Wonder further into Spring 2021.

Read more….

 

Vaccination — of crew at least — may be part of cruising's restart (updated)

With vaccines key to ending the COVID-19 pandemic, it's surprising there hasn't been more open discussion about their potential role in reviving cruising.  An exception is Frank Del Rio, president and CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, who advocates crew vaccination and has said his company was looking into whether it has the legal standing to mandate vaccination for guests.  'It is our intention that all crew members be vaccinated before boarding our vessels to begin their duties, subject to availability of the vaccine,' an NCLH spokeswoman confirmed. She wasn't able to provide details about how that will be undertaken and who bears the cost.

Read more

 


AP PHOTO/JAE C. HONG, FILE


SOMETHING FOR LAST…  Memories from one year ago…

 

Princess Issues RFP to Clean and Sanitize Diamond Princess

Princess Cruises announced today a global search for a service provider with advanced, scientifically proven cleaning and disinfection capabilities to perform work onboard the Diamond Princess. The work will begin after the guests and crew have disembarked, following the quarantine of the ship in Yokohama.

Princess is seeking proposals and estimates from the most technologically advanced service providers in this business, the company said. The company is in action to manage an extensive out of service cleaning, disinfection and refurbishment period. The exact location of the project will be announced soon. 

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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