November 16, 2020
In this Issue
Here are some of the news articles we are following:
- WEBINAR - Make the CDC Guidelines Work for You!
- Cruise Line Adds Mid-Cruise Testing for Passengers
- Key West voters approve 3 referendums that ban most ships operated by major cruise lines
- Cruise Line Resumes Cruises After Successful Test Sailings
- CDC lifts cruise ban, says companies can restart once they prove COVID-19 protocols work
- Cruise lines will need volunteer guests before they can resume sailing
- How TUI Is Cruising Safely
- MSC Cruises to introduce air sanitation technology
- CDC Double Standard: Why Only Single Out the Cruise Industry?
- Carnival Cruise Line Asks for Patience as They Work on Resuming Cruises
- MSC Cruises announces itinerary changes due to ongoing restrictions in France and Germany
- Royal Caribbean May Need Volunteers for Trial Cruises
- 6 Ways the Royal Caribbean App Will Improve Your Cruise
- Cruise Industry Avoids Italy's New COVID-19 Curbs
- TUI Cruises' Mein Schiff 2 commences The Canary Islands season
- 10 crew tests positive for COVID-19 on MS Thurgau Chopin
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WEBINAR - Make the CDC Guidelines Work for You!
Since the CDC released their latest guidelines to help vessel operators return to service, you may be wondering what the best course of action is. VIKAND’s industry experts are here to help! In this webinar, Dennis Peyton, Jr., Holly Love, Paul Morgan and Tom Brady come together and discuss their experience during these unprecedented times, appropriate solutions that comply with these new guidelines, and their insights as to what the future of cruising could look like once these guidelines are met.
Benefits of Attending:
- A breakdown of the new CDC guidelines from industry experts
- How the new guidelines will impact the future of cruising
- Recommendations on how to best comply with these new guidelines
Webinar will be held on Thursday, 19th Nov 2020 @ 11am EST. You will need to register for this free webinar…..
Click here to register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2116368979091166221
Cruise Line Adds Mid-Cruise Testing for Passengers
MSC Cruises introduced several changes this morning to cruises that are currently sailing in the Mediterranean. The changes include one cruise ship pausing service for a month while another vessel will see additional health measures with cruise passengers also being tested half way through their cruise. Due to the introduction of significant restrictions of movement, in particular in France and Germany, the cruise line is temporarily suspending further sailings of MSC Magnifica from November 8 through to December 18, 2020. Simultaneously, the company announced that MSC Grandiosa will continue and extend her current sailings in the Western Mediterranean through to March 2021 with the following additional health and safety measures on top of the existing comprehensive protocol…
Key West voters approve 3 referendums that ban most ships operated by major cruise lines
Key West Florida voters approved a referendum to limit cruise shipping traffic to the island. 3 different referendums to limit cruise traffic passed, which will completely ban large cruise ships and limit small ship cruise traffic. The new rules that passed include:
- Limit the number of daily cruise visitors at 1,500
- Prohibit cruise vessels with 1,300+ passengers from docking
- Give docking priority to cruise companies that have the best environmental and health records.
All 3 were approved by majorities of over 60%, with the "giving priority to cruise lines that have the best environmental and health records" proposal passing at more than 80%. All 3 proposals passed with, respectively, 63.34%, 60.7%, and 81.19% voting yes.
Cruise Line Resumes Cruises After Successful Test Sailings
A cruise line resumed service today after one of their cruise ships successfully completed a series of safe test cruises. Dream Cruises officially resumed its cruise service in Singapore today with World Dream’s debut in the city and her first “Super Seacation” itinerary created especially for the Singaporean market…..
CDC lifts cruise ban, says companies can restart once they prove COVID-19 protocols work
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention set the stage for the return of U.S. cruising with the Friday release of detailed requirements that could put ships back in operation in the coming months. The decision from the CDC to let its no-sail order expire on Oct. 31 in exchange for a conditional sail order is a win for the Florida-based cruise industry, which has been paralyzed since the industry stopped passenger operations March 13 amid COVID-19 outbreaks at sea. Still, cruise companies will have to prove to the agency that COVID protocols are working with specific testing requirements and trial runs before passengers can return, and will have to enter into written agreements with land-side medical facilities to treat any affected cruisers. Most cruise companies — Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean Group, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, MSC Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line and Virgin Voyages — have canceled all cruises leaving from U.S. ports until at least Dec. 1.
Cruise lines will need volunteer guests before they can resume sailing
Would you test COVID-19 safety protocols if it meant going on a cruise? Royal Caribbean will be looking for volunteer passengers as the company prepares to return its ships to service, Vicki Freed, the senior vice president of sales, trade support and service for the company, said during a webinar this week, Cruise Industry News reported. The details of how it will recruit volunteers remain to be determined. Cruise lines will need to hold mock voyages with volunteer passengers before they can resume sailing with reduced capacity under new rules released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week. “We are going to be doing a series of sailings using our employees and other volunteers to test out the protocols and make modifications,” Freed said, per Cruise Industry News.
How TUI Is Cruising Safely
While the German state of Schleswig-Holstein has ordered TUI Cruises to halt cruise service from Kiel as of Nov. 5, the German cruise brand has a perfect safety record, having carried more than 40,000 passengers since July 24 and without a single corona incident, according to Dennis Tetzlaff, director of nautical fleet and health and one of three incident commanders for the cruise line. “Since starting out of Hamburg and Kiel, we launched service from Greece in September and will begin in the Canary Islands in November,” he added. The key elements of TUI’s health and safety protocols include testing and quarantine of all crew, testing of all passengers, reduced capacity and social distancing, Tetzlaff said. A newly created position onboard is that of infection control officer whose responsibilities include cross-checking that all protocols are being implemented and that nothing and nobody slips through.
MSC Cruises to introduce air sanitation technology
MSC Cruises is to install an air sanitation system called ‘Safe Air’, developed by Fincantieri and the International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, onboard its new ship MSC Seashore. The ‘Safe Air’ system combines UV-C lamps with the ship’s air conditioning system to radiate the air flow at its source with a short wavelength light, destroying organic particles. This will prevent the circulation of viruses, bacteria and mould throughout the ship, according to the cruise line. The system will be fitted to MSC Seashore at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, where the ship is currently under construction. She is set to be delivered in July 2021.
CDC Double Standard: Why Only Single Out the Cruise Industry?
It wasn’t really a surprise when over a dozen cruise lines canceled the rest of their 2020 sailings out of U.S. ports. Even as executives spoke hopefully about welcoming passengers back before the end of the year, most of us knew — somewhere deep down — that it wasn’t going to happen. Yet, it still made me angry. Why? Because I knew that if I wanted to, I could head to the airport and jump on a plane thanks to the ridiculous double standard which has seen cruise lines grounded since March, but airlines operating virtually unencumbered.
Carnival Cruise Line Asks for Patience as They Work on Resuming Cruises
Two weeks, the CDC switched their No Sail Order to a Conditional Sail Order giving cruise lines a pathway to resuming cruises out of U.S. ports. While the No Sail Order has been lifted, it will still be a few months before cruises can begin sailing. Because cruise lines aren’t sure yet when they will be able to resume, Carnival Cruise Line issued a statement asking their guests, travel agents, and destination partners for patience.
MSC Cruises announces itinerary changes due to ongoing restrictions in France and Germany
MSC Cruises announced that given the prevailing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic situation in Germany and France with significant travel restrictions affecting passengers from these markets, it is temporarily suspending further voyages of MSC Magnifica. The temporary suspension is due to affect sailing from November 8 through to December 18, included. Germany and France are two key source markets for the vessel’s 10-night cruises across the Eastern and Western Mediterranean visiting destinations in Malta, Greece, and Italy.
Royal Caribbean May Need Volunteers for Trial Cruises
If Royal Caribbean International wants to cruise out a U.S. homeport anytime soon, it will need a permit from the CDC as part of the new Conditional Framework the agency has issued. That will include the company having a number of trial cruises using employees and volunteers as stand-in passengers to test safety and health protocols. “We are going to be doing a series of sailings using our employees and other volunteers to test out the protocols and make modifications," said Vicki Freed, senior vice president of sales and trade support and service, on a webinar on Wednesday. Freed said the company will be looking for volunteers, but hasn't quite yet worked on the details. She said that the first cruises to be offered in 2021 may be short sailings to CocoCay, which would allow the company to operate in a bubble on its own private island.
6 Ways the Royal Caribbean App Will Improve Your Cruise
Royal Caribbean has been adding new features to their mobile app that improves cruises on their 26 cruise ships. From expedited boarding to a much-needed improved muster drill, here are six ways that the Royal Caribbean app will make your cruise even better and keep you from having to wait in lines.
Cruise Industry Avoids Italy's New COVID-19 Curbs
The Italian government is issuing new, tighter, COVID-19 restrictions but won't follow through with a lockdown, and has also decided to let the cruise industry continue to operate from Italian ports. Text relating to a so-called navigation ban for passenger ships has been removed from new Italian-government led COVID-19 directives. Instead, officials will let cruise ships operate based on health and safety protocols previously approved in August that led to MSC, Costa and AIDA sailing cruises from Italian ports. AIDA has since paused operations with a lockdown in Germany, its main source market, while MSC and Costa continue sailing in Italy.
TUI Cruises' Mein Schiff 2 commences The Canary Islands season
Mein Schiff 2 arrived at homeport Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Canary Islands) on Thursday, November 5, with 740 crew onboard for her final preparations prior to the start of the Canary Islands winter 2020-2021 season. TUI Schiff 2 ship is departing on Friday, November 6, on 7- and 14-night Blue Voyages around the Canaries with calls at Arrecife, Tenerife, La Gomera, Puerto del Rosario, Tenerife, Santa Cruz De La Palma.
The Las Palmas Port Authority presented a commemorative plaque to the ship's captain in recognition of TUI Cruises' commitment to restart operations from this base port. The company expressed gratification for contributing to tourism in the Canary Islands and thanked for the cooperation by the authorities and their local partners for making sailings possible.
10 crew tests positive for COVID-19 on MS Thurgau Chopin
A river cruise ship has once again become a spot for a Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak - Thurgau Chopin (MS Frederic Chopin). As specified in a note from Stuttgart-based operator Nicko Cruises (a fully-owned subsidiary of Mystic Cruises), the riverboat has long been operated by Thurgau Travel, while Nicko Cruises deals with the cruise sales. The outbreak erupted last Saturday, October 31. All 28 travellers were allowed to leave the ship in Potsdam at noon, as the health department classified them as "contact level 2". A crew member had tested positive for COVID without symptoms in the previous days but meanwhile, the number of infected roses to ten.
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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