September 28, 2020
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Here are some of the news articles we are following:
- Cruise Lines Submit Plan to CDC For Safe Return to Cruising
- CLIA Adopts Health Protocols Including 100% Testing for Passengers and Crew
- We’re now up to 9 cruise lines that have resumed limited sailings.
- Australia’s Plan to Salvage our Summer Cruise Season
- Virgin Adds Longer Cruises to the Caribbean
- MS The World residential cruise ship departs Falmouth UK
- Port of Skagen hosts 19 calls from SeaDream ships
- Pandemic forces cruise companies to rethink way they do business
- Princess Cruises sold the sisterships Sea Princess and Sun Princess
- Hurtigruten Cancels Remaining 2020 Cruises
- Greece's largest port, Piraeus-Athens welcomes first cruise ship
- Carnival Imagination entering to Aliaga to be scrapped. (Video)
- Carnival CEO on restarting cruise routes (Video)
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Cruise Lines Submit Plan to CDC For Safe Return to Cruising
"Two cruise companies have officially submitted their return-to-cruising plans to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Under the Healthy Sail Panel, which is comprised of America’s leading health experts, along with Royal Caribbean Group (RCL) and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH), the lines submitted 74 recommendations which focus on five key areas regarding ways to prevent infections from being brought on board and, in a worst case scenario, how to deal with any health crisis which might arise during a sailing. Below is a link to the highlights from the 74 recommendations. It’s worth noting that many of the suggested protocols have already been implemented (and, in essence, are currently being tested) by European lines such as MSC Cruises, Costa Cruise, and TUI Cruises, all of which have slowly begun their returns."
You can access the 66-page document on the Royal Caribbean Group website.
CLIA Adopts Health Protocols Including 100% Testing for Passengers and Crew
"The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced today the adoption of mandatory core elements of health protocols to be implemented as part of a phased-in, controlled resumption of operations. A critical next step, now that initial sailing has begun effectively with strict protocols in Europe, is the resumption of operations in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America, CLIA stated. CLIA’s announcement coincided with Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings also releasing the recommendations of their Healthy Sail Panel to the Centers for Disease Control, which at press time, still has its No Sail order in effect until Sept. 30. Highlights of the CLIA’s core elements include…"
We’re now up to 9 cruise lines that have resumed limited sailings.
"For cruisers based in North America, it may seem like the entire cruise industry still is shut down. Not a single cruise ship is sailing with passengers on the entire continent, and the lines that North Americans know best — Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line, to name a few — already have canceled nearly every departure through early November. But the reality is that a growing number of cruise lines around the world have been tiptoeing back into operation in recent months. The cruising comeback began in June with a single German river ship in Europe, and it has grown steadily over the past three months with dozens of additional river and ocean ships starting up operations in multiple regions. The destinations where cruises already are taking place include French Polynesia, where one cruise ship has been operating since July. They also include Italy, where a single vessel resumed sailings in August, and a second ship just restarted voyages in early September."
Revealed: Australia’s Plan to Salvage our Summer Cruise Season
"Cruise ships may be based in individual states and sail only local itineraries as part of a phased comeback plan for the cruise industry. Only residents of the state would be allowed to board, with strict testing beforehand. Queensland, with its access to many islands, and New South Wales are two states very much in the industry’s sights. With sailings by foreign-flagged ships banned by the federal government until December, Cruise Lines International Association Australasia (CLIA) has spent months in a delicate diplomatic endeavour, talking to state and federal officials about the return of the industry and putting together scenarios that will meet health regulations. Cruise is worth over $5.2 billion to Australia, with 18,000 jobs dependent on the industry."
Virgin Adds Longer Cruises to the Caribbean
"Virgin Voyages, the new adults only cruise line, has added brand new itineraries for the Caribbean in 2021 and 2022 that include new ports for Virgin. These new cruises on Virgin’s second cruise ship, Valiant Lady, include six- and eight-night sailings to the Caribbean from the Cruise Capital of the World, PortMiami. Port stops for the cruises to the Caribbean will include San Juan, St. Croix, Puerto Plata, Roatan, Cozumel, Costa Maya, Key West, and Virgin’s private destination, The Beach Club at Bimini."
MS The World residential cruise ship departs Falmouth UK
"Following 16 weeks in Falmouth UK, MS The World cruise ship bid bon voyage to the cruise port. Home to some of the richest people in the world, the 45,000-GT residential vessel arrived in Falmouth on May 25 and remained docked there ever since. The cruise ship residents abandoned the vessel in Australia as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic escalated. The ultra-luxury ship departed Falmouth Monday afternoon, September 14, heading for Tenerife Canary Islands. Falmouth is one of a few UK ports to have hosted the liner at least 3 times. She made 3 previous calls at Falmouth, back in 2002, 2013, and 2018, spending a couple of days alongside on each call. The World residential cruise ship was welcomed into port in May with Falmouth pilot Capt. Nick Martin aboard, berthing on Queen’s jetty."
Port of Skagen hosts 19 calls from SeaDream ships
"Denmark’s Port of Skagen hosted a total of 19 calls from SeaDream Yacht Club’s SeaDream I and SeaDream II this summer, becoming one of the first ports in the world to welcome cruise ships after the Covid-19 pandemic shut down the industry. “We were very happy and grateful to be chosen as a port of call by one of the first cruise lines to resume cruising again,” said Anne Sofie Rønne Jensen, cruise manager at the port of Skagen. “The SeaDream ships have been carrying Norwegian and Danish guests and it has been a great pleasure to be able to welcome happy cruise guests again. A big thanks to Emilio Freeman from SeaDream Yacht Club and Hans Chen Braas from Blue Water Shipping for making this happen.” "
Pandemic forces cruise companies to rethink way they do business
"The cruise industry's first phase of reopening is focusing on small, regional sailing, plying more rivers than oceans. But what of the big companies and their giant ships? When these behemoths set sail again, with up to some 8,880 passengers and crew on board, they'll be on the cutting edge of post-pandemic technology. They'll have to be. "Cruising has always been a 'high touch' business in almost every aspect," says Chekitan Dev, professor of marketing at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration. You rub shoulders with people at bars. You share the buffet, join crowds for activities and shows, pass off fitness equipment and poker chips, and discover new places on shore excursions with other people. Cruising is the antithesis of social distancing; it's all about the group travel experience. "Going to a 'less touch' model is going to have to have cruise companies rethink almost everything they do," he says."
Princess Cruises sold the sisterships Sea Princess and Sun Princess
"Princess Cruises sold two of its ships as part of Carnival Corporation's plan to sell 18 liners from its fleet in 2020 amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In an email sent to travel agents, Princess Cruises said the company had sold sisterships Sea Princess and Sun Princess and they would be soon leaving the fleet. Passengers currently booked on future sailings will receive separate communications advising of the cancellation. While the future of the line's Sea Princess in unknown Sun Princess is believed to be sold to the Japan-based non-profit organization Peace Boat. The liner will be renamed "Pacific World"."
Hurtigruten Cancels Remaining 2020 Cruises
"Norway’s Hurtigruten has called off its remaining cruises this year due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in Europe and the Americas, the company said on Thursday. “Our goal is to resume operations in January 2021,” the company said in a statement. The decision affects Hurtigruten’s so-called expedition cruises, which often take passengers into Arctic or Antarctic waters, though its business of shipping goods and people between ports along the Norwegian coast will continue."
Greece's largest port, Piraeus-Athens welcomes first cruise ship
"TUI's liner Mein Schiff 6 was welcomed at Port Piraeus-Athens as sailings restarted in Greece after a half-year suspension due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Piraeus Port Authority announced on Wednesday, September 16. TUI Schiff 6 ship was the first passenger liner to resume Eastern Mediterranean cruises, visiting Piraeus. This was announced in a press release from PPA (member of China's COSCO Shipping Group, the majority PPA shareholder since 2016). According to the announcement, Mein Schiff 6 had departed from Piraeus Tuesday night. The disembarkation/embarkation of the travellers had been "successfully completed under strict safety measures, in compliance with all the relevant protocols." "
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