October 14, 2020
In this Issue
Here are some of the news articles we are following:
- The GPHS podcast - An Epidemiologist's Perspective on COVID-19 and the Cruise Industry
- Cruise ships with 250+ people to test all passengers and crew for COVID-19
- Line by line – the cruise companies which have cancelled sailings (and when they plan to restart)
- Cruise leaders highly optimistic for US restart this year
- Cruising is on the ballot in Key West this year… Will voters reject big ships?
- UK Cruise Industry comes together to develop new COVID-19 Framework for cruise operators
- Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis could indirectly impact the cruise industry, an analyst says
- Ocean Cruise Lines That Have Restarted Cruises
- Garcia: ‘Allow the Cruise Industry to Get Back to Business’
- Costa to Add Third Ship Back into Service on Oct. 10
- Cruises in U.S. waters halted until at least November, CDC says
- Cruise ship dismantling business booming in Turkey due to COVID-19 pandemic
- Cruise industry unveils mandatory rules for safe sailing during COVID-19 pandemic
- Viking announced the Itinerary of its first Holiday-themed Mississippi River Cruise
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The GPHS podcast - An Epidemiologist's Perspective on COVID-19 and the Cruise Industry
Cruise ships with 250+ people to test all passengers and crew for COVID-19
"All major cruise lines (worldwide) committed to testing every passenger and crew for Coronavirus (COVID-19) prior to boarding, CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) announced on Tuesday, October 6."
Line by line – the cruise companies which have cancelled sailings (and when they plan to restart)
"Update on cruise lines suspending operations, with the current planned resumption date. Lines or itineraries in bold have already restarted sailing. In the US, the CDC has extended the ‘no-sail’ ban until October 31. Please use the links to refer to individual company websites for details…."
Cruise leaders highly optimistic for US restart this year
"Cruise line leaders voiced optimism about sailing from the US this year with many safety layers in place and a commitment to 100% testing of all passengers and crew. In their first joint conference appearance during 2020, the Big Four leaders — Arnold Donald, Richard Fain, Frank Del Rio, Pierfrancesco Vago — spoke during the 'State of the Global Cruise Industry' keynote at Seatrade Cruise Virtual. They pointed to the largely successful slow, gradual resumption of cruising in Europe, the numerous science-based protocols emerging from the recommendations of the Healthy Sail Panel and other experts and a commitment to universal testing as reasons for their optimism."
Cruising is on the ballot in Key West this year… Will voters reject big ships?
"Cruising is on the ballot this year in Key West, where voters have a say in how the island city does business with the cruise ship industry. Voters in the Southernmost City are weighing three cruise related referendums. If passed, and enacted, they would dramatically cut the number of cruise ships allowed to dock and derail the business plans of the world’s largest cruise companies, already battered by the Covid-19 pandemic."
UK Cruise Industry comes together to develop new COVID-19 Framework for cruise operators
"The UK Chamber of Shipping, the trade association for the UK shipping industry, has worked closely with the cruise industry for over six months developing new Framework documents for cruise ship operators to implement new measures with enhanced public health protection. The Framework, which has been shared with the UK government, and was produced in collaboration with the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), is the culmination of months of collaborative work between cruise operators, industry partners, and health experts. It will help inform the restart of the cruise industry when the time is right and public health conditions allow. There is currently no restart date for the industry but the UK Chamber of Shipping, CLIA and operators will continue to work with the government on future plans. The health and wellbeing of passengers and crew has always been the top priority for the cruise industry, which already implements some of the most stringent safety and hygiene standards. The cruise sector in the UK is worth £10 billion to the UK economy and supports more than 88,000 jobs and the new documents have been shared with stakeholders across the industry and was agreed by the major operators."
Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis could indirectly impact the cruise industry, an analyst says
"As the news of President Trump's positive COVID-19 test slumped the market early on Friday, industry analysts predict cruising could also be negatively impacted. Although experts don't predict any major impact on travel, the possibility of a new presidential administration could affect the cruise industry. Plus, any event that spotlights COVID-19 risks could deal a blow to cruise lines' reopening plans — impacting both customer demand and company willingness to restart operations, Macquarie analyst Paul Golding told Business Insider. "Any increased visibility around the seriousness and pervasiveness of COVID, whether it's a second wave or politically related … likely [has] a negative impact in our view on cruising demand and supply," Golding said, adding that "we would expect that to potentially alter the timeline for full resumption for the cruise lines." "
Ocean Cruise Lines That Have Restarted Cruises
"Several ocean cruise lines have already begun to resume cruises in certain parts of the world on select cruise ships. While most ocean cruise lines are still waiting to restart cruise operations, here are the major ocean cruise lines that already have at least one cruise ship back at sea. The cruise lines that have started back up have done so with one cruise ship at a time and with new enhanced health protocols. MSC Cruises – MSC Cruises was the first major cruise line to resume service when MSC Grandiosa began offering cruises from Italy. The cruise ship has completed seven successful sailings so far and that has led the cruise line to add a second ship this month."
Garcia: ‘Allow the Cruise Industry To Get Back To Business’
"The Chief Operating Officer at Cruise Planners, Vicky Garcia, has pleaded with the U.S. government to allow the cruise industry to resume operations. “[We’ve had] enough already… It’s affecting the entire industry: jobs are being lost and businesses are closing on the daily. This is unfair and blatantly irresponsible,” Garcia said during the Advocating for the Return of Cruises online press conference on Oct. 2. This plea comes just days after the CDC extended the "No Sail" order for cruise ships in the United States for another month. In Garcia’s opinion, the extension is unfair, especially when “resorts, hotels, airlines, theme parks, restaurants are not having to defend their safe return to business at the level that we are, as the cruise industry.” The COO has highlighted that the industry is ready to resume sailing. “I have a firm belief that cruise ships are going to be one of the cleanest and best places to be on. Probably always have been and now, with new protocols, even more so,” she said. The data presented at the press conference showed that people are ready to get back to traveling – cruising specifically – too."
Costa to Add Third Ship Back into Service on Oct. 10
"The Costa Smeralda will be the third Costa ship back in cruise operation when she relaunches service on Oct. 10 following the introductions of the Costa Deliziosa and the Costa Diadema. Costa announced it has designed a new one-week itinerary dedicated to the rediscovery, with enhanced safety protocols, the best of Italy."
Cruises in U.S. waters halted until at least November, CDC says
"Cruise ships will be barred from sailing in U.S. waters for at least another month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced late Wednesday, extending its "no sail" order through October. That's a far shorter extension than what the CDC originally proposed to the White House coronavirus task force, which was that cruise ships should not sail until at least February. But the February extension was nixed after a meeting between the CDC and members of the task force, according to officials familiar with the situation. "Recent outbreaks on cruise ships overseas provide current evidence that cruise ship travel continues to transmit and amplify the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19," the CDC said in a press release, "even when ships sail at reduced passenger capacities—and would likely spread the infection into U.S. communities if passenger operations were to resume prematurely in the United States." "
Cruise ship dismantling business booming in Turkey due to COVID-19 pandemic
"Business is currently booming at a sea dock in Turkey, where 5 cruise liners are being dismantled for scrap metal after the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis nearly destroyed the cruise shipping industry. Cruise vessels were home to some of the earliest clusters of Coronavirus as the pandemic spread globally in March 2020. The March-issued "no-sail" order is still in place. On Friday, October 2, dozens of workers stripped windows, floors, walls and railings from several ships in Aliaga - a small town with a seaside shipbreaking yard located ~45 km north of Port Izmir (western Turkey). Three more vessels will soon join the already being dismantled ones. Prior to the pandemic, Turkey’s shipbreaking yards received mainly cargo carriers and container ships (boxships). According to Kamil Onal, chairman of a ship recycling industrialists’ association, after the Coronavirus pandemic, cruise ships had changed course towards Aliaga in a significant way, and there had been growth in the sector because of the ongoing crisis. When the ships could not find work, they turned to dismantling for scrap metal sale."
Cruise industry unveils mandatory rules for safe sailing during COVID-19 pandemic
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Viking announced the Itinerary of its first Holiday-themed Mississippi River Cruise
"Viking's new travel brand Viking River Cruises USA released details of its holiday-themed voyages on the Mississippi River. Scheduled to launch in December 2022, the voyage's highlights include Cajun cuisine, light shows and VIP access to Graceland (from Memphis TN). The new 8-day "Mississippi Holiday Season" itinerary begins with overnights in Memphis for music- and history-themed tours ashore. Then starts the scenic cruising down the river with port calls Vicksburg MS and Natchez MS. The voyage ends in Port NOLA (New Orleans) where travellers explore the city prior to heading back home."
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