CDC Ends Cruise Industry Protocols.
Cruiseindustrynews.com / 18 July 2022
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevent on Monday ended its COVID-19 Program for Cruise Ships. "New guidance for cruise ships to mitigate and manage COVID-19 transmission will be available in the coming days," the CDC said in a statement on its website. While no guidance was immediately available, this would point to cruise line's being able to set their own vaccination and testing rules for ships operating or calling in U.S. ports. The CDC will also reportedly stop tracking COVID-19 cases on cruise ships, having launched a dashboard earlier this year.
Norwegian Viva Floated Out at Fincantieri
Cruiseindustrynews.com / 02 August 2022
The Norwegian Viva was floated out of the shipyard in Marghera (Venice) today, only a few days after the delivery of the Norwegian Prima.
The Viva is the second in a series of six Prima-class ships being built by the Italian shipbuilder for Norwegian Cruise Line Fleet. Fincantieri said that along with her sister-ships, the Norwegian Viva will form the backbone of the future NCL fleet, at more than 142,500-tons, almost 300 meters long, and accommodating 3,215 guests. Deliveries are scheduled through 2027 for the six-ship series.
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.