October 16, 2020
In this Issue
Here are some of the news articles we are following:
- How Cruise Companies Prevent Onboard Coronavirus Spread
- Cruise ships worldwide with more than 250 people will test all passengers, crew for COVID-19
- Royal Caribbean Chairman Fain: 'Winds of Change in the Air'
- Will Hawaii welcome cruise ships back soon?
- Viking Expeditions Is Starting to Recruit Heavily
- A-Rosa River Cruises’ ship, “A-Rosa Silva” has resumed sailing on the Rhine and Main rivers
- Royal Caribbean Chairman Says Test Sailings Will Take Place First
- Meeting Between Cruise Lines and White House Postponed Due to COVID-19
- UK Cruise Industry develops new COVID-19 Framework for operators
- Norwegian Cruise Line cancels all November sailings
- Holidays at sea are slowly returning – how are the major cruise lines faring?
- When Will Each Cruise Line Resume Sailings Again?
- SeaDream announces winter season with roundtrip cruises from Barbados
- Cruise Industry CEOs Express Confidence in the Future of Cruising
- Cruise Ships Back in Service: October Update
- Cruise industry unveils mandatory rules for safe sailing during COVID-19 pandemic (video)
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How Cruise Companies Prevent Onboard Coronavirus Spread
"There are “three layers of defense” against onboard coronavirus outbreaks, said Grant Tarling, the chief medical officer at Carnival Corporation. The first one is testing. “Testing is obviously a very sensitive method, so we have to rely on testing being our first gate,” he said during a virtual trade event. “[But] we can’t rely on one layer – this would fail.” The second layer, Tarling says, is monitoring for specific symptoms. “COVID-19 has a wide variety of symptoms, so we screen for all those symptoms through declaration processes [and by performing] temperature assessments,” he said. Once guests or crew members have gone through these two-gate criteria, asserted that they didn’t come in contact with anybody who tested positive for the coronavirus, and embarked on a vessel, the monitoring does not stop."
Cruise ships worldwide with more than 250 people will test all passengers, crew for COVID-19
"Cruise lines around the world have committed to testing every passenger and crew member for COVID-19 before boarding, the industry's leading trade group, Cruise Lines International Association, said Tuesday. "CLIA ocean cruise line members worldwide have agreed to conduct 100% testing of passengers and crew on all ships with a capacity to carry 250 or more persons – with a negative test required for any embarkation," Bari Golin-Blaugrund, vice president of strategic communications for Cruise Lines International Association, told USA TODAY in a statement. "The global policy applies to ships capable of carrying 250 or more people, which is consistent with the policy in place as it relates to ships sailing from U.S. ports," Golin-Blaugrund said. The CDC's "no-sail" order bars ships that can carry at least 250 passengers from cruising in U.S. waters until Nov. 1. The testing requirement is "effective immediately worldwide," Golin-Blaugrund said. CLIA's member lines carry 95% of the world's oceangoing cruisers."
Royal Caribbean Chairman Fain: 'Winds of Change in the Air'
"In his latest video update, Royal Caribbean Group Chairman Richard Fain said that there are now numerous examples of the pandemic being managed and mitigated, while he also wished U.S. President Donald Trump and the First Lady well. "I'm not going to minimize the trauma this coronavirus has caused," said Fain, adding that progress is being made. Fain said that the winds of change were in the air, and there were some very positive developments happening among "all the negative news," mentioning new drug and treatment options that make the illness less threatening. "The improvement of our country's ability to test has been phenomenal," Fain explained. He said that new tests were more economical and faster, and in the near-term, testing would be key. "Faster, cheaper and wide-spread testing will be much more impactful sooner," he said, which will lead to better contact tracing in hopes of combating the pandemic."
Will Hawaii welcome cruise ships back soon?
"Come November 1, larger cruise ships could return to Hawaii’s waters. However, it is probably not going to be smooth sailing at first for the cruise shipping industry. Back in March, the USA's agency CDC issued a travel advisory saying United States citizens, particularly those with underlying conditions, should not travel by cruise ship. The CDC then issued a “no-sail” order for ships with the capacity to carry at least 250 guests in waters subject to U.S. jurisdiction. The CDC had wanted the order extended to keep cruise ships docked until mid-February. The White House, however, intervened, and the order was extended only through October 31, a date that most of the cruise industry had voluntarily agreed to honour anyway.
It is still unclear how many cruise liners might return to Hawaii this year or what the public safety plan of the state is for their return. Sailing could be challenging given that an inter-island quarantine is still existing and there are differing Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions that could interfere with port calls, activities, and attractions."
Viking Expeditions Is Starting to Recruit Heavily
"Viking is entering the expedition market with two purpose-built 378-guest ships and is starting to accelerate its recruitment drive for expedition staff. With ships that are slightly larger, Viking will carry a bigger expeditions staff than most, and is looking to fill out its roster with current openings for expedition leader, assistant expedition leader, expedition program coordinator, lead kayak guide, polar historian, and penguin biologist/specialist. Interested parties can apply on the Viking website here. Having built up river and ocean programs, Viking is starting its foray into the expedition market in time for the 2021-2022 season with the Viking Octantis. For the 2022 summer, the ship is expected to sail in the Great Lakes."
A-Rosa River Cruises’ ship, “A-Rosa Silva” has resumed sailing on the Rhine and Main rivers
"The ship restarted on Sunday 27 September 2020 and this move means that all four of A-ROSA’s Rhine ships are now back operating. Jörg Eichler, CEO of A-ROSA Flussschiff GmbH, comments: “Germany is currently one of the few countries where international guests can travel to without having to quarantine on return. Now that we have additional capacity, we would encourage agents who have any clients who are looking to get away soon to consider river cruising as an option. The ship remains within Germany at all times and these are beautiful, scenic routes are perfect for an autumn or pre-Christmas holiday. We’ve been back successfully sailing on the Rhine for over three months now, have a comprehensive health and hygiene concept in place and the feedback from our guests tells us that they feel safe onboard and fully able to relax and enjoy their holiday.” The ship is currently operating a series of seven night ‘Main Romantic’ cruises sailing the route from Cologne to Nuremberg or vice versa."
Royal Caribbean Chairman Says Test Sailings Will Take Place First
"Royal Caribbean Chairman provides a new update which includes the importance of the science, that there are positive signs all around us and there will be test sailings first. Royal Caribbean chairman Richard Fain has posted a video message with details and positivity on the current situation the cruise industry is in. He has said that there are “positive signs all around us” and there are “winds of change in the air”."
Meeting Between Cruise Lines and White House Postponed Due to COVID-19
"The meeting that was set to go ahead between cruise line leaders and the Trump administration on Friday has been postponed after President Trump tested positive for COVID-19. A meeting between cruise line leaders and the Trump administration was scheduled for today but due to the COVID-19 positives tests at the White House, that meeting has now been postponed."
UK Cruise Industry develops new COVID-19 Framework for operators
"The trade association for the UK shipping industry, The UK Chamber of Shipping, worked closely with the cruise industry for more than 6 months developing new Framework documents for cruise operators to implement brand new measures with "enhanced public health protection." The COVID-19 Framework, shared with the UK government, was produced in collaboration with CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association). It is the culmination of collaborative work between industry partners, health experts, and cruise operators. The Framework will help inform the restart of the industry "when the time is right and public health conditions allow." Currently, there is no restart date for the cruise industry but CLIA, operators, and the UK Chamber of Shipping will go on working with the government on future plans. The wellbeing and health of passengers and crew have always been the top priority for the industry, which already implements stringent safety and hygiene standards. The UK cruise sector is worth GBP 10 billion to the economy of the UK and supports 88,000+ jobs. The new documents have been shared with the industry's stakeholders and agreed by the major cruise operators."
Norwegian Cruise Line cancels all November sailings
"Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has confirmed none of its three brands will return to operation until at least the end of November. The move impacts Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. The trio operate a total of 28 ships, with all departures until November 30th now cancelled."
Holidays at sea are slowly returning – how are the major cruise lines faring?
"While travellers in Britain and the United States for the cruise industry to sail again, many lines have already started in other parts of the world and are already safely carrying thousands of passengers…"
When Will Each Cruise Line Resume Sailings Again?
"The cruise industry has pretty much come to a standstill and due to the current health pandemic around the world, the return to service of cruise ships is constantly changing. In this post, we’ll keep Cruise Hive readers updated on when cruise lines are expecting to begin cruises once again. At the moment Canada has an extended ban on cruise ships through October so cruise lines won’t begin sailing from there until November at the earliest. Australia also has a ban in place which is currently until December 17, 2020. After disagreements with the White House, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) finally went ahead and extended the No Sail order through October 31, 2020. That’s now in line with the current voluntary suspension by the Cruise Lines International Association which is also through October. Here’s the constantly changing list of when cruise lines will return to service which will likely be phased-in with a limited guest capacity and new health measures: The list was last updated: October 5, 2020."
SeaDream announces winter season with roundtrip cruises from Barbados
"Starting November 7, SeaDream offers its passengers a total of 22 roundtrip cruises from Barbados. The season comprises 8 types of 6- to 8-night voyages. The new season also features visits to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada. All 3 countries are open to Americans. The announcement comes after a successful summer season of sailings in Norway. The Barbados winter season of SeaDream I begins with a 21-day transatlantic journey set to sail from Oslo, Norway. The cruise ship will call at the port of Skagen, Denmark, and Southampton UK before heading to the West Indies."
Cruise Industry CEOs Express Confidence in the Future of Cruising
"Coming together in the first public forum since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic sidelined the global cruise industry, the chief executives of the four largest cruise companies expressed an optimistic yet reserved outlook for cruising. While remaining confident in the long-term outlook for cruising, they were less definitive on when cruising in North America would resume. Speaking at Seatrade Cruise Virtual, the CEOs of Carnival Corporation, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, and Royal Caribbean Group, each expressed their confidence and optimism for a return to cruising while noting the complexity of working with a range of regulators, destinations, and partners, along with the need to restore consumer confidence. They reiterated the depth of the efforts the industry has taken to develop health and safety protocols. “We are all eager to get to work, when it’s safe and healthy,” said Richard Fain of the Royal Caribbean Group. He noted that the return of cruising in Europe has been a “testbed,” for the industry. While experts and the industry have learned about managing with the virus, the belief is that regulators have also been closely observing the successes and challenges of the first cruise ships that returned to service. They reported that over 100 sailings have taken place successfully with over 50,000 people since cruising resumed."
Cruise Ships Back in Service: October Update
"The cruise industry is slowly staggering a restart of operations with ships restarting operations globally at reduced capacity levels. Here are the cruise ships currently back in service or planning restarts in October and beyond…. 32 ships and counting ….."
Cruise industry unveils mandatory rules for safe sailing during COVID-19 pandemic (video)
"Cruise Lines International Association members have extended the suspension of…."
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