Here’s another week full of news about cruises. It was a mix of good and bad news from across the industry and the world.
Another uninterrupted week in the cruise industry, with many new developments, while most cruise lines remain on hold.
We had good news and bad news, including cancellations and newly booked flights in the UK from two cruise lines, a major update from Virgin Voyages, Port Canaveral’s preparations for its new Carnival Mardi Gras, a new cruise ship ban in Australia and some positive news from Royal Caribbean and MSC Cruises. We have a lot of work to do, so let’s get started.
British cruise line P&O Cruises has announced that it will cancel all flights on all its ships in August and September. But all is not lost, as P&O Cruises prepares to offer the ultimate getaway this summer.
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The airline hopes to offer its customers the opportunity to visit the British Isles this summer, but this will mean regular trips will have to be cancelled. As a result, scheduled cruises on Arcadia, Aurora, Azura and Ventura have been cancelled until the end of August 2021 and on Britannia and Iona until the end of September 2021.
The new cruises, only in Britain, depart from Southampton and sail through Britain’s coastal waters. P&O Cruises will announce more details about the new yachts later in March.
Princess Cruises has issued a major update on its operations outside the UK, following the UK government’s announcement of a framework to revitalise international travel.
The UK’s international travel working group, chaired by Secretary of State Grant Shepps, met for the first time on 2 March to discuss the plan, which will be submitted to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on 12 April 2021.
: Princess Cruises
This means the cruise line has extended the interruption of scheduled flights to and from the UK, including a world tour from Southampton, until the 25th. September 2021 on Sky Princess, Regal Princess and Island Princess.
The good news is that Princess Cruises will be offering new cruises in the UK. All we know at the moment is that the cruise line will launch a series of new short cruises from Southampton in late summer on the Regal Princess and Heavenly Princess. Further information will be announced in March 2021.
Virgin Voyages, following the lead of many other cruise lines, has extended the Scarlet Lady’s sailing interruption to 2021. Starting at 9:00. May to the 30th. The June cruises have been cancelled.
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Customers affected by the latest cancellations have two different options, unless their trip has already been cancelled. The first option for customers is a future travel credit of 200% of the fare paid to date, which can be applied to another trip, without refund.
The second option for affected customers is a refund option, which includes a full refund of all monies paid, as well as a future travel credit equal to 25% of the travel price already paid, which can be used for future travel.
Innovation in the cruise industry continues during the shutdown, as Port Canaveral is now ready for LNG. The new Q-LNG 4000 terminal, an articulated tugboat (ATB) capable of delivering liquefied natural gas (LNG) safely and reliably, has arrived in port.
It’s nicknamed Q4K, and the project has been in development for four years. The barge can supply up to two cruise ships, each with a route of 7 days.
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When the Q4K arrived in Port Canaveral recently, it was actually conveniently berthed at the new Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal 3, which was slated for completion in June 2020. The terminal is designed for Carnival Cruise Line and its new LNG-class cruise ships.
Mardi Gras, Carnival’s first fully operational cruise ship, is currently docked in Barcelona, Spain, but will soon cross the Atlantic to port. The massive 180,000 gross ton vessel will be refueled by a new barge, ushering in a new era of clean refueling for the port and North America.
While most of the world’s cruise ships are on the move, MSC is exploring new ways to keep some of its ships moving. MSC Seaside, a popular MSC ship that has sailed out of Miami in the past, will return to service next May for the first time since it ceased operations.
Photo credits: Ivan Sarfatti / MSC Cruises
For example, MSC Seaside’s new 7-day itinerary calls at Syracuse and Taranto, both in Italy. The first flight will take place on 1. May 2021 from Genoa for a duration of 7 nights. The line will run five times in May, departing on the 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th.
The measures include universal testing at embarkation and during the cruise, weekly crew testing, social distancing, masking in public areas, protected shore excursions only, and improved dietary hygiene and ongoing cleaning procedures.
The since the 17th. March 2020 The human biosecurity emergency, which includes a ban on cruise ships, is extended for another three months, until March 17, 2020. June 2021.
These measures almost completely prohibit international travel to Australia. This will affect a number of cruise lines operating out of this country, including P&O Australia.
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According to Joel Katz, executive director of CLIA, the industry is disappointed with the decisions taken, although it understands them. Whether the cruise ship will sail in Australia is up to the government. CLIA says it is working with the government to revitalise the cruise industry in Australia. However, it is still unclear when the cruise may return to Australian waters.
Royal Caribbean has announced that one of the world’s largest cruise ships will sail from Galveston, Texas, beginning in November 2022. The Oasis-class ship will sail 7 nights on Western Caribbean itineraries from a popular cruise port.
The Sea Charm will call at Roatán, Honduras, as well as Cozumel and Costa Maya. The first flight takes place on the 27th. November 2022, the last 7-day flight will be on 23. April 2023. The ship will be based in Galveston on a seasonal basis during the 2022-23 winter season.
Rendering: Royal Caribbean
What’s also interesting about this announcement is that by the time the Allure of the Seas leaves Galveston, the new terminal will be complete. In 2019, Royal Caribbean had already announced that the ship would leave the new terminal in the port. Since then, however, the situation has changed and construction has been delayed.
Construction of the new state-of-the-art terminal will begin in April 2021 and will be completed in time for the arrival of the Allure in the fall of 2022. The two-story property is valued at $100 million and offers 170,000 square feet of total space.
The mega cruise ship has a gross tonnage of 225,282 tons and a capacity of 5,484 guests, designed for double occupancy, as well as 2,200 international crew members.
Royal Caribbean Power’s remarkable announcement confirmed that Haifa, Israel will be the home port of the Odyssey of the Seas next May. The cruise line’s highly anticipated new ship will offer Israelis a combination of stays of 3-7 nights in the Greek islands and Cyprus. The new yachts will be launched on Tuesday the 9th. March. For sale.
Apparently Royal Caribbean has had plans to offer cruises from Israel for some time. Who knows if there will be more great new ports?
photo courtesy : Organisation Royal Caribbean International
The first guests to cruise during Odyssey of the Seas’ inaugural season will be residents of Israel. This ship is designed to provide an unforgettable vacation for all types of travelers. Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, said the Israeli government was proud to offer Royal Caribbean the opportunity to leave Israel.
Royal Caribbean will be the first company to offer fully vaccinated yachts, vaccinating all crew members and guests over the age of 16. Details of other health and safety measures introduced by Israel and the Royal Caribbean Republic will be announced at a later date.
These are just some of the headlines from this week’s cruises. We have other headlines including AIDA Cruises canceling more sailings and extending the season on one of its ships, UK Saga Cruises extending its sailings, MSC Virtuosa introducing new specialty restaurants, the latest news on Royal Caribbean’s home port in Cozumel and many other stories.
We also have a very detailed guide to when each cruise line is currently planning to cruise again. You can even see all the updates since the suspension started about a year ago.
You can check out last week’s cruise newsletter if you want to catch up.
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