October 9, 2020
In this Issue
Here are some of the news articles we are following:
- Tests and Masks, What You Need to Know When Cruises Resume
- CDC to Review Health Protocols Starting Next Week, Says Princess Cruises’ President
- Want to escape lockdown Britain? SeaDream offers a transatlantic cruise from Portsmouth in October
- The Path to Reopening, Will Americans Cruise Next?
- Cruise line's extraordinary measures to set sail again (Video)
- Black Watch and Boudicca Sold, Will Serve as Hotel Ships
- One Ocean Plan Approved as Creditors Question Company Finances
- CLIA Adopts Health Protocols Including 100% Testing for Passengers and Crew
- Royal Caribbean hasn't ruled out 2020 cruises yet
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Tests and Masks, What You Need to Know When Cruises Resume
"Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced an adoption of mandatory core elements of enhanced cruise protocols for cruises to resume in North America. CLIA currently represents 95% of ocean cruise capacity around the world. What will be required for you to once again take a cruise to the Caribbean from Miami or other ports? Here is a look at the core elements that cover the entire cruise experience from bookings to disembarkation."
CDC to Review Health Protocols Starting Next Week, Says Princess Cruises’ President
"Considering she’s been with Princess Cruises for nearly two decades, it’s safe to say there’s nobody better to give us the latest cruise news than President Jan Swartz. With all the cruise headlines these days, you may have missed that Enchanted Princess, the line’s newest ship, is set to welcome passengers for the first time in just a few months. In an exclusive interview with Porthole Cruise Editor-in-Chief Bill Panoff, Swartz lets us know what she’s excited to see on board and what we can expect in terms of when cruising will return to action. Princess also has a brand-new health and safety protocol ready and Swartz was happy to explain what enhancements guests will see on board."
Check out the full interview with Princess Cruises President Jan Swartz at the link below!
Want to escape lockdown Britain? SeaDream offers a transatlantic cruise from Portsmouth in October
"With new lockdown measures coming into place in Britain to try to prevent a second wave of coronavirus, it’s tempting to dream of escaping to Caribbean beaches. Now you can do just that – thanks to a 17-day SeaDream cruise that’s leaving Portsmouth on October 19. The company, which has been safely operating in Norway since June, is moving SeaDream I to begin a series of 22 cruises from Barbados starting on November 7. It will be joined by sister ship SeaDream II if there is enough demand."
The Path to Reopening, Will Americans Cruise Next?
"With the cruise industry ramping back up in Europe, we are getting a clearer picture of what cruising could look like in North America — pending government approval. Blazing the path forward, MSC Cruises was the first major line to return to service in mid-August. Since then, the cruise line has completed five voyages without incident."
Cruise line's extraordinary measures to set sail again (Video)
"The MSC Grandiosa, one of the world's largest cruise ships, is back on the seas off the coast of Italy with strict new protocols including passenger and crew coronavirus testing."
Black Watch and Boudicca Sold, Will Serve as Hotel Ships
"Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has found a buyer for the classic Black Watch and Boudicca ships as the company modernizes its fleet with the addition of the former Rotterdam and Amsterdam from Holland America Line. The Black Watch and Boudicca will leave the Fred Olsen fleet with immediate effect, and will not be scrapped, but instead serve as hotel ships, according to a statement. A buyer was not named. Update: A previous version of this article reported that the ships were sold to Miray International, per sources familiar with the transaction. Miray has since told Cruise Industry News they did not purchase the ships. The Turkey-based company specializes in ship management and also providing accommodation vessels for large-scale projects."
One Ocean Plan Approved as Creditors Question Company Finances
"One Ocean Expeditions’ (OOE) insolvency filing is moving along in Canada as a group of creditors and the court-appointed Trustee (PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc.) were looking into company finances but faced a number of challenges. Following a review released on Friday, the Trustee had said the company’s proposal presented a better deal for unsecured creditors than a bankruptcy, according to a special report issued by the Trustee. The proposal from OOE to the creditor group included offering pre-paid customers voyages at discounted rates as company founder Andrew Prossin is said to be trying to launch a new operation. There is also ongoing arbitration against Russian shipowners to recover losses, as well as additional insurance claims, which could result in money to be split between secured and unsecured creditors."
CLIA Adopts Health Protocols Including 100% Testing for Passengers and Crew
"The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced today the adoption of mandatory core elements of health protocols to be implemented as part of a phased-in, controlled resumption of operations. A critical next step, now that initial sailing has begun effectively with strict protocols in Europe, is the resumption of operations in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America, CLIA stated. CLIA’s announcement coincided with Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings also releasing the recommendations of their Healthy Sail Panel to the Centers for Disease Control, which at press time, still has its No Sail order in effect until Sept. 30."
Royal Caribbean hasn't ruled out 2020 cruises yet
"After Royal Caribbean Group announced the initial recommendations of its Healthy Sail Panel, Royal Caribbean's top executives said that cruises in 2020 are not completely out of the question. There is no doubt that every cruise line would love to salvage something of the 2020 season, but the question is how feasible is it to have cruises this year? Speaking to a few different media outlets this past week, sailings from the United States at some point in 2020 have not been completely ruled out."
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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