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Friday, March 27, 2020

Lindblad Expeditions’ National Geographic Endurance Completes Sea Trials




On February 17, 2020 ­­­­­­­-- National Geographic Endurance, a next-generation expedition ship, purposely-built for polar navigation and the first polar new build for Lindblad Expeditions, has successfully completed her first sea trials in Storfjorden, which is the entrance of the iconic Geirangerfjord.

During the trials, the ship was put through a series of exercises which tested engines, azipods, navigation systems and emergency maneuvers.

The first of two new polar vessels for the line, the 126-guest National Geographic Endurance is fully stabilized with the highest ice class (PC5 Category A) of any purpose-built passenger vessel, and features the distinctive X-Bow® which will afford the smoothest, most comfortable ride imaginable, in all sea behavior, resulting in greater fuel efficiency and fewer emissions for reduced environmental impact.

National Geographic Endurance is back in the shipyard currently undergoing final outfitting before delivery set in March.  She will embark on her maiden voyage, Svalbard in Spring: Polar Bears, Arctic Light and Epic Ice on April 2, 2020 followed by a series of  expeditions exploring areas both familiar and new, presenting unprecedented opportunities to explore further, including the Northeast Passage.



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Thursday, March 26, 2020

P&O Cruises New LNG Powered Iona Begins Her Conveyance


At Meyer Werft Papenburg, Germany P&O Cruises' new Iona completed her conveyance down the Ems River to the open sea. The ship left the ship building facility this past Wednesday 3/18/20.

The spectacle of a giant ship moving in reverse through the narrow waterway, past cows grazing in meadows, usually draws thousands of onlookers to the riverbanks, bridges and locks.

Meyer Werft encouraged spectators to stay away due to the crowds that normally form and the Coronavirus.

The Iona is the next generation of P&O ship. She is LNG-powered ship

After the Iona arrive in Eemshaven, Netherlands, Thursday evening, she will remain dockside until her sea trials begin - which will exercise her technical and nautical capabilities on the North Sea.




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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

World Deam of Dream Cruises Arrives in Rotterdam For a Refit.

Dream Cruises World Dream heads to Rotterdam for Refit - New Cruise schedule TBD
World Dream During the Convergence Down the Ems River When Delivered From Meyer Werft.

Genting Group's World Dream, which we reported as she transited the Suez Canal is expected to arrive in Rotterdam today to begin an upgrade. The ship, which has sailed in Asia since her delivery by Meyer Werft in 2017, is built from the plans of  Norwegian Cruise Line's Breakaway Class ship.

The ship, which previously sailed from Hong Kong and Shenzhen, is expected to have a new deployment after she emerges from her upgrade.




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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Bahamas Paradise Line In Discussion With the Government.

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Is In Discussions with US Government to Charter Ships Grand Celebration, Grand Classica
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Is In Discussions with US Government to Charter Ships.


Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has stated that they are in discussions with the US Government about possibly chartering their ships to help provide accommodations to relief workers, medical personnel or overflow medical facilities.

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line in the past has chartered their ships to FEMA for Relief in St. Thomas, Boston and the Bahamas.

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Lines operated 2 Day cruises from West Palm Beach to Freeport or Nassau in the Bahamas onboard the Grand Celebration and Grand Classica. 

No agreement has been announced as of now.









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Monday, March 23, 2020

Carnival Cruises Offers Ships to Assist With Combating The Coronavirus.

Carnival Cruises offers ships to provide accomodations for workers, medical staff and extra hospitals beds
Carnival Cruises Offers Ships to provide accommodations for relief workers and overflow medical facilities.


Carnival Cruises offers to make cruise ships available to assist with the Corona virus.

President Trump acknowledged the offer of Mikey Arison - Founder of Carnival Cruises' to provide cruise ships to assist with the management of the coronavirus.

Cruise ships could supply temporary housing as a quarantine facility; housing for medical staff;  housing for government workers; or for surge hospital capacity.

No deployments have been announced but if the number of cases continue to increase, the deployment of cruise ships to hot spot is eminent.




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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Unique Ship Encounters This Weekend. Where Are the Ships?

Princess, Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Norwegian Cruise Line Cruise Ships Docked and anchored in Miami, the Bahamas and more
Cruise Ships Are Anchored and Docked in Various Locations


Going forward, I am going to try to limit the Coronavirus related stories and hopefully focus on any positive happenings in an industry, citizens and economy that has been beaten down.

In Nassau
  •  Saturday and Sunday in Nassau was taken over by 3 NCL Brands
    • Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Escape.
    • Oceania Cruises Riviera.
    • Seven Seas Cruises Seven Seas Explorer. 
In Freeport there are limited ships in port but there was a small treasure tied up.
  • The Bolivian registered small ship - Berakah (ex The Temptress).
 If you were in Miami this weekend there were a number of ship related firsts.
  • On Saturday, the entire MSC Florida based fleet was in Miami.
    • MSC Armonia, MSC Meraviglia, MSC  Seaside and MSC Divina all docked together.
    • The Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Encore were in port together.
    • Joined by the Explorer of the Seas.
    • The Scarlet Lady docked at the container terminal on the parallel channel.
    • An Oceania Cruises Sirena docked at  Cruise Terminal J on the opposite channel.
    • Sunday saw the arrival of the Carnival Pride.
Anchored off the Bahamas Sunday Evening.
  • Within a 2 mile radiance about 20 miles off the coast of the Bahamas 7 ships are anchored together.
    • 5 Princess Cruises Ships - Emerald Princess, Island Princess, Regal Princess, Caribbean Princess and Crown Princess.
    • and crashing the Princess party is Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas.
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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Nick's Cruise Corner - Cruise Industry Future Predictions Post Coronavirus.


Predictions on the future of the cruise industry post coronavirus
Predictions on the future of the cruise industry post coronavirus

Here is my prediction of the future impacts of the coronavirus on the cruise industry in the months / years ahead.  Basically the damage has been done and it will be a long time before cruise passengers have confidence to return to the ships.

In the near term 1-6 months:
  • When cruise lines resume operations after a temporary suspension, a good number of their ships will remain laid-up. They just will NOT be able to fill all the ships right away.
  • The number of cruise ports that prohibit cruise ship calls will increase. Bergen, Norway just joined the list of  destinations saying - "No Thanks" to the cruise lines.
  • Ships will be laid up due to the lack of demand. 
  • Itineraries will be altered based on the health of those onboard. Potentially sick passengers will cause ports to be skipped or passengers to be quarantined.
  • Cruise capacity in Europe will be ratcheted back significantly.
  • Additional cruise lines will sporatically lay up ships, especially in seasons where demand is normally low. (Early December).
  • Cruise lines will defer or cancel options for new cruise ships not yet built. 
  • And finally, some cruise lines may file for bankruptcy or for financial protection.
On board changes:
  • The cruise industry now knows it is under  a microscope and any issues are going to cause unwanted media attention. Some anticipated changes will be:
    • Extensive screening of passengers at the time of embarkation for signs of illness.
    •  The cruise lines will develop an aggressive cleansing program to sterilize the ships, passenger areas and common surfaces.
    • More frequent anti-bacterial mandatory hand washing.
    • Increased use of single use items - plates, glasses and utensils. 
    • Elimination of buffets OR the crew will dispense all food. You will NOT be able to touch the serving spoon or utensils. 
    • Cruise lines will beef up the ability to handle large scale illnesses onboard. 
    • Crew will be assigned to as single ship and not moved between ships in the fleet. 
    • Additional Passenger - Cruise Passenger release statements - releasing the cruise industry from liability for health related situations and results.
Looking ahead into 2021
  • Less demand for cruises in Europe and Asia causing ships to become available for reassignment. 
  • More ships will be based in the United States including New York.
  • Close to home cruising will become more popular since people will want to avoid air travel and minimize their risks should a cruise get cancelled.  
  • Some older ships will remain laid up or sold for scrap. 
It will be 3-5 years before cruising returns to normal.

Only time will tell if any of these items will prove true but I believe the items above will have a high probability of occurring.





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Latest Impacts to the Cruise Industry as a Result of the Coronavirus - Ship Layups, Ship Movements and Cruise News and More

Hospital Ship USNS Comfort to provide humanitarian Aid and much needed hospital beds
Hospital Ship USNS Comfort to Tie Up In New York To Provide Medical Services and addition Hospital Beds.

Wednesday's Latest Cruise Events.......

Surprisingly - Ships are not staying still during layup. Rather than stay dockside, the ships are anchoring at sea. Granted the ships need to be at sea to create drinking water. Here are some key movements.
  • Grandeur of the Seas is scheduled to Arrive in Baltimore early morning on 3/19/20. The ship has taken an extremely long time to reach Baltimore after some passengers came down with the Norovirus. 
  • The Grandeur of the Seas has displaced the Carnival Pride which was laid up in Baltimore. The Carnival Pride is now heading to Miami expected to arrive on March 22 at 8:00 AM.
  • Now it has become clear why the Norwegian Bliss did not lay up in Manhattan. The Hospital Ship USNS Comfort will be dispatched from Norfolk and dock in New York. This is being done to help increase the number of available hospital beds should the number of cases spike significantly. I assume the cruise piers will also be used to pre-screen and potentially house ill people.
  • The USNS Mercy, a second hospital ship, will be deployed to a West Coast city - yet to be determined. The USNS Mercy is currently in San Diego, Ca. 
  • The Norwegian Bliss is now expected to arrive in Norfolk on March 19 at 8:00 AM.
  • Viking Cruises' Viking Sky remains anchored off Miami.
  • The Norwegian Joy has left Los Angeles and is heading to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
  • The Norwegian Breakaway is now in Nassau.
  • The Carnival Miracle has left Los Angeles as well and is now heading to Long Beach, California to anchor/dock along side the Carnival Panorama and Carnival Imagination.
  • Phoenix Reisen's Amadea has just transited the Panama Canal, having left Nicaragua on March 14th and will sail directly to Bremerhaven arriving on April 1. 
  • The Norwegian Epic ended her Southern Caribbean cruise in Port Canaveral on March 17 instead of Puerto Rico (scheduled for March 15). 
  • Norwegian Jewel’s 23-day Australia and French Polynesia itinerary was modified to disembark in Auckland, New Zealand on March 20, 2020. Due to multiple port closures the ship is now expected to disembark in Honolulu on March 22, 2020.
  • Norwegian Spirit, after her massive refit sailed from Marseilles France to Cape Town South Africa. It is unclear if she will be able to dock in Capetown with has rejected ships that have had a clean bill of health.
  • The Norwegian Pearl is docked at Martin Mariette Marine Terminal at Jacksonville Florida. The ship is docked at an aggregates terminal with piles of  building materials near by. She is in port with the Norwegian Sky and Carnival Ecstasy. The Norwegian Gem is still slowly making her way down the coast.
  •  Fred. Olsen's Braemar is alongside at Cuba's Port of Mariel. All 682 passengers are set to fly back to the UK. Three chartered British Airways flights are scheduled to land at London Heathrow Thursday morning.
  • Reports indicate that Norwegian Cruise Lines has cut salaries temporarily 20% and have cut land based staff's work week to 4 days per week. Other cruise lines may follow suit.
  • Hurtigruten has chosen to reduce some 400 land base jobs in Norway as ships are laid up. Two Norwegian Coastal ships will remain sailing to provide coastal cities with supplies and fundamentals.
  • P&O Cruises Arcadia has been denied access to Cape Town South Africa who has placed a restriction on cruise passengers and crew going ashore. Based on this development the Arcadia has been permitted to refuel and load supplies on Sunday at Durban, before turning around and heading back to Southampton on April 12.
  • The crew members on the Carnival Spirit have been informed that they will have to leave the ship during layup. A letter was sent to the crew that stated the vessel will not be able to begin its season in Alaska as scheduled on April 20, 2020. Restrictions by the Canadian Government in suspending ship arrivals until at least July 1, 2020.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Latest Cruise News, Ship Layups and Illnesses Related to the Coronavirus

Ships Laid up due to lack of demand due to Coroniavirus scare
World of ResidenSea (The World) has temporarily suspended operations - No reports of Coronavirus

Today's Events - Cruises and the Coronavirus

World of ResidenSea
  • The World of ResidenSea, the only residential cruise ship, has been temporarily removed from service on March 17, 2020. Sailing are expected to resume on May 30 2020. The World of ResidenSea is currently docked in Perth Australia.
Phoenix Reisen World Odyssey

  • The World Odyssey which is used for education at sea voyages during the winter and sailing European waters in the Spring Summer and Fall is sailing directly from Capetown, South Africa to Bremerhaven, Germany. The World Odyssey will arrive in Germany on April 4th after 18 consecutive days at sea. As a note, the World Odyssey previously sailed as the Deutschland for Peter Dielman Cruises.
Fred Olsen Lines' Braemar
  • Fred Olsen Line's Braemar has not yet docked in Cuba awaiting finalization of the travel arrangements for passengers back to the UK. The Braemar is currently idling off the coast of Havana. 
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Grand Celebration
  •  Port of Palm Beach Board of Commission voted to provide Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line approximately $7,000 per day toward the ongoing costs of maintaining Grand Celebration in port. The money is considered a loan and the cruise line will reimburse the port over time, once operations resume.
Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas
  •  The Grandeur of the Seas passengers on the ship's final cruise before suspending operations, have been hit with a gastrointestinal outbreak.  Reports indicate that 83 passengers, plus 6 crew members are impacted. There are a total of 1,764 passengers and 798 crew members onboard which is expected to end in Baltimore on 3/18/20. I suspect the ship may be diverted to another port since the Carnival Pride is currently laid-up in the only cruise berth in Baltimore.
 Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Bliss
 Holland America - Amsterdan and Westerdam

  • Holland America's Westerdam - which was denied entry into a number of Asian ports and was finally able to dock in the Philippines, is finally nearing the end of her month long voyage. The voyage was at sea for over 20 days and will end shortly in Puerto Vallarta Mexico. The ship was expected originally to be laid up in  Juneau, Alaska.
  • Holland America's Amsterdam, which is sailing on a world cruise, has suspended operations in Australia. The ship's passengers, mostly elderly, are being asked to disembark in Fremantle, Australia. Passengers are concerned about the long flight home (mostly Americans). Some passengers have asked to sail on the Amsterdam all the way directly to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Holland America has refused due to the remote route that will be taken to reposition the ship to Florida AND the number of cruise ports along the way, which are not cruise ship friendly at this time. Holland America is working with passengers to find an equitable solution.
  Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

  • Hapag-Lloyd Cruises (now a joint operation between Royal Caribbean and TUI) has suspended operations. In progress cruises will conclude over a period from now to March 21. Operations are planned to restart April 18 with departures by Europa from New York, Hanseatic Inspiration from Belem, Brazil;  April 30 for Europa 2 from Lisbon, Portugal;  May 19 for Hanseatic Nature from Sao Miguel and May 23 for Bremen from Otaru.
      
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