Issue #

158

|

Volume

9

August 31, 2020

In this Issue

Here are some of the news articles we are following:

  • Crystal Clean+ protocols launched for Crystal Endeavor and Crystal Esprit
  • 2 AIDA Cruises ships waiting in Tallinn harbour for a return sail date
  • Carnival Celebration Will Be Carnival’s 27th Cruise Ship
  • Cruises Will Only Allow Cruise Line Shore Excursions At First
  • First Scheduled International Cruise Port Call Since COVID-19 Shutdown
  • Crystal Cruises “Not Going Out of Business” Despite Genting Troubles
  • Fred. Olsen To Retire Classic Cruise Ships Boudicca and Black Watch
  • Marella Cruises cancels planned Greece restart
  • Marella Extends Operations Pause to Nov. 15
  • MSC Forced to Delay MSC Magnifica Program
  • MSC Grandiosa Sailing Proves Successful, US Cruises May See November Return Date
  • TUI River Cruises is Ready to Set Sail: 100 Day Countdown Begins
  • Cruise ‘treated unfairly’ as head of line calls for 'sea bridges'

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Crystal Clean+ protocols launched for Crystal Endeavor and Crystal Esprit

“Crystal Cruises recently announced its health and safety protocols for the line's expedition ship, Crystal Endeavor, and for the Crystal Esprit yacht. Last week, Crystal Cruises announced its rigorous Crystal Clean+ protocols for its river voyages. The protocols of Crystal Endeavor and Crystal Esprit are much the same, with slight changes due to the smaller sizes of the vessels. Both ships will sail at a limited capacity. They will also require social distancing from both passengers and crew members. Along with the increase in cleaning and disinfection in passenger suites, social spaces, and ship tenders, Endeavor and Esprit will also offer socially distant dining.” 

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2 AIDA Cruises ships waiting in Tallinn harbour for a return sail date

“For nearly a month (since July's last week), two German cruise liners have been waiting in Port Tallinn Estonia for a return departure date. The stay will continue, as nobody has made a decision for both AIDA Cruises ships to move on. According to Sirle Arro, marketing and communications director at Port Tallinn, AIDAaura and AIDAcara were anchored off Port Tallinn (in a harbour site popular as Tallinn Roadstead) unable to sail due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and it worked out cheaper to be berthed at the facility than docked at the port. Arro added both vessels were initially moored close to Visby (Gotland Island Sweden), but then headed for the Roadstead.”

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Carnival Celebration Will Be Carnival’s 27th Cruise Ship

“Carnival Cruise Line is bringing back another one of their former cruise ship names for their second Excel class ship that will make its debut in 2022.  Carnival Cruise Line has announced that Carnival Celebration will be the name of their second Excel class ship. Carnival Celebration will debut from PortMiami in November 2022, and will be a sister ship to Mardi Gras, the first in the Excel series scheduled to enter service on February 6, 2021 from Port Canaveral, Fla.”

Read more

 

Cruises Will Only Allow Cruise Line Shore Excursions at First

“A couple cruise lines that are in the process of resuming cruises will start off by only allowing cruise line sponsored shore excursions. Passengers who are wanting to explore the ports of call on a number of cruise lines will have to purchase a shore excursion through the cruise line if they want to get off the ship. While this is only a temporary measure, it is part of new health protocols as many cruise lines begin to slowly resume cruises. Carnival Corporation’s Costa Cruises will restart cruises on September 6 and offer week long cruises around Italy.  The two itineraries that will be offered at first can only be visited with protected shore excursions organized by Costa.”

Read more

 

First Scheduled International Cruise Port Call Since COVID-19 Shutdown

Grandiosa became the first large cruise ship to arrive in a foreign port of call with its scheduled call today at the island of Malta on its first 7-day cruise since the coronavirus pandemic shutdown. Scheduled for a 10-hour port visit, it would be the latest milestone for the cruise industry. Previously, the smaller cruise ships that resumed sailing have be limiting their stops to ports in the same country from which they departed or in some cases have cruised foreign coastlines or ports but not permitted passengers ashore. “We are excited to be welcoming MSC Grandiosa back to Valletta. The safety and well-being of guests, personnel and the local community is our upmost priority,” said Stephen Xuereb, CEO of Valletta Cruise Port and COO of Global Ports Holding Plc. “In the last months together with the local health and tourism authorities and the cruise lines, we have been busy working on protocols that ensure a safe, secure and seamless experience for our guests.” ”

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Crystal Cruises “Not Going Out of Business” Despite Genting Troubles

“Crystal Cruises is “not going out of business” despite the financial troubles of its parent company, Genting Hong Kong. Genting halted payments to creditors to conserve cash to maintain operations and is seeking to restructure debt and shore up its liquidity. It attributed the situation on the global shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which shut down virtually all cruise operations around the world. “It is important to understand that the company is not going out of business. Whatever option our parent company pursues, it will allow Crystal to operate its business,” the Crystal statement said. “Additionally, we have always been committed to honoring our contractual obligations with guests and travel partners, including the processing of refunds.” 

Read more

 

Fred. Olsen To Retire Classic Cruise Ships Boudicca and Black Watch

“Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has today confirmed it will retire two classic vessels, the Boudicca (pictured above) and Black Watch, as the company prepares to welcome two new ships, Bolette and Borealis, into the fleet, which were recently acquired from Holland America Line. The two new ships will take over existing itineraries for Boudicca and Black Watch, when cruising begins again next year, the company said. The ships most recently operated for Holland America as the Amsterdam and Rotterdam.” 

Read more…

 

Marella Cruises cancels planned Greece restart

“Due to ongoing uncertainty around travel restrictions, Marella Cruises is extending its pause in operations until November 15. The UK operator, part of TUI UK & Ireland, has cancelled the full Corfu cruise programme, so it will no longer be sailing from Corfu this year. Marella had hoped to start Marella Explorer out of the Greek island on October 2, pending UK government travel advice changes.  Based on current plans, Marella Explorer will start sailing from the Canary Islands on November 16. ‘Due to ongoing certainty we’ve made the decision to cancel and hope to restart mid-November in the Canaries if travel advice allows,’ Amy Dowling, senior public relations manager, marketing and customer experience, TUI Group told Seatrade Cruise News.” 

Read more

 

Marella Extends Operations Pause to Nov. 15

“Marella Cruises today confirmed that due to on-going uncertainty around travel restrictions it has taken the difficult decision to extend its pause in operations until Nov. 15, 2020. All customers whose bookings are impacted can choose from a range of flexible options, the company said. These options include amending their booking for free with a 10% incentive of the total value of their original booking*, receive a refund credit and up to 10% incentive of the value of their booking or request a full refund.”

Read more…

 

MSC Forced to Delay MSC Magnifica Program

“MSC Cruises announced today it will postpone the restart of MSC Magnifica until September 26, 2020 despite just having completed a first successful cruise with the MSC Grandiosa. MSC cited the recent introduction of additional testing measures for residents of Italy having traveled to Greece. "We are seeing cancellations and a softening in demand since the ship’s itinerary includes as many as three ports in that country. This has led to the decision to delay the restart of the ship by four weeks," the company said. MSC added that it believes that reservations will start to pick up again in the coming weeks due to the appeal of the itinerary. MSC Magnifica’s sales are open to residents of the Schengen area, at the same time in this early phase of restart the majority of guests are expected to be Italian nationals and residents.”

Read more…

 

MSC Grandiosa Sailing Proves Successful, US Cruises May See November Return Date

“It’s been a busy few weeks for MSC Cruises. First, they released a comprehensive health and safety plan for all ships and crew. Then they announced their return to operation in the Mediterranean on board MSC Gradiosa and Magnifica. Now, they’re about to successfully complete their first cruise back after a nearly five-month pause in operation. Ken Muskat, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at MSC Cruises USA, joined Porthole Cruise Founder and Editor-in-Chief Bill Panoff to discuss what’s happening on board MSC Grandiosa, the CDC’s no-sail order and he gives us an update about what cruisers can expect when they visit MSC Cruises’ private island resort, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.”

Read more

 

TUI River Cruises is Ready to Set Sail: 100 Day Countdown Begins

“Europe’s leading travel company, TUI, has begun a 100-day countdown to the launch of its newest venture TUI River Cruises. The river ships will set sail from Thursday 26 November with Christmas and New Year itineraries and a full programme from April 2021. Following the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s removal of the travel ban for river cruises, final preparations are now underway and the first images of the newly refurbished adult only ships are revealed today and new excursions for this winter announced.

Ahead of its first sailings, the new river cruise line is implementing a number of new health and safety measures to protect both customers and employees, whilst delivering the brilliant experiences that TUI is known for. These measures include…” 

Read more

 

Cruise ‘treated unfairly’ as head of line calls for 'sea bridges'

“In the past few months restart dates for the resumption of cruises have fallen like dominoes. To provide their guests with a greater degree of certainty, Crystal Cruises recently bit the bullet and cancelled all cruises for 2020...” 

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 #

158

|

Volume

9

August 31, 2020

In this Issue

Here are some of the news articles we are following:

  • Crystal Clean+ protocols launched for Crystal Endeavor and Crystal Esprit
  • 2 AIDA Cruises ships waiting in Tallinn harbour for a return sail date
  • Carnival Celebration Will Be Carnival’s 27th Cruise Ship
  • Cruises Will Only Allow Cruise Line Shore Excursions At First
  • First Scheduled International Cruise Port Call Since COVID-19 Shutdown
  • Crystal Cruises “Not Going Out of Business” Despite Genting Troubles
  • Fred. Olsen To Retire Classic Cruise Ships Boudicca and Black Watch
  • Marella Cruises cancels planned Greece restart
  • Marella Extends Operations Pause to Nov. 15
  • MSC Forced to Delay MSC Magnifica Program
  • MSC Grandiosa Sailing Proves Successful, US Cruises May See November Return Date
  • TUI River Cruises is Ready to Set Sail: 100 Day Countdown Begins
  • Cruise ‘treated unfairly’ as head of line calls for 'sea bridges'

Cover Image by:

Crystal Clean+ protocols launched for Crystal Endeavor and Crystal Esprit

“Crystal Cruises recently announced its health and safety protocols for the line's expedition ship, Crystal Endeavor, and for the Crystal Esprit yacht. Last week, Crystal Cruises announced its rigorous Crystal Clean+ protocols for its river voyages. The protocols of Crystal Endeavor and Crystal Esprit are much the same, with slight changes due to the smaller sizes of the vessels. Both ships will sail at a limited capacity. They will also require social distancing from both passengers and crew members. Along with the increase in cleaning and disinfection in passenger suites, social spaces, and ship tenders, Endeavor and Esprit will also offer socially distant dining.” 

Read more

 

2 AIDA Cruises ships waiting in Tallinn harbour for a return sail date

“For nearly a month (since July's last week), two German cruise liners have been waiting in Port Tallinn Estonia for a return departure date. The stay will continue, as nobody has made a decision for both AIDA Cruises ships to move on. According to Sirle Arro, marketing and communications director at Port Tallinn, AIDAaura and AIDAcara were anchored off Port Tallinn (in a harbour site popular as Tallinn Roadstead) unable to sail due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and it worked out cheaper to be berthed at the facility than docked at the port. Arro added both vessels were initially moored close to Visby (Gotland Island Sweden), but then headed for the Roadstead.”

Read more

 

Carnival Celebration Will Be Carnival’s 27th Cruise Ship

“Carnival Cruise Line is bringing back another one of their former cruise ship names for their second Excel class ship that will make its debut in 2022.  Carnival Cruise Line has announced that Carnival Celebration will be the name of their second Excel class ship. Carnival Celebration will debut from PortMiami in November 2022, and will be a sister ship to Mardi Gras, the first in the Excel series scheduled to enter service on February 6, 2021 from Port Canaveral, Fla.”

Read more

 

Cruises Will Only Allow Cruise Line Shore Excursions at First

“A couple cruise lines that are in the process of resuming cruises will start off by only allowing cruise line sponsored shore excursions. Passengers who are wanting to explore the ports of call on a number of cruise lines will have to purchase a shore excursion through the cruise line if they want to get off the ship. While this is only a temporary measure, it is part of new health protocols as many cruise lines begin to slowly resume cruises. Carnival Corporation’s Costa Cruises will restart cruises on September 6 and offer week long cruises around Italy.  The two itineraries that will be offered at first can only be visited with protected shore excursions organized by Costa.”

Read more

 

First Scheduled International Cruise Port Call Since COVID-19 Shutdown

Grandiosa became the first large cruise ship to arrive in a foreign port of call with its scheduled call today at the island of Malta on its first 7-day cruise since the coronavirus pandemic shutdown. Scheduled for a 10-hour port visit, it would be the latest milestone for the cruise industry. Previously, the smaller cruise ships that resumed sailing have be limiting their stops to ports in the same country from which they departed or in some cases have cruised foreign coastlines or ports but not permitted passengers ashore. “We are excited to be welcoming MSC Grandiosa back to Valletta. The safety and well-being of guests, personnel and the local community is our upmost priority,” said Stephen Xuereb, CEO of Valletta Cruise Port and COO of Global Ports Holding Plc. “In the last months together with the local health and tourism authorities and the cruise lines, we have been busy working on protocols that ensure a safe, secure and seamless experience for our guests.” ”

Read more

 

Crystal Cruises “Not Going Out of Business” Despite Genting Troubles

“Crystal Cruises is “not going out of business” despite the financial troubles of its parent company, Genting Hong Kong. Genting halted payments to creditors to conserve cash to maintain operations and is seeking to restructure debt and shore up its liquidity. It attributed the situation on the global shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which shut down virtually all cruise operations around the world. “It is important to understand that the company is not going out of business. Whatever option our parent company pursues, it will allow Crystal to operate its business,” the Crystal statement said. “Additionally, we have always been committed to honoring our contractual obligations with guests and travel partners, including the processing of refunds.” 

Read more

 

Fred. Olsen To Retire Classic Cruise Ships Boudicca and Black Watch

“Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has today confirmed it will retire two classic vessels, the Boudicca (pictured above) and Black Watch, as the company prepares to welcome two new ships, Bolette and Borealis, into the fleet, which were recently acquired from Holland America Line. The two new ships will take over existing itineraries for Boudicca and Black Watch, when cruising begins again next year, the company said. The ships most recently operated for Holland America as the Amsterdam and Rotterdam.” 

Read more…

 

Marella Cruises cancels planned Greece restart

“Due to ongoing uncertainty around travel restrictions, Marella Cruises is extending its pause in operations until November 15. The UK operator, part of TUI UK & Ireland, has cancelled the full Corfu cruise programme, so it will no longer be sailing from Corfu this year. Marella had hoped to start Marella Explorer out of the Greek island on October 2, pending UK government travel advice changes.  Based on current plans, Marella Explorer will start sailing from the Canary Islands on November 16. ‘Due to ongoing certainty we’ve made the decision to cancel and hope to restart mid-November in the Canaries if travel advice allows,’ Amy Dowling, senior public relations manager, marketing and customer experience, TUI Group told Seatrade Cruise News.” 

Read more

 

Marella Extends Operations Pause to Nov. 15

“Marella Cruises today confirmed that due to on-going uncertainty around travel restrictions it has taken the difficult decision to extend its pause in operations until Nov. 15, 2020. All customers whose bookings are impacted can choose from a range of flexible options, the company said. These options include amending their booking for free with a 10% incentive of the total value of their original booking*, receive a refund credit and up to 10% incentive of the value of their booking or request a full refund.”

Read more…

 

MSC Forced to Delay MSC Magnifica Program

“MSC Cruises announced today it will postpone the restart of MSC Magnifica until September 26, 2020 despite just having completed a first successful cruise with the MSC Grandiosa. MSC cited the recent introduction of additional testing measures for residents of Italy having traveled to Greece. "We are seeing cancellations and a softening in demand since the ship’s itinerary includes as many as three ports in that country. This has led to the decision to delay the restart of the ship by four weeks," the company said. MSC added that it believes that reservations will start to pick up again in the coming weeks due to the appeal of the itinerary. MSC Magnifica’s sales are open to residents of the Schengen area, at the same time in this early phase of restart the majority of guests are expected to be Italian nationals and residents.”

Read more…

 

MSC Grandiosa Sailing Proves Successful, US Cruises May See November Return Date

“It’s been a busy few weeks for MSC Cruises. First, they released a comprehensive health and safety plan for all ships and crew. Then they announced their return to operation in the Mediterranean on board MSC Gradiosa and Magnifica. Now, they’re about to successfully complete their first cruise back after a nearly five-month pause in operation. Ken Muskat, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at MSC Cruises USA, joined Porthole Cruise Founder and Editor-in-Chief Bill Panoff to discuss what’s happening on board MSC Grandiosa, the CDC’s no-sail order and he gives us an update about what cruisers can expect when they visit MSC Cruises’ private island resort, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.”

Read more

 

TUI River Cruises is Ready to Set Sail: 100 Day Countdown Begins

“Europe’s leading travel company, TUI, has begun a 100-day countdown to the launch of its newest venture TUI River Cruises. The river ships will set sail from Thursday 26 November with Christmas and New Year itineraries and a full programme from April 2021. Following the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s removal of the travel ban for river cruises, final preparations are now underway and the first images of the newly refurbished adult only ships are revealed today and new excursions for this winter announced.

Ahead of its first sailings, the new river cruise line is implementing a number of new health and safety measures to protect both customers and employees, whilst delivering the brilliant experiences that TUI is known for. These measures include…” 

Read more

 

Cruise ‘treated unfairly’ as head of line calls for 'sea bridges'

“In the past few months restart dates for the resumption of cruises have fallen like dominoes. To provide their guests with a greater degree of certainty, Crystal Cruises recently bit the bullet and cancelled all cruises for 2020...” 

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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