November 9, 2020
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Here are some of the news articles we are following:
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- CDC: 'Conditional Sailing Order' allows cruise lines to sail Nov. 1 but it's not likely they will
- CDC Says Cruises Can Set Sail Again but Passengers Will Not Be Allowed on Board
- Viking Cruises installs first COVID-19 PCR Laboratory at sea
- US cruise lines cancel sailings through at least end of 2020
- Donald: Carnival Working On 'Comprehensive Plan' to Restart in U.S.
- Carnival Begins Restaffing Ships in Hope of December Return
- Costa Makes Immediate Itinerary Changes for Fall and Winter Programs
- Cruise Lines Lobby Trump’s White House to End No-Sail Order
- CDC lifts no-sail order, cruise stocks rise
- CDC To Require Simulated Voyages: Here's What They Are
- Canada bans cruise ships with 100+ passengers until March 2021
- Cruise ships can plan a return to U.S. waters, CDC decides
- Carnival Removes December Cruises from Website
- Cruise ships and yachts allowed to dock in Thailand
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CDC: 'Conditional Sailing Order' allows cruise lines to sail Nov. 1 but it's not likely they will
"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will allow cruise ships to sail in U.S. waters starting Sunday. But even if they do, passengers won't be waving goodbye from the deck. In fact, the agency hasn't said when they'll be allowed back on board. That's according to the public health agency's new "Framework for Conditional Sailing Order,"which replaces the eight-month "no sail" order that expires this weekend. Published Friday, it “introduces a phased approach for the safe and responsible resumption for passenger cruises,” the CDC said in a release provided by spokesperson Cate Shockey. "This 'Framework of Conditional Sailing' lays out a pathway – a phased, deliberate and intentional pathway – toward resuming passenger services but only when it is safe, when [the cruise industry] can assure health and when they are responsible with respects of needs of crew passengers and port communities," Dr. Martin Cetron, director of the CDC's Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, told USA TODAY."
CDC Says Cruises Can Set Sail Again but Passengers Will Not Be Allowed on Board
"The latest conditional order includes new health protocols including mandatory testing and capacity restrictions The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has given cruises the go-ahead to set sail in the U.S. after months of uncertainty — but it could still be months before passengers are allowed on board. On Friday, the health organization released an updated conditional sailing order lifting their no-sail ban and replacing it with a list of new health protocols and a "framework of actionable items" for cruises to follow beginning Nov. 1. The order — which applies to ships with the capacity to carry at least 250 passengers and travel in U.S. waters — details how cruise lines should take a "phased approach for the safe and responsible resumption of passenger cruises," making it clear that no passengers will be allowed to sail at this time. "This framework provides a pathway to resume safe and responsible sailing. It will mitigate the risk of COVID-19 outbreaks on ships and prevent passengers and crew from seeding outbreaks at ports and in the communities where they live," CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D said in a press release. "CDC and the cruise industry have a shared goal to protect crew, passengers, and communities and will continue to work together to ensure that all necessary public health procedures are in place before cruise ships begin sailing with passengers." "
Viking Cruises installs first COVID-19 PCR Laboratory at sea
"Viking Cruises completed the installation of the first full-scale COVID-19 PCR laboratory at sea on its Viking Star ship. The new facility allows for unprecedented testing capacity for all crew and guests. The laboratory is able to do non-invasive saliva tests and has enough capacity for everyone onboard. Matt Grimes, Vice President of Maritime Operations for Viking Cruises, said: “We have been working on this for a number of months, and today is important as it moves us one step closer to operating cruises again, without compromising the safety of our guests and crew. "The recently announced CDC guidelines are clearly aligned with our public health research, and we welcome the agency’s push toward testing, as we believe this is the only way to safely operate. In our view, continuous PCR testing, along with our extensive onboard hygiene protocols, will lead to making Viking ships a safe place to get away to and explore the world.” The lab will undergo a series of extensive trials to make sure that new measures are effective and can keep passengers and crew safe during sailing. From mid-November 2020, Viking will be showcasing the facility when Viking Star sails to Oslo, Norway."
US cruise lines cancel sailings through at least end of 2020
"US cruise lines have canceled sailings through at least the end of the year because of new safety guidelines related to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday announced a new framework for resuming sailings. The CDC technically lifted a ban on sailings to and from US ports, but it raised concerns about the safety of resuming sailings while cases of Covid-19 increase around the globe. "Recent outbreaks on cruise ships overseas provide current evidence that cruise ship travel facilitates and amplifies transmission of Covid-19 -- even when ships sail at reduced passenger capacities -- and would likely spread the disease into US communities if passenger operations were to resume in the United States without public health oversight," said the CDC statement."
Donald: Carnival Working On 'Comprehensive Plan' to Restart in U.S.
"Carnival Corporation on Monday announced that its North American cruise line brands will extend their existing pause in operations, suspending cruise voyages between Dec. 1 and Dec. 31, 2020. "Our highest responsibility and top priorities are always compliance, protecting the environment, and the health, safety and well-being of our guests, the people in communities we touch, our crew and shoreside employees," said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation. "We continue to work with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and global government and public health authorities, as well as top medical and science experts around the globe, on a comprehensive plan for the eventual restart of cruising in North America. "With their collective guidance, we have developed and continue to update our enhanced health and safety protocols that are in the best interest of our guests, crew and overall public health. Whenever we restart our cruise operations in the U.S., we certainly look forward to welcoming our guests onboard," Donald said."
Carnival Begins Restaffing Ships in Hope of December Return
"Carnival Cruise Line is beginning the process of restaffing its ships as part of their plan for a phased relaunch that could begin as early as December. Indonesian maritime staffing agency CTI announced on its Facebook page yesterday that several Carnival team members had departed Jakarta en route to St. Maarten, where they will join ships including Carnival Horizon, Carnival Pride and Mardi Gras."
Costa Makes Immediate Itinerary Changes for Fall and Winter Programs
"Costa Cruises today announced updates to its upcoming cruises for winter 2020-2021 citing limitations still in place in some European countries. The Costa Smeralda will extend her current cruises only in Italy until the end of February 2021, visiting Savona, La Spezia, Cagliari, Messina, Naples and Civitavecchia/Rome. This one-week itinerary will replace the one in Italy, France and Spain that the ship would have offered starting from Nov. 14, 2020, the company said. The Costa Deliziosa will continue operating her current one-week itinerary in Italy and Greece until Jan. 3, 2021 – calling at Trieste, Katakolon/Olympia, Athens, Heraklion/Crete and Bari, instead of visiting Montenegro and Croatia as originally planned."
Cruise Lines Lobby Trump’s White House to End No-Sail Order
"The world’s biggest cruise lines have roughly doubled the number of lobbyists they’re dispatching to congressional offices and several federal agencies this year. But as they try to resume sailing from U.S. ports, one of their most effective targets has been the White House. A former adviser to the White House Coronavirus Task Force says she and other advisers fielded a stream of calls and emails from cruise line officials, including Carnival Corp.’s in-house lobbyist. Their message: Help lift a “no-sail” order from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that has banned passenger cruises from U.S. ports since March. “Whenever the no-sail order started to come up, the cruise lines would always engage,” said Olivia Troye, who was involved in the task force’s discussions of cruise lines before she left government in August. “The phone calls would start. They called all over.” "
CDC lifts no-sail order, cruise stocks rise
"Cruise stocks rose on Friday, October 30, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced it would replace the nearly 8-month old "no-sail" order with the less restrictive “Conditional Sailing Order.” The no-sail order expires on Saturday, October 31. The new conditional order is due to remain in effect until either November 1, 2021, the expiration of the Department of Health & Human Services’ declaration of a public health emergency or when the CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield decides to end it. Shares of Carnival Cruise Line, the world's largest cruise company, soared over 11% on the news in afternoon trading Friday, prior to levelling off at around 7%. Shares of NCL-Norwegian Cruise Line traded over 6% higher and Royal Caribbean stock was up over 5%."
CDC To Require Simulated Voyages: Here's What They Are
"Should cruise operators wish to return to service in the United States, they will need to conduct various simulated voyages to test health, safety and outbreak protocols according to new CDC guidelines. Some cruise lines have already discussed so-called test voyages with crew posing as guests. The CDC has taken that a step further. "
Canada bans cruise ships with 100+ passengers until March 2021
"The Canadian government announced Thursday that it would bar cruise ships from its waters through Feb. 28, 2021. The order pertains to passenger vessels – specifically, cruise ships or "pleasure craft" – carrying 100 or more passengers with the capacity to keep those passengers onboard overnight. Canada first issued the ban on March 19. It was extended at the end of May with the expectation that it would expire on Saturday. Thursday's extension means cruise ships will have been absent from Canadian waters for nearly a year by the time the ban comes up for renewal again."
Cruise ships can plan a return to U.S. waters, CDC decides
"The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday that it would lift a ban on cruises in U.S. waters, even as government scientists warned that ships remain vulnerable to deadly COVID-19 outbreaks. The agency provided a list of detailed requirements that cruise lines must meet to resume U.S. operations — meaning that ships could return to U.S. ports in the next few months. “This framework provides a pathway to resume safe and responsible sailing,” CDC Director Robert Redfield said in the statement."
Carnival Removes December Cruises from Website
"Will Carnival Cruise Line relaunch service in December? It appears changes may be coming as the Miami-based cruise company removed all December sailings from its website at the end of October. There were previously multiple cruises available for booking. The move came just a day after the CDC dropped its “No Sail” order in favor of a Conditional Framework approach to have cruise lines return to service. Previously Carnival had trimmed its December deployment, opting to concentrate on just a handful of ships sailing short cruises from Miami and Port Canaveral in a staggered, phased-in resumption of service. Ships involved included the Conquest, Horizon and Sunrise from Miami, while the Elation, Liberty and d Breeze were potentially poised to sail from Port Canaveral."
Cruise ships and yachts allowed to dock in Thailand
"Cruise ships and yachts will already be allowed to dock in Thailand. Visitors will be allowed to disembark under the Special Tourist Visa. The new measure has not been made official yet but will go into effect 30 days after it is published in Royal Gazette. Thailand's Cabinet approved the new guidelines earlier this week which allows captains, crew members and passengers sailing from countries considered at low risk for spreading Coronavirus (COVID-19) to dock in Thailand and enter the country, deputy government spokesperson Traisuree Taisaranakul announced."
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