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    Grand Princess
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    2002
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    Coral Princess
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    Caribbean Princess
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  2. SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (July 8, 2020) – Princess Cruises announced today changes to its deployment in Alaska and Europe for summer 2021 with Majestic Princess arriving to the West Coast and setting sail for her inaugural Alaska season, and Regal Princess returning to Europe. In 2021, guests will be able to experience Majestic Princess for the first time in Alaska. She will be deployed to Alaska replacing Regal Princess, picking up all Regal Princess published Seattle Inside Passage departures from May to September, except Regal Princess May 4, 2021 departure of a five-day Alaska Sampler which will be cancelled. Regal Princess will sail from Southampton, England replacing Grand Princess for summer 2021. Regal Princess will sail on 17 roundtrip departures from Southampton to the Mediterranean, Norway, Scandinavia, Iceland and other popular destinations in Europe. As a result of this change, the Regal Princess South Pacific Crossing, and two Grand Princess seven-day Europe cruises will be cancelled. Grand Princess will be deployed to the West Coast for a new summer Mexico and California Coast season departing from Los Angeles with details to be announced later this summer. Guests booked on Regal Princess Alaska and Grand Princess Europe voyages will have their booking automatically moved from Regal Princess to Majestic Princess in Alaska, and from Grand Princess to Regal Princess in Europe, and will receive a new booking confirmation. Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel advisor, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company's website at www.princess.com. We are currently enhancing our health and safety protocols with input from global health leaders in light of COVID-19 and assessing how they may impact our future itinerary offerings. Our actual offerings may vary from what is displayed in marketing materials. Stay updated on current Travel Advisories and Health & Safety protocols. _______________________ By Princess Cruises (Press Release, 7/8/20); Photo Credit: Princess Cruises Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com View full article
  3. SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (July 8, 2020) – Princess Cruises announced today changes to its deployment in Alaska and Europe for summer 2021 with Majestic Princess arriving to the West Coast and setting sail for her inaugural Alaska season, and Regal Princess returning to Europe. In 2021, guests will be able to experience Majestic Princess for the first time in Alaska. She will be deployed to Alaska replacing Regal Princess, picking up all Regal Princess published Seattle Inside Passage departures from May to September, except Regal Princess May 4, 2021 departure of a five-day Alaska Sampler which will be cancelled. Regal Princess will sail from Southampton, England replacing Grand Princess for summer 2021. Regal Princess will sail on 17 roundtrip departures from Southampton to the Mediterranean, Norway, Scandinavia, Iceland and other popular destinations in Europe. As a result of this change, the Regal Princess South Pacific Crossing, and two Grand Princess seven-day Europe cruises will be cancelled. Grand Princess will be deployed to the West Coast for a new summer Mexico and California Coast season departing from Los Angeles with details to be announced later this summer. Guests booked on Regal Princess Alaska and Grand Princess Europe voyages will have their booking automatically moved from Regal Princess to Majestic Princess in Alaska, and from Grand Princess to Regal Princess in Europe, and will receive a new booking confirmation. Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel advisor, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company's website at www.princess.com. We are currently enhancing our health and safety protocols with input from global health leaders in light of COVID-19 and assessing how they may impact our future itinerary offerings. Our actual offerings may vary from what is displayed in marketing materials. Stay updated on current Travel Advisories and Health & Safety protocols. _______________________ By Princess Cruises (Press Release, 7/8/20); Photo Credit: Princess Cruises Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com
  4. Two major cruise companies have created a joint blue-ribbon task force to try to find comprehensive solutions to the industry's most vexing problem: how to keep ship passengers and crew safe from the coronavirus. Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings together launched the "Healthy Sail Panel," as it's being called, with the goal of looking at every facet of safety, from whether ultraviolet lights can effectively kill the virus to how to improve meal service. Some of the proposed changes might prove costly, like whether to modify ships to promote social distancing. And such recommendations could smack into the evolving nature of how to best fight the coronavirus, including how soon a vaccine might be on the way. That's okay, say the group's co-chairs, Mike Leavitt, former Utah governor and secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, and Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. It's not just about coronavirus, they say, but overall prevention of diseases – including any that might pop up in the future – on ships. "We are not only looking at COVID, but we think there will be changes to the way people look at cruising altogether," Leavitt said. So far, there are no conclusions, Leavitt said. The experts' panel has met only twice. Short-term recommendations could take two months and ideas for the longer term could take up to a year. He said the group plans to share its findings with the entire cruise industry since "we don't want safety to be the basis of competition." For now, cruise ship fleets around the world have been idled, waiting out the pandemic. Major operators, including giants Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Line, have extended the cruising suspensions into September. While time may be on their side for the moment, the task is huge. Gottlieb said that among other things, the panel hopes to find ways to control the spread of a virus even if a single infected passenger boards a ship. Though COVID-19 sickened and killed passengers and crew as it spread around the world earlier this year, ships have one advantage over cities: A more controlled environment, Gottlieb said. He adds that cruise operators can regulate the flow of passengers through hallways, decide what technology will best find or kill the virus and establish rules about congregating. Yet establishing the new protocols is a complicated task. There's "not one silver bullet" when it comes to making a ship safer, said Frank Del Rio, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. "This is layers on top of layers on top of layers." ________________________ By Chris Woodyard, USA Today (July 6, 2020); Photo Credit: Pixabay Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com
  5. Two major cruise companies have created a joint blue-ribbon task force to try to find comprehensive solutions to the industry's most vexing problem: how to keep ship passengers and crew safe from the coronavirus. Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings together launched the "Healthy Sail Panel," as it's being called, with the goal of looking at every facet of safety, from whether ultraviolet lights can effectively kill the virus to how to improve meal service. Some of the proposed changes might prove costly, like whether to modify ships to promote social distancing. And such recommendations could smack into the evolving nature of how to best fight the coronavirus, including how soon a vaccine might be on the way. That's okay, say the group's co-chairs, Mike Leavitt, former Utah governor and secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, and Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. It's not just about coronavirus, they say, but overall prevention of diseases – including any that might pop up in the future – on ships. "We are not only looking at COVID, but we think there will be changes to the way people look at cruising altogether," Leavitt said. So far, there are no conclusions, Leavitt said. The experts' panel has met only twice. Short-term recommendations could take two months and ideas for the longer term could take up to a year. He said the group plans to share its findings with the entire cruise industry since "we don't want safety to be the basis of competition." For now, cruise ship fleets around the world have been idled, waiting out the pandemic. Major operators, including giants Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Line, have extended the cruising suspensions into September. While time may be on their side for the moment, the task is huge. Gottlieb said that among other things, the panel hopes to find ways to control the spread of a virus even if a single infected passenger boards a ship. Though COVID-19 sickened and killed passengers and crew as it spread around the world earlier this year, ships have one advantage over cities: A more controlled environment, Gottlieb said. He adds that cruise operators can regulate the flow of passengers through hallways, decide what technology will best find or kill the virus and establish rules about congregating. Yet establishing the new protocols is a complicated task. There's "not one silver bullet" when it comes to making a ship safer, said Frank Del Rio, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. "This is layers on top of layers on top of layers." ________________________ By Chris Woodyard, USA Today (July 6, 2020); Photo Credit: Pixabay Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com View full article
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  8. The European Union this week issued a document that it says should serve as the guidelines for the cruise industry’s restart in Europe. The guidelines, called Healthy Gateways and published in full here, include a number of health and safety measures that the EU says will, and should, keep the risk of COVID-19 infection down for both guests and crew on ships sailing European waters. Healthy Gateways includes lines having contingency plans for COVID-19 outbreaks onboard that may include quarantine for guests and repatriation for crew members, cruise ships sailing with a reduced capacity, adequate testing either onboard or arranged prior to embarkation, enhanced crew member training, and more. It also implores cruise lines to look toward shorter sailings with ports of call when the industry undergoes its initial restart and for cruise lines to explore bringing the check-in processes outdoors, if possible, and moving to electronic payments. "It is recommended to use electronic alternatives for check-in and check-out (e.g. mobile concierge or use of electronic devices that can be disinfected after each use). The possibility of using an outdoor based check-in may also be considered. It is recommended that passenger expenses are paid electronically where possible (cash should be accepted only in exceptional cases) and that bills, invoices and receipts are sent electronically, as well," the guidelines read. The EU also recommends that buffets, which have been a signature of a lot of sailings, be changed. "It is recommended that self-service food operations are avoided, and if this is not feasible, these facilities can operate only if additional specific hygiene management precautions are implemented as described in the following paragraphs. It is preferable that food is delivered by crew to passengers in closed packages or wrapped when it is delivered." The EU’s guidance also addresses a face mask requirement for guests—the EU does recommend both guests and crew wear masks while in cruise terminals and in indoor spaces on ships when physical distancing is impossible. “Physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres (or otherwise as per national/local health authority requirements of the home port or the port of call) should be maintained at waiting areas and during boarding at transport stations, by adopting special markings and controlled entry measures. When physical distancing cannot be maintained, the use of face masks should be required,” the requirements read. In a statement responding to the guidance, CLIA called it an “important marker” for cruising’s restart in Europe. “The primary concern of CLIA and its member lines is the health and safety of its passengers and crew. This guidance from the public health authorities in Europe provides a useful resource for cruise lines as they prepare to resume operations,” CLIA Europe secretary-general Tom Boardley said. _______________________ By Daniel McCarthy, Travel Market Report (July 2, 2020); Image by Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com
  9. The European Union this week issued a document that it says should serve as the guidelines for the cruise industry’s restart in Europe. The guidelines, called Healthy Gateways and published in full here, include a number of health and safety measures that the EU says will, and should, keep the risk of COVID-19 infection down for both guests and crew on ships sailing European waters. Healthy Gateways includes lines having contingency plans for COVID-19 outbreaks onboard that may include quarantine for guests and repatriation for crew members, cruise ships sailing with a reduced capacity, adequate testing either onboard or arranged prior to embarkation, enhanced crew member training, and more. It also implores cruise lines to look toward shorter sailings with ports of call when the industry undergoes its initial restart and for cruise lines to explore bringing the check-in processes outdoors, if possible, and moving to electronic payments. "It is recommended to use electronic alternatives for check-in and check-out (e.g. mobile concierge or use of electronic devices that can be disinfected after each use). The possibility of using an outdoor based check-in may also be considered. It is recommended that passenger expenses are paid electronically where possible (cash should be accepted only in exceptional cases) and that bills, invoices and receipts are sent electronically, as well," the guidelines read. The EU also recommends that buffets, which have been a signature of a lot of sailings, be changed. "It is recommended that self-service food operations are avoided, and if this is not feasible, these facilities can operate only if additional specific hygiene management precautions are implemented as described in the following paragraphs. It is preferable that food is delivered by crew to passengers in closed packages or wrapped when it is delivered." The EU’s guidance also addresses a face mask requirement for guests—the EU does recommend both guests and crew wear masks while in cruise terminals and in indoor spaces on ships when physical distancing is impossible. “Physical distancing of at least 1.5 metres (or otherwise as per national/local health authority requirements of the home port or the port of call) should be maintained at waiting areas and during boarding at transport stations, by adopting special markings and controlled entry measures. When physical distancing cannot be maintained, the use of face masks should be required,” the requirements read. In a statement responding to the guidance, CLIA called it an “important marker” for cruising’s restart in Europe. “The primary concern of CLIA and its member lines is the health and safety of its passengers and crew. This guidance from the public health authorities in Europe provides a useful resource for cruise lines as they prepare to resume operations,” CLIA Europe secretary-general Tom Boardley said. _______________________ By Daniel McCarthy, Travel Market Report (July 2, 2020); Image by Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com View full article
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  11. Viking's recently announced Mississippi River cruises have proven highly anticipated, with many already sold out. As a result, the company has opened additional 2023 sailing dates to meet the strong demand. Viking also released new renderings of the state-of-the-art Viking Mississippi, which is slated to debut in August 2022, sailing the Lower and Upper Mississippi River between New Orleans and St. Paul. The 386-guest Viking Mississippi will offer four different itineraries for 2022-23, including three eight-day sailings—America's Heartland (St. Louis to St. Paul); Heart of the Delta (New Orleans to Memphis) and Southern Celebration (New Orleans–Vicksburg–New Orleans)—and the 15-day America's Great River voyage from New Orleans to St. Paul. Scheduled ports of call include more than a dozen destinations spanning seven U.S. states, including Louisiana (Baton Rouge, Darrow, New Orleans and St. Francisville); Mississippi (Natchez and Vicksburg); Tennessee (Memphis); Missouri (Hannibal and St. Louis); Iowa (Burlington, Dubuque and Davenport); Wisconsin (La Crosse); and Minnesota (Red Wing and St. Paul). "We are very pleased with the initial response and support we have received from guests and community partners along the Mississippi River," said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking, in a statement accompanying Thursday's news. "Like me, many travelers are planning ahead for when we will once again be exploring the world in comfort—to exotic destinations as well as those closer to home. We look forward to welcoming guests as we bring modern river cruising to the Mississippi River in 2022." Viking Mississippi is currently under construction in Louisiana. Once completed, highlights will include 193 all outside staterooms ranging from 268 square feet to 1,024 square feet; a two-story Explorers' Lounge equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows that open to an outdoor seating area at the bow; indoor/outdoor dining at River Cafe; the most alfresco dining options on the Mississippi at Aquavit Terrace; a glass-backed infinity plunge pool at the aft and a full 360-degree promenade deck, among other amenities and features. Contact your travel advisor or visit Viking.com to book or for more information. _____________________ By Travel Pulse, Patrick Clarke (July 2, 2020); Photo Credit: Viking Cruise Line Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com View full article
  12. Viking's recently announced Mississippi River cruises have proven highly anticipated, with many already sold out. As a result, the company has opened additional 2023 sailing dates to meet the strong demand. Viking also released new renderings of the state-of-the-art Viking Mississippi, which is slated to debut in August 2022, sailing the Lower and Upper Mississippi River between New Orleans and St. Paul. The 386-guest Viking Mississippi will offer four different itineraries for 2022-23, including three eight-day sailings—America's Heartland (St. Louis to St. Paul); Heart of the Delta (New Orleans to Memphis) and Southern Celebration (New Orleans–Vicksburg–New Orleans)—and the 15-day America's Great River voyage from New Orleans to St. Paul. Scheduled ports of call include more than a dozen destinations spanning seven U.S. states, including Louisiana (Baton Rouge, Darrow, New Orleans and St. Francisville); Mississippi (Natchez and Vicksburg); Tennessee (Memphis); Missouri (Hannibal and St. Louis); Iowa (Burlington, Dubuque and Davenport); Wisconsin (La Crosse); and Minnesota (Red Wing and St. Paul). "We are very pleased with the initial response and support we have received from guests and community partners along the Mississippi River," said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking, in a statement accompanying Thursday's news. "Like me, many travelers are planning ahead for when we will once again be exploring the world in comfort—to exotic destinations as well as those closer to home. We look forward to welcoming guests as we bring modern river cruising to the Mississippi River in 2022." Viking Mississippi is currently under construction in Louisiana. Once completed, highlights will include 193 all outside staterooms ranging from 268 square feet to 1,024 square feet; a two-story Explorers' Lounge equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows that open to an outdoor seating area at the bow; indoor/outdoor dining at River Cafe; the most alfresco dining options on the Mississippi at Aquavit Terrace; a glass-backed infinity plunge pool at the aft and a full 360-degree promenade deck, among other amenities and features. Contact your travel advisor or visit Viking.com to book or for more information. _____________________ By Travel Pulse, Patrick Clarke (July 2, 2020); Photo Credit: Viking Cruise Line Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com
  13. Royal Caribbean International's newest ship, Odyssey of the Seas—originally scheduled to begin service this year—now won't begin sailing until spring 2021. In a statement this week, the line said all scheduled Odyssey of the Seas sailings between November 5, 2020 and April 17, 2021 have been cancelled. The ship's first 2021 sailings will be an inaugural season of eastern Mediterranean sailings from Rome, then the new ship then will reposition to the U.S. in November 2021, it added. The line told travel advisors, "In the wake of COVID-19, our initial global suspension and its subsequent extensions, we understand the uneasiness all of this has caused both for you as a travel advisor and, of course, your clients whose vacations have been regrettably disrupted. "The health crisis has unfortunately also impacted shipyard operations, as well as our supply chain. As a result, the debut of our newest fleet member, Odyssey of the Seas, will be delayed, resulting in the unfortunate cancellation of all sailings between November 5, 2020 to April 17, 2021." The line said the compensation options that apply for recent global cancellations (caused by the extended suspension of service for the pandemic situation) will also apply for these cancelled sailings. In making the announcement to advisors, the line also announced two changes to the onboard activities programming. Royal Caribbean said the trapeze school will no longer be a feature of SeaPlex. It also noted that the minimum age to jump in Sky Pad will be seven years of age, and 13 to jump using a virtual reality headset. _____________________________ By Susan Young, Travel Agent Central (July 1, 2020); Photo Credit: Royal Caribbean Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com
  14. Royal Caribbean International's newest ship, Odyssey of the Seas—originally scheduled to begin service this year—now won't begin sailing until spring 2021. In a statement this week, the line said all scheduled Odyssey of the Seas sailings between November 5, 2020 and April 17, 2021 have been cancelled. The ship's first 2021 sailings will be an inaugural season of eastern Mediterranean sailings from Rome, then the new ship then will reposition to the U.S. in November 2021, it added. The line told travel advisors, "In the wake of COVID-19, our initial global suspension and its subsequent extensions, we understand the uneasiness all of this has caused both for you as a travel advisor and, of course, your clients whose vacations have been regrettably disrupted. "The health crisis has unfortunately also impacted shipyard operations, as well as our supply chain. As a result, the debut of our newest fleet member, Odyssey of the Seas, will be delayed, resulting in the unfortunate cancellation of all sailings between November 5, 2020 to April 17, 2021." The line said the compensation options that apply for recent global cancellations (caused by the extended suspension of service for the pandemic situation) will also apply for these cancelled sailings. In making the announcement to advisors, the line also announced two changes to the onboard activities programming. Royal Caribbean said the trapeze school will no longer be a feature of SeaPlex. It also noted that the minimum age to jump in Sky Pad will be seven years of age, and 13 to jump using a virtual reality headset. _____________________________ By Susan Young, Travel Agent Central (July 1, 2020); Photo Credit: Royal Caribbean Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com View full article
  15. Hong Kong, 29 June 2020 – Genting Cruise Lines announced the restart of cruise operations for Dream Cruises with Explorer Dream operating two and three-night “Taiwan Island-Hopping” itineraries beginning from 26 July 2020, departing from Keelung and calling at Penghu, Matzu and Kinmen islands. “After months of detailed planning with the authorities to ensure the safety and health of guests and crew, we appreciate the approval of Explorer Dream resuming cruise operations in Taiwan. Dream Cruises will be the first cruise line in the world to begin sailing after the global cruise industry was shut down due to the pandemic,” said Tan Sri KT Lim, Chairman and CEO of Genting Hong Kong. “Our new standard operating procedures to ensure passenger safety draws on our first-hand experience from the charter of two of our ships in Singapore to house foreign workers and cooperating with DNV GL, the world’s largest classification society, for Explorer Dream to receive the world’s first “Certification in Infection Prevention for the Marine industry (CIP-M),” he continued. Taiwan is the ideal destination for Genting Cruise Lines to resume Dream Cruises’ operations with the company’s 25 years of history with the island as both a destination and as a homeport and because of Taiwan’s popularity among travellers due to its scenic splendours and friendly citizens. Taiwan’s low numbers of COVID-19 cases compared to global figures has also been lauded by experts as one of the most effective response scenarios in the world. Due to the success Taiwan has experienced in controlling the pandemic within its borders, the local authorities have taken the proactive step to reinvigorate their economy and open up tourism. To support this endeavour, Dream Cruise will offer special island-hopping cruises calling into the popular ports and islands of Peng Hu, Matsu Island and Kinmen where Taiwanese guests will again be able to enjoy refreshing short getaways on carefree ocean voyages. “We thank Taiwan for their initiatives to re-start their economy and the tourism industry and the trust they have placed in Dream Cruises. As well, we appreciate the support of the travel industry in the restart of our cruise operations. This is truly a remarkable achievement which was made possible by the Taiwan authorities’ swift and effective handling of the COVID-19 crisis and their foresight in resuming the tourism industry to benefit all the ports, the economy and the lifestyle of the people of Taiwan,” said Kent Zhu, President of Genting Cruise Line. During the past few months, Genting Cruise Lines has completely re-examined and enhanced all of its health, hygiene and operating protocols to ensure the safest environment for everyone on board including social distancing in dining, entertainment and public areas, 100% fresh air ventilation in staterooms and operations throughout the ship. Genting Cruise Lines has also worked with DNV GL, the largest classification society in the world, to adapt their hospital “Certification in Infection Prevention (CIP) for the Marine industry (CIP-M). Ex- plorer Dream will be the first cruise ship in the world to receive the CIP-M certification, which will further verify the procedures and systems in place for the proper prevention, control, and mitiga- tion of infection, to protect her passengers and crew. In accordance with Taiwan’s regulations prior to resuming sailing, Explorer Dream has undergone a thorough deep cleaning and observation of strict quarantine procedures for her crew. The majority of crew will be from other Genting Cruise Lines ships who have been quarantined for the last 3 months and all will undergo a mandatory 14 day quarantine on land after the ship arrives in Keelung on 30 June. Upon negative nucleic acid test results, an additional 7 day isolation period on board Explorer Dream will provide a total of 21 days of exhaustive preventive procedures before operations begin on 26 July. To safeguard the well-being of guests, stringent health screening processes and guidelines prior to embarkation, disembarkation and social distancing measures on board, as well as thorough sanitization and disinfection and enhanced hygiene practices for guest cabins and crew member quarters, public areas and recreational facilities, along with safe food and beverage handling procedures will be in place. For example, all of Genting Cruise Lines’ ships allow for 100% external fresh air to be filtered and supplied to each passenger cabin as well as on board public areas ensuring a constant and healthy flow of fresh air throughout the vessels. Isolation wards are available in the Medical Centre and cabins can be converted into quarantine rooms if required. As a further testament to the efficacy of the company’s enhanced preventive measures, two of Genting Cruise Lines’ ships, SuperStar Aquarius and SuperStar Gemini, are currently in Singapore as temporary accommodations for foreign workers after successfully completing careful assessment checks covering various aspects including safe distancing practices, the ships’ ventilation systems, and preventive and infection control measures. Throughout this successful initiative in collaboration with the authorities, the company has been able to further refine its standard operating procedures within a real-world context to ensure that all its Genting Cruise Lines’ ships, including Explorer Dream, will be the safest cruise ships for guests in the post-COVID era. About Genting Cruise Lines Genting Cruise Lines is a division of Genting Hong Kong comprising of three distinct cruise brands – Star Cruises, Dream Cruises and Crystal Cruises – providing a range of products from contemporary cruises to ultra-luxurious vacation experiences spanning the sea to air. Founded in 1993, Star Cruises established the Asia-Pacific as a popular, world-wide cruise destination and, with its current fleet (SuperStar Aquarius, SuperStar Gemini, Star Pisces and The Taipan), continues to pioneer the contemporary cruise market in the region. Launched in 2015, Dream Cruises delivers the highest level of guest service and spacious comfort in the region. Genting Dream which debuted in November 2016 and World Dream, in November 2017, were developed specifically for the China and Asia market, and provides passengers with inspirational journeys at sea that are Asian at heart and international in spirit. Explorer Dream, launched in April 2019, will further fuel Dream Cruises’ global aspirations. Production is currently underway in Germany on two new Global Class ships that will join the fleet beginning in 2021. By sea, river, land or air, Crystal has redefined the way the world views luxury travel. The world-renowned Crystal Experience – featuring global journeys with Crystal Cruises, Crystal River Cruises, Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises, Crystal AirCruises and Crystal Air – continues to entice the world’s most discerning travelers with incomparable luxury and unparalleled personal service. Through its family of brands, Genting Cruise Lines offers the widest and most imaginative spectrum of cruise products for the modern traveller, catering to all segments, geographies, life stages and travel styles. About Dream Cruises Genting HK brings 26 years’ of Asian cruise industry experience in creating its new cruise line – Dream Cruises. Featuring a fleet of quality, German built vessels for Asian sourced passengers, Dream Cruises is the pacesetter in the global cruise industry, meeting the needs of the ‘emerging generation’ of confident, independently-minded and upwardly-mobile Asian travellers. Dream Cruises offers inspirational journeys, which are Asian at heart and international in spirit. Purpose-built for the Asian market, Genting Dream, the first ship of the fleet, debuted in November 2016, with her sister ship World Dream joining in November 2017, offering guests cruising from Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Singapore the highest levels of service, as measured by crew to passenger ratio, and most spacious comfort as measured by gross tons per lower berth. Further expanding the Dream Cruises family, Explorer Dream joined in 2019 with homeports in Shanghai, Dalian and Tianjin during summer and Australia and New Zealand in winter. Construction has also started in Germany on the first 208,000 gross ton Global Class ship, Global Dream, and also the second Global Class ship, which will join the fleet in 2021 and 2022 respectively. Since its launch, Dream Cruises has been recognized by the Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Guide 2020 ranking Genting Dream and World Dream in the world’s top ten Large Resort Ships – the only two highest rated 4.5 star ships operating in the region. Dream Cruises was also recently awarded ‘Best Cruise Operator’ at the Travel Trade Gazette’s (TTG) Travel Awards 2018 and “Best Cruise Line – Cuisine” and “Best Cruise Line – Entertainment” by the Travel Weekly Asia Readers’ Choice Awards 2018 and “Best New Cruise Ship” for World Dream at the 12th Annual TTG China Travel Awards 2019. About Explorer Dream Built with German craftsmanship, Explorer Dream measures 268 meters in length and 32 meters in width and a total gross tonnage of 75,338 tons with 928 cabins for a lower berth capacity of 1,856 passengers. The signature, luxury “ship within a ship” enclave of Dream Cruises - The Palace, provides an unprecedented “True Asian Luxury” experience to discerning travelers in China and Asia, boasting an industry leading staff to guest ratio, a majority of its suites at over 40 square meters, as well as Proprietary Butler Training endorsed by affiliated company Crystal Cruises – The World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line. A generous variety of culinary options is available to cater for every taste – from inspired Asian flavours to exquisite Western delicacies. Acclaimed Australian Chef Mark Best will extend his influence on to Explorer Dream with his Seafood Grill by Mark Best serving up the ocean’s bounty in a spectacular al fresco setting. Signature Dream dining favorites will also take pride of place on the new ship including Umi Uma for Japanese delights, Silk Road for traditional Chinese fare, Blue Lagoon for Southeast Asian comfort food and Palm Court for informal refreshments and breath-taking views. For adventurous foodies, the all new Mozzarella Ristorante e Pizzeria will tantalize with a modern fusion of classic Italian dishes and pizzas with a Japanese twist. _________________ By Genting Cruise Lines (Press Release, June 29, 2020); Photo Credit: Genting Dream Cruises Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com
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