Issue #

182

|

Volume

11

October 26, 2020

In this Issue

Here are some of the news articles we are following:

  • Florida Mayor Reaffirms Commitment to Cruise Industry Restart
  • 'This is about survival': Alaska ports issue plea to save 2021 cruise season
  • Carnival Cruise Line Cancels November Cruises as Hope Fades for 2020
  • Mystic Cruises buys Vasco da Gama, first CMV ship to be auctioned
  • Carnival Cruise Line cancels Florida, Australia trips
  • When cruising comes back, will the buffet return with it? Here's what the cruise lines say
  • Royal Caribbean Eyes More Job Cuts in Worst-Case Scenario
  • China Opens 10 Ports for Crew Changes Under Strict Protocols
  • Longer Cruises and Sustainability Trending for the Med
  • Royal Caribbean Commits to Fresh Air with HVAC Systems
  • Norwegian CEO sees lower 2021 bookings, hopes for an 'OK' year, as cruises try to resume despite coronavirus
  • Cruise Ship Illness: How to Protect Yourself
  • Cruise Line Scraps Crew and Officer Positions
  • Congress probing political interference over CDC's No Sail order

Cover Image by:

Florida Mayor Reaffirms Commitment to Cruise Industry Restart

“Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez assured cruise lines that when they’re ready to sail again, the city and its port will be ready to help them do so.  “Miami-Dade County will continue to support its cruise line partners,” Mayor Gimenez said. He continued, “It is because of our partners that PortMiami is recognized as the Cruise Capital of the World. We’re grateful and committed to their future.” Last month the mayor urged the Centers for Disease Control to let cruise ships start sailing from PortMiami, citing the Mandatory Core Elements adopted by CLIA (Cruise Line International Association). That plan — as well as a similar one put forth as a joint effort by Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings — focuses on six health and safety protocols that all cruise ships will be required to use as their operating guidelines. Among the protocols are mandatory testing for all passengers and crew, the wearing of masks when necessary on board, social distancing, ventilation systems providing fresh air throughout the vessel, increased medical capabilities and shore excursions conducted under strict guidelines. “With the development of these rigorous safety protocols, the cruise industry is demonstrating its leadership and commitment to public health in travel and tourism,’ Gimenez said in a statement.”

Read more….

 

'This is about survival': Alaska ports issue plea to save 2021 cruise season

“After facing a devastating year that saw no cruise vessels call on ports in Alaska and British Columbia as a result of the global COVID-19 health pandemic, cities on the itineraries that rely on tourism say that having ships return in 2021 is crucial for their survival. Andrew Cremata, borough mayor for the popular Alaskan cruise port of Skagway remarked on the current situation faced by his town, and numerous other port of call in Southeast Alaska, during a panel discussion at the virtual Seatrade conference on Wednesday. "This is about survival for Skagway," said Cremata, who said that the cruise industry makes up as much as 95% of the town's overall revenue.” 

Read more….

 

Carnival Cruise Line Cancels November Cruises as Hope Fades for 2020

“Carnival Cruise Line has become the latest of the major cruise lines to further extend its cancelation of cruises for the North American cruise market. With the major cruise lines canceling sailings into December 2020, hope is increasingly fading for a return to cruise service this year.  Carnival Cruise Line had previously canceled cruises for the remainder of 2020 except for six cruise ships scheduled to sail from PortMiami and Port Canaveral, both located in Florida. At the time, the company had cautioned that it was still evaluating the situation and would keep passengers apprised.”

Read more….

 

Mystic Cruises buys Vasco da Gama, first CMV ship to be auctioned

“Portugal-based Mystic Cruises is the buyer of Vasco da Gama, the first of five vessels operated by insolvent Cruise & Maritime Voyages that are being auctioned this month. The 630-cabin Vasco da Gama was auctioned by CW Kellock & Co on October 9. The sale price has not been disclosed. Mário Ferreira, chairman of Mystic Invest, parent company of Mystic Cruises — and Seatrade Cruise Personality of the Year 2020 — called the acquisition an 'opportunity to grow the company’s fleet and to better position it for the expected uptake of the market after the COVID-19 pandemic.’ ”

Read more…..

 

Carnival Cruise Line cancels Florida, Australia trips

“Carnival Cruise Line said Monday it was cancelling its remaining cruises scheduled for November out of two Florida ports, as well as five cruises from Australia at the beginning of next year. The cruise line had previously announced it was cancelling for the rest of the year all U.S. cruises except for trips out of Port Canaveral and Port Miami following an extension of a no-sail order until Oct. 31 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. But Monday’s announcement nixed trips in November on the six ships operating out of the two Florida ports. Cruises are still planned for December out of the two Florida ports. “Carnival continues to work on protocols and procedures that would allow for the resumption of cruise operations, with a gradual, phased-in approach, designating Miami and Port Canaveral as the first two homeports for embarkations, “the cruise line said in a statement. The cruise line said it was notifying guests that five cruises on Carnival Splendor out of Sydney, Australia next January and February have been cancelled.” 

Read more….

 

When cruising comes back, will the buffet return with it? Here's what the cruise lines say

“As the cruise industry's Nov. 1 restart date approaches, companies have implemented new health protocols and submitted them to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, slowly painting a picture as to what cruising might look like when it returns. But one question remains unanswered: Will the buffet, a beloved part of the cruise experience, return? The answer varies by cruise line. In many cases, the buffet is still going to be a dining option – but it will be different. In other words, it will no longer be a free-for-all where you grab what you want yourself.”

Read more…

 

Royal Caribbean Eyes More Job Cuts in Worst-Case Scenario

“If a prolonged non-revenue scenario continues for Royal Caribbean Group, the world’s second largest cruise operator may be making more cuts to its workforce. In an SEC filing, the company said a non-revenue scenario would include considerations such as the cold layup of more ships as well as “further assessment of our U.S. shoreside workforce, including those coming back from furlough.” The company said in the SEC filing that staff reductions and furloughs had already impacted 23 percent of U.S. shoreside employees. Of note, Royal Caribbean also confirmed it had suspended travel for shoreside employees and instituted a hiring freeze across the organization.” 

Source:  https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/23677-royal-caribbean-eyes-more-job-cuts-in-worst-case-scenario.html

 

China Opens 10 Ports for Crew Changes Under Strict Protocols

“With the continued focus on facilitating crew changes and renewed calls to address the problems of crew welfare during the pandemic, China has become the latest country to open its ports to foreign seafarers. Shipping companies and seafarers will be subjected to strict protocols, but it is seen as an important step that will aid seafarers who have been forced to remain aboard ships or at home during the pandemic. According to details released by BIMCO and the shipping agency company GAC, a total of 10 Chinese ports – Dalian, Tianjin, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Haikou – are beginning to allow foreign crews to land both for changes and in limited circumstances crew recreation. It is BIMCO’s understanding that the various Chinese ports may take different pragmatic approaches when dealing with a foreign crew change. As such, BIMCO recommends that members planning to conduct crew changes in China consult their local agents for the latest requirements implemented by the port in question.” 

Read more

 

Longer Cruises and Sustainability Trending for the Med

“During a virtual trade event, MSC’s Gianluca Suprani and Celestyal’s Chris Theophilides discussed the present and future of Mediterranean cruising. According to them, Mediterranean cruising will only get more popular, and longer cruises will prevail over shorter ones. “Going forward, what we will be seeing is people… taking it a bit more slowly, enjoying the immersive experiences,” said Theophilides, CEO at Celestyal. “It’s not so much about ticking places off the list; it’s getting to know places and slowing down the pace of life, especially after being cooped up for so long.” From Celestyal’s bookings for 2021, Theophilides can see that the most popular option is the seven-day cruise that takes passengers to different destinations.” 

Read more….

 

Royal Caribbean Commits to Fresh Air with HVAC Systems

“Getting the Quantum of the Seas ready for her Singapore debut in December, Royal Caribbean International said all its ships feature fresh air. "Every Royal Caribbean shipboard HVAC system continuously flows 100% fresh air from outdoors to your stateroom and public areas. Upgraded MERV 13 filters capture aerosols 0.3 to 1 micron in size — fine enough to filter coronavirus, colds and flu," the company said.  Fresh ocean air is continuously supplied to every stateroom from outside, the company said, with a total air change of up to 12 times per hour. Public spaces will see 15 changes an hour.  The air is drawn from one side of the ship for cooling and ventilation, according to company documentation, then removed via exhaust on the opposite side of the ship.” 

Read more….

 

Norwegian CEO sees lower 2021 bookings, hopes for an 'OK' year, as cruises try to resume despite coronavirus

“Cruise bookings for 2021 are down, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Lines Frank Del Rio told CNBC on Tuesday, acknowledging the sustained impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on global travel and the industry. 

Cruise executives have previously painted a rosier picture of future bookings, touting pent-up demand as the pandemic has left ships stationed in ports and brought the industry to a trickle for most of 2020. Del Rio said future bookings are "truly remarkable," considering what's happened to the industry this year, but he added that the company doesn't expect 2021 bookings to be in line with past years.”

Read more….

 

Cruise Ship Illness: How to Protect Yourself

“Wherever there are large groups of people, there is the potential for any contagious disease to spread. This is true on cruise ships, and different outbreaks of norovirus, influenza, coronaviruses, salmonella, rhinoviruses, and other quick-spreading diseases do occasionally happen among cruise ships passengers and crew. This does not mean that cruise ships are any more dangerous than land-based gatherings, however, and there are many easy steps you can take to protect yourself from illness while on a cruise.” 

Read more….

 

Cruise Line Scraps Crew and Officer Positions

“During unprecedented times in the cruise industry, the crew and officers that work onboard are incredibly hard hit. While most have been home for six months, mostly without pay, cruise lines are now starting to scrap positions. With the sale of four ships, Holland America has been slimmed down considerably. While new ships are on the way, these will come too late for many crew members that counted on these vessels as their income and livelihood.”

Read more...

 

Congress probing political interference over CDC's No Sail order

Congress is investigating allegations of political interference in the CDC's recent extension of its 'no-sail' order. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, chair of the House subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, is seeking answers over reports of pressure from the White House to limit the no sail order. The CDC wanted to extend the order to 15 February 2021 but the White House Task Force apparently intervened and allowed an extension only until 31 October for 'political reasons.' That is before the election and Florida, the center of the US cruise industry, is a crucial swing state. CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield recommended the longer extension but was overruled, according to a senior federal health official. The White House denied it was a politically motivated move.”

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 #

182

|

Volume

11

October 26, 2020

In this Issue

Here are some of the news articles we are following:

  • Florida Mayor Reaffirms Commitment to Cruise Industry Restart
  • 'This is about survival': Alaska ports issue plea to save 2021 cruise season
  • Carnival Cruise Line Cancels November Cruises as Hope Fades for 2020
  • Mystic Cruises buys Vasco da Gama, first CMV ship to be auctioned
  • Carnival Cruise Line cancels Florida, Australia trips
  • When cruising comes back, will the buffet return with it? Here's what the cruise lines say
  • Royal Caribbean Eyes More Job Cuts in Worst-Case Scenario
  • China Opens 10 Ports for Crew Changes Under Strict Protocols
  • Longer Cruises and Sustainability Trending for the Med
  • Royal Caribbean Commits to Fresh Air with HVAC Systems
  • Norwegian CEO sees lower 2021 bookings, hopes for an 'OK' year, as cruises try to resume despite coronavirus
  • Cruise Ship Illness: How to Protect Yourself
  • Cruise Line Scraps Crew and Officer Positions
  • Congress probing political interference over CDC's No Sail order

Cover Image by:

Florida Mayor Reaffirms Commitment to Cruise Industry Restart

“Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez assured cruise lines that when they’re ready to sail again, the city and its port will be ready to help them do so.  “Miami-Dade County will continue to support its cruise line partners,” Mayor Gimenez said. He continued, “It is because of our partners that PortMiami is recognized as the Cruise Capital of the World. We’re grateful and committed to their future.” Last month the mayor urged the Centers for Disease Control to let cruise ships start sailing from PortMiami, citing the Mandatory Core Elements adopted by CLIA (Cruise Line International Association). That plan — as well as a similar one put forth as a joint effort by Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings — focuses on six health and safety protocols that all cruise ships will be required to use as their operating guidelines. Among the protocols are mandatory testing for all passengers and crew, the wearing of masks when necessary on board, social distancing, ventilation systems providing fresh air throughout the vessel, increased medical capabilities and shore excursions conducted under strict guidelines. “With the development of these rigorous safety protocols, the cruise industry is demonstrating its leadership and commitment to public health in travel and tourism,’ Gimenez said in a statement.”

Read more….

 

'This is about survival': Alaska ports issue plea to save 2021 cruise season

“After facing a devastating year that saw no cruise vessels call on ports in Alaska and British Columbia as a result of the global COVID-19 health pandemic, cities on the itineraries that rely on tourism say that having ships return in 2021 is crucial for their survival. Andrew Cremata, borough mayor for the popular Alaskan cruise port of Skagway remarked on the current situation faced by his town, and numerous other port of call in Southeast Alaska, during a panel discussion at the virtual Seatrade conference on Wednesday. "This is about survival for Skagway," said Cremata, who said that the cruise industry makes up as much as 95% of the town's overall revenue.” 

Read more….

 

Carnival Cruise Line Cancels November Cruises as Hope Fades for 2020

“Carnival Cruise Line has become the latest of the major cruise lines to further extend its cancelation of cruises for the North American cruise market. With the major cruise lines canceling sailings into December 2020, hope is increasingly fading for a return to cruise service this year.  Carnival Cruise Line had previously canceled cruises for the remainder of 2020 except for six cruise ships scheduled to sail from PortMiami and Port Canaveral, both located in Florida. At the time, the company had cautioned that it was still evaluating the situation and would keep passengers apprised.”

Read more….

 

Mystic Cruises buys Vasco da Gama, first CMV ship to be auctioned

“Portugal-based Mystic Cruises is the buyer of Vasco da Gama, the first of five vessels operated by insolvent Cruise & Maritime Voyages that are being auctioned this month. The 630-cabin Vasco da Gama was auctioned by CW Kellock & Co on October 9. The sale price has not been disclosed. Mário Ferreira, chairman of Mystic Invest, parent company of Mystic Cruises — and Seatrade Cruise Personality of the Year 2020 — called the acquisition an 'opportunity to grow the company’s fleet and to better position it for the expected uptake of the market after the COVID-19 pandemic.’ ”

Read more…..

 

Carnival Cruise Line cancels Florida, Australia trips

“Carnival Cruise Line said Monday it was cancelling its remaining cruises scheduled for November out of two Florida ports, as well as five cruises from Australia at the beginning of next year. The cruise line had previously announced it was cancelling for the rest of the year all U.S. cruises except for trips out of Port Canaveral and Port Miami following an extension of a no-sail order until Oct. 31 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. But Monday’s announcement nixed trips in November on the six ships operating out of the two Florida ports. Cruises are still planned for December out of the two Florida ports. “Carnival continues to work on protocols and procedures that would allow for the resumption of cruise operations, with a gradual, phased-in approach, designating Miami and Port Canaveral as the first two homeports for embarkations, “the cruise line said in a statement. The cruise line said it was notifying guests that five cruises on Carnival Splendor out of Sydney, Australia next January and February have been cancelled.” 

Read more….

 

When cruising comes back, will the buffet return with it? Here's what the cruise lines say

“As the cruise industry's Nov. 1 restart date approaches, companies have implemented new health protocols and submitted them to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, slowly painting a picture as to what cruising might look like when it returns. But one question remains unanswered: Will the buffet, a beloved part of the cruise experience, return? The answer varies by cruise line. In many cases, the buffet is still going to be a dining option – but it will be different. In other words, it will no longer be a free-for-all where you grab what you want yourself.”

Read more…

 

Royal Caribbean Eyes More Job Cuts in Worst-Case Scenario

“If a prolonged non-revenue scenario continues for Royal Caribbean Group, the world’s second largest cruise operator may be making more cuts to its workforce. In an SEC filing, the company said a non-revenue scenario would include considerations such as the cold layup of more ships as well as “further assessment of our U.S. shoreside workforce, including those coming back from furlough.” The company said in the SEC filing that staff reductions and furloughs had already impacted 23 percent of U.S. shoreside employees. Of note, Royal Caribbean also confirmed it had suspended travel for shoreside employees and instituted a hiring freeze across the organization.” 

Source:  https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/23677-royal-caribbean-eyes-more-job-cuts-in-worst-case-scenario.html

 

China Opens 10 Ports for Crew Changes Under Strict Protocols

“With the continued focus on facilitating crew changes and renewed calls to address the problems of crew welfare during the pandemic, China has become the latest country to open its ports to foreign seafarers. Shipping companies and seafarers will be subjected to strict protocols, but it is seen as an important step that will aid seafarers who have been forced to remain aboard ships or at home during the pandemic. According to details released by BIMCO and the shipping agency company GAC, a total of 10 Chinese ports – Dalian, Tianjin, Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Haikou – are beginning to allow foreign crews to land both for changes and in limited circumstances crew recreation. It is BIMCO’s understanding that the various Chinese ports may take different pragmatic approaches when dealing with a foreign crew change. As such, BIMCO recommends that members planning to conduct crew changes in China consult their local agents for the latest requirements implemented by the port in question.” 

Read more

 

Longer Cruises and Sustainability Trending for the Med

“During a virtual trade event, MSC’s Gianluca Suprani and Celestyal’s Chris Theophilides discussed the present and future of Mediterranean cruising. According to them, Mediterranean cruising will only get more popular, and longer cruises will prevail over shorter ones. “Going forward, what we will be seeing is people… taking it a bit more slowly, enjoying the immersive experiences,” said Theophilides, CEO at Celestyal. “It’s not so much about ticking places off the list; it’s getting to know places and slowing down the pace of life, especially after being cooped up for so long.” From Celestyal’s bookings for 2021, Theophilides can see that the most popular option is the seven-day cruise that takes passengers to different destinations.” 

Read more….

 

Royal Caribbean Commits to Fresh Air with HVAC Systems

“Getting the Quantum of the Seas ready for her Singapore debut in December, Royal Caribbean International said all its ships feature fresh air. "Every Royal Caribbean shipboard HVAC system continuously flows 100% fresh air from outdoors to your stateroom and public areas. Upgraded MERV 13 filters capture aerosols 0.3 to 1 micron in size — fine enough to filter coronavirus, colds and flu," the company said.  Fresh ocean air is continuously supplied to every stateroom from outside, the company said, with a total air change of up to 12 times per hour. Public spaces will see 15 changes an hour.  The air is drawn from one side of the ship for cooling and ventilation, according to company documentation, then removed via exhaust on the opposite side of the ship.” 

Read more….

 

Norwegian CEO sees lower 2021 bookings, hopes for an 'OK' year, as cruises try to resume despite coronavirus

“Cruise bookings for 2021 are down, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Lines Frank Del Rio told CNBC on Tuesday, acknowledging the sustained impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on global travel and the industry. 

Cruise executives have previously painted a rosier picture of future bookings, touting pent-up demand as the pandemic has left ships stationed in ports and brought the industry to a trickle for most of 2020. Del Rio said future bookings are "truly remarkable," considering what's happened to the industry this year, but he added that the company doesn't expect 2021 bookings to be in line with past years.”

Read more….

 

Cruise Ship Illness: How to Protect Yourself

“Wherever there are large groups of people, there is the potential for any contagious disease to spread. This is true on cruise ships, and different outbreaks of norovirus, influenza, coronaviruses, salmonella, rhinoviruses, and other quick-spreading diseases do occasionally happen among cruise ships passengers and crew. This does not mean that cruise ships are any more dangerous than land-based gatherings, however, and there are many easy steps you can take to protect yourself from illness while on a cruise.” 

Read more….

 

Cruise Line Scraps Crew and Officer Positions

“During unprecedented times in the cruise industry, the crew and officers that work onboard are incredibly hard hit. While most have been home for six months, mostly without pay, cruise lines are now starting to scrap positions. With the sale of four ships, Holland America has been slimmed down considerably. While new ships are on the way, these will come too late for many crew members that counted on these vessels as their income and livelihood.”

Read more...

 

Congress probing political interference over CDC's No Sail order

Congress is investigating allegations of political interference in the CDC's recent extension of its 'no-sail' order. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, chair of the House subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, is seeking answers over reports of pressure from the White House to limit the no sail order. The CDC wanted to extend the order to 15 February 2021 but the White House Task Force apparently intervened and allowed an extension only until 31 October for 'political reasons.' That is before the election and Florida, the center of the US cruise industry, is a crucial swing state. CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield recommended the longer extension but was overruled, according to a senior federal health official. The White House denied it was a politically motivated move.”

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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