January 6, 2021
In this Issue
Here are some of the news articles we are following:
- Cruise Ship Doctors Will Have a Tougher Job Than Ever Once Sailings Resume
- What “Experts” Keep Getting Wrong About Cruising
- How weigand.waterrides is creating innovative onboard fun
- New Viking Cruise Ship to Sail 138-Day Cruise
- Cruise Ships Will Begin Returning to San Diego This Week Without Passengers
- Everything I’ve Missed About Cruising in 2020
- Cruise Refunds Being Brought to State and Better Business Bureau
- Princess retrofits more ships with Medallion wearables for the day when we can cruise again
- Over 100,000 people are vying for a spot-on Royal Caribbean's mock cruise. 5 of them told us why they're ready to go out to sea again
- Princess Cruises extends 2021 ex-UK season for Sky Princess
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Cruise Ship Doctors Will Have a Tougher Job Than Ever Once Sailings Resume
Six ways the job will become more complicated for on-board medical providers. Cruise lines have always staffed medical crews who are held to high standards: American College of Emergency Physician guidelines require onboard staff to be on-call 24/7; physicians must have a minimum of three years of post-graduate experience in general and emergency medicine, or be board-certified in emergency, family, or internal medicine; all staff must be certified in advanced life support. But today, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the job of being a doctor or nurse at sea calls for more. “The difference between then and now is not necessarily in the foundational level of medical training, expertise, credentials, or capabilities that our providers have, but rather in an increased focus around recognizing and initiating treatment for potential SARS CoV-2 infections,” says Calvin Johnson, M.D., chief medical officer for Royal Caribbean Group. A full return to cruising has yet to happen. But there are already big changes in the ways that doctors and nurses on cruise ships do their jobs. There are also big changes in the ways you’ll seek out care if you need it when you're back onboard. Here, a glimpse of what to expect…
What “Experts” Keep Getting Wrong About Cruising
In case you haven’t heard, some “experts” out there are saying you won’t be getting back on a cruise ship. Completely unaware of just how deep the connection is between cruise lovers and the sea, they think the current crisis is going to make it impossible for the lines to bounce back. Clearly, they’ve never met you. An article in The Economist recently claimed that “the industry has few friends and its main customers, the elderly, may shun it for good.” While that doom-and-gloom tone no doubt plays among folks out there who’ve never cruised and have been inundated with negative stories about the industry in recent weeks, it clings desperately to stereotypes. For example, the claim that “the elderly” are the industry’s main customers is flat-out false.
How weigand.waterrides is creating innovative onboard fun
Brightly coloured and exhilarating, the innovative water slides, spray parks, aqua parks and stainless-steel dry slides from German manufacturer wiegand.waterrides have been delighting guests on cruise ships for many years. “We’re proud to have provided our innovative water attractions to almost every cruise brand, including AIDA Cruises, Dream Cruises and Royal Caribbean International,” says Diego Reckmann, project manager at wiegand.waterrides. “We manufacture all the parts in-house to ensure we can provide products that are perfectly customized to customers’ specific individual requirements and meet all necessary safety requirements.” However, installing these water attractions can be challenging. “We’re often faced with tight project timelines and very limited space onboard the ships,” says Reckmann. “But, thanks to the skills, expertise and flexibility of our qualified staff, we’re renowned for always overcoming these obstacles to deliver high-quality installations on time and within budget. For example, we were able to install five slides in an incredibly short period of time during a revitalization onboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas.”
New Viking Cruise Ship to Sail 138-Day Cruise
Citing response to strong demand for its World Cruise itineraries, Viking has announced its new 2022-2023 world cruise, which will span 138 days, 28 countries and 58 ports, with overnight stays in 11 cities.
Departing on December 22, 2022 from Ft. Lauderdale, guests will sail on Viking’s newest ocean vessel, the Viking Neptune, which will join the company’s fleet of 930-guest ocean ships in late 2022. Guests will embark in Florida and journey to Central America, before transiting the Panama Canal and sailing up the West Coast of North America. A shorter 121-day Viking World Journeys itinerary is also available, allowing guests to join Viking Neptune in Los Angeles and cross the Pacific Ocean to call in Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand, before exploring ports of call in Asia and the Middle East. Finally, the ship will journey through the Mediterranean and conclude the voyage in London.
Cruise Ships Will Begin Returning to San Diego This Week Without Passengers
Cruise ships are scheduled to return to the Port of San Diego this week and through the new year, part of an effort by the cruise lines to reestablish ships in U.S. waters as a prerequisite to resume cruising in a post-COVID-19 world, it was announced Monday.
Everything I’ve Missed About Cruising in 2020
Cruise expert Fran Golden typically does 10 cruises a year, many to check out new ships, and has sailed on more than 150 voyages in total. This year, she squeezed in only two trips before the industry came to a screeching halt in March. When a cruise ship departs the dock and heads out to sea, it’s like leaving everything behind and moving toward infinite possibilities. There’s a slight rumble under the ship’s hull, the coastline fades, and the ocean becomes both your only view and your highway to new places. The water sparkles in the sunshine. It moves. It’s breathtaking.
Cruise Refunds Being Brought to State and Better Business Bureau
Frustrated by continued delays, cruisers in search of refunds for canceled sailings have been increasingly turning to Florida’s Attorney General and the Better Business Bureau for assistance. According to data obtained by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 494 cruisers have filed refund-related complaints with the Florida Attorney General’s office since April 1. Of those, 328 were filed prior to...
Princess retrofits more ships with Medallion wearables for the day when we can cruise again
The luxury cruise ship business has been hit harder than almost any industry during the pandemic. Fleets of huge and expensive cruise ships are stuck in harbors around the world. But Carnival hasn’t given up. The owner of cruise ship lines such as Princess Cruises has continued to retrofit its fleet of ships with Medallion Class experiences, meaning it is outfitting the ships with internet of things capabilities so they can serve up an outstanding time for guests when — and if — those ships can ever get out of the harbors again. The fleet is more than 100 ships, and 11 of them are outfitted now. By the end of 2021, Princess expects the whole fleet to be ready.
Over 100,000 people are vying for a spot-on Royal Caribbean's mock cruise. 5 of them told us why they're ready to go out to sea again.
Within days of the company's November 12 announcement, more than 100,000 people applied to volunteer, despite there being little information on what these mock cruises entail. At the time of writing, Royal Caribbean hasn't shared much information on what the cruises will look like, or where and when they will be. It's unclear if they'll actually go out to sea at all. A representative for the company said it could not provide further information, telling Insider that it is still "working through the details." Though if the "cruises to nowhere" in Singapore are any indication, volunteers will more than likely be in store for a totally different cruising experience than they're used to. "While we review the requirements proposed by the CDC and consider when we can host our simulated trial sailings, we are gathering information from those who have shown interest," Royal Caribbean said in a Facebook group it created to find volunteers. "Our priority is to ensure that we can exercise our comprehensive set of measures in a safe and healthy manner while making sure we provide a memorable vacation experience." Royal Caribbean's mock cruises come after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) changed its rules for cruise companies. The CDC implemented a no-sail order from March 14 to October 29, 2020, but changed it to a "conditional sailing" order on November 1, requiring a phased approach to resuming operations with the implementation of new health and safety measures such as increased sanitization, pre-boarding testing for passengers and crew, and onboard labs. The implementation of simulated voyages, or mock cruises, is another requirement. Royal Caribbean, like many cruise lines, has voluntarily renewed the no-sail order, canceling all cruises through February 2021 as it figures out the safest way to resume operations. Conducting mock cruises seems to be the first step in that direction.
Princess Cruises extends 2021 ex-UK season for Sky Princess
As part of its new sale launched last week, Princess Cruises has extended its 2021 ex-UK season for Sky Princess due to high demand. New itineraries include a seven-night Spain & France cruise, departing Southampton on 15 October 2021 and calling at La Rochelle (for Cognac), Bilbao, La Coruna (for Santiago de Compostela), Guernsey (St. Peter Port). Guests can take a 10-night British Isles cruise from £649pp, departing 5 October 2021, and a 12-night Canary Islands voyage, departing 23 September 2021. Prices start from £799pp. Also on offer is a 14-night Mediterranean Adventurer cruise, departing 22 October 2021 and calling at Seville (Cadiz), Barcelona, Marseille, Florence/Pisa (Livorno), and Rome (Civitavecchia), among other destinations. Fares start from £999pp. The line’s new campaign is supported by a video advert, which marks the first TV advert for the line since it voluntarily paused operations in March. The ad is featured on social media channels, including YouTube, and UK video on demand channels Sky Adsmart, All4 and ITV Hub. On all cruise’s guests can also choose to upgrade to the all-inclusive added-value fare Princess Plus, which includes premium drinks, “the best wifi at sea”, according to the line, and gratuities, for an extra £35pp per day.
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