August 10, 2020
In this Issue
Here are some of the news articles we are following:
- Travel Agent Refuses to Sell Cruises That May Not Sail
- India Green Lights Cruises, Jalesh to Start in November
- Covid cases on ships shows how complex the restart can be
- MSC Protocols Go Above and Beyond Says CEO Onorato
- The First Sailing Since Lockdown – What Life is Like in the New World of Cruise
- Orient Queen Sinks in Beirut, Two Crew Reported Dead
- Atlas Ocean Reveals Multi-Day Shore Excursions
- Ponant Heads for the Land of Polar Bears at Svalbard
- Big Cruise Lines “Unlikely” – But Small Ships Could Restart Our Cruise Season
- 340 cruise passengers confined to cabins after traveler tests positive for coronavirus
- SeaDream Passenger Tests Positive for COVID-19
- UnCruise Ship Returning to Port After Passenger Tests Positive for COVID
- What Happens to Cruise Ships During the Pandemic's Hurricane Season?
- CLIA Further Extends Suspension of U.S. Cruises Until At Least October 31: Cruise Lines Follow Suit
- More than 200 people on luxury cruise ship ordered to say on board, after passenger from previous trip gets coronavirus
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Travel Agent Refuses to Sell Cruises That May Not Sail
"It’s been a surreal five months since the cruise pause in March. The world’s fleet of more than 300 ships are riding at anchor all over the planet. There is no sign yet of a unified protocol that might satisfy health authorities that operators can make their vessels safe, though much work has been started. The 32 million passengers that the Cruise Lines International Association suggested would sail this year are reluctantly stuck at home – including tens of thousands of Cruise Passenger readers. Yet if you subscribe to cruise line and travel agent newsletters, you’ll find a parallel universe of special offers, free drinks packages and dining deals on itineraries that some say are highly unlikely to sail."
India Green Lights Cruises, Jalesh to Start in November
"Jalesh Cruises is back from its pause, as the company announced it will return to operation with the Karnika with a Nov. 6 departure. The news follows the Indian Government's announcement that it will permit cruise ships to commence sailing from October 1. Jalesh said it will offer all passengers free rapid COVID-19 and all other flu related testing at the time of embarkation. Passengers will receive their test results in 15 minutes and be able to board the ship."
Covid cases on ships shows how complex the restart can be
"The global cruise industry took one step forward and two steps back this weekend in its quest to resume sailings after the pandemic grounded fleets worldwide. One ship, UnCruise Adventures' Wilderness Adventurer, on Saturday became the first cruise line to resume overnight cruising in the U.S. since cruise lines halted operations in March. The vessel departed Juneau with 37 passengers and 30 crew for a seven-day cruise on the line's Glacier Bay Adventure itinerary. UnCruise celebrated the milestone on social media. "Normally there are 1.1 million cruise ship visitors to Juneau. Today the first 36 depart," UnCruise said in a Facebook post. In an accompanying video of CEO Dan Blanchard with the ship at the dock, he said, "For all of Juneau, all of Alaska, we celebrate with you." "
MSC Protocols Go Above and Beyond Says CEO Onorato
" “Our protocols go beyond any recommendations that we have received from any government authorities in Europe,” said Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises, adding he hopes to have the final approvals to start cruising with two ships in the Mediterranean shortly. The plan is to have the MSC Grandiosa offer seven-night cruises in the Western Mediterranean and the MSC Magnifica will serve the Eastern Mediterranean, with calls already booked into Italy, Greece and Malta. Both ships will operate under new health protocols."
The First Sailing Since Lockdown – What Life is Like in the New World of Cruise
"Cruise lines are getting back to business in some parts of the world – much to the envy of many die-hard Australian cruisers. Asia-based Dream Cruises has started short Taiwan sailings from Keelung on island-hopping getaways including Peng Hu, Masu Island, Kinmen as well as Hualien. Meanwhile in Germany, TUI’s Mein Schiff 2, recently returned from a three-day cruise from Hamburg with just 1,200 guests onboard – 700 less than what the ship can hold at full capacity. But what is life like on a big ship in the new world of cruise?"
Orient Queen Sinks in Beirut, Two Crew Reported Dead
"A massive fiery explosion near a waterfront, industrial section of Beirut, Lebanon killed over 70 people and wounded around 4,000 earlier today. A video of the blast, which was broadcast around the world, showed a large fire with smaller explosions followed by a horrific explosion which reportedly destroyed buildings far from the blast site. The huge blast significantly damaged the Orient Queen cruise ship, which was located near the explosion at the port of Beirut. Photographs taken by a correspondent of Al Jazerra of the damage to the port include the cruise ship listing significantly at her berth at the port. Overnight, the Orient Queen cruise ship capsized, taking on water at her berth following a deadly blast in Lebanon on Tuesday evening. The explosion also claimed the head office of the ship's operator, Abou Merhi Cruises, as well as the entire Abou Merhi Group. Two crew are reported dead while seven are listed in critical condition."
Atlas Ocean Reveals Multi-Day Shore Excursions
"Atlas Ocean Voyage today announced MAX SHORE, extended, regional odysseys that include a complimentary, three- to six-day overland adventure during the voyage. With MAX SHORE, Atlas Ocean Voyages said it delivers a complete, guided land-and-sea luxury experience so adventurers can immerse themselves more deeply in the attractions, traditions and excitement surrounding the Black Sea and the Holy Land. Furthermore, Travel Advisors who book their clients on 2021 MAX SHORE odysseys will receive a $500 or $750 gift card now – and 15 percent commission at time of their clients’ sailing – known as GET PAID NOW. “No other cruise brand offers an included, multi-day overland adventure like Atlas Ocean Voyages does with MAX SHORE,” said Alberto Aliberti, President of Atlas Ocean Voyages. “Essentially, we’ve combined two unforgettable, travel experiences – a luxury cruise and a fascinating land tour – into one without compromising either. Usually, tour extensions are at an additional cost and require more days pre- or post-cruise, but MAX SHORE includes the extended, overland adventure for guests without having to extend their travel time.” "
Ponant Heads for the Land of Polar Bears at Svalbard
"Ponant, the French line already sailing in Europe, has now started luxury cruises to the Arctic. The first ships are on course to Spitsbergen in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, where polar bears outnumber people. There are also cruises scheduled for the Northeast Passage before sailing onward to Kamchatka and the Kuril Islands in the Russian Arctic. Ponant will undertake five cruises into the Arctic before September 2020, four of which are running brand new itineraries. Destinations include the Bering Strait; Chukotka, one of the most remote parts of the world; Svalbard and its Nordaust-Svalbard Nature Reserve; the Kuril Islands, and the Northeast Passage. Looking to the future and offering a little bit of a teaser of what is to come, Ponant has provided four sample itineraries of ‘soon-to-sail’ Arctic voyages when international travel once again becomes an option."
Big Cruise Lines “Unlikely” – But Small Ships Could Restart Our Cruise Season
"Tourism Restart Taskforce member John Hart maintains it is “totally unlikely that big international cruise ships with thousands of passengers” will be allowed to sail in Australian waters soon. But the Taskforce is hopeful small ship lines like Ponant, which carry some 260 passengers each, might be able to operate in the much-talked-about “bubble” of Australia only – or Australia and New Zealand. Current biosecurity laws, imposed by the Federal Government, ban international cruise ships with capacity of more than 100 passengers from Australia until September 17."
340 cruise passengers confined to cabins after traveler tests positive for coronavirus
"Some 340 passengers and crew are confined on a cruise ship in Tahiti after one traveler tested positive for coronavirus, the commissariat for French Polynesia said late Sunday. All those aboard the Paul Gauguin cruise ship are being tested, and will be kept in their cabins pending the results, it said in a statement. The South Pacific archipelago started reopening to tourists last month and required that all visitors get tested before arriving and test themselves four days after entering the territory."
SeaDream Passenger Tests Positive for COVID-19
"A SeaDream I passenger from the previous cruise the ship sailed has tested positive for COVID-19 upon his return to Denmark, according to the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten, resulting in all passengers on the current sailing being asked to stay in their staterooms. SeaDream I is expected to arrive in Bodø on Wednesday morning. Local health authorities are expected to start testing passengers and crew and no one will be allowed to go ashore, according to local media reports. In a letter to passengers, SeaDream said that it was unaware of any other passengers or crew being infected or displaying symptoms, but wants to play it safe. SeaDream I started the cruise from Tromsø on August 2 sailing back to Oslo where the previous cruise had started on July 21."
UnCruise Ship Returning to Port After Passenger Tests Positive for COVID
"The first U.S. cruise to set sail since the COVID-19 pandemic began has returned to Juneau after cutting short its voyage to Alaska after a passenger received notification he had tested positive for the virus. UnCruise Adventures' Wilderness Adventurer, which left Juneau on Saturday for a weeklong cruise with 37 passengers and 30 crewmembers onboard, docked in the port city Wednesday morning, with all passengers being transferred to a local hotel where they will be placed into quarantine until doctors and state officials determine it is safe for them to leave. Crew will quarantine onboard the boat."
What Happens to Cruise Ships During the Pandemic's Hurricane Season?
"Summer is often a disruptive time for Caribbean cruises as Hurricane Season, which typically runs from June until November, kicks into high gear. Thanks to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, things look very different this year. With cruises themselves on hold, the lines will not face the arduous task of rerouting and possibly cancelling sailings. Still the risk of tropical storm force winds and heavy precipitation is there for ships that are laid up in Florida and other Atlantic and Caribbean ports (as this writing, Tropical Storm Isias is bringing watches and warnings to Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Turks & Caicos and the Bahamas). Although the current cruise fleet is scattered around the world, what happens to the numerous cruise ships still left behind in the Caribbean during the 2020 hurricane season?"
CLIA Further Extends Suspension of U.S. Cruises Until At Least October 31: Cruise Lines Follow Suit
"The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced it will be extending its voluntary suspension of U.S. cruise operations for all member lines until at least October 31, 2020. It is the third time that CLIA has issued a voluntary suspension of sailing notice, following the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's initial "No-Sail" order that was issued in March and extended further in April and July. CLIA member lines include some of the world's largest brands, including all Carnival Corporation & plc lines like Carnival, Holland America and Princess; Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings' brands including Norwegian, Oceania and Regent; and Royal Caribbean Group brands including Azamara, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean and Silversea."
More than 200 people on luxury cruise ship ordered to say on board, after passenger from previous trip gets coronavirus
"More than 200 people aboard a luxury cruise ship sailing along the Norwegian coast have been asked to stay onboard, after a passenger from a previous cruise tested positive for the new coronavirus. According to the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten, all 123 passengers and 85 crew members aboard the SeaDream 1 were asked to stay in their cabins, as the yacht-style cruise ship docked in a harbor in the city of Bodoe, in Norway, on Wednesday morning. SeaDream Yacht Club, the Norway company that owns the ship, said in a letter sent to passengers that a “guest [who] has been on board SeaDream 1 and traveled to Denmark from Tromsoe on August 2” tested positive for COVID-19. The person underwent a routine virus test after arriving in Denmark. The test came back positive on Tuesday."
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