September 21, 2020
In this Issue
Here are some of the news articles we are following:
- U.S. Senators introduce bill to allow cruise lines to restart
- Six months into pandemic pause, Carnival cancels more cruises into spring 2021
- The Bahamas Outlines Plans for Tourism Recovery
- Why the Cayman Islands Is Turning Away Cruise Ships Until Next Year
- Cunard cruises suspended until March
- Tokyo now open to world's biggest cruise ships with new terminal
- Princess Reveals Five Ship Lineup for Australia Season
- Princess Cruises Claims Sailing Ruby Princess Followed Prime Minister’s Example
- MSC Grandiosa crew tests positive for Coronavirus during screening
- 7 positive COVID-19 cases on CroisiEurope's Vasco de Gama river ship
- Cruise ships could be docking in Delta, eventually
- Costa Cruises suspends 2020-2021 South America season
- Which Lines Are Cruising in Europe – All You Need to Know
- Costa Cruises to require cruise passengers to test negative for COVID-19 ahead of boarding
- Cruise Line Cancels Caribbean Cruises Through January 2021
- Cruise Ships scrapped and sold update
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U.S. Senators introduce bill to allow cruise lines to restart
"Two United States Senators introduced a new bill that aims to reopen the cruise industry to start sailing again. Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio announced new legislation known as the Set Sail Safely Act.
The bill creates a Maritime Task Force focused on the health, safety, security, & logistical changes to allow cruise lines & ports to resume operations. At its heart, the Set Sail Safely Act would do two basic things:
- Require the proper federal agencies, led by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, to work together with input from private sector stakeholders to develop a plan for the safe resumption of cruise line operations.
- Create a timeline for meetings of the Task Force, recommendations, and implementation of the Task Force’s recommendations."
Six months into pandemic pause, Carnival cancels more cruises into spring 2021
"After more than six months on operational pause due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Carnival Cruise Line announced Wednesday additional voyage cancellations into late spring of next year. Carnival also announced it will sell Carnival Fascination, which was launched in 1994, and Carnival Imagination, which was launched in 1995. As a result of the line's "ongoing ship enhancement program" and the continued halt in cruise operations, Carnival is delaying the return of four ships until enhancements are complete, leading to some cancellations into April 2021…"
The Bahamas Outlines Plans for Tourism Recovery
"The Bahamas has outlined a plan for recovery and reopening for tourism. According to Minister of Tourism & Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar, The Bahamas will enter Phase 3 of its Tourism Readiness & Recovery Plan on October 15, ahead of the holiday season, which will include the reopening of beaches and major hotels.
Following the safe move into Phase 3, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation along with the Ministry of Health and other government agencies will recommend an appropriate date to enter Phase 4, which pertains to the reopening of vendors, select attractions, casinos, cruises and ferries. D’Aguilar also announced that all hotel guests must abide by a 14-day Vacation-In-Place (VIP), which will allow guests access to all amenities, including hotel spas, gyms, bars and more. Additionally, Phase 3 will also see the reopening of attractions, excursions and tours on November 1."
Why the Cayman Islands Is Turning Away Cruise Ships Until Next Year
"When the Cayman Islands officials announced it was closing its George Town port—one of the Caribbean’s busiest cruise destinations—to all ships through the end of 2020, the decision seemed at odds with the sentiments of their neighbors. Currently, cruises are on pause due to the Centers for Disease Control's no-sail advisory for U.S. cruise lines; that ban is currently in place through September, though cruise lines have voluntarily paused operations through October. Tourism authorities in other high cruise-traffic Caribbean nations, including Jamaica and the Bahamas, have publicly lamented the economic loss that comes with the cruise industry being on hold. The Cayman Islands, by contrast, has become the lone Caribbean nation to voluntarily turn away cruise ships. No doubt the country risks taking a hit from the decision: As one of the most popular Caribbean cruise destinations (the third largest, based on annual passengers), the cruise industry spent $224 million in direct expenditures in the Cayman Islands in 2018 and employed 4,622 people in the destination that year, according to the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association’s Economic Impact on Cruise Tourism 2019 report."
Cunard cruises suspended until March
"The suspension of Cunard cruises has been extended until March due to the coronavirus pandemic. It means the Southampton-based company, which is part of the Carnival group, will have paused operations for an entire year. Cunard's three ships began to sail back to Southampton in March when it halted all its cruises. It originally cancelled sailings until July, before extending the date to November. Cunard president Simon Palethorpe said: "We are so sorry to all those guests who were due to sail on any of the cancelled voyages and for the disappointment this news will cause. "After very careful consideration and reviewing the latest guidance, we simply do not feel it would be sensible to start sailing again with our current schedule so we have reviewed future itineraries." "
Tokyo now open to world's biggest cruise ships with new terminal
"A new sea terminal in Tokyo that can accommodate the world’s largest cruise ships opened its doors Thursday after the novel coronavirus pandemic postponed its launch, originally scheduled for July. The Tokyo International Cruise Terminal, located in the capital’s Daiba waterfront area, has only opened its observation deck in the terminal building to the public, with no visits by ships carrying passengers expected for the time being."
Princess Reveals Five Ship Lineup for Australia Season
"Princess Cruises has unveiled a five-ship lineup for its 2021-2022 Australia season, including the debut of the Coral Princess and Royal Princess in the local market. The premium brand will offer 95 different departure dates with homeport options in Brisbane and Sydney starting in late 2021. Brisbane will see the Coral Princess homeport and the Royal Princess and Emerald Princess will sail from Sydney. Other ships include the Sapphire Princess sailing from Melbourne and the Pacific Princess in Australia as well."
Princess Cruises Claims Sailing Ruby Princess Followed Prime Minister’s Example
"A class action lawsuit against the Ruby Princess operators started on Wednesday, hearing evidence from the lead plaintiff, a retired police officer who nearly died from COVID. But Carnival Corporation, the owner of Princess Cruises, told the court the world was in a different place when the ship sailed out of Sydney Harbour in March this year. Nurse Susan Karpik who is the lead plaintiff and her husband, retired detective Henry Karpik allege they were healthy before boarding the Ruby Princess in Sydney on 8 March. The Karpiks are one of 900 plaintiffs represented by Shine Laywers. Mr Karpik, who suffers from macular degeneration spent five weeks on a ventilator and almost two months at Wollongong Hospital after alleging he fell ill on the ship. “At that point in time, leaving aside the retrospective scope, we were prepared to engage in activity which involved congregating in groups of the size that were involved in the Ruby Princess,” Carnival barrister David McLure SC said. “As at 8 March 2020, the Prime Minister was talking about going along to see his beloved (Cronulla) Sharks play a match at a busy football stadium… that will be the thrust of the issue.” "
MSC Grandiosa crew tests positive for Coronavirus during screening
"New Coronavirus (COVID-19) cruise cases were reported in a few hours in Palermo (Sicily Italy) including an MSC Grandiosa ship employee. The Israeli woman was asymptomatic and transferred on September 9 from the port to a facility (set by MSC Cruises and the Sicily's health authorities) at Palermo's COVID Hotel San Paolo. The female crew tested positive at the end of a comprehensive health and safety protocol which, according to MSC, made their ships safe. In case the employees are foreigners, they swab just prior to leaving the country of origin, and then before boarding, they carry out a second examination and swab test, so they can board the ship but immediately go to quarantine in their quarters for 2 weeks. Once the quarantine is over, before leaving the stateroom they are subjected to a 3rd swab test, which confirms or rules out the diagnosis."
7 positive COVID-19 cases on CroisiEurope's Vasco de Gama river ship
"Two passengers (of French nationality) and 5 crew on the CroisiEurope-owned and boat Vasco de Gama tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19). All 67 passengers and 20 crew onboard are being tested. The ship is deployed on Douro River (Portugal) and homeported in Oporto. The alert was given on Monday, September 7, when a passenger presented the first Coronavirus symptoms when preparing to disembark at Cais da Lixa, Portugal. The health authorities tested the 67 cruisers. The 2 positive passengers were hospitalized. The remaining guests are in isolation awaiting results. The 20 crew members have been quarantined on the boat. The five positive crew were isolated from the rest."
"River cruise ship in Europe on lockdown after COVID-19 outbreak": https://thepointsguy.com/news/croisieurope-river-cruise-covid-outbreak/
Cruise ships could be docking in Delta, eventually
"A new cruise ship terminal could still be in the cards for Delta. Due to COVID-19, the cruise season had been postponed until Oct. 31, following direction from Transport Canada. The port says it will continue to follow direction from Transport Canada and is refocusing efforts to plan for the 2021 cruise season. The port had been looking into the feasibility of building a second Lower Mainland cruise ship terminal on the banks of the Fraser River, already having conducted a preliminary study looking at potential sites in Delta or Richmond. It’s an analysis that was driven by growth in cruise volumes and cruise lines using bigger ships. Vancouver Fraser Port Authority president and CEO Robin Silvester told the Optimist recently that while the pandemic has impacted the industry, a new facility could still be needed down the road. The port’s plan is to continue to look into the feasibility of a new terminal but things will be delayed, which might end up being a good thing, he said."
Costa Cruises suspends 2020-2021 South America season
"Costa Cruises today announced the cancellation of its 2020-2021 season in South America. All scheduled itineraries/departures of the planned for deployment in South America liners Costa Fascinosa, Costa Luminosa and Costa Pacifica (November 2020-April 2021) have been cancelled. Dario Rustico, executive president of Costa Crociere for Central and South America said the line had been sailing in South America uninterrupted for 72 years and they were committed to continuing operating there. “We look forward to resuming operations in the region in the 2021-2022 season with two ships, continuing to offer the best of Italy on board our ships and a unique and yet exclusive experience for our South American guests.” Costa Cruises is in contact with the travel agencies and the passengers who purchased the impacted sailings, to inform their decision and communicate about the conversion of the amount paid for the cancelled voyage, minus the travel agent commission, in credit to be used as payment, for reservations made up to December 31, 2021, of any other voyage departing until June 30, 2022."
Which Lines Are Cruising in Europe – All You Need to Know
"While much of the world remains firmly closed to leisure travel, or is still in the grip of COVID, Europe’s cruise industry is emerging, blinking, into the late summer sunshine. It’s been a bumpy ride – but then, this is a pandemic. Everything was supposed to resume in style when Hurtigruten started operating three expedition ships along the Norwegian coast in July, having very publicly laid out its impressive sanitation protocols. Yet the line’s failure to quarantine its incoming Filipino crew meant Covid quickly took a grip on the expedition ship Roald Amundsen, resulting in 41 crew members and 21 guests testing positive.
The line’s expedition season was promptly cancelled. “We were all set to go and then Hurtigruten happened,” one expedition insider told Cruise Passenger."
Costa Cruises to require cruise passengers to test negative for COVID-19 ahead of boarding
"Costa Cruises, the Italian line that is a subsidiary of cruise giant Carnival Corp., will require all passengers to have a negative COVID-19 test result prior to boarding. Before embarking, all passengers will be subject to an antigen test starting with its first Sept. 6 departure and on all ships resuming operations going forward. "The quick antigenic test will identify any suspicious cases that may be subjected to a PCR test for further check, thus determining the possibility of embarkation," the cruise line said in a release Tuesday. MSC Cruises has also implemented a requirement that all passengers have a negative antigen test before boarding. But the rapid test is a subject of concern amid inaccurate results. Antigen tests detect specific proteins on the surface of the virus. Testing materials are cheaper and more plentiful. And the tests are fast, delivering results in 15 minutes. But they're considered less sensitive than PCR tests, which Costa is instituting as a secondary step if the antigen test suggests infection."
Cruise Line Cancels Caribbean Cruises Through January 2021
"A cruise line has canceled all Caribbean cruises through January 2021 and all other cruises through February 2021.Carnival’s P&O Cruises has confirmed an extension of their pause in cruising and all sailings have been canceled through early 2021. All Caribbean cruises are cancelled until the end of January 2021 and all cruises from and to Southampton are cancelled through February as well as Arcadia and Aurora, which have already been cancelled through to the end of their spring world cruises."
Cruise Ships scrapped and sold update
"It’s been quite the few months with deals to sell ships for scrap or further service seemingly every week, and there is more to come. Carnival Corporation have now announced 18 ship are to leave their fleet. 16 of those vessels are in the list below meaning of course 6 more are yet to be identified. Here is the current list and their status…"
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