CRUISING, CRUISE SHIPS & THE CORONA VIRUS – 08/15/2020

CRUISING, CRUISE SHIPS & THE CORONA VIRUS – 08/15/2020  

NEWS & UPDATES

from Bill Miller

Mon Aug 10th:  Four big cruise ships are at the scrapyards at Aliaga in Turkey.  But local scrap merchants suggest that more may be coming!

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Ship Scrapping

Above:  Within a week of arrival, a chunk of the bow of the 73,000-ton Sovereign is already gone!

Cruise Ship Scrapping

Above:   Sisterships:  Carnival Fantasy & Carnival Inspiration await the crews with hammers & torches

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And speaking of scrapping:  A retired 747 jetliner meets its end out in the American West … 

Bits’n pieces:   Germany’s Aida Cruises will resume cruising in early Sep … and both Costa & MSC Cruises are returning as well.  … Carnival strongly hints that their Carnival Imagination & Carnival Fascination may not return to service – and also will find their way to the scrappers.   … Florida-based Bahama Paradise Cruise Lines is being sued by unpaid crew members, who have been stranded on their cruise ships moored off Palm Beach.   

Dutch Goodbyes!  Our good friend Capt Hans Hoffman over in Rotterdam shared some views of the  Rotterdam & Veendam in their final Holland-America days.  

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Above:   The Rotterdam at Rotterdam & below:  the Veendam at Piraeus in Greece

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Delayed Dream!   Genting Hong Kong-owned Dream Cruises has announced that the first of their 208,000-ton “mega cruise ships,” the Global Dream (below), has been delayed (by the pandemic) from summer 2021 to summer 2022.   The 1,122-ft long, which will have a maximum capacity of as many as 9,500 passengers, is under construction at Genting-owned MV Werften shipyard in northern Germany.   Costing $1 ½ billion, the Global Dream & a sister were intended for the Chinese/Asian cruise market.

Revealed: Global Dream Hull Art - Cruise Industry News | Cruise News

And a Bit of History:  On Aug 10th, 1519, five ships under the command of Ferdinand Magellan left Seville seeking a passage through South America to reach India. No, I was not onboard as a guest speaker!  Spain had ceded the eastern passage around Africa to Portugal, so an eastern passage was critical to the nation. On Dec 6th, Magellan’s fleet sighted South America. Avoiding Brazil, which was Portugese territory, Magellan and his crew continued south. On Oct 21st, 1520, they reached the Estrecho de Todos los Santos, (“All Saints’ Channel”), now named the Strait of Magellan. On Nov 28th, Magellan entered the waters they named Mar Pacifico (Pacific Ocean) because of its calm. Magellan would not complete the journey. He was killed in the Phillipines during a battle with natives. The expedition returned to Spain, the first to circumnavigate the globe.

Ferdinand Magellan Reaches the Pacific - HISTORY

Tue Aug 11th:   MSC Cruising Protocol:  Would you take a cruise if you couldn’t leave the ship during a port call without an escort?  That’s the way it’s going to work on two MSC Cruises vessels that are scheduled to restart sailings in Europe later this month.  MSC this week said passengers on the two ships — MSC Grandiosa and MSC Magnifica — only would be allowed to get off in ports if they were on an official, MSC Cruises-organized shore excursion with a guide.

Below:  Bygone cruising – the Royal Viking Sun visits Hamburg  

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Virtual Cruising: Following the success of its “Virtual Voyage” to Alaska in June, Holland America Line is setting sail on social media once again, this time taking fans on a weeklong virtual cruise to Norway. “Departing” Sunday, Aug 16th, guests can cruise aboard Nieuw Statendam as the ship follows Holland America Line’s poplar “Norse Legends” itinerary. 

Le pont à haubans a tendance à être la solution de compromis idéal entre un pont fixe et un pont suspendu dans les cas où un pont fixe aurait besoin d' une structure de soutien beaucoup plus grande, tandis qu'un câbles de suspension doivent encore élaborer. Le système structurel se compose d'un cadre d'une grande rigidité qui repose sur les rencontres de pont.

Above:  A Carnival liner passes thru the Panama Canal

Crew Members:  More than 12,000 cruise ship workers are still at sea in US waters, five months after the industry shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. That number is down from more than 70,000 in May, however.  

Further Delays:  Royal Caribbean Group will take delivery of only three of the five newbuilds it had scheduled between July 2020 and December 2021 during that period, with Celebrity Beyond and Wonder of the Seas delayed to 2022.  

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Wed Aug 12th:   News from P&O:  Our “agent” Dave Smith over in Southampton reports:  “P&O Cruises has extended its pause in operations to November this year and cancelled two long itineraries set to depart in January 2021, in response to Foreign & Commonwealth Office  guidance.”

Pauses at Seabourn:  Ultra-luxurious Seabourn has extended the pause for three ships, which included canceling Seabourn Sojourn’s 2021 world cruise.   With this, Seabourn Sojourn is not scheduled to sail before May 25 next year. Seabourn Encore’s pause is now effective through Nov. 25 this year, and Seabourn Ovation’s through Dec. 20.

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Thu Aug 13th Over in London:  Dave Smith reports Heathrow Airport suffered an 88% plunge in July passengers due to travel curbs.    Meanwhile, the likes of United Airlines here in the US noted an 80% drop in traffic during July, but actually up 10% from June.  

$$$ Loss!  Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings are burning through over $1 billion per month without revenue-generating cruises in service. The three companies account for almost 74%  percent share of the global cruise market.

Selling Off!  Royal Caribbean Group is considering selling or retiring some of its ships while further delaying delivery of newbuilds.  The company usually sells an average of one or two ships a year,

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