Issue #

144

|

Volume

8

July 29, 2020

In this Issue

Here are some of the news articles we are following:

  • Experts Say CCancellruise Industry Poised for Post COVID-19 Rebound
  • Viking’s World Cruise to Visit Two New Ports Down Under
  • 1,200 Passengers Are Back on A Cruise Ship
  • Cruise Lines Fight to Save 2020 Season with New Local Model
  • No fun for these ships: Carnival says 4 vessels won’t come back when cruising resumes
  • Cruise fans explain why they can't wait to cruise again
  • Windstar Pushes Tahiti Start to October
  • CDC seeking public input on cruising's restart before its 'no-sail' order lifts
  • Marella Announces More Cancellations
  • VALE CMV – And Farewell to the Best Curry at Sea!
  • Over 800 Ruby Princess Passengers File Class Action Lawsuit
  • COVID takes out another cruising icon: The world’s first ‘megaship’ appears headed for the scrappers
  • Royal Caribbean just figured out how to improve the worst part of cruising
  • CDC Won’t Lift No-Sail Order for Cruising Until It Hears from the Public
  • Two Former Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships Beached Ready for Scrapping

Cover Image by:

Experts Say Cruise Industry Poised for Post COVID-19 Rebound

“Down the road, a cruise might be the safest trip a tourist can take. Rick Sasso, Chairman North America, MSC Cruises, appeared on a Wednesday webinar put on by the Caribbean Tourism Organization and said the world could be safer once we get to the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Society at large will actually be healthier and safer because of all the science that has gone into finding cures and therapeutics,” he said. “The cruise industry; I think we may end up being the safest type of vacation travel there is with all the mitigation, all the science, all the things we’re doing.”“I truly feel that we will be able to demonstrate not only to the authorities but to the consumers what we have done, how well it will work and why it’s more extensive than any other (tourism or travel) venue; Disney World, taking a 10-hour flight on an airline.” Sasso said the cruise industry will “go above and beyond” the required rules to make sure ships are safe for consumers.”  

Read more

 

Viking’s World Cruise to Visit Two New Ports Down Under

“Viking Cruises has unveiled a new world cruise, a 136-day itinerary visiting 27 countries and 56 ports in 2021-22. The local highlights include two new Australian destinations, Phillip Island in Victoria and Eden in NSW. The epic journey on the 930-passenger Viking Star will depart Fort Lauderdale on December 24 2021 and explore Central America, North America, Hawaii before heading to Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean and conclude in London. Guests can choose a shorter 119-day itinerary which departs Los Angeles on January 10 2022 and visit 22 countries and 49 ports.”  

Read more

 

1,200 Passengers Are Back on A Cruise Ship

“The first large cruise ship is back in service as TUI's Mein Schiff 2 left on its first "Blue Cruise" from Hamburg with 1,200 guests aboard. The TUI Cruises ship will not visit any ports but will sail near Norway for scenic cruising for three nights before returning to Germany. Capacity on the ship has been aggressively trimmed, with the vessel able to hold some 2,900 guests it will operate now with just 1,200 aboard following numerous new health and safety protocols.”

Read more

 

Cruise Lines Fight to Save 2020 Season with New Local Model

“Cruise lines are determined to sail a summer season in Australian waters this year, possibly using the German model of itineraries where ships leave and return to Australian ports.

Cruise Lines International Association global chair Adam Goldstein revealed discussions were already under way with the Australian government about how the country might be able to go-it-alone in terms of a cruise start. Mr Goldstein maintained: “We have weeks and months to engage with the authorities.” But he also added: “Nothing is guaranteed.” Cruise lines, he said, are totally committed to doing everything in their power to make a 2020 cruise season happen and in Germany, a restart had already been approved by the government involving German cruise ships going to German ports only.”  

Read more

 

No fun for these ships: Carnival says 4 vessels won’t come back when cruising resumes

“Make that four Carnival Cruise Line ships that won’t be returning to service when cruising resumes. The Miami-based cruise giant on Thursday said two of its 27 vessels would leave its fleet immediately and two more are being put into long-term storage. The moves will reduce the number of ships that Carnival operates by about 15%.” 

Read more

 

Cruise fans explain why they can't wait to cruise again

“Christine Beehler was on a two-week cruise voyage around South America when Covid-19 caught up with her ship. Denied entry in Brazil, the Coral Princess spent two weeks searching for a port before docking in Florida on April 4. By the time the vessel arrived in US waters, there were 12 confirmed cases of Covid-19 on board and two passengers had died. When New Hampshire-based Beehler returned home on April 6, she also tested positive for coronavirus. Beehler is 72, with a partial right lung. She also suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema, which means she sometimes experiences breathing difficulties. Fortunately, Beehler says she had a relatively mild case of coronavirus and she's since made a full recovery.” 

Read more

 

Windstar Pushes Tahiti Start to October

“Windstar Cruises today announced it is cancelling four planned sailings aboard the Wind Spirit in Tahiti as the sail-assisted ship will now start sailing Oct. 15, 2020. "Today we are announcing the cancellation of four sailings in Tahiti due to the Centers for Disease Control’s extension of the No Sail order through September 30," the cruise line announced.”

Read more

 

CDC seeking public input on cruising's restart before its 'no-sail' order lifts

“On the heels of last week's extension to its "no-sail" order, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has put out a request for public input on the restart of cruising.

On Tuesday, the organization put out a notice in the Federal Register seeking comment on "cruise ship planning and infrastructure, resumption of passenger operations" and some additional specific questions related to cruising in the age of COVID-19. 

"This Request for Information requests comments from the public that will be used to inform future public health guidance and preventative measures relating to travel on cruise ships," Caitlin Shockey, spokesperson for the CDC, told USA TODAY Friday." 

Read more…

 

Marella Announces More Cancellations

“Marella Cruises today confirmed that due to the on-going travel restrictions it is extending its cancellations of all cruises until Sept. 30. The cruise line also confirms that the only ship now sailing this summer will be Marella Explorer, home porting in Corfu on Oct. 2.” 

Read more… 

 

VALE CMV – And Farewell to the Best Curry at Sea!

“The demise of Cruise & Maritime Voyages this week sees the end of an era of affordable, locally-based cruising. The British line’s ships may have been ageing and lacking in modern-day gimmicks, but they filled a niche – and had a loyal following. For Australians, CMV was a chance to give cruising a try with minimal outlay, taking off on a cheap, four-day mini-break from Sydney to Adelaide, or a weekend away on Kangaroo Island. Discounts and BOGOFs were the order of the day, even on the longer, trans-continental repositioning voyages to Europe. But nobody was prepared for a global shutdown of cruising. Despite healthy forward bookings and excitement surrounding the imminent arrival of two new ships, Amy Johnson (P&O Australia’s former Pacific Dawn) and Ida Pfeiffer (the re-named Pacific Aria), last minute rescue talks fell through.”

Read more

 

Over 800 Ruby Princess Passengers File Class Action Lawsuit

“Shine Lawyers have filed a Federal Court class action against the owners of the Ruby Princess over the handling of a COVID-19 outbreak onboard the ship. In documents lodged in court on Thursday, the firm reveals it is seeking compensation on behalf of 800 passengers or their families and estates. Class actions practice lawyer Vicky Antzoulatos said the legal firm will allege passengers were not told of the risks on board. “We say both of those companies had responsibilities to the passengers and failed to take the appropriate steps to keep them safe,” she said. “It’s been a tragedy listening to the stories of these passengers. Many of them were in intensive care for months, on ventilators for months, really on death’s door, some of them.” One of those passengers is Graeme Lake, who lost his wife Karla just 10 days after they disembarked from the cruise. The couple, who are Elite members of Princess’ frequent sailings club, had booked a cruise to New Zealand, to celebrate Karla’s 75th birthday. But after returning home to Murrumba Downs in Queensland, both Graeme and Karla were diagnosed with coronavirus.” 

Read more

 

COVID takes out another cruising icon: The world’s first ‘megaship’ appears headed for the scrappers

“One of the most famous ships in the history of modern cruising appears headed for the scrappers. Pullmantur Cruises’ Sovereign — an iconic vessel that for years sailed for Royal Caribbean as Sovereign of the Seas — has filed a voyage plan for ship-scrapping town Aliaga, Turkey. On Monday, ship tracking sites showed the 2,282-passenger vessel sailing eastward from the Mediterranean island nation of Malta on its way to Aliaga. A spokesperson for Royal Caribbean Group, which owns a stake in Pullmantur, didn’t immediately respond to questions about Sovereign’s fate. Unveiled by Royal Caribbean in 1988 as Sovereign of the Seas, the 12-deck vessel is widely recognized as the world’s first “megaship” — a large, amenity-filled ship specifically built for pleasure cruising.”

Read more

 

Royal Caribbean just figured out how to improve the worst part of cruising

“There hasn’t been a lot of upbeat news for cruise fans coming out of the world’s cruise lines in recent months. But on Friday, Royal Caribbean Group finally gave them something they could get excited about: A plan to greatly shorten and simplify the safety drill process. The parent company of Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Silversea and Azamara said it had developed new technology, which it is calling eMuster, that will let passengers complete most of the safety drill that is held at the start of every cruise on a mobile device or interactive cabin TV instead of in a big, crowded, unwieldy muster station. Under the new system, passengers will review all the same information that they have been getting in a group setting until now — details on what to expect and where to go in case of an emergency, and instructions on how to properly use a life jacket — on their own using the new technology in the hours leading up to departure. After reviewing the safety information on a mobile device or cabin TV, passengers then will complete the drill by visiting their assigned assembly station, where a crew member will verify that all steps have been completed and answer questions. Every passenger still will be required to complete the safety drill process before departure, as required by international maritime law. Royal Caribbean Group is calling the new process Muster 2.0.”

Read more

 

CDC Won’t Lift No-Sail Order for Cruising Until It Hears from the Public

“A week after extending its no-sail order through September 30, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control is now seeking public input before making any further decisions on whether cruise lines can start sailing again. The government agency put a notice in the Federal Register on Tuesday, July 21, asking for comments from the public on "cruise ship planning and infrastructure (and) resumption of passenger operations," among other items in a 28-question survey. "This Request for Information requests comments from the public that will be used to inform future public health guidance and preventative measures relating to travel on cruise ships," Caitlin Shockey, spokesperson for the CDC, told USA TODAY Friday.”  

Read more

 

Two Former Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships Beached Ready for Scrapping

“Two former Royal Caribbean cruise ships have been beached in Turkey ready to be scrapped, new video footage shows the moment.  Two cruise ships which have been covered a lot recently since operator Pullmantur Cruises went out of business have now reached the end of the line at the Aliaga ship breaking facility in Turkey. Monarch which is formerly known as Monarch of the Seas was beached yesterday at Aliaga which is just north of Izmir in Turkey. The last remaining crew members apart from essentials were already transferred to Celebrity Infinity. The crew will be taken on by Royal Caribbean which is some good news. Valuable items and equipment was already removed when the ship was docked in Naples recently, Video footage has been captured of the moment the Monarch was beached and the final time the engine will be used as she’ll be taken apart bit by bit. A sad ending for a vessel which such a long history which those who love cruise ships will appreciate.”

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 #

144

|

Volume

8

July 29, 2020

In this Issue

Here are some of the news articles we are following:

  • Experts Say CCancellruise Industry Poised for Post COVID-19 Rebound
  • Viking’s World Cruise to Visit Two New Ports Down Under
  • 1,200 Passengers Are Back on A Cruise Ship
  • Cruise Lines Fight to Save 2020 Season with New Local Model
  • No fun for these ships: Carnival says 4 vessels won’t come back when cruising resumes
  • Cruise fans explain why they can't wait to cruise again
  • Windstar Pushes Tahiti Start to October
  • CDC seeking public input on cruising's restart before its 'no-sail' order lifts
  • Marella Announces More Cancellations
  • VALE CMV – And Farewell to the Best Curry at Sea!
  • Over 800 Ruby Princess Passengers File Class Action Lawsuit
  • COVID takes out another cruising icon: The world’s first ‘megaship’ appears headed for the scrappers
  • Royal Caribbean just figured out how to improve the worst part of cruising
  • CDC Won’t Lift No-Sail Order for Cruising Until It Hears from the Public
  • Two Former Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships Beached Ready for Scrapping

Cover Image by:

Experts Say Cruise Industry Poised for Post COVID-19 Rebound

“Down the road, a cruise might be the safest trip a tourist can take. Rick Sasso, Chairman North America, MSC Cruises, appeared on a Wednesday webinar put on by the Caribbean Tourism Organization and said the world could be safer once we get to the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Society at large will actually be healthier and safer because of all the science that has gone into finding cures and therapeutics,” he said. “The cruise industry; I think we may end up being the safest type of vacation travel there is with all the mitigation, all the science, all the things we’re doing.”“I truly feel that we will be able to demonstrate not only to the authorities but to the consumers what we have done, how well it will work and why it’s more extensive than any other (tourism or travel) venue; Disney World, taking a 10-hour flight on an airline.” Sasso said the cruise industry will “go above and beyond” the required rules to make sure ships are safe for consumers.”  

Read more

 

Viking’s World Cruise to Visit Two New Ports Down Under

“Viking Cruises has unveiled a new world cruise, a 136-day itinerary visiting 27 countries and 56 ports in 2021-22. The local highlights include two new Australian destinations, Phillip Island in Victoria and Eden in NSW. The epic journey on the 930-passenger Viking Star will depart Fort Lauderdale on December 24 2021 and explore Central America, North America, Hawaii before heading to Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean and conclude in London. Guests can choose a shorter 119-day itinerary which departs Los Angeles on January 10 2022 and visit 22 countries and 49 ports.”  

Read more

 

1,200 Passengers Are Back on A Cruise Ship

“The first large cruise ship is back in service as TUI's Mein Schiff 2 left on its first "Blue Cruise" from Hamburg with 1,200 guests aboard. The TUI Cruises ship will not visit any ports but will sail near Norway for scenic cruising for three nights before returning to Germany. Capacity on the ship has been aggressively trimmed, with the vessel able to hold some 2,900 guests it will operate now with just 1,200 aboard following numerous new health and safety protocols.”

Read more

 

Cruise Lines Fight to Save 2020 Season with New Local Model

“Cruise lines are determined to sail a summer season in Australian waters this year, possibly using the German model of itineraries where ships leave and return to Australian ports.

Cruise Lines International Association global chair Adam Goldstein revealed discussions were already under way with the Australian government about how the country might be able to go-it-alone in terms of a cruise start. Mr Goldstein maintained: “We have weeks and months to engage with the authorities.” But he also added: “Nothing is guaranteed.” Cruise lines, he said, are totally committed to doing everything in their power to make a 2020 cruise season happen and in Germany, a restart had already been approved by the government involving German cruise ships going to German ports only.”  

Read more

 

No fun for these ships: Carnival says 4 vessels won’t come back when cruising resumes

“Make that four Carnival Cruise Line ships that won’t be returning to service when cruising resumes. The Miami-based cruise giant on Thursday said two of its 27 vessels would leave its fleet immediately and two more are being put into long-term storage. The moves will reduce the number of ships that Carnival operates by about 15%.” 

Read more

 

Cruise fans explain why they can't wait to cruise again

“Christine Beehler was on a two-week cruise voyage around South America when Covid-19 caught up with her ship. Denied entry in Brazil, the Coral Princess spent two weeks searching for a port before docking in Florida on April 4. By the time the vessel arrived in US waters, there were 12 confirmed cases of Covid-19 on board and two passengers had died. When New Hampshire-based Beehler returned home on April 6, she also tested positive for coronavirus. Beehler is 72, with a partial right lung. She also suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema, which means she sometimes experiences breathing difficulties. Fortunately, Beehler says she had a relatively mild case of coronavirus and she's since made a full recovery.” 

Read more

 

Windstar Pushes Tahiti Start to October

“Windstar Cruises today announced it is cancelling four planned sailings aboard the Wind Spirit in Tahiti as the sail-assisted ship will now start sailing Oct. 15, 2020. "Today we are announcing the cancellation of four sailings in Tahiti due to the Centers for Disease Control’s extension of the No Sail order through September 30," the cruise line announced.”

Read more

 

CDC seeking public input on cruising's restart before its 'no-sail' order lifts

“On the heels of last week's extension to its "no-sail" order, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has put out a request for public input on the restart of cruising.

On Tuesday, the organization put out a notice in the Federal Register seeking comment on "cruise ship planning and infrastructure, resumption of passenger operations" and some additional specific questions related to cruising in the age of COVID-19. 

"This Request for Information requests comments from the public that will be used to inform future public health guidance and preventative measures relating to travel on cruise ships," Caitlin Shockey, spokesperson for the CDC, told USA TODAY Friday." 

Read more…

 

Marella Announces More Cancellations

“Marella Cruises today confirmed that due to the on-going travel restrictions it is extending its cancellations of all cruises until Sept. 30. The cruise line also confirms that the only ship now sailing this summer will be Marella Explorer, home porting in Corfu on Oct. 2.” 

Read more… 

 

VALE CMV – And Farewell to the Best Curry at Sea!

“The demise of Cruise & Maritime Voyages this week sees the end of an era of affordable, locally-based cruising. The British line’s ships may have been ageing and lacking in modern-day gimmicks, but they filled a niche – and had a loyal following. For Australians, CMV was a chance to give cruising a try with minimal outlay, taking off on a cheap, four-day mini-break from Sydney to Adelaide, or a weekend away on Kangaroo Island. Discounts and BOGOFs were the order of the day, even on the longer, trans-continental repositioning voyages to Europe. But nobody was prepared for a global shutdown of cruising. Despite healthy forward bookings and excitement surrounding the imminent arrival of two new ships, Amy Johnson (P&O Australia’s former Pacific Dawn) and Ida Pfeiffer (the re-named Pacific Aria), last minute rescue talks fell through.”

Read more

 

Over 800 Ruby Princess Passengers File Class Action Lawsuit

“Shine Lawyers have filed a Federal Court class action against the owners of the Ruby Princess over the handling of a COVID-19 outbreak onboard the ship. In documents lodged in court on Thursday, the firm reveals it is seeking compensation on behalf of 800 passengers or their families and estates. Class actions practice lawyer Vicky Antzoulatos said the legal firm will allege passengers were not told of the risks on board. “We say both of those companies had responsibilities to the passengers and failed to take the appropriate steps to keep them safe,” she said. “It’s been a tragedy listening to the stories of these passengers. Many of them were in intensive care for months, on ventilators for months, really on death’s door, some of them.” One of those passengers is Graeme Lake, who lost his wife Karla just 10 days after they disembarked from the cruise. The couple, who are Elite members of Princess’ frequent sailings club, had booked a cruise to New Zealand, to celebrate Karla’s 75th birthday. But after returning home to Murrumba Downs in Queensland, both Graeme and Karla were diagnosed with coronavirus.” 

Read more

 

COVID takes out another cruising icon: The world’s first ‘megaship’ appears headed for the scrappers

“One of the most famous ships in the history of modern cruising appears headed for the scrappers. Pullmantur Cruises’ Sovereign — an iconic vessel that for years sailed for Royal Caribbean as Sovereign of the Seas — has filed a voyage plan for ship-scrapping town Aliaga, Turkey. On Monday, ship tracking sites showed the 2,282-passenger vessel sailing eastward from the Mediterranean island nation of Malta on its way to Aliaga. A spokesperson for Royal Caribbean Group, which owns a stake in Pullmantur, didn’t immediately respond to questions about Sovereign’s fate. Unveiled by Royal Caribbean in 1988 as Sovereign of the Seas, the 12-deck vessel is widely recognized as the world’s first “megaship” — a large, amenity-filled ship specifically built for pleasure cruising.”

Read more

 

Royal Caribbean just figured out how to improve the worst part of cruising

“There hasn’t been a lot of upbeat news for cruise fans coming out of the world’s cruise lines in recent months. But on Friday, Royal Caribbean Group finally gave them something they could get excited about: A plan to greatly shorten and simplify the safety drill process. The parent company of Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Silversea and Azamara said it had developed new technology, which it is calling eMuster, that will let passengers complete most of the safety drill that is held at the start of every cruise on a mobile device or interactive cabin TV instead of in a big, crowded, unwieldy muster station. Under the new system, passengers will review all the same information that they have been getting in a group setting until now — details on what to expect and where to go in case of an emergency, and instructions on how to properly use a life jacket — on their own using the new technology in the hours leading up to departure. After reviewing the safety information on a mobile device or cabin TV, passengers then will complete the drill by visiting their assigned assembly station, where a crew member will verify that all steps have been completed and answer questions. Every passenger still will be required to complete the safety drill process before departure, as required by international maritime law. Royal Caribbean Group is calling the new process Muster 2.0.”

Read more

 

CDC Won’t Lift No-Sail Order for Cruising Until It Hears from the Public

“A week after extending its no-sail order through September 30, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control is now seeking public input before making any further decisions on whether cruise lines can start sailing again. The government agency put a notice in the Federal Register on Tuesday, July 21, asking for comments from the public on "cruise ship planning and infrastructure (and) resumption of passenger operations," among other items in a 28-question survey. "This Request for Information requests comments from the public that will be used to inform future public health guidance and preventative measures relating to travel on cruise ships," Caitlin Shockey, spokesperson for the CDC, told USA TODAY Friday.”  

Read more

 

Two Former Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships Beached Ready for Scrapping

“Two former Royal Caribbean cruise ships have been beached in Turkey ready to be scrapped, new video footage shows the moment.  Two cruise ships which have been covered a lot recently since operator Pullmantur Cruises went out of business have now reached the end of the line at the Aliaga ship breaking facility in Turkey. Monarch which is formerly known as Monarch of the Seas was beached yesterday at Aliaga which is just north of Izmir in Turkey. The last remaining crew members apart from essentials were already transferred to Celebrity Infinity. The crew will be taken on by Royal Caribbean which is some good news. Valuable items and equipment was already removed when the ship was docked in Naples recently, Video footage has been captured of the moment the Monarch was beached and the final time the engine will be used as she’ll be taken apart bit by bit. A sad ending for a vessel which such a long history which those who love cruise ships will appreciate.”

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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