Issue #

155

|

Volume

9

August 24, 2020

In this Issue

Here are some of the news articles we are following:

  • How Norwegian Cruise Line is shaping the future
  • All aboard for the giant ghost ship tour! As the £10 billion cruise industry struggles to stay afloat
  • The Cruise Ship Story Mainstream Media Got Wrong
  • MSC Grandiosa Departs Genoa for First Cruise with New Protocols
  • Italian cruise ships will not be visiting Venice this summer
  • Carnival Provides Insight on Company’s Future
  • The Guinea Pig Cruises – How Northern Europe is Making Cruise Safer
  • Indian Government relaxes tariff for ships to boost cruise industry
  • False Positive: One Wrong Test Cancels Alaska Cruise Season
  • Royal Caribbean Planning for Return to Service
  • What life is like aboard luxury P&O 'ghost ship' anchored off Torbay
  • The Ultimate Cruise Guide on Carnival Ships by Size
  • Two Costa Ships Set to Start Cruising in September in Europe
  • Viking announces new Panama Canal cruises
  • This Is How You Will Travel with Us”. The Press Release From MSC

Cover Image by:

How Norwegian Cruise Line is shaping the future

“At the end of 2019, Norwegian Cruise Line introduced the new Norwegian Encore to the cruise industry, which became a symbolic moment in the history of the company. The final ship of the highly successful Breakaway and Breakaway-Plus class, Norwegian Encore is also the last of 13 ships built by Meyer Werft that embodied the revitalization of one of the most storied brands in the cruise industry. Now, 20 years after pioneering ‘Freestyle Cruising’ in 2000, Norwegian has resumed its role as a cruise innovator. Featuring a contemporary resort-style décor, Norwegian Encore builds on the successes of the brand with elements such as a longer electric go-kart race track, a virtual reality pavilion and an expanded Vibe Beach Club. New elements include an upscale Italian restaurant Onda by Scarpetta. “We loved the way Joy and Bliss came out, but we took it up one more step with Encore,” says Harry Sommer, who became president and CEO on 1 January 2020.”

Read more

 

All aboard for the giant ghost ship tour! As the £10 billion cruise industry struggles to stay afloat

“As we chug away from the quay in bright sunshine and skipper Paul Derham starts running through the wonders we're about to witness, everyone aboard the Mudeford Ferry is poised and primed. Gloria and Andrew Wilkie brandish shiny binoculars. Others boast expensive digital cameras. The Huggett family from Andover clasp mobile phones. 'Are we all super excited?' yells Paul, 62. 'Yes, yes, yes!' come the replies. Some have driven three hours just to join this excursion. No . . . these maritime tourists are on a different kind of safari. They are here to spot 'ghost ships' — the nickname for the ever-expanding number of hulking luxury cruise liners that includes the three flagship 'Queens' of the Cunard fleet — currently anchored off the South Coast, between Portsmouth and Plymouth. For months now, instead of moving in stately fashion through the Mediterranean or pooling around the Caribbean, these ocean-going leviathans have been cluttering up the English Channel. Their massive generators are on — to power onboard systems for the skeleton crews — and their engines idling. But the kitchens are closed, the sommeliers and waiters dispatched, bars and restaurants are empty, the decks and swimming pools largely deserted and the hot tubs dry and dusty.” 

Read more

 

The Cruise Ship Story Mainstream Media Got Wrong

“Back in March, the mainstream media was quick to jump on the Ruby Princess story, painting the ship and those in charge of her as a major contributor to the current health crisis. Now, however, few of those same outlets are giving equal coverage to a new report which has essentially cleared the ship and her crew of wrongdoing.  When the Ruby Princess arrived in Australia following an 11-day cruise back in March, 2,700 passengers disembarked. From there, they spread far and wide via trains, planes, and automobiles, many of them taking the illness they’d contracted while on board with them. In the weeks that followed, over 914 of these guests would test positive, with 22 of them dying.”

Read more

 

MSC Grandiosa Departs Genoa for First Cruise with New Protocols

“The MSC Grandiosa departed Genoa on Sunday night for the start of MSC's first cruise since it paused operations in March due to COVID-19. Sailing with trimmed occupancy and 10 percent of staterooms set aside for isolation, MSC's flagship will visit Civitavecchia/Rome, Naples, Palermo and Valletta.  Gianni Onorato, MSC Cruises’ CEO commented: “It is a real pleasure for me to be here and sail on board the first of our ships to return to service and to be able to welcome back our guests. Our main goal during these last months has been to put in place the right measures that will protect the health and safety of our guests, crew and the communities we visit. But at the same time, we have worked to ensure that we are able to provide our guests with a cruise holiday that they can enjoy and still experience all of the elements that they know and love from entertainment and activities on board through to protected ashore visits.”

MSC becomes the third big-ship line to restart operations, following TUI Cruises, which restarted from Germany in July, and Dream Cruises, sailing in Taiwan.” 

Read more

 

Italian cruise ships will not be visiting Venice this summer

“When Italian cruise liners restarted voyages again this weekend, a stop they are not making is Port Venice. Prior to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Venice City was a popular call port handling 32,000+ passengers each day between April-October. However, when MSC Grandiosa set sail on Sunday, August 16, she departed from homeport Genoa (Milan) and headed to Valletta Malta, visiting Civitavecchia-Rome, Naples and Palermo Sicily along the itinerary. Another MSC Cruises itinerary route between Italy and Greece will also skip Port Venice. Meanwhile, the Italian cruise shipping company Costa Cruises is sailing out of homeport Trieste to Greece, and from Genoa to Malta, without visiting Venice.”

Read more

 

Carnival Provides Insight on Company’s Future

“Carnival Corporation (CCL), the world’s largest cruise company, provided a financial update on Friday morning to its shareholders. The company said that they have $7.9 billion dollars on hand as of July 31, 2020. Previously, the company disclosed that they are spending approximately $650 million per month to keep the company operational during the suspension of cruising, that number is down from $1 billion when the company first suspended operations globally. In the past few months, the company has taken numerous steps to add liquidity, including issuing bonds, selling over a dozen cruise ships, issuing common stock, and laying off both shoreside employees and onboard crew.”

Read more

 

 

The Guinea Pig Cruises – How Northern Europe is Making Cruise Safer

“The beginning of August heralded the start of a soft launch of the Northern Hemisphere cruise season.

It did not go well for everyone.  “This virus teaches us something every day,” veteran Norwegian Cruise Lines head Frank Del Rio said. “While it’s disappointing, I’m glad the ports and the cruise companies that suffered these setbacks handled it very, very well, and we haven’t had a repeat of what happened earlier during the pandemic crisis.” Norwegian-based Hurtigruten had to cut their sailing short after COVID-19 cases were reported onboard. Luxury small ship Paul Gauguin and UnCruise in America also reported cases onboard. And SeaDream I passengers were forced to quarantine after a passenger from a previous sailing

Dr Jewel Mullen, an associate dean at University of Texas Austin’s Dell Medical School told Travel Weekly that incidents like these are “part of what we need to know”. ” 

Read more

 

Indian Government relaxes tariff for ships to boost cruise industry

“To support the cruise shipping industry hit by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, India's Government has rationalized tariff rates for cruise ships that would reduce port charges by 60-70%, the Ministry of Shipping said on Friday, August 14. The move is aimed at boosting the COVID-hit economy. According to India's Shipping Minister (Mansukh Mandaviya), it would be a huge boost to the country's cruise tourism in line with the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of putting India on the global cruise map. In a statement, the Ministry said that it had rationalized tariff rates for cruise ships plying on the rivers and oceanic waters of the country. The net effect of the rate relaxation is expected to be an immediate reduction in port charges ranging from 60 to 70%, which would give substantial relief to India's cruise industry, in line with government policy to support the economy in a pandemic situation. The Shipping Minister added the decision would provide support to the domestic cruise ship tourism "against the economic impact of the pandemic." ”  

Read more…

 

False Positive: One Wrong Test Cancels Alaska Cruise Season

“The first cruise of the 2020 Alaskan cruise season was off to a rocky start when a guest onboard received a phone call that their test result came back positive. Things quickly went from bad to worse and all, it may turn out, for no reason. Because the news came after the recipient had already set sail aboard the 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer, the ship turned around and headed back to Juneau, Alaska to quarantine all of its guests at a local hotel. Before long, the line had proactively canceled the remainder of its Alaska cruises. But when the supposedly-positive guest underwent another test at the hotel, it — along with those of all their fellow passengers — came back negative. “There was zero transmission on board,” a spokesperson told Seatrade Cruise News.” 

Read more

 

Royal Caribbean Planning for Return to Service

“ “There is a huge amount of uncertainty on how this (return to service) will play out,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, speaking on the company’s second quarter earnings call. “The biggest uncertainty is around COVID itself. The prevalence of COVID will be the determining factor on our return to service.” According to Bayley, research has also shown that when anxiety is high because of the virus, bookings drop. “We see direct correlations between what is going on in the state where they (passengers) live.” Otherwise, he noted that younger customers are more likely to book and that demand from the brand’s loyalty customers (repeat passengers) is strong. Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of the Royal Caribbean Group, noted that the return will be an ongoing process and compared it more to a dimmer than an on-off light switch and that there will be changes. Meanwhile the company is submitting its protocols to its panel of health experts, and Bayley said he was hopeful the panel will sign off on a final version by the end of August. That version will in turn be submitted to the CDC.”

Read more

 

What life is like aboard luxury P&O 'ghost ship' anchored off Torbay

“The ship only has a skeleton crew on board and there has been huge interest in the Carnival, Cunard and P&O vessels in Weymouth Bay. The captain of one of the huge P&O luxury liners currently anchored off the coast of the South West has revealed what life is like on board the empty 'ghost ship'. Marcin Banach is one of the few crew left aboard the cruise liner Azura which is currently moored off Babbacombe Bay, Torquay during the coronavirus pandemic.” 

Read more

 

The Ultimate Cruise Guide on Carnival Ships by Size

“Carnival Cruise Line is the largest cruise line in the world so to keep track of the growing fleet we’ve decided to put together Carnival ships by size. What we’ve done is listed all the Carnival ships in Size order along with a brief description about each ship so if you’re not fully familiar with the cruise line, you can find out more. With new larger ships on the way, it’s always been a popular question in knowing which ship is the biggest, now you are about to find out.”

Read more…

 

Two Costa Ships Set to Start Cruising in September in Europe

“Following the approval by the Italian Government of the resumption of cruises and new health protocols, Costa Cruises is planning to restart its operations from Italian ports gradually on September 6, 2020. The return to cruising will be progressive, involving an increasing number of ships, the company said. The first ship to set sail will be Costa Deliziosa, on September 6, 2020, sailing weekly voyages from Trieste to Greece. She will be followed by Costa Diadema, on September 19, 2020, operating seven-day cruises in Western Mediterranean from Genoa to Italy and Malta.”

Read more

 

Viking announces new Panama Canal cruises

“Viking Ocean Cruises announced two brand-new Panama Canal itineraries that are now open for sale. These are an 18-day "Panama Canal and Coastal Holiday" voyage (departing December 24, 2021) and 2 departures of a new 11-day "Classic Panama Canal Passage" cruise (visiting Key West, Cozumel, Belize City, Roatan, San Jose, Colon) departing November 6 and 16, 2021. In addition, 3 new departures of Viking’s 15-day "Panama Canal and Central America" itinerary have also been released for sale, roundtrip from homeport Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades, Florida) with departures in October, November and December 2021.”

Read more…

 

”This Is How You Will Travel With Us”. The Press Release From MSC

“ "MSC Cruises chooses to leave Italy with two of the most beautiful and innovative ships in its fleet. The flagship MSC Grandiosa, launched in 2019, and MSC Magnifica will in fact resume their activities in the Mediterranean starting, respectively, from 16 and 29 August 2020, offering guests a complete cruise experience in total safety with the possibility of discover five different destinations, embarking passengers in six different Italian ports ". It is read in a note from MSC.” 

Read more

 

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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Issue #

155

|

Volume

9

August 24, 2020

In this Issue

Here are some of the news articles we are following:

  • How Norwegian Cruise Line is shaping the future
  • All aboard for the giant ghost ship tour! As the £10 billion cruise industry struggles to stay afloat
  • The Cruise Ship Story Mainstream Media Got Wrong
  • MSC Grandiosa Departs Genoa for First Cruise with New Protocols
  • Italian cruise ships will not be visiting Venice this summer
  • Carnival Provides Insight on Company’s Future
  • The Guinea Pig Cruises – How Northern Europe is Making Cruise Safer
  • Indian Government relaxes tariff for ships to boost cruise industry
  • False Positive: One Wrong Test Cancels Alaska Cruise Season
  • Royal Caribbean Planning for Return to Service
  • What life is like aboard luxury P&O 'ghost ship' anchored off Torbay
  • The Ultimate Cruise Guide on Carnival Ships by Size
  • Two Costa Ships Set to Start Cruising in September in Europe
  • Viking announces new Panama Canal cruises
  • This Is How You Will Travel with Us”. The Press Release From MSC

Cover Image by:

How Norwegian Cruise Line is shaping the future

“At the end of 2019, Norwegian Cruise Line introduced the new Norwegian Encore to the cruise industry, which became a symbolic moment in the history of the company. The final ship of the highly successful Breakaway and Breakaway-Plus class, Norwegian Encore is also the last of 13 ships built by Meyer Werft that embodied the revitalization of one of the most storied brands in the cruise industry. Now, 20 years after pioneering ‘Freestyle Cruising’ in 2000, Norwegian has resumed its role as a cruise innovator. Featuring a contemporary resort-style décor, Norwegian Encore builds on the successes of the brand with elements such as a longer electric go-kart race track, a virtual reality pavilion and an expanded Vibe Beach Club. New elements include an upscale Italian restaurant Onda by Scarpetta. “We loved the way Joy and Bliss came out, but we took it up one more step with Encore,” says Harry Sommer, who became president and CEO on 1 January 2020.”

Read more

 

All aboard for the giant ghost ship tour! As the £10 billion cruise industry struggles to stay afloat

“As we chug away from the quay in bright sunshine and skipper Paul Derham starts running through the wonders we're about to witness, everyone aboard the Mudeford Ferry is poised and primed. Gloria and Andrew Wilkie brandish shiny binoculars. Others boast expensive digital cameras. The Huggett family from Andover clasp mobile phones. 'Are we all super excited?' yells Paul, 62. 'Yes, yes, yes!' come the replies. Some have driven three hours just to join this excursion. No . . . these maritime tourists are on a different kind of safari. They are here to spot 'ghost ships' — the nickname for the ever-expanding number of hulking luxury cruise liners that includes the three flagship 'Queens' of the Cunard fleet — currently anchored off the South Coast, between Portsmouth and Plymouth. For months now, instead of moving in stately fashion through the Mediterranean or pooling around the Caribbean, these ocean-going leviathans have been cluttering up the English Channel. Their massive generators are on — to power onboard systems for the skeleton crews — and their engines idling. But the kitchens are closed, the sommeliers and waiters dispatched, bars and restaurants are empty, the decks and swimming pools largely deserted and the hot tubs dry and dusty.” 

Read more

 

The Cruise Ship Story Mainstream Media Got Wrong

“Back in March, the mainstream media was quick to jump on the Ruby Princess story, painting the ship and those in charge of her as a major contributor to the current health crisis. Now, however, few of those same outlets are giving equal coverage to a new report which has essentially cleared the ship and her crew of wrongdoing.  When the Ruby Princess arrived in Australia following an 11-day cruise back in March, 2,700 passengers disembarked. From there, they spread far and wide via trains, planes, and automobiles, many of them taking the illness they’d contracted while on board with them. In the weeks that followed, over 914 of these guests would test positive, with 22 of them dying.”

Read more

 

MSC Grandiosa Departs Genoa for First Cruise with New Protocols

“The MSC Grandiosa departed Genoa on Sunday night for the start of MSC's first cruise since it paused operations in March due to COVID-19. Sailing with trimmed occupancy and 10 percent of staterooms set aside for isolation, MSC's flagship will visit Civitavecchia/Rome, Naples, Palermo and Valletta.  Gianni Onorato, MSC Cruises’ CEO commented: “It is a real pleasure for me to be here and sail on board the first of our ships to return to service and to be able to welcome back our guests. Our main goal during these last months has been to put in place the right measures that will protect the health and safety of our guests, crew and the communities we visit. But at the same time, we have worked to ensure that we are able to provide our guests with a cruise holiday that they can enjoy and still experience all of the elements that they know and love from entertainment and activities on board through to protected ashore visits.”

MSC becomes the third big-ship line to restart operations, following TUI Cruises, which restarted from Germany in July, and Dream Cruises, sailing in Taiwan.” 

Read more

 

Italian cruise ships will not be visiting Venice this summer

“When Italian cruise liners restarted voyages again this weekend, a stop they are not making is Port Venice. Prior to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Venice City was a popular call port handling 32,000+ passengers each day between April-October. However, when MSC Grandiosa set sail on Sunday, August 16, she departed from homeport Genoa (Milan) and headed to Valletta Malta, visiting Civitavecchia-Rome, Naples and Palermo Sicily along the itinerary. Another MSC Cruises itinerary route between Italy and Greece will also skip Port Venice. Meanwhile, the Italian cruise shipping company Costa Cruises is sailing out of homeport Trieste to Greece, and from Genoa to Malta, without visiting Venice.”

Read more

 

Carnival Provides Insight on Company’s Future

“Carnival Corporation (CCL), the world’s largest cruise company, provided a financial update on Friday morning to its shareholders. The company said that they have $7.9 billion dollars on hand as of July 31, 2020. Previously, the company disclosed that they are spending approximately $650 million per month to keep the company operational during the suspension of cruising, that number is down from $1 billion when the company first suspended operations globally. In the past few months, the company has taken numerous steps to add liquidity, including issuing bonds, selling over a dozen cruise ships, issuing common stock, and laying off both shoreside employees and onboard crew.”

Read more

 

 

The Guinea Pig Cruises – How Northern Europe is Making Cruise Safer

“The beginning of August heralded the start of a soft launch of the Northern Hemisphere cruise season.

It did not go well for everyone.  “This virus teaches us something every day,” veteran Norwegian Cruise Lines head Frank Del Rio said. “While it’s disappointing, I’m glad the ports and the cruise companies that suffered these setbacks handled it very, very well, and we haven’t had a repeat of what happened earlier during the pandemic crisis.” Norwegian-based Hurtigruten had to cut their sailing short after COVID-19 cases were reported onboard. Luxury small ship Paul Gauguin and UnCruise in America also reported cases onboard. And SeaDream I passengers were forced to quarantine after a passenger from a previous sailing

Dr Jewel Mullen, an associate dean at University of Texas Austin’s Dell Medical School told Travel Weekly that incidents like these are “part of what we need to know”. ” 

Read more

 

Indian Government relaxes tariff for ships to boost cruise industry

“To support the cruise shipping industry hit by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, India's Government has rationalized tariff rates for cruise ships that would reduce port charges by 60-70%, the Ministry of Shipping said on Friday, August 14. The move is aimed at boosting the COVID-hit economy. According to India's Shipping Minister (Mansukh Mandaviya), it would be a huge boost to the country's cruise tourism in line with the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of putting India on the global cruise map. In a statement, the Ministry said that it had rationalized tariff rates for cruise ships plying on the rivers and oceanic waters of the country. The net effect of the rate relaxation is expected to be an immediate reduction in port charges ranging from 60 to 70%, which would give substantial relief to India's cruise industry, in line with government policy to support the economy in a pandemic situation. The Shipping Minister added the decision would provide support to the domestic cruise ship tourism "against the economic impact of the pandemic." ”  

Read more…

 

False Positive: One Wrong Test Cancels Alaska Cruise Season

“The first cruise of the 2020 Alaskan cruise season was off to a rocky start when a guest onboard received a phone call that their test result came back positive. Things quickly went from bad to worse and all, it may turn out, for no reason. Because the news came after the recipient had already set sail aboard the 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer, the ship turned around and headed back to Juneau, Alaska to quarantine all of its guests at a local hotel. Before long, the line had proactively canceled the remainder of its Alaska cruises. But when the supposedly-positive guest underwent another test at the hotel, it — along with those of all their fellow passengers — came back negative. “There was zero transmission on board,” a spokesperson told Seatrade Cruise News.” 

Read more

 

Royal Caribbean Planning for Return to Service

“ “There is a huge amount of uncertainty on how this (return to service) will play out,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, speaking on the company’s second quarter earnings call. “The biggest uncertainty is around COVID itself. The prevalence of COVID will be the determining factor on our return to service.” According to Bayley, research has also shown that when anxiety is high because of the virus, bookings drop. “We see direct correlations between what is going on in the state where they (passengers) live.” Otherwise, he noted that younger customers are more likely to book and that demand from the brand’s loyalty customers (repeat passengers) is strong. Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of the Royal Caribbean Group, noted that the return will be an ongoing process and compared it more to a dimmer than an on-off light switch and that there will be changes. Meanwhile the company is submitting its protocols to its panel of health experts, and Bayley said he was hopeful the panel will sign off on a final version by the end of August. That version will in turn be submitted to the CDC.”

Read more

 

What life is like aboard luxury P&O 'ghost ship' anchored off Torbay

“The ship only has a skeleton crew on board and there has been huge interest in the Carnival, Cunard and P&O vessels in Weymouth Bay. The captain of one of the huge P&O luxury liners currently anchored off the coast of the South West has revealed what life is like on board the empty 'ghost ship'. Marcin Banach is one of the few crew left aboard the cruise liner Azura which is currently moored off Babbacombe Bay, Torquay during the coronavirus pandemic.” 

Read more

 

The Ultimate Cruise Guide on Carnival Ships by Size

“Carnival Cruise Line is the largest cruise line in the world so to keep track of the growing fleet we’ve decided to put together Carnival ships by size. What we’ve done is listed all the Carnival ships in Size order along with a brief description about each ship so if you’re not fully familiar with the cruise line, you can find out more. With new larger ships on the way, it’s always been a popular question in knowing which ship is the biggest, now you are about to find out.”

Read more…

 

Two Costa Ships Set to Start Cruising in September in Europe

“Following the approval by the Italian Government of the resumption of cruises and new health protocols, Costa Cruises is planning to restart its operations from Italian ports gradually on September 6, 2020. The return to cruising will be progressive, involving an increasing number of ships, the company said. The first ship to set sail will be Costa Deliziosa, on September 6, 2020, sailing weekly voyages from Trieste to Greece. She will be followed by Costa Diadema, on September 19, 2020, operating seven-day cruises in Western Mediterranean from Genoa to Italy and Malta.”

Read more

 

Viking announces new Panama Canal cruises

“Viking Ocean Cruises announced two brand-new Panama Canal itineraries that are now open for sale. These are an 18-day "Panama Canal and Coastal Holiday" voyage (departing December 24, 2021) and 2 departures of a new 11-day "Classic Panama Canal Passage" cruise (visiting Key West, Cozumel, Belize City, Roatan, San Jose, Colon) departing November 6 and 16, 2021. In addition, 3 new departures of Viking’s 15-day "Panama Canal and Central America" itinerary have also been released for sale, roundtrip from homeport Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades, Florida) with departures in October, November and December 2021.”

Read more…

 

”This Is How You Will Travel With Us”. The Press Release From MSC

“ "MSC Cruises chooses to leave Italy with two of the most beautiful and innovative ships in its fleet. The flagship MSC Grandiosa, launched in 2019, and MSC Magnifica will in fact resume their activities in the Mediterranean starting, respectively, from 16 and 29 August 2020, offering guests a complete cruise experience in total safety with the possibility of discover five different destinations, embarking passengers in six different Italian ports ". It is read in a note from MSC.” 

Read more

 

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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