Issue #

131

|

Volume

8

July 5, 2020

In this Issue

Here are some of the news articles we are following:

  • EU issues guidance for cruising’s return
  • Analysis: Just 0.07% of Coronavirus Cases Linked to Cruise Ships
  • Taiwan to Host Asia's First Post-Shutdown Cruise in July
  • Cruise Ship Repairs Start at Harland & Wolff; Yard Eyes Newbuilds
  • MV Funchal To Be Disposed of After Party Boat Plan Sinks
  • All Viking Line ships to return to service from July 2
  • Carnival UK Lays Off One Third of Staff
  • Cruise Lines, Charter Cruises Start to Cancel Into 2021
  • Cunard donates 23 tons of food for distribution to impoverished in rural and coastal UK
  • Royal Caribbean's Odyssey of the Seas Is Officially Delayed

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EU issues guidance for cruising’s return

“The European Union released guidelines for the resumption of cruising, which include onboard separation by age group, reduced capacity and Covid testing of all passengers. And, the EU says that cruise lines must have a written contingency plan for a Covid-19 outbreak and be able to arrange for necessary medical treatment, repatriation and shoreside quarantine of any passenger or crew member who comes into close contact with an infected person.  CLIA called the guidance “an important marker in the possible resumption of cruising in Europe.” CLIA said it has been actively engaged in the development of the guidelines, which will “provide another level of trust for our customers and crew.” The document calls for passengers in high-risk groups (such as those 65 and older) to consult a doctor to assess their fitness to travel before cruising. Additionally, the guidance suggests that activities and services onboard cruise ships be “organized according to age group, so that older individuals are separated from other age groups.” This applies to crew members as well, with the suggestion that those in high-risk groups could work in positions where there is little or no interaction with others.” 

Read more…

 

Guidelines: https://www.healthygateways.eu/Portals/0/plcdocs/EU_HEALTHY_GATEWAYS_COVID-19_RESTARTING_CRUISES.pdf?ver=2020-07-01-115942-557

 

Analysis: Just 0.07% of Coronavirus Cases Linked to Cruise Ships

“Over the past several weeks, the stories surrounding cruises and coronavirus have been nothing short of terrible. As the COVID-19 pandemic spread around the world, cruise ships were at the forefront of the crisis in the media.  It turns out, however, that while cruise lines have received a substantial amount of press, they are currently tied to a surprisingly small number of cases worldwide. In fact, analysis by Cruzely shows that cruise ships are linked to 0.07% of confirmed coronavirus cases. In other words, 99.93% of confirmed cases around the world had no direct tie to cruising.” 

Read more

 

Taiwan to Host Asia's First Post-Shutdown Cruise in July

“Cruising will resume in Asia at the end of July, according to newly announced plans from Genting Cruise Line. According to the current timeline, this would be both the first cruises in the region and the first large, ocean-going cruise ship to return to operation. The Explorer Dream operated by Genting’s Dream Cruises brand will sail on its first cruise on July 26 from Keelung, offering Taiwanese guests short getaway ocean voyages. The ship, which normally can accommodate 1,856 passengers, will operate two- and three-night “Taiwan Island-Hopping” cruises to Peng Hu, Matzu, and Kinmen islands. “After months of detailed planning with the authorities to ensure the safety and health of guests and crew, we appreciate the approval for the Explorer Dream resuming cruise operations in Taiwan,” said Tan Sri KT Lim, Chairman and CEO of Genting Hong Kong.” 

Read more

 

Cruise Ship Repairs Start at Harland & Wolff; Yard Eyes Newbuilds

“Harland & Wolff is surging back onto the cruise ship repair scene as the ship repair facility is hosting a trio of Viking ships, the Sky, Sun and Sea, in Belfast. Since acquiring Harland and Wolff in December 2019, the new Harland & Wolff team has been quick to realize their strategic ambitions to enter the cruise sector, according to a statement from the shipyard. Strict protocols were put in place to ensure compliance with all public health guidelines, some of which will be maintained for the foreseeable future as a precautionary measure. While undertaking dockings during the COVID-19 lockdown and with OEM’s unable to travel the yard, teams have made extensive use of video conferencing, enabling OEMS to be virtually involved during maintenance activities onboard the vessels, according to the shipyard.”

Read more…

 

MV Funchal To Be Disposed of After Party Boat Plan Sinks

“The former Portuguese cruise liner, MV Funchal, is set to be disposed of after current owners Signature Living falls into administration. The ship – which has been laid up outside Lisbon since former operator Portuscale Cruises seized operations in 2016 – was going to be used by Signature Living as a party boat moored in Liverpool.” 

Read more…

 

All Viking Line ships to return to service from July 2

“All seven vessels of Finnish shipper Viking Line will have returned to passenger service by July 2, while the number of departures between Tallinn and Helsinki will be higher than in previous high seasons, informs LETA/BNS. All Viking Line ships are continuing to ensure passenger safety in accordance with systematic and strict standards. The number of passengers on all cruises is currently more limited and thorough measures are being carried out as a means of safeguarding hygiene aboard all vessels, the company said.”

Read more...

 

Carnival UK Lays Off One Third of Staff

“Carnival UK has announced a sweeping round of job cuts.  "The Covid-19 pandemic has not only affected the holidays of our guests but it has also impacted every part of our business; our future deployment; the guest experience; our supply chain and our people on ship and on shore," said President Simon Palethorpe in a prepared statement.” 

Read more

 

Cruise Lines, Charter Cruises Start to Cancel Into 2021

“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause cancellations through the fall, some lines are looking at longer suspensions well into 2021 or even moved to 2022. Celestyal Cruises became the first cruise line to cancel all sailings for the rest of this year, with a new start date of March 2021. The Greece-based line, which operates primarily in the Greek isles, put the decision down to uncertainty about travel into the European Union.” 

Read more...

 

Cunard donates 23 tons of food for distribution to impoverished in rural and coastal UK

“The Cunard cruise line has made a number of food donations from two of its ships to charity in its home country of the United Kingdom.” 

Read more

 

Royal Caribbean's Odyssey of the Seas Is Officially Delayed

“Royal Caribbean International's new Odyssey of the Seas is officially delayed, and won't be delivered as anticipated this fall. "The impact of worldwide port and shipyard closures have created delays in the construction schedule and delivery of Odyssey of the Seas," Royal Caribbean said, in a statement.” 

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 #

131

|

Volume

8

July 5, 2020

In this Issue

Here are some of the news articles we are following:

  • EU issues guidance for cruising’s return
  • Analysis: Just 0.07% of Coronavirus Cases Linked to Cruise Ships
  • Taiwan to Host Asia's First Post-Shutdown Cruise in July
  • Cruise Ship Repairs Start at Harland & Wolff; Yard Eyes Newbuilds
  • MV Funchal To Be Disposed of After Party Boat Plan Sinks
  • All Viking Line ships to return to service from July 2
  • Carnival UK Lays Off One Third of Staff
  • Cruise Lines, Charter Cruises Start to Cancel Into 2021
  • Cunard donates 23 tons of food for distribution to impoverished in rural and coastal UK
  • Royal Caribbean's Odyssey of the Seas Is Officially Delayed

Cover Image by:

EU issues guidance for cruising’s return

“The European Union released guidelines for the resumption of cruising, which include onboard separation by age group, reduced capacity and Covid testing of all passengers. And, the EU says that cruise lines must have a written contingency plan for a Covid-19 outbreak and be able to arrange for necessary medical treatment, repatriation and shoreside quarantine of any passenger or crew member who comes into close contact with an infected person.  CLIA called the guidance “an important marker in the possible resumption of cruising in Europe.” CLIA said it has been actively engaged in the development of the guidelines, which will “provide another level of trust for our customers and crew.” The document calls for passengers in high-risk groups (such as those 65 and older) to consult a doctor to assess their fitness to travel before cruising. Additionally, the guidance suggests that activities and services onboard cruise ships be “organized according to age group, so that older individuals are separated from other age groups.” This applies to crew members as well, with the suggestion that those in high-risk groups could work in positions where there is little or no interaction with others.” 

Read more…

 

Guidelines: https://www.healthygateways.eu/Portals/0/plcdocs/EU_HEALTHY_GATEWAYS_COVID-19_RESTARTING_CRUISES.pdf?ver=2020-07-01-115942-557

 

Analysis: Just 0.07% of Coronavirus Cases Linked to Cruise Ships

“Over the past several weeks, the stories surrounding cruises and coronavirus have been nothing short of terrible. As the COVID-19 pandemic spread around the world, cruise ships were at the forefront of the crisis in the media.  It turns out, however, that while cruise lines have received a substantial amount of press, they are currently tied to a surprisingly small number of cases worldwide. In fact, analysis by Cruzely shows that cruise ships are linked to 0.07% of confirmed coronavirus cases. In other words, 99.93% of confirmed cases around the world had no direct tie to cruising.” 

Read more

 

Taiwan to Host Asia's First Post-Shutdown Cruise in July

“Cruising will resume in Asia at the end of July, according to newly announced plans from Genting Cruise Line. According to the current timeline, this would be both the first cruises in the region and the first large, ocean-going cruise ship to return to operation. The Explorer Dream operated by Genting’s Dream Cruises brand will sail on its first cruise on July 26 from Keelung, offering Taiwanese guests short getaway ocean voyages. The ship, which normally can accommodate 1,856 passengers, will operate two- and three-night “Taiwan Island-Hopping” cruises to Peng Hu, Matzu, and Kinmen islands. “After months of detailed planning with the authorities to ensure the safety and health of guests and crew, we appreciate the approval for the Explorer Dream resuming cruise operations in Taiwan,” said Tan Sri KT Lim, Chairman and CEO of Genting Hong Kong.” 

Read more

 

Cruise Ship Repairs Start at Harland & Wolff; Yard Eyes Newbuilds

“Harland & Wolff is surging back onto the cruise ship repair scene as the ship repair facility is hosting a trio of Viking ships, the Sky, Sun and Sea, in Belfast. Since acquiring Harland and Wolff in December 2019, the new Harland & Wolff team has been quick to realize their strategic ambitions to enter the cruise sector, according to a statement from the shipyard. Strict protocols were put in place to ensure compliance with all public health guidelines, some of which will be maintained for the foreseeable future as a precautionary measure. While undertaking dockings during the COVID-19 lockdown and with OEM’s unable to travel the yard, teams have made extensive use of video conferencing, enabling OEMS to be virtually involved during maintenance activities onboard the vessels, according to the shipyard.”

Read more…

 

MV Funchal To Be Disposed of After Party Boat Plan Sinks

“The former Portuguese cruise liner, MV Funchal, is set to be disposed of after current owners Signature Living falls into administration. The ship – which has been laid up outside Lisbon since former operator Portuscale Cruises seized operations in 2016 – was going to be used by Signature Living as a party boat moored in Liverpool.” 

Read more…

 

All Viking Line ships to return to service from July 2

“All seven vessels of Finnish shipper Viking Line will have returned to passenger service by July 2, while the number of departures between Tallinn and Helsinki will be higher than in previous high seasons, informs LETA/BNS. All Viking Line ships are continuing to ensure passenger safety in accordance with systematic and strict standards. The number of passengers on all cruises is currently more limited and thorough measures are being carried out as a means of safeguarding hygiene aboard all vessels, the company said.”

Read more...

 

Carnival UK Lays Off One Third of Staff

“Carnival UK has announced a sweeping round of job cuts.  "The Covid-19 pandemic has not only affected the holidays of our guests but it has also impacted every part of our business; our future deployment; the guest experience; our supply chain and our people on ship and on shore," said President Simon Palethorpe in a prepared statement.” 

Read more

 

Cruise Lines, Charter Cruises Start to Cancel Into 2021

“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause cancellations through the fall, some lines are looking at longer suspensions well into 2021 or even moved to 2022. Celestyal Cruises became the first cruise line to cancel all sailings for the rest of this year, with a new start date of March 2021. The Greece-based line, which operates primarily in the Greek isles, put the decision down to uncertainty about travel into the European Union.” 

Read more...

 

Cunard donates 23 tons of food for distribution to impoverished in rural and coastal UK

“The Cunard cruise line has made a number of food donations from two of its ships to charity in its home country of the United Kingdom.” 

Read more

 

Royal Caribbean's Odyssey of the Seas Is Officially Delayed

“Royal Caribbean International's new Odyssey of the Seas is officially delayed, and won't be delivered as anticipated this fall. "The impact of worldwide port and shipyard closures have created delays in the construction schedule and delivery of Odyssey of the Seas," Royal Caribbean said, in a statement.” 

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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