Issue #

154

|

Volume

9

August 21, 2020

In this Issue

Here are some of the news articles we are following:

  • Cruise Ship with Condos You Live in Details New Health Protocols
  • Port Rockland, Maine limits calls from large cruise ships
  • The truth behind those ‘Covid cruise’ headlines when ships began sailing again
  • Norwegian CEO: Relaunch will take six months; fleet will 'return in earnest' in spring 2021
  • Bahamas Changes Stance on Cruise Ship Passengers
  • Holland America Extends Pause Through Dec. 15
  • Seatrade Cruise – Virtual (05 – 08 October, 2020)
  • Royal Caribbean Grabs $700 Million Loan
  • Crystal River Cruises launches Crystal Clean+ 2.0 health and safety protocols
  • Cruise Ships Depart US Ports for European Lay-Up
  • 70 jobs axed at Ipswich-based cruise line
  • Big Cruise Companies Burning Through $1 Billion a Month
  • Peace of Mind with Safety and Flexibility

Cover Image by:

Cruise Ship with Condos You Live in Details New Health Protocols

“Storylines, the new cruise line that is selling condos you live in on their new ship, has announced industry leading health protocols to keep residents safe/. In response to safety concerns following the COVID-19 Pandemic, Storylines is introducing industry-leading health protocols, and green technologies for clean air, water, and surfaces for its unique residential living community on the water. Storylines’ 741-foot-long, 627-residential unit luxury and sustainable ship is currently in the development phase. The cruise line will provide a safe, hygienic, and sustainable offshore community for approximately 1,000 residents. The protocols announcement includes plans in the event of future health pandemics. The company’s technologically advanced sanitation equipment and procedures include a combination of Ozone, Ultraviolet, and Hydroxyls, which oxidize and destroy organic pollutants in water and air.  Photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) and Photo Electrochemical Oxidation (PECO) equipment for air and surface cleaning will be integrated into the ship’s high-tech HVAC systems, robotic ultraviolet cleaners, and room installed hydroxyl “clean air” units. These will be combined with ozone surface cleaning to reduce the use of chemicals, which contribute to poor air quality.”

Read more

 

Port Rockland, Maine limits calls from large cruise ships

“Rockland ME (Maine) will limit the number of large cruise ships that can call at Rockland Harbor annually under an updated plan aiming to promote tourism while preserving the environment and peace of residents. The harbor management plan prioritizes infrastructure improvements and greater public access to its harbor, which is a cornerstone of the fishing and tourism economies of Rockland. The previous plan was created 25 years ago when the port city was trying to attract more cruisers. But priorities for Rockland have largely evolved since then.”

Read more

 

The truth behind those ‘Covid cruise’ headlines when ships began sailing again

“As the lockdown began easing, a few cruise ships started sailing again – only to be met with a flood of headlines about passengers testing positive for coronavirus. There was one serious outbreak, on a Hurtigruten ship, but the rest? US small ship line UnCruise sailed off on its first Alaskan voyage, only to have to turn back when a positive result came through from a passenger who had been tested on arrival in the state. Fellow guests were put in quarantine on board and ten other cruises were cancelled. What happened next? The passenger subsequently tested negative. ‘There was zero virus transmission on board,’ an UnCruise spokeswoman said. In the South Pacific, the cruise ship Paul Gauguin had to cut short its first voyage for international passengers when a young American guest tested positive in routine checks on board. Passengers were confined to their cabins and the affected woman and her mother, who tested negative, were put into isolation. It turned out that none of the other guests gave a positive result.” 

Read more...

 

Norwegian CEO: Relaunch will take six months; fleet will 'return in earnest' in spring 2021

“The outlook for the rest of 2020 remains murky for the cruise industry, to say the least. On Wednesday, most major lines extended their suspensions through at least the end of October. One day later, the head of Norwegian Cruise Line's parent company predicted that its ships wouldn't be back in force until the spring of 2021. "[In the] last two months of 2020 [we] could see return of sailing with a very limited number of vessels," Frank Del Rio, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., said on the company's second quarter earnings call.  And he expects those ships to begin sailing at lower capacity and ramp up as more vessels re-enter service. Del Rio said he doesn't think that Norwegian will return to full capacity for quite some time. It won't be until the second quarter of 2021 until the Norwegian "fleet returns in earnest," he said.”

Read more

 

Bahamas Changes Stance on Cruise Ship Passengers

“It was only a year ago that officials in the Bahamas were complaining about the lack of money spent on the islands by cruise ship passengers. Now, however, those same officials are hopeful that when cruising returns, those ships will be making a return to ports like Nassau a priority. Dionisio D’Aguilar, the Bahamian minister of tourism and aviation, told Tribune Business that he intended to “encourage” cruise lines to come back to the Bahamas once cruising resumes. “Obviously, when they start cruising again, they will not want to come to the population centers,” he said. “They will want to go to their private islands, because they can control the environment.” ”

Read more

 

Holland America Extends Pause Through Dec. 15

“Citing the continuation of travel and port restrictions due to global health concerns, Holland America Line is extending its pause of cruise operations and cancelling departures on all ships through Dec. 15, 2020.

The pause extension affects Caribbean, Mexico, Panama Canal, Pacific Coastal, South America, Antarctica, Hawaii, South Pacific, Australia and Asia itineraries.”

Read more

 

Seatrade Cruise – Virtual (05 – 08 October, 2020)

“Join us from 5-8 October as we unite the global cruise community for four days of networking, sourcing, education and innovation – the pillars of our live events, reimagined to suit both your schedule and the world’s unique circumstances.”

Read more

 

Royal Caribbean Grabs $700 Million Loan

“Royal Caribbean Group today announced that it has secured a binding commitment from Morgan Stanley for a $700 million term loan facility. The company said it may draw on the facility at any time prior to August 12, 2021. Once drawn, the loan will bear interest at L + 3.75% and will mature 364 days from funding. The facility will be guaranteed by RCI Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the company that owns the equity interests in subsidiaries that own seven of the company's vessels. The company has the ability to increase the capacity of the facility by an additional $300 million from time to time subject to the receipt of additional or increased commitments and the issuance of guarantees from additional subsidiaries of the Company. If drawn, the company expects to use the net proceeds for general corporate purposes.”

Read more

 

Crystal River Cruises launches Crystal Clean+ 2.0 health and safety protocols

“Crystal Cruises announced the expansion of its Crystal Clean+ (safety and health protocols) to the sisterships of Crystal River Cruises. Crystal River Cruises’ initial health and safety protocols (considered the 2.0 version) were specially developed with the latest data from medical experts in order to meet the unique challenges posed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and will be evaluated and adjusted when new information is available. The company is committed to being in compliance with local regulations set by the European cities and states the cruise ships visit. The company's protocols comprise enhanced cleaning procedures; health monitoring for guests and crew members; social distancing and facial covering requirements; shoreside partner collaborations; new streamlined embarkation procedures; and more.”

Read more

 

Cruise Ships Depart US Ports for European Lay-Up

“Since the beginning of the cruise suspension, one of the challenges for the cruise lines has been what to do with their ships. As the suspension has stretched on the cruise lines have taken different tactics, but Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is adopting a different strategy as it works to further lower costs and prepares for a longer period of lay-up. The parent company of Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises had been very successful at finding docks for its ship while other cruise lines kept their ships at sea. This strategy led to cruise ships appearing in some unusual ports earlier in the year. Ports ranging from Eastport, Maine to Portsmouth, Virginia, Fernandina, Florida, and Oakland, California all provided locations for the cruise ships. In recent days, however, NCLH’s cruise ships have quietly departed from most U.S. ports except for the moment Los Angeles. Currently, five of Norwegian Cruise Line’s ships, Epic, Spirit, Dawn, Encore, and Bliss, along with two from Oceania Cruises and one from Regent Seven Seas are all in the Atlantic heading to Europe.”

Read more

 

70 jobs axed at Ipswich-based cruise line

“Fred Olsen has made a third of its head-office staff redundant, less than a month after purchasing two new cruise ships. The Ipswich-based cruise line axed around 70 posts as part of a restructure brought on by Covid-19. Towards the end of June, the cruise line employed “around 220” staff at its head office but now a spokeswoman confirmed the number was closer to 150.”

Read more

 

Big Cruise Companies Burning Through $1 Billion a Month

“Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings are burning through over $1 billion per month without revenue-generating cruises in service. According to the 2020 Cruise Industry News Annual Report, the three companies account for approximately 73.8 percent of the global cruise market share. Carnival Corporation said that during its pause in guest operations, the monthly average cash burn rate for the second half of 2020 is estimated to be approximately $650 million per month.” 

Read more

 

Peace of Mind With Safety and Flexibility

“We're going the extra mile to ensure your safety on board and on shore. With Norwegian's Peace of Mind, you can cruise safely with enhanced health and safety protocols and flexible booking. Feel Free to change plans as needed and feel confident knowing that we're looking out for your health and safety.”

Read 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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Issue #

154

|

Volume

9

August 21, 2020

In this Issue

Here are some of the news articles we are following:

  • Cruise Ship with Condos You Live in Details New Health Protocols
  • Port Rockland, Maine limits calls from large cruise ships
  • The truth behind those ‘Covid cruise’ headlines when ships began sailing again
  • Norwegian CEO: Relaunch will take six months; fleet will 'return in earnest' in spring 2021
  • Bahamas Changes Stance on Cruise Ship Passengers
  • Holland America Extends Pause Through Dec. 15
  • Seatrade Cruise – Virtual (05 – 08 October, 2020)
  • Royal Caribbean Grabs $700 Million Loan
  • Crystal River Cruises launches Crystal Clean+ 2.0 health and safety protocols
  • Cruise Ships Depart US Ports for European Lay-Up
  • 70 jobs axed at Ipswich-based cruise line
  • Big Cruise Companies Burning Through $1 Billion a Month
  • Peace of Mind with Safety and Flexibility

Cover Image by:

Cruise Ship with Condos You Live in Details New Health Protocols

“Storylines, the new cruise line that is selling condos you live in on their new ship, has announced industry leading health protocols to keep residents safe/. In response to safety concerns following the COVID-19 Pandemic, Storylines is introducing industry-leading health protocols, and green technologies for clean air, water, and surfaces for its unique residential living community on the water. Storylines’ 741-foot-long, 627-residential unit luxury and sustainable ship is currently in the development phase. The cruise line will provide a safe, hygienic, and sustainable offshore community for approximately 1,000 residents. The protocols announcement includes plans in the event of future health pandemics. The company’s technologically advanced sanitation equipment and procedures include a combination of Ozone, Ultraviolet, and Hydroxyls, which oxidize and destroy organic pollutants in water and air.  Photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) and Photo Electrochemical Oxidation (PECO) equipment for air and surface cleaning will be integrated into the ship’s high-tech HVAC systems, robotic ultraviolet cleaners, and room installed hydroxyl “clean air” units. These will be combined with ozone surface cleaning to reduce the use of chemicals, which contribute to poor air quality.”

Read more

 

Port Rockland, Maine limits calls from large cruise ships

“Rockland ME (Maine) will limit the number of large cruise ships that can call at Rockland Harbor annually under an updated plan aiming to promote tourism while preserving the environment and peace of residents. The harbor management plan prioritizes infrastructure improvements and greater public access to its harbor, which is a cornerstone of the fishing and tourism economies of Rockland. The previous plan was created 25 years ago when the port city was trying to attract more cruisers. But priorities for Rockland have largely evolved since then.”

Read more

 

The truth behind those ‘Covid cruise’ headlines when ships began sailing again

“As the lockdown began easing, a few cruise ships started sailing again – only to be met with a flood of headlines about passengers testing positive for coronavirus. There was one serious outbreak, on a Hurtigruten ship, but the rest? US small ship line UnCruise sailed off on its first Alaskan voyage, only to have to turn back when a positive result came through from a passenger who had been tested on arrival in the state. Fellow guests were put in quarantine on board and ten other cruises were cancelled. What happened next? The passenger subsequently tested negative. ‘There was zero virus transmission on board,’ an UnCruise spokeswoman said. In the South Pacific, the cruise ship Paul Gauguin had to cut short its first voyage for international passengers when a young American guest tested positive in routine checks on board. Passengers were confined to their cabins and the affected woman and her mother, who tested negative, were put into isolation. It turned out that none of the other guests gave a positive result.” 

Read more...

 

Norwegian CEO: Relaunch will take six months; fleet will 'return in earnest' in spring 2021

“The outlook for the rest of 2020 remains murky for the cruise industry, to say the least. On Wednesday, most major lines extended their suspensions through at least the end of October. One day later, the head of Norwegian Cruise Line's parent company predicted that its ships wouldn't be back in force until the spring of 2021. "[In the] last two months of 2020 [we] could see return of sailing with a very limited number of vessels," Frank Del Rio, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., said on the company's second quarter earnings call.  And he expects those ships to begin sailing at lower capacity and ramp up as more vessels re-enter service. Del Rio said he doesn't think that Norwegian will return to full capacity for quite some time. It won't be until the second quarter of 2021 until the Norwegian "fleet returns in earnest," he said.”

Read more

 

Bahamas Changes Stance on Cruise Ship Passengers

“It was only a year ago that officials in the Bahamas were complaining about the lack of money spent on the islands by cruise ship passengers. Now, however, those same officials are hopeful that when cruising returns, those ships will be making a return to ports like Nassau a priority. Dionisio D’Aguilar, the Bahamian minister of tourism and aviation, told Tribune Business that he intended to “encourage” cruise lines to come back to the Bahamas once cruising resumes. “Obviously, when they start cruising again, they will not want to come to the population centers,” he said. “They will want to go to their private islands, because they can control the environment.” ”

Read more

 

Holland America Extends Pause Through Dec. 15

“Citing the continuation of travel and port restrictions due to global health concerns, Holland America Line is extending its pause of cruise operations and cancelling departures on all ships through Dec. 15, 2020.

The pause extension affects Caribbean, Mexico, Panama Canal, Pacific Coastal, South America, Antarctica, Hawaii, South Pacific, Australia and Asia itineraries.”

Read more

 

Seatrade Cruise – Virtual (05 – 08 October, 2020)

“Join us from 5-8 October as we unite the global cruise community for four days of networking, sourcing, education and innovation – the pillars of our live events, reimagined to suit both your schedule and the world’s unique circumstances.”

Read more

 

Royal Caribbean Grabs $700 Million Loan

“Royal Caribbean Group today announced that it has secured a binding commitment from Morgan Stanley for a $700 million term loan facility. The company said it may draw on the facility at any time prior to August 12, 2021. Once drawn, the loan will bear interest at L + 3.75% and will mature 364 days from funding. The facility will be guaranteed by RCI Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the company that owns the equity interests in subsidiaries that own seven of the company's vessels. The company has the ability to increase the capacity of the facility by an additional $300 million from time to time subject to the receipt of additional or increased commitments and the issuance of guarantees from additional subsidiaries of the Company. If drawn, the company expects to use the net proceeds for general corporate purposes.”

Read more

 

Crystal River Cruises launches Crystal Clean+ 2.0 health and safety protocols

“Crystal Cruises announced the expansion of its Crystal Clean+ (safety and health protocols) to the sisterships of Crystal River Cruises. Crystal River Cruises’ initial health and safety protocols (considered the 2.0 version) were specially developed with the latest data from medical experts in order to meet the unique challenges posed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and will be evaluated and adjusted when new information is available. The company is committed to being in compliance with local regulations set by the European cities and states the cruise ships visit. The company's protocols comprise enhanced cleaning procedures; health monitoring for guests and crew members; social distancing and facial covering requirements; shoreside partner collaborations; new streamlined embarkation procedures; and more.”

Read more

 

Cruise Ships Depart US Ports for European Lay-Up

“Since the beginning of the cruise suspension, one of the challenges for the cruise lines has been what to do with their ships. As the suspension has stretched on the cruise lines have taken different tactics, but Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is adopting a different strategy as it works to further lower costs and prepares for a longer period of lay-up. The parent company of Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises had been very successful at finding docks for its ship while other cruise lines kept their ships at sea. This strategy led to cruise ships appearing in some unusual ports earlier in the year. Ports ranging from Eastport, Maine to Portsmouth, Virginia, Fernandina, Florida, and Oakland, California all provided locations for the cruise ships. In recent days, however, NCLH’s cruise ships have quietly departed from most U.S. ports except for the moment Los Angeles. Currently, five of Norwegian Cruise Line’s ships, Epic, Spirit, Dawn, Encore, and Bliss, along with two from Oceania Cruises and one from Regent Seven Seas are all in the Atlantic heading to Europe.”

Read more

 

70 jobs axed at Ipswich-based cruise line

“Fred Olsen has made a third of its head-office staff redundant, less than a month after purchasing two new cruise ships. The Ipswich-based cruise line axed around 70 posts as part of a restructure brought on by Covid-19. Towards the end of June, the cruise line employed “around 220” staff at its head office but now a spokeswoman confirmed the number was closer to 150.”

Read more

 

Big Cruise Companies Burning Through $1 Billion a Month

“Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings are burning through over $1 billion per month without revenue-generating cruises in service. According to the 2020 Cruise Industry News Annual Report, the three companies account for approximately 73.8 percent of the global cruise market share. Carnival Corporation said that during its pause in guest operations, the monthly average cash burn rate for the second half of 2020 is estimated to be approximately $650 million per month.” 

Read more

 

Peace of Mind With Safety and Flexibility

“We're going the extra mile to ensure your safety on board and on shore. With Norwegian's Peace of Mind, you can cruise safely with enhanced health and safety protocols and flexible booking. Feel Free to change plans as needed and feel confident knowing that we're looking out for your health and safety.”

Read 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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