November 13, 2020
In this Issue
Here are some of the news articles we are following:
- Cruise Ships Can Sail Again, With Strict Rules. Here’s What to Know.
- Cruise Line Stocks on the Rise After Cruise Ban Lifted
- CLIA Responds to New CDC Conditional Order
- Royal Caribbean Crew Member Documents Returning to His Ship [VIDEO]
- Latest Look: When Norwegian Cruise Line Ships May Start Sailing Again
- Carnival Cruise Line Asks for Patience During Review of CDC Order
- Norwegian Cancels All December Cruises
- World Dream arrives in new Singapore homeport
- Royal Caribbean shares prediction for early 2021 cruises
- What it's like to be a cruise ship Captain
- The Next Steps Cruise Lines Need to Take on Resuming Cruises
- ACL-American Cruise Lines introduces its biggest Mississippi season ever
- MSC Joins Other Cruise Lines in Pausing U.S. Cruises Until 2021
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Cruise Ships Can Sail Again, With Strict Rules. Here’s What to Know.
"Cruise companies must follow stringent health and safety protocols to be allowed to resume passenger excursions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday (30 Oct 2020) lifted its “no sail” order on U.S. cruise ships and set out a framework for how cruising could restart. Under the new structure, cruise companies must demonstrate adherence to stringent health and safety protocols including extensive testing, quarantine measures and social distancing. If they meet these C.D.C. standards, first on a series of crew-only test sailings, they will eventually be allowed to resume passenger excursions. The “no sail” order was originally issued on March 14 for all American cruises after it emerged that cruise ships played a major role in the initial outbreak of the coronavirus. The ships were remarkably efficient at spreading the virus: On board the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan in February, each case of Covid-19 was transmitted to approximately 15 other people. In Wuhan, China — the original epicenter of the virus — one person transmitted the disease to about four other people, a recent study published in the Journal of Travel Medicine found."
Cruise Line Stocks on the Rise After Cruise Ban Lifted
"The CDC released a ‘Framework for Conditional Sailing Order’ on Friday, which spells good news for the cruise industry. Certainly, the stock prices of the cruise lines had positive results at the end of trading. The entire industry had eagerly anticipated the lifting of the No-Sail-Order. Although the CDC has provided restrictions and additional measures to implement, it is certainly no reason to be negative."
CLIA Responds to New CDC Conditional Order
"Following today’s huge news of the CDC lifting its No-Sail order, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has responded. Today the cruise industry finally had some good news with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) lifting its ban on cruise ships. It now paves the way for a new framework on a Conditional Sailing Order through November 1, 2021, as posted here. CLIA, which includes major cruise lines such as Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Line, has released a statement that it’s prepared to implement multiple layers of protocols to make sure cruises can resume safely. The new order from the CDC is set to go into effect once the current order ends on Saturday, October 31, 2020. Here is the statement…"
Royal Caribbean Crew Member Documents Returning to His Ship [VIDEO]
"As the cruise industry slowly begins to ramp up around the world, crew members have started returning to their ships. It’s a complicated process, involving special government clearances, multiple quarantines and lots of new procedures once they’re returned to their position."
Latest Look: When Norwegian Cruise Line Ships May Start Sailing Again
"When could Norwegian Cruise Line ships start sailing again? According to published deployment and the cruise line's own website with cruise for sale, the company appears to be hoping for a restart of service as soon as December. A look at the expected first sailing of each Norwegian Cruise Line fleet as the cruise industry gets back into service (all information is subject to change due to the COVID-19 crisis)"
Carnival Cruise Line Asks for Patience During Review of CDC Order
"Now that the new CDC Conditional Sailing Order has been announced, Carnival Cruise Line has asked for patience while it reviews the details. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced it’s lifting the ban on cruise ships in the United States. This has given the green light with a new Conditional Sail Order once the current No-Sail order ends on October 31, 2020."
Norwegian Cancels All December Cruises
"Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings today announced an extension of its previously announced suspension of global cruise voyages to include all voyages embarking between December 1 through December 31, 2020 for its three cruise brands: Norwegian, Oceania and Regent. The company said it will continue to work in tandem with global government and public health authorities and its Healthy Sail Panel expert advisors to take all necessary measures to protect its guests, crew and the communities visited."
World Dream arrives in new Singapore homeport
"Dream Cruises’ World Dream has arrived in her new Singapore homeport, making her the first cruise ship to sail from the country since the Covid-19 pandemic halted operations in early 2020. World Dream, which has been on hiatus in Rotterdam, Netherlands since early February, docked in Singapore on 25 October with 187 crew members who have all completed a 14-day quarantine onboard the cruise ship. In accordance with local regulations, the crew will now undergo a series of mandatory Covid-19 tests to ensure they are negative before guests embark. The cruise ship will also be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized prior to sailing her inaugural ‘Super Seacation’, which departs on 6 November."
Royal Caribbean shares prediction for early 2021 cruises
"While Royal Caribbean is very cautious about expectations related to restarting, but it did provide more insight into its plans for a very limited initial return. Jason T. Liberty, executive vice president and CFO, spoke on restart plans during his opening statement, "The situation regarding our return to service is fluid, but we are currently planning for a very limited initial return and a gradual ramp up during the first half of 2021." Mr. Liberty emphasized that the first cruises back will be focused on short sailings, "Deployment of spring is expected to be highly focused on short sailings from key drive markets in both the U.S. and Asia-Pacific regions." "
What it's like to be a cruise ship Captain
"Every evening, whether the Celebrity Edge cruise ship is crisscrossing the Caribbean or meandering around the Mediterranean, Captain Kate McCue writes night orders for her team. She always includes a note of how many people are on board the ship. It's important, says McCue, "to understand the gravity of the responsibility." Celebrity Edge is one of Celebrity Cruise Line's largest and swankiest vessels. It cost $1 billion to build and can house almost 3,000 passengers and over 1,000 crew members. McCue's job is to take charge of this enormous floating city and steer it safely around the world. Following her early days learning the ropes with Disney Cruise Line, McCue rose through the ranks at Royal Caribbean and moved to Celebrity Cruise Line to captain Celebrity Summit in 2015 -- a promotion that made her the first female US cruise ship captain. She later moved to Celebrity Equinox and has helmed Celebrity Edge since September 2019."
The Next Steps Cruise Lines Need to Take on Resuming Cruises
"It might seem that the cruise lines have taken the biggest hurdle in the return to cruising. Looking at the regulations and guidelines that the CDC requires from the cruise lines, this might not be the case. The lifting of the No-Sail-Order is certainly not a free-for-all cruise lines to start putting guests back on board the vessels."
ACL-American Cruise Lines introduces its biggest Mississippi season ever
"ACL-American Cruise Lines planned its biggest season ever on the Mississippi River for 2021; introducing a pair of new modern riverboats, a new Music Cities voyage between Nashville and Memphis TN, 15 new shore trips up-and-down the river, all-private transportation onshore, and new onboard enrichment programmes. From late February through December 2021, American’s classic paddle-wheelers and new riverboats will ply the Mighty River from Saint Paul to New Orleans (Port NOLA) delivering exceptional experiences available on the most iconic waterway of the US. In 2021, American will introduce 2 brand new Mississippi modern river ships, American Jazz and American Melody, which are due to join American’s fleet of paddle-wheelers."
MSC Joins Other Cruise Lines in Pausing U.S. Cruises Until 2021
"MSC Cruises is the latest cruise line to cancel all remaining cruises from the U.S. in 2020. The cruise line extending their pause in operations through and including December 31, 2020. MSC Cruises had three cruise ships scheduled to sail out of ports in Florida in December with MSC Seaside sailing from Port Canaveral and MSC Armonia and MSC Meraviglia sailing out of the Cruise Capital of the World, PortMiami.
Guests booked through MSC Cruises USA or affiliated US-based travel advisors on the impacted sailings will be offered a 125 percent future cruise credit (FCC) of the original cruise fare where they have the opportunity to transfer the full amount paid for their cancelled cruise to a future cruise of their choice – on any ship, and any itinerary — through April 30, 2022, or can request a refund."
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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