December 4, 2020
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Here are some of the news articles we are following:
- Disney Wonder Heading to Florida
- Royal Caribbean's Chief Medical Officer explains what needs be done to get approval to cruise again
- Holland America, Princess Cruises extend voluntary sailing suspension until April 2021
- Royal Caribbean volunteer trial 'applauded' - may get 'cruises back to sea' by 'next year'
- Americans and Europeans Eye Up Crypto Cruise Ship in Panama
- Princess Cancels All Cruises Through March 2021
- Disney Cruise Ship Heads to Florida: Will It Be the First to Sail?
- Here’s How Much Cash the Cruise Lines Are Burning Through
- Fourth Cozumel Cruise Ship Dock to Go Ahead
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Disney Wonder Heading to Florida
The Disney Wonder is sailing to Port Canaveral fresh off a drydock in France and technical stop for fuel and provisions in Funchal on Wednesday, according to a statement from Portos da Madeira (Ports of Madeira). The ship made its inaugural call to Funchal, although it had no passengers onboard and just 205 crew, according to local reports. No crew came off the ship, which took on supplies and fuel for its trans-Atlantic crossing. The 1999-built ship is expected to arrive in Port Canaveral in early December.
Royal Caribbean's Chief Medical Officer explains what needs be done to get approval to cruise again
Royal Caribbean's Public Health & Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Calvin Johnson, spoke to travel agents on Wednesday about what the cruise line has to do in order to obtain approval to start sailing again. In a webinar, Dr. Johnson spoke about what the new “framework for conditional sailing” order by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) means, and what steps are required to be completed.
Dr. Johnson said the first phase of the framework is to establish a baseline for cruise lines and their ships to demonstrate that the ships are free of the virus onboard. Another step is the requirement to have simulated voyages, that allow Royal Caribbean to test the new protocols that are going to be put into place.
Holland America, Princess Cruises extend voluntary sailing suspension until April 2021
While the cruise industry is on an operational pause through the end of the year, a few cruise lines have begun to voluntarily extend their sailing suspensions past that date. Holland America Line, a subsidiary of cruise giant Carnival Corp., has announced it will further suspend sailings from resuming across the globe until April 1, 2021. "As Holland America Line continues to prepare and develop its plans to meet the Framework for Conditional Sailing Order issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the company is extending its pause of cruise operations for all departures through March 31, 2021," the cruise line said in the announcement. The cruise line also canceled itineraries of eight days or longer that make port calls in the U.S. until Nov. 1, 2021. Some longer voyages in South America, Australia and New Zealand and Asia will also be canceled through mid-April 2021, according to the announcement with some rescheduled to similar dates in 2022.
Royal Caribbean volunteer trial 'applauded' - may get 'cruises back to sea' by 'next year'
ROYAL CARIBBEAN is being applauded by industry insiders after the cruise line has welcomed people to volunteer to take part in a cruise holiday trial. What does this mean for cruise holidays? Cruise giant Royal Caribbean has put forward plans for a “test voyage” which will aim to test out new measures in place to combat the spread of coronavirus onboard its ships. So far, the trail has reportedly attracted more than 100,000 volunteers eager to step onboard. The cruise line additionally launched a Facebook group to discover how much interest there was among cruisers for the trial sailings. The group has garnered around 50,000 members so far. Cruise experts have “applauded” and “encouraged” the move, and believe it will be a huge help in “restoring consumer confidence” and getting cruises back to sea “as early as next year."
“It is going to be tough to get the confidence back for people to start booking cruise holidays again although 2022 cruise bookings are already being taken and filling up which suggests people have the belief that it will take a year or so for confidence to be regained,” Rob Gower, cruise expert and owner of luxury travel firm Dragonfly Traveller told Express.co.uk.
Americans and Europeans Eye Up Crypto Cruise Ship in Panama
Americans and Europeans are among those who already expressed interest in living on the Satoshi – formerly the Pacific Dawn, sailing for P&O Australia – according to Chad Elwartowski, chief operating officer of Ocean Builders. “A lot of people [show interest] that are working from home already. So, they don't have to go to work in a physical building, they can work from home, so they're mainly saying ‘well, I can work from the ship’. Especially Americans because it's a three-hour flight from Panama City, so even if they have to run back to the US for something, they can fly easily,” Elwartowski told Cruise Industry News.
Princess Cancels All Cruises Through March 2021
Princess Cruises announced on Friday morning that it has cancelled all sailings through March 31, 2021. Citing the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Framework for Conditional Sailing Order” pertaining to resumption of U.S. cruise operations, Princess said it is extending its pause in global operations to allow time for the estimated preparation needed for completing required activities prior to sailing and taking into consideration the temporary seven-day cap on itineraries that call at a U.S. port., the company said, in a press release.
Disney Cruise Ship Heads to Florida: Will It Be the First to Sail?
Which Disney Cruise Line ship will be the first to sail? So far, Disney isn’t saying, but a clue comes in the form of Disney Wonder, which as of the morning of November 19 was approximately 3,700 miles east of Port Canaveral and heading for the Florida coast. The 1999-built, 2,700-passenger ship left its three Disney sisters behind at a shipyard in Brest, France, before a brief technical stop in Funchal, Portugal for fuel and supplies. It was an inaugural call for Wonder at the port, but there were no passengers aboard and none of the 200-plus crew onboard left the ship. Disney Cruise Line recently canceled the remainder of 2020 scheduled sailings. Disney Wonder is next scheduled to sail on January 6, 2020, on a six-night Western Caribbean cruise from Galveston. That won’t happen either, as the line, along with all operators hoping to depart from U.S. ports, has substantial work to do before resuming sailings with paying passengers.
Here’s How Much Cash the Cruise Lines Are Burning Through
The world’s largest cruise companies are still burning through around $1 billion a month for the fourth quarter while ships sit still in various stages of layup, according to financial reports.
Fourth Cozumel Cruise Ship Dock to Go Ahead
One of the busiest and most well-known cruise destinations is set to expand after the Mexico Government gives the green light for a fourth cruise ship dock in Cozumel. Plans for a fourth cruise dock on the island have been circling for years, but now the project finally gets the green light. Cozumel already has the Punta Langosta cruise pier located downtown at San Miguel, the Puerto Maya cruise facility that caters for Carnival Corp ships further south of downtown, and nearby is the International Pier, which is mainly used by Royal Caribbean vessels.
‘Nothing to fear’ says Barbados gov’t as it assists cruise ship with COVID patients
The Barbados government Friday sought to reassure citizens that their health status is not being compromised after the authorities allowed a cruise ship to dock here with at least six individuals testing positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). “I can’t speak for the cruise ship and I don’t want to be able to do that, but I can safely say that we are assisting like we have been doing all the time and that assistance is being provided through the Best Dos Santos Lab doing the testing and the isolation facility at Harrison Point at this time has one person and we will continue to assist, we have the capacity to do so,” Health and Wellness Minister Lt Col. Jeffrey Bostic, said on Starcom Network.
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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