Issue #

157

|

Volume

9

August 28, 2020

In this Issue

Here are some of the news articles we are following:

  • Princess Cruises Vindicated in NSW Report
  • Royal Caribbean Cruise Reopening: Everything You Need to Know '
  • Blount to sell its small cruise ship fleet
  • Diamond Princess cruise ship, which had early COVID-19 outbreak, will sail in South America, Antarctica in 2021, 2022
  • FMC begins rulemaking process for cruise line refunds
  • Cabin fever: Passengers brave Covid-19 risk as cruises return to Europe
  • By royal disappointment: Queen’s favourite little ship, Hebridean Princess, cancels the rest of its cruises for 2020
  • More Destinations Encourage Return of Cruising
  • Cruise ships are back. Welcome aboard the voyage of the damned
  • Cruise Ship Safety
  • Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships Approved to Stay at Caribbean Port
  • Heads Should Roll as Yet More Bungles Revealed About Ruby Princess
  • After A Postponement, Carnival Plans to Set Sail in Europe Early Next Month

Cover Image by:

Princess Cruises Vindicated in NSW Report

“Princess Cruises welcomes the completion of the independent Special Commission of Inquiry into Ruby Princess and again expresses profound sorrow at the impact COVID-19 has had on Ruby Princess’s guests, crew and their families. Our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected, particularly those who lost loved ones. The Commission’s report confirms that none of our people — the Captain, the ship’s doctor, or members of our shore side port agency team — misled public authorities involved in Ruby Princess being permitted to disembark guests on March 19. This finding is of great importance to us because it goes to the integrity of our people. In our more than 20 years in Australia, we have always sought to cooperate honestly and professionally with officials in accordance with the regulatory environment.”

Read more

 

Royal Caribbean Cruise Reopening: Everything You Need to Know

“Royal Caribbean has scheduled their first tentative reopening sailings departing from China starting in September and the United States starting in November.  In a statement on their official website, Royal Caribbean said “Our goal is to resume operations on November 1st, 2020”. ” 

Read more

 

Blount to sell its small cruise ship fleet

Blount Boats is selling its three small overnight cruise ships and putting all its emphasis on the family shipbuilding business, citing the coronavirus pandemic. “It was really just the requirement that all the cruise lines had to shut down for Covid, and at this point we decided not to start again,” said Marcia Blount, president and CFO of the Warren, R.I., company. “What we really decided was to focus on building.”  Now known as Blount Small Ship Adventures, the cruise business was started in 1966 by company patriarch and small ship pioneer Capt. Luther H. Blount, who founded the yard in 1949. An engineer and innovator, Blount, who died in 2006, received patents for a number of designs including retractable pilothouses, bow ramps, adjustable pitch props and water conserving marine toilets. The retractable pilothouse design enabled them to cruise under low bridges where others might not be able to go.” 

Read more

 

Diamond Princess cruise ship, which had early COVID-19 outbreak, will sail in South America, Antarctica in 2021, 2022

“Princess Cruises' Diamond Princess, which experienced a major coronavirus outbreak onboard that forced the cruise ship into quarantine in February, will sail in South America and Antarctica in fall 2021 and spring 2022, the cruise line said in a release Tuesday. Earlier this month, Princess Cruises announced that it would cancel all sailings aboard the 2,670-passenger Diamond Princess throughout Japan and Asia, between October 2021 and April 2022 in favor of redeploying the ship to the new destinations. The ship was docked in Yokohama for the duration of the outbreak, which infected upwards of 700 people according to Johns Hopkins data. The ship departed in May after it underwent a deep cleaning. The decision to move the Diamond Princess sailings doesn't have anything to do with the COVID-19 pandemic, Negin Kamali, spokesperson for Princess Cruises, told USA TODAY Tuesday.” 

Read more

 

FMC begins rulemaking process for cruise line refunds

“The Federal Maritime Commission announced Tuesday that it has begun a process that may lead to amending its regulations concerning “non-performance” by a passenger vessel operator (PVO/cruise line) and under what circumstances passengers must be provided a refund for a cancelled or delayed voyage.

On Monday, the FMC voted to accept the recommendations made by FMC Commissioner Louis E. Sola in the Fact Finding 30 Interim Report issued in July, which examined the effects of Covid-19 on the cruise industry. In the same action, the FMC directed staff to draft a notice initiating a rulemaking to implement the regulatory changes proposed by Commissioner Sola. Through the rulemaking process, the FMC will solicit public comment, gather additional information, and develop proposed regulations to reflect these changes. Based on the public comments, the FMC will then consider whether to issue a final rule implementing these changes. The specific changes proposed by Commissioner Sola are…” 

Read more…

 

Cabin fever: Passengers brave Covid-19 risk as cruises return to Europe

“The first major cruise ship to resume tours of the Mediterranean since the coronavirus pandemic set sail from Genoa in Italy on Sunday in a major test for an industry that has been hard-hit by the Covid-19 crisis.  Passengers confined to their cabins, ships quarantined for weeks and deadly viral outbreaks on board what some described as a “floating prison”: The Covid-19 crisis had a devastating effect on the cruise industry after a number of ships, such as the Diamond Princess, were hit with outbreaks in the early days of the pandemic.  But on Sunday, August 16, around 2,500 passengers braved the risk of the virus to return to the seas as the MSC Grandiosa set sail from Genoa in Italy on a seven-day voyage, becoming the first major cruise ship to resume tours of the Mediterranean in the wake of the pandemic.” 

Read more

 

By royal disappointment: Queen’s favourite little ship, Hebridean Princess, cancels the rest of its cruises for 2020

“Don’t tell the Queen, but her favourite little cruise ship has been forced to cancel the rest of its sailings this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. In a message on its website, Hebridean Island Cruises announced it was scrapping cruises of Hebridean Princess due to resume on September 4.  Managing director Ken Charleson said today: ‘We have been closely monitoring global developments regarding the coronavirus pandemic since March and are fully focused on protecting the health, safety and welfare of our guests and crew.  ‘Due to the continuing situation, and the confusion surrounding which cruises are allowed to operate around Scotland, we have taken the decision to cancel all of our remaining 2020 sailings on board Hebridean Princess. While this will be very disappointing for our guests, we continue to look forward to March 2021 when our new season will begin. We are also mindful of the communities of the Highlands and Islands and the need to protect local residents from any threat of the spread of coronavirus.’” 

Read more

 

More Destinations Encourage Return of Cruising

“As the first cruise ships have begun to return to service, more regions around the world are moving to encourage the return of cruising in their jurisdictions. Some of the larger markets for cruising are working aggressively to support the return of tourism while emerging markets are also taking steps to show their support for the cruise business. One of the stronger growth markets for winter cruising in the past few years has been based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Opened in 2014, the cruise terminal in Dubai saw a 172 percent increase in passenger volume reaching a total of more than 2.3 million visitors through 2018. In the 2018-2019 season, Dubai had a 38 percent increase in cruise calls with a total of 152 ship visits and a 51 percent increase in passenger traffic to nearly 850,000 passengers. Before being interrupted by the pandemic, Dubai had expected a further 40 percent increase in cruise calls for the 2019-2020 season. Seeking to recapture the strength of the tourism industry, Dubai recently hosted a conference for the cruise lines and other parties in the industry to announce it is ready for the 2020-2021 cruise season that would typically begin in early October. P&O Marinas, a DP World Company that operates the cruise port, hosted the virtual workshop, in collaboration with the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) and Emirates Airline, to discuss the resumption of the cruise season in Dubai.” 

Read more

 

Cruise ships are back. Welcome aboard the voyage of the damned

“Broke and faced with a PR nightmare, cruise companies battered by coronavirus have found the perfect solution: voyages that go absolutely nowhere.  A five-month hiatus from ocean cruises gave Dario Cremona withdrawal symptoms. The 20-year-old travel agent from Switzerland usually takes eight to nine trips a year. So, naturally, he wanted to be among the first to embark on a ship when the sailing ban was lifted – even if he had to travel alone and on a cruise that didn’t really go anywhere.

Standing on the deck overlooking the small archipelago of Helgoland in the North Sea, he watched two sister ships approach to take part in a foghorn concert, while the song Grosse Freiheit (“Great Freedom”) by the German rock band Unheilig blasted in the background. It gave him goosebumps. “After the last few months, this was really emotional for me. It was a highlight and perfectly rounded off the trip,” says Cremona, who runs a blog called cruiseExperience. After just three days out at sea, the large cruise ship made its way back to the German port of Hamburg.”

Read more…

 

Cruise Ship Safety

“Learn about the most recent innovations in cruise ship safety, facts, most common safety issues. This is a cruise ship technology-related survey and is integrated with our articles on cruise shipbuilding, propulsion and health-themed (Coronavirus and Norovirus). Follows the link to the passenger shipping safety act (in pdf format) on govinfo.gov (US Government's Printing Office website). The document's official title is "Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act" (issued 2010). Construction techniques concerning cruise ship safety today are far from the methods used for building the notorious RMS Titanic ship. In 1912, marine vessels have been pieced together in small dockyards by teams of skilled men, which was a really labor-intensive affair - and a slow process. According to the latest cruise vessel safety act regulations, passenger ships must have…” 

Read more

 

Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships Approved to Stay at Caribbean Port

“Two Royal Caribbean cruise ships have been approved by the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis to arrive on August 19th and safely dock at the Caribbean port.  Royal Caribbean reached out to the Caribbean nation about having Vision of the Seas and Rhapsody of the Seas arrive and dock with 70 crew members each. Both cruise ships will now arrive on August 19, 2020 to start a two-week quarantine period. According to the Minister of Tourism, each crew member will be given an RT-PCR test upon arrival and quarantine for 14 days on their cruise ships. When all crew members receive a negative test at the end of their quarantine, they will be allowed to disembark while observing social distancing and mask-wearing safety measures. There are currently zero active cases of COVID-19 on the island.” 

Read more

 

Heads Should Roll as Yet More Bungles Revealed About Ruby Princess

“An overwhelming 82.6 per cent believe not enough has been done to deal with the situation, and that heads should roll over the failings of the NSW Department of Health.  Two heads in particular are called for: Health Minister Brad Hazzard and Premier Gladys Berejiklian.  We polled 10,000 cruise passengers last week after the Special Commission report was revealed and Premier Glady Berejiklian apologized for the mistakes that led to up to 26 deaths and hundreds of cases of COVID-19. She also said no action would be taken over those Department of Health officials singled out in the report.  Of those who responded, over 82 per cent said the Premier should have ordered disciplinary action, and only 17 per cent thought she had got it right. The Commission report into how the ship docked last March and discharged 2,700 passengers before the results of COVID-19 checks were known lambasted NSW Health, saying they made “serious”, “inexplicable” and “basic” errors. Cruise Passenger’s view and a full story on the report can be found here.” 

Read more

 

After A Postponement, Carnival Plans to Set Sail in Europe Early Next Month

“After having to postpone the relaunch of German cruises earlier this month, Carnival plans to resume sailings out of that country and Italy in early September. The postponement was a setback for Carnival (ticker: CCL), the world’s largest cruise operator. Along with its peers, the Miami-based company suspended passenger sailings in mid-March due to the pandemic. Its Germany-based AIDA Cruises, one of nine brands in Carnival’s portfolio, had originally scheduled to begin passenger cruises in early August. But it didn’t secure the necessary approvals from Italy, where the ships are registered, triggering the postponement. A Carnival spokesman said Friday that those approvals are now in hand. AIDA plans to resume sailings on Sept. 6, initially from the port of Kiel. Cruises aboard the AIDAperla are set to begin on Sept. 12 from Hamburg.” 

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 #

157

|

Volume

9

August 28, 2020

In this Issue

Here are some of the news articles we are following:

  • Princess Cruises Vindicated in NSW Report
  • Royal Caribbean Cruise Reopening: Everything You Need to Know '
  • Blount to sell its small cruise ship fleet
  • Diamond Princess cruise ship, which had early COVID-19 outbreak, will sail in South America, Antarctica in 2021, 2022
  • FMC begins rulemaking process for cruise line refunds
  • Cabin fever: Passengers brave Covid-19 risk as cruises return to Europe
  • By royal disappointment: Queen’s favourite little ship, Hebridean Princess, cancels the rest of its cruises for 2020
  • More Destinations Encourage Return of Cruising
  • Cruise ships are back. Welcome aboard the voyage of the damned
  • Cruise Ship Safety
  • Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships Approved to Stay at Caribbean Port
  • Heads Should Roll as Yet More Bungles Revealed About Ruby Princess
  • After A Postponement, Carnival Plans to Set Sail in Europe Early Next Month

Cover Image by:

Princess Cruises Vindicated in NSW Report

“Princess Cruises welcomes the completion of the independent Special Commission of Inquiry into Ruby Princess and again expresses profound sorrow at the impact COVID-19 has had on Ruby Princess’s guests, crew and their families. Our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected, particularly those who lost loved ones. The Commission’s report confirms that none of our people — the Captain, the ship’s doctor, or members of our shore side port agency team — misled public authorities involved in Ruby Princess being permitted to disembark guests on March 19. This finding is of great importance to us because it goes to the integrity of our people. In our more than 20 years in Australia, we have always sought to cooperate honestly and professionally with officials in accordance with the regulatory environment.”

Read more

 

Royal Caribbean Cruise Reopening: Everything You Need to Know

“Royal Caribbean has scheduled their first tentative reopening sailings departing from China starting in September and the United States starting in November.  In a statement on their official website, Royal Caribbean said “Our goal is to resume operations on November 1st, 2020”. ” 

Read more

 

Blount to sell its small cruise ship fleet

Blount Boats is selling its three small overnight cruise ships and putting all its emphasis on the family shipbuilding business, citing the coronavirus pandemic. “It was really just the requirement that all the cruise lines had to shut down for Covid, and at this point we decided not to start again,” said Marcia Blount, president and CFO of the Warren, R.I., company. “What we really decided was to focus on building.”  Now known as Blount Small Ship Adventures, the cruise business was started in 1966 by company patriarch and small ship pioneer Capt. Luther H. Blount, who founded the yard in 1949. An engineer and innovator, Blount, who died in 2006, received patents for a number of designs including retractable pilothouses, bow ramps, adjustable pitch props and water conserving marine toilets. The retractable pilothouse design enabled them to cruise under low bridges where others might not be able to go.” 

Read more

 

Diamond Princess cruise ship, which had early COVID-19 outbreak, will sail in South America, Antarctica in 2021, 2022

“Princess Cruises' Diamond Princess, which experienced a major coronavirus outbreak onboard that forced the cruise ship into quarantine in February, will sail in South America and Antarctica in fall 2021 and spring 2022, the cruise line said in a release Tuesday. Earlier this month, Princess Cruises announced that it would cancel all sailings aboard the 2,670-passenger Diamond Princess throughout Japan and Asia, between October 2021 and April 2022 in favor of redeploying the ship to the new destinations. The ship was docked in Yokohama for the duration of the outbreak, which infected upwards of 700 people according to Johns Hopkins data. The ship departed in May after it underwent a deep cleaning. The decision to move the Diamond Princess sailings doesn't have anything to do with the COVID-19 pandemic, Negin Kamali, spokesperson for Princess Cruises, told USA TODAY Tuesday.” 

Read more

 

FMC begins rulemaking process for cruise line refunds

“The Federal Maritime Commission announced Tuesday that it has begun a process that may lead to amending its regulations concerning “non-performance” by a passenger vessel operator (PVO/cruise line) and under what circumstances passengers must be provided a refund for a cancelled or delayed voyage.

On Monday, the FMC voted to accept the recommendations made by FMC Commissioner Louis E. Sola in the Fact Finding 30 Interim Report issued in July, which examined the effects of Covid-19 on the cruise industry. In the same action, the FMC directed staff to draft a notice initiating a rulemaking to implement the regulatory changes proposed by Commissioner Sola. Through the rulemaking process, the FMC will solicit public comment, gather additional information, and develop proposed regulations to reflect these changes. Based on the public comments, the FMC will then consider whether to issue a final rule implementing these changes. The specific changes proposed by Commissioner Sola are…” 

Read more…

 

Cabin fever: Passengers brave Covid-19 risk as cruises return to Europe

“The first major cruise ship to resume tours of the Mediterranean since the coronavirus pandemic set sail from Genoa in Italy on Sunday in a major test for an industry that has been hard-hit by the Covid-19 crisis.  Passengers confined to their cabins, ships quarantined for weeks and deadly viral outbreaks on board what some described as a “floating prison”: The Covid-19 crisis had a devastating effect on the cruise industry after a number of ships, such as the Diamond Princess, were hit with outbreaks in the early days of the pandemic.  But on Sunday, August 16, around 2,500 passengers braved the risk of the virus to return to the seas as the MSC Grandiosa set sail from Genoa in Italy on a seven-day voyage, becoming the first major cruise ship to resume tours of the Mediterranean in the wake of the pandemic.” 

Read more

 

By royal disappointment: Queen’s favourite little ship, Hebridean Princess, cancels the rest of its cruises for 2020

“Don’t tell the Queen, but her favourite little cruise ship has been forced to cancel the rest of its sailings this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. In a message on its website, Hebridean Island Cruises announced it was scrapping cruises of Hebridean Princess due to resume on September 4.  Managing director Ken Charleson said today: ‘We have been closely monitoring global developments regarding the coronavirus pandemic since March and are fully focused on protecting the health, safety and welfare of our guests and crew.  ‘Due to the continuing situation, and the confusion surrounding which cruises are allowed to operate around Scotland, we have taken the decision to cancel all of our remaining 2020 sailings on board Hebridean Princess. While this will be very disappointing for our guests, we continue to look forward to March 2021 when our new season will begin. We are also mindful of the communities of the Highlands and Islands and the need to protect local residents from any threat of the spread of coronavirus.’” 

Read more

 

More Destinations Encourage Return of Cruising

“As the first cruise ships have begun to return to service, more regions around the world are moving to encourage the return of cruising in their jurisdictions. Some of the larger markets for cruising are working aggressively to support the return of tourism while emerging markets are also taking steps to show their support for the cruise business. One of the stronger growth markets for winter cruising in the past few years has been based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Opened in 2014, the cruise terminal in Dubai saw a 172 percent increase in passenger volume reaching a total of more than 2.3 million visitors through 2018. In the 2018-2019 season, Dubai had a 38 percent increase in cruise calls with a total of 152 ship visits and a 51 percent increase in passenger traffic to nearly 850,000 passengers. Before being interrupted by the pandemic, Dubai had expected a further 40 percent increase in cruise calls for the 2019-2020 season. Seeking to recapture the strength of the tourism industry, Dubai recently hosted a conference for the cruise lines and other parties in the industry to announce it is ready for the 2020-2021 cruise season that would typically begin in early October. P&O Marinas, a DP World Company that operates the cruise port, hosted the virtual workshop, in collaboration with the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) and Emirates Airline, to discuss the resumption of the cruise season in Dubai.” 

Read more

 

Cruise ships are back. Welcome aboard the voyage of the damned

“Broke and faced with a PR nightmare, cruise companies battered by coronavirus have found the perfect solution: voyages that go absolutely nowhere.  A five-month hiatus from ocean cruises gave Dario Cremona withdrawal symptoms. The 20-year-old travel agent from Switzerland usually takes eight to nine trips a year. So, naturally, he wanted to be among the first to embark on a ship when the sailing ban was lifted – even if he had to travel alone and on a cruise that didn’t really go anywhere.

Standing on the deck overlooking the small archipelago of Helgoland in the North Sea, he watched two sister ships approach to take part in a foghorn concert, while the song Grosse Freiheit (“Great Freedom”) by the German rock band Unheilig blasted in the background. It gave him goosebumps. “After the last few months, this was really emotional for me. It was a highlight and perfectly rounded off the trip,” says Cremona, who runs a blog called cruiseExperience. After just three days out at sea, the large cruise ship made its way back to the German port of Hamburg.”

Read more…

 

Cruise Ship Safety

“Learn about the most recent innovations in cruise ship safety, facts, most common safety issues. This is a cruise ship technology-related survey and is integrated with our articles on cruise shipbuilding, propulsion and health-themed (Coronavirus and Norovirus). Follows the link to the passenger shipping safety act (in pdf format) on govinfo.gov (US Government's Printing Office website). The document's official title is "Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act" (issued 2010). Construction techniques concerning cruise ship safety today are far from the methods used for building the notorious RMS Titanic ship. In 1912, marine vessels have been pieced together in small dockyards by teams of skilled men, which was a really labor-intensive affair - and a slow process. According to the latest cruise vessel safety act regulations, passenger ships must have…” 

Read more

 

Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships Approved to Stay at Caribbean Port

“Two Royal Caribbean cruise ships have been approved by the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis to arrive on August 19th and safely dock at the Caribbean port.  Royal Caribbean reached out to the Caribbean nation about having Vision of the Seas and Rhapsody of the Seas arrive and dock with 70 crew members each. Both cruise ships will now arrive on August 19, 2020 to start a two-week quarantine period. According to the Minister of Tourism, each crew member will be given an RT-PCR test upon arrival and quarantine for 14 days on their cruise ships. When all crew members receive a negative test at the end of their quarantine, they will be allowed to disembark while observing social distancing and mask-wearing safety measures. There are currently zero active cases of COVID-19 on the island.” 

Read more

 

Heads Should Roll as Yet More Bungles Revealed About Ruby Princess

“An overwhelming 82.6 per cent believe not enough has been done to deal with the situation, and that heads should roll over the failings of the NSW Department of Health.  Two heads in particular are called for: Health Minister Brad Hazzard and Premier Gladys Berejiklian.  We polled 10,000 cruise passengers last week after the Special Commission report was revealed and Premier Glady Berejiklian apologized for the mistakes that led to up to 26 deaths and hundreds of cases of COVID-19. She also said no action would be taken over those Department of Health officials singled out in the report.  Of those who responded, over 82 per cent said the Premier should have ordered disciplinary action, and only 17 per cent thought she had got it right. The Commission report into how the ship docked last March and discharged 2,700 passengers before the results of COVID-19 checks were known lambasted NSW Health, saying they made “serious”, “inexplicable” and “basic” errors. Cruise Passenger’s view and a full story on the report can be found here.” 

Read more

 

After A Postponement, Carnival Plans to Set Sail in Europe Early Next Month

“After having to postpone the relaunch of German cruises earlier this month, Carnival plans to resume sailings out of that country and Italy in early September. The postponement was a setback for Carnival (ticker: CCL), the world’s largest cruise operator. Along with its peers, the Miami-based company suspended passenger sailings in mid-March due to the pandemic. Its Germany-based AIDA Cruises, one of nine brands in Carnival’s portfolio, had originally scheduled to begin passenger cruises in early August. But it didn’t secure the necessary approvals from Italy, where the ships are registered, triggering the postponement. A Carnival spokesman said Friday that those approvals are now in hand. AIDA plans to resume sailings on Sept. 6, initially from the port of Kiel. Cruises aboard the AIDAperla are set to begin on Sept. 12 from Hamburg.” 

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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