October 12, 2020
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Here are some of the news articles we are following:
- Florida’s Economy Needs Cruise Lines to Start Operations
- US Vice President’s meeting with Cruise Industry
- Double Testing Catches False Positives: Why You Shouldn't Panic Over COVID-19 Test
- Carnival Cancels All Cruises Except From 2 Homeports for the Rest of the Year
- Mein Schiff 6 Declared Corona Free After More Testing
- CLIA Australasia supports Australian resumption of cruise operations
- Marella Cruises retires Marella Dream
- Another Carnival Corp Ship is Being Sold Off
- What it's like to be a on cruise ship with no guests
- Carnival Cancels Nov and Dec Cruises Disappointing Thousands of Risk-Takers
- Sky Princess Ready to Sail Today – What Life on Board is Like
- Richard Fain provides a beacon of hope for the global cruise industry
- Third Modification and Extension to the No Sail Order and Other Measures Related to Operation
- Here Are the First Cruises Set to Sail In November
- Lindblad Expeditions Introduces First Voyages to Japan
- Australian Cruising Set to Resume Quickly – But Queensland Health May Need Some Convincing
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Florida’s Economy Needs Cruise Lines to Start Operations
"The effects of the global pandemic are being felt across the globe, but the close-down of the cruise industry is hitting Florida’s economy incredibly hard. U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner Louis E. Sola spoke out this week citing unbelievable losses to an industry on the verge of collapse. The cruise industry is not just cruise line operators. It comprises a vast industry involved in keeping cruise ships supplied and running. Think about farmers that grow the enormous amounts of fresh produce needed on board, suppliers of food and beverage, the travel agents, taxi companies, hotels, airlines, and retail. The cruise industry as a whole supports a range of businesses big and small. The state of Florida is hit hard. With the top-3 cruise ports in the world located within the state, and five out of six ports that act as homeport to cruise ships, more than 7.5 million cruise passengers pass through the state each year. In 2018, 59% of U.S. cruise embarkations took place in Florida."
US Vice President’s meeting with Cruise Industry
Double Testing Catches False Positives: Why You Shouldn't Panic Over COVID-19 Test Result News
"A dozen suspected cases of COVID-19 aboard TUI Cruises' Mein Schiff 6 have turned out to be false positives, following a second round of tests conducted in the Greek port of Piraeus. It's the latest in a series of incidents on cruise ships that have drawn initial screaming headlines, with no real threat to passengers onboard. It also shows that the screening protocols that the lines are putting in place are working, while also underscoring the need for multiple or rapid response tests, particularly for crew members who are generally in closer quarters than passengers. In this week's case on Mein Schiff 6, 12 crewmembers aboard the ship had tested positive for COVID-19, following tests conducted in a shoreside facility. TUI re-tested the crewmembers three times, including two PCR tests and one antigen test. Greek authorities confirmed today that all 12 crew members were negative for the presence of COVID-19."
Carnival Cancels All Cruises Except From 2 Homeports for the Rest of the Year
"Carnival Cruise Line has canceled all cruises for the rest of the year from the U.S. except sailings leaving from two ports in Florida, PortMiami and Port Canaveral. While operations from Miami and Port Canaveral in November and December are still not certain, Carnival Cruise Line is focusing its initial return to service from those two homeports, whenever that might occur. Carnival Cruise Line 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. Cruises currently scheduled for November and December from those two homeports will remain in place for the time being while Carnival evaluates options."
Mein Schiff 6 Declared Corona Free After More Testing
"False positives were a temporary setback for TUI Cruises and the Mein Schiff 6 as the German cruise operator said that previous positive COVID-19 tests were now negative. Sailing with limited capacity in Greece, the ship docked in Piraeus on Tuesday morning following 12 crew who had tested positive for COVID-19. "Following a false alarm caused by a report of 12 positive test results on crew by a land-based laboratory, three further tests, including two PCR tests and one antigen test, have confirmed the results: There are no cases of COVID-19 on board Mein Schiff 6. This was confirmed by the Greek authorities this afternoon," TUI Cruises said, in a press release."
CLIA Australasia supports Australian resumption of cruise operations
"Representatives of Australia’s food wholesalers, beverage providers, farmers and transport companies joined other suppliers in order to support plans for a phased resumption of cruises in Australia. The businesses are among thousands of companies in Australia impacted by the suspension of the country’s $5 billion-a-year cruise economy, which put 18,000+ jobs at risk across the country. CLIA Australasia created a Cruise Suppliers Advisory Group made up of businesses that supply cruise companies’ onboard operations. They include representatives of food wholesalers, beverage suppliers, farmers, transport companies, technical support providers, and others from the supply chain of the industry. According to CLIA Australasia's Managing Director Joel Katz, the advisory group would meet regularly as part of efforts to ensure the cruise industry’s voice was heard by governments at the state, territory, and national levels."
Marella Cruises retires Marella Dream
"Marella Cruises announced the retirement of the chartered from Costa Cruises ship Marella Dream. The 34-yo vessel leaves the fleet after 10 years of service, joining TUI Cruises as Thomson Dream in 2010. The departure of Marella Dream is part of a plan to reshape the line’s programme for the upcoming seasons. All voyages scheduled to take place on the ship between October 26, 2021, and beyond will be cancelled. Booked passengers will be notified and able to book onto another sailing, receiving a 10 % booking incentive, or receive a full refund. In order to protect next year's Mediterranean season, Marella Cruises transferred all Marella Dream summer cruises to Marella Discovery which will now sail from Palma de Mallorca (Majorca Island, Balearic Spain) instead of Port Canaveral Florida USA, stepping in for Dream‘s Mediterranean voyages."
Another Carnival Corp Ship is Being Sold Off
"Carnival’s P&O Cruises Australia brand has announced one of its ships has been sold and is leaving the fleet. P&O Australia has confirmed that the fleet will be reduced after one of its ships has been sold. Pacific Dawn has been sold to an undisclosed buyer and will be leaving the fleet in the coming weeks."
What it's like to be a on cruise ship with no guests
"Royal Caribbean may not be offering cruises, but its ships are still operational albeit without any guests. While Royal Caribbean cruises are currently shutdown due to the current health crisis, its ships remain ready for when cruises resume. So, what is happening onboard while there are no cruises? Captain Johnny Faevelen is on Harmony of the Seas, and recently told travel advisors what life is like onboard these days."
Carnival Cancels Nov and Dec Cruises Disappointing Thousands of Risk-Takers
" “As we have said throughout this pause, our return to operations will be gradual and phased in. And while we are not making any presumptions, once cruising is allowed, we will center our initial start-up from the homeports of Miami and Port Canaveral,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. Carnival said it is continuing 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. Cruises currently scheduled for November and December from those two homeports will remain in place for the time being while Carnival evaluates options."
Sky Princess Ready to Sail Today – What Life on Board is Like
"Sky Princess would have been cruising the Adriatic at this time of the year with 3,660 guests on board and 1500 crew members. Now, there are roughly 110 masked crew members, empty staterooms and nothing but ghost ships and ocean as far as the eye can see. But it’s not all bad news. As an Italian national living in Sandiego, Captain Michele Tuvo, knows the horrors of COVID all too well, from both sides. Captain Tuvo has been in isolation both on and off the ship since March 11 after hearing first hand tales from the Italian front line at the peak of the pandemic. He still says: “I am ready to cruise today”."
Richard Fain provides a beacon of hope for the global cruise industry
"For more than five decades, Royal Caribbean Group’s innovative cruise ships have taken millions of guests to thousands of destinations around the world every year. However, for the majority of 2020, the 62 ships belonging to its four cruise brands – Azamara, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International and Silversea Cruises – and its joint venture TUI Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises have been forced to sit idle in ports, harbours and open waters due to travel restrictions and ‘No Sail’ orders triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic."
Third Modification and Extension to the No Sail Order and Other Measures Related to Operation
Here Are the First Cruises Set to Sail In November
"The cruise industry's voluntary pause in the United States combined with the CDC's "No Sail" order both now come to end on Oct. 31, meaning the possibility of ships sailing cruises from U.S. ports on Nov. 1 could happen under strict new health and safety protocols. A number of cruise lines continue to sell early Nov. departures on their websites, as listed below, meaning they could be the first back in service with these ships currently scheduled to sail on Nov. 1. These cruises continue to have published itineraries calling in various countries, some of which have banned cruise calls until 2021."
Lindblad Expeditions Introduces First Voyages to Japan
"Lindblad Expeditions has announced that it will add Japan to its deployment with two new itineraries in 2021 aboard the 102-guest National Geographic Orion, Sailing on Sept 15, the Orion will offer a coastal Japan sailing over the course of 14 nights, with rates starting at $20,800 per person. "Step back in time on a voyage into Japan’s riveting history, from the historic castle towns of the Edo period to the elegant shrines and merchant districts of the Meiji era, to the poignant sites of World War II," said the company, in a statement. "Trace the shores of Honshu and the islands of the Seto Inland Sea, venture into the homes of samurai and feudal lords and discover exquisite centuries-old gardens of Kenroku-en, Koraku-en, and Sengan-en. Get inspired on the art-filled island of Naoshima, and visit museums and studios dedicated to artists and traditional handicrafts in Matsue and on Shikoku. Take a detour to South Korea to spend a day exploring the rich cultural legacy of Korea’s Silla Dynasty among the incredible ancient ruins of the ancient city of Gyeongju."."
Australian Cruising Set to Resume Quickly – But Queensland Health May Need Some Convincing
"New and exciting initiatives could mean cruising will resume in Australian waters by the end of the year. But Queensland health officials still need some convincing. Boutique Australian line, Coral Expeditions – Australian flagged and crewed – is expected to start itineraries in Queensland from October. Additionally, as revealed in Cruise Passenger two weeks ago, Cruise Lines International Association Australasia (CLIA) is in talks with the Queensland government for sunshine state only cruises. Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young maintained on Thursday resuming cruising was still a low priority. She told Seven News: “It’s something that would be quite late in our process before we’d think they were a good idea.”
But the dampener hasn’t stopped cruise lines continuing to work towards resumption. Ponant’s chair for Asia Pacific Sarina Bratton has hinted that a cruise bubble may start in New Zealand, using two of the French line’s small expedition ships."
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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