Issue #

234

|

Volume

15

February 26, 2021

In this Issue

Here are some of the news articles we are following:

  • Why Haven’t We Had Any Test Cruises Yet?
  • Carnival Cruise Line COVID-19 Policy to Require Masks, Organized Excursions Only
  • Cruise Lines Are Beginning to Announce Vaccination Requirements for Guests
  • Celebrity Cruises' ship Celebrity Eclipse Australia and New Zealand 2022-2023 season
  • Fincantieri starts building Viking Ocean's newest cruise ship Viking Mars
  • Blocked Ponant cruise ship Le Laperouse calls off New Zealand season
  • Government of Canada announces one-year ban for pleasure craft and cruise vessels
  • Disney Cruise Line Confirms Level 4 Travel Warning From CDC
  • Two US-Based River Cruise Lines to Require COVID-19 Vaccination
  • Several cruise trips have already been cancelled this year. See when major cruise lines plan on operating again.
  • Norway Extends Cruise Restrictions to May 1 for Reassessment
  • SOMETHING FOR LAST…  Memories from one year ago…

Cover Image by:

Photo by George Vaughan

Why Haven’t We Had Any Test Cruises Yet?

The atmosphere on November 1, 2020, in the cruise industry, was one of pure optimism. Not only did the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) lift the No-Sail-Order, but we would also soon start seeing ships sailing from US ports on test cruises. The end of December, or at the latest, the start of January, would surely be the time.  More than 150,000 people signed up for the test cruises onboard Royal Caribbean ships, while the Facebook page quickly gained 63,000 followers.  That optimism has faded somewhat. It’s mid-January, and there is no sign whatsoever of any ships even preparing to sail on test cruises. What Gives?  Is the CDC Stalling? Well, it’s not just the CDC, but the fact the agency has not provided cruise operators with guidelines on the test sailings has so far delayed proceedings.  In the call that Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald held with investors this week, the CEO was asked: What is happening with the test cruises?

Read more… 

 

Carnival Cruise Line COVID-19 Policy to Require Masks, Organized Excursions Only

In a sign a U.S. restart to cruising may be inching closer, Carnival Cruise Line has revealed a number of COVID-19 regulations, with guests now required to wear face masks on company ships.  All guests over the age of two will be required to wear a mask when indoors except when inside their own stateroom, while eating and drinking seated at a table and when using the cardio equipment at the gym and physical distancing is maintained, the company said. Guests are required to wear a mask outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Carnival noted that masks should have two or more layers and be worn over the nose and mouth. Gaiters and bandanas are not allowed, and face shields are permitted when used with a mask These requirements apply during all aspects of the cruise, including embarkation, shore excursions and disembarkation. A limited supply of masks will be available in staterooms after boarding. 

Read more about the testing, shore excursions and contact tracing, etc…

 

Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash 

Cruise Lines Are Beginning to Announce Vaccination Requirements for Guests

Will such policies become widespread among the cruise industry? It's still unclear.  The first two U.S.-based cruise lines announced mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for guests and crew today, a measure that's been discussed but not yet widely adopted by the industry. American Queen Steamboat Company and Victory Cruise Lines company, both part of the Hornblower Group, said the move expands upon enhanced health and safety measures already in place, including pre-cruise COVID-19 testing of all guests and crew, and requiring masks in all public areas where social distancing is not possible. The coronavirus vaccine mandate will apply to sailings on both lines beginning July 1, 2021, and will apply to guests as well as on-ship crew members and non-ship, corporate employees.  "Vaccination requirements for both our guests and crew is the most prudent next step to ensure that we are providing the safest cruising experience possible,”… 

Read more

 

Celebrity Cruises' ship Celebrity Eclipse Australia and New Zealand 2022-2023 season

Celebrity Cruises deployed the ship Celebrity Eclipse in Australia and New Zealand for winter season 2022-2023. The liner is scheduled to operate 5- to 18-night itineraries between September 2022 and April 2023.

Departures are offered from homeports Sydney NSW Australia and Auckland NZ. A total of 19 different itineraries also include the themed voyages "Food and Wine Classics", "Five Star Getaways", "Sun and Beach Escapes". These new for Celebrity Cruises themes provide a deeper immersion into the culture of the region and are brought to life via enhanced shoreside and onboard programming like an overnight in Cairns with an option to sleep under the stars on a pontoon floating above the Great Barrier Reef as well as savouring the most revered wines of the region… 

Read more….

 

Photo by Robert Bye on Unsplash


Fincantieri starts building Viking Ocean's newest cruise ship Viking Mars

The keel was laid on Thursday, February 4, at the Ancona Italy shipyard for the 8th cruise ship of the shipbuilder Fincantieri for the shipowner Viking Ocean Cruises. MS Viking Mars will be delivered in 2022-Q2, with the maiden voyage scheduled for May 28. The newbuild has GT tonnage 47842 tons, 9 decks (6 with cabins), 464 staterooms and max passenger capacity 930 (plus 465 crew).  Viking Ocean's vessels are sisterships (same-designed) and built according to the latest maritime regulations and equipped with the most modern navigation and safety systems, including “Safe return to port”. They also boast high-efficiency engines, hydrodynamics, optimized hull with a consequent reduction in consumption and systems reducing exhaust gas pollution to a minimum. 

Read more….

 

Blocked Ponant cruise ship Le Laperouse calls off New Zealand season

A French, luxury cruise ship stopped at the New Zealand border cancelled her summer season.  After 61 crew were refused work visas on route to Auckland NZ, on Monday, February 1, the Le Laperouse  ship was forced to sail 1800 km to New Caledonia to refuel.  The shipowner Ponant Cruises decided to cancel the planned New Zealand season, which it was given special Economic Exemption to operate in 2020. The company said in a statement: "Ponant regretfully advises that our small expedition ship Le Lapérouse has been forced to cancel her season of seven fully booked expedition voyages in New Zealand for New Zealanders."   On January 29, Ponant's Le Laperouse was stopped outside of NZ exclusive economic zone, with visa applications being refused for a total of 61 of the 90 crew members onboard. Following the impasse, and having sailed 8500+ km and undergone isolation and testing, Ponant announced its decision to cancel the 2021 summer season. 

Read more

  

Government of Canada announces one-year ban for pleasure craft and cruise vessels

The Government of Canada continues to monitor the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it is having on the marine and tourism sectors. Keeping Canadians and transportation workers safe and healthy are top priorities for Transport Canada. Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced two new Interim Orders, which prohibit pleasure craft in Canadian Arctic waters and cruise vessels in all Canadian waters until February 28, 2022. This means… 

Read more….

 

Disney Cruise Line Confirms Level 4 Travel Warning From CDC

Disney Cruise Line has confirmed that the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 travel warning for cruise passengers.  Per Disney’s announcement regarding the situation:  Please note the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Notice recommending that all people avoid travel on cruise ships. The complete notice is available at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-4/coronavirus-cruise-ship and is subject to change by the CDC without notice. If a threshold of COVID-19 is detected on board the cruise ship during a voyage, the voyage will be ended immediately and the ship will return to the U.S. port of embarkation, and your subsequent travel, including your return home, may be restricted or delayed.  You can find recent CDC guidelines for cruising on their official website here.   Although the CDC lifted their “No-Sail Order” on October 31, 2020, cruise operators must adhere to a variety of new COVID-19 regulations in order to actually hit the high seas once again. 

Read more… 

 

Two US-Based River Cruise Lines to Require COVID-19 Vaccination

American Queen Steamboat Company and Victory Cruise Lines, both part of the Hornblower Group, have announced that they will be requiring COVID-19 vaccination for all guests. Crew members and non-shipboard employees of the lines will also be required to receive the vaccination, across all seven vessels in the two fleets. American Empress (Photo via American Queen Steamboat Company) This mandate...

Read more…

 

Several cruise trips have already been cancelled this year. See when major cruise lines plan on operating again.

Bad news for any eager cruise goers: cruise lines are continuing to extend cruising suspensions into 2021 as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. The cruising industry initially saw a quiet period after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted and extended its no-sail order as the coronavirus pandemic began surging in 2020. But after months of waiting, in October, the CDC replaced its mandatory sailing pause with the "Framework for Conditional Sailing Order," a list of rigorous requirements needed for cruise lines to continue operating again.  Despite this order, and the impending debut of several cruise ships over the next few years, the return of cruising still remains in limbo. Presently, no major US cruises will be setting sail until May at the earliest, but many cruise lines are now continuing to push back their sail dates as the coronavirus pandemic continues to surge around the US.

Read more

 

Norway Extends Cruise Restrictions to May 1 For Reassessment

The Norwegian government has extended its restrictions for coastal cruises and Svalbard and said it will reassess the situation by May 1, 2021.  Basically, the restrictions include a ban on cruises in Svalbard, except day trips with up to 30 people, including passengers and crew.  Coastal cruises that start in Norway and only call at Norwegian ports with Norwegian or foreign ships are limited to 50 percent of their passenger capacity and to no more than 200 people onboard, including passengers and crew.  Coastal cruises starting in a foreign port are also limited to a maximum of 200 people onboard, but passengers and crews are not allowed to go ashore. However, crew may go ashore in conjunction with crew changes in order to travel home.  Companies wanting to operate cruises must submit plans to Norwegian authorities demonstrating their health and safety protocols and compliance with current legislation and regulations.  The current travel restrictions do not allow tourists to enter Norway.

Read more….



Photo by Giacomo Carra on Unsplash

SOMETHING FOR LAST…  Memories from one year ago…

 

Lindblad: ‘No Decline In Business’ Due to Virus

Lindblad Expeditions has limited impact when it comes to the coronaivrus outbreak and scare, according to company executives speaking on its fourth quarter and year-end earnings call on Tuesday.  The brand only has one small chartered ship in Asia, with most itineraries already taking place.  Sven-Olof Lindblad, founder, CEO, president and director, said that less than 1 percent of guests are sourced from China company-wide. 

Read more….

 

Cayman Islands Turns Away MSC Ship On Health Scare

The MSC Meraviglia was turned away from Grand Cayman, unable to anchor for her scheduled Feb. 26 call, as Cayman Island authorities decided to refuse the ship due health concerns, with one sick crew member aboard.  MSC said that Grand Cayman authorities made the decision "without even reviewing the ship’s medical records, which show one single case of common seasonal flu (type A influenza) affecting one crew member with a travel history clearly showing no passages through territories either affected by COVID-19 (Coronavirus) or subject to any international health restrictions."  Cayman Islands officials said the decision was taken out of an abundance of caution "in order to provide protection to the health and safety of the residents." 

Read more…

 

Carnival Crew Member Tested for Coronavirus, Ship Denied at Caribbean Port

Carnival Crew Member Tested for Coronavirus, Ship Denied at Caribbean Port (cruisehive.com):

https://www.cruisehive.com/carnival-crew-member-tested-for-coronavirus-ship-denied-at-caribbean-port/38025

 

Cruise lines, passengers scramble to respond to coronavirus

The spread of a new coronavirus from China is disrupting the cruise industry in the midst of its busiest season for bookings. 

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

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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Download this Issue

Issue #

234

|

Volume

15

February 26, 2021

In this Issue

Here are some of the news articles we are following:

  • Why Haven’t We Had Any Test Cruises Yet?
  • Carnival Cruise Line COVID-19 Policy to Require Masks, Organized Excursions Only
  • Cruise Lines Are Beginning to Announce Vaccination Requirements for Guests
  • Celebrity Cruises' ship Celebrity Eclipse Australia and New Zealand 2022-2023 season
  • Fincantieri starts building Viking Ocean's newest cruise ship Viking Mars
  • Blocked Ponant cruise ship Le Laperouse calls off New Zealand season
  • Government of Canada announces one-year ban for pleasure craft and cruise vessels
  • Disney Cruise Line Confirms Level 4 Travel Warning From CDC
  • Two US-Based River Cruise Lines to Require COVID-19 Vaccination
  • Several cruise trips have already been cancelled this year. See when major cruise lines plan on operating again.
  • Norway Extends Cruise Restrictions to May 1 for Reassessment
  • SOMETHING FOR LAST…  Memories from one year ago…

Cover Image by:

Photo by George Vaughan

Why Haven’t We Had Any Test Cruises Yet?

The atmosphere on November 1, 2020, in the cruise industry, was one of pure optimism. Not only did the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) lift the No-Sail-Order, but we would also soon start seeing ships sailing from US ports on test cruises. The end of December, or at the latest, the start of January, would surely be the time.  More than 150,000 people signed up for the test cruises onboard Royal Caribbean ships, while the Facebook page quickly gained 63,000 followers.  That optimism has faded somewhat. It’s mid-January, and there is no sign whatsoever of any ships even preparing to sail on test cruises. What Gives?  Is the CDC Stalling? Well, it’s not just the CDC, but the fact the agency has not provided cruise operators with guidelines on the test sailings has so far delayed proceedings.  In the call that Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald held with investors this week, the CEO was asked: What is happening with the test cruises?

Read more… 

 

Carnival Cruise Line COVID-19 Policy to Require Masks, Organized Excursions Only

In a sign a U.S. restart to cruising may be inching closer, Carnival Cruise Line has revealed a number of COVID-19 regulations, with guests now required to wear face masks on company ships.  All guests over the age of two will be required to wear a mask when indoors except when inside their own stateroom, while eating and drinking seated at a table and when using the cardio equipment at the gym and physical distancing is maintained, the company said. Guests are required to wear a mask outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Carnival noted that masks should have two or more layers and be worn over the nose and mouth. Gaiters and bandanas are not allowed, and face shields are permitted when used with a mask These requirements apply during all aspects of the cruise, including embarkation, shore excursions and disembarkation. A limited supply of masks will be available in staterooms after boarding. 

Read more about the testing, shore excursions and contact tracing, etc…

 

Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash 

Cruise Lines Are Beginning to Announce Vaccination Requirements for Guests

Will such policies become widespread among the cruise industry? It's still unclear.  The first two U.S.-based cruise lines announced mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for guests and crew today, a measure that's been discussed but not yet widely adopted by the industry. American Queen Steamboat Company and Victory Cruise Lines company, both part of the Hornblower Group, said the move expands upon enhanced health and safety measures already in place, including pre-cruise COVID-19 testing of all guests and crew, and requiring masks in all public areas where social distancing is not possible. The coronavirus vaccine mandate will apply to sailings on both lines beginning July 1, 2021, and will apply to guests as well as on-ship crew members and non-ship, corporate employees.  "Vaccination requirements for both our guests and crew is the most prudent next step to ensure that we are providing the safest cruising experience possible,”… 

Read more

 

Celebrity Cruises' ship Celebrity Eclipse Australia and New Zealand 2022-2023 season

Celebrity Cruises deployed the ship Celebrity Eclipse in Australia and New Zealand for winter season 2022-2023. The liner is scheduled to operate 5- to 18-night itineraries between September 2022 and April 2023.

Departures are offered from homeports Sydney NSW Australia and Auckland NZ. A total of 19 different itineraries also include the themed voyages "Food and Wine Classics", "Five Star Getaways", "Sun and Beach Escapes". These new for Celebrity Cruises themes provide a deeper immersion into the culture of the region and are brought to life via enhanced shoreside and onboard programming like an overnight in Cairns with an option to sleep under the stars on a pontoon floating above the Great Barrier Reef as well as savouring the most revered wines of the region… 

Read more….

 

Photo by Robert Bye on Unsplash


Fincantieri starts building Viking Ocean's newest cruise ship Viking Mars

The keel was laid on Thursday, February 4, at the Ancona Italy shipyard for the 8th cruise ship of the shipbuilder Fincantieri for the shipowner Viking Ocean Cruises. MS Viking Mars will be delivered in 2022-Q2, with the maiden voyage scheduled for May 28. The newbuild has GT tonnage 47842 tons, 9 decks (6 with cabins), 464 staterooms and max passenger capacity 930 (plus 465 crew).  Viking Ocean's vessels are sisterships (same-designed) and built according to the latest maritime regulations and equipped with the most modern navigation and safety systems, including “Safe return to port”. They also boast high-efficiency engines, hydrodynamics, optimized hull with a consequent reduction in consumption and systems reducing exhaust gas pollution to a minimum. 

Read more….

 

Blocked Ponant cruise ship Le Laperouse calls off New Zealand season

A French, luxury cruise ship stopped at the New Zealand border cancelled her summer season.  After 61 crew were refused work visas on route to Auckland NZ, on Monday, February 1, the Le Laperouse  ship was forced to sail 1800 km to New Caledonia to refuel.  The shipowner Ponant Cruises decided to cancel the planned New Zealand season, which it was given special Economic Exemption to operate in 2020. The company said in a statement: "Ponant regretfully advises that our small expedition ship Le Lapérouse has been forced to cancel her season of seven fully booked expedition voyages in New Zealand for New Zealanders."   On January 29, Ponant's Le Laperouse was stopped outside of NZ exclusive economic zone, with visa applications being refused for a total of 61 of the 90 crew members onboard. Following the impasse, and having sailed 8500+ km and undergone isolation and testing, Ponant announced its decision to cancel the 2021 summer season. 

Read more

  

Government of Canada announces one-year ban for pleasure craft and cruise vessels

The Government of Canada continues to monitor the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it is having on the marine and tourism sectors. Keeping Canadians and transportation workers safe and healthy are top priorities for Transport Canada. Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced two new Interim Orders, which prohibit pleasure craft in Canadian Arctic waters and cruise vessels in all Canadian waters until February 28, 2022. This means… 

Read more….

 

Disney Cruise Line Confirms Level 4 Travel Warning From CDC

Disney Cruise Line has confirmed that the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 travel warning for cruise passengers.  Per Disney’s announcement regarding the situation:  Please note the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Notice recommending that all people avoid travel on cruise ships. The complete notice is available at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-4/coronavirus-cruise-ship and is subject to change by the CDC without notice. If a threshold of COVID-19 is detected on board the cruise ship during a voyage, the voyage will be ended immediately and the ship will return to the U.S. port of embarkation, and your subsequent travel, including your return home, may be restricted or delayed.  You can find recent CDC guidelines for cruising on their official website here.   Although the CDC lifted their “No-Sail Order” on October 31, 2020, cruise operators must adhere to a variety of new COVID-19 regulations in order to actually hit the high seas once again. 

Read more… 

 

Two US-Based River Cruise Lines to Require COVID-19 Vaccination

American Queen Steamboat Company and Victory Cruise Lines, both part of the Hornblower Group, have announced that they will be requiring COVID-19 vaccination for all guests. Crew members and non-shipboard employees of the lines will also be required to receive the vaccination, across all seven vessels in the two fleets. American Empress (Photo via American Queen Steamboat Company) This mandate...

Read more…

 

Several cruise trips have already been cancelled this year. See when major cruise lines plan on operating again.

Bad news for any eager cruise goers: cruise lines are continuing to extend cruising suspensions into 2021 as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. The cruising industry initially saw a quiet period after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted and extended its no-sail order as the coronavirus pandemic began surging in 2020. But after months of waiting, in October, the CDC replaced its mandatory sailing pause with the "Framework for Conditional Sailing Order," a list of rigorous requirements needed for cruise lines to continue operating again.  Despite this order, and the impending debut of several cruise ships over the next few years, the return of cruising still remains in limbo. Presently, no major US cruises will be setting sail until May at the earliest, but many cruise lines are now continuing to push back their sail dates as the coronavirus pandemic continues to surge around the US.

Read more

 

Norway Extends Cruise Restrictions to May 1 For Reassessment

The Norwegian government has extended its restrictions for coastal cruises and Svalbard and said it will reassess the situation by May 1, 2021.  Basically, the restrictions include a ban on cruises in Svalbard, except day trips with up to 30 people, including passengers and crew.  Coastal cruises that start in Norway and only call at Norwegian ports with Norwegian or foreign ships are limited to 50 percent of their passenger capacity and to no more than 200 people onboard, including passengers and crew.  Coastal cruises starting in a foreign port are also limited to a maximum of 200 people onboard, but passengers and crews are not allowed to go ashore. However, crew may go ashore in conjunction with crew changes in order to travel home.  Companies wanting to operate cruises must submit plans to Norwegian authorities demonstrating their health and safety protocols and compliance with current legislation and regulations.  The current travel restrictions do not allow tourists to enter Norway.

Read more….



Photo by Giacomo Carra on Unsplash

SOMETHING FOR LAST…  Memories from one year ago…

 

Lindblad: ‘No Decline In Business’ Due to Virus

Lindblad Expeditions has limited impact when it comes to the coronaivrus outbreak and scare, according to company executives speaking on its fourth quarter and year-end earnings call on Tuesday.  The brand only has one small chartered ship in Asia, with most itineraries already taking place.  Sven-Olof Lindblad, founder, CEO, president and director, said that less than 1 percent of guests are sourced from China company-wide. 

Read more….

 

Cayman Islands Turns Away MSC Ship On Health Scare

The MSC Meraviglia was turned away from Grand Cayman, unable to anchor for her scheduled Feb. 26 call, as Cayman Island authorities decided to refuse the ship due health concerns, with one sick crew member aboard.  MSC said that Grand Cayman authorities made the decision "without even reviewing the ship’s medical records, which show one single case of common seasonal flu (type A influenza) affecting one crew member with a travel history clearly showing no passages through territories either affected by COVID-19 (Coronavirus) or subject to any international health restrictions."  Cayman Islands officials said the decision was taken out of an abundance of caution "in order to provide protection to the health and safety of the residents." 

Read more…

 

Carnival Crew Member Tested for Coronavirus, Ship Denied at Caribbean Port

Carnival Crew Member Tested for Coronavirus, Ship Denied at Caribbean Port (cruisehive.com):

https://www.cruisehive.com/carnival-crew-member-tested-for-coronavirus-ship-denied-at-caribbean-port/38025

 

Cruise lines, passengers scramble to respond to coronavirus

The spread of a new coronavirus from China is disrupting the cruise industry in the midst of its busiest season for bookings. 

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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