January 4, 2021
In this Issue
Here are some of the news articles we are following:
- Cruise Industry Sees Brighter Future After “Year Unlike Any Other”
- Cruise control: pandemic gives locals chance to take ports back from tourists
- Could A 'Disney Bubble' Work for Disney Cruise Line Adventures?
- First Look Inside Carnival Cruise Line’s New Cruise Ship
- Singapore is aggressively pursuing a return to travel — but not without setbacks
- Miami cruise lines extend cancellations into next year. Are your travel plans affected?
- How Cruise Ship Went from Year-Round Residence to Scrapyard
- Carnival Cruise Line Guests Brightened the Holidays for Crew
- American Cruise Lines celebrates launch of American Melody
- Port of Southampton to build fifth cruise terminal
- American Queen and Victory Cruise Lines Enhance Offerings
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Cruise Industry Sees Brighter Future After “Year Unlike Any Other”
Survival was the name of the game for the cruise industry in 2020. But having made it through what Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Chairman Adam Goldstein called “a year unlike any other,” both cruise lines and those who love the experience are looking ahead with optimism. CLIA, the world’s largest cruise industry trade organization, has released its 2021 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook. New research revealed in the report finds optimism on the horizon, with two out of three cruisers surveyed willing to board a ship within the next 12 months. More good news: 58 percent of international vacationers who have never cruised say they are likely to cruise in the next few years.
Cruise control: pandemic gives locals chance to take ports back from tourists
From Key West to Alaska, anti-cruise-ship activists have celebrated a silver lining to Covid as it halted travel. Key West and Juneau each see more than 1 million cruise ship passengers each year. Haskell and Hart said the intense tourism had diminished quality of life for year-round residents, degraded the environment and over time replaced vibrant local businesses with monotonous “trinket” shops catering to cruise passengers. That is until 2020, when the pandemic brought an abrupt halt to cruise travel.
Could A 'Disney Bubble' Work for Disney Cruise Line Adventures?
While most of the attention during the global pandemic when it comes to Disney has been on the movie studio and the theme parks, there's another huge part of the company that has been suffering just as much, if not more, the Disney Cruise Line. Cruise ships have remained vacant for the duration, and recently, following additional guidance from the Center for Disease Control, Disney was forced to cancel yet another batch of cruises, anything that had been set to last longer than seven nights, into the summer. It's still going to be a couple of months before any cruises resume, but when they do, it's possible things could actually work out quite well.
First Look Inside Carnival Cruise Line’s New Cruise Ship
Yesterday, Carnival Cruise Line took delivery of their newest cruise ship, Mardi Gras. At 180,000 gross tons, Mardi Gras is the largest cruise ship to enter Carnival’s fleet. Carnival Cruise Line gave us a sneak peek look inside Mardi Gras. Previously, the cruise line released photos of BOLT, the world’s first cruise ship roller coaster that travels around the top deck of the vessel.
Singapore is aggressively pursuing a return to travel — but not without setbacks
The city-state is working to resuscitate tourism by resuming cruising, ushering in business travelers and launching a national contact-tracing app.
Miami cruise lines extend cancellations into next year. Are your travel plans affected?
Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas voyages that were expected to resume sailing in January 2021 are now canceled until later in the year, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings announced Wednesday. All voyages on Norwegian Cruise Line that were set to embark between Jan. 1 through Feb. 28 and select voyages in March are now canceled, the company said. All voyages on Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises that were set to embark between Jan. 1 through March 31 are also suspended.
How Cruise Ship Went from Year-Round Residence to Scrapyard
What started as a way for people to live and work aboard an anchored cruise ship has ended with the vessel being sold for scrap. What started as a way for people to live and work aboard an anchored cruise ship has Over the past several months, cruise enthusiasts watched as a company named Ocean Builders purchased the former P&O Dawn with the intention of turning it into a floating community. They would auction off staterooms aboard the newly-renamed Satoshi so that would-be seafarers could start new lives among like-minded individuals.
How Carnival Cruise Line Guests Brightened the Holidays for Crew
This week, crew members currently aboard Carnival Cruise Line ships are receiving holiday cards from around the world. Thanks to a program known as Operation Happy Holidays — which received an assist from The Grinch — the lives of people who are far away from their loved ones were brightened. It all began with a suggestion made by Carnival’s brand ambassador, John Heald, on his Facebook page. Long a powerful advocate for the crew members who work so hard to create memorable vacations for passengers, Heald mentioned it might be nice if guests sent a holiday card to crew members.
American Cruise Lines celebrates launch of American Melody
Chesapeake Shipbuilding has successfully launched American Cruise Lines’ new American Melody at its yard in Salisbury, Maryland. American Melody, which is the fourth newbuild in the cruise line’s modern riverboat series, will undergo final outfitting at Chesapeake’s yard ahead of her delivery and inaugural Mississippi River season in summer 2021. Featuring interiors designed by Studio DADO, American Melody will have five decks, a multi-storey glass atrium at the centre, all-balcony suites and staterooms, and America Cruise Line’s patented opening bow and retractable gangway. In addition, the vessel will have an outdoor café, multiple sky-lit lounges, a dining room with panoramic windows, a library, games room, chart room, fitness room and yoga studio, and several open-air and shaded sundecks.
Port of Southampton to build fifth cruise terminal
Associated British Ports is to open a new cruise terminal at the Port of Southampton in England in 2021 to strengthen its position as “Europe’s leading cruise turnaround port and the UK’s number one departure port”. To be built at a cost of more than £55 million (US$73 million), the new facility will be Southampton’s fifth dedicated cruise terminal and has received an £8 million grant from the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership through the UK Government’s Getting Building Fund. The terminal will be equipped with shore power technology to enable cruise ships to turn off their engines and instead run their onboard systems via power from the local electricity grid when in port. It will also benefit from roof-mounted solar power.
American Queen and Victory Cruise Lines Enhance Offerings
American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) and Victory Cruise Lines (VCL) have announced “new enhancements and offerings” as they prepare to welcome guests onboard again. This is according to a press release. The new introductions extend to health and safety protocols, the 2021 wave offering, and elevated suite amenities and fresh culinary experiences. “Coming off the heels of an unprecedented year, we are looking forward to the future and being able to welcome aboard our loyal guests once again as we continue to offer amazing experiences. We have a great deal to be excited about and have focused on every detail so that we can provide the safest cruising experiences possible,” said John Waggoner, CEO and founder of American Queen Steamboat Company. The health and safety introductions cover 100 percent COVID-19 testing and health screenings for all guests and crew prior to every sailing, mandatory mask wearing, contactless facial recognition and temperature checks at the gangway, reduced vessel capacity, and 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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