September 11, 2020
In this Issue
Here are some of the news articles we are following:
- The COVID Cruise Ship and the Maine Fishing Town
- Costa Cruises temporarily cuts the salaries for the crew onboard their ships
- Cruise Line Offering Buy One Cruise, Get a Second Cruise Free
- New Survey Reveals Promising Outlook for Cruise Travel in 2021
- SeaDream Yacht Club resumes cruising in the Caribbean November 8
- 8 cruise ship tips from a former employee
- Why Tom Cruise Is on A Cruise Ship During the Pandemic
- Best Cruises for Adults, Broken Down Line by Line
- Australia’s Foreign Cruise Ban Extended to December 17th
- Hurtigruten Working to Improve Health and Safety Protocols
- 10 weird things about Royal Caribbean cruises that no one tells you
- Cruise trips are back in Europe. This is what they look like now
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The COVID Cruise Ship and the Maine Fishing Town
"Eastport tried for years to lure mega cruise ships. Then, amid a global pandemic, it got one, along with a skeleton crew of coronavirus exiles. One sunny afternoon in late July, 12-year-old Zachary Wallace stood on a float beneath the Eastport pier, fishing for mackerel. To one side of him, lobster boats bobbed at their moorings, backdropped by the low buildings of Water Street’s downtown strip. To the other, the profile of the cruise ship Riviera rose 16 decks high and stretched nearly 800 feet long, a gleaming barrier between the boy and the wide expanse of blue water beyond."
Costa Cruises temporarily cuts the salaries for the crew onboard their ships
"The Italian cruise company Costa Cruises announced it will temporarily cut the salaries for the crew currently onboard its liners. The pay cuts are part of the line's plan to preserve the jobs of its shoreside and shipboard employees. To reach the objective all Costa Cruises employees will have to "give their personal contribution" as Costa prepares to restart sailings is September with Costa Deliziosa from Trieste and Costa Diadema from Genoa (Milan)."
Cruise Line Offering Buy One Cruise, Get a Second Cruise Free
"With Labor Day weekend right around the corner, one cruise line is offering two cruises for the price of one. Just buy one cruise to the Bahamas and you will receive a second cruise for free. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is offering their biggest deal of the year. Book a cruise to the Bahamas on one of their cruise ships and you’ll receive a second cruise for free during this limited time offer. Here’s how it works…"
New Survey Reveals Promising Outlook for Cruise Travel in 2021
"A majority of travelers who don't plan to travel this year are targeting international destinations for 2021, with at least one in five eyeing a cruise vacation, according to a recent Allianz Partners survey. The study of more than 1,000 customers who purchased a policy through a travel advisor or other retail distribution partner between June 1, 2019, and February 29, 2020, found that 60 percent of customers who are putting off travel until next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic are considering taking a trip abroad in 2021, with at least 20 percent planning to get there on a cruise ship."
SeaDream Yacht Club resumes cruising in the Caribbean November 8
"SeaDream Yacht Club devised a tentative plan to resume sailings in the Caribbean on November 8 to islands that are open to tourism. U.S. passengers would likely have to take a total of three Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests before boarding, SeaDream executives revealed in a Zoom webinar on Thursday, September 3. The line has operated a successful short cruise season in Norway for Scandinavian guests. SeaDream emerged unscathed by the virus, although there was a scare when a traveller tested positive after he returned back home to Denmark (later, it was determined the test was a false positive). All passengers and crew members who were onboard SeaDream I subsequently tested negative."
8 cruise ship tips from a former employee
"The crew on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship see a lot of things in their time onboard, including guests making mistakes along the way. Former Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises employee Pippa Madden worked on a few different cruise ships for 8 years, and shared what she saw as important tips for guests when they go on a cruise."
Why Tom Cruise Is on A Cruise Ship During the Pandemic
"Your mission, Tom Cruise, should you choose to accept it, is to film “Mission: Impossible 7” in Norway during the coronavirus pandemic. “Mission: Impossible 7” was one of the first major movie productions to be shut down by the pandemic, which hit just as filming was about to get underway in Italy back in February. Production resumed briefly this summer in London and has now restarted in Norway's rugged Møre og Romsdal district, a stunning coastal landscape of fjords, glaciers, mountains, waterfalls and islands. In order avoid any further delays, the production company Truenorth has chartered two Hurtigruten cruise ships, the brand new 530-passenger MS Fridtjof Nansen and the 490-passenger MS Versteralen, to accommodate the entire cast and crew of the latest “Mission: Impossible” installment. Cruise is believed to be footing nearly $700,000 of the cost."
Best Cruises for Adults, Broken Down Line by Line
"One of the best things about cruising is that there are almost as many different types of experiences to be had as there are ships on which to have them. While cruising is incredibly popular as a family vacation, an increasing number of adults are opting to leave the rest of the clan behind and enjoy a vacation on their own. We’ve long said that no matter what type of cruise you’re taking, it’s important to do a little bit of research — or work with a travel advisor — to make sure that you wind up with a vacation that’s going to be a great fit. Yes, you can jump on just about any cruise ship and have an amazing time. And yes, the basics of a cruise will be the same on most lines. But the devil, as they say, is in the details. One of the best things about cruising is that there are almost as many different types of experiences to be had as there are ships on which to have them. While cruising is incredibly popular as a family vacation, an increasing number of adults are opting to leave the rest of the clan behind and enjoy a vacation on their own. With that in mind, we’re going to look at each of the major cruise lines and give you an idea of what they have to offer adult travelers. From restaurants perfect for date nights to a ship on which no one under the age of 18 is allowed, we’ve got all kinds of options for you to consider! Think of this as a Beginner’s Guide to Adult Cruising! Let’s dive in, looking at what they each offer, in no particular order. Keep in mind that in some cases, we’ll be speaking about what a cruise line specializes in generalities. Not all of the mentioned restaurants or amenities will necessarily be available on every ship in the line’s fleet."
Australia’s Foreign Cruise Ban Extended to December 17th
"The Australian Government has announced a three-month extension of the cruise ban, putting more jobs in jeopardy but holding out hope for small ships to set sail domestically. The Department of Health responded to Cruise Passenger’s queries regarding the end of the cruise ban yesterday by saying: “At this time, there has been no date set for the resumption of either larger domestic or international cruises”. But last night, Health Minister Greg Hunt announced an extension of the ban on cruise ships entering Australian waters until December 17th – and a halt to overseas travel until the same date. The Federal Government has stopped any international cruise ship with 100 or more passengers from docking at the nation’s ports. Australians are also banned from leaving the country by air or sea unless they’re a resident of another country. Those measures will now stay in place until December 17 – meaning Australia has effectively been without travel for nine months, and our cruise season has been cancelled."
Hurtigruten Working to Improve Health and Safety Protocols
"Hurtigruten has reported that the Norwegian Maritime Directorate’s (NMD) investigation of the COVID-19 outbreak aboard the Roald Amundsen uncovered seven deviations and failures in several areas to carry out health and safety protocols and procedures and ISM-Code compliance. The company said that it is working to correct its systems and any deviations within the three months it has been given by the NMD.
“What the NMD has pointed out is serious and shows that we must improve,” said CEP Daniel Skjeldam in a prepared statement. “These are the first steps toward transparency and the improvement of all aspects of our operation. We are now awaiting an external investigation that will give us more information and broader basis for the work that is ahead of us.” "
10 weird things about Royal Caribbean cruises that no one tells you
"I have been lucky enough to cruise on Royal Caribbean for many years, but there are definitely a few odd things about cruising that someone new to a cruise might not expect. Going on a cruise is a fun family vacation, but there are definitely some nuances and experiences that just do not exist in everyday life. These are not problems or bad ideas, rather, a heads up to anyone going on their first cruise with what to expect as it relates to cruising culture. I have come up with my own list of interesting differences first-timers may not know about."
Cruise trips are back in Europe. This is what they look like now
"Boarding in the Italian port of Genoa for a seven-day Mediterranean cruise on August 16, travel agent Valeria Belardi prepared herself for a voyage like no other. Ms Belardi was one of some 3000 pioneering cruisers on board MSC Grandiosa, the first cruise liner to return to the Mediterranean following the global shutdown of the multibillion-dollar cruise industry in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The voyage was characterized by COVID-19 testing, social distancing, hand sanitizing and temperature checks, but it was also relaxing and enjoyable, Ms Belardi said."
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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