A NEW NORMAL FOR CRUISING - WHEN?
INSIGHTS, COMMENTARY & DISUPTION. A DIFFERENT VIEW.
On The Horizon...
FINALLY, evidence of a light at the end of the tunnel is apparent. After a full year of industry disruption brutally eroding share value, prematurely scrapped tonnage, net income and growth while claiming several cruise lines entirely, cruise lines are counting days not months to their ultimate return to operations. The big three have already announced a return to service where most will require vaccinations from their passengers and significantly, all crew members.
Since cruising has been out of the picture for over a year, I have decided to move to ARUBA. This tiny Dutch island has become a fond friend and several trips just a two-and-a-half-hour flight from my home in Miami, empowered me to secure the relocation with a wonderful, small, rental property minutes from the beaches, airport and city of Oranjestad.
Interestingly, I may be able to catch of Celerity's ships operating round trip cruises starting in June from St. Maarten to Curacao, Aruba and Barbados! My next confirmed voyage will depart January 3, 2022 from New York aboard Cunard's QM2 to Southampton.
Princess, Holland America, Cunard, P&O and others have all begun to publish their restart dates...on the horizon. Required will be vaccines for crew and passengers. Ship will sail close to home - some without porting.
UK OK's restart
How's a cruise through the British isles sound - without stepping off the ship. Fred Olsen launches a series of sea day only cruises featuring their duo of new twins: Bolette and Borealis (ex Amsterdam & Rotterdam).
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. Virgin's new terminal is on track.
Vaccines VS. Florida
Seriousl;y...? Let's get 100% of those who want to sail - vaccinated. Get it together Governor.
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 (ME), to three more cruises to the country culminating in January 2020. Schwartz' first-ever 300 page 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...IN STOCK !!!
NORWAY: A PHOTOGRAPHIC ODYSSEY
300 Pages, 15 ports, 6 fjords, 4 ships, 14,000 miles
expectation in restart?
Clearly there will be cases onboard with crews packed tightly into quarters and guests who undoubtedly will forget the pandemic as soon as the skyline of the port they departed from sinks into the horizon With the flu season ramping up in October, resumption of any form will be a daunting task. Is there a remedy beyond a vaccine?
The carnage of scrapping begins
Four ships have been beached in Turkey initiating the carnage of older hardware unable to validate their continuing operations. Monarch and Sovereign of Pullmantur and Carnival's Fantasy and Inspiration are already showing signs of being dismantled, a polite term for scrapping. They served their owners well...
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 October 30, 2020. However, Princess just announced a pause through December. Others are expected to follow as COVID-19 flames up around the USA. Caution continues.
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.
Hemp,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, MSC, 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.
“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
AN EPIC VOYAGE TO NORWAY & THE ARCTIC
ON ONE OF HER
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ON THE HORIZON
NOVEMBER 2020 SITE EVENTS:
RESUMPTION TO USA CRUISES
COMING SOON-EUROPE JAN 2021 ?
NEVER TO BE THE SAME
TIMING IS EVERYTHING
Force 8 Gale Crossing the Atlantic
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