Issue #

139

|

Volume

8

July 17, 2020

In this Issue

Here are some of the news articles we are following:

  • Viking Will Sail Test Cruises with New Health Protocols Before Resuming Sailings
  • Where Will U.S. Cruising Resume First? Like Virus Spikes, It's A Moving Target
  • Windstar Return to Service: HEPA Filters, UV-C Lights and Much More
  • Carnival Able to Go “Another Full Year” Without Cruises
  • Windstar Cruises plans multilayered approach to safety protocols
  • Hapag-Lloyd Cruises to resume cruises with a ten-point health plan and new itineraries
  • Key West Could Ban Big Cruise Ships
  • A cruise ban is crazy... you're now safer on our ships than on shore, says Richard Downs - the Chairman of Britain's largest travel cruise agency 
  • UK government advises against cruise ship travel
  • TUI Adds Second Ship Back into Service; Doubles Capacity
  • Grand Bahama Shipyard is open for business
  • Carnival Corp. needs 25 ships sailing at full occupancy to break even
  • Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Hosting World’s Only Biker Cruise in 2021
  • Which Cruise Ships Will Be Scrapped or Taken Out of Service Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic?
  • What New Health Protocols Are Cruise Lines Introducing?
  • Top New England port to cruise lines: Don’t even think about coming here this year
  • Black Sea Cruises Plans July 19 Start
  • Cruise operator CMV in last-ditch bid to stay afloat
  • Backlash against 'lunatic' cruise ban as other holiday restrictions ease
  • Tourism industry out $27 million with cruise ship cancellations, port says

Cover Image by:

Viking Will Sail Test Cruises with New Health Protocols Before Resuming Sailings

“Viking announced this week that they have now canceled all cruises through September 30, 2020.  The cruise line also said that they will sail a few test cruises on both river and ocean cruise ships testing out new health protocols.  Viking was the first cruise line to suspend cruises back on March 11. Although Viking was hoping to resume cruises in September, Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen said that this was not possible due to Americans not being allowed to travel to Europe at this time.” 

Read more

 

Where Will U.S. Cruising Resume First? Like Virus Spikes, It's A Moving Target

“For U.S. cruising fans who want to sail somewhere -- anywhere -- this summer, figuring out where and when the first American ship will actually go has been as unpredictable as the virus itself. Ocean cruising has been on a "no sail" order from the CDC since April, and most cruise lines that belong to CLIA, the industry's trade organization, have put themselves on a voluntary suspension through mid-September. Hope has been kept alive through small ships -- all under 250 combined passengers and crew -- who had planned to restart in different regions this summer with new stringent health and sanitation protocols, such as mandatory COVID-19 testing, even lower capacity and social distancing measures.”

Read more…

 

Windstar Return to Service: HEPA Filters, UV-C Lights and Much More

“Windstar Cruises announced it has committed to a holistic Beyond Ordinary Care program and will retrofit its fleet of six ships with hospital-grade HEPA filters, ultraviolet germicidal irradiation and will employ a safe sanitization formula used in health care settings. A new partnership with the epidemiology department at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Center provides ongoing guidance, the company said.”

Read more

 

Carnival Able to Go “Another Full Year” Without Cruises

“Although the cruise industry hopes to rebound much sooner, Carnival Corporation revealed this week that it could, if necessary, go another year without sailing.  Obviously, Carnival — like all cruise lines — is working hard to get passengers back on ships sooner rather than later. But doing so safely is their top priority, and right now, there are numerous roadblocks to that happening. With that in mind, Carnival Corporation is doing everything in its power to ride out the storm.” 

Read more

 

Windstar Cruises plans multilayered approach to safety protocols

“Windstar Cruises will retrofit its six small ships with hospital-grade air filters and UV-C light that kills bacteria and viruses as part of a multilayered approach to create a safer onboard environment when the line resumes operations in September. Among those layers is an expectation of increased hygiene diligence on the part of passengers and the expectation that they will wear masks, use hand sanitizers and social distance. Windstar operates six ships that carry between 148 and 342 passengers. Currently, its 148-passenger tall ship, the Wind Spirit, is scheduled to be the first ship to resume service, on Sept. 10, in Tahiti. The line plans to relaunch in the Mediterranean in October and the Caribbean in November.” 

Read more…

 

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises to resume cruises with a ten-point health plan and new itineraries

“Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is planning to set sail again starting at the end of July 2020, with extensive hygiene and preventive measures. The cruise company will restart cruises from Hamburg with their luxury ship, the Europa 2, and their expedition ship, the Hanseatic inspiration. Passenger numbers will be reduced by 40%, with a passenger count of 150-300 guests on board. The basis for the resumption of cruise operations are the guidelines of the relevant authorities, which have been produced in coordination with CLIA Deutschland shipping companies and in collaboration with experts. The Hapag-Lloyd Cruises prevention and safety concept onboard will be based on these new guidelines. The most important measures are summarized in a ten-point plan, which will enable a safe and comfortable cruise on board, and will also meet the highest hygiene standards. More detailed information available at: hl-cruises.com/travel-safely In accordance with the German authorities, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has agreed to only welcome guests who are resident in Germany, Austria and Switzerland at this time. Thanks to the positive developments with regard to containing COVID-19 in these countries and the comparatively short distances to the departure point, it is assumed that the risk of infection from people resident in these countries is similarly low.” 

Read more…

 

Key West Could Ban Big Cruise Ships

“Megaships could be a distant memory in Key West, Florida, come 2021 as a referendum has been added to the November ballot that would limit the size of ships calling. Three proposed amendments on the ballot would restrict the size of ship, limit the number of guests disembarking on a daily basis, and prioritize ships with “better” environmental and public health records.  The new rules would limit the number of guests coming off ships to 1,500 a day. Ships with more than 1,300 guests would not be allowed to disembark passengers in Key West.” 

Read more

 

A cruise ban is crazy... you're now safer on our ships than on shore, says Richard Downs - the Chairman of Britain's largest travel cruise agency 

“Everything was looking shipshape. Last week, we in the British cruise industry were talking about sailing dates, itineraries and recalling thousands of staff from furlough – just, we imagined, as the Government wanted us to do.  We have worked hard to make sure our ships are safe and we were ready to relaunch our £10 billion-a-year industry. Then the Government blew up the whole plan.  With the signature lack of consultation, planning and analysis that has characterized Whitehall’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the Foreign Office suddenly advised holidaymakers not to go on a cruise. At a stroke, the dreams of the two million Britons who go on cruise holidays every year were holed below the waterline.” 

Read more

 

UK government advises against cruise ship travel

“In a blow to the possible resumption of locally sourced ex-UK cruises and the prospects for British passengers joining a fly cruise, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office has advised against cruise ship travel at this time. In a statement issued Thursday the FOC added: ‘This is due to the ongoing pandemic and is based on medical advice from Public Health England.” 

Read more

 

TUI Adds Second Ship Back into Service; Doubles Capacity

“TUI Cruises is already doubling capacity and spinning up a second ship as the Mein Schiff 1 will restart service at 60 percent occupancy out of Kiel in August, according to the German cruise company. This follows the Mein Schiff 2, which resumes service later this month with short cruises from Hamburg. The Mein Schiff 1 will sail cruises to nowhere (known as "Blue Cruises) from Kiel, offering three- and four-day short sailings.” 

Read more…

 

Grand Bahama Shipyard is open for business

“Grand Bahama Shipyard continues to operate in these challenging times.  With newly implemented practices to keep its customers and workforce safe, the yard commenced its summer drydocking program June 2 after a period of lockdown for COVID-19. The first vessels were two Svitzer tugs followed by the double docking of a 29,433gt chemical tanker and a 1,097gt landing craft. The yard continues projects including dock surveys, in-water surveys, major fabrication and emergency repairs.” 

Read more

 

Carnival Corp. needs 25 ships sailing at full occupancy to break even

“Carnival Corp. & plc needs 25 ships, or about one-quarter of its fleet, sailing at full occupancy to break even. 'We've got plenty of demand to fill that level of volume once things are resumed,' President and CEO Arnold Donald said during a business update Friday that also predicted Italy could be the next to restart cruises, following Germany, while there's no timeline for Asia or the United States.  Based on actual 2019 numbers, Carnival would need to operate about 15 ships to be cash-flow positive. The company's top 15 ships generate 30% to 31% of company cash flow, he said.  Elaborating further, to cover costs for the rest of the ships in lay-up and all shoreside sales, general and administrative costs, Bernstein estimated Carnival would need to operate 25 ships to be cash-flow break even.” 

Read more…

 

Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Hosting World’s Only Biker Cruise in 2021

“The world’s only biker rally cruise, High Seas Rally, will now take place on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship October 22-29, 2021. Riding with all the excitement and camaraderie of motorcycle rallies, the High Seas Rally will sail on Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas from Port Canaveral to Nassau, Bahamas; Perfect Day at Coco Cay, Bahamas; Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and Labadee, Haiti.” 

Read more

 

Which Cruise Ships Will Be Scrapped or Taken Out of Service Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic?

“Faced with declining revenues and a lack of passengers during the global COVID-10 pandemic, some cruise lines are taking an unpopular but necessary step: Selling off older vessels for scrap. Most modern cruise ships have service lives of 40 years or more. While it is not uncommon to see cruise ships built in the 1970's and 1980's go to the breakers, older vessels are usually transferred first to another, smaller cruise operator -- a market that is often referred to as "second hand tonnage." ”

Read more…

 

What New Health Protocols Are Cruise Lines Introducing?

“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to progress around the world, cruise lines are rolling out detailed health and safety protocols that will allow them to safely resume service.  For experienced cruisers, these measures represent a significant departure from the way cruising has been over the past few years, with some lines electing to require masks, eliminate buffet service and self-serve table snacks, and introduce social distancing measures that will alter -- but not destroy -- many of the onboard features that passengers know and love.” 

Read more

 

Top New England port to cruise lines: Don’t even think about coming here this year

“At least a few cruise lines are hoping to restart operations in North America in the coming months. But there’s one place they won’t be going: Bar Harbor, Maine. The town council of the popular New England port town on Tuesday voted to ban cruise ships for the rest of the year. “I don’t think the risk is worth the reward,” Bar Harbor councilor Matt Hochman said in advance of the vote, according to the Bangor Daily News. “I don’t think 2020 is the year for it.” ”

Read more

 

Black Sea Cruises Plans July 19 Start

“Black Sea Cruises announced it is starting operations again on July 19 as the Rosmorport-led operation is set to sail the Prince Vladimir on itineraries from Sochi. Port calls include Novorossiysk, Yalta and Sevastopol, all of which offer inter-porting opportunities. The ship will overnight in Sevastopol. Company officials previously said about 60 percent of guests embark in Sochi.  The ship is one of the few in the Black Sea, and the only one operating a full seasonal program, as Russian authorities look to use the cruise brand to drive economic impact to port cities.”

Read more…

 

Coronavirus: Cruise operator CMV in last-ditch bid to stay afloat

“The company, which employs 4,000 people, is in talks with VGO Capital Management about a rescue, Sky News learns. A British-based cruise operator which has been at the center of a repatriation row involving hundreds of crews is in eleventh-hour talks with potential investors in a desperate bid to stay afloat. Sky News has learnt that Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV), which employs about 4,000 people, is in talks with VGO Capital Management, a special situations investor with expertise in the shipping industry, about a possible rescue deal. Sources said that an insolvency filing was possible as soon as this week if the talks fail to progress satisfactorily. The talks, which have been taking place for several weeks, come as CMV attempts to secure a funding package to steer it through what threatens to be a protracted shutdown of its operations.” 

Read more

 

Backlash against 'lunatic' cruise ban as other holiday restrictions ease

“As most Britons are today finally free to take their much-longed-for summer holidays without facing a 14-day quarantine upon their return, the cruise industry remains paralyzed. The UK Government has updated its guidance for cruise ships, advising all British people to avoid travelling on them. Minister Caroline Dinenage indicated this would stay in place "probably until October", and a government rep told The Telegraph today it was to avoid the risk of repatriations. "In a week when we’ve – quite rightly – seen financial help for the struggling hospitality sector, the cruise industry, worth £10 billion a year to the UK economy and responsible for almost 90,000 jobs, gets a sharp boot in the teeth," argues Telegraph Travel's cruise expert Jane Archer, dismissing the stance as a "lunatic" ban. Meanwhile, mandatory self-isolation has been dropped for arrivals into England, Wales and Northern Ireland from a list of 75 countries, including Spain, France and Italy. Scotland similarly eased restrictions but has notably left Spain off its quarantine exemption list, to the ire of many, thanks to its "significantly higher prevalence" Covid-19 infections.” 

Read more

 

Tourism industry out $27 million with cruise ship cancellations, port says

“P.E.I.'s tourism industry lost more than $27 million in direct earnings with the cancellation of the cruise ship season this year, the CEO of Port Charlottetown estimates.  Mike Cochrane said cruise traffic makes up a little more than half of Port Charlottetown's business, and surveys suggest there are many people — about 65 per cent of "loyal" cruise customers — who say they will return to cruise travel once it resumes. 

"There's 35 percent of maybe the other people that would say, 'yeah I might take a cruise,' and those are the kind of undetermined factor of whether or not they would certainly look at it in the future," he said.”

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 #

139

|

Volume

8

July 17, 2020

In this Issue

Here are some of the news articles we are following:

  • Viking Will Sail Test Cruises with New Health Protocols Before Resuming Sailings
  • Where Will U.S. Cruising Resume First? Like Virus Spikes, It's A Moving Target
  • Windstar Return to Service: HEPA Filters, UV-C Lights and Much More
  • Carnival Able to Go “Another Full Year” Without Cruises
  • Windstar Cruises plans multilayered approach to safety protocols
  • Hapag-Lloyd Cruises to resume cruises with a ten-point health plan and new itineraries
  • Key West Could Ban Big Cruise Ships
  • A cruise ban is crazy... you're now safer on our ships than on shore, says Richard Downs - the Chairman of Britain's largest travel cruise agency 
  • UK government advises against cruise ship travel
  • TUI Adds Second Ship Back into Service; Doubles Capacity
  • Grand Bahama Shipyard is open for business
  • Carnival Corp. needs 25 ships sailing at full occupancy to break even
  • Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Hosting World’s Only Biker Cruise in 2021
  • Which Cruise Ships Will Be Scrapped or Taken Out of Service Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic?
  • What New Health Protocols Are Cruise Lines Introducing?
  • Top New England port to cruise lines: Don’t even think about coming here this year
  • Black Sea Cruises Plans July 19 Start
  • Cruise operator CMV in last-ditch bid to stay afloat
  • Backlash against 'lunatic' cruise ban as other holiday restrictions ease
  • Tourism industry out $27 million with cruise ship cancellations, port says

Cover Image by:

Viking Will Sail Test Cruises with New Health Protocols Before Resuming Sailings

“Viking announced this week that they have now canceled all cruises through September 30, 2020.  The cruise line also said that they will sail a few test cruises on both river and ocean cruise ships testing out new health protocols.  Viking was the first cruise line to suspend cruises back on March 11. Although Viking was hoping to resume cruises in September, Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen said that this was not possible due to Americans not being allowed to travel to Europe at this time.” 

Read more

 

Where Will U.S. Cruising Resume First? Like Virus Spikes, It's A Moving Target

“For U.S. cruising fans who want to sail somewhere -- anywhere -- this summer, figuring out where and when the first American ship will actually go has been as unpredictable as the virus itself. Ocean cruising has been on a "no sail" order from the CDC since April, and most cruise lines that belong to CLIA, the industry's trade organization, have put themselves on a voluntary suspension through mid-September. Hope has been kept alive through small ships -- all under 250 combined passengers and crew -- who had planned to restart in different regions this summer with new stringent health and sanitation protocols, such as mandatory COVID-19 testing, even lower capacity and social distancing measures.”

Read more…

 

Windstar Return to Service: HEPA Filters, UV-C Lights and Much More

“Windstar Cruises announced it has committed to a holistic Beyond Ordinary Care program and will retrofit its fleet of six ships with hospital-grade HEPA filters, ultraviolet germicidal irradiation and will employ a safe sanitization formula used in health care settings. A new partnership with the epidemiology department at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Center provides ongoing guidance, the company said.”

Read more

 

Carnival Able to Go “Another Full Year” Without Cruises

“Although the cruise industry hopes to rebound much sooner, Carnival Corporation revealed this week that it could, if necessary, go another year without sailing.  Obviously, Carnival — like all cruise lines — is working hard to get passengers back on ships sooner rather than later. But doing so safely is their top priority, and right now, there are numerous roadblocks to that happening. With that in mind, Carnival Corporation is doing everything in its power to ride out the storm.” 

Read more

 

Windstar Cruises plans multilayered approach to safety protocols

“Windstar Cruises will retrofit its six small ships with hospital-grade air filters and UV-C light that kills bacteria and viruses as part of a multilayered approach to create a safer onboard environment when the line resumes operations in September. Among those layers is an expectation of increased hygiene diligence on the part of passengers and the expectation that they will wear masks, use hand sanitizers and social distance. Windstar operates six ships that carry between 148 and 342 passengers. Currently, its 148-passenger tall ship, the Wind Spirit, is scheduled to be the first ship to resume service, on Sept. 10, in Tahiti. The line plans to relaunch in the Mediterranean in October and the Caribbean in November.” 

Read more…

 

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises to resume cruises with a ten-point health plan and new itineraries

“Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is planning to set sail again starting at the end of July 2020, with extensive hygiene and preventive measures. The cruise company will restart cruises from Hamburg with their luxury ship, the Europa 2, and their expedition ship, the Hanseatic inspiration. Passenger numbers will be reduced by 40%, with a passenger count of 150-300 guests on board. The basis for the resumption of cruise operations are the guidelines of the relevant authorities, which have been produced in coordination with CLIA Deutschland shipping companies and in collaboration with experts. The Hapag-Lloyd Cruises prevention and safety concept onboard will be based on these new guidelines. The most important measures are summarized in a ten-point plan, which will enable a safe and comfortable cruise on board, and will also meet the highest hygiene standards. More detailed information available at: hl-cruises.com/travel-safely In accordance with the German authorities, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has agreed to only welcome guests who are resident in Germany, Austria and Switzerland at this time. Thanks to the positive developments with regard to containing COVID-19 in these countries and the comparatively short distances to the departure point, it is assumed that the risk of infection from people resident in these countries is similarly low.” 

Read more…

 

Key West Could Ban Big Cruise Ships

“Megaships could be a distant memory in Key West, Florida, come 2021 as a referendum has been added to the November ballot that would limit the size of ships calling. Three proposed amendments on the ballot would restrict the size of ship, limit the number of guests disembarking on a daily basis, and prioritize ships with “better” environmental and public health records.  The new rules would limit the number of guests coming off ships to 1,500 a day. Ships with more than 1,300 guests would not be allowed to disembark passengers in Key West.” 

Read more

 

A cruise ban is crazy... you're now safer on our ships than on shore, says Richard Downs - the Chairman of Britain's largest travel cruise agency 

“Everything was looking shipshape. Last week, we in the British cruise industry were talking about sailing dates, itineraries and recalling thousands of staff from furlough – just, we imagined, as the Government wanted us to do.  We have worked hard to make sure our ships are safe and we were ready to relaunch our £10 billion-a-year industry. Then the Government blew up the whole plan.  With the signature lack of consultation, planning and analysis that has characterized Whitehall’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the Foreign Office suddenly advised holidaymakers not to go on a cruise. At a stroke, the dreams of the two million Britons who go on cruise holidays every year were holed below the waterline.” 

Read more

 

UK government advises against cruise ship travel

“In a blow to the possible resumption of locally sourced ex-UK cruises and the prospects for British passengers joining a fly cruise, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office has advised against cruise ship travel at this time. In a statement issued Thursday the FOC added: ‘This is due to the ongoing pandemic and is based on medical advice from Public Health England.” 

Read more

 

TUI Adds Second Ship Back into Service; Doubles Capacity

“TUI Cruises is already doubling capacity and spinning up a second ship as the Mein Schiff 1 will restart service at 60 percent occupancy out of Kiel in August, according to the German cruise company. This follows the Mein Schiff 2, which resumes service later this month with short cruises from Hamburg. The Mein Schiff 1 will sail cruises to nowhere (known as "Blue Cruises) from Kiel, offering three- and four-day short sailings.” 

Read more…

 

Grand Bahama Shipyard is open for business

“Grand Bahama Shipyard continues to operate in these challenging times.  With newly implemented practices to keep its customers and workforce safe, the yard commenced its summer drydocking program June 2 after a period of lockdown for COVID-19. The first vessels were two Svitzer tugs followed by the double docking of a 29,433gt chemical tanker and a 1,097gt landing craft. The yard continues projects including dock surveys, in-water surveys, major fabrication and emergency repairs.” 

Read more

 

Carnival Corp. needs 25 ships sailing at full occupancy to break even

“Carnival Corp. & plc needs 25 ships, or about one-quarter of its fleet, sailing at full occupancy to break even. 'We've got plenty of demand to fill that level of volume once things are resumed,' President and CEO Arnold Donald said during a business update Friday that also predicted Italy could be the next to restart cruises, following Germany, while there's no timeline for Asia or the United States.  Based on actual 2019 numbers, Carnival would need to operate about 15 ships to be cash-flow positive. The company's top 15 ships generate 30% to 31% of company cash flow, he said.  Elaborating further, to cover costs for the rest of the ships in lay-up and all shoreside sales, general and administrative costs, Bernstein estimated Carnival would need to operate 25 ships to be cash-flow break even.” 

Read more…

 

Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Hosting World’s Only Biker Cruise in 2021

“The world’s only biker rally cruise, High Seas Rally, will now take place on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship October 22-29, 2021. Riding with all the excitement and camaraderie of motorcycle rallies, the High Seas Rally will sail on Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas from Port Canaveral to Nassau, Bahamas; Perfect Day at Coco Cay, Bahamas; Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and Labadee, Haiti.” 

Read more

 

Which Cruise Ships Will Be Scrapped or Taken Out of Service Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic?

“Faced with declining revenues and a lack of passengers during the global COVID-10 pandemic, some cruise lines are taking an unpopular but necessary step: Selling off older vessels for scrap. Most modern cruise ships have service lives of 40 years or more. While it is not uncommon to see cruise ships built in the 1970's and 1980's go to the breakers, older vessels are usually transferred first to another, smaller cruise operator -- a market that is often referred to as "second hand tonnage." ”

Read more…

 

What New Health Protocols Are Cruise Lines Introducing?

“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to progress around the world, cruise lines are rolling out detailed health and safety protocols that will allow them to safely resume service.  For experienced cruisers, these measures represent a significant departure from the way cruising has been over the past few years, with some lines electing to require masks, eliminate buffet service and self-serve table snacks, and introduce social distancing measures that will alter -- but not destroy -- many of the onboard features that passengers know and love.” 

Read more

 

Top New England port to cruise lines: Don’t even think about coming here this year

“At least a few cruise lines are hoping to restart operations in North America in the coming months. But there’s one place they won’t be going: Bar Harbor, Maine. The town council of the popular New England port town on Tuesday voted to ban cruise ships for the rest of the year. “I don’t think the risk is worth the reward,” Bar Harbor councilor Matt Hochman said in advance of the vote, according to the Bangor Daily News. “I don’t think 2020 is the year for it.” ”

Read more

 

Black Sea Cruises Plans July 19 Start

“Black Sea Cruises announced it is starting operations again on July 19 as the Rosmorport-led operation is set to sail the Prince Vladimir on itineraries from Sochi. Port calls include Novorossiysk, Yalta and Sevastopol, all of which offer inter-porting opportunities. The ship will overnight in Sevastopol. Company officials previously said about 60 percent of guests embark in Sochi.  The ship is one of the few in the Black Sea, and the only one operating a full seasonal program, as Russian authorities look to use the cruise brand to drive economic impact to port cities.”

Read more…

 

Coronavirus: Cruise operator CMV in last-ditch bid to stay afloat

“The company, which employs 4,000 people, is in talks with VGO Capital Management about a rescue, Sky News learns. A British-based cruise operator which has been at the center of a repatriation row involving hundreds of crews is in eleventh-hour talks with potential investors in a desperate bid to stay afloat. Sky News has learnt that Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV), which employs about 4,000 people, is in talks with VGO Capital Management, a special situations investor with expertise in the shipping industry, about a possible rescue deal. Sources said that an insolvency filing was possible as soon as this week if the talks fail to progress satisfactorily. The talks, which have been taking place for several weeks, come as CMV attempts to secure a funding package to steer it through what threatens to be a protracted shutdown of its operations.” 

Read more

 

Backlash against 'lunatic' cruise ban as other holiday restrictions ease

“As most Britons are today finally free to take their much-longed-for summer holidays without facing a 14-day quarantine upon their return, the cruise industry remains paralyzed. The UK Government has updated its guidance for cruise ships, advising all British people to avoid travelling on them. Minister Caroline Dinenage indicated this would stay in place "probably until October", and a government rep told The Telegraph today it was to avoid the risk of repatriations. "In a week when we’ve – quite rightly – seen financial help for the struggling hospitality sector, the cruise industry, worth £10 billion a year to the UK economy and responsible for almost 90,000 jobs, gets a sharp boot in the teeth," argues Telegraph Travel's cruise expert Jane Archer, dismissing the stance as a "lunatic" ban. Meanwhile, mandatory self-isolation has been dropped for arrivals into England, Wales and Northern Ireland from a list of 75 countries, including Spain, France and Italy. Scotland similarly eased restrictions but has notably left Spain off its quarantine exemption list, to the ire of many, thanks to its "significantly higher prevalence" Covid-19 infections.” 

Read more

 

Tourism industry out $27 million with cruise ship cancellations, port says

“P.E.I.'s tourism industry lost more than $27 million in direct earnings with the cancellation of the cruise ship season this year, the CEO of Port Charlottetown estimates.  Mike Cochrane said cruise traffic makes up a little more than half of Port Charlottetown's business, and surveys suggest there are many people — about 65 per cent of "loyal" cruise customers — who say they will return to cruise travel once it resumes. 

"There's 35 percent of maybe the other people that would say, 'yeah I might take a cruise,' and those are the kind of undetermined factor of whether or not they would certainly look at it in the future," he said.”

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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