November 4, 2020
In this Issue
Here are some of the news articles we are following:
- Leading News - Exclusive: No Cruising in US Waters Until 2021 as Industry Voluntarily Extends Suspension
- 'Violated protocols': Cruiser on Carnival Corp. ship blocked from boarding over COVID-19 rules
- Latest Look at When the Major Cruise Lines Plan to Restart Service
- Royal Caribbean Announces Update on Cruises Across Seven Ships
- Cruise Ship Headed to the Caribbean to Begin Cruises
- MSC Cruises to install next generation air sanitation system
- Why you shouldn't avoid older and smaller cruise ships
- Empty Cruise Ships in the Middle of the Ocean Are Now Tourist Destinations
- Uniworld River Cruises to use self-disinfecting coating on all vessels
- Costa blocks travelers from countries with COVID-19 rates higher than Italy's
- Costa May Have Green Light for December Asia Start
- Poseidon Expeditions Announces New Arctic and Antarctic Seasons
- Don’t Expect Cruise Ship Sailings to Resume This Year, Analysts Say
- Norway's Hurtigruten and Fjord Line Make Further Cuts due to COVID-19
- Princess Cruises Transfers Two Ships to P&O Cruises Australia
- Carnival Cruise Line Announces Another Wave of Cancelations
- Costa to Make Major Announcement in South America
- Rick Scott calls for cruises to resume
- Fred. Olsen marks 1 year until inaugural fleet get-together in Lisbon, Portugal
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Leading News - Exclusive: No Cruising in US Waters Until 2021 as Industry Voluntarily Extends Suspension
"The cruise industry has suspended cruises until 2021 after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's "no-sail" order expired Saturday and was replaced by a "Conditional Sailing Order"."
'Violated protocols': Cruiser on Carnival Corp. ship blocked from boarding over COVID-19 rules
"A passenger traveling on AIDA Cruises' AIDAblu was not allowed to reembark after disobeying cruise line protocol on an excursion – a consequence that is to be implemented when cruising returns stateside, too, for passengers who don't follow new restrictions. On Tuesday, during a shoreside excursion that was organized by the Carnival Corp. subsidiary in Catania, Italy, a passenger left his group, which violates the cruise line's rules for "protection and mitigation against COVID-19." AIDAblu departed from Civitavecchia, Italy, on Saturday for the line's first sailing since the pandemic began. "Our highest responsibility and top priorities are compliance, environmental protection and the health, safety and well-being of our guests, crew, shoreside employees, and the people and communities our ships visit," AIDA said in a statement provided by Carnival Corp. spokesperson Roger Frizzell. "Therefore, the guest was refused further travel on board AIDAblu. AIDA Cruises supported the guest in organizing his trip home." "
Latest Look at When the Major Cruise Lines Plan to Restart Service
"Some of the world's largest cruise lines are already back in service, while some are planning their return to service in the near future. Here's the latest by brand…."
Royal Caribbean Announces Update on Cruises Across Seven Ships
"Royal Caribbean has announced an update to cruises for the 2021-22 winter season that impacts a total of seven cruise ships. The cruise line has made some deployment updates for the 2021-22 winter season impacting cruises in the Bahamas, Caribbean, Australia, and New Zealand across a total of seven Royal Caribbean cruise ships. Even though the cruise line has suspended operations through November 2020 it’s still working on bringing further choice to cruisers for when normality resumes. Here are the itinerary changes being made…."
Cruise Ship Headed to the Caribbean to Begin Cruises
"A cruise ship is en route to the Caribbean where the vessel will begin sailing a series of six- and eight-night cruises to the Southern Caribbean. SeaDream I departed from Oslo and stopped in Rotterdam and Portsmouth before beginning her transatlantic voyage to begin cruises to the Caribbean. The cruise ship will sail out of Barbados and stop in cruise ports that are open to Americans. The vessel’s first cruise to the Caribbean will depart on November 7. Since the yacht is a small ship, SeaDream can access ports that are more intimate and less traveled. This creates a more memorable luxury experience for those on board."
MSC Cruises to install next generation air sanitation system
"MSC Cruises will be the world's first passenger shipping company to install a new and advanced innovative technology sanitation system - ‘Safe Air’ - to further improve the cleanliness and quality of the onboard air for its passengers and crew members. ‘Safe Air’ will be fitted aboard MSC Seashore - one of the biggest and most technologically advanced cruise ships - is currently under construction at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard (near Trieste Italy). Scheduled for delivery in July 2021, the liner is the first of two ‘Seaside Evo’ class vessels designed for MSC. MSC’ commitment to health and safety was most recently demonstrated in August when MSC became the first major cruise company in the world to return to sea with a brand new and comprehensive health and safety protocol approved by national and regional authorities in Europe following the halt of the global cruise industry in March as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic."
Why you shouldn't avoid older and smaller cruise ships
"The newest cruise ships will offer the latest and greatest developments that a cruise line has, but older and smaller ships in the fleet should not be overlooked as a great choice. If you see a Royal Caribbean television commercial, it probably shows off the newest amazing things you can do on one of its newest ships. While they do look amazing, other ships in the fleet that are a bit older are still a great choice for a cruise vacation."
Empty Cruise Ships in the Middle of the Ocean Are Now Tourist Destinations
"Five times bigger than the Titanic and with an onboard giraffe sculpture that is the size of three Mini Coopers, Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas is now anchored off the coast of England—empty. Moored in Poole Bay in the English Channel, the Allure is haunting and quiet, devoid of the frolic and fun that usually takes place on a cruise ship of this caliber. But interestingly, people are still flocking to it. Enterprising Englishman Paul Derham, a former captain of the similarly-ghostly P&O Aurora, now owns a ferry called the Josephine. One day he decided to venture out and take a look at the ship he used to helm, and came up with the idea to offer tours around the dormant liners."
Uniworld River Cruises to use self-disinfecting coating on all vessels
"Uniworld River Cruises (part of The Travel Corporation) contracted with Danish company CleanCoat AS in order to employ its ACT CleanCoat solution across the company, including Uniworld-owned cruise ships and Red Carnation Hotels. Uniworld becomes the first river cruise shipping company to adopt the ACT CleanCoat solution which is popular for its "ability to render surfaces self-disinfecting after one application." According to Ellen Bettridge (Uniworld's CEO), all ships will be sprayed with an antimicrobial coating that is non-toxic, odorless and most importantly, kills viruses and bacteria including the Coronavirus (COVID-19) family. The ACT CleanCoat solution is environmentally friendly, and consists of 2 components: ACT CleanCoat - annually applied, invisible, and odorless treatment that renders surfaces self-disinfecting while purifying the air; and the use of ACT ECA (electro-chemically activated) Water, replacing traditional daily cleaning detergents and providing the best possible conditions for ACT CleanCoat to maximize the disinfecting effect while acting as a hospital-grade disinfectant. The ACT ECA Water, a salt-based, sustainable alternative to conventional cleaning products, doesn't require protective equipment to use and leaves no toxic residues. ACT CleanCoat, which is approved for use on all surfaces, including the ones with direct food contact, renders surfaces self-disinfecting while purifying the air from microbes like airborne mold spores, bacteria, and viruses, as well as common air pollutants like VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). It improves indoor air quality and purifies the air."
Costa blocks travelers from countries with COVID-19 rates higher than Italy's
"Passengers from France and other countries with COVID-19 infection rates higher than Italy's are currently blocked from sailing with Costa Cruises. In France, for one, this applies until the end of November for now. It's bad news for those booked to cruise with the Italian company in the coming weeks. Costa had recently opened its ships to more European countries and bookings from France, its No. 2 market, were encouraging. Costa is restricting access based on COVID-19 data published by the European Center for Prevention and Control of Diseases. In a statement, Costa said it operates cruises in the most responsible way to protect passengers, crew and the destinations it visits. It added that more restrictive measures might impact getting passengers home safely."
Costa May Have Green Light for December Asia Start
"Is Costa Cruises mounting a comeback in Asia? It would appear so, as multiple Taiwan-based travel agencies have listed departures aboard the Costa Serena out of Taiwanese homeports this coming December. Pulled from service in China in January, the Asia-based Serena has been sitting idle since. In April, the ship was sent to Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for maintenance and repair work. Now it appears Costa will join Genting as another cruise operator back in service in Taiwan, as the Explorer Dream is set to continue around-Taiwan itineraries through April for Genting's Dream Cruises brand. Itineraries for sale aboard the Serena depart from Keelung and include two, three- and four-night cruises, with port calls in Hualien and Kaohsiung…"
Poseidon Expeditions Announces New Arctic and Antarctic Seasons
"Poseidon Expeditions has announced two new polar cruise seasons on its 114-passenger Sea Spirit ship. The 2022 season will be spent in the Arctic and the 2022-2023 season in the Antarctic. The tour operator highlighted that they’re launching the seasons three months earlier due to “pent-up demand.” “Our travel partners and customers are comfortable looking ahead, well beyond the COVID-related interruption that’s been a blow to the cruise industry and to the travelers that support it. And this is why we are opening reservations for a new season much earlier than we have in the past,” said the President of Poseidon Expeditions, Nikolay Saveliev. “People are ready to solidify their plans for 2022 and beyond.” As part of the 2022 Arctic season, the cruise line will return to West Greenland."
Don’t Expect Cruise Ship Sailings to Resume This Year, Analysts Say
"U.S. cruise line sailings likely won’t resume until March, despite the projections of some in the industry, according to Macquarie Research. Analysts Paul Golding and Charles Yu cited the risk of a second Covid-19 wave, “a fluid political climate, and balance sheet risk” in a note dated Oct. 21. Their revised forecast reflects “a more bearish outlook expecting further sailing cancellations.” Their view runs counter to a growing sense of optimism in the industry about resuming sailings in the U.S. in the near future. For example, the CEO of Carnival (ticker: CCL), Arnold Donald, told analysts on Oct. 8 that “at this point, we have every reason to be optimistic that we will be sailing in the U.S. before the year-end.” "
Norway's Hurtigruten and Fjord Line Make Further Cuts due to COVID-19
"Norway’s coastal voyages and ferries are falling victim to the pandemic. While considered a vital means of transportation for both goods and passengers, service is being further curtailed creating concern in the country. Two of the country’s major shipping companies, Hurtigruten and Fjord Line announced further cutbacks in efforts to stabilize weakened financial positions. Hurtigruten operates its coastal voyages between Bergen and Kirkenes, Norway providing vital transportation for many of the rural and isolated communities along the coastline. This service, which was resumed in June after a suspension due to pandemic related travel restrictions, is in addition to the expedition cruises, which became the focus of attention this summer after the outbreak on COVID-19 on one of the cruise ships."
Princess Cruises Transfers Two Ships to P&O Cruises Australia
"Princess Cruises is transferring two ships – Golden Princess and Star Princess – to sister brand P&O Cruises Australia, where they are scheduled to begin sailing in 2021. The ships will be renamed Pacific Adventure and Pacific Encounter, respectively. P&O Cruises Australia said the Pacific Adventure is scheduled to begin sailing from Sydney on April 30. Pacific Encounter is scheduled to call Brisbane home from May 7, 2021. The company said additional voyages may be added even earlier, depending on the timing of the return of cruising in Australia. Princess Cruises in September sold two other ships, the Sun Princess and the Sea Princess, part of parent company Carnival Corp.’s strategy to weather the travel shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic."
Carnival Cruise Line Announces Another Wave of Cancelations
"Carnival Cruise Line has announced another wave of cancelations and has now canceled all cruises from Miami and Port Canaveral for November 2020. The cruise line had six cruise ships scheduled to sail out both ports next month (November). Carnival Cruise Line has also cancelled five cruises scheduled to operate from Sydney, Australia from January 16 – February 8, 2021. Following the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) decision to extend its no-sail order for cruise operations until October 31, Carnival Cruise Line cancelled all but PortMiami and Port Canaveral cruises for the rest of the year. It has now determined that November 2020 operations will not be feasible."
Costa to Make Major Announcement in South America
"Costa Cruises is promising a major announcement for the South America market on October 27. The Italian brand teased the local markets last week with emails to travel agencies, specialized press and partners, as well as with posts on social media. In a mysterious tone, the posts and emails only have an invitation letter. In addition to the date and time of the announcement, the Brazilian material features the silhouette of the Costa Smeralda, currently the largest and newest vessel in the fleet. Meanwhile, an Argentinean version of the invitation letter has the form of a Concordia-class vessel. While no additional details were made public, the announcement may be related to the local 2021-2022 season."
Rick Scott calls for cruises to resume
"U.S. Senator Rick Scott said Wednesday it’s time for the federal government to pave a path to resume commercial cruises. The Senator, appearing on the Brian Kilmeade Show on the Fox News Radio network, asserted that he’s been “trying to get the Centers for Disease Control to work with the cruise industry” on a way to bring back the sector that has been shuttered since the March advent of COVID-19. The current CDC no-sail order extends through the end of October 2020, and the Senator clearly believes even that is too long to wait without usable guidance to bring the sector back. “150,000 jobs in Florida,” Scott said. “Just tell the cruise industry, come up with a plan of how they can get back to work safely.” The Senator expressed frustration with the opaque federal process."
Fred. Olsen marks 1 year until inaugural fleet get-together in Lisbon, Portugal
"Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines on October 22 marked one year until its new-look fleet gets together for the first time, celebrating in Portugal’s capital, Lisbon. On October 22, 2021, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' 4 ships Balmoral, Bolette, Borealis, and Braemar will host ‘Four Ladies in Lisbon’, with support from the Port and organizations within the city. It is the 3rd time that Fred. Olsen has hosted such an event, but the first time with new vessels Bolette and Borealis, which joined the fleet earlier in 2020."
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