January 11, 2021
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Here are some of the news articles we are following:
- Milwaukee 'Thrilled' to Work with Pearl Seas Cruises
- Latest Return to Cruise Estimates for Norwegian Cruise Line's Fleet
- Croatian shipyard completes €106 million polar cruiser during pandemic (Photos)
- Majority of Cruisers Still Want to Cruise Within a Year
- Royal Caribbean cruise ship celebrates Christmas at sea (Photos)
- Cruises in The Middle East Will Open Up Next Month
- Photos of Former Carnival Cruise Ship That’s Heading to Asia
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Milwaukee 'Thrilled' to Work with Pearl Seas Cruises
The Port of Milwaukee is thrilled to become a turnaround port for Pearl Seas Cruises, its director Adam Tindall-Schlicht told Cruise Industry News. The long-term agreement signed between the two entities in December 2020 relates to the cruise line’s Great Lakes itineraries and will go into force starting in 2021.
“Port Milwaukee has seen a significant increase in international cruise activity in recent years, and Pearl Seas Cruises with the Pearl Mist, was truly the first that put Milwaukee and Wisconsin on the international radar for its Great Lakes service and its itineraries featuring our port as its homeport,” Tindall-Schlicht said. According to Tindall-Schlicht, the Pearl Mist – the 216-passenger ship built in 2014 – first called at Milwaukee in 2018. A year later, the ship started using Milwaukee as its turnaround port. Tindall-Schlicht said that it is the Great Lakes itinerary that’s been driving traffic to Milwaukee. “Cruise passengers on the Great Lakes have the opportunity to see some of the really great cities of North America that maybe they haven't had the opportunity to before,” he said. “Post-pandemic, we believe that the international cruise passenger will be seeking opportunities, particularly those that are more comfortable in the North American space, that are closer to home, with more familiar amenities, and more familiar health care services that are easily accessible by doing a seven- to 10-day cruise on the Great Lakes in U.S. and Canadian waters,” he explained.
Latest Return to Cruise Estimates for Norwegian Cruise Line's Fleet
Norwegian Cruise Line is targeting a early 2021 return to cruising, based on deployment and available cruises on its website. The latest look at the expected first sailing of each Norwegian Cruise Line ship as the cruise industry gets back into service (all information is subject to change due to the COVID-19 crisis).
Croatian shipyard completes €106 million polar cruiser during pandemic (Photos)
Novogradnja 487, a passenger ship for polar expeditions, which will be named “Ultramarine”, sailed from the port of Brodosplit shipyard in Split for the first time yesterday on its own to Viktor Lenac port in Rijeka.
The technologically advanced ship for polar expeditions has been built by Brodsplit for American company Quark Expeditions, who are part of the Travelopia group. “A large part of the ship was practically built during most of the coronavirus pandemic. It was launched into the sea in May which shows the ability of Brodosplit to complete ordered works within the agreed deadlines, even in the most difficult conditions,” Brodosplit said.
Majority of Cruisers Still Want to Cruise Within a Year
The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has released its report on the state of the industry that gives some optimism for cruises in 2021. Even though it’s still going to be tough, CLIA has revealed that two out of three cruisers are still willing to cruise within the next year. As we approach the end of a year, which we all want to put behind us, the Cruise Lines International Association has provided some optimism for the year ahead. The organization released the 2021 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook report, and surprisingly there are some positive takes.
Royal Caribbean cruise ship celebrates Christmas at sea (Photos)
Merry Christmas! While most of us are unable to be on a Royal Caribbean cruise this year, I wanted to share a look at some of the Christmas fun aboard the only cruise ship in the fleet sailing right now. Quantum of the Seas is sailing a 4-night "cruise to nowhere" from Singapore, and the ship is celebrating Christmas at sea. Our friends at Singapore Cruise Society are onboard and shared photos of the goings on during the holiday. Royal Caribbean decorates its ships quite nicely for the holidays, and each ship has a different look and feel for this special time of the year.
Cruises in The Middle East Will Open Up Next Month
Positive news from the Middle East as it looks like the next in line to allow cruises to resume will be the UAE and Oman. Both MSC Cruises and AIDA Cruises have voyages planned towards the end of January around the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf. For AIDA cruises, the flagship AIDA Prima will be sailing on 7-day voyages starting January 29, 2021. MSC Cruise has dispatched MSC Fantasia towards the Middle East for one-week cruises around the Persian Gulf.
Photos of Former Carnival Cruise Ship That’s Heading to Asia
It was recently reported that the former Carnival cruise ship named Carnival Fascination will become a floating hotel in Asia. This came after the ship’s new name was seen on the aft. It led us to some exclusive photos showing the Fantasy-class cruise ship in Gibraltar during December 2020 and some right before Christmas. When the vessel was still operated by Carnival Cruise Line, she had been in a cold layup in Cadiz, Spain since the end of July 2020.
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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