Issue #

136

|

Volume

8

July 10, 2020

In this Issue

Here are some of the news articles we are following:

  • Cruise panel: Ships may be safer than shore
  • Foreign passenger cruise ship visits to Croatia collapse over COVID-19
  • Healthy Sail Panel Hopes to Have Plan by August 31 for Royal and Norwegian
  • Are Cruises Open for Travel? The Status of The High Seas
  • Adler-Schiffe Introduces German Domestic Expedition Product
  • B&A blueprint for healthy homeport terminals covers all facets, urges simulation analysis
  • Hurtigruten returning 14 ships to operation, launches new September 2020 'round Britain cruises
  • P&O Cruises Announces It Is Selling Beloved Cruise Ship Oceana
  • Royal Caribbean will add social distancing on its cruise ships
  • It’s official: Alaska won’t see any large cruise ships this year
  • Cruise CEOs Insist Ships Are Safe, Prepare New Health Protocols
  • Leading Public Health Experts to Oversee Development of Enhanced Cruise Line Health and Safety Standards

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SPECIAL NOTICE:  There will not be any Leader-SHIP Issues released this weekend…

 

Leading Public Health Experts to Oversee Development of Enhanced Cruise Line Health and Safety Standards

“ "Healthy Sail Panel" comprises top experts in public health, infectious disease, biosecurity, hospitality and maritime operations  Cruise industry leaders Royal Caribbean Group (NYSE: RCL) and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NCLH) announced a collaboration to develop enhanced cruise health and safety standards in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The companies have asked Governor Mike Leavitt and Dr. Scott Gottlieb to serve as co-chairs of a newly formed group of experts called the "Healthy Sail Panel." The panel is tasked with collaboratively developing recommendations for cruise lines to advance their public health response to COVID-19, improve safety, and achieve readiness for the safe resumption of operations.  The expert panel has been working for nearly a month and will offer its initial recommendations by the end of August. The cruise lines said its work will be "open source," and could be freely adopted by any company or industry that would benefit from the group's scientific and medical insights.” 

Read more

 

Cruise panel: Ships may be safer than shore

“Could taking a cruise potentially be a safer way to vacation in a Covid environment than going to London? I think it might.” The speaker, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, is a former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and co-chair of a panel of public health experts put together by Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. to develop health and safety protocols for the cruise industry to resume operations.  He made the statement during a Zoom call with Travel Weekly that also included co-chair Mike Leavitt, a three-term governor of Utah and secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the George W. Bush administration, Royal Caribbean chairman Richard Fain and Norwegian chairman Frank Del Rio. “In some ways, you have exquisite control over the environment” on a cruise ship, Gottlieb said, which provides the opportunity to introduce enhanced levels of public health protocols that can substantially reduce risk.” 

Read more

 

Foreign passenger cruise ship visits to Croatia collapse over COVID-19

“The number of visits by foreign passenger cruise ships to Croatia's Adriatic ports plummeted 91.2% year-on-year in the first five months of 2020, reaching only 15, due to the country's lockdown introduced over the coronavirus pandemic, the national statistical office said on Tuesday. The number of passengers the ships carried on those visits decreased by 98.5% to 3,737, the office of statistics said in a statement.”  

Read more

 

Healthy Sail Panel Hopes to Have Plan by August 31 for Royal and Norwegian

The Healthy “Sail Panel created by Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings hopes to have its initial recommendations back to each company by the end of August, according to Vicki Freed, senior vice president of sales and trade support and service, Royal Caribbean International. Suggestions will then be vetted by each company and presented to the CDC. Working together with a rival cruise corporation, Freed said: "When it comes to safety and security, there is no competition. We need to work collaboratively as a team, as an industry."  The 11-person panel is already hard at work and is looking at everything from reduced capacity to staggered embarkation.” 

Read more

 

Are Cruises Open for Travel? The Status of The High Seas

“Cruise lines are feeling the brunt of the worldwide travel shutdowns. While airlines and hotels could serve essential workers and business travelers, cruise ships stayed in port. However, we're inching closer to the day when cruises open, and you can hit the seas again.  Stranded cruise ships in February and March that were the modern-equivalent of "plague ships" may seem like a distant memory. No port would accept cruise ships in fear of bringing the novel coronavirus onshore.” 

Read more

 

Adler-Schiffe Introduces German Domestic Expedition Product

“Adler-Schiffe, a German expedition operator, has announced five-day sailings from Hamburg to Helgoland, Sylt, Amrum and the Halligen islands in the Wadden Sea UNESCO World Heritage Site. Owner and Managing Director Sven Paulsen said in a prepared statement that in light of the COVID-19 situation the company has developed a domestic expedition product and will start sailing with the Quest on July 25. The 48-guest Quest has been chartered from Norwegian Arctic Travel Company and would normally be deployed in Svalbard. The ship also spends time with Polar Quest.” 

Read more...

 

B&A blueprint for healthy homeport terminals covers all facets, urges simulation analysis

“The best way to avoid COVID-19 on a ship is keeping it from entering the vessel. Therefore, the cruise terminal should be viewed as the last line of defense, according to a new paper by Bermello Ajamil & Partners that lays out a plan for homeport facilities. B&A noted embarkation and disembarkation are among the most critical steps in protecting the health of cruisers, employees and the public from the virus. Embarkation needs to make sure guests, luggage, employees and provisions are as clean and virus-free as possible, while disembarkation needs to assure communities that arriving travelers are healthy.” 

Read more…

 

Hurtigruten returning 14 ships to operation, launches new September 2020 'round Britain cruises

“After a return to sailing last month in Norway, Hurtigruten plans to ramp up operations with 14 of its 16 ships returning in August and September. Three will be operating international cruises including the Arctic from this month and around Britain in September.  ‘The response to our successful return to sailing last month has been extremely positive from both the local communities, our guests and crew. As travel restrictions are lifted, we are now entering the next phase of our step by step return to full operation,’ said Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam.” 

Read more

 

P&O Cruises Announces It Is Selling Beloved Cruise Ship Oceana

“Some sad news for P&O Cruises fans, as the British cruise line has confirmed it is selling its beloved cruise ship Oceana. The cruise ship has been in P&O’s fleet since 2002, having formerly sailed under Princess Cruises as Ocean Princess. Revealing the big news, P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said: “Whilst we and many of our guests will miss Oceana, her departure will allow us to focus on our remaining ships in the fleet, as capacity expands with the delivery of Iona later this year followed by her sister ship, scheduled for 2022.”

Read more….

 

Royal Caribbean will add social distancing on its cruise ships

“Royal Caribbean revealed on Monday its new panel of experts who are working on a new set of health protocols to keep guests and crew safe from COVID-19 on its cruise ships, and social distancing will be one part of the approach.  The Healthy Sail Panel is a collaboration with Norwegian Cruise Line to create a rich list of health and safety standards in science, technology and engineering practices, that meet or exceed the requirements of global regulators, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”

Read more

 

It’s official: Alaska won’t see any large cruise ships this year

“Norwegian Cruise Line canceled the five late-summer sailings left on its schedule. It’s the final nail in the coffin for a tourism season marred by the COVID-19 pandemic. Cruise giants Carnival and Royal Caribbean announced earlier this summer they’d scrap their 2020 Alaska seasons. And last month, the largest cruise industry trade group — which includes Norwegian — said it would suspend voyages from U.S. ports through mid-September. That left Norwegian with five port calls on the schedule. Today’s announcement means those won’t happen.” 

Read more

 

Cruise CEOs Insist Ships Are Safe, Prepare New Health Protocols

“Two of the world’s largest cruise operators insist their ships are no more vulnerable to the spread of the new coronavirus than other public places.  The cruise industry has long pushed back at the idea that the close quarters on ships may be ripe conditions for the spread of disease. And major players continue to maintain that position, even though there have been more than 3,000 Covid-19 cases and dozens of deaths associated with ships, according to the Cruise Lines International Association. Top executives at Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. were asked Sunday to acknowledge that people are more likely to get coronavirus on a cruise ship than in the general public.  “No, I don’t believe” that, Frank Del Rio, the CEO of Norwegian, said in a Zoom interview, where he was joined by Richard Fain, head of Royal Caribbean. “I think done correctly a cruise ship -- because it is a controlled environment -- can be among the safest places on Earth.” ” 

Read more….


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Issue #

136

|

Volume

8

July 10, 2020

In this Issue

Here are some of the news articles we are following:

  • Cruise panel: Ships may be safer than shore
  • Foreign passenger cruise ship visits to Croatia collapse over COVID-19
  • Healthy Sail Panel Hopes to Have Plan by August 31 for Royal and Norwegian
  • Are Cruises Open for Travel? The Status of The High Seas
  • Adler-Schiffe Introduces German Domestic Expedition Product
  • B&A blueprint for healthy homeport terminals covers all facets, urges simulation analysis
  • Hurtigruten returning 14 ships to operation, launches new September 2020 'round Britain cruises
  • P&O Cruises Announces It Is Selling Beloved Cruise Ship Oceana
  • Royal Caribbean will add social distancing on its cruise ships
  • It’s official: Alaska won’t see any large cruise ships this year
  • Cruise CEOs Insist Ships Are Safe, Prepare New Health Protocols
  • Leading Public Health Experts to Oversee Development of Enhanced Cruise Line Health and Safety Standards

Cover Image by:

SPECIAL NOTICE:  There will not be any Leader-SHIP Issues released this weekend…

 

Leading Public Health Experts to Oversee Development of Enhanced Cruise Line Health and Safety Standards

“ "Healthy Sail Panel" comprises top experts in public health, infectious disease, biosecurity, hospitality and maritime operations  Cruise industry leaders Royal Caribbean Group (NYSE: RCL) and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NCLH) announced a collaboration to develop enhanced cruise health and safety standards in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The companies have asked Governor Mike Leavitt and Dr. Scott Gottlieb to serve as co-chairs of a newly formed group of experts called the "Healthy Sail Panel." The panel is tasked with collaboratively developing recommendations for cruise lines to advance their public health response to COVID-19, improve safety, and achieve readiness for the safe resumption of operations.  The expert panel has been working for nearly a month and will offer its initial recommendations by the end of August. The cruise lines said its work will be "open source," and could be freely adopted by any company or industry that would benefit from the group's scientific and medical insights.” 

Read more

 

Cruise panel: Ships may be safer than shore

“Could taking a cruise potentially be a safer way to vacation in a Covid environment than going to London? I think it might.” The speaker, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, is a former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and co-chair of a panel of public health experts put together by Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. to develop health and safety protocols for the cruise industry to resume operations.  He made the statement during a Zoom call with Travel Weekly that also included co-chair Mike Leavitt, a three-term governor of Utah and secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the George W. Bush administration, Royal Caribbean chairman Richard Fain and Norwegian chairman Frank Del Rio. “In some ways, you have exquisite control over the environment” on a cruise ship, Gottlieb said, which provides the opportunity to introduce enhanced levels of public health protocols that can substantially reduce risk.” 

Read more

 

Foreign passenger cruise ship visits to Croatia collapse over COVID-19

“The number of visits by foreign passenger cruise ships to Croatia's Adriatic ports plummeted 91.2% year-on-year in the first five months of 2020, reaching only 15, due to the country's lockdown introduced over the coronavirus pandemic, the national statistical office said on Tuesday. The number of passengers the ships carried on those visits decreased by 98.5% to 3,737, the office of statistics said in a statement.”  

Read more

 

Healthy Sail Panel Hopes to Have Plan by August 31 for Royal and Norwegian

The Healthy “Sail Panel created by Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings hopes to have its initial recommendations back to each company by the end of August, according to Vicki Freed, senior vice president of sales and trade support and service, Royal Caribbean International. Suggestions will then be vetted by each company and presented to the CDC. Working together with a rival cruise corporation, Freed said: "When it comes to safety and security, there is no competition. We need to work collaboratively as a team, as an industry."  The 11-person panel is already hard at work and is looking at everything from reduced capacity to staggered embarkation.” 

Read more

 

Are Cruises Open for Travel? The Status of The High Seas

“Cruise lines are feeling the brunt of the worldwide travel shutdowns. While airlines and hotels could serve essential workers and business travelers, cruise ships stayed in port. However, we're inching closer to the day when cruises open, and you can hit the seas again.  Stranded cruise ships in February and March that were the modern-equivalent of "plague ships" may seem like a distant memory. No port would accept cruise ships in fear of bringing the novel coronavirus onshore.” 

Read more

 

Adler-Schiffe Introduces German Domestic Expedition Product

“Adler-Schiffe, a German expedition operator, has announced five-day sailings from Hamburg to Helgoland, Sylt, Amrum and the Halligen islands in the Wadden Sea UNESCO World Heritage Site. Owner and Managing Director Sven Paulsen said in a prepared statement that in light of the COVID-19 situation the company has developed a domestic expedition product and will start sailing with the Quest on July 25. The 48-guest Quest has been chartered from Norwegian Arctic Travel Company and would normally be deployed in Svalbard. The ship also spends time with Polar Quest.” 

Read more...

 

B&A blueprint for healthy homeport terminals covers all facets, urges simulation analysis

“The best way to avoid COVID-19 on a ship is keeping it from entering the vessel. Therefore, the cruise terminal should be viewed as the last line of defense, according to a new paper by Bermello Ajamil & Partners that lays out a plan for homeport facilities. B&A noted embarkation and disembarkation are among the most critical steps in protecting the health of cruisers, employees and the public from the virus. Embarkation needs to make sure guests, luggage, employees and provisions are as clean and virus-free as possible, while disembarkation needs to assure communities that arriving travelers are healthy.” 

Read more…

 

Hurtigruten returning 14 ships to operation, launches new September 2020 'round Britain cruises

“After a return to sailing last month in Norway, Hurtigruten plans to ramp up operations with 14 of its 16 ships returning in August and September. Three will be operating international cruises including the Arctic from this month and around Britain in September.  ‘The response to our successful return to sailing last month has been extremely positive from both the local communities, our guests and crew. As travel restrictions are lifted, we are now entering the next phase of our step by step return to full operation,’ said Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam.” 

Read more

 

P&O Cruises Announces It Is Selling Beloved Cruise Ship Oceana

“Some sad news for P&O Cruises fans, as the British cruise line has confirmed it is selling its beloved cruise ship Oceana. The cruise ship has been in P&O’s fleet since 2002, having formerly sailed under Princess Cruises as Ocean Princess. Revealing the big news, P&O Cruises president Paul Ludlow said: “Whilst we and many of our guests will miss Oceana, her departure will allow us to focus on our remaining ships in the fleet, as capacity expands with the delivery of Iona later this year followed by her sister ship, scheduled for 2022.”

Read more….

 

Royal Caribbean will add social distancing on its cruise ships

“Royal Caribbean revealed on Monday its new panel of experts who are working on a new set of health protocols to keep guests and crew safe from COVID-19 on its cruise ships, and social distancing will be one part of the approach.  The Healthy Sail Panel is a collaboration with Norwegian Cruise Line to create a rich list of health and safety standards in science, technology and engineering practices, that meet or exceed the requirements of global regulators, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”

Read more

 

It’s official: Alaska won’t see any large cruise ships this year

“Norwegian Cruise Line canceled the five late-summer sailings left on its schedule. It’s the final nail in the coffin for a tourism season marred by the COVID-19 pandemic. Cruise giants Carnival and Royal Caribbean announced earlier this summer they’d scrap their 2020 Alaska seasons. And last month, the largest cruise industry trade group — which includes Norwegian — said it would suspend voyages from U.S. ports through mid-September. That left Norwegian with five port calls on the schedule. Today’s announcement means those won’t happen.” 

Read more

 

Cruise CEOs Insist Ships Are Safe, Prepare New Health Protocols

“Two of the world’s largest cruise operators insist their ships are no more vulnerable to the spread of the new coronavirus than other public places.  The cruise industry has long pushed back at the idea that the close quarters on ships may be ripe conditions for the spread of disease. And major players continue to maintain that position, even though there have been more than 3,000 Covid-19 cases and dozens of deaths associated with ships, according to the Cruise Lines International Association. Top executives at Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. were asked Sunday to acknowledge that people are more likely to get coronavirus on a cruise ship than in the general public.  “No, I don’t believe” that, Frank Del Rio, the CEO of Norwegian, said in a Zoom interview, where he was joined by Richard Fain, head of Royal Caribbean. “I think done correctly a cruise ship -- because it is a controlled environment -- can be among the safest places on Earth.” ” 

Read more….


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