October 7, 2020
In this Issue
Here are some of the news articles we are following:
- Setting Sail in the New Cruise Normal
- More cruise ships are leaving U.S. waters — and CDC coronavirus reporting requirements
- Luxury vessels left to rot in cruise ship 'graveyard' amid COVID-19
- Cruise Line Shatters Own World Cruise Booking Record Within Hours
- Lindblad Expeditions plans to return to Tahiti
- Crystal Cruises updates health and safety measures for “Crystal Clean+” protocols
- Costa Rican ports expect cruise ships to return in weeks
- Florida’s Economy Needs Cruise Lines to Start Operations
- Did Ron DeSantis just doom Florida’s cruise restart to failure?
- Costa Diadema crew tests positive for Coronavirus
- Older Cruise Ships Are Not Surviving the Covid-19 Cruise Suspension
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Setting Sail in the New Cruise Normal
"Someday, we’ll be able to look back on the Covid-19 pandemic with 20/20 hindsight. Until then, cruise lines aren’t the only players in the travel industry looking to establish a baseline for the “new normal”, the standards by which leisure travel can go forward safety…. Over the last few months, as masks, social distancing, hand sanitizers and temperature checks have become part of the laymen’s vernacular, the cruise industry has had a crash course in myriad ways to keep passengers and crew safe and healthy…."
More cruise ships are leaving U.S. waters — and CDC coronavirus reporting requirements
"After the cruise industry shut down in mid-March, dozens of ships could be spotted lingering off the Miami Beach coast or moving in and out of PortMiami each day. More than five months later, as cruises remain canceled, it’s rare to see even one cruise ship floating off the coast. Many have left U.S. waters — and with that, the scrutiny of the country’s top healthy agency, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC has banned cruises until Oct. 1; most US-based cruise lines have canceled cruises until Oct. 31. The agency will determine if and when companies can start operating again during the COVID-19 pandemic. In early June, the CDC began publishing COVID-19 infection levels for cruise ships using a green, yellow and red grading system based on data the companies reported to the agency, a requirement for ships in U.S. waters and ships planning to enter U.S. waters. When the system debuted, 50 cruise ships were reporting illnesses to the agency. Now, two months later, just 32 are reporting. Cruise traffic at PortMiami has plummeted. Working hours for the International Longshoreman’s Association Local 1416, whose workers load goods on and off cruise ships, decreased 68% from April to July."
Luxury vessels left to rot in cruise ship 'graveyard' amid COVID-19
"A cruise ship graveyard is growing off the coast of Turkey as the multi-billion-dollar industry grapples with the impact of COVID-19. Cruise ships were notoriously involved in the spread of the deadly virus around the world – including the Ruby Princess in Sydney. Now, cruise lines are dumping unneeded ships off Turkey's east coast, where the luxury liners are stripped for spare parts and left to rust."
Cruise Line Shatters Own World Cruise Booking Record Within Hours
"Regent Seven Seas Cruises has shattered its own single-day world cruise booking record with its 2023 world cruise on Seven Seas Mariner. Regent Seven Seas which is a luxury cruise line has announced a new record for its own world cruise bookings. The cruise line has shattered its previous opening day world cruise booking and doubling on the previous 2022 world cruise."
Lindblad Expeditions plans to return to Tahiti
"The expedition cruise company Lindblad Expeditions announced it plans to base one of its vessels in French Polynesia from January 2021 as it has begun offering voyages for next year. According to a government statement, the company planned to deploy the ship National Geographic Orion (max passenger capacity 102) and reportedly welcomed the testing regime and health protocol put in place by French Polynesia. The website of Lindblad Expeditions currently offers cruises from homeport Papeete Tahiti from April 2021."
Crystal Cruises updates health and safety measures for “Crystal Clean+” protocols
"The GHK-owned luxury brand Crystal Cruises introduced an expanded set of health and safety measures for the company's “Crystal Clean+” protocols to include requirements for Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for passengers and crew, in-port guidelines, mandatory travel insurance, and more. The new Crystal Clean + 3.0 health and safety protocols build on the initial set of enhanced procedures released in July, Crystal Clean+ 2.0. The Crystal Clean+ protocols go beyond the already stringent practices of the line to further safeguard crews’ and guests’ well-being and offer vacationers peace of mind when they return to cruising.
Crystal Clean+ 3.0 guidelines feature updates in the pre-boarding and embarkation procedures, shore excursion policy, social distancing requirements, crew member standards, and more. The new protocols are tailored to meet the needs of the luxury traveller and incorporate the recommendations provided by CLIA (Cruise Line International Association) to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control). As per Crystal Clean + 3.0, passengers will now be required to complete a Coronavirus (COVID-19) test before departure for their sailing and provide a printed copy of the negative result at check-in. Passengers will take a second coronavirus test upon arrival at the pier and have to test negative before boarding. Passengers will be required to purchase travel insurance via Crystal Cruises or a third party."
Costa Rican ports expect cruise ships to return in weeks
"After several months of a pause due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, cruise ships could return to ports in Costa Rica in a matter of weeks, the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) revealed. “I have all the faith that for November before the high season begins, we will once again see cruise ships arriving on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of our country”, Minister Gustavo Segura announced to the LTC (Legislative Tourism Commission). Segura added that he was already in talks with the most influential group on the matter, Florida International Cruise Association. Together with other Central American countries, the parameters are being currently negotiated to standardize security protocols. According to Deputy David Gourzong, who raised questions on the subject, it would be a solution to the bad situation that the ports of Puerto Limon and Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) were experiencing."
Florida’s Economy Needs Cruise Lines To Start Operations
"The effects of the global pandemic are being felt across the globe, but the close-down of the cruise industry is hitting Florida’s economy incredibly hard. U.S. Federal Maritime Commissioner Louis E. Sola spoke out this week citing unbelievable losses to an industry on the verge of collapse. The numbers are staggering when Louis E. Sola speaks about the hits the Florida economy is taking in his report. One estimate indicates that through August 2020, Florida has lost $3.2 billion in economic activity and 49,500 jobs paying $2.3 billion in wages."
Did Ron DeSantis just doom Florida’s cruise restart to failure?
"For the cruise industry to restart it needs to convince the public that the ships are safe AND that they are sailing from “Healthy Ports” The cruise industry has been working hard to convince the CDC and the public in general that it is ready to start safely cruising again. Last Monday, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), which represents 95% of global ocean-going cruise capacity, announced the adoption of a set of health protocols to be implemented as part of a phased-in, controlled resumption of operations. Cruising out of US ports is currently banned through a No Sail Order from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) until at least October 31. CLIA’s hope is that by adopting these health protocols proposed by their Healthy Sail Panel that they can convince the CDC to lift its No Sail Order and get cruise companies back in business ASAP – ideally before the end of 2020."
Costa Diadema crew tests positive for Coronavirus
"A crew who boarded the cruise liner Costa Diadema a few days ago has tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19). The man (of Indian nationality) had no symptoms at the time of testing and was in quarantine before entering service. He disembarked the ship in Port Genoa Italy, taken into care by the local health authorities, then transferred to a COVID facility. Five other crew who had been in contact with him were disembarked as a preventive measure. Costa Cruises introduced a set of measures and procedures in its “Costa Safety Protocol” including the safety procedures of the personnel as they return to work onboard."
Older Cruise Ships Are Not Surviving the Covid-19 Cruise Suspension
"The pandemic is causing the cruise industry to accelerate the retirement of many older ships. Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, which operates in the British market, confirmed that it has sold its two 1970s vintage cruise ships adding to the list of older ships that are unlikely to survive the extended pause in cruise operations.
Typically, a ship’s economic life is considered to be 20 to 25 years. In the cruise industry, however, which was undergoing rapid expansion over the past decade, it was common to find older ships continuing to be a vital part of the industry. While adding newer ships that attract higher fares, many of the larger cruise lines use their older ships to expand into smaller markets and regional ports or they sell those ships to smaller companies that typically are not building new ships. The older ships are smaller in size and lack many of the headline getting amenities. However, those ships have been able to find niche markets and develop a loyal following from travelers who either enjoy the more classical designs or smaller size of the older ships."
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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