October 30, 2020
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Here are some of the news articles we are following:
- You Can Live on This Cruise Ship For $25,000
- Will the Cruise Industry Be Back to Normal in 2021?
- AIDA Cruises' operations restart from Civitavecchia, Italy
- 7 passengers test COVID-19 positive on Costa Cruises' Costa Diadema
- Carnival Cruise Ship Rescues 24 From Boat Taking on Water
- Dream Cruises recruits Singaporeans to work onboard World Dream
- MSC Grandiosa passengers not allowed to disembark in Malta over suspected Coronavirus case
- Madeira Opens Once Again to Cruise Ships
- St. Lawrence Cruise Lines Completes Fall Schedule
- Royal Caribbean to Beef Up Onboard Medical Centers
- Quarter-billion-dollar cruise industry bailout floated
- Lagerweij: ‘Bookings Look Excellent’
- An unused Carnival cruise ship could soon become a floating office where techies, YouTube influencers, and 'digital nomads' can live and work remotely
- UK Welcomes First Cruise Since Pandemic
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You Can Live on This Cruise Ship For $25,000
"The 30-year-old cruise ship formerly known as Regal Princess and Pacific Dawn is reportedly readying to travel from Greece to Panama, where its new owners plan to anchor offshore and offer a place for “digital nomads, YouTube influencers and crypto-currency enthusiasts” to live and work. Ocean Builders — a company best known for its floating homes (known as “seapods”) designed for people who want to live in permanent dwellings on the sea (or “seasteaders”) — has unveiled the MS Satoshi, renamed to honor Japanese crypto-currency founder Satoshi Nakamoto. “The MS Satoshi is a business-focused environment where you can relocate your existing business, set up a new global head office, or come and start a new business and be supported in an environment of like-minded entrepreneurs,” Ocean Builders states on its website." https://ocean.builders/cruiseship/
Will the Cruise Industry Be Back to Normal in 2021?
"As the global coronavirus pandemic continues and cruises are on hold for months, it is natural for eager passengers to wonder if the cruise industry will be back to normal in 2021. The answer, however, is more complicated than a simple yes or no. The worldwide suspension of cruise operations has stretched on since mid-March, with at least several weeks left before lines can begin sailing again in limited areas. Some popular cruise destinations have cancelled entire cruise seasons, and different locations may not see the return of major cruise lines for several more months."
AIDA Cruises' operations restart from Civitavecchia, Italy
"The German brand of Costa Group, AIDA Cruises, restarts from Italy for the resumption of its sailings. The line's AIDAblu ship is scheduled to depart on Saturday, October 17, from Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy for her first voyage after the pause for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, with a 7-day itinerary visiting exclusively Italian ports, such as Naples, Catania, La Spezia, Palermo, and with an overnight in Rome. After the first cruise begins on October 17, voyages will be offered weekly through November 28, 2020."
Cruise Line Resuming Cruises to the Bahamas on December 18
"A cruise line has changed their restart date on cruises to the Bahamas and is now planning on sailing one cruise ship from South Florida to the Bahamas beginning on December 18, 2020. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line will now resume cruises to the Bahamas on their Grand Classica cruise ship. Originally, the cruise line was planning on starting with Grand Celebration with Grand Classica rejoining the fleet at a later date."
7 passengers test COVID-19 positive on Costa Cruises' Costa Diadema
"Seven passengers on Costa Diadema tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19) after disembarking in Palermo, Italy. The passengers had already left the ship and then tested positive for COVID notwithstanding that all guests were required to undergo “swab testing” before boarding and then once the voyage was over according to the regulations. Earlier this week, the Italian health authorities requested that all crew on the Costa Cruises ship undergo swab testing after Diadema was in the port of Genoa. After the crew reportedly tested negative, Costa Diadema set sail on a Mediterranean voyage. However, on Thursday Costa Cruises announced that it had decided to terminate the current cruise of Diadema “in consideration of the epidemiological situation in France.” "
Carnival Cruise Ship Rescues 24 From Boat Taking on Water
"A Carnival Cruise Line ship came to the rescue of a boat in distress earlier today in international waters 37 miles off the coast of Palm, Beach, Florida. Carnival Sensation pulled alongside the small boat and transferred lifejackets, food, water, and blankets to the 24 people who were on the small boat. Carnival Cruise Line said that the 24 that were in the boat were of various nationalities and included two children."
Dream Cruises recruits Singaporeans to work onboard World Dream
"On October 8, 2020, Genting Cruise Lines announced that Dream Cruises would be the first cruise brand to restart sailings from Singapore with World Dream, as she debuts at the port from November 6 onwards.
World Dream will also become the newest built cruise ship to be homeported in Singapore, offering a series of new 2 and 3-night “Super Seacation” experiences for residents of the port city during the holidays. Mr. Michael Goh, President, Dream Cruises, said that Dream Cruises was "looking forward to providing cruise travel options to the citizens of Singapore after the many months of coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.” "
MSC Grandiosa passengers not allowed to disembark in Malta over suspected Coronavirus case
"Passengers from the MSC Cruises' liner MSC Grandiosa have not been allowed to disembark in Malta over a suspected case of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The ship docked in Malta Friday morning, October 16, and was not allowed by health authorities to disembark its guests in Valletta after the Captain notified Maltese authorities they had a suspected COVID-19 case onboard. MSC Grandiosa was allowed to dock in Malta to take only supplies, but its passengers remained onboard. The vessel has since left the country."
Madeira Opens Once Again to Cruise Ships
"The Madeira Regional Government Council has given the green light cruise ships in the region's ports, according to a statement, although under strict health and safety protocols. Resolution 772/2020, adopted during Thursday's Governing Council and published on Friday, determines that boarding, landing and landing of passengers and crew members will be examined on a case-by-case basis and will be conditioned to the opinion of the Health Authority, according to a press release. The SeaDream I is scheduled to dock in Funchal on October 24. "This operation comes through the knowledge of ship and port Authority protocols, in addition to meeting the requirements required by IA-Health as well as the requirement to perform a PCR test at the last port of scale. PCR tests are diagnostic tests that research the SARS-Vov-2 virus, which in positive means there was an active infection when the sample was obtained," the statement said."
St. Lawrence Cruise Lines Completes Fall Schedule
"St. Lawrence Cruise Lines has completed its fall schedule with a series of four- and five-night cruises on the St. Lawrence River in September and October. The line said it received a positive response from Canadian travelers who were eager to experience the fall colors of Eastern Ontario and the Thousand Islands region “During the planning of our fall schedule, the well-being of our passengers and crew was our number one consideration, and we spared no expense in addressing the health and safety for everyone on board. We believe that the success of our fall cruise schedule proves that we can deliver a vacation on the St. Lawrence River with the highest levels of hospitality, while maintaining equally high standards of COVID-19 safety measures for everyone on board,” said Jason Clark, president, in a prepared statement. He said the decision to offer the condensed fall schedule was driven by consumer demand and followed months of research and preparation on behalf of the cruise line to meet federal, provincial and municipal pandemic guidelines.COVID-19 safety measures were present in all aspects of the cruising experience, according to Clark, including guest screening, reduced passenger loads, physical distancing and mask protocols, as well as a hospital-grade electrostatic disinfectant regime."
Royal Caribbean to Beef Up Onboard Medical Centers
"With the Quantum of the Seas sailing from Singapore in December, Royal Caribbean International has seriously updated its health and safety standards. As part of the brand’s “Royal Promise” campaign, each ship will have additional doctors and nurses onboard and ashore, as well as enhanced equipment. The onboard medical centers include dedicated controlled care centers where potentially infectious guests or crew can be cared for, away from other, non-coronavirus healthcare practices. A new layout is pictured above. The ships will also carry an infection control officer who monitors and coordinates the implementation of the company’s infection control plan onboard. Every onboard physician will have received mandatory acute respiratory training before the journey. So how will the medical center operate if there’s a possible COVID-19 case?"
Quarter-billion-dollar cruise industry bailout floated
"As the US cruise industry enters its seventh month of inactivity due to Covid-19, Miami-Dade is eyeing a plan that could forgive more than a quarter-billion dollars that cruise lines would otherwise have paid PortMiami. A worst-case scenario in which cruise lines remain docked for two-plus years would see the port lose $271.5 million and be forced to dip into reserves to remain operational past April, a memo from Deputy Mayor Jack Osterholt said. In exchange, Miami-Dade would ask only that cruise lines continue to guarantee vessel calls, maintain passenger volumes here relative to other US ports and possibly meet added requirements “on a cruise line by cruise line basis.” Commissioners in the Tourism and Ports Committee today (10/15) are to give first consideration to the proposed plan from Mayor Carlos Giménez’s administration. A final vote is due Nov. 19. County estimates place PortMiami revenue shortfalls at about $68.5 million from March 13 to Nov. 29 – a period the county is tentatively calling the first of two port recovery phases – during which the port waived all passenger guarantees, harbor fees and other regular payments for cruise companies with berthing or operating agreements there."
Lagerweij: ‘Bookings Look Excellent’
"Albatros Expeditions President Hans Lagerweij is bullish on the future, noting strong forward bookings for his growing adventure brand. “If I look to next year the bookings look excellent,” he said, in a panel discussion on Monday on the expedition crise market."
An unused Carnival cruise ship could soon become a floating office where techies, YouTube influencers, and 'digital nomads' can live and work remotely
"A company wants to take a Carnival cruise ship, rendered useless by the COVID-19 pandemic, and turn it into a floating office for tech workers as the industry shifts to remote work. The project, first reported by The Telegraph's Margi Murphy, is dubbed "The Crypto Cruise Ship" and is designed as an entrepreneurial incubator for crypto enthusiasts, digital nomads, YouTube influencers, startups, and other like-minded folks. Guests will have access to yoga and fitness classes, meditation services, a swimming pool, a running track, and more. There's also a 5,000-square-foot theatre for workshops, conventions, movies, and live performances."
UK Welcomes First Cruise Since Pandemic
"Portsmouth International Port has become the first British port to welcome a cruise since the start of the coronavirus quarantine, according to a statement. SeaDream Yacht Club’s vessel, SeaDream 1, stopped in Portsmouth on Oct. 19 to pick up 19 passengers for a transatlantic voyage to the Caribbean. The yacht, which can normally hold 110 guests, is running its voyage based on the most recent strict health and safety protocols, according to a press release. All the passengers had to test negative for the coronavirus no more than 72 hours in advance, as well as immediately before boarding. Extensive cleaning and sanitation regimes are in force on the vessel, according to the press release by Portsmouth."
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