Issue #

147

|

Volume

8

August 5, 2020

In this Issue

Here are some of the news articles we are following:

  • The Unknown Fleet: These Cruise Ships Have a Questionable Future
  • It’s Reported That Carnival Could Be Selling Cunard and Seabourn
  • Carnival Addresses Rumors They’re Selling Two Cruise Lines
  • 3 major cruise lines say they won’t be back until at least November
  • MARINA releases health protocols for repatriation and crew change amid COVID-19 pandemic
  • Dream Cruises introduces new Flexi-Feast dining concept
  • French company Ponant Cruises has 8 ships back cruising
  • Cruising and COVID-19: First cruise ships set sail for first time since coronavirus outbreak
  • Unsung Heroes Campaign Announced by American Queen Steamboat Company
  • Video Shows Carnival Fantasy Being Beached Ready for Scrapping
  • 36 crew infected on Hurtigruten ship: Passengers disembarked, potentially exposing communities

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The Unknown Fleet: These Cruise Ships Have a Questionable Future

“With the COVID-19 pandemic reeling through the cruise ship industry, a number of cruise lines have gone bust, leaving ships in limbo or with questionable futures. In addition, some lines have committed to long-term lay-ups.”  

Read more

 

It’s Reported That Carnival Could Be Selling Cunard and Seabourn

“It is being reported that Carnival Corp is considering selling two of its cruise brands Cunard Line and Seabourn Cruises.  During these difficult times, cruise lines are scrambling to ride out the global health crisis and the suspension of operations. Carnival Corporation is one of those companies which is making efforts to ride out the bad times by selling off cruise ships and now possibly even selling cruise lines. According to Tradewinds, there are sources and rumors that Carnival could be selling the iconic cruise line Cunard which is based in the UK and the luxury operator Seabourn Cruises. With both cruise lines mainly catering towards the older cruising market and the need for increased returns, there could be an offload of the lines.”

Read more

 

Carnival Addresses Rumors They’re Selling Two Cruise Lines

“Carnival Corporation has been in the news quite a bit over the past few months with regards to various assets they are selling. In fact, it was only Wednesday that financial documents revealed that the company intended to sell two more ships, in addition to the 13 already announced and/or disposed of.  But things were stepped up a notch when Tradewinds, citing unnamed sources, claimed that Carnival was looking to offload two of the brands currently under their vast umbrella. According to their sources, both Cunard Line and Seabourn Cruise Line were being discreetly shopped around. The supposed reasoning for the sale? The fact that both lines tended to attract an older following.  Carnival Corporation spokesperson Roger Frizell, however, shut down the story before it could gain much strength. “There is no truth to this [rumor],” he said. “Cunard and Seabourn are iconic brands for our company, and both lines have a strong track record of success over the years.”  

Read more

 

3 major cruise lines say they won’t be back until at least November

“You’ll now have to wait until at least November to take a cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises or Regent Seven Seas Cruises. The parent company of the three brands, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, on Wednesday said it would extend its halt to cruise operations through at least Oct. 31. Until today, the company only had canceled sailings through the end of September. In addition to extending its cancellations, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings on Wednesday said it would begin providing regular updates on its cruise cancellation plans monthly. “In an effort to provide additional transparency, beginning in August, the company plans to provide an update at the end of each month regarding the status of voyage suspensions, including any potential extensions,” the company said in a statement. The Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings announcement comes just a week after one of North America’s biggest cruise operators, Princess Cruises, canceled most departures through mid-December.”

Read more

 

MARINA releases health protocols for repatriation and crew change amid COVID-19 pandemic

“The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), with guidance from the Philippines Department of Transportation (DOTr), has issued the new detailed procedures including health and safety protocols for the repatriation and the conduct of crew change, in authorized domestic and international ports in the Republic of the Philippines.”

Read more…

 

Dream Cruises introduces new Flexi-Feast dining concept

“Dream Cruises became the first international cruise company to resume sailings via the deployment of Explorer Dream in Taiwan, where the ship commenced island-hopping itineraries from Keelung (Taipei) to Penghu, Matsu, Kinmen, Hualien on July 26. Passengers on the cruise saw the debut of the company’s new Flexi-Feast dining concept allowing flexibility for a customized dining experience by guests’ freedom to choose from a wider choice of venues as well as to dine at their leisure.  Flexi-Feast provides additional peace of mind for vacationers by helping to ease restrictions at certain venues for a more comfortable environment onboard. Dream Cruises’ Flexi-Feast dining concept is applicable to all voyages of Explorer Dream’s island-hopping itinerary in Taiwan. Upon embarkation, passengers receive a set of complimentary dining vouchers which can be used to redeem set meals at designated venues. Alternatively, the vouchers are honoured as onboard dining credits at specialty bars and restaurants, as well as for room service.”

Read more

 

French company Ponant Cruises has 8 ships back cruising

“The premium French brand Ponant Cruises recently announced that it had 8 ships back sailing, with 4 of them offering itineraries within France. These include L’Austral (from Marseille), Le Bougainville (from Bordeaux), Le Dumont D’Urville (from Le Havre-Paris) and Le Lyrial (7-roundtrips from Villefranche-sur-Mer/Nice). In addition, Le Bellot is sailing in Iceland, Le Boreal in Spitsbergen Norway, while Paul Gauguin cruises in Tahiti, departing from homeport Papeete on 7-night round trips. Ponant has also stationed 2 ships - Le Laperouse in New Caledonia, and Le Soleal in Tahiti - awaiting the Australian and New Zealand authorities to allow them to cruise the South Pacific again.”

Read more


Cruising and COVID-19: First cruise ships set sail for first time since coronavirus outbreak

“Competition may not be fierce, but the race to start cruising again has begun. Explorer Dream, part of the Malaysian-owned Dream Cruises fleet owned by the giant Genting Group, is set to depart on Sunday on a "Taiwan Island-Hopping" itinerary. But any start of the cruise season in Australia in September is still awash with uncertainty. These early days of cruising's comeback will hardly be smooth sailing for passengers with somewhat draconian, if understandable, safety measures to confront.”

Read more…

 

Unsung Heroes Campaign Announced by American Queen Steamboat Company

“American Queen Steamboat Company has announced the American Countess Unsung Heroes Contest to recognize the individuals who are going above and beyond to support their communities in response to COVID-19, according to a press release. The news comes in anticipation of the American Countess inaugural sailing on August 23, 2020. The Unsung Heroes Contest will award five individuals with a complimentary cruise of their choice aboard any American Countess sailing on the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee Rivers this September through December 2020.”

Read more

 

Video Shows Carnival Fantasy Being Beached Ready for Scrapping

“The Carnival Fantasy cruise ship which is the first in her class has officially reached the end as the vessel has been beached at the Aliaga ship breaking facility in Turkey. She joins the two former Royal Caribbean cruise ships of Monarch of the Seas and Sovereign of the Seas. The former Carnival cruise ship arrived just off the coast of Aliaga on Tuesday morning and was anchored until she was able to be beached today. The ship will be taken apart and her metal sold off. The ship has already been stripped of all-important items when she was docked in Curacao 15 days ago.” 

Read more

 

36 crew infected on Hurtigruten ship: Passengers disembarked, potentially exposing communities

“Thirty-six crew members have tested positive for COVID-19 onboard Hurtigruten's MS Roald Amundsen, currently docked in Tromsø, Norway, according to a statement provided by line spokesperson Øystein Knoph. But the virus might not have been contained onboard. Potentially impacted passengers from two separate voyages had already disembarked a cruise on July 24 and the last cruise on Friday, leaving ample time for passengers to begin their voyages home and potentially spread the virus. The cruise line has contacted passengers who had been on the MS Roald Amundsen for its July 17 and July 24 departures. There were 209 guests on the first voyage and 178 guests on the second voyage, though the ship holds between 530 and 600 passengers, according to CruiseMapper. All have been asked to self-quarantine in accordance with Norwegian regulations, according to the cruise line.” 

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 #

147

|

Volume

8

August 5, 2020

In this Issue

Here are some of the news articles we are following:

  • The Unknown Fleet: These Cruise Ships Have a Questionable Future
  • It’s Reported That Carnival Could Be Selling Cunard and Seabourn
  • Carnival Addresses Rumors They’re Selling Two Cruise Lines
  • 3 major cruise lines say they won’t be back until at least November
  • MARINA releases health protocols for repatriation and crew change amid COVID-19 pandemic
  • Dream Cruises introduces new Flexi-Feast dining concept
  • French company Ponant Cruises has 8 ships back cruising
  • Cruising and COVID-19: First cruise ships set sail for first time since coronavirus outbreak
  • Unsung Heroes Campaign Announced by American Queen Steamboat Company
  • Video Shows Carnival Fantasy Being Beached Ready for Scrapping
  • 36 crew infected on Hurtigruten ship: Passengers disembarked, potentially exposing communities

Cover Image by:

The Unknown Fleet: These Cruise Ships Have a Questionable Future

“With the COVID-19 pandemic reeling through the cruise ship industry, a number of cruise lines have gone bust, leaving ships in limbo or with questionable futures. In addition, some lines have committed to long-term lay-ups.”  

Read more

 

It’s Reported That Carnival Could Be Selling Cunard and Seabourn

“It is being reported that Carnival Corp is considering selling two of its cruise brands Cunard Line and Seabourn Cruises.  During these difficult times, cruise lines are scrambling to ride out the global health crisis and the suspension of operations. Carnival Corporation is one of those companies which is making efforts to ride out the bad times by selling off cruise ships and now possibly even selling cruise lines. According to Tradewinds, there are sources and rumors that Carnival could be selling the iconic cruise line Cunard which is based in the UK and the luxury operator Seabourn Cruises. With both cruise lines mainly catering towards the older cruising market and the need for increased returns, there could be an offload of the lines.”

Read more

 

Carnival Addresses Rumors They’re Selling Two Cruise Lines

“Carnival Corporation has been in the news quite a bit over the past few months with regards to various assets they are selling. In fact, it was only Wednesday that financial documents revealed that the company intended to sell two more ships, in addition to the 13 already announced and/or disposed of.  But things were stepped up a notch when Tradewinds, citing unnamed sources, claimed that Carnival was looking to offload two of the brands currently under their vast umbrella. According to their sources, both Cunard Line and Seabourn Cruise Line were being discreetly shopped around. The supposed reasoning for the sale? The fact that both lines tended to attract an older following.  Carnival Corporation spokesperson Roger Frizell, however, shut down the story before it could gain much strength. “There is no truth to this [rumor],” he said. “Cunard and Seabourn are iconic brands for our company, and both lines have a strong track record of success over the years.”  

Read more

 

3 major cruise lines say they won’t be back until at least November

“You’ll now have to wait until at least November to take a cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises or Regent Seven Seas Cruises. The parent company of the three brands, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, on Wednesday said it would extend its halt to cruise operations through at least Oct. 31. Until today, the company only had canceled sailings through the end of September. In addition to extending its cancellations, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings on Wednesday said it would begin providing regular updates on its cruise cancellation plans monthly. “In an effort to provide additional transparency, beginning in August, the company plans to provide an update at the end of each month regarding the status of voyage suspensions, including any potential extensions,” the company said in a statement. The Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings announcement comes just a week after one of North America’s biggest cruise operators, Princess Cruises, canceled most departures through mid-December.”

Read more

 

MARINA releases health protocols for repatriation and crew change amid COVID-19 pandemic

“The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), with guidance from the Philippines Department of Transportation (DOTr), has issued the new detailed procedures including health and safety protocols for the repatriation and the conduct of crew change, in authorized domestic and international ports in the Republic of the Philippines.”

Read more…

 

Dream Cruises introduces new Flexi-Feast dining concept

“Dream Cruises became the first international cruise company to resume sailings via the deployment of Explorer Dream in Taiwan, where the ship commenced island-hopping itineraries from Keelung (Taipei) to Penghu, Matsu, Kinmen, Hualien on July 26. Passengers on the cruise saw the debut of the company’s new Flexi-Feast dining concept allowing flexibility for a customized dining experience by guests’ freedom to choose from a wider choice of venues as well as to dine at their leisure.  Flexi-Feast provides additional peace of mind for vacationers by helping to ease restrictions at certain venues for a more comfortable environment onboard. Dream Cruises’ Flexi-Feast dining concept is applicable to all voyages of Explorer Dream’s island-hopping itinerary in Taiwan. Upon embarkation, passengers receive a set of complimentary dining vouchers which can be used to redeem set meals at designated venues. Alternatively, the vouchers are honoured as onboard dining credits at specialty bars and restaurants, as well as for room service.”

Read more

 

French company Ponant Cruises has 8 ships back cruising

“The premium French brand Ponant Cruises recently announced that it had 8 ships back sailing, with 4 of them offering itineraries within France. These include L’Austral (from Marseille), Le Bougainville (from Bordeaux), Le Dumont D’Urville (from Le Havre-Paris) and Le Lyrial (7-roundtrips from Villefranche-sur-Mer/Nice). In addition, Le Bellot is sailing in Iceland, Le Boreal in Spitsbergen Norway, while Paul Gauguin cruises in Tahiti, departing from homeport Papeete on 7-night round trips. Ponant has also stationed 2 ships - Le Laperouse in New Caledonia, and Le Soleal in Tahiti - awaiting the Australian and New Zealand authorities to allow them to cruise the South Pacific again.”

Read more


Cruising and COVID-19: First cruise ships set sail for first time since coronavirus outbreak

“Competition may not be fierce, but the race to start cruising again has begun. Explorer Dream, part of the Malaysian-owned Dream Cruises fleet owned by the giant Genting Group, is set to depart on Sunday on a "Taiwan Island-Hopping" itinerary. But any start of the cruise season in Australia in September is still awash with uncertainty. These early days of cruising's comeback will hardly be smooth sailing for passengers with somewhat draconian, if understandable, safety measures to confront.”

Read more…

 

Unsung Heroes Campaign Announced by American Queen Steamboat Company

“American Queen Steamboat Company has announced the American Countess Unsung Heroes Contest to recognize the individuals who are going above and beyond to support their communities in response to COVID-19, according to a press release. The news comes in anticipation of the American Countess inaugural sailing on August 23, 2020. The Unsung Heroes Contest will award five individuals with a complimentary cruise of their choice aboard any American Countess sailing on the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee Rivers this September through December 2020.”

Read more

 

Video Shows Carnival Fantasy Being Beached Ready for Scrapping

“The Carnival Fantasy cruise ship which is the first in her class has officially reached the end as the vessel has been beached at the Aliaga ship breaking facility in Turkey. She joins the two former Royal Caribbean cruise ships of Monarch of the Seas and Sovereign of the Seas. The former Carnival cruise ship arrived just off the coast of Aliaga on Tuesday morning and was anchored until she was able to be beached today. The ship will be taken apart and her metal sold off. The ship has already been stripped of all-important items when she was docked in Curacao 15 days ago.” 

Read more

 

36 crew infected on Hurtigruten ship: Passengers disembarked, potentially exposing communities

“Thirty-six crew members have tested positive for COVID-19 onboard Hurtigruten's MS Roald Amundsen, currently docked in Tromsø, Norway, according to a statement provided by line spokesperson Øystein Knoph. But the virus might not have been contained onboard. Potentially impacted passengers from two separate voyages had already disembarked a cruise on July 24 and the last cruise on Friday, leaving ample time for passengers to begin their voyages home and potentially spread the virus. The cruise line has contacted passengers who had been on the MS Roald Amundsen for its July 17 and July 24 departures. There were 209 guests on the first voyage and 178 guests on the second voyage, though the ship holds between 530 and 600 passengers, according to CruiseMapper. All have been asked to self-quarantine in accordance with Norwegian regulations, according to the cruise line.” 

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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