July 7, 2020
In this Issue
Here are some of the news articles we are following:
- How cruises will change after Covid: End of the traditional buffet, reduced shore visits and temperature controls amid new safety measures on board ship
- Half steam ahead: Yes, cruising’s back at last - but don’t set sail without first consulting our essential guide to the new rules
- EU Releases Guidance for Resumption of Cruising
- 'We can't continue to live like this' – meet the cruise line boss who's also an epidemiologist
- EU guidance hailed as ‘step in the right direction’ for cruise comeback
- EU may force over-65s to 'get a doctor's note' before they're allowed on cruise ships
- Which Cruise Line Will Emerge on Top?
- Carnival-Owned Cruise Line Cancels Departures Until August 31
- Cruise Critic Survey: 76 Percent of Cruisers Want to Sail
- Cruise ship staff still adrift after 110 days and counting
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How cruises will change after Covid: End of the traditional buffet, reduced shore visits and temperature controls amid new safety measures on board ship
"Major cruise line companies are ditching self-service buffets while on-board entertainment could also be cut as part of a raft of changes to trips in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. Guests and crew may also have to be tested for the virus in some cases, or at least pass through infrared controls so their temperature can be taken in a bid to reduce the risk of infections spreading. Other measures include limiting passenger numbers and staggering boarding and disembarking to ensure there are fewer people at the terminals and gangways. On the ships, hand sanitizers will be placed throughout, germ-killing air filters will be installed and occupation of lifts will be limited. At least one cruise liner has had to cut back on its hospitality by axing plans for the traditional welcome with a free buffet whilst others say only staff will be allowed to serve food and never the passenger. Top locations such as Spain still currently have a ban on any cruise liner entering its ports, with the government saying this will continue until 'the end of the coronavirus crisis', with no firm date yet specified. Despite delays in cruise liners beginning their schedules, start dates are slowly being revealed and behind the scenes, work is progressing on implementing the wide range of coronavirus prevention measures to safeguard holidaymakers and crew."
Half steam ahead: Yes, cruising’s back at last - but don’t set sail without first consulting our essential guide to the new rules
"Shorter cruises, fewer ports of call, activities organized by age and passengers divided into small groups are just some of the new recommendations to get cruise lines operating again this summer. While a trickle of cruises is already under way on Europe’s rivers and oceans, the UK’s major cruise lines have paused operations while waiting on public health advice. That finally arrived this week, with the EU Healthy Gateways’ Covid-19 guidance. "The cruise industry is already well-prepared when it comes to cleaning and sanitization," said Andy Harmer, director of the Cruise Lines International Association UK & Ireland (CLIA), "but this is all about going further with more conversations to flesh out the details."
EU Releases Guidance for Resumption of Cruising
"This week, the European Union's Healthy Gateways working group released interim advice for the resumption of cruise ship operations. The guidance is not binding and is subject to change as the pandemic progresses, but it is based on European Commission guidelines for the travel industry. The group's recommendations are comprehensive, covering everything from voyage planning and infection prevention through public health response measures."
'We can't continue to live like this' – meet the cruise line boss who's also an epidemiologist
"While it’s not hard to find people, who think they’re an expert on subject after subject, one cruise line boss really knows what he’s talking about when it comes to coronavirus. That’s because The Majestic Line’s managing director, Ken Grant, has also been an epidemiologist for 25 years. The 76-year-old, who founded the small Scottish boat line in 2004 with fellow sailor Andy Thoms, says he’s prepared to test passengers before they board, check their temperatures and maintain social distancing – but he draws the line at face masks. If forced to require them, he would rather abandon the planned resumption of cruising on August 1 and wait until next year. Having worked as a public health consultant in more than 30 countries, Dr Grant is an optimist who believes there will be a vaccine by the end of the year…"
EU guidance hailed as ‘step in the right direction’ for cruise comeback
"Europe's cruise industry has taken a step forward following the publication of health and safety guidelines by the European Union. The advice covers the on-board experience, high-risk groups, reduction in capacity and strict contingency plans for any future outbreaks of coronavirus. While a handful of cruise lines have started sailing again, many continue to extend their pause in operations. The 49-page document recommends cruise operators develop a “strategy for reducing the risks for Covid-19 among cruise ship passengers and crew” which “should cover the entire process, beginning at the time of booking and extending until passengers and crew have returned to their homes.” The 'Interim Guidance for Restarting Cruise Operations' document, developed by the EU Healthy Gateways initiative, also applies to port terminals and…"
EU may force over-65s to 'get a doctor's note' before they're allowed on cruise ships
"NEW EU rules may force over 65-year-olds to get permission from their GP before they're allowed to go on a cruise, it has emerged. Passengers in older age groups are a huge customer base for cruise lines with many trips targeted at older couples, individuals and families. However, new EU documents seem to suggest older travelers may need a doctor's note to travel in future. To prepare for the cruise industry to get up and running the European Union has released a document full of measures to take to increase safety."
Which Cruise Line Will Emerge on Top?
"Cruisers are a loyal bunch—perhaps the most dedicated group of travelers on the planet. Veteran cruisers often point to the value, the quantity of food, the ability to visit a new port of call every day, the quantity of food, the on-board services, and the plethora of activities. And did we mention the food? But the cruise industry—including Carnival Corp CCL.U. (CCL), parent of the Carnival, Princess, Holland America, Costa, and Cunard brands, and Royal Caribbean International (RCL), which owns its namesake brand, along with Celebrity and a few others—was smacked by the coronavirus iceberg in 2020 and has since struggled to stay afloat."
Carnival-Owned Cruise Line Cancels Departures Until August 31
"Aida Cruises which is one of nine Carnival-owned cruise brands has announced an extension on its pause on cruises. The cruise line which is based in Germany has announced that cruise operations will continue to be suspended until August 31, 2020. This is due to conditions for safe travel that do not exist in many destinations around the world. It’s important for the crew and guests to remain safe and cruises can’t resume until that is the case."
Cruise Critic Survey: 76 Percent of Cruisers Want to Sail
"Despite COVID-19's ongoing impact on the travel industry, 76 percent of Cruise Critic readers said they'll book a cruise in the future, with more than a third saying they're already looking for that next cruise vacation. Most of the readers surveyed by Cruise Critic are avid cruisers -- many who have taken 10 or more cruises. Of those looking to book, most plan to cruise seven months or more from now. Only three percent say they won't book another cruise. Cruise Critic launched its comprehensive survey beginning in April 2020. We've collected 35,000 responses worldwide."
Covid 19 coronavirus: Cruise ship staff still adrift after 110 days and counting
"Thousands of cruise ship workers, including some Australians, are still trapped on ships unable to dock because of Covid-19 restrictions. Many are no longer being paid, and the mental health of people still stuck at sea during the pandemic is reportedly declining as some cruise staff clock up more than 110 days afloat. At least two cruise ship workers have died in apparent suicides since the industry shut down cruising on March 13. The No Sail Order was extended on April 15 and hundreds of thousands of seafarers are also stuck on board cargo ships."
Below is a list of 28 cruise ships currently at anchor Manila Bay (as of 4th July, 2020)
1) Island Princess
2) Diamond Princess
3) Ruby Princess
4) Crown Princess
5) Royal Princess
6) Golden Princess
7) Sun Princess
8) Sea Princess
9) Sapphire Princess
10) Majestic Princess
11) Voyager of The Seas
12) Ovation of The Seas
13) Costa Venezia
14) Costa Atlantica
15) Costa Serena
16) Costa Mediterranea
17) Pacific Explorer
18) Pacific Dawn
19) Pacific Aria
22) Nieuw Amsterdam
23) M/S Rotterdam
24) Carnival Dream
25) Carnival Conquest
26) Carnival Panorama
27) Silver Muse
28) Norwegian Joy
Special note: Thank you to Iain Hay for putting this list together.
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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