INSIGHTS, COMMENTARY & DISUPTION. A DIFFERENT VIEW.
An Industry Disrupted
The format for this site has evolved. It began as a blog featuring my oceanic travels. To date, I've sailed on over 50 ships, 150 cruises and crossings since 1967. Last year I published a book for Holland America Line featuring Prinsendam, a gift for her passengers and the ship's company on her final voyage to the Arctic Circle and Norway. I was on that sailing as a speaker and for the book signing event. This summer, I'm launching my new book, NORWAY - A Photographic Odyssey, featuring 15 ports and six fjords where I sailed on four ships over 42 days to capture the best of Norway through my trademark black and white photography - here.
Since January of this year soon after the pandemic forced cruise lines to "pause", I've been a tad edgy as a landlocked seafarer and began working on solutions for the industry. A focus on UV-C products was identified and along with an industry partner and colleague, Martin Salzedo, we are launching these products empowering cruise lines and ports to operate with the highest level of contagion mitigation through our new brand: NEXT.
I wish all of my friends and business associates the very best during these challenging times. We will return to sea safely when the time is right and NEXT has some very promising innovative solutions.
Video emerged this past week of Monarch and Sovereign of the Seas beached in Turkey for dismantling and scrapping.
Europe OK's restart
The EU Healthy Gateways has delivered comprehensive protocols detailing how cruise lines in Europe are to manage the restart of cruising...a promising advance.
Daily provisioning and discharge of trash and grey-water keep the port busy as a constant flow of ships come and go from their offshore anchorage.
HAL RIDS FOUR SHIPS As lines continue to push out older tonnage, Holland America sold Amsterdam and Rotterdam to Fred. Olsen. Veendam and Maasdam' were also sold to yet to be named buyers.
INTRODUCING NEXT - SCIENCE DRIVE SOLUTIONS FOR AN INDUSTRY DISRUPTED
NOVEL SOLUTIONS FOR AN INDUSTRY DISRUPTED
Mitigating pathogens onboard ships and in terminals.
NEXT deploys scientifically proven UV-C technology to actively seek and destroy dangerous microorganisms in the air and on surfaces. Multiple units are available for specific targeted decontamination protocols on price, on quality, and on time.
CRUISE SHIPS - FERRIES - TERMINALS - SHIPYARDS
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
"SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST"
The resumption of sailings from the United States has now been pushed back to mid September per the CDC. The CDC is still not in line with a safe return and coitnues to focus on crew repatriations. Florida's new COVID-19 cases reached 4,000 (June 19) which seems to be in line with the continued cessation. From bad to worse...
Empty ships lay-up around the globe
With over 300 ships in the ocean-going cruise fleet, MIAMI has eliminated berthing fees at the port. Owners expect to maintain dormant vessels at berth or at anchor with skeleton crews and no revenue. It's an interesting picture to see the rotation and diversity of the ships throughout any given week at a host of ports around the globe from Miami to Southampton..
CDC Impacts Stocks.
Pause through DEC.
The Cruise Lines International Association (CLA) issued a statement announcing its ocean-going cruise line members will voluntarily extend the suspension of cruise operations from U.S. ports until Sept. 30, 2020. However, Princess just announced a pause through Dember. Others are expected to follow as COVID-19 flames up around the USA. Caution continues, one day at a time.
Will the newbuild orderbook "pause"?
YES. Over 130 new ships with an average size of 85,192 tons and capacity of 2,162 guests are being delayed by yards and cruise lines. The average cost for the newbuilds are approximately $584 Million. Thirty-nine different cruise brands are building new ships. Some shipyards have resumed but on a limited basis and cruise lines are looking at how to meet financial obligations.
Filters,hot water and chemicals? Enough?
NO. NCL's coined "washy-washy" has been the buzz at buffets for years. Are the days of Purell enough? NO. The word is mask wearing may be in effect onboard and dining will be spaced out with buffet service greatly altered or eliminated. Watch for some cabins being converted for the NEXT generation of onboard viral prevention including quarantining guests and crew, if needed.
Operators opt for UV-C
Virgin Voyages and Windstar announced they will be deploying UV-C technology in their HVAC systems "Air will be further sanitized and disinfected with ultraviolet-C light for germicidal irradiation. When air passes the UV-C light, microbes such as bacteria and viruses will be destroyed" states Windstar.
Deposits, refunds and FCC cause havoc
As the crisis set in, lines were upping on-board credit to salvage capacity. Then the 125% FCC was enacted with an option to refund (in some cases.) Some lines have eliminated refunds and updated their policies...the confusion ensues and some refunds, while starting to flow, are taking beyond 90 days.
Transparency and honesty - key
Consumers of cruises are loyal. The repeat rate is the highest in the leisure sector and needs succinct honest information and data. Selling cruises for 2020 departures may be a sign that more thought is needed as to how this industry will rebound. Visiting only private islands as single destination may be phase one, or the trend. This is a real risk versus reward scenario.
TRAVEL: NORWAY - A PHOTOGRAPHIC ODYSSEY
Quintessential Norway delivered through Schwartz' newest photo book.
4 Ships, 15 ports cities, 6 fjords - 300 pages
Schwartz' first voyage into Norway's iconic Fjords in 2017 led this author, photographer, and self-proclaimed seafarer, to three more cruises to the country culminating in January 2020. Schwartz' first-ever destination-centric book features port specific
information detailing 15 port cities and 6 fjords in a lithographed collectible book. His spellbinding black and white photos in the 300-page odyssey captures and exudes the authors passion for oceanic travel through Norway's coastal cities and fjords...don't miss this photographic odyssey...coming soon.
NORWAY: A PHOTOGRAPHIC ODYSSEY
300 Pages, 15 ports, 6 fjords, 4 ships, 14,000 miles
“It isn’t that life ashore is distasteful to me.
But life at sea is better.”
SIR FRANCIS DRAKE
TESTING THE WATERS
ON FRED OLSEN'S
BRILLIANT LITTLE GEM
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THE INFINITE INFINITY
"NORWAY-A PHOTOGRAPHIC ODYSSEY"