Issue #

120

|

Volume

7

June 24, 2020

In this Issue

Here are some of the news articles we are following:

  • UK Cruise Line Extends Suspension of All Cruises Towards End of August
  • Puerto Rico Set to Open on July 15
  • Cruise Lines Reopening: The (latest) Complete List with Dates
  • Just Back from Banff: Ideas from A Hotel Stay That Cruise Ships Could Borrow
  • Scandal-plagued Wirecard says accounts worth billions likely don't exist
  • Cruise ships banned from Queensland (Australia) until pandemic is over
  • Cruise industry announces US sailing suspension extended until Sept. 15

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UK Cruise Line Extends Suspension of All Cruises Towards End of August

“Marella Cruises which is a UK-based cruise line has extended its pause on cruise operations towards the end of August 2020. The cruise line has made the decision to extend its suspension of cruise operations for even longer due to ongoing travel restrictions around the world. Marella Cruises has now cancelled all cruises until August 27, 2020, and for select sailings, it goes much further. There are more specific cancellations with Marella Discovery sailings from Palma cancelled until October 31 and the Electric Sunsets cruises on Marella Explorer 2 departure on September 5, 2020.” 

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Puerto Rico Set to Open on July 15

“Puerto Rico has recently marked its third phase of economic reopening for the U.S. jurisdiction, with recreation and tourism at its forefront, and plans to fully re-open by mid-July. Currently, the destination's popular attractions and tourist locations are open for Island residents, according to a press release.  Hotels in Puerto Rico have remained open throughout, and with this recent update, common and commercial spaces, such as pools, bars, restaurants and shops within hotels are able to operate at 50% capacity in order to promote social distancing.” 

Continue Reading

 

Updated: Cruise Lines Reopening: The (latest) Complete List with Dates

“Cruise lines around the world will be reopening this summer and fall as the cruise industry looks to start its recovery.  There are a lot of factors that have to come together to make these sailings happen but one thing's for sure.  People still want to cruise. We will be choosing one cruise line to work with once the industry reopens to show what it's like to cruise in a post pandemic world so stay tuned to Travel Off Path!” 

Continue Reading

 

Just Back from Banff: Ideas from A Hotel Stay That Cruise Ships Could Borrow

“As hotels open up with new procedures and policies geared toward preventing the spread of COVID-19, there are features that could serve as a roadmap for the cruise lines as the industry attempts to return to service.  Granted, hotels have the advantage of remaining under the guidance of one set of local health regulations, while cruise lines must grapple with a multitude of different rules and regulations from countries around the world.  But a recent stay at a premium resort in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains showcased just how safe -- and most importantly, fun -- travel can still be, even as the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic still surrounds us. Not all changes implemented to fight COVID-19 made the hotel stay upsetting or awkward, we found -- and some actually made the experience better than it was before.  Here's what we found during a mini-break at Banff's Rimrock Resort Hotel.”

Continue Reading

 

Scandal-plagued Wirecard says accounts worth billions likely don't exist

In Issue #119, I highlighted an article about Wildcat and how this has impacted the cruise industry… here’s more…  “German payment service provider Wirecard said Monday it has concluded that 1.9 billion euros (US$2.1 billion) which were supposed to be held in two accounts probably don't exist, deepening troubles that last week prompted the resignation of its chief executive. Wirecard AG was once regarded as a star of the growing financial technology sector, but its shares have fallen sharply after the company became the subject of multiple Financial Times reports about accounting irregularities in its Asian operations. Wirecard disputed the reports, which started in February 2019, and said it was the victim of speculators.” 

Continue Reading

 

Cruise ships banned from Queensland (Australia) until pandemic is over

“Cruise ships have been banned from entering Queensland waters until the coronavirus pandemic is over. On Friday, Queensland Health extended its ban on a foreign flagged cruise ship from entering state waters "until the end of the public health emergency".  The public health emergency was due to expire on August 17, but that date can be extended. Four of the six Queenslanders who have died after contracting novel coronavirus were cruise ship passengers. Three of those deaths were linked to the infamous Ruby Princess cruise ship that was allowed to dock in Sydney. Cruise lines have begun selling itineraries departing Brisbane from September and the city's new multimillion-dollar cruise terminal is set to be completed next month. The terminal is prepared to accept its first ship, the Carnival-owned Pacific Dawn, at 6am on October 3 at Luggage Point.” 

Continue Reading

 

Cruise industry announces US sailing suspension extended until Sept. 15

“Cruise Lines International Association, the leading trade organization for the global ocean-going cruise industry, says its member cruise lines have voluntarily extended the suspension of U.S. cruise operations until Sept. 15 amid coronavirus concerns.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's "no-sail order" is scheduled to expire on July 24, but no extension has yet been announced. It said in a statement Sunday to USA TODAY that it supports the CLIA's decision to extend the suspension.  "The guest profile on typical cruise ship voyages matches those at greatest risk for severe illness which may require hospitalization and need for respiratory support," read the CDC statement. "Moreover, the population density on cruise ships tends to be higher than most urban settings, and even when populations are reduced, we still observe ongoing spread of COVID-19 illness due to the congregated setting and greater chance of closer physical contact. Sailings without guest passengers and with a markedly reduced crew size since April has continued to prove how difficult it is to control and eradicate COVID infections and outbreaks in the maritime environment."  CLIA's member lines carry 95% of the world's ocean-going cruisers. The new order will apply to all CLIA member ships the CDC order applies to – vessels that can carry 250 or more passengers.  "Although we had hoped that cruise activity in the U.S. could resume as soon as possible after that date, it is increasingly clear that more time will be needed to resolve barriers to resumption in the United States," Bari Golin-Blaugrund, senior director for strategic communications told USA TODAY, noting the organization informed the CDC of its continued voluntary suspension.” 

Continue Reading

Read more at:  https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/5402/?source=99362

 

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 #

120

|

Volume

7

June 24, 2020

In this Issue

Here are some of the news articles we are following:

  • UK Cruise Line Extends Suspension of All Cruises Towards End of August
  • Puerto Rico Set to Open on July 15
  • Cruise Lines Reopening: The (latest) Complete List with Dates
  • Just Back from Banff: Ideas from A Hotel Stay That Cruise Ships Could Borrow
  • Scandal-plagued Wirecard says accounts worth billions likely don't exist
  • Cruise ships banned from Queensland (Australia) until pandemic is over
  • Cruise industry announces US sailing suspension extended until Sept. 15

Cover Image by:

UK Cruise Line Extends Suspension of All Cruises Towards End of August

“Marella Cruises which is a UK-based cruise line has extended its pause on cruise operations towards the end of August 2020. The cruise line has made the decision to extend its suspension of cruise operations for even longer due to ongoing travel restrictions around the world. Marella Cruises has now cancelled all cruises until August 27, 2020, and for select sailings, it goes much further. There are more specific cancellations with Marella Discovery sailings from Palma cancelled until October 31 and the Electric Sunsets cruises on Marella Explorer 2 departure on September 5, 2020.” 

Continue Reading

 

Puerto Rico Set to Open on July 15

“Puerto Rico has recently marked its third phase of economic reopening for the U.S. jurisdiction, with recreation and tourism at its forefront, and plans to fully re-open by mid-July. Currently, the destination's popular attractions and tourist locations are open for Island residents, according to a press release.  Hotels in Puerto Rico have remained open throughout, and with this recent update, common and commercial spaces, such as pools, bars, restaurants and shops within hotels are able to operate at 50% capacity in order to promote social distancing.” 

Continue Reading

 

Updated: Cruise Lines Reopening: The (latest) Complete List with Dates

“Cruise lines around the world will be reopening this summer and fall as the cruise industry looks to start its recovery.  There are a lot of factors that have to come together to make these sailings happen but one thing's for sure.  People still want to cruise. We will be choosing one cruise line to work with once the industry reopens to show what it's like to cruise in a post pandemic world so stay tuned to Travel Off Path!” 

Continue Reading

 

Just Back from Banff: Ideas from A Hotel Stay That Cruise Ships Could Borrow

“As hotels open up with new procedures and policies geared toward preventing the spread of COVID-19, there are features that could serve as a roadmap for the cruise lines as the industry attempts to return to service.  Granted, hotels have the advantage of remaining under the guidance of one set of local health regulations, while cruise lines must grapple with a multitude of different rules and regulations from countries around the world.  But a recent stay at a premium resort in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains showcased just how safe -- and most importantly, fun -- travel can still be, even as the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic still surrounds us. Not all changes implemented to fight COVID-19 made the hotel stay upsetting or awkward, we found -- and some actually made the experience better than it was before.  Here's what we found during a mini-break at Banff's Rimrock Resort Hotel.”

Continue Reading

 

Scandal-plagued Wirecard says accounts worth billions likely don't exist

In Issue #119, I highlighted an article about Wildcat and how this has impacted the cruise industry… here’s more…  “German payment service provider Wirecard said Monday it has concluded that 1.9 billion euros (US$2.1 billion) which were supposed to be held in two accounts probably don't exist, deepening troubles that last week prompted the resignation of its chief executive. Wirecard AG was once regarded as a star of the growing financial technology sector, but its shares have fallen sharply after the company became the subject of multiple Financial Times reports about accounting irregularities in its Asian operations. Wirecard disputed the reports, which started in February 2019, and said it was the victim of speculators.” 

Continue Reading

 

Cruise ships banned from Queensland (Australia) until pandemic is over

“Cruise ships have been banned from entering Queensland waters until the coronavirus pandemic is over. On Friday, Queensland Health extended its ban on a foreign flagged cruise ship from entering state waters "until the end of the public health emergency".  The public health emergency was due to expire on August 17, but that date can be extended. Four of the six Queenslanders who have died after contracting novel coronavirus were cruise ship passengers. Three of those deaths were linked to the infamous Ruby Princess cruise ship that was allowed to dock in Sydney. Cruise lines have begun selling itineraries departing Brisbane from September and the city's new multimillion-dollar cruise terminal is set to be completed next month. The terminal is prepared to accept its first ship, the Carnival-owned Pacific Dawn, at 6am on October 3 at Luggage Point.” 

Continue Reading

 

Cruise industry announces US sailing suspension extended until Sept. 15

“Cruise Lines International Association, the leading trade organization for the global ocean-going cruise industry, says its member cruise lines have voluntarily extended the suspension of U.S. cruise operations until Sept. 15 amid coronavirus concerns.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's "no-sail order" is scheduled to expire on July 24, but no extension has yet been announced. It said in a statement Sunday to USA TODAY that it supports the CLIA's decision to extend the suspension.  "The guest profile on typical cruise ship voyages matches those at greatest risk for severe illness which may require hospitalization and need for respiratory support," read the CDC statement. "Moreover, the population density on cruise ships tends to be higher than most urban settings, and even when populations are reduced, we still observe ongoing spread of COVID-19 illness due to the congregated setting and greater chance of closer physical contact. Sailings without guest passengers and with a markedly reduced crew size since April has continued to prove how difficult it is to control and eradicate COVID infections and outbreaks in the maritime environment."  CLIA's member lines carry 95% of the world's ocean-going cruisers. The new order will apply to all CLIA member ships the CDC order applies to – vessels that can carry 250 or more passengers.  "Although we had hoped that cruise activity in the U.S. could resume as soon as possible after that date, it is increasingly clear that more time will be needed to resolve barriers to resumption in the United States," Bari Golin-Blaugrund, senior director for strategic communications told USA TODAY, noting the organization informed the CDC of its continued voluntary suspension.” 

Continue Reading

Read more at:  https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/5402/?source=99362

 

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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