Issue #

135

|

Volume

8

July 9, 2020

In this Issue

Here are some of the news articles we are following:

  • The coronavirus outbreak delays the arrival of one of the world’s biggest cruise ships
  • How can cruising come back? Two of the world’s biggest cruise companies join forces to figure it out
  • New cruise ships face choppy waters as yet another launch is delayed
  • Sheer incompetence involved in cruise ship terminal approval
  • Virgin Voyages' Scarlet Lady Arrives in Genoa to Complete Crew Repatriation
  • Royal Caribbean repatriates 95% of its crew
  • American Cruise Lines may not sail to Skagway in 2020
  • Cruise ship staff still adrift after 110 days and counting
  • RCI-Royal Caribbean International resumes cruises on September 16

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SPECIAL NOTICE:  There will not be any Leader-SHIP Issues released this weekend…

The coronavirus outbreak delays the arrival of one of the world’s biggest cruise ships


“You’ll have to wait until next year to ride a roller coaster on a cruise ship. Citing construction delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Carnival Cruise Line on Tuesday pushed back the debut of its much-awaited, 180,000-ton Mardi Gras — a ship so big it’ll famously have room for a roller coaster on its top deck — to 2021.  Currently being built at a shipyard in Turku, Finland, the 15-deck-high vessel originally was scheduled to debut in August of this year. But even before the coronavirus outbreak, its arrival had been delayed to Nov. 14. The new target date for the first Mardi Gras sailing is Feb. 6, 2021.” 

Read more

 

How can cruising come back? Two of the world’s biggest cruise companies join forces to figure it out

“Two of the world’s biggest cruise companies have joined forces to figure out how to make cruise ships safe enough for cruising to resume. Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings on Monday announced they had jointly created a “Healthy Sail Panel” of nationally known health experts to develop new health and safety standards for ships in the new era of coronavirus.  The experts include former U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb and former U.S. Department of Health and Human Services secretary and Utah governor Mike Leavitt. The two will co-chair the panel.”

Read more...

 

 

New cruise ships face choppy waters as yet another launch is delayed

“Royal Caribbean has been forced to push back the debut of its highly anticipated cruise ship, Odyssey of the Seas, until April 2021 due to the impact of Covid-19. The 4,198-passenger cruise ship – one of the biggest cruise ships ever built – had been scheduled to sail from Fort Lauderdale to the Bahamas and the Caribbean in November. Odyssey of the Seas will now debut in Europe next summer, sailing the Eastern Mediterranean out of Rome. The company said: “In the wake of Covid-19, our initial global suspension and its subsequent extensions, we understand the uneasiness all of this has caused... the health crisis has unfortunately also impacted shipyard operations, as well as our supply chain. “We are...” 

Read more

 

Sheer incompetence involved in cruise ship terminal approval

“The cruise ship terminal was first mooted around 2003/2004. Around that time, I attended a meeting organized by Tourism Campbell River while working for Strathcona Park Lodge (SPL). Many local tourism operators, hotels, motels, fishing guides, recreational tourism businesses attended this meeting. A presenter from the cruise ship association presented the opportunities cruise ship visits might have for Campbell River. The presentation was heavy on PR and light on concrete facts. The presenter was upfront they were looking at Nanaimo, Prince Rupert, Port Alberni as other possibilities on the island.” 

Read more

 

Virgin Voyages' Scarlet Lady Arrives in Genoa to Complete Crew Repatriation

“On the 6th July, Scarlet Lady arrived at her birthplace Genoa, Italy, where the ship will spend the next 20 days at the Fincantieri shipyard for routine maintenance work. During this time some of the remaining crew onboard will be repatriated. Virgin Voyages announced on June 24, that Scarlet Lady left her home port Miami for “a quick trip across the Atlantic to help us make sure more Crew can make it home safely and get things shipshape before setting sail this Fall.” 

Read more

 

Royal Caribbean repatriates 95% of its crew

“RCI-Royal Caribbean International announced on July 1 that it had repatriated 95% of its fleetwide crew.

Vicki Freed (RCI's Senior VP of Sales and Trade Support & Service) revealed that among its corporate brands, the company had so far repatriated 95% of its crew members and that number would climb to 97% by July 15. Freed added they had about 40,000 crew members from their corporate collective efforts, of which 95% had been taken home, either via their own cruise ships or be a chartered aircraft.” 

Read more...

 

American Cruise Lines may not sail to Skagway in 2020

“ACL-American Cruise Lines (the largest USA-flagged cruise company) intends to operate small ship cruises through Southeast Alaska starting in late-July. However, Skagway’s assembly wants to see a more robust Coronavirus (COVID-19) mitigation plan before ACL docks in town, even if that means waiting until next year. Assembly member Dustin Stone continues working with the cruise company to create acceptable protocols for docking but to ask American Cruise Lines to leave Port Skagway AK off the current itinerary. According to assembly member Steve Burnham, Skagway should not participate in a “trial run that could jeopardize the health, safety, and next year’s season." "

Read more

 

 

Cruise ship staff still adrift after 110 days and counting

“Thousands of cruise ship workers, including some Australians, are still trapped on ships unable to dock because of COVID-19 restrictions. Many are no longer being paid, and the mental health of people still stuck at sea during the pandemic is reportedly declining as some cruise staff clock up more than 110 days afloat. At least two cruise ship workers have died in apparent suicides since the industry shut down cruising on March 13. The No Sail Order was extended on April 15 and hundreds of thousands of seafarers are also stuck on board cargo ships.”

Read more…

 

RCI-Royal Caribbean International resumes cruises on September 16

“RCI-Royal Caribbean International announced it plans to resume cruises starting on September 16, 2020. According to the company, their first voyage will be a 3-night ‘Bahamas and Perfect Day‘ round trip scheduled for September 18. However, RCI's regular passenger shipping operations will continue to be impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Due to the extended ban on cruise ships by Canada's Government, all Canada-based itineraries are currently suspended through October 31.” 

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 #

135

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Volume

8

July 9, 2020

In this Issue

Here are some of the news articles we are following:

  • The coronavirus outbreak delays the arrival of one of the world’s biggest cruise ships
  • How can cruising come back? Two of the world’s biggest cruise companies join forces to figure it out
  • New cruise ships face choppy waters as yet another launch is delayed
  • Sheer incompetence involved in cruise ship terminal approval
  • Virgin Voyages' Scarlet Lady Arrives in Genoa to Complete Crew Repatriation
  • Royal Caribbean repatriates 95% of its crew
  • American Cruise Lines may not sail to Skagway in 2020
  • Cruise ship staff still adrift after 110 days and counting
  • RCI-Royal Caribbean International resumes cruises on September 16

Cover Image by:

SPECIAL NOTICE:  There will not be any Leader-SHIP Issues released this weekend…

The coronavirus outbreak delays the arrival of one of the world’s biggest cruise ships


“You’ll have to wait until next year to ride a roller coaster on a cruise ship. Citing construction delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Carnival Cruise Line on Tuesday pushed back the debut of its much-awaited, 180,000-ton Mardi Gras — a ship so big it’ll famously have room for a roller coaster on its top deck — to 2021.  Currently being built at a shipyard in Turku, Finland, the 15-deck-high vessel originally was scheduled to debut in August of this year. But even before the coronavirus outbreak, its arrival had been delayed to Nov. 14. The new target date for the first Mardi Gras sailing is Feb. 6, 2021.” 

Read more

 

How can cruising come back? Two of the world’s biggest cruise companies join forces to figure it out

“Two of the world’s biggest cruise companies have joined forces to figure out how to make cruise ships safe enough for cruising to resume. Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings on Monday announced they had jointly created a “Healthy Sail Panel” of nationally known health experts to develop new health and safety standards for ships in the new era of coronavirus.  The experts include former U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb and former U.S. Department of Health and Human Services secretary and Utah governor Mike Leavitt. The two will co-chair the panel.”

Read more...

 

 

New cruise ships face choppy waters as yet another launch is delayed

“Royal Caribbean has been forced to push back the debut of its highly anticipated cruise ship, Odyssey of the Seas, until April 2021 due to the impact of Covid-19. The 4,198-passenger cruise ship – one of the biggest cruise ships ever built – had been scheduled to sail from Fort Lauderdale to the Bahamas and the Caribbean in November. Odyssey of the Seas will now debut in Europe next summer, sailing the Eastern Mediterranean out of Rome. The company said: “In the wake of Covid-19, our initial global suspension and its subsequent extensions, we understand the uneasiness all of this has caused... the health crisis has unfortunately also impacted shipyard operations, as well as our supply chain. “We are...” 

Read more

 

Sheer incompetence involved in cruise ship terminal approval

“The cruise ship terminal was first mooted around 2003/2004. Around that time, I attended a meeting organized by Tourism Campbell River while working for Strathcona Park Lodge (SPL). Many local tourism operators, hotels, motels, fishing guides, recreational tourism businesses attended this meeting. A presenter from the cruise ship association presented the opportunities cruise ship visits might have for Campbell River. The presentation was heavy on PR and light on concrete facts. The presenter was upfront they were looking at Nanaimo, Prince Rupert, Port Alberni as other possibilities on the island.” 

Read more

 

Virgin Voyages' Scarlet Lady Arrives in Genoa to Complete Crew Repatriation

“On the 6th July, Scarlet Lady arrived at her birthplace Genoa, Italy, where the ship will spend the next 20 days at the Fincantieri shipyard for routine maintenance work. During this time some of the remaining crew onboard will be repatriated. Virgin Voyages announced on June 24, that Scarlet Lady left her home port Miami for “a quick trip across the Atlantic to help us make sure more Crew can make it home safely and get things shipshape before setting sail this Fall.” 

Read more

 

Royal Caribbean repatriates 95% of its crew

“RCI-Royal Caribbean International announced on July 1 that it had repatriated 95% of its fleetwide crew.

Vicki Freed (RCI's Senior VP of Sales and Trade Support & Service) revealed that among its corporate brands, the company had so far repatriated 95% of its crew members and that number would climb to 97% by July 15. Freed added they had about 40,000 crew members from their corporate collective efforts, of which 95% had been taken home, either via their own cruise ships or be a chartered aircraft.” 

Read more...

 

American Cruise Lines may not sail to Skagway in 2020

“ACL-American Cruise Lines (the largest USA-flagged cruise company) intends to operate small ship cruises through Southeast Alaska starting in late-July. However, Skagway’s assembly wants to see a more robust Coronavirus (COVID-19) mitigation plan before ACL docks in town, even if that means waiting until next year. Assembly member Dustin Stone continues working with the cruise company to create acceptable protocols for docking but to ask American Cruise Lines to leave Port Skagway AK off the current itinerary. According to assembly member Steve Burnham, Skagway should not participate in a “trial run that could jeopardize the health, safety, and next year’s season." "

Read more

 

 

Cruise ship staff still adrift after 110 days and counting

“Thousands of cruise ship workers, including some Australians, are still trapped on ships unable to dock because of COVID-19 restrictions. Many are no longer being paid, and the mental health of people still stuck at sea during the pandemic is reportedly declining as some cruise staff clock up more than 110 days afloat. At least two cruise ship workers have died in apparent suicides since the industry shut down cruising on March 13. The No Sail Order was extended on April 15 and hundreds of thousands of seafarers are also stuck on board cargo ships.”

Read more…

 

RCI-Royal Caribbean International resumes cruises on September 16

“RCI-Royal Caribbean International announced it plans to resume cruises starting on September 16, 2020. According to the company, their first voyage will be a 3-night ‘Bahamas and Perfect Day‘ round trip scheduled for September 18. However, RCI's regular passenger shipping operations will continue to be impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Due to the extended ban on cruise ships by Canada's Government, all Canada-based itineraries are currently suspended through October 31.” 

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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