July 21, 2021
In this Issue
Here are some of the news articles we are following:
- What's next for Virgin Voyages?
- U.S. Public Health Emergency Extended, How Does This Impact Cruises?
- ‘Cruise ships are back, baby’: Alaska’s first large cruise ship in 21 months visits Ketchikan
- MSC Cruises Restart Plans Ship by Ship
- “VIKING MARS” Floated Out In Ancona
- Cunard Line reveals new fleet plan for return to cruising
- Travel insurance required for unvaccinated Carnival, Royal Caribbean passengers sailing from Fla.
- We’re Starting To Get The Message Across – Cruise Lines Say MPs Are Backing A Return To Cruise
- Marine Safety Information Bulletin | COVID-19: Spotlight on the Mental Health of Mariners
- CDC Coronavirus Self-Checker
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Photo: Virgin Voyages
What's next for Virgin Voyages?
Virgin Voyages is getting ready to launch its UK Summer Soirée series in just a few weeks.
But all three of its ships have been busy in recent weeks. Take a look at what’s been happening…
Interview Mar 16, 2021: Virgin Voyages CEO discusses future of cruises after COVID l GMA
The CDC has been remarkably quick with approving ships for test cruises, while the agency has also given the cruise industry leeway in cruising with vaccinated guests. While the cruise lines will be happy to sail without restrictions in the future, the measures are reasonable in the eyes of the cruise industry.
Royal Caribbean Vice President of Government Relations Russell Benford said federal health inspectors were aboard, making sure the ship’s procedures were up to snuff.
Mounting a quick comeback in Europe, MSC Cruises is also planning to sail from the U.S. this summer. Here's the latest restart projections for the MSC Cruises fleet, ship by ship:
The Viking units are all built according to the latest navigation regulations and equipped with the most modern safety systems, including the “safe return to port”. They also feature energy-efficient engines, optimized hydrodynamics and hull thereby reducing consumption, as well as systems which minimize pollution produced by exhaust gases, meeting the strictest environmental regulations.
The sailings, ranging from two to 40 nights, mark the return of Cunard's three-ship fleet: Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria.
Carnival is requiring all unvaccinated passengers to carry travel insurance when sailing on its Florida-based ships starting July 31.
Australia’s cruise industry believes MPs are finally getting the message about a return to cruising, with a number of Parliamentarians coming out in support of the call for a plan to bring ships back to local waters.
These issues have led to humanitarian concerns as well as concerns for the physical and mental health of mariners.
The online, mobile-friendly tool asks a series of questions, and based on the user’s responses, provides recommended actions and resources.
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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