June 23, 2021
In this Issue
Here are some of the news articles we are following:
- Volunteer passengers speak about simulated voyage aboard Freedom of the Seas ship
- Royal Caribbean cruise is first to depart from US port in 15 months
- P&O and Princess Cruises update vaccination policies
- Cunard Provides 2021 Cruise Vaccination Policy Update
- Some Niche European Brands Are Cruising Again
- Viking Prepares to Launch Voyages From Valletta as Malta Reopens for Americans
- Carnival Cruise Line Ramps Up: Sail Date Updates By Ship
- Bill tabled in U.S. Senate to allow cruise ships to permanently bypass B.C.
- Crewing looms large among return-to-service challenges for cruise lines: DNV panel
- Crew Members Go Months Without Shore Leave During Pandemic
- Becoming A CAS Organization: Neuroplasticity And Creating New Markets
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From: WPLG Local 10, Miami
Volunteer passengers speak about simulated voyage aboard Freedom of the Seas ship
Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas ship returned to PortMiami Tuesday morning after setting sail on a simulated voyage and becoming the first ship to sail with passengers from the U.S. since the pandemic began.
Royal Caribbean cruise is first to depart from US port in 15 months
Captain Patrik Dahlgren, senior vice president of Global Marine Operations and Royal Caribbean Group, hailed the ship's departure as a sign that the cruise industry is finally on the mend after over a year of uncertainty.
'Fast forward 15 months, we have learned so much, the world has learned so much, vaccine is also a key player here. It is a game changer for us,' Dahlgren said.
For all P&O sailings departing from September 25 to December 31, 2021, all guests aged 18 and over will be required to have completed their vaccination course a minimum of 14 days before sailing.
All guests 17 years old and below will need to have either completed their vaccination course at least 14 days before sailing or provide a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to travel.
Cunard has announced its updated vaccination policy for all sailings through the end of the year.
The cruise line divided out its policy by the UK Summer at Sea cruises and then other departures for the rest of the year.
Cruise lines are planning restarts in various phases in 2021, including a number of smaller European niche brands.
“Now that we have successfully restarted operations, welcoming guests back on board in England and in Bermuda, we look forward to launching our new voyages from Malta.
Carnival Cruise Line announced last week it would continue its quick but staggered restarted in the United States with more ships entering service in August.
Current U.S. law allows the ships to bypass Canada on a temporary basis
The bill's intent is to permanently change U.S. law in a way that would allow foreign-flagged cruise ships to travel directly between U.S. ports without touching a foreign country.
It's a challenge the whole industry faces, according to Anders Aasen, VP global technical solutions, Royal Caribbean Group, since many crew have found jobs ashore in their own countries during the shutdown.
According to him, prior to the pandemic, crew members could go ashore “more or less every day.” Not being able to leave the ship, as well as lack of socialization, is making crew members “pretty depressed,” he said.
But the reality we are in — whether in an organization, a market or a country — is that each of these is a complex adaptive system, and will by definition never be the same from one moment to the next.
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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