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  1. Universal mask wearing, physical distancing, Covid-19 testing and increasing fresh air into ventilation systems could allow cruising in the US to return before the end of 2020. The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the industry body that represents the world's major cruise lines, on Monday announced the "mandatory core elements" of a new set of health regulations for the return of cruising in the Americas. CLIA says these protocols will allow for a safe and healthy cruising experience. The key elements were informed by medical experts and health authorities and decided on by CLIA cruise lines and their teams of health experts. In a press conference, CLIA representatives said they'd also been inspired by the recent spate of European sailings, spearheaded by MSC Cruises in late August. Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald said the shutdown of the cruise industry in the wake of Covid-19 was "probably the most difficult period in our industry's nearly 50 year history" pointing out that no other industry in the world is "shut down through regulatory edict." Cruising out of US ports is currently banned through a No Sail Order from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) until at least October 31. But Donald added that "perhaps no other industry in the world has worked harder to study the science and create operational protocols to ensure the safety of their guests and employees" and suggested the cruise company was "on a path" to resume guest cruise operations in the US. Frank Del Rio, CEO of Norwegian, called resuming cruise operations worldwide, and particularly in the US, the "single most important challenge the cruise industry has ever faced." Cumulative CDC data from March 1 through July 10, 2020 showed a total of 2,973 Covid-19 or Covid-like illness cases on cruise ships, in addition to 34 deaths. Eighty percent of ships within US jurisdiction were affected during the time frame, according to the data. Compulsory regulations Testing will be the starting point for the new cruising normal, with all guests tested prior to embarkation with additional temperature checks throughout the voyage. Meanwhile crew will be tested frequently, before departing their home, prior to embarking on the ship and upon conclusion of a 7-day quarantine. CLIA called testing a "critical component" of the proposed return to cruising. Face masks will also be compulsory while onboard and "during excursions whenever physical distancing cannot be maintained." CLIA also plans to implement onboard air management strategies that "mitigate risk through increasing fresh air into ventilation systems, and where feasible, using enhanced filters and other technologies to maximize system effectiveness." The heating and air conditioning systems on cruise ships have long been pinpointed as an issue when it comes to the spread of infection. And if a person tests positive while on board a cruise ship, the goal will be to disembark them as soon as possible. CLIA says prearranged logistics with port partners and destinations will allow Covid-19 cases to be disembarked safely. Carnival's Donald said there could be modifications to some cabins, to create additional isolation rooms, but there would be "no fundamental reconstruction of the ships or anything." As for shore excursions, they will follow strict protocols -- and anyone who fails to abide by regulations will be denied reboarding. During MSC Cruises' European return to cruising in August, one family broke the rules during a port stop and was subsequently prevented from reboarding. "The health and safety protocols are put in place for the benefit of every single person," MSC Cruises representative Luca Biondolillo told CNN at the time. "There can be no breaking of the rules. These people risked jeopardizing everybody else's holidays and health." CLIA's new rules will be mandatory for every ship -- and each cruise company's CEO will need to verify in writing that they've adopted the new regulations before beginning sailing again. US return to cruising still under review In the press conference, Royal Caribbean CEO Richard Fain underlined that cruise companies are working together, stressing the industry will return through "collaboration, not through competition." Norwegian's Del Rio emphasized the importance of a "phased approach" to returning to the waters, saying it may begin with an employee-only voyage or "only a day or two at sea." CLIA plans to submit the new rules to the CDC on Monday. The CDC's active Request for Information (RFI) related to the resumption of cruising ends on September 21. There are presently over 10,000 public comments on the request for information, which also includes 28 prompts from the CDC on how the industry can operate safely in the wake of Covid-19, including questions on protecting port communities from Covid-19 and offering mental health services for quarantined crew. As for when US cruising could realistically resume, CLIA suggests the end of 2020 has not been ruled out. "It's possible that, with review, we could be on track to meet the industry extension date of October 31," said CLIA president and CEO Kelly Craighead in the press conference. Brian Salerno, the senior vice president of maritime policy at CLIA, said that the CDC's Request for Information represented a "ray of hope" and that the RFI suggests the CDC is "thinking about putting together some set of requirements that would enable that to happen." "We don't have a specific time frame from CDC, when that will be allowed. Obviously, we'd like to be able to salvage something of the 2020 season," said Salerno. ___________________________ SOURCE: CNN Travel (Francesca Street, Published 09/21/2020) Photo Credit: Janice Neves 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
  2. Universal mask wearing, physical distancing, Covid-19 testing and increasing fresh air into ventilation systems could allow cruising in the US to return before the end of 2020. The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the industry body that represents the world's major cruise lines, on Monday announced the "mandatory core elements" of a new set of health regulations for the return of cruising in the Americas. CLIA says these protocols will allow for a safe and healthy cruising experience. The key elements were informed by medical experts and health authorities and decided on by CLIA cruise lines and their teams of health experts. In a press conference, CLIA representatives said they'd also been inspired by the recent spate of European sailings, spearheaded by MSC Cruises in late August. Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald said the shutdown of the cruise industry in the wake of Covid-19 was "probably the most difficult period in our industry's nearly 50 year history" pointing out that no other industry in the world is "shut down through regulatory edict." Cruising out of US ports is currently banned through a No Sail Order from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) until at least October 31. But Donald added that "perhaps no other industry in the world has worked harder to study the science and create operational protocols to ensure the safety of their guests and employees" and suggested the cruise company was "on a path" to resume guest cruise operations in the US. Frank Del Rio, CEO of Norwegian, called resuming cruise operations worldwide, and particularly in the US, the "single most important challenge the cruise industry has ever faced." Cumulative CDC data from March 1 through July 10, 2020 showed a total of 2,973 Covid-19 or Covid-like illness cases on cruise ships, in addition to 34 deaths. Eighty percent of ships within US jurisdiction were affected during the time frame, according to the data. Compulsory regulations Testing will be the starting point for the new cruising normal, with all guests tested prior to embarkation with additional temperature checks throughout the voyage. Meanwhile crew will be tested frequently, before departing their home, prior to embarking on the ship and upon conclusion of a 7-day quarantine. CLIA called testing a "critical component" of the proposed return to cruising. Face masks will also be compulsory while onboard and "during excursions whenever physical distancing cannot be maintained." CLIA also plans to implement onboard air management strategies that "mitigate risk through increasing fresh air into ventilation systems, and where feasible, using enhanced filters and other technologies to maximize system effectiveness." The heating and air conditioning systems on cruise ships have long been pinpointed as an issue when it comes to the spread of infection. And if a person tests positive while on board a cruise ship, the goal will be to disembark them as soon as possible. CLIA says prearranged logistics with port partners and destinations will allow Covid-19 cases to be disembarked safely. Carnival's Donald said there could be modifications to some cabins, to create additional isolation rooms, but there would be "no fundamental reconstruction of the ships or anything." As for shore excursions, they will follow strict protocols -- and anyone who fails to abide by regulations will be denied reboarding. During MSC Cruises' European return to cruising in August, one family broke the rules during a port stop and was subsequently prevented from reboarding. "The health and safety protocols are put in place for the benefit of every single person," MSC Cruises representative Luca Biondolillo told CNN at the time. "There can be no breaking of the rules. These people risked jeopardizing everybody else's holidays and health." CLIA's new rules will be mandatory for every ship -- and each cruise company's CEO will need to verify in writing that they've adopted the new regulations before beginning sailing again. US return to cruising still under review In the press conference, Royal Caribbean CEO Richard Fain underlined that cruise companies are working together, stressing the industry will return through "collaboration, not through competition." Norwegian's Del Rio emphasized the importance of a "phased approach" to returning to the waters, saying it may begin with an employee-only voyage or "only a day or two at sea." CLIA plans to submit the new rules to the CDC on Monday. The CDC's active Request for Information (RFI) related to the resumption of cruising ends on September 21. There are presently over 10,000 public comments on the request for information, which also includes 28 prompts from the CDC on how the industry can operate safely in the wake of Covid-19, including questions on protecting port communities from Covid-19 and offering mental health services for quarantined crew. As for when US cruising could realistically resume, CLIA suggests the end of 2020 has not been ruled out. "It's possible that, with review, we could be on track to meet the industry extension date of October 31," said CLIA president and CEO Kelly Craighead in the press conference. Brian Salerno, the senior vice president of maritime policy at CLIA, said that the CDC's Request for Information represented a "ray of hope" and that the RFI suggests the CDC is "thinking about putting together some set of requirements that would enable that to happen." "We don't have a specific time frame from CDC, when that will be allowed. Obviously, we'd like to be able to salvage something of the 2020 season," said Salerno. ___________________________ SOURCE: CNN Travel (Francesca Street, Published 09/21/2020) Photo Credit: Janice Neves 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. Andi, if you mean can you put it toward an existing cruise booking, I believe the answer is yes in this case.
  4. What is Future Cruise Credit and How Do I Use It? If you’ve been one of the many who have had their 2020 or 2021 cruise canceled due to Coronavirus, you’ve probably been given the option of a full refund or a non-refundable Future Cruise Credit (FCC) toward a new future sailing. The amount is usually based on the fare or deposit paid toward the cruise, less any taxes and fees (which would be refunded to the guest). To sweeten the pot and entice cruisers into re-booking their cruise, the cruise lines have recently been offering bonus amounts of FCC, resulting in more value than if the cruise were simply canceled outright. If the amount of the new cruise is less than the amount of the FCC, the difference would be reissued as a new FCC voucher with the same expiration date as originally issued. If the amount of the new cruise is more than the FCC, the guest would pay the difference. How do I Get My FCC? Normally, a Future Cruise Credit is delivered to the guest by email in the form of a voucher. During the current COVID-1 pandemic, though, because of the unprecedented volume of cruise cancellations, Future Cruise Credits are generally held by the cruise line in the guest’s name until they are ready to rebook, at which time they would contact the cruise line or their travel agent to apply that credit to a new cruise. The FCC is not transferable and can only be used in the name of the guest on the original booking and goes toward the cruise fare. In most cases, it cannot be used as a deposit toward a new cruise. When will I receive my FCC? Guests should expect to receive Future Cruise Credit a week or two; however, with so many cancellations by the cruise line due to COVID-19, it can take several weeks. If the guest is registered with the cruise line or is a repeat guest, the guest on-line portal may list the amount of the future cruise credit in the guest account. To confirm the receipt of your Future Cruise Credit, a call to the cruise line or your travel agent may be required. What will an FCC NOT cover? Future Cruise Credit is meant to be paid toward the cruise fare. Generally, FCC cannot be used to pay future charges such as port taxes and fees, initial deposits, prepaid gratuities, shore excursions or any onboard spending. Read the Fine Print Each cruise line has different rules as to how a guest can use Future Cruise Credit, and will assign blackout or an expiration date. Be sure to read the terms and conditions to avoid disappointment or loss of your FCC. When in doubt, contact the cruise line or your travel agent. Be sure to understand what happens to your FCC if you or the cruise line cancels the new re-booked cruise. Keep track of your future cruise credits - don’t rely on the cruise line to do it. ______________________________ By Janice Neves, CruiseCrazies Authorized Agent; Photo Credit (Unsplash Stock) View full article
  5. What is Future Cruise Credit and How Do I Use It? If you’ve been one of the many who have had their 2020 or 2021 cruise canceled due to Coronavirus, you’ve probably been given the option of a full refund or a non-refundable Future Cruise Credit (FCC) toward a new future sailing. The amount is usually based on the fare or deposit paid toward the cruise, less any taxes and fees (which would be refunded to the guest). To sweeten the pot and entice cruisers into re-booking their cruise, the cruise lines have recently been offering bonus amounts of FCC, resulting in more value than if the cruise were simply canceled outright. If the amount of the new cruise is less than the amount of the FCC, the difference would be reissued as a new FCC voucher with the same expiration date as originally issued. If the amount of the new cruise is more than the FCC, the guest would pay the difference. How do I Get My FCC? Normally, a Future Cruise Credit is delivered to the guest by email in the form of a voucher. During the current COVID-1 pandemic, though, because of the unprecedented volume of cruise cancellations, Future Cruise Credits are generally held by the cruise line in the guest’s name until they are ready to rebook, at which time they would contact the cruise line or their travel agent to apply that credit to a new cruise. The FCC is not transferable and can only be used in the name of the guest on the original booking and goes toward the cruise fare. In most cases, it cannot be used as a deposit toward a new cruise. When will I receive my FCC? Guests should expect to receive Future Cruise Credit a week or two; however, with so many cancellations by the cruise line due to COVID-19, it can take several weeks. If the guest is registered with the cruise line or is a repeat guest, the guest on-line portal may list the amount of the future cruise credit in the guest account. To confirm the receipt of your Future Cruise Credit, a call to the cruise line or your travel agent may be required. What will an FCC NOT cover? Future Cruise Credit is meant to be paid toward the cruise fare. Generally, FCC cannot be used to pay future charges such as port taxes and fees, initial deposits, prepaid gratuities, shore excursions or any onboard spending. Read the Fine Print Each cruise line has different rules as to how a guest can use Future Cruise Credit, and will assign blackout or an expiration date. Be sure to read the terms and conditions to avoid disappointment or loss of your FCC. When in doubt, contact the cruise line or your travel agent. Be sure to understand what happens to your FCC if you or the cruise line cancels the new re-booked cruise. Keep track of your future cruise credits - don’t rely on the cruise line to do it. ______________________________ By Janice Neves, CruiseCrazies Authorized Agent; Photo Credit (Unsplash Stock)
  6. Azamara, which bills itself as the destination-focused cruise line, unveiled the remainder of programs for 2022 as well as for first quarter 2023, featuring more than 80 new itineraries and more than 170 overnights and 300 late night stays. As the brand furthers its commitment to more in-depth exploration by connecting guests to a country’s local life and culture, Azamara will offer more country-intensive voyages between 2022 and 2023 than ever before, allowing guests to experience iconic destinations as well as hidden gems within a single country. “As the leader in destination immersion, we are always enthusiastic about sharing our new deployment,” says Azamara Chief Operating Officer Carol Cabezas. “this year it’s even more special as we have the opportunity to announce an extension of our country-intensive voyages. When we were working on our itineraries for 2022/2023, our goal was to invite new and returning guests to explore places they have never visited before, or better yet, connect our guests to a country they have traveled to before, but adding in ports that are considered hidden gems to allow for a new experience, which our country intensives are designed to offer.” With more than 275 ports of call in more than 70 countries, Azamara will feature 26 ports in Greece alone, with two maiden ports—Syros, and Tinos. Azamara will also add on returning guest favorites, including Greece country-intensives, voyages to the Black Sea and Egypt-Israel intensive voyages. Further south, Azamara will continue with another guest favorite, South Africa intensive voyages. Highlights of some maiden ports include: Syros, Greece: Far less hedonistic than its neighbors, Mykonos and Santorini. Syros offers an authentic look at what Greek life is truly like in the Cyclades. Home to fantastic food and beautiful beaches, Syros is a hidden gem that doesn’t necessarily want to be discovered. Dakar, Senegal: Enigmatic, electric and explorable, Dakar dazzles on the West African coast. Jutting out on the Cape Verde Peninsula, the city is the westernmost point of the African continent, and was an important trading point for European colonial powers. Aberdeen, Scotland: From urban delights to pastoral pursuits, Aberdeen is Scotland’s third largest city, a surprising gem with distinctive architecture and a cosmopolitan feel. Guests can admire the granite architecture that varies from highly ornamented Victorian to robust, rough-hewn Scottish façade in the heart of quaint Old Aberdeen. Azamara is an upmarket cruise line and a leader in destination immersion, with three mid-sized ships sailing to all seven continents of the world. The boutique-style vessels allow guests to visit marquee ports around the world and dock in smaller less-visited hidden gems. Guests can experience a boutique hotel at sea with inclusive amenities such as gratuities, beverages and more. For more information, click on Azamara New Ports or visit www.azamara.com. ________________________________ SOURCE: Insider Travel Report, James Shillinglaw (September 18, 2020); Photo Credit: Azamara 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
  7. Azamara, which bills itself as the destination-focused cruise line, unveiled the remainder of programs for 2022 as well as for first quarter 2023, featuring more than 80 new itineraries and more than 170 overnights and 300 late night stays. As the brand furthers its commitment to more in-depth exploration by connecting guests to a country’s local life and culture, Azamara will offer more country-intensive voyages between 2022 and 2023 than ever before, allowing guests to experience iconic destinations as well as hidden gems within a single country. “As the leader in destination immersion, we are always enthusiastic about sharing our new deployment,” says Azamara Chief Operating Officer Carol Cabezas. “this year it’s even more special as we have the opportunity to announce an extension of our country-intensive voyages. When we were working on our itineraries for 2022/2023, our goal was to invite new and returning guests to explore places they have never visited before, or better yet, connect our guests to a country they have traveled to before, but adding in ports that are considered hidden gems to allow for a new experience, which our country intensives are designed to offer.” With more than 275 ports of call in more than 70 countries, Azamara will feature 26 ports in Greece alone, with two maiden ports—Syros, and Tinos. Azamara will also add on returning guest favorites, including Greece country-intensives, voyages to the Black Sea and Egypt-Israel intensive voyages. Further south, Azamara will continue with another guest favorite, South Africa intensive voyages. Highlights of some maiden ports include: Syros, Greece: Far less hedonistic than its neighbors, Mykonos and Santorini. Syros offers an authentic look at what Greek life is truly like in the Cyclades. Home to fantastic food and beautiful beaches, Syros is a hidden gem that doesn’t necessarily want to be discovered. Dakar, Senegal: Enigmatic, electric and explorable, Dakar dazzles on the West African coast. Jutting out on the Cape Verde Peninsula, the city is the westernmost point of the African continent, and was an important trading point for European colonial powers. Aberdeen, Scotland: From urban delights to pastoral pursuits, Aberdeen is Scotland’s third largest city, a surprising gem with distinctive architecture and a cosmopolitan feel. Guests can admire the granite architecture that varies from highly ornamented Victorian to robust, rough-hewn Scottish façade in the heart of quaint Old Aberdeen. Azamara is an upmarket cruise line and a leader in destination immersion, with three mid-sized ships sailing to all seven continents of the world. The boutique-style vessels allow guests to visit marquee ports around the world and dock in smaller less-visited hidden gems. Guests can experience a boutique hotel at sea with inclusive amenities such as gratuities, beverages and more. For more information, click on Azamara New Ports or visit www.azamara.com. ________________________________ SOURCE: Insider Travel Report, James Shillinglaw (September 18, 2020); Photo Credit: Azamara 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
  8. MIAMI, Sept. 16, 2020 – Carnival Cruise Line today announced the sale of Carnival Fascination and Carnival Imagination, which had previously been put on long-term lay-up status and removed from published itineraries. The sale of Carnival Fascination, launched in 1994, and Carnival Imagination, introduced in 1995, is in line with Carnival Corporation’s plan to accelerate the removal of less efficient ships from its fleet. This follows the sale of Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Inspiration which took place in July. Upon return to operations, Carnival will still operate four upgraded Fantasy-class ships – Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Elation and Carnival Paradise – which feature additional balcony staterooms as well as enhanced dining and entertainment options that are part of the line’s Fun Ship 2.0 enhancement program. “While we are sad to see Carnival Fascination and Carnival Imagination leave our fleet, it is a necessary move as it allows us to focus on ships that offer the greatest variety of features and stateroom accommodations for our guests,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. Related to its ongoing ship enhancement program and the current pause in cruise operations, Carnival also advised guests and travel agents that it is delaying the return to guest operations for four ships until after scheduled dry dock enhancements are completed in the first half of 2021. The four impacted ships and resulting cancelled itineraries include: Carnival Magic itineraries operating from Miami will be cancelled until Mar. 13, 2021 Carnival Paradise itineraries operating from Tampa will be cancelled until Mar. 19, 2021 Carnival Valor itineraries operating from New Orleans will be cancelled until Apr. 29, 2021 (including the transatlantic cruise from New Orleans on Jan. 25, 2021 and the return from Barcelona on Feb. 26, 2021) Carnival Spirit itineraries operating from Brisbane will be cancelled through May 16, 2021, with the first sailing being the Singapore to Brisbane voyage embarking on June 12, 2021. “This extended pause in our operations has also impacted shipyard availability, and we’ve had to reschedule required dry docks. As we continue to work through issues related to our eventual return to operations, we are committed to providing our guests and travel agent partners with certainty where we can, although we regret disappointing our guests. We appreciate the continued support and understanding of our guests and hope to welcome them back on board soon,” Duffy said. ___________________________ SOURCE: Carnival Cruise Line, (News Release-September 16, 2020); Photo Credit: Carnival 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
  9. MIAMI, Sept. 16, 2020 – Carnival Cruise Line today announced the sale of Carnival Fascination and Carnival Imagination, which had previously been put on long-term lay-up status and removed from published itineraries. The sale of Carnival Fascination, launched in 1994, and Carnival Imagination, introduced in 1995, is in line with Carnival Corporation’s plan to accelerate the removal of less efficient ships from its fleet. This follows the sale of Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Inspiration which took place in July. Upon return to operations, Carnival will still operate four upgraded Fantasy-class ships – Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Elation and Carnival Paradise – which feature additional balcony staterooms as well as enhanced dining and entertainment options that are part of the line’s Fun Ship 2.0 enhancement program. “While we are sad to see Carnival Fascination and Carnival Imagination leave our fleet, it is a necessary move as it allows us to focus on ships that offer the greatest variety of features and stateroom accommodations for our guests,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. Related to its ongoing ship enhancement program and the current pause in cruise operations, Carnival also advised guests and travel agents that it is delaying the return to guest operations for four ships until after scheduled dry dock enhancements are completed in the first half of 2021. The four impacted ships and resulting cancelled itineraries include: Carnival Magic itineraries operating from Miami will be cancelled until Mar. 13, 2021 Carnival Paradise itineraries operating from Tampa will be cancelled until Mar. 19, 2021 Carnival Valor itineraries operating from New Orleans will be cancelled until Apr. 29, 2021 (including the transatlantic cruise from New Orleans on Jan. 25, 2021 and the return from Barcelona on Feb. 26, 2021) Carnival Spirit itineraries operating from Brisbane will be cancelled through May 16, 2021, with the first sailing being the Singapore to Brisbane voyage embarking on June 12, 2021. “This extended pause in our operations has also impacted shipyard availability, and we’ve had to reschedule required dry docks. As we continue to work through issues related to our eventual return to operations, we are committed to providing our guests and travel agent partners with certainty where we can, although we regret disappointing our guests. We appreciate the continued support and understanding of our guests and hope to welcome them back on board soon,” Duffy said. ___________________________ SOURCE: Carnival Cruise Line, (News Release-September 16, 2020); Photo Credit: Carnival 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
  10. Cruise lines are ready to get back to business safely and thousands of jobs depend on that, industry leaders, suppliers, retailers and longshoremen told Miami-Dade lawmakers Thursday. 'The cruise industry is close to devastation. The market capitalization of the three public companies has dropped by nearly $50 billion. We've had to raise $20 billion' to stay afloat, Frank Del Rio, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, said. 'We've got to get to work, commissioner. Enough is enough,' an impassioned Del Rio told Miami-Dade County Tourism and Ports Committee Chair Rebeca Sosa. 'It's been more than six months. We as an industry and society have learned a lot about how to live beside COVID,' Del Rio said, pointing to how NCLH and Royal Caribbean Group convened their joint Healthy Sail Panel of experts more than five months ago. 'These are the best people in America, and they have been working for us,' he went on, adding that in the next week to 10 days the companies will submit their protocols to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Del Rio voiced confidence that it will be safe to cruise from America, just as a small but growing number of lines are doing in Europe. 'We've been quiet for too long.' The US no-sail order is 'affecting the lives of thousands of employees, their families and their children,' Del Rio continued. 'And yet we see airlines flying. I want someone to tell me how it's possible that COVID-19 doesn't occur on an airplane when you're sitting four inches away from a person ... ' 'It's unconscionable what's happened to the cruise industry. We've been quiet for too long.' For his part, 'We are totally committed to working with CDC,' Arnold Donald, president and CEO, Carnival Corp. & plc, told commissioners. 'We have been working nonstop ... to develop science-based COVID-19 protocols to be sure the cruise industry can handle the risks without any burden on local resources.' Aiming for less risk than similar shoreside activities. 'We want no one to experience a greater risk on a cruise ship than they would in similar shoreside activities. Historically, we had less risk than shoreside, and that's our goal now as well.' Illustrating how cruising's shutdown has caused a 'tsunami-like impact' on small businesses, Donald played a short clip of Jerry Kaye, whose Lucite Creations makes signs for the cruise industry. According to Kaye, with 40 years in business, work dried up when the ships stopped sailing. He got choked up as he said: 'If I had to leave [this job], it would destroy me.' Lines want to help economic recovery. 'We are ready to work with authorities in the US. We want to be a significant contributor to supporting restart efforts ... both for people in our industry and the many supporting sectors that work with it,' said Rick Sasso, chairman of MSC Cruises USA. MSC Grandiosa began sailing in Europe in mid-August and is now on its fourth successful cruise. 'The protocols are working.' 'Our experience to date shows that cruising can be done safely,' with adherence to protocols and 'going above and beyond the required standards,' Sasso said. 'Guests are enjoying cruises once again and applauding us ... The protocols are working.' Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International, noted the cruise industry is vital to Florida's economy, contributing over $8.5bn in direct spending annually. Also, about 60% of US-based cruise line employment is in Miami. 'Miami is the gateway to the Caribbean,' Bayley continued, adding that 40 Caribbean countries count on the cruise business. Bayley co-chairs a task force with Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley that's forging a universal set of guidelines to dovetail with those of the Healthy Sail Panel and protocols that lines will submit to the CDC. 'We're ready' to return to service.' 'It's time that the cruise industry returned to service, and we're ready,' Bayley summed up. Caitlin Gardner, representing the giant home-based travel advisor network Cruise Planners, argued it's 'unfair to single out the cruise industry,' which should be treated like other businesses such as hotels and restaurants — that are open. 'Use your voice to urge CDC to allow the cruise industry to return,' Gardner told commissioners. Others who spoke in support of cruising included Gregory Martin of satellite connectivity provider SES Networks, David Harris of Ensemble Travel Group, Wendy Kallergis of the Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association, Torin Regan of the International Longshoremen's Association and PortMiami Director Juan Kuryla. Commissioner Sosa and her committee made it clear they heard the industry's plight and that of PortMiami, where investments in new cruise terminals continue. NCL's 'Pearl of Miami,' Terminal B, sits completed — and empty. New facilities are under way or planned for Carnival Cruise Line, MSC Cruises/Disney Cruise Line and Virgin Voyages. Miami-Dade commissioners recently approved general obligation bonds that earmark $335m for these projects. Sosa scolds the CDC Sosa repeatedly took the CDC to task for not communicating with the cruise lines and keeping them hanging for months. 'It's unfair that they don't even answer ... Listen to the plans. Correct the plans. Tell them what they need to do,' she scolded. The CDC has set a Sept. 21 deadline for public comments about ways to safely restart cruising. Sosa said Miami-Dade County will be writing to CDC and to Florida's representatives and senators to press for a quick CDC response to the cruise lines' protocols. 'We are going to pressure the CDC to do the review and come back to us,' she said. Many families' livelihoods, she added, are depending on it. _________________________________ SOURCE: SeaTrade Cruise News, Anne Kalosh (Sept. 10, 2020); Photo Credit: Janice Neves Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more or more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com View full article
  11. Cruise lines are ready to get back to business safely and thousands of jobs depend on that, industry leaders, suppliers, retailers and longshoremen told Miami-Dade lawmakers Thursday. 'The cruise industry is close to devastation. The market capitalization of the three public companies has dropped by nearly $50 billion. We've had to raise $20 billion' to stay afloat, Frank Del Rio, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, said. 'We've got to get to work, commissioner. Enough is enough,' an impassioned Del Rio told Miami-Dade County Tourism and Ports Committee Chair Rebeca Sosa. 'It's been more than six months. We as an industry and society have learned a lot about how to live beside COVID,' Del Rio said, pointing to how NCLH and Royal Caribbean Group convened their joint Healthy Sail Panel of experts more than five months ago. 'These are the best people in America, and they have been working for us,' he went on, adding that in the next week to 10 days the companies will submit their protocols to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Del Rio voiced confidence that it will be safe to cruise from America, just as a small but growing number of lines are doing in Europe. 'We've been quiet for too long.' The US no-sail order is 'affecting the lives of thousands of employees, their families and their children,' Del Rio continued. 'And yet we see airlines flying. I want someone to tell me how it's possible that COVID-19 doesn't occur on an airplane when you're sitting four inches away from a person ... ' 'It's unconscionable what's happened to the cruise industry. We've been quiet for too long.' For his part, 'We are totally committed to working with CDC,' Arnold Donald, president and CEO, Carnival Corp. & plc, told commissioners. 'We have been working nonstop ... to develop science-based COVID-19 protocols to be sure the cruise industry can handle the risks without any burden on local resources.' Aiming for less risk than similar shoreside activities. 'We want no one to experience a greater risk on a cruise ship than they would in similar shoreside activities. Historically, we had less risk than shoreside, and that's our goal now as well.' Illustrating how cruising's shutdown has caused a 'tsunami-like impact' on small businesses, Donald played a short clip of Jerry Kaye, whose Lucite Creations makes signs for the cruise industry. According to Kaye, with 40 years in business, work dried up when the ships stopped sailing. He got choked up as he said: 'If I had to leave [this job], it would destroy me.' Lines want to help economic recovery. 'We are ready to work with authorities in the US. We want to be a significant contributor to supporting restart efforts ... both for people in our industry and the many supporting sectors that work with it,' said Rick Sasso, chairman of MSC Cruises USA. MSC Grandiosa began sailing in Europe in mid-August and is now on its fourth successful cruise. 'The protocols are working.' 'Our experience to date shows that cruising can be done safely,' with adherence to protocols and 'going above and beyond the required standards,' Sasso said. 'Guests are enjoying cruises once again and applauding us ... The protocols are working.' Michael Bayley, president and CEO, Royal Caribbean International, noted the cruise industry is vital to Florida's economy, contributing over $8.5bn in direct spending annually. Also, about 60% of US-based cruise line employment is in Miami. 'Miami is the gateway to the Caribbean,' Bayley continued, adding that 40 Caribbean countries count on the cruise business. Bayley co-chairs a task force with Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley that's forging a universal set of guidelines to dovetail with those of the Healthy Sail Panel and protocols that lines will submit to the CDC. 'We're ready' to return to service.' 'It's time that the cruise industry returned to service, and we're ready,' Bayley summed up. Caitlin Gardner, representing the giant home-based travel advisor network Cruise Planners, argued it's 'unfair to single out the cruise industry,' which should be treated like other businesses such as hotels and restaurants — that are open. 'Use your voice to urge CDC to allow the cruise industry to return,' Gardner told commissioners. Others who spoke in support of cruising included Gregory Martin of satellite connectivity provider SES Networks, David Harris of Ensemble Travel Group, Wendy Kallergis of the Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association, Torin Regan of the International Longshoremen's Association and PortMiami Director Juan Kuryla. Commissioner Sosa and her committee made it clear they heard the industry's plight and that of PortMiami, where investments in new cruise terminals continue. NCL's 'Pearl of Miami,' Terminal B, sits completed — and empty. New facilities are under way or planned for Carnival Cruise Line, MSC Cruises/Disney Cruise Line and Virgin Voyages. Miami-Dade commissioners recently approved general obligation bonds that earmark $335m for these projects. Sosa scolds the CDC Sosa repeatedly took the CDC to task for not communicating with the cruise lines and keeping them hanging for months. 'It's unfair that they don't even answer ... Listen to the plans. Correct the plans. Tell them what they need to do,' she scolded. The CDC has set a Sept. 21 deadline for public comments about ways to safely restart cruising. Sosa said Miami-Dade County will be writing to CDC and to Florida's representatives and senators to press for a quick CDC response to the cruise lines' protocols. 'We are going to pressure the CDC to do the review and come back to us,' she said. Many families' livelihoods, she added, are depending on it. _________________________________ SOURCE: SeaTrade Cruise News, Anne Kalosh (Sept. 10, 2020); Photo Credit: Janice Neves Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more or more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com
  12. Karina, To become CLIA certified you have to be actively selling. Since you're in Australia, you should look at some online travel courses at your local colleges. If you're really serious about selling travel, you could join a host agency that provides on-line training and support. Do a Google search for host agencies.
  13. Sorry to hear about your missed cruising opportunities. We're all in the same "boat" so to speak. I lost 3 cruises this year, but I'm thinking optimistically and have four booked in 2021-22. By booking now for the future, it gives you something to hope for!😁
  14. Are you itching to cruise again? Well, Hurry, then book now for later! The MSC Labor Day Sale is on now! Cruise the Caribbean on one of the world’s most beautiful ships — MSC Seaside, MSC Meraviglia, MSC Divina or MSC Armonia — and soak up the sun on Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, the cruise line's exclusive private island paradise in The Bahamas. Book with confidence and the ultimate in guest flexibility with Total CruiseFlex, MSC's new program allowing you the opportunity to move your booked cruise to any ship and any sail date up to 48 hours before your cruise. Hurry, this incredible Sale ends September 17th! For more information, see the MSC Labor Day Sale Flyer OR - Contact Jan for information or booking.🙂🛳️
  15. MIAMI, Sept. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Two cruise line brands from Carnival Corporation, the world's largest cruise company, have announced plans to resume sailing operations, with Italy-based Costa Cruises scheduled to restart sailing in Italy this Sunday, Sept. 6, followed by Germany-based AIDA Cruises scheduled to resume on Nov. 1. The brands will begin in a gradual, phased-in manner with six initial ships and limited itineraries, becoming the first two of the company's nine global cruise line brands to resume operations. The initial cruises will take place with adjusted passenger capacity and enhanced health protocols developed with government and health authorities to follow shoreside mitigation guidelines. Costa Cruises is restarting sailing with two initial ships departing from Italian ports beginning Sept. 6. Costa Deliziosa will offer weekly cruises from Trieste on Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27, visiting five destinations in southern Italy, including Bari and Brindisi in Puglia, Corigliano-Rossano in Calabria, and Siracusa and Catania in Sicily. Costa Diadema will follow on Sept. 19 from Genoa, calling at Italian ports in the western Mediterranean, including Civitavecchia/Rome, Naples, Palermo, Cagliari and La Spezia. The one-week itineraries are being reserved exclusively for Italian guests. AIDA Cruises will resume its cruise operations with two of its ships, sailing from the Canary Islands in November 2020, followed by an additional two ships departing from the western Mediterranean and United Arab Emirates beginning in December 2020. The first of the brand's cruises is set to begin Nov. 1, with seven-day voyages to and departures from Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, with AIDAmar, followed by sailings from Las Palmas and Santa Cruz de Tenerife with AIDAperla on Nov. 7. In December, AIDA Cruises will resume sailing operations in the Western Mediterranean with AIDAstella departing on seven-day cruises from Palma, Mallorca, beginning Dec. 12. Additionally, AIDAprima will offer seven-day cruises from Dubai starting Dec. 11 and from Abu Dhabi beginning Dec. 15. In working with global and national health authorities and medical experts, Costa Cruises and AIDA Cruises have developed a comprehensive set of health and hygiene protocols to help facilitate a safe, healthy return to cruise vacations. Both brands are providing guests with detailed information about enhanced restart protocols, which will continue to be modeled after shoreside health and mitigation guidelines as defined by each brand's respective county, and approved by the flag state, Italy. Protocols will be updated based on evolving scientific and medical knowledge related to mitigation strategies. Costa Cruises has developed the Costa Safety Protocol for its fleet, including new operating procedures supported by independent scientific experts in public health and consistent with the health protocols defined by the Italian Government and European authorities. The comprehensive set of measures and procedures cover key areas such as crew health and safety, the booking process, guest activities, entertainment and dining, and medical care on board, as well as pre-boarding, embarking and disembarking operations, which will include testing for all guests prior to embarkation. Additional information on the Costa Safety Protocol is available here. "Our highest responsibilities and top priorities are always compliance, protecting the environment, and the health, safety and well-being of our guests, the communities we visit and our crew," said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation. "We are engaged with a large number of medical experts and scientists around the world, and they are providing us with extremely valuable insight that we are using to develop new and enhanced protocols that are in the best interest of our guests, crew and overall public health. In areas of the world where community spread is largely mitigated and authorities are supportive of a gradual return to service over time, we look forward to again welcoming guests on board." More broadly, as the understanding of COVID-19 continues to evolve, Carnival Corporation has been working with a number of world-leading public health, epidemiological and policy experts to support its ongoing efforts for developing enhanced protocols and procedures for the return of cruise vacations. Among the experts are: Dr. Simon Clarke, associate professor in cellular microbiology, University of Reading School of Biological Sciences (UK) Michael S. Diamond, MD, PhD, Herbert S. Gasser professor of medicine, molecular microbiology, pathology & immunology; and associate director, Center for Human Immunology and Immunotherapy Programs, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis Michael Z. Lin, MD, PhD, associate professor of neurobiology, bioengineering, and chemical and systems biology; and principal investigator, The Lin Lab, Stanford University School of Medicine Dr. Jewel Mullen, MD, MPH, associate dean for health equity, University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School Emil C. Reisinger, MD, full professor of internal medicine, infectious diseases and tropical medicine and director of the Division of Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Rostock, Germany Dr. Stefano Vella, MD, former director, National Center for Global Health, Istituto Superiore di Sanità (Italian National Institute of Health); and adjunct professor of global health, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart) in Rome These advisors and others have been working with the company and its brands to review existing and enhanced procedures and provide supplemental advice based on the latest scientific evidence and best practices for protection and mitigation. ________________________________________ SOURCE: PRNewswire/Carnival Corporation & plc (September 3, 2020) 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
  16. MIAMI, Sept. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Two cruise line brands from Carnival Corporation, the world's largest cruise company, have announced plans to resume sailing operations, with Italy-based Costa Cruises scheduled to restart sailing in Italy this Sunday, Sept. 6, followed by Germany-based AIDA Cruises scheduled to resume on Nov. 1. The brands will begin in a gradual, phased-in manner with six initial ships and limited itineraries, becoming the first two of the company's nine global cruise line brands to resume operations. The initial cruises will take place with adjusted passenger capacity and enhanced health protocols developed with government and health authorities to follow shoreside mitigation guidelines. Costa Cruises is restarting sailing with two initial ships departing from Italian ports beginning Sept. 6. Costa Deliziosa will offer weekly cruises from Trieste on Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27, visiting five destinations in southern Italy, including Bari and Brindisi in Puglia, Corigliano-Rossano in Calabria, and Siracusa and Catania in Sicily. Costa Diadema will follow on Sept. 19 from Genoa, calling at Italian ports in the western Mediterranean, including Civitavecchia/Rome, Naples, Palermo, Cagliari and La Spezia. The one-week itineraries are being reserved exclusively for Italian guests. AIDA Cruises will resume its cruise operations with two of its ships, sailing from the Canary Islands in November 2020, followed by an additional two ships departing from the western Mediterranean and United Arab Emirates beginning in December 2020. The first of the brand's cruises is set to begin Nov. 1, with seven-day voyages to and departures from Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, with AIDAmar, followed by sailings from Las Palmas and Santa Cruz de Tenerife with AIDAperla on Nov. 7. In December, AIDA Cruises will resume sailing operations in the Western Mediterranean with AIDAstella departing on seven-day cruises from Palma, Mallorca, beginning Dec. 12. Additionally, AIDAprima will offer seven-day cruises from Dubai starting Dec. 11 and from Abu Dhabi beginning Dec. 15. In working with global and national health authorities and medical experts, Costa Cruises and AIDA Cruises have developed a comprehensive set of health and hygiene protocols to help facilitate a safe, healthy return to cruise vacations. Both brands are providing guests with detailed information about enhanced restart protocols, which will continue to be modeled after shoreside health and mitigation guidelines as defined by each brand's respective county, and approved by the flag state, Italy. Protocols will be updated based on evolving scientific and medical knowledge related to mitigation strategies. Costa Cruises has developed the Costa Safety Protocol for its fleet, including new operating procedures supported by independent scientific experts in public health and consistent with the health protocols defined by the Italian Government and European authorities. The comprehensive set of measures and procedures cover key areas such as crew health and safety, the booking process, guest activities, entertainment and dining, and medical care on board, as well as pre-boarding, embarking and disembarking operations, which will include testing for all guests prior to embarkation. Additional information on the Costa Safety Protocol is available here. "Our highest responsibilities and top priorities are always compliance, protecting the environment, and the health, safety and well-being of our guests, the communities we visit and our crew," said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation. "We are engaged with a large number of medical experts and scientists around the world, and they are providing us with extremely valuable insight that we are using to develop new and enhanced protocols that are in the best interest of our guests, crew and overall public health. In areas of the world where community spread is largely mitigated and authorities are supportive of a gradual return to service over time, we look forward to again welcoming guests on board." More broadly, as the understanding of COVID-19 continues to evolve, Carnival Corporation has been working with a number of world-leading public health, epidemiological and policy experts to support its ongoing efforts for developing enhanced protocols and procedures for the return of cruise vacations. Among the experts are: Dr. Simon Clarke, associate professor in cellular microbiology, University of Reading School of Biological Sciences (UK) Michael S. Diamond, MD, PhD, Herbert S. Gasser professor of medicine, molecular microbiology, pathology & immunology; and associate director, Center for Human Immunology and Immunotherapy Programs, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis Michael Z. Lin, MD, PhD, associate professor of neurobiology, bioengineering, and chemical and systems biology; and principal investigator, The Lin Lab, Stanford University School of Medicine Dr. Jewel Mullen, MD, MPH, associate dean for health equity, University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School Emil C. Reisinger, MD, full professor of internal medicine, infectious diseases and tropical medicine and director of the Division of Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Rostock, Germany Dr. Stefano Vella, MD, former director, National Center for Global Health, Istituto Superiore di Sanità (Italian National Institute of Health); and adjunct professor of global health, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart) in Rome These advisors and others have been working with the company and its brands to review existing and enhanced procedures and provide supplemental advice based on the latest scientific evidence and best practices for protection and mitigation. ________________________________________ SOURCE: PRNewswire/Carnival Corporation & plc (September 3, 2020) 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
  17. We sailed our first Medallion cruise last August 2019 on the Caribbean Princess New England/Canada cruise. At the time, it had a lot of kinks to work out, as mentioned in my Cruise Review. Hopefully, by the time we cruise Princess next, they will have improved and streamlined the whole process. 🙂
  18. To get paid for your writing, you'll need to find a source in the travel industry - a supplier, a travel community or other web-based provider of travel information - which finds your blog interesting, informative and relevant, and willing to reimburse you for your work. For example, If it's cruising you're blogging about, send samples to several different online cruise sites that pertain to what you are writing about, request that you would like to be a featured writer, and see what kind of a response you get. Good luck and let us know how you make out!🙂
  19. I wear the athletic type spring, summer and fall. I broke my ankle in slides back in 2006 and haven’t worn them since, and I am probably the only person I know who doesn’t own a pair of flip flops.
  20. As an entire cruise line’s future hangs in the balance, a much-loved former Carnival Cruise Line ship could be among the casualties. If you’re a longtime Carnival cruiser, you likely remember the Holiday, which has most recently been sailing as the Magellan under the Cruise & Maritime Voyages banner. Unfortunately, Cruise & Maritime Voyages has been navigating waters even rockier than those impacting many of their fellow cruise lines. The past few months have seen them make numerous unsuccessful attempts to secure financing in order to prevent the line from going out of business entirely. On July 20, the company said in a public statement that all of their sailings were being canceled, which eventually led to the organization being placed in administration. Generally speaking, that’s business-speak for “on its last legs.” A note on Cruise & Maritime Voyages website read, “We are sorry to inform you that South Quay Travel Limited (“SQTL”) – which traded under the name Cruise & Maritime Voyages – was placed into administration on 20 July 2020. Paul Williams, Phil Dakin and Edward Bines of Duff & Phelps Ltd. were appointed Joint Administrators of SQTL. At present the Administrators are evaluating SQTL’s financial position.” As a result, the company’s eight ships have since been laid up in Europe with some crew still onboard awaiting repatriation. The ships are currently listed for sale on a second-hand market site, with the former Carnival ship priced at $12,000,000. When the cruise industry ground to a halt back in March, the former Holiday was sailing from Reykjavik, Iceland to Tilbury, England. Since arriving, the ship has remained there. The 46,000-ton Holiday was built for Carnival Cruise Line in 1985, a sister ship to the Celebration and Jubliee. She was transferred to Ibero Cruises in 2015 where she sailed as the Grand Holiday before being renamed Magellan under Cruise & Maritime Voyages. 2020 has seen no shortage of cruise ships being sold. Earlier this year, Carnival Cruise Line announced they’d sold Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Inspiration for an undisclosed amount to a Turkish scrapyard. Later that month, it was announced that Carnival Fascination and Carnival Imagination would be taken out of service indefinitely although they have not, as of this writing, technically been sold. Pullmantur Cruises recently offloaded two former Royal Caribbean vessels, Monarch of the Seas and Sovereign of the Seas. _________________________________ By Cruise Radio, Doug Parker (August 20, 2020); Photo Credit: Carnival-News (2009 Pinterest) 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
  21. As an entire cruise line’s future hangs in the balance, a much-loved former Carnival Cruise Line ship could be among the casualties. If you’re a longtime Carnival cruiser, you likely remember the Holiday, which has most recently been sailing as the Magellan under the Cruise & Maritime Voyages banner. Unfortunately, Cruise & Maritime Voyages has been navigating waters even rockier than those impacting many of their fellow cruise lines. The past few months have seen them make numerous unsuccessful attempts to secure financing in order to prevent the line from going out of business entirely. On July 20, the company said in a public statement that all of their sailings were being canceled, which eventually led to the organization being placed in administration. Generally speaking, that’s business-speak for “on its last legs.” A note on Cruise & Maritime Voyages website read, “We are sorry to inform you that South Quay Travel Limited (“SQTL”) – which traded under the name Cruise & Maritime Voyages – was placed into administration on 20 July 2020. Paul Williams, Phil Dakin and Edward Bines of Duff & Phelps Ltd. were appointed Joint Administrators of SQTL. At present the Administrators are evaluating SQTL’s financial position.” As a result, the company’s eight ships have since been laid up in Europe with some crew still onboard awaiting repatriation. The ships are currently listed for sale on a second-hand market site, with the former Carnival ship priced at $12,000,000. When the cruise industry ground to a halt back in March, the former Holiday was sailing from Reykjavik, Iceland to Tilbury, England. Since arriving, the ship has remained there. The 46,000-ton Holiday was built for Carnival Cruise Line in 1985, a sister ship to the Celebration and Jubliee. She was transferred to Ibero Cruises in 2015 where she sailed as the Grand Holiday before being renamed Magellan under Cruise & Maritime Voyages. 2020 has seen no shortage of cruise ships being sold. Earlier this year, Carnival Cruise Line announced they’d sold Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Inspiration for an undisclosed amount to a Turkish scrapyard. Later that month, it was announced that Carnival Fascination and Carnival Imagination would be taken out of service indefinitely although they have not, as of this writing, technically been sold. Pullmantur Cruises recently offloaded two former Royal Caribbean vessels, Monarch of the Seas and Sovereign of the Seas. _________________________________ By Cruise Radio, Doug Parker (August 20, 2020); Photo Credit: Carnival-News (2009 Pinterest) 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
  22. MSC Cruises cracked down on passengers who broke newly implemented COVID-19 health and safety protocol as the cruise line's ships resume sailing after the pandemic shut the global industry down in March. On Tuesday, the cruise line denied a family from getting back on board the MSC Grandiosa after an excursion during which MSC Cruises says they broke from the "social bubble" put in place to avoid the spread of coronavirus. The Grandiosa departed from Genoa, Italy, Sunday on what was billed as the first Mediterranean cruise after Italy’s pandemic lockdown. "We had to deny re-embarkation to a family who broke from their shore excursion yesterday while visiting Naples, Italy," Paige Rosenthal, spokesperson for MSC Cruises, told USA TODAY Wednesday. Among the other port calls for the Grandiosa are Palermo, Italy, and Valletta, Malta. Malta is one of four Mediterranean countries from which Italy requires incoming travelers to have COVID-19 tests. MSC stopped the family from getting on the ship to ensure the health and safety of passengers and crew on board, she explained, noting that because the group departed from the organized shore excursion, they would pose a risk to others upon getting back on the Grandiosa. "This family broke from the 'social bubble' created for them and all other guests, and therefore could not be permitted to re-board the ship," Rosenthal said. Organized shore excursions allow MSC to "uphold the same high standards" she said are being maintained on board. Some of those measures include: Ensuring transportation to and from the ship is sanitary. Adequate space for social distancing. Tour guides and drivers that have undergone health screening and wear personal protective equipment. On board MSC's ships, precautions are in place, too. "All guests undergo a universal health screening at pre-embarkation which is comprised of as many as two phases of health screenings, all of which take place ashore prior to be considered fit for boarding," Rosenthal said. The first phase has three steps: temperature test, a health questionnaire review and an antigen swab test. Any person who has a temperature is immediately denied boarding. If they pass the temperature test and have a negative antigen test, a passenger is cleared to board. "If positive, he or she goes for a secondary screening — in a separate dedicated area of the terminal, together with his/her traveling party — which includes an even more detailed medical screening as well as a molecular swab test," Rosenthal said. "The guest and his/her party are not cleared to go on board unless he/she tests negative. MSC Cruises provides the testing completed at the terminal." During pre-embarkation in Genoa, five antigen swab tests came back positive. Each passenger who tested positive went through secondary testing through molecular tests. All were negative, Rosenthal said. Another few passengers were denied embarkation because they didn't meet boarding residency requirements. For now, MSC is limiting its guests to those who are residents of Europe’s 26-nation Schengen visa-free travel zone. After the excursion, three people tested positive on an antigen swab test in Naples. Each of the passengers who tested positive are awaiting results of a secondary, molecular test that need to be completed by health authorities in Naples. "The individuals stayed overnight in isolation for their safety and were offered the opportunity to join the ship in Palermo," Rosenthal explained, noting they instead opted to embark on the following Grandiosa cruise departing Aug. 23. Earlier this month, the Italian government gave its approval for cruise ships to once again depart from Italy’s ports. But cruise ships are being limited to 70% capacity. "MSC Cruises is limiting the capacity of its ships during its initial phase of restart to 70%," Rosenthal said. "And MSC Grandiosa is closer to 50% capacity for this particular sailing." MSC said every guest and crew member on board will be given a wristband that “facilitates contactless transactions around the ship as well as providing contact and proximity tracing.” Passengers must wear face masks in elevators and other areas where social distancing is not possible. The ship's crew spent time in quarantine before the start of the cruise. Cruising remains on hold in U.S. waters until Nov. 1, at the earliest. As cruising resumes:In some parts of world, multiple cruise ships affected by new COVID-19 cases ____________________________ By USA Today/A.P., Morgan Hines (August 19, 2020); Photo Credit: MSC Cruises (with permission) 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
  23. MSC Cruises cracked down on passengers who broke newly implemented COVID-19 health and safety protocol as the cruise line's ships resume sailing after the pandemic shut the global industry down in March. On Tuesday, the cruise line denied a family from getting back on board the MSC Grandiosa after an excursion during which MSC Cruises says they broke from the "social bubble" put in place to avoid the spread of coronavirus. The Grandiosa departed from Genoa, Italy, Sunday on what was billed as the first Mediterranean cruise after Italy’s pandemic lockdown. "We had to deny re-embarkation to a family who broke from their shore excursion yesterday while visiting Naples, Italy," Paige Rosenthal, spokesperson for MSC Cruises, told USA TODAY Wednesday. Among the other port calls for the Grandiosa are Palermo, Italy, and Valletta, Malta. Malta is one of four Mediterranean countries from which Italy requires incoming travelers to have COVID-19 tests. MSC stopped the family from getting on the ship to ensure the health and safety of passengers and crew on board, she explained, noting that because the group departed from the organized shore excursion, they would pose a risk to others upon getting back on the Grandiosa. "This family broke from the 'social bubble' created for them and all other guests, and therefore could not be permitted to re-board the ship," Rosenthal said. Organized shore excursions allow MSC to "uphold the same high standards" she said are being maintained on board. Some of those measures include: Ensuring transportation to and from the ship is sanitary. Adequate space for social distancing. Tour guides and drivers that have undergone health screening and wear personal protective equipment. On board MSC's ships, precautions are in place, too. "All guests undergo a universal health screening at pre-embarkation which is comprised of as many as two phases of health screenings, all of which take place ashore prior to be considered fit for boarding," Rosenthal said. The first phase has three steps: temperature test, a health questionnaire review and an antigen swab test. Any person who has a temperature is immediately denied boarding. If they pass the temperature test and have a negative antigen test, a passenger is cleared to board. "If positive, he or she goes for a secondary screening — in a separate dedicated area of the terminal, together with his/her traveling party — which includes an even more detailed medical screening as well as a molecular swab test," Rosenthal said. "The guest and his/her party are not cleared to go on board unless he/she tests negative. MSC Cruises provides the testing completed at the terminal." During pre-embarkation in Genoa, five antigen swab tests came back positive. Each passenger who tested positive went through secondary testing through molecular tests. All were negative, Rosenthal said. Another few passengers were denied embarkation because they didn't meet boarding residency requirements. For now, MSC is limiting its guests to those who are residents of Europe’s 26-nation Schengen visa-free travel zone. After the excursion, three people tested positive on an antigen swab test in Naples. Each of the passengers who tested positive are awaiting results of a secondary, molecular test that need to be completed by health authorities in Naples. "The individuals stayed overnight in isolation for their safety and were offered the opportunity to join the ship in Palermo," Rosenthal explained, noting they instead opted to embark on the following Grandiosa cruise departing Aug. 23. Earlier this month, the Italian government gave its approval for cruise ships to once again depart from Italy’s ports. But cruise ships are being limited to 70% capacity. "MSC Cruises is limiting the capacity of its ships during its initial phase of restart to 70%," Rosenthal said. "And MSC Grandiosa is closer to 50% capacity for this particular sailing." MSC said every guest and crew member on board will be given a wristband that “facilitates contactless transactions around the ship as well as providing contact and proximity tracing.” Passengers must wear face masks in elevators and other areas where social distancing is not possible. The ship's crew spent time in quarantine before the start of the cruise. Cruising remains on hold in U.S. waters until Nov. 1, at the earliest. As cruising resumes:In some parts of world, multiple cruise ships affected by new COVID-19 cases ____________________________ By USA Today/A.P., Morgan Hines (August 19, 2020); Photo Credit: MSC Cruises (with permission) 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
  24. Princess Cruises announced a maiden season for Diamond Princess, sailing to South America and Antarctica in fall 2021 and spring 2022, replacing Sapphire Princess on the same deployment from December through March. The itineraries in the maiden season include: • December 1, 2021: Andes & South America • December 1, 2021: Antarctica, Andes & Cape Horn Grand Adventure • December 19, 2021: Antarctica & Cape Horn • January 4 and 20, 2022: Antarctica & Cape Horn • February 5, 19 and March 5, 2022: Cape Horn & Strait of Magellan • March 5, 2022: Andes & Cape Horn Grand Adventure • March 19, 2022: Andes & South America In addition, Diamond Princess will sail on two new Pacific Crossings to and from Asia in fall 2021 and spring 2022 and sail the North Pacific Ocean with either Southeast Asia and Hawaii or Hawaii and Japan. These sailings are between Los Angeles and either Singapore or Yokohama (Tokyo). As a result of this change, three Sapphire Princess Baja Peninsula & Sea of Cortez cruises and three Hawaiian Islands cruises in fall 2021 and spring 2022 will be cancelled. __________________________ By Late Cruise News/Princess, (August 19, 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
  25. Princess Cruises announced a maiden season for Diamond Princess, sailing to South America and Antarctica in fall 2021 and spring 2022, replacing Sapphire Princess on the same deployment from December through March. The itineraries in the maiden season include: • December 1, 2021: Andes & South America • December 1, 2021: Antarctica, Andes & Cape Horn Grand Adventure • December 19, 2021: Antarctica & Cape Horn • January 4 and 20, 2022: Antarctica & Cape Horn • February 5, 19 and March 5, 2022: Cape Horn & Strait of Magellan • March 5, 2022: Andes & Cape Horn Grand Adventure • March 19, 2022: Andes & South America In addition, Diamond Princess will sail on two new Pacific Crossings to and from Asia in fall 2021 and spring 2022 and sail the North Pacific Ocean with either Southeast Asia and Hawaii or Hawaii and Japan. These sailings are between Los Angeles and either Singapore or Yokohama (Tokyo). As a result of this change, three Sapphire Princess Baja Peninsula & Sea of Cortez cruises and three Hawaiian Islands cruises in fall 2021 and spring 2022 will be cancelled. __________________________ By Late Cruise News/Princess, (August 19, 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
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