October 19, 2020
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Here are some of the news articles we are following:
- Should cruise ships require masks, social distancing? Cruiser views are changing
- US Cruise Industry Another Step Closer to Sailing
- Dream Cruises and Royal Caribbean To Start Cruising from Singapore
- Chinese yards may build cruise ships from scratch in 10-15 years’ time
- Cruise Industry News: Fall Magazine Focus Is on Start-Up Plans
- Costa Smeralda to restart service on October 10
- Genting Cruise Line expects three ships to sail before year end
- Royal Caribbean and Dream Try Singapore ‘Seaations’ With the New Cruise Safe Policy Carnival-Owned Cruise Line Cancels Cruises into Spring 2021
- Embattled Carnival CEO Boasts the Cruise Giant’s Universal Covid Tests Are Unmatched in Travel
- Pence to Host Friday Conference Call with Cruise Lines
- Carnival Corp. Ready to Implement New Destination Protocols
- Cruises can ‘become safest holiday’ choice
- Another Cruise Ship Sold; Albatros to Leave Phoenix Reisen
- Royal Caribbean Group Cancels All November Cruises
- How European Sailings Are Saving the Cruise Industry
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Should cruise ships require masks, social distancing? Cruiser views are changing
"Will Americans still cruise if they have to wear a mask and social distance on ships? A few months ago, many were saying “no” in the strongest possible terms, according to industry watchers. But there’s been a sea change, so to speak, in the thinking on the topic as the coronavirus crisis has dragged on. “Back in March, they said ‘no way’ to things like masks and social distancing,” Colleen McDaniel, editor-in-chief of Cruise Critic, said Wednesday at Seatrade Cruise Virtual, an online version of the cruise industry’s annual meetup. “They’re much more prepared to take (it) on now.” "
Dream Cruises and Royal Caribbean To Start Cruising From Singapore
"Dream Cruises and Royal Caribbean International have been given the nod to start operations from Singapore. The World Dream is expected back in service in early November with the Quantum of the Seas following in December, both offering short cruises. Dream Cruises has announced it is offering a series of brand new two and three-night “Super Seacation” experiences for Singapore residents during the school and year-end holidays. “Due to the invaluable support and confidence of the Singapore authorities in Genting Cruise Lines, the inaugural homeport deployment of World Dream in Singapore marks another important milestone in the recovery process post COVID-19 for the local cruise tourism industry,” said Michael Goh, President of Dream Cruises."
US Cruise Industry Another Step Closer To Sailing
"The cruise industry moved one step closer toward opening on Friday afternoon as Vice President Mike Pence had a conference call with cruise line leaders, along with officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Notes published by the White House said, “During the call, Vice President Pence gave a brief overview of the current state of the No Sail Order and highlighted the shared goal of reopening the maritime economy, with a focus on the cruise line industry safely sailing again.” "
Chinese yards may build cruise ships from scratch in 10-15 years’ time
"Shipyards in China may build cruise ships from scratch in 10 to 15 years’ time, said Dr. Zian Liu, Chairman of Royal Caribbean International Asia. Before this, they will rely on cooperation with external partners that will build blocks that will ten be assembled at a yard in China, he said. Mario Zanetti, CCO of Costa Crociere, said that a joint venture between China State Shipbuilding Corporation and the Carnival group that was unveiled in 2015 remains in place and is making progress to build ships. Sabrina Bratton, Chair of Ponant in Asia-Pacific, pointed out that SunStone Ships in Miami has built cruise ships in China."
Cruise Industry News: Fall Magazine Focus Is on Start-Up Plans
"The Cruise Industry News Quarterly Magazine Fall 2020 edition has been released. The 128-paged printed magazine covers the start-up plans for the major cruise companies and their brands, including one-on-one interviews with Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation, and Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises, as well as Kent Zhu, president of Genting Cruise Lines. Related topics include the repatriation of crew, the rethinking of the cruise experience itself, as well as how future preparedness should cover any biological risk. The Fall Quarterly Magazine also covers shipbuilding, how the yards and the orderbooks have been impacted by COVID-19 and their strategies going forward. The destination focus is on China, the South Pacific and Australia, with exclusive updates from the respective markets. A special magazine feature section marks and tracks Crystal Cruises 30th anniversary with a unique behind-the-scenes look."
Costa Smeralda to restart service on October 10
"After the Costa Deliziosa and the Costa Diadema, from October 10th, Costa Smeralda will also return to sail on a cruise. For the restart of its flagship, the first LNG-powered of its fleet, Costa Crociere has designed a new one-week itinerary dedicated to the rediscovery, with enhanced safety protocols, the best of Italy. A total of five cruises scheduled, from October 10th to November 7th, will allow guests to visit beautiful Italian cities of art, but also to enjoy areas and natural parks of rare beauty, as well as taste traditional local cuisine and products of the local gastronomic tradition. The first call on the itinerary is Savona, from where guests can visit other nearby destinations, such as Genoa or Finalborgo. The second is La Spezia, with excursions to the Cinque Terre, Lerici, Florence or Pisa. The next call is Cagliari, followed by Naples, with the possibility to visit Sorrento, Pompei and the Royal Palace of Caserta."
Genting Cruise Line expects three ships to sail before year end
"Genting Cruise Line expects three ships to operate before the end of the year, Kent Zhu, President of Genting Cruise Line, told Seatrade Cruise Virtual event. One ship has already been operating from Taiwan and Zhu said another one is likely to start operations from Singapore and a third one from Hong Kong or another port in Asia, he said. Singapore is expected to unveil green light for cruises to nowhere for local residents in the immediate future."
Royal Caribbean and Dream Try Singapore ‘Seaations’ With the New Cruise Safe Policy
"The Singapore Tourism Board has announced the resumption of cruises in November. Pilot itineraries will be offered by two lines that are homeported in the country − Genting Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean. To ensure the safety of passengers and crew, the pilot sailings will consist of round-trips with no ports-of-call. Sailings are only open to Singapore residents, and ships will run at a reduced capacity of up to 50 percent. The lines are advertising the trips as “seacations”. STB is also developing a mandatory CruiseSafe certification programme, which will see a series of stringent hygiene and safety measures throughout the passenger journey – from pre-boarding to post-disembarkation. As part of the CruiseSafe programme, all passengers will be required to undergo mandatory Covid-19 testing prior to boarding. They will also have to comply with safe management measures, such as mask-wearing and safe distancing of 1m between groups of passengers."
Carnival-Owned Cruise Line Cancels Cruises into Spring 2021
"Seabourn, the ultra-luxury cruise line owned by the Carnival Corporation has cancelled cruises for three ships into Spring 2021. The Carnival cruise brand has decided to cancel the upcoming 2020 and 2021 voyages for three of its cruise ships including Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Ovation, and Seabourn Encore into Spring 2021."
Embattled Carnival CEO Boasts the Cruise Giant’s Universal Covid Tests Are Unmatched in Travel
"Cruising this year will be the “right thing to do,” according to Carnival’s CEO, in order to get people back to work and give people a chance to experience vacations of a lifetime. The cruise line was also a trailblazer in Europe when it came to health screening compared to other sectors, Arnold Donald said during third-quarter results earnings call on Thursday. “What we’re doing in Europe is not happening anywhere else,” he said. “Hotels aren’t doing universal testing of guests before they walk in. Airlines aren’t doing universal testing. The moving parts aren’t doing that.” "
Pence to Host Friday Conference Call with Cruise Lines
"The cruise industry is back on the schedule at the White House as there will be a Friday afternoon conference call (09 October) to discuss resuming operations in the United States. The call will be closed to the press and will be hosted by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, according to his schedule. A previous in-person meeting scheduled for Oct. 2 was postponed after U.S. President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19. The conference call is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. eastern time. Among the topics will be the cruise industry's voluntary pause in service through Oct. 31, 2020 from U.S. ports, which is aligned with the CDC's "No Sail" order, which expires on the same day."
19 Oct, 2020: Carnival Corp. Ready to Implement New Destination Protocols
"New Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) elements for the adoption and implementation of mandatory health protocols are part of a phased-in, controlled resumption of cruise operations that include ensuring the medical capability of both the ships and shore destinations and “advance arrangements with private providers for shoreside quarantine, medical facilities, and transportation.” Because cruise ships tend to visit various destinations – big and small – it may be difficult to understand how exactly these advance arrangements would be made. But, according to David A. Candib, vice president for development and operations at Carnival Corporation’s global port and destination development group, these challenges are “nothing necessarily new.” “We have… to adapt when we’re talking about certain protocols that need to be implemented, if there is something along the lines of a pandemic or treating many more cases than you would have had in the past or, at least, ensuring that we can rest assure and comfort community and those guests sailing with you,” Candib said during a virtual trade event on Oct. 7."
Cruises can ‘become safest holiday’ choice
"Cruise can become “the safest holiday option” and “come back strongly” despite the challenges of Covid, according to MSC Cruises chief executive Gianni Onorato. Addressing an Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT) virtual conference, Onorato insisted: “There is a bright future for cruise.” He told the ITT: “The industry has been through a very difficult time. We halted for more than six months. “[But] On August 16, we were able finally to restart our cruises [and] we will have 19 ships operating by April.” Onorato argued the efforts to make cruising safe to restart had presented the sector with an opportunity. He noted: “The negative focus on the cruise industry because of a few outbreaks on ships increased the scrutiny of the media and the authorities on the industry.” "
Another Cruise Ship Sold; Albatros to Leave Phoenix Reisen
"The Albatros will leave the Phoenix Reisen fleet, according to a press release, with the German tour operator citing the COVID-19 pandemic. The ship will now start a new life as a hotel vessel under for the Pick Albatros Group in the Middle East, which operates a number of hotels and resorts. That will leave Phoenix Reisen with three year-round ships, plus a seasonal summer charter with the Deutschland. "And yet, despite all the anticipation, we also have to keep an eye on the profitability of our company. So it was with a heavy heart that we decided to hand over the MS Albatros from the Phoenix fleet to new hands," the company said, in a translated statement."
Royal Caribbean Group Cancels All November Cruises
"Royal Caribbean Group has cancelled all November sailings. "Our primary goal continues to be a healthy return to service for our guests, crew and the communities we visit," the company said. "As we work with the CDC and others toward this shared goal, Royal Caribbean Group will be extending the suspension of sailings to include those departing on or before November 30, 2020, excluding sailings from Hong Kong. "Celebrity Cruises will also be suspending their full 2020-2021 Winter program in Australia and Asia. Additionally, Azamara will be suspending their 2020/21 Winter sailings throughout Australia & New Zealand, South Africa and South America." "
How European Sailings Are Saving the Cruise Industry
"More than 110 cruises carrying 55,000-plus passengers have already sailed successfully in Europe, spreading hope to other destinations like Australia that it is now safe to begin cruising. “These sailings give us confidence that we are on the right course,” says Cruise Lines International Association President and CEO Kelly Craighead says. Cruise lines have now pledged to 100 percent testing of passengers and crew for embarkations on all ships carrying 250 or more passengers. “We see testing as an important initial step to a multi-layered approach to protecting the health of the passengers, crew and communities visited”, Ms Craighead said this week."
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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