Issue #

153

|

Volume

9

August 19, 2020

In this Issue

Here are some of the news articles we are following:

  • No more COVID-19 cases among quarantined passengers or crew on UnCruise Alaska sailing
  • Two Carnival Cruise Ships Are Being Recycled with Parts Used in New Ships
  • Unpopular Opinion: It’s Time to Cancel The 2020 Cruise Season
  • Lindblad: Small Ships to Drive Successful Restart
  • Bahamas Paradise Reveals Big Incentives for Group Bookings
  • Cruise Line Will Only Allow Italian Guests at First
  • Royal Caribbean Planning for Return to Service
  • Cruise Bookings Are Surging for Lindblad Expeditions
  • Rapid COVID-19 Testing Likely to Be Part of Resumption of Cruising
  • Cruise ships barred from Cayman till year-end

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No more COVID-19 cases among quarantined passengers or crew on UnCruise Alaska sailing

“None of the UnCruise Adventures' passengers or crew who were quarantined in Alaska after a positive COVID-19 test from a guest scrapped the cruise – and the rest of the small ship line's season – has tested positive for the virus, the line has reported. The containment of the virus through the line's rapid response shows that COVID-19 policies can be put in place to protect cruise passengers, UnCruise Adventures said in a statement.  "Strict planning paid off," UnCruise Adventures Owner and CEO Dan Blanchard said. "We were able to act quickly, but that doesn't mean this event has not been painful to our company and guests. Our policies held up and may be a footprint for future sailings and the industry." The scenario experienced by UnCruise echoes that of Paul Gauguin in French Polynesia, where only one passenger tested positive for the virus, as well as on SeaDream I in Norway, where passengers were quarantined due to a former passenger's positive test – but no one onboard the current sailing caught the virus.”

Read more

 

Two Carnival Cruise Ships Are Being Recycled with Parts Used in New Ships

“Carnival Cruise Line has announced agreements with maritime reclamation and recycling specialists to dismantle and recycle two cruise ships that have been removed from service and their fleet.

Carnival Corporation worked with the environmental non-profit Bellona Foundation – a lead partner in the NGO Shipbreaking Platform – and the specialized ship recycling experts Sea2Cradle to formulate an approach to dismantling and recycling the ships, Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Inspiration.”

Read more

 

Unpopular Opinion: It’s Time to Cancel The 2020 Cruise Season

“I know that suggesting we cancel the rest of the 2020 cruise season seems, on the surface, like a monstrous suggestion. But before sharpening your pitchforks and firing up the torches, hear me out. Because I truly believe that doing so would be in the best interest of both the cruise industry and the millions of passengers who want nothing more than to set sail again. When the cruise industry shut down back in March, no one could have imagined that all this time later, we would be no closer to a resolution. Yet here we are, with a no-sail order in place until the end of September, and some cruise lines going so far to have preemptively cancelled their October sailings as well.”

Read more…

 

Lindblad: Small Ships to Drive Successful Restart

“The small ships of Lindblad Expeditions will be key going forward, said Sven-Olof Lindblad, on the company's Monday afternoon earnings call. "Everyone I speak to says the same thing. You are fortunate to have small ships and that is true for so, so many reasons. The sheer logistics starting will again be far easier because of our size. Clearly, we can manage medical solutions more effectively," he said.  "We did not require ports, except when we began an end and even if there was a problem with space, we could function (turnarounds) from anchor. We are also finding the countries are way happier with the idea of smaller ships and our brand stands for small and remote," Lindblad continued.”

Read more

Bahamas Paradise Reveals Big Incentives for Group Bookings

“Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has announced incentives for travel advisors who book new 2021 group sailings to Grand Bahama Island or Nassau. Advisors can offer their clients a getaway to familiar, uncrowded destinations that are close to home, receiving up to 20 percent commission and no initial deposit required on bookings made by October 1, 2020, according to a press release.”

Read more

 

Cruise Line Will Only Allow Italian Guests at First

“Carnival Corporation’s Costa Cruises is planning on resuming cruises on two ships next month and the cruises will be for Italian guests only. September cruises of Costa Deliziosa from Trieste and Costa Diadema from Genoa will be reserved exclusively for Italian guests, with one-week itineraries calling at Italian ports only, allowing to rediscover in safety Italy’s finest destinations. 

The decision was made considering the evolution of the epidemiological scenario and taking in account the regulation issued today by the Italian Ministry of Health regarding mandatory checks for travellers returning from some European and foreign destinations, which suggests a cautious approach. Therefore, this solution will allow Costa guests to better enjoy their holiday, with less worries.”

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.” 

Read more

 

Cruise Bookings Are Surging for Lindblad Expeditions

“Even with its fleet on pause, Lindblad Expeditions is seeing tremendous demand for the future, said Craig Felenstein, chief financial officer, on the company's second quarter earnings call. "The demand for future expedition travel remains very strong and we are well-positioned for 2021 and beyond," Felenstein said.

Bookings for 2021 are trending six percent ahead of 2020 at the same point a year ago, he continued. Bookings are also 35 percent ahead of 2019.”

Read more

Cruise ships barred from Cayman till year-end

“The Port Authority of the Cayman Islands has issued a notice to its cruise industry partners that the George Town port will remain closed to cruise ships until at least 31 December. While both Premier Alden McLaughlin and Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell have stated on a number of occasions that they did not expect to see the return of cruise tourism until early next year, this is the first official confirmation of the harbour’s closure for the rest of 2020. Acting Port Director Joseph Woods issued the short notice Thursday, stating that government had decided not to restart the cruise sector. “I wish to inform you that after careful consideration, the Cayman Islands Government has taken the decision that in the current global environment with respect to the coronavirus pandemic, it cannot allow the resumption of cruise tourism in the Cayman Islands for the immediate future. The Cayman Islands will therefore be closed for cruise tourism until the 31st December 2020,” Woods stated. Most cruise ships have volunteered to suspend sailing until at least the end of October after outbreaks on some ships that had recently returned to the sea this summer. The US-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) imposed a no sail order on ships based at American ports in March. This was extended in July until the end of September and may be extended further, given the continued problems surrounding outbreaks on ships.”

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 #

153

|

Volume

9

August 19, 2020

In this Issue

Here are some of the news articles we are following:

  • No more COVID-19 cases among quarantined passengers or crew on UnCruise Alaska sailing
  • Two Carnival Cruise Ships Are Being Recycled with Parts Used in New Ships
  • Unpopular Opinion: It’s Time to Cancel The 2020 Cruise Season
  • Lindblad: Small Ships to Drive Successful Restart
  • Bahamas Paradise Reveals Big Incentives for Group Bookings
  • Cruise Line Will Only Allow Italian Guests at First
  • Royal Caribbean Planning for Return to Service
  • Cruise Bookings Are Surging for Lindblad Expeditions
  • Rapid COVID-19 Testing Likely to Be Part of Resumption of Cruising
  • Cruise ships barred from Cayman till year-end

Cover Image by:

No more COVID-19 cases among quarantined passengers or crew on UnCruise Alaska sailing

“None of the UnCruise Adventures' passengers or crew who were quarantined in Alaska after a positive COVID-19 test from a guest scrapped the cruise – and the rest of the small ship line's season – has tested positive for the virus, the line has reported. The containment of the virus through the line's rapid response shows that COVID-19 policies can be put in place to protect cruise passengers, UnCruise Adventures said in a statement.  "Strict planning paid off," UnCruise Adventures Owner and CEO Dan Blanchard said. "We were able to act quickly, but that doesn't mean this event has not been painful to our company and guests. Our policies held up and may be a footprint for future sailings and the industry." The scenario experienced by UnCruise echoes that of Paul Gauguin in French Polynesia, where only one passenger tested positive for the virus, as well as on SeaDream I in Norway, where passengers were quarantined due to a former passenger's positive test – but no one onboard the current sailing caught the virus.”

Read more

 

Two Carnival Cruise Ships Are Being Recycled with Parts Used in New Ships

“Carnival Cruise Line has announced agreements with maritime reclamation and recycling specialists to dismantle and recycle two cruise ships that have been removed from service and their fleet.

Carnival Corporation worked with the environmental non-profit Bellona Foundation – a lead partner in the NGO Shipbreaking Platform – and the specialized ship recycling experts Sea2Cradle to formulate an approach to dismantling and recycling the ships, Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Inspiration.”

Read more

 

Unpopular Opinion: It’s Time to Cancel The 2020 Cruise Season

“I know that suggesting we cancel the rest of the 2020 cruise season seems, on the surface, like a monstrous suggestion. But before sharpening your pitchforks and firing up the torches, hear me out. Because I truly believe that doing so would be in the best interest of both the cruise industry and the millions of passengers who want nothing more than to set sail again. When the cruise industry shut down back in March, no one could have imagined that all this time later, we would be no closer to a resolution. Yet here we are, with a no-sail order in place until the end of September, and some cruise lines going so far to have preemptively cancelled their October sailings as well.”

Read more…

 

Lindblad: Small Ships to Drive Successful Restart

“The small ships of Lindblad Expeditions will be key going forward, said Sven-Olof Lindblad, on the company's Monday afternoon earnings call. "Everyone I speak to says the same thing. You are fortunate to have small ships and that is true for so, so many reasons. The sheer logistics starting will again be far easier because of our size. Clearly, we can manage medical solutions more effectively," he said.  "We did not require ports, except when we began an end and even if there was a problem with space, we could function (turnarounds) from anchor. We are also finding the countries are way happier with the idea of smaller ships and our brand stands for small and remote," Lindblad continued.”

Read more

Bahamas Paradise Reveals Big Incentives for Group Bookings

“Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has announced incentives for travel advisors who book new 2021 group sailings to Grand Bahama Island or Nassau. Advisors can offer their clients a getaway to familiar, uncrowded destinations that are close to home, receiving up to 20 percent commission and no initial deposit required on bookings made by October 1, 2020, according to a press release.”

Read more

 

Cruise Line Will Only Allow Italian Guests at First

“Carnival Corporation’s Costa Cruises is planning on resuming cruises on two ships next month and the cruises will be for Italian guests only. September cruises of Costa Deliziosa from Trieste and Costa Diadema from Genoa will be reserved exclusively for Italian guests, with one-week itineraries calling at Italian ports only, allowing to rediscover in safety Italy’s finest destinations. 

The decision was made considering the evolution of the epidemiological scenario and taking in account the regulation issued today by the Italian Ministry of Health regarding mandatory checks for travellers returning from some European and foreign destinations, which suggests a cautious approach. Therefore, this solution will allow Costa guests to better enjoy their holiday, with less worries.”

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.” 

Read more

 

Cruise Bookings Are Surging for Lindblad Expeditions

“Even with its fleet on pause, Lindblad Expeditions is seeing tremendous demand for the future, said Craig Felenstein, chief financial officer, on the company's second quarter earnings call. "The demand for future expedition travel remains very strong and we are well-positioned for 2021 and beyond," Felenstein said.

Bookings for 2021 are trending six percent ahead of 2020 at the same point a year ago, he continued. Bookings are also 35 percent ahead of 2019.”

Read more

Cruise ships barred from Cayman till year-end

“The Port Authority of the Cayman Islands has issued a notice to its cruise industry partners that the George Town port will remain closed to cruise ships until at least 31 December. While both Premier Alden McLaughlin and Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell have stated on a number of occasions that they did not expect to see the return of cruise tourism until early next year, this is the first official confirmation of the harbour’s closure for the rest of 2020. Acting Port Director Joseph Woods issued the short notice Thursday, stating that government had decided not to restart the cruise sector. “I wish to inform you that after careful consideration, the Cayman Islands Government has taken the decision that in the current global environment with respect to the coronavirus pandemic, it cannot allow the resumption of cruise tourism in the Cayman Islands for the immediate future. The Cayman Islands will therefore be closed for cruise tourism until the 31st December 2020,” Woods stated. Most cruise ships have volunteered to suspend sailing until at least the end of October after outbreaks on some ships that had recently returned to the sea this summer. The US-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) imposed a no sail order on ships based at American ports in March. This was extended in July until the end of September and may be extended further, given the continued problems surrounding outbreaks on ships.”

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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