December 18, 2020
In this Issue
Here are some of the news articles we are following:
- Disney cancels all cruises until at least March
- Princess Cruises Fleet to Feature MedallionClass Experience in 2021
- NCL Could Start Cruise Operations in Europe Before Sailing in the US
- Here Are the Cruise Ships Sailing in December 2020
- AIDA Is Back and Cruising with The AIDAperla
- New Owner Hires Staff for Former Carnival Ship
- Carnival Cruise Line President Gives Important Message to Crew Members
- Royal Caribbean guests are in limbo after false COVID diagnosis
- Virgin Voyages pushes back debut by 4 more months; second ship delayed
- SOMETHING DIFFERENT - When will international travel return? A country-by-country guide to coronavirus recovery
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Disney cancels all cruises until at least March
Disney on Friday became the latest cruise line to announce that sailings won’t resume until at least March.
Disney Cruise Line said it is working to refine protocols for an eventual return to service, but has decided to cancel all departures through Feb. 28, 2021. Disney said that guests booked on affected sailings who have paid their reservation in full will be offered the choice of a cruise credit to be used for a future sailing or a full refund. Guests who have not paid their reservations in full will automatically receive a refund of what they have paid so far. Disney Cruise Line is now the third company in as many days to announce that it will not be sailing in February. Norwegian made a similar announcement on Wednesday and Carnival on Thursday.
Princess Cruises Fleet to Feature MedallionClass Experience in 2021
Princess Cruises announced on Thursday that upon approval to return to service in 2021 its global fleet will feature the company's MedallionClass Experience, offering a number of new features that leverage touchless technologies and significantly enhance and personalize the guest experience, as well as support new health protocols, the company said. The line of smart ships is expanding as ship transformation has continued during the pause. Coral Princess, Diamond Princess, Emerald Princess, Grand Princess, Island Princess, Majestic Princess, and Sapphire Princess will return as MedallionClass ships along with the new Enchanted Princess, Princess announced.
NCL Could Start Cruise Operations in Europe Before Sailing in the US
After announcing the latest round of cruise cancelations, now extending through February 2021, Norwegian Cruise Line is considering the possibility of starting cruise operations in Europe before sailing from US ports. In a letter sent to senior officers, the company said "The decision to cancel additional sailings was necessary to allow us more time to work with CDC in referring our "Return to Sail" plan under Phase 1 of the Conditional Sail Order. As we approach the end of the first quarter in 2021, we will also start to evaluate the conditions in Europe for the normal seasonal repositioning of vessels and could possibly launch ships in Europe before sailing again in the US.”
Here Are The Cruise Ships Sailing in December 2020
Here Are The Cruise Ships Sailing in December (mailchi.mp)
AIDA Is Back and Cruising with The AIDAperla
The AIDAperla has departed Gran Canaria on Dec. 5 on its first revenue sailing March. According to reports, 800 people are onboard the 3,250-passenger ship. “The crew onboard can't wait to put a smile on our guests again. Are you excited too?” AIDA wrote on Dec. 3 in a Facebook post. The AIDAperla is sailing a seven-night round trip from Gran Canaria with calls at Santa Cruz de La Palma, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Fuerteventura, and Arrecife / Lanzarote. The vessel is expected to take the same journey on Dec. 12 and Dec. 19 (a Christmas sailing). Then the ship will be sailing a slightly altered itinerary from the same port.
New Owner Hires Staff for Former Carnival Ship
After buying it in October, Carnival Fascination’s new owner is staffing up the 2,800-guest vessel. Since November, Century Harmony Cruise Limited has been looking for several positions, including Staff Captain, IT Manager, Hotel Manager and more. The recruitment is being carried out by a European manning agency, which also serves other cruise lines. Incorporated in the Marshall Islands, Century Harmony was registered on November 25. The company is believed to be linked to Asian interests, who plan to transform the Fascination into a hotel ship. According to multiple sources, the ship is expected to assume its new role in Asia soon. Built in 1994, the Fascination is the fourth Fantasy-class ship.
Carnival Cruise Line President Gives Important Message to Crew Members
Carnival Cruise Line President and CEO Christine Duffy provided an important message to crew members recently. Duffy gives an update on the current situation and advises that crew get temporary or part-time work while they wait on the resumption of cruise operations. It’s no doubt really difficult for Carnival crew members right now. A message from Carnival Cruise Line’s President and CEO is so important while thousands of crew members remain in their home countries waiting to know if they’ll be able to go back to work on a Carnival cruise ship.
Royal Caribbean guests are in limbo after false COVID diagnosis
A Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. ship on a four-day pleasure trip was forced to return to port in Singapore and confine passengers in their cabins after a possibly false COVID-19 diagnosis, showing the challenges of reviving travel while the pandemic continues. About 2,000 passengers on the Quantum of the Seas were stuck in their staterooms for more than half a day after being informed of a case by the captain at around 2:45 a.m. local time Wednesday. An elderly male passenger who tested positive was isolated and taken ashore to a hospital while officials traced his contacts on the boat. But the Singapore Ministry of Health said later a retest of the original sample came back negative for COVID-19, as did a second sample. The ministry said it will run another test in a day. All close contacts with the passenger remain isolated as a precautionary measure. The incident shows how difficult it will be to get the cruise industry up and running again, particularly with mass vaccination still a while off. Singapore has virtually eliminated local transmission, and so-called cruises to nowhere -- voyages that depart and arrive back in the same destination after sailing offshore -- were a key part of the tourism-reliant economy’s bid to restart the sector.
Virgin Voyages pushes back debut by 4 more months; second ship delayed
You’ll now have to wait until at least May of next year for a getaway on what was supposed to be the hottest new cruise ship of 2020. Start-up cruise line Virgin Voyages on Wednesday pushed back the official debut of its first vessel, Scarlet Lady, by four more months, to May 9, citing the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Richard Branson-backed cruise company already had delayed the vessel’s maiden voyage three times, and its official arrival is now 14 months behind schedule. Scarlet Lady initially was scheduled to sail its first “sneak-a-peek” voyages with paying passengers out of Miami in March of this year.
SOMETHING DIFFERENT - When will international travel return? A country-by-country guide to coronavirus recovery
Coronavirus has us frozen in place for the most part and dreaming of when we can start booking travel again. In the meantime, we’ve been doing a lot of stories at The Points Guy about what those dream trips look like. As countries slowly start reopening their borders to travelers after months of lockdowns due to COVID-19, TPG is here to guide you through the latest in the ever-changing rules and regulations.
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