Issue #

208

|

Volume

13

December 28, 2020

In this Issue

Here are some of the news articles we are following:

  • Why volunteers for Royal Caribbean's mock cruise want to return to sea
  • Everything I’ve Missed About Cruising in 2020
  • Could A 'Disney Bubble' Work for Disney Cruise Line Adventures?
  • Major Cruise Lines Like Disney, MSC, and More Cancel Trips Into 2021 — and Even Into 2022
  • Three Additional Carnival Cruise Ships Inch Closer to Return
  • Cruise lines start to target 32% of guests waiting for vaccine
  • Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines reveals revised ‘back in service’ dates
  • How Your Health – and the Vaccine – Could Decide if You Cruise
  • My Cruise on The First Quantum of The Seas Journey After the Covid Scare
  • Incoming Biden Administration Faces Early Test with Cruise Shipping’s Return
  • Three Additional Carnival Cruise Ships Inch Closer to Return
  • Cruise Ship Waited Days After COVID-19 Symptoms to Quarantine Passengers, Docs Reveal
  • 6 crew test COVID-19 positive on Stena Line's Stena Edda ferry
  • Gifts for hundreds of cruise ship staff

Cover Image by:

Why volunteers for Royal Caribbean's mock cruise want to return to sea

Royal Caribbean plans on operating mock cruises as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) conditional sailing requirements. The company's mock cruises require volunteers to test its new health and safety measures. In exchange, volunteers get to go on a mock cruise for free — though there isn't much information on what these cruises entail, and it's unclear if they actually go out to sea. We spoke to volunteers who love cruising, and see their participation in testing new …

Read more

 

Everything I’ve Missed About Cruising in 2020

When a cruise ship departs the dock and heads out to sea, it’s like leaving everything behind and moving toward infinite possibilities. There’s a slight rumble under the ship’s hull, the coastline fades, and the ocean becomes both your only view and your highway to new places. The water sparkles in the sunshine. It moves. It’s breathtaking…..

Read more….

 

Could A 'Disney Bubble' Work for Disney Cruise Line Adventures?

While most of the attention during the global pandemic when it comes to Disney has been on the movie studio and the theme parks, there's another huge part of the company that has been suffering just as much, if not more, the Disney Cruise Line. Cruise ships have remained vacant for the duration, and recently, following additional guidance from the Center for Disease Control, Disney was forced to cancel yet another batch of cruises, anything that had been set to last longer than seven nights, into the summer. It's still going to be a couple of months before any cruises resume, but when they do, it's possible things could actually work out quite well. 

Read more….

 

Major Cruise Lines Like Disney, MSC, and More Cancel Trips Into 2021 — and Even Into 2022

More cruises have been canceled into 2021 — and some even into 2022 — the latest disappointing news for a beleaguered industry even as some lines have tried to resume sailing with mixed results. The latest round of cancelations stretches across the globe from the Caribbean to Italy, Japan to Argentina, hitting mega ships and smaller ones alike.   While Royal Caribbean International relaunched sailings in Singapore and is looking for volunteers to test new health protocols in the U.S., the cruise line cancelled most of its planned itineraries through Feb. 28. That also goes for Royal Caribbean’s other lines, like Celebrity Cruises, which suspended all journeys through Feb. 28 and South American sailings through April 7; as well as Silversea Cruises and Azamara, with each cancelling months’ worth of sailings.

Read more….

 

Three Additional Carnival Cruise Ships Inch Closer to Return

Three Carnival Cruise Line ships returned to PortMiami on Wednesday morning, making for a total of five vessels that the company has brought back to the U.S. in recent weeks. All three Carnival ships at sunrise from the PortMiami Webcam. (Photo courtesy of PTZtv) The latest ships to be welcomed home are the Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Liberty and Carnival Freedom, all of which are now docked in...

Read more…..

 

Cruise lines start to target 32% of guests waiting for vaccine

The cruise sector can begin to target the 32 per cent of Britons with an interest in cruise who have said they  are waiting for vaccine before travelling, a new report says. Propensity to cruise still exists as 33 per cent of those who favour a cruise holiday plan to travel within Europe in the next seven-12 months and 32 per cent outside of Europe once they have received the vaccine, according to a survey. The UK Travel Intelligence Report found that, in a post-lockdown climate, 25 per cent of the UK public continue to pursue their holiday plans over the next 12 months. Based on geographical regions, the study showed that 22 per cent of people who live in the South East of England are more likely to cruise, followed by 17 per cent in the Midlands and 13 per cent in the North West. 

Read more….

 

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines reveals revised ‘back in service’ dates

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines announced revised ‘back in service’ dates for its 4-strong ocean fleet, as the line prepares for cruising next year. The new timetable shows the new ship Borealis will be the first of the fleet to sail and is scheduled to embark on her maiden voyage with Fred. Olsen - the 6-night ‘Scottish Lochs and Isles’ cruise - on April 23, 2021, as originally planned. Fred. Olsen's Bolette will follow on May 29 and Balmoral on June 9. Because of having an extensive fly-cruise programme, the company's Braemar ship will remain in lay-up until 2022. 

Read more….

 

How Your Health – and the Vaccine – Could Decide if You Cruise

Cruise lines are taking legal advice over the possibilities of enforcing a vaccinated-only passenger policy. And some have already announced tough new regulations about who they will allow to board their ships.

Cunard, for instance, has issued an “Emergency Notification” to guests with pre-existing conditions saying guests who need supplementary oxygen, kidney dialysis or a ventilator can no longer cruise with the line.

Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Frank Del Rio told a travel agents’ forum the cruise company is looking at whether or not being vaccinated can be mandated, according to leading trade site Travel Weekly.  Maintaining that ship’s crews will be required to vaccinate, Mr Del Rio said: “But it’s too early to tell whether we have the legal standing to mandate that you take a vaccine to come onboard — lawyers are looking at it as we speak.” 

Read more….

 

My Cruise on The First Quantum of The Seas Journey After the Covid Scare

As I packed my bags ahead of my December 14 sailing on Quantum of the Seas, it struck me how this voyage would be a series of firsts. Quantum is Royal Caribbean’s first ship to sail with passengers since the start of the pandemic. This was also my first cruise on Quantum, having sailed with Spectrum last year.

For many, it’s the first Royal sailing after a passenger tested positive for COVID-19 just the week before. It was found to be a false positive, but the ship was required to return to port on the third day, with passengers quarantined in their rooms until disembarkation in the evening.  With that incident fresh in my mind, I, and I’m sure many others, harboured some uncertainty about the trip.  Our pre-boarding PCR COVID test was a seamless experience. After receiving an email from Royal Caribbean, we scheduled a test slot two days prior to embarkation. On the day of our test, the entire process took barely 10 minutes.

Onboard the ship, the COVID measures Royal Caribbean has taken are extensive. Aside from rigorous cleaning protocols, every Royal Caribbean guest is required to wear a waterproof ‘tracelet’ around your arm in all public areas. Your SeaPass card, which once was just used to order drinks and enter your room, now also acts as your contact tracing tool. In places like the Royal Theatre, you have to tap your card before entering. 

Read more….

 

Incoming Biden Administration Faces Early Test with Cruise Shipping’s Return

The Norwegian cruise line Hurtigruten Group was ready to show the world that ships could be made safe from Covid-19. It outfitted its newest vessel, the MS Roald Amundsen, with a suite of prevention measures for cruises among the glaciers, fjords and polar bear breeding grounds of Svalbard Island, far above the Arctic Circle.  And yet sometime after the Amundsen left Tromso, a port in northern Norway flanked by snow-capped mountains, on July 17, the virus found its way on board. Eventually, 71 passengers and crew members from two back-to-back cruises to Svalbard were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, outbreaks that were traced back to the ship. The Amundsen, named for the Norwegian man who became the first explorer to reach the South Pole, had become one of the worst Covid super-spreader events to strike Norway, according to a tabulation compiled by researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  Norwegian health officials hastened to deal with the outbreaks; they quarantined hundreds of passengers who went home to dozens of towns across the country. In the end, no additional community infections were traced to the Amundsen, said Petter Elstrom, who oversees Covid-19 tracing at the Institute for Public Health, Norway’s equivalent of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The Amundsen outbreaks occurred just as a second wave of infections was sweeping the country, Elstrom said. “It was quite calm with few outbreaks before this was discovered, and afterwards it has only increased.” 

Read more….

 

Three Additional Carnival Cruise Ships Inch Closer to Return

Three Carnival Cruise Line ships returned to PortMiami on Wednesday morning, making for a total of five vessels that the company has brought back to the U.S. in recent weeks.  The latest ships to be welcomed home are the Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Liberty, and Carnival Freedom, all of which are now docked in proximity to one another at PortMiami.  The next step? Undergoing the necessary steps which will allow them to return to service. Despite being back in U.S. waters, they still have a way to go before they can begin operating regular sailings again.

Read more….

 

Cruise Ship Waited Days After COVID-19 Symptoms to Quarantine Passengers, Docs Reveal

After-effects and lingering questions about the deadly voyage of the MS Zandaam just won’t go away. 

Read more….

 

6 crew test COVID-19 positive on Stena Line's Stena Edda ferry

300+ ferry passengers were stranded overnight in Birkenhead (a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, Merseyside, England) after 6 crew members tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19) onboard Stena Line's Stena Edda ferry. On Wednesday, December 18, the Belfast-bound ferry at the line’s terminal on the River Mersey was advised by port health authorities not to let travellers disembark or leave Birkenhead after the 6 staff were found to have the virus. Stena Line confirmed it was helping the 322 passengers find alternative travel. 

Read more….

 

Gifts for hundreds of cruise ship staff

Staff on cruise ships anchored off the coast of Devon are receiving festive hampers from the local community. Due to Covid-19 the ships have been anchored off Torbay for several months.  On Christmas Day, there will be six ships offshore with about 700 members of staff on them.  Organiser Louise Lewis said they had become part of the community, with the hampers full of sweet treats, decorations and small gifts a way to spread "Christmas spirit".  The pandemic has stopped the cruise ships from operating, although they still require staff on board to keep them running. 

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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Issue #

208

|

Volume

13

December 28, 2020

In this Issue

Here are some of the news articles we are following:

  • Why volunteers for Royal Caribbean's mock cruise want to return to sea
  • Everything I’ve Missed About Cruising in 2020
  • Could A 'Disney Bubble' Work for Disney Cruise Line Adventures?
  • Major Cruise Lines Like Disney, MSC, and More Cancel Trips Into 2021 — and Even Into 2022
  • Three Additional Carnival Cruise Ships Inch Closer to Return
  • Cruise lines start to target 32% of guests waiting for vaccine
  • Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines reveals revised ‘back in service’ dates
  • How Your Health – and the Vaccine – Could Decide if You Cruise
  • My Cruise on The First Quantum of The Seas Journey After the Covid Scare
  • Incoming Biden Administration Faces Early Test with Cruise Shipping’s Return
  • Three Additional Carnival Cruise Ships Inch Closer to Return
  • Cruise Ship Waited Days After COVID-19 Symptoms to Quarantine Passengers, Docs Reveal
  • 6 crew test COVID-19 positive on Stena Line's Stena Edda ferry
  • Gifts for hundreds of cruise ship staff

Cover Image by:

Why volunteers for Royal Caribbean's mock cruise want to return to sea

Royal Caribbean plans on operating mock cruises as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) conditional sailing requirements. The company's mock cruises require volunteers to test its new health and safety measures. In exchange, volunteers get to go on a mock cruise for free — though there isn't much information on what these cruises entail, and it's unclear if they actually go out to sea. We spoke to volunteers who love cruising, and see their participation in testing new …

Read more

 

Everything I’ve Missed About Cruising in 2020

When a cruise ship departs the dock and heads out to sea, it’s like leaving everything behind and moving toward infinite possibilities. There’s a slight rumble under the ship’s hull, the coastline fades, and the ocean becomes both your only view and your highway to new places. The water sparkles in the sunshine. It moves. It’s breathtaking…..

Read more….

 

Could A 'Disney Bubble' Work for Disney Cruise Line Adventures?

While most of the attention during the global pandemic when it comes to Disney has been on the movie studio and the theme parks, there's another huge part of the company that has been suffering just as much, if not more, the Disney Cruise Line. Cruise ships have remained vacant for the duration, and recently, following additional guidance from the Center for Disease Control, Disney was forced to cancel yet another batch of cruises, anything that had been set to last longer than seven nights, into the summer. It's still going to be a couple of months before any cruises resume, but when they do, it's possible things could actually work out quite well. 

Read more….

 

Major Cruise Lines Like Disney, MSC, and More Cancel Trips Into 2021 — and Even Into 2022

More cruises have been canceled into 2021 — and some even into 2022 — the latest disappointing news for a beleaguered industry even as some lines have tried to resume sailing with mixed results. The latest round of cancelations stretches across the globe from the Caribbean to Italy, Japan to Argentina, hitting mega ships and smaller ones alike.   While Royal Caribbean International relaunched sailings in Singapore and is looking for volunteers to test new health protocols in the U.S., the cruise line cancelled most of its planned itineraries through Feb. 28. That also goes for Royal Caribbean’s other lines, like Celebrity Cruises, which suspended all journeys through Feb. 28 and South American sailings through April 7; as well as Silversea Cruises and Azamara, with each cancelling months’ worth of sailings.

Read more….

 

Three Additional Carnival Cruise Ships Inch Closer to Return

Three Carnival Cruise Line ships returned to PortMiami on Wednesday morning, making for a total of five vessels that the company has brought back to the U.S. in recent weeks. All three Carnival ships at sunrise from the PortMiami Webcam. (Photo courtesy of PTZtv) The latest ships to be welcomed home are the Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Liberty and Carnival Freedom, all of which are now docked in...

Read more…..

 

Cruise lines start to target 32% of guests waiting for vaccine

The cruise sector can begin to target the 32 per cent of Britons with an interest in cruise who have said they  are waiting for vaccine before travelling, a new report says. Propensity to cruise still exists as 33 per cent of those who favour a cruise holiday plan to travel within Europe in the next seven-12 months and 32 per cent outside of Europe once they have received the vaccine, according to a survey. The UK Travel Intelligence Report found that, in a post-lockdown climate, 25 per cent of the UK public continue to pursue their holiday plans over the next 12 months. Based on geographical regions, the study showed that 22 per cent of people who live in the South East of England are more likely to cruise, followed by 17 per cent in the Midlands and 13 per cent in the North West. 

Read more….

 

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines reveals revised ‘back in service’ dates

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines announced revised ‘back in service’ dates for its 4-strong ocean fleet, as the line prepares for cruising next year. The new timetable shows the new ship Borealis will be the first of the fleet to sail and is scheduled to embark on her maiden voyage with Fred. Olsen - the 6-night ‘Scottish Lochs and Isles’ cruise - on April 23, 2021, as originally planned. Fred. Olsen's Bolette will follow on May 29 and Balmoral on June 9. Because of having an extensive fly-cruise programme, the company's Braemar ship will remain in lay-up until 2022. 

Read more….

 

How Your Health – and the Vaccine – Could Decide if You Cruise

Cruise lines are taking legal advice over the possibilities of enforcing a vaccinated-only passenger policy. And some have already announced tough new regulations about who they will allow to board their ships.

Cunard, for instance, has issued an “Emergency Notification” to guests with pre-existing conditions saying guests who need supplementary oxygen, kidney dialysis or a ventilator can no longer cruise with the line.

Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Frank Del Rio told a travel agents’ forum the cruise company is looking at whether or not being vaccinated can be mandated, according to leading trade site Travel Weekly.  Maintaining that ship’s crews will be required to vaccinate, Mr Del Rio said: “But it’s too early to tell whether we have the legal standing to mandate that you take a vaccine to come onboard — lawyers are looking at it as we speak.” 

Read more….

 

My Cruise on The First Quantum of The Seas Journey After the Covid Scare

As I packed my bags ahead of my December 14 sailing on Quantum of the Seas, it struck me how this voyage would be a series of firsts. Quantum is Royal Caribbean’s first ship to sail with passengers since the start of the pandemic. This was also my first cruise on Quantum, having sailed with Spectrum last year.

For many, it’s the first Royal sailing after a passenger tested positive for COVID-19 just the week before. It was found to be a false positive, but the ship was required to return to port on the third day, with passengers quarantined in their rooms until disembarkation in the evening.  With that incident fresh in my mind, I, and I’m sure many others, harboured some uncertainty about the trip.  Our pre-boarding PCR COVID test was a seamless experience. After receiving an email from Royal Caribbean, we scheduled a test slot two days prior to embarkation. On the day of our test, the entire process took barely 10 minutes.

Onboard the ship, the COVID measures Royal Caribbean has taken are extensive. Aside from rigorous cleaning protocols, every Royal Caribbean guest is required to wear a waterproof ‘tracelet’ around your arm in all public areas. Your SeaPass card, which once was just used to order drinks and enter your room, now also acts as your contact tracing tool. In places like the Royal Theatre, you have to tap your card before entering. 

Read more….

 

Incoming Biden Administration Faces Early Test with Cruise Shipping’s Return

The Norwegian cruise line Hurtigruten Group was ready to show the world that ships could be made safe from Covid-19. It outfitted its newest vessel, the MS Roald Amundsen, with a suite of prevention measures for cruises among the glaciers, fjords and polar bear breeding grounds of Svalbard Island, far above the Arctic Circle.  And yet sometime after the Amundsen left Tromso, a port in northern Norway flanked by snow-capped mountains, on July 17, the virus found its way on board. Eventually, 71 passengers and crew members from two back-to-back cruises to Svalbard were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, outbreaks that were traced back to the ship. The Amundsen, named for the Norwegian man who became the first explorer to reach the South Pole, had become one of the worst Covid super-spreader events to strike Norway, according to a tabulation compiled by researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  Norwegian health officials hastened to deal with the outbreaks; they quarantined hundreds of passengers who went home to dozens of towns across the country. In the end, no additional community infections were traced to the Amundsen, said Petter Elstrom, who oversees Covid-19 tracing at the Institute for Public Health, Norway’s equivalent of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The Amundsen outbreaks occurred just as a second wave of infections was sweeping the country, Elstrom said. “It was quite calm with few outbreaks before this was discovered, and afterwards it has only increased.” 

Read more….

 

Three Additional Carnival Cruise Ships Inch Closer to Return

Three Carnival Cruise Line ships returned to PortMiami on Wednesday morning, making for a total of five vessels that the company has brought back to the U.S. in recent weeks.  The latest ships to be welcomed home are the Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Liberty, and Carnival Freedom, all of which are now docked in proximity to one another at PortMiami.  The next step? Undergoing the necessary steps which will allow them to return to service. Despite being back in U.S. waters, they still have a way to go before they can begin operating regular sailings again.

Read more….

 

Cruise Ship Waited Days After COVID-19 Symptoms to Quarantine Passengers, Docs Reveal

After-effects and lingering questions about the deadly voyage of the MS Zandaam just won’t go away. 

Read more….

 

6 crew test COVID-19 positive on Stena Line's Stena Edda ferry

300+ ferry passengers were stranded overnight in Birkenhead (a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, Merseyside, England) after 6 crew members tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19) onboard Stena Line's Stena Edda ferry. On Wednesday, December 18, the Belfast-bound ferry at the line’s terminal on the River Mersey was advised by port health authorities not to let travellers disembark or leave Birkenhead after the 6 staff were found to have the virus. Stena Line confirmed it was helping the 322 passengers find alternative travel. 

Read more….

 

Gifts for hundreds of cruise ship staff

Staff on cruise ships anchored off the coast of Devon are receiving festive hampers from the local community. Due to Covid-19 the ships have been anchored off Torbay for several months.  On Christmas Day, there will be six ships offshore with about 700 members of staff on them.  Organiser Louise Lewis said they had become part of the community, with the hampers full of sweet treats, decorations and small gifts a way to spread "Christmas spirit".  The pandemic has stopped the cruise ships from operating, although they still require staff on board to keep them running. 

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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