Issue #

121

|

Volume

7

June 25, 2020

In this Issue

Here are some of the news articles we are following:

  • Cruise ships won’t restart U.S. sailings until Sept. 15
  • MSC Announces Winter Program; New Protocols Onboard
  • New Zealand Extends Cruise Ship Ban, Tightens Rules to Contain Virus at Border
  • Carnival Cruise Line puts off sailing until October
  • The coronavirus pandemic has claimed its first cruise line
  • MSC Seaside and Divina Will Both Sail from Port Canaveral
  • Disney Cruise Line Extends Suspension of Departures for the Dream & Fantasy through September 15

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Cruise ships won’t restart U.S. sailings until Sept. 15

“Cruise lovers, brace yourself for cancellations of summer sailings. The trade group Cruise Lines International Assn. announced that cruises won’t restart at U.S. ports until at least Sept. 15. It says the industry needs more time to fine-tune safety procedures to protect passengers and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The additional time will also allow us to consult with the CDC on measures that will be appropriate for the eventual resumption of cruise operations,” an announcement said. The CDC extended its no-sail order for U.S. ports until July 24. The order, which affects ships with more than 250 passengers, was first issued March 14. Canadian ports have extended their ban until Oct. 31. 

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 Read more:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2020/06/22/carnival-cruises-canceled-through-september-amid-coronavirus/3234687001/

 

MSC Announces Winter Program; New Protocols Onboard

“MSC Cruises confirmed today full details of its fall and winter 2020-2021 program, offering over 90 different itineraries across the Caribbean, Mediterranean, the Gulf, South Africa, South America and Asia.

Itineraries range in length from two to 24 nights, along with the third MSC World Cruise departing in January 2021 and an extensive Grand Voyages program, according to a press release.  Gianni Onorato, MSC Cruises’ CEO commented: “We have reviewed and updated our complete winter 2020/2021 Season, starting in late October, and we are pleased to now confirm the full details. Our winter program sees us offering cruises in all of the regions of the world where we traditionally operate, and while there are some updates to the original planned deployment of specific ships, we are still able to offer our main itineraries so that guests can enjoy the holiday that they booked with us.”  In addition, MSC Cruises confirmed today that it has voluntarily further extended the suspension of its ships operating from U.S. ports to the Caribbean until September 15, 2020. The announcement impacts two ships — MSC Seaside and MSC Armonia — that were previously scheduled to sail in the region during this time period.   In conjunction with today’s announcement, the company also revealed that a new comprehensive and enhanced health and safety protocol is being developed in collaboration with relevant national health authorities and with the support of a team of external medical experts. This protocol will cover all aspects of the cruise, starting with the booking phase and all the way through to disembarkation and the return home, MSC announced.”

Continue Reading

 

New Zealand Extends Cruise Ship Ban, Tightens Rules to Contain Virus at Border

“New Zealand on Monday extended a ban on cruise ships arriving in the country and tightened measures for visitors to exit quarantine, after reporting more coronavirus cases linked to overseas travel. The country, which has recorded just 22 deaths from COVID-19, was among the first in the world to end all restrictions after declaring it had no active cases, but has seen a small number of new cases in recent days.  "We are extending the current cruise ship ban which was due to expire on the 30th of June," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a news conference.  Cargo vessels will still be allowed to load and unload, fishing vessels to unload and resupply, and vessels can come to New Zealand to undertake repairs and refitting, Ardern said, although some quarantine rules would be tightened.” 

Continue Reading

 

Carnival Cruise Line puts off sailing until October

“Carnival Cruise Line today announced that it has extended its operational pause in North America through Sept. 30, 2020. “During this unprecedented pause in our business, we have continued to assess the operating environment and confer with public health, government and industry officials,” Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy told booked guests and travel agents in a letter sent today. She added that following the cruise industry’s announcement on Friday that it would "voluntarily extend its pause" in North America, Carnival Cruise Line is now cancelling all cruises through September 30.  “We have watched with great interest as commerce, travel and personal activities have begun to start back up, and once we do resume service, we will take all necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of our guests, crew and the communities we bring our ships to in order to maintain public confidence in our business.  Nevertheless, we apologize for disrupting your vacation plans and appreciate your patience as we work through these decisions,” Duffy said in the letter.” 

Continue Reading...

  

The coronavirus pandemic has claimed its first cruise line

“The possibility of a cruise line becoming insolvent due to the cruise industry’s widespread, coronavirus-caused shutdown is no longer theoretical. Spanish cruise operator Pullmantur Cruises, which is partly owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises, has filed for reorganization under Spanish insolvency laws, Royal Caribbean Cruises said Monday. Royal Caribbean Cruises owns 49% of the three-ship company, which caters to Spanish speaking vacationers from Spain and Latin America. “Despite the great progress the company made to achieve a turnaround in 2019 and its huge engagement and best efforts of its dedicated employees, the headwinds caused by the pandemic are too strong for Pullmantur to overcome without a reorganization,” Pullmantur’s board of directors said in a statement.” 

Continue Reading...

 

MSC Seaside and Divina Will Both Sail from Port Canaveral

“MSC Cruises will begin sailing from Port Canaveral for the first time this winter and offer a year-round presence, starting with the MSC Seaside from November – March 2021, followed by the elegant MSC Divina, starting at the end of March, according to a press release. The arrival marks a significant milestone for both MSC Cruises and Port Canaveral, as the port welcomes an MSC Cruises ship for the first time, according to the cruise line. Cruise options include three-, four- and seven-night cruise options departing on Sundays and Thursdays. Starting today, guests can book MSC Cruises’ sailings from Port Canaveral online at MSCCruises.com or through their preferred travel advisor. “Port Canaveral has always been an extremely popular port with cruisers. It is easily accessible, offers innovative and modern terminals and provides convenient access to many attractions in the surrounding area. We are thrilled at MSC Cruises to bring two of our modern and glamourous cruise ships, MSC Seaside and MSC Divina, to such a high-demand port for the first time, with sailings year-round to the sunny Caribbean and The Bahamas,” said Rubén Rodriguez, President of MSC Cruises USA. “As we look toward the upcoming year, we are eager to bring our guests back to sea when the time is right, with health and safety as a top priority, following guidance from national and international health authorities. We are also excited to expand our presence in North America with new and enriching cruise experiences.” ”

Continue Reading

 

Disney Cruise Line Extends Suspension of Departures for the Dream & Fantasy through September 15

“Disney Cruise Line previously shared they were suspending departures for the Disney Magic, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy through July 27, 2020. Disney Wonder’s departures have been suspended through September 14, 2020. An extension was then placed on Disney Magic, extending departure suspension through October 2, 2020. Now, Disney Cruise Line has extended the suspension of departures for Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy through September 15, 2020.”

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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 #

121

|

Volume

7

June 25, 2020

In this Issue

Here are some of the news articles we are following:

  • Cruise ships won’t restart U.S. sailings until Sept. 15
  • MSC Announces Winter Program; New Protocols Onboard
  • New Zealand Extends Cruise Ship Ban, Tightens Rules to Contain Virus at Border
  • Carnival Cruise Line puts off sailing until October
  • The coronavirus pandemic has claimed its first cruise line
  • MSC Seaside and Divina Will Both Sail from Port Canaveral
  • Disney Cruise Line Extends Suspension of Departures for the Dream & Fantasy through September 15

Cover Image by:

Cruise ships won’t restart U.S. sailings until Sept. 15

“Cruise lovers, brace yourself for cancellations of summer sailings. The trade group Cruise Lines International Assn. announced that cruises won’t restart at U.S. ports until at least Sept. 15. It says the industry needs more time to fine-tune safety procedures to protect passengers and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The additional time will also allow us to consult with the CDC on measures that will be appropriate for the eventual resumption of cruise operations,” an announcement said. The CDC extended its no-sail order for U.S. ports until July 24. The order, which affects ships with more than 250 passengers, was first issued March 14. Canadian ports have extended their ban until Oct. 31. 

Continue Reading

 Read more:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2020/06/22/carnival-cruises-canceled-through-september-amid-coronavirus/3234687001/

 

MSC Announces Winter Program; New Protocols Onboard

“MSC Cruises confirmed today full details of its fall and winter 2020-2021 program, offering over 90 different itineraries across the Caribbean, Mediterranean, the Gulf, South Africa, South America and Asia.

Itineraries range in length from two to 24 nights, along with the third MSC World Cruise departing in January 2021 and an extensive Grand Voyages program, according to a press release.  Gianni Onorato, MSC Cruises’ CEO commented: “We have reviewed and updated our complete winter 2020/2021 Season, starting in late October, and we are pleased to now confirm the full details. Our winter program sees us offering cruises in all of the regions of the world where we traditionally operate, and while there are some updates to the original planned deployment of specific ships, we are still able to offer our main itineraries so that guests can enjoy the holiday that they booked with us.”  In addition, MSC Cruises confirmed today that it has voluntarily further extended the suspension of its ships operating from U.S. ports to the Caribbean until September 15, 2020. The announcement impacts two ships — MSC Seaside and MSC Armonia — that were previously scheduled to sail in the region during this time period.   In conjunction with today’s announcement, the company also revealed that a new comprehensive and enhanced health and safety protocol is being developed in collaboration with relevant national health authorities and with the support of a team of external medical experts. This protocol will cover all aspects of the cruise, starting with the booking phase and all the way through to disembarkation and the return home, MSC announced.”

Continue Reading

 

New Zealand Extends Cruise Ship Ban, Tightens Rules to Contain Virus at Border

“New Zealand on Monday extended a ban on cruise ships arriving in the country and tightened measures for visitors to exit quarantine, after reporting more coronavirus cases linked to overseas travel. The country, which has recorded just 22 deaths from COVID-19, was among the first in the world to end all restrictions after declaring it had no active cases, but has seen a small number of new cases in recent days.  "We are extending the current cruise ship ban which was due to expire on the 30th of June," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a news conference.  Cargo vessels will still be allowed to load and unload, fishing vessels to unload and resupply, and vessels can come to New Zealand to undertake repairs and refitting, Ardern said, although some quarantine rules would be tightened.” 

Continue Reading

 

Carnival Cruise Line puts off sailing until October

“Carnival Cruise Line today announced that it has extended its operational pause in North America through Sept. 30, 2020. “During this unprecedented pause in our business, we have continued to assess the operating environment and confer with public health, government and industry officials,” Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy told booked guests and travel agents in a letter sent today. She added that following the cruise industry’s announcement on Friday that it would "voluntarily extend its pause" in North America, Carnival Cruise Line is now cancelling all cruises through September 30.  “We have watched with great interest as commerce, travel and personal activities have begun to start back up, and once we do resume service, we will take all necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of our guests, crew and the communities we bring our ships to in order to maintain public confidence in our business.  Nevertheless, we apologize for disrupting your vacation plans and appreciate your patience as we work through these decisions,” Duffy said in the letter.” 

Continue Reading...

  

The coronavirus pandemic has claimed its first cruise line

“The possibility of a cruise line becoming insolvent due to the cruise industry’s widespread, coronavirus-caused shutdown is no longer theoretical. Spanish cruise operator Pullmantur Cruises, which is partly owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises, has filed for reorganization under Spanish insolvency laws, Royal Caribbean Cruises said Monday. Royal Caribbean Cruises owns 49% of the three-ship company, which caters to Spanish speaking vacationers from Spain and Latin America. “Despite the great progress the company made to achieve a turnaround in 2019 and its huge engagement and best efforts of its dedicated employees, the headwinds caused by the pandemic are too strong for Pullmantur to overcome without a reorganization,” Pullmantur’s board of directors said in a statement.” 

Continue Reading...

 

MSC Seaside and Divina Will Both Sail from Port Canaveral

“MSC Cruises will begin sailing from Port Canaveral for the first time this winter and offer a year-round presence, starting with the MSC Seaside from November – March 2021, followed by the elegant MSC Divina, starting at the end of March, according to a press release. The arrival marks a significant milestone for both MSC Cruises and Port Canaveral, as the port welcomes an MSC Cruises ship for the first time, according to the cruise line. Cruise options include three-, four- and seven-night cruise options departing on Sundays and Thursdays. Starting today, guests can book MSC Cruises’ sailings from Port Canaveral online at MSCCruises.com or through their preferred travel advisor. “Port Canaveral has always been an extremely popular port with cruisers. It is easily accessible, offers innovative and modern terminals and provides convenient access to many attractions in the surrounding area. We are thrilled at MSC Cruises to bring two of our modern and glamourous cruise ships, MSC Seaside and MSC Divina, to such a high-demand port for the first time, with sailings year-round to the sunny Caribbean and The Bahamas,” said Rubén Rodriguez, President of MSC Cruises USA. “As we look toward the upcoming year, we are eager to bring our guests back to sea when the time is right, with health and safety as a top priority, following guidance from national and international health authorities. We are also excited to expand our presence in North America with new and enriching cruise experiences.” ”

Continue Reading

 

Disney Cruise Line Extends Suspension of Departures for the Dream & Fantasy through September 15

“Disney Cruise Line previously shared they were suspending departures for the Disney Magic, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy through July 27, 2020. Disney Wonder’s departures have been suspended through September 14, 2020. An extension was then placed on Disney Magic, extending departure suspension through October 2, 2020. Now, Disney Cruise Line has extended the suspension of departures for Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy through September 15, 2020.”

Continue Reading

 

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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