October 2, 2020
In this Issue
Here are some of the news articles we are following:
- Cruise Line Converting Ship Buffets into Service Restaurants
- U.S. cruises vow 100 per cent testing in plan for resuming sailing
- What Cruisers Need to Know About Masks, Excursions, More
- Cruise Lines One Step Closer to Resuming Cruises
- 10 Reasons Why Cruise Ships Are Not Floating Petri Dishes
- Disney Cruise Line’s 5th Cruise Ship Will Be Delayed
- Carnival on Detailed Restarting Plans with Costa and AIDA
- Tests and Masks, What You Need to Know When Cruises Resume
- CLIA announces mandatory core elements of health protocols
- Princess Cruises Says Goodbye to Two Cruise Ships
- Insurance, Air Travel and Quarantines – Welcome to the Future of Travel…
- Pullmantur Is Looking To Restart Cruise Operations
- Double Testing Catches False Positives: Why You Shouldn't Panic Over COVID-19 Test Result News
- Will cruise industry be able to bounce back after pandemic? (Video)
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Cruise Line Converting Ship Buffets into Service Restaurants
"When another one of Carnival Corporation’s cruise lines resume cruises next month, they will be implementing a number of new health protocols that include converting cruise ship buffets into service restaurants."
U.S. cruises vow 100 per cent testing in plan for resuming sailing
"Major cruise lines say they will test all passengers and crew for COVID-19 prior to boarding as part of their plan for resuming sailing in the Americas. The Cruise Lines International Association, a trade group that represents 95% of global ocean-going cruise capacity, said Monday that its members will also require passengers and crew to wear masks while onboard whenever physical distancing can't be maintained. No date has been set for the resumption of cruising in the U.S., the Caribbean and Mexico. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a no-sail order for U.S. waters through Sept. 30. The association's safety plan will now go to the CDC, which will consider it as the agency decides whether to lift the no-sail order. The order has been extended twice since March."
What Cruisers Need to Know About Masks, Excursions, More
"Now that cruise lines have submitted plans detailing how they’ll return to service to the Centers for Disease Control, a clearer picture is emerging regarding what protocols will likely be put in place. At least two plans have been submitted to the CDC for consideration. One comes from the Healthy Sail Panel which resulted from the joint efforts of Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, while the second is a series of protocols put forth by industry trade organization Cruise Lines International Association. Although each group submitted their own suggested protocols, there were enough similarities between them that a clearer vision is emerging of what life on a cruise ship will be like in the age of social distancing."
Cruise Lines One Step Closer to Resuming Cruises
"The Healthy Sail Panel, created in partnership between Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, has submitted their new health recommendations to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The recommendations were in response to a request for public comment on the CDC’s current No Sail Order. The Healthy Sail Panel, formed in June, consists of globally recognized experts experienced in various disciplines including public health, infectious diseases, biosecurity and marine operations. The Panel has spent the last four months studying how to best protect the health and safety of guests and crew. They’ve made 74 recommendations across five core focus areas that every cruise operator should address to reduce the risk of infection and spread of COVID-19 on cruise ships…"
Cruise Line Sees Record Bookings for Cruises
"When Oceania Cruises started offering free upgrades for their Labor Day sale, little did the cruise line know that the promotion would see them have record bookings. The cruise line attributed the success of the sale, with almost half of the new reservations coming from new-to-brand guests, to a combination of an exceptional value proposition and strong demand for a cruise product that features immersive destination-rich itineraries, culinary experiences that rival the finest ashore, and the highest levels of personalized service."
10 Reasons Why Cruise Ships Are Not Floating Petri Dishes
"Cruise ships are actually quite clean, read these 10 reasons why cruise ships are not floating petri dishes to learn how we keep them clean. It’s safe to say that 2020 has not turned out quite the way that anyone planned. As we continue to learn how to navigate this unprecedented year, people all around the world are being forced to cancel their former vacation plans. This might mean foregoing a week at the beach or postponing a much-anticipated trip to the mountains. As you’re rearranging your schedule, have you considered booking a cruise instead? If you believe everything that the media delivers, it’s easy to see why you’d furrow your brow at this question. “Wait,” you might ask, “Are cruise ships clean? Aren’t they floating Petri dishes, filled with germs and bacteria at every corner?” Not hardly. Today, we’re pulling back the curtain and shedding light on this common misconception. Read on to discover why you’re likely safer on our ships than in many places on land, and why it’s time to shed your preconceived notions of what a cruise experience can look like."
Disney Cruise Line’s 5th Cruise Ship Will Be Delayed
"Disney Cruise Line’s fifth cruise ship, Disney Wish, will now debut later than expected due to the coronavirus pandemic. Disney Wish is the first of three cruise ships in a new class for the cruise line. The 140,000 gross ton ship was originally scheduled to be delivered in late 2021. The launch for Disney Wish has now been delayed but the ship will sail from Port Canaveral when completed. Disney Wish is currently under construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany. It will be the first vessel in Disney Cruise Line’s fleet to feature an eco-friendly LNG drive system."
Carnival on Detailed Restarting Plans with Costa and AIDA
"Having re-entered service in the Mediterranean with Costa Cruises earlier this month and with AIDA set to launch service in October, Carnival Corporation has outlined some of elements of the protocols its brands are following. The company said further that with the Costa brand having restarted cruise operations this month in Italy, its learnings and best practices would be shared among its additional eight cruise line brands, as well as the rest of the industry. Costa introduced its Safety Protocol developed with advice from medical experts, government and health authorities, aligning with global and national health guidelines, Carnival stated. The enhanced protocols include online checking and self-certification; further health screening for guests and crew prior to embarkation; physical distancing, reduced occupancy, and staggered boarding times; mandatory face masks in all public areas onboard; redesigned common areas, entertainment and restaurants; protected shore excursions managed by Costa; increased sanitization of all public areas and cabins, expanded shipboard health services and crew training; detailed response, isolation, contact tracing and disembarkation plans for suspected cases, and more."
Tests and Masks, What You Need to Know When Cruises Resume
"Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced an adoption of mandatory core elements of enhanced cruise protocols for cruises to resume in North America. CLIA currently represents 95% of ocean cruise capacity around the world. What will be required for you to once again take a cruise to the Caribbean from Miami or other ports? Here is a look at the core elements that cover the entire cruise experience from bookings to disembarkation."
CLIA announces mandatory core elements of health protocols
"Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), representing 95% of global ocean-going cruise capacity, announced the adoption of mandatory core elements of a set of health protocols to be implemented as part of a highly controlled, phased-in resumption of passenger shipping operations. A next step, now that initial sailings have begun effectively in Europe, with strict protocols, is the resumption of cruises in the Caribbean, Mexico, and the Americas (Central America), which encompass the world's largest cruise market."
Princess Cruises Says Goodbye to Two Cruise Ships
"Princess Cruises, one of the world’s leading premium cruise lines, has announced that they have sold two of their cruise ships. Princess has sold Sun Princess and Sea Princess to undisclosed buyers. The sale of these vessels is in line with parent company Carnival Corporation’s plan to accelerate the removal of less efficient cruise ships from its fleet. The first ship in the Sun Class, Sun Princess was introduced in 1995 debuting in the Caribbean and was amongst the largest ships in the world at the time. The 2,000-guest Sun Princess also sailed in Alaska and Panama Canal, among other destinations, before being homeported in Australia in October 2007."
Insurance, Air Travel and Quarantines – Welcome to the Future of Travel…
"Without a crystal ball, the future of travel is hard to predict – but here’s what we know so far.
While you should not travel without it, travel insurance is in place to cover you from the unknowns and the one-in-a-million chances rather than a known disease that is actively and quickly spreading. To sum this rather sticky situation up, you are more likely to find insurance to cover you for cancellations than for medical bills related to COVID-19 and you will not be covered if you are acting against a travel ban. Finder insurance specialist Taylor Blackburn says: “From onboard medical expenses and emergency evacuation to covering your valuables and travel documents if they get lost, stolen or damaged, travel insurance will continue to be a worthy consideration for those who want to feel protected.”…. Hotel Quarantine: Potentially replacing long-haul flights as the worst part of a holiday is hotel quarantine. There have been mixed reviews of personal experiences, with the variety largely down to the hotel in which you are placed…. Remaining consistent across all facilities…"
Pullmantur Is Looking To Restart Cruise Operations
"Pullmantur is looking to restart cruise operations just months after the Spanish cruise line became the first victim to enter insolvency due to the impact of COVID-19. Throughout September, the company has been asking for feedback from its Facebook followers on what customers would like to see if Pullmantur were to return. One of those is how to improve safety. Pullmantur asked if cruisers would feel safer if the only excursions available were those offered by Pullmantur, to ensure strict protocols are followed ashore. Pullmantur also asked if guests would be happy paying 10-15% higher prices than previously offered, if it ensured a safer experience for everyone onboard."
Double Testing Catches False Positives: Why You Shouldn't Panic Over COVID-19 Test Result News
Will cruise industry be able to bounce back after pandemic?
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