CRUISING, CRUISE SHIPS and THE CORONA VIRUS. October 17, 2020

 CRUISING, CRUISE SHIPS and THE CORONA VIRUS  

Anchors - Jungle Float - 1

WEEKLY NEWS & UPDATES

from Bill Miller

Oct 17th 2020

Mon Oct 12th:   This’n That!  Kate McCue, the female captain of the Celebrity Edge, has been watching over her ship now for 310 days, since the shutdown last March.   With a skeleton crew, the 130,000-ton ship waits at sea off Coco Cay in the Bahamas, but returns to Miami for short visits every 14 days for provisions & supplies.  … Airlines in the USA hit 1 million passengers over the Oct 12th long weekend – the first time since the lockdown began.   But fares are often still amazingly cheap, but of course very complicated to use because of territorial closures & quarantine rules:   Roundtip from the US to Tokyo for $179;   New York-Atlanta, also roundtrip, for $71;  and LA-Chicago r/t $125.   … 

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More Bits!   The recently bankrupted Indian cruise ship Karnika may find new life as a floating hotel in Panama. … Holland-America has moved several of its liners from lay-up off the Dutch coast to anchorages off England’s South Coast.   They’re now in good company – including the Queen Mary 2.  … The new 5,200-guest Iona has joined the P&O Cruises fleet following her delivery from Meyer Werft. The official handover ceremony took place on October 9 in Papenburg, Germany, where she was built. The Iona is the first-ever LNG-powered British cruise ship and the largest cruise ship built for the UK market. The ship has 17 guest decks and is 185,000 tons.  The President of P&O Cruises called Iona’s delivery a “positive signal for the future of cruising.”

Wed Oct 14th  From the Sunshine State:  As cruise lines extend cancellations, Florida‘s port-of-call cities, including Tampa, continue to take economic hits. This month,  Norwegian, MSC, Royal Caribbean and other cruise lines have canceled Florida voyages through November, and some companies like Carnival Cruises are holding off passengers through early 2021.

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from my teaching days in 6th grade — 2002

Thu Oct 15th:  News from Singapore:    Genting Cruises gets more than 6,000 bookings in 5 days!   A total of 23 Genting sailings, each with a maximum capacity of 1,700 passengers, are scheduled for November and December 2020. Phones have been ringing off the hooks at the offices of Genting Cruise Lines, with the company receiving more than 6,000 bookings for its “cruises to nowhere” in just five days. Each of these bookings is likely for at least two people. A total of 23 Genting Cruise Lines sailings from Singapore are scheduled for November and December.

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Fri Oct 16th Some Good News From Over in London:   Our good friend & brilliant artist Capt Stephen Card is down in Bermuda, but has forwarded these photos of the brand new, 774 ft long Spirit of Adventure.   Freshly arrived from her builders in Germany, the 58,000-ton, 999-passenger ship is seen arriving at London’s Tilbury Docks.   Below, she is seen (below) being welcomed by her twin sister, the Spirit of Discovery, and the veteran cruise ship Astoria.   The new ship is scheduled to begin sailing in Feb for Saga Cruises.

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Shore Excursions for Saga Cruises 2020, 2021 and 2022 | Lanzarote  Experience Tours
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Flash News:  Royal Caribbean is prepared for a possible announcement of cruises restarting next week, depending on what happens with the No Sail order.

From Our Friends at Cruise Critic:  The newest ship from Celebrity Cruises, the Celebrity Apex, joined sister vessel Celebrity Edge and a handful of other cruise ships in the fleet offshore in the Bahamas – with the line marking the event with virtual fanfare.

Track A Celebrity Cruises' Ship / Celebrity Cruises' Ship Tracker - CRUISIN
Celebrity Ships Welcome New Celebrity Apex - Cruise Industry News | Cruise  News

From Faraway Turkey:   More sad scenes of scrapping cruise liners at Aliaga.  

Going Once, Going Twice:  Like moves on a chess board, cruise liners are rapidly being sold & changing hands during this pandemic.   While Turkish buyers have grabbed the Boudicca (ex-Royal Viking Sky, etc), Black Watch (ex-Royal Viking Star, etc) & Columbus (ex-Star Princess, etc), the Egyptians have purchased Germany’s Albatros (ex-Royal Viking Sea, etc).  And Portugese investors have taken the former Statendam (and later Pacific Eden & Vasco da Gama).   But the big “winner” seems to be Greece’s Seajets, a ferry firm but now seemingly interested in big cruise liners and which has recently added 4 liners:  Queen of the Oceans (ex-P&O’s Oceana) and three ex-Holland America ships, the former Veendam, Maasdam & Ryndam.  PS:  And more ships are on the block or soon to be.  So, stay tuned!

Below:   The Royal Viking Star departing from New York’s Pier 40 in Oct 1973

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Above:  The Norway at New York in May 1980

BUT YES, CRUISING WILL RETURN!  

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Cruising to Havana 1939

Continued best thanks to our friends, readers, reporters & those faraway “secret agents”

CRUISING, CRUISE SHIPS & THE CORONA VIRUS  

Anchors - Jungle Float - 1

WEEKLY NEWS & UPDATES

from Bill Miller

Oct 17th 2020

Mon Oct 12th:   This’n That!  Kate McCue, the female captain of the Celebrity Edge, has been watching over her ship now for 310 days, since the shutdown last March.   With a skeleton crew, the 130,000-ton ship waits at sea off Coco Cay in the Bahamas, but returns to Miami for short visits every 14 days for provisions & supplies.  … Airlines in the USA hit 1 million passengers over the Oct 12th long weekend – the first time since the lockdown began.   But fares are often still amazingly cheap, but of course very complicated to use because of territorial closures & quarantine rules:   Roundtip from the US to Tokyo for $179;   New York-Atlanta, also roundtrip, for $71;  and LA-Chicago r/t $125.   … 

C:\Users\B\Pictures\norandieRedo\058.JPG

More Bits!   The recently bankrupted Indian cruise ship Karnika may find new life as a floating hotel in Panama. … Holland-America has moved several of its liners from lay-up off the Dutch coast to anchorages off England’s South Coast.   They’re now in good company – including the Queen Mary 2.  … The new 5,200-guest Iona has joined the P&O Cruises fleet following her delivery from Meyer Werft. The official handover ceremony took place on October 9 in Papenburg, Germany, where she was built. The Iona is the first-ever LNG-powered British cruise ship and the largest cruise ship built for the UK market. The ship has 17 guest decks and is 185,000 tons.  The President of P&O Cruises called Iona’s delivery a “positive signal for the future of cruising.”

Wed Oct 14th  From the Sunshine State:  As cruise lines extend cancellations, Florida‘s port-of-call cities, including Tampa, continue to take economic hits. This month,  Norwegian, MSC, Royal Caribbean and other cruise lines have canceled Florida voyages through November, and some companies like Carnival Cruises are holding off passengers through early 2021.

C:\Users\B\Pictures\School\School582.jpg

from my teaching days in 6th grade — 2002

Thu Oct 15th:  News from Singapore:    Genting Cruises gets more than 6,000 bookings in 5 days!   A total of 23 Genting sailings, each with a maximum capacity of 1,700 passengers, are scheduled for November and December 2020. Phones have been ringing off the hooks at the offices of Genting Cruise Lines, with the company receiving more than 6,000 bookings for its “cruises to nowhere” in just five days. Each of these bookings is likely for at least two people. A total of 23 Genting Cruise Lines sailings from Singapore are scheduled for November and December.

C:\Users\B\Pictures\norandieRedo\NR680.jpg

Fri Oct 16th Some Good News From Over in London:   Our good friend & brilliant artist Capt Stephen Card is down in Bermuda, but has forwarded these photos of the brand new, 774 ft long Spirit of Adventure.   Freshly arrived from her builders in Germany, the 58,000-ton, 999-passenger ship is seen arriving at London’s Tilbury Docks.   Below, she is seen (below) being welcomed by her twin sister, the Spirit of Discovery, and the veteran cruise ship Astoria.   The new ship is scheduled to begin sailing in Feb for Saga Cruises.

C:\Users\B\Downloads\spirit of adventure tilbury.jpg
Shore Excursions for Saga Cruises 2020, 2021 and 2022 | Lanzarote  Experience Tours
C:\Users\B\Downloads\discovery adventure astoria tilbury.jpg

Flash News:  Royal Caribbean is prepared for a possible announcement of cruises restarting next week, depending on what happens with the No Sail order.

From Our Friends at Cruise Critic:  The newest ship from Celebrity Cruises, the Celebrity Apex, joined sister vessel Celebrity Edge and a handful of other cruise ships in the fleet offshore in the Bahamas – with the line marking the event with virtual fanfare.

Track A Celebrity Cruises' Ship / Celebrity Cruises' Ship Tracker - CRUISIN
Celebrity Ships Welcome New Celebrity Apex - Cruise Industry News | Cruise  News

From Faraway Turkey:   More sad scenes of scrapping cruise liners at Aliaga.  

Going Once, Going Twice:  Like moves on a chess board, cruise liners are rapidly being sold & changing hands during this pandemic.   While Turkish buyers have grabbed the Boudicca (ex-Royal Viking Sky, etc), Black Watch (ex-Royal Viking Star, etc) & Columbus (ex-Star Princess, etc), the Egyptians have purchased Germany’s Albatros (ex-Royal Viking Sea, etc).  And Portugese investors have taken the former Statendam (and later Pacific Eden & Vasco da Gama).   But the big “winner” seems to be Greece’s Seajets, a ferry firm but now seemingly interested in big cruise liners and which has recently added 4 liners:  Queen of the Oceans (ex-P&O’s Oceana) and three ex-Holland America ships, the former Veendam, Maasdam & Ryndam.  PS:  And more ships are on the block or soon to be.  So, stay tuned!

Below:   The Royal Viking Star departing from New York’s Pier 40 in Oct 1973

C:\Users\B\Pictures\norandieRedo\N049.jpg
C:\Users\B\Pictures\norandieRedo\N276.jpg

Above:  The Norway at New York in May 1980

BUT YES, CRUISING WILL RETURN!  

C:\Users\B\Pictures\norandieRedo\NR675.jpg

Cruising to Havana 1939

Continued best thanks to our friends, readers, reporters & those faraway “secret agents”