December 14, 2020
In this Issue
Here are some of the news articles we are following:
- How Can Cruise Lines Attract New Cruisers in 2021?
- Celebrity Cruises Announces Expanded 2022 Alaska Season
- How the cruise industry is sailing out of the storm of Covid-19 and into calmer waters in 2021
- Costa Cruises cancels Christmas, New Year's cruises in 'further economic sacrifice' amid COVID-19
- MSC Cruises suspends sailings in the Mediterranean
- Costa Cruises cancels Christmas & New Year voyages
- Carnival Horizon’s Return to Cruising Hits a Roadblock
- MSC Cruises cancels February 2021 sailings
- Tour boat operators call on Ontario to increase passenger limits during COVID-19 pandemic
- Covid-19: Singapore 'cruise to nowhere' ends after passenger tests positive
- Princess Adds More Touchless Technology on Cruise Ships
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How Can Cruise Lines Attract New Cruisers in 2021?
Before the pandemic, the cruise industry was the fastest growing sector of the travel industry, with demand increasing a whopping 20.5 percent from 2013 to 2018, according to a 2018 report by the Cruise Lines International Association. The industry was worth roughly $150 billion that same year. The industry also impacts the lives of thousands of people: More than a quarter of a million individuals worked in the industry in 2018, nearly double from 2016. Everyone from cruise ship entertainers and hospitality staff to travel advisors all depend on cruise lines' success for their livelihood. This January, before European and stateside lockdowns began, the industry expected to have 32 million passengers in 2020, up from 30 million the year before. COVID-19 pumped the brakes this growth—with ships unable to sail from the U.S. for nine months and counting, following an order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—but devout cruisers didn’t miss a beat rebooking for next year, with some lines reporting sold out 2021 sailings as early as May, just one month after the no-sail advisory began. While cruising fanatics are eager to return, the expansion of the industry in recent years has depended on attracting new cruisers. A 2016 study by Allianz Global Network showed that two-thirds of Americans have never even been on a cruise. The industry always battled misconceptions—that short stops don’t allow travelers to connect with destinations, that cruisers are a specific (namely older, sedentary) set, and the least fortunate of all, that cruise ships are petri dishes for bacterial outbreaks. The industry is constantly trying to challenge these ideas, but after a pandemic in which cruise ships like the Diamond Princess and Grand Princess became the setting for major coronavirus outbreaks, the question feels more pressing than ever: How do you convince the unconvinced to giving cruising a shot after a year like this?
Celebrity Cruises Announces Expanded 2022 Alaska Season
Celebrity Cruises has revealed its 2022 plans to sail Alaska with three ships and a longer season in 2022.
Sailings will begin in early May, Celebrity’s earliest-ever start to the Alaska season, the company announced. In addition, Celebrity has added an exciting Pacific Coastal itinerary that departs Vancouver, British Columbia, and visits Victoria, Canada; Astoria, Oregon; San Francisco; Santa Barbara; and Catalina Island, with a final stop in Los Angeles - all aboard the Celebrity Millennium.
How the cruise industry is sailing out of the storm of Covid-19 and into calmer waters in 2021
It has been a turbulent year for the travel industry, but one sector that has been particularly caught in the Covid crossfire is cruising. At the beginning of the year, outbreaks of the novel coronavirus on board the Diamond Princess and Grand Princess ships totalled more than 800 cases, thrusting the billion-pound industry on to global news bulletins. According to the British Medical Journal, the Diamond Princess – a “hotbed of transmission” and container of more than half of the world’s known cases outside China at the time – was “an unfortunate but informative experiment that taught scientists much about Covid-19”, particularly about places in which it “spreads easily”. Inevitably, more cases were reported on international voyages, as crew moved between vessels and passengers transferred the virus as they disembarked. When Covid-19 was declared a pandemic in March and travel ground to a halt, the US authorities issuing a “no-sail” order for all cruise ships, lines were forced into pulling the plug on hundreds of sailings.
Costa Cruises cancels Christmas, New Year's cruises in 'further economic sacrifice' amid COVID-19
Costa Cruises, the Italian line that is a subsidiary of cruise giant Carnival Corp., will not be sailing this Christmas or New Year's Eve. MSC Cruises, which has been sailing in the Mediterranean since the summer and has hosted more than 30,000 passengers since the onset of the pandemic, has canceled cruises during the holiday season. "(MSC) will temporarily pause the operation of MSC Grandiosa later this month and move the planned restart of MSC Magnifica to January," the company said in a release provided by spokesperson Paige Rosenthal. The decision comes as a result of new measures implemented by the Italian government for the period that contains Christmas and New Year's Eve. "The new measures include extensive restrictions on people’s mobility across the entire country, which would severely impact the ability of future guests — Italian residents as well as international travelers — to reach any of the ships’ embarkation ports in Italy," the cruise line continued.
MSC Cruises suspends sailings in the Mediterranean
MSC Cruises announced that it would temporarily pause the operation of MSC Grandiosa later in December and move to January 2021 the planned restart of MSC Magnifica due to the new travel measures introduced by the government of Italy for the Christmas & New Year holidays. The new rules feature extensive restrictions to the mobility of people across the country that will impact the ability of future passengers – Italian residents, as well as those from overseas – to reach any of the cruise ships’ embarkation ports in Italy. The government of Italy said it would completely tighten the movement of residents between towns, cities, and regions in its efforts to combat the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic ashore between December 21, 2020, and January 6, 2021, which will restrict the ability of vacationers from abroad to travel to/through/from Italy.
Costa Cruises cancels Christmas & New Year voyages
Costa Crociere-Costa Cruises joined the further efforts requested to Italy and all Italians during the next Christmas & New Year holidays, via suspending its activities from December 20 through January 6, in compliance with the Government's latest provisions. The temporary stop, as stated by the Italian Government, had never questioned the reliability of the health protocols adopted through collaboration with the authorities. The protocols represented a model in the tourism sector at an international level and had proven their full effectiveness during the last four months of operation in Italy.
Carnival Horizon’s Return to Cruising Hits a Roadblock
Carnival Cruise Line’s plan to get Horizon up and running has hit a slight roadblock: An update provided on the Centers for Disease Control website on Tuesday showed that Carnival Horizon was one of several ships that did not receive an all-clear from the organization with regard to certain aspects of crew repatriation. What This Means: The CDC’s website states, “As a prerequisite for requesting commercial travel, cruise lines must have a complete and accurate response plan that provides a safe environment for crew members to work and disembark during the initial phases of the Framework for Conditional Sailing Order. CDC has provided feedback regarding all the response plans that have been submitted and is working with the cruise lines to ensure they are implementing the safeguards outlined in their plans.”
The CDC is currently using a color-coded system designed to indicate whether or not a particular ship has met two criteria where crew movement is concerned. Those criteria essentially say….
MSC Cruises cancels February 2021 sailings
MSC Cruises became the latest cruise shipping company to cancel its ex-USA voyages through February 28, 2021. The decision affects the schedules of 3 Florida-homeported liners - MSC Armonia and MSC Meraviglia (out of Miami) and MSC Seaside (from Port Canaveral).
Tour boat operators call on Ontario to increase passenger limits during COVID-19 pandemic
Tour ship companies are calling on the Ontario government to increase passenger limits, following a rough summer during the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, the province says a tour boat cannot exceed 50 people if they will be inside on the boat, or 100 people outside. That means boats like the Island Queen in Kingston, Ont., can only carry a passenger load of 50 because much of its space is indoors. The Kingston Destination Group owns the vessel. General manager Hugh Mackenzie says the capacity limit of 50 people is far below the actual capacity of 300 people.
Covid-19: Singapore 'cruise to nowhere' ends after passenger tests positive
A Royal Caribbean ship has returned to Singapore on day three of a four-day "cruise to nowhere" after a passenger tested positive for Covid-19. The city state's "cruises to nowhere" - starting and ending at the same port without stops - launched last month. They are an attempt to revive the hard-hit cruise industry, which largely came to a global standstill after ships saw large outbreaks early in the pandemic. Singapore's special cruises are only open to its residents. The Royal Caribbean cruise ship Quantum of the Seas left Singapore on Monday for a four-day round trip as part of a "safe cruising" scheme announced by the country's tourism board in October. The cruise company said it had turned the ship around after one guest tested positive for coronavirus after checking in with the on-board medical team.
Princess Adds More Touchless Technology On Cruise Ships
As part of its Medallion Class upgrades, Princess Cruises is rolling out a number of new touchless guest experiences when its fleet returns to service in 2021.
TrulyTouchless Arrival and Embarkation
Embarkation day will leverage OceanMedallion technology to reduce friction, remove contact, and avoid crowds, streamlining arrival and check-in, as well as completely reinventing the traditional muster drill.
All guests will now be required to become OceanReady before leaving home, creating a touchless, expedited arrival experience and embarkation. Guests will use the MedallionClass app to upload travel documents and complete a health questionnaire in advance as well as provide important emergency information and form of payment, take a security image, personalize their Medallions and order accessories to be shipped to their home or ready for pick up upon arrival.
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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