CRUISING, CRUISE SHIPS & THE CORONA VIRUS 10/10/2020
CRUISING, CRUISE SHIPS & THE CORONA VIRUS
WEEKLY NEWS & UPDATES
from Bill Miller
Oct 10th 2020
Mon Oct 5th: Update from Turkey: Never before seen – 5 liners, each very big and over 70,000 tons – are in the process of being scrapped at Aliaga in Turkey. A big container ship is to the left. Sadly, more idle & older cruise ships are expected to finish their days.
Tue Oct 6th From Out in Singapore: The Singapore Tourism Board has announced its plans to allow cruise lines to embark on “cruises to nowhere”. With many international cruise lines banned from docking in Singapore since March due to the coronavirus, the new plans would allow 50% of the original passenger intake. It comes just days after Singapore Airlines canceled its proposed “flight to nowhere” sightseeing tours following criticism.
High Hopes! Cruise line leaders voiced optimism about sailing from the US this year with many safety layers in place and a commitment to 100% testing of all passengers and crew.
And Those Buffets! Cruise lines won’t be operating buffets as we know them for quite some time, thanks to the new coronavirus. Most major cruise lines already have announced plans to temporarily stop self-service buffet dining on ships as a safety measure.
Wed Oct 7th Plans at Royal Caribbean: Royal Caribbean is said to be calling employees back to work in South Florida, and is also rumored to be planning test cruises with crew posing as passengers. Early sailings open to guests may see the Navigator of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas, two of the company’s recently-refurbished ships, sail short cruises from South Florida to the line’s private island, CocoCay.
Back to Those Buffets! The answer varies by cruise line. In many cases, the buffet is still going to be a dining option – but it will be different. In other words, it will no longer be a free-for-all where you grab what you want yourself.
Thu Oct 8th: In the Days & Months Ahead! From Frederick Pillsbury: Surprisingly, despite the negative press the cruise industry has received during the pandemic, more than 66% of 30,000 respondents to a recent survey still plan to cruise within three years of cruise lines resuming operations, with only 6% saying they will not cruise and 28% now undecided.
Inducements: Getting passengers back onboard, Carnival and most other cruise lines are offering extraordinary discounts. For a Jan trip from Galvestion, Carnival is offering as much as an 84% discount in fares plus added incentives such as stateroom upgrades.
Fri Oct 9th Start Up! Dream Cruises and Royal Caribbean International have been given the nod to start operations from Singapore. The World Dream is expected back in service in early November with the Quantum of the Seas following in December, both offering short cruises. Dream Cruises has announced it is offering a series of brand new two and three-night “Super Seacation” experience for Singapore residents during the school and year-end holidays.
Bailout! Genting Hong Kong is set to receive 193 million euros from the German government as part of a bailout package for MV Werften, a consortium of shipyards the company owns in Germany. With work suspended at MV Werften, the funds will allow Genting to continue construction on the Crystal Endeavor, which is set for a 2021 launch, as well as the giant Global Dream, now set to debut in 2022. Following those two ships, the yard is expected to build sisters to the Crystal Endeavor, a sister to the Global Dream, as well as ocean-going ships for Crystal Cruises.
Building Ships! Generally, the market for new orders – for cruise ships as well as container ships & tankers – has slumped. Some say as much as 50% and experts predict it will take several years to revive. Below the 50-year difference in the size of oil tankers.
India: Recently formed Jalesh Cruises has gone bust. They operated a single ship, the 70,000-ton Karnika, on cruises from Mumbai. The 1,900-bed ship, built in 1990, had been the Crown Princess of Princess Cruises and later the A’Rosa Blu, AIDAblu and finally P&O Australia’s Pacific Dawn.
Crammed Tightly Together! Yet another view of busy if destructive times at Aliaga in Turkey. It shows over 400,000 tons of passenger shipping.
BUT YES, CRUISING WILL RETURN!
Cruising to Havana 1939
Continued best thanks to our friends, readers, reporters & those faraway “secret agents”