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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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Monday, March 16, 2020

Where Are The Ships Laid Up? Latest Cruise News Related To The Coronavirus.

Cruise ship news and suspend cruises ships remain idle
Latest Cruise News and Ship Layups Related to the Coronavirus.

Here are the newest developments related to the cruise industry and the Coronavirus.

  • Fred Olsen's Braemar has been cleared to dock in Mariel, Cuba on Tuesday morning, 3/17/20. The ship and her 682 passengers will hopefully be cleared and able to fly home to the UK. As you know, this ship did have passengers and crew that tested positive for the virus but no port would allow the ship to dock. The ship spent over 1 week off the Bahamas - seeking a port and loading supplies.
  • San Juan Puerto Rico turned away the Celebrity Summit from docking in the island nation. There were no confirmed cases of the virus on board - but the ship was still denied access and passengers remain on board. 
  • Bahamas Paradise Cruises decide to suspend operations until April 10, 2020. the Grand Celebration is currently docked in Palm Beach, Florida. Bahamas Paradise Cruises second ship - the Grand Classica remains idle in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island due to a drop in traffic after the devastation of Freeport from the hurricane late last year. 
  • American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) announced on Saturday that it will immediately suspend operations across all ships and will resume service on April 12. The decision was made following wide-spread governmental restrictions across ports, cities and public institutions.

Cruise Lines formally announce where ships will be laid up........
(c) - Confirmed

Baltimore
  • Carnival Pride (c)
Charleston
  • Carnival Sunshine (c)
 Coco Cay, Bahamas
  • Anchored within 5 Miles west of the Island
    • Oasis of the Seas
    • Harmony of the Seas
    • Symphony of the Seas
    • Nieuw Statendam
    • Nieuw Amsterdam

 Fort Lauderdale
  • Carnival Sunrise (c)
  • Adventure of the Seas (anchored offshore)
  • Queen Victoria (sailing to Fort Lauderdale)
Freeport, Bahamas
  • Carnival Conquest (c)
  • Carnival Elation (in drydock) (c)
  • Carnival Magic (c)
  • Celebrity Edge (offshore anchored)
  • Celebrity Equinox (offshore anchored)
  • Grand Classica (laid up temporarily)

 Galveston, Tx
  • Carnival Dream (c)
  • Enchantment of the Seas
Gulfport, MS
  • Carnival Valor (c)
  • Carnival Freedom (c)

Jacksonville, Florida
  • Norwegian Pearl (expected) (c)
  • Norwegian Gem (expected) (c)
  • Norwegian Sky(c)
  • Carnival Ecstasy (c)
Long Beach, Ca.
  • Carnival Inspiration (c)

Miami
  • Carnival Horizon (c)
  • Carnival Sensation (c)
  • MSC Meraviglia
  • MSC Armonia
  • MSC Seaside (anchored offshore)
  • Norwegian Encore
  • Scarlet Lady
Mobile
  • Carnival Fantasy (c)

Nassau, Bahamas
  •  Norwegian Escape
  • Seven Seas Explorer
New York
  • Norwegian Bliss
 New Orleans
  • Carnival Glory
  • Norwegian Getaway

Port Canaveral
  • Carnival Breeze (c)
  • Carnival Liberty (c)
  • Disney Dream
  • Disney Fantasy (anchored off shore)
  • Norwegian Breakaway
  • Norwegian Sun

 Princess Cays, Bahamas (One day in port 6 days at anchor)
  • Caribbean Princess (c)
  • Sky Princess (c)
  • Regal Princess (c)
  • Emerald Princess (c)
  • Crown Princess (c)
  • Island Princess (c)
Tampa
  • Carnival Paradise (c)
  • Carnival Legend (c)
  • Brilliance of the Seas (anchored offshore)
  • Celebrity Infinity (anchored offshore)
  • Rhapsody of the Seas (anchored offshore)
  • Norwegian Dawn

 Tilbury, UK

  • Astoria (c)
  • Magellan (c)
  • Columbus (c)
  • Vasco da Gama (c)
  • Saga Saphire
  • Spirit of Discovery
  • Viking Star

Bristol Avonmouth
  • Marco Polo (c)

Bremerhaven
  • AIDAmar
  • AIDAaura
  • Astor(c)
Nagasaki, Japan
  • Costa Atlantica
  • Costa NeoRomatica
  • Costa Serena
  • Costa Venezia
  

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Latest on the Cruise Lines and The Coronavirus - Where are the ships and News



As a result of the Coronavirus, Cruise Lines Temporarily suspends operations and ships are laid up. Find out where.
As a result of the Coronavirus, Cruise Lines Temporarily suspends operations and ships are laid up.

Sunday 3/15/2020 Update.

The Cruise ships are still moving around letting passengers off from prior cruises – there are also some moves that are happening without any explanation or reason.  It should be noted that ships will need to sail into deep water periodically to produce fresh water. Taking on water in port for desalinization is not a good idea – since it usually pulls in silt and mud which clog the systems. 

Events of the Day
  • Unfortunately a passenger died onboard the Nieuw Statendam during the cruise that ended in Fort Lauderdale today – The person had to be tested for coronavirus before the ship was cleared to allow passengers to disembark.  Passengers disembarked 4 hours later. 
  •  Fred Olsen’s  Braemar continues to  be a ship without a country as she sits idle anchored some  50 Nautical Miles off of Miami and the Bahamas. The ship has 5 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and numerous ports have denied her berthing rights (see yesterday’s post for additional details). Reports today state that Fred Olsen is in negotiations with the US Government and Cuba to seek a place to dock the ship.
  • Positive Coronavirus cases are reported on board luxury cruise operator - Silversea. Cases have been reported onboard the Silver Shadow and Silver Explorer.  The Silver Shadow is off the coast of Recife, Brazil with 609 passengers. 
  • The Silver Explorer is docked in Castro, Chile with 111 passengers and 120 crew. Report indicate that a single passenger has been diagnosed with the coronavirus.
  •  The Norwegian Jewel - which has NO confirmed cases of the virus is being denied access to ports in the Pacific - Specifically the ports of French Polynesia and Fuji. Norwegian Cruise Line is actively searching for a port to disembark the passengers and fly them home. 
  • Passengers onboard the Celebrity Eclipse are being denied the ability to disembark in Chile and fly home. Although the ship does not have any confirmed cases of the virus. Local authorities are not allowing anyone off the ship. Supposedly Celebrity Cruises is working with Chilean officials to come to an agreement.

Here are where select cruise ships were at 10:00 AM Sunday morning 3/15/2020.
 
Miami
  • Explorer of the Seas, MSC Meraviglia, Norwegian Pearl, Carnival Horizon, Scarlet Lady, Norwegian Encore, Oasis of the Seas, Empress of the Seas, MSC Seaside hovering outside the port, and Fred Oslen’s Braemar – 50 KM off the coast of Miami.
Fort Lauderdale
  • Regal Princess, Emerald Princess, Celebrity Silhouette, Koningsdam, Celebrity Edge and Nieuw Statendam
Port Canaveral
  • Norwegian Sun, Carnival Breeze, Disney Fantasy, Norwegian Breakaway, Harmony of the Seas, Victory (Casino Ship)
New York / New Jersey
Baltimore

  • Carnival Pride
Coco Cay Bahamas
  • Navigator of the Seas, Symphony of the Seas, MSC Divina (hovering offshore).
Jacksonville
  • Carnival Ecstasy, Norwegian Sky
Tampa
  • Carnival Paradise, Carnival Legend, Norwegian Dawn, Rhapsody of the Seas
New Orleans
  • Carnival Valor (enroute), Carnival Glory, Norwegian Getaway
Nassau
  • Carnival Sunrise, Seven Seas Explorer, Norwegian Escape (enroute)
Freeport
  • Grand Classica, Carnival Elation (Drydock), Carnival Conquest, Carnival Magic, Celebrity Eclipse(offshore)
Mobile Alabama
  • Carnival Fantasy,
Gulfport
  • Carnival Freedom (enroute), Carnival Valor (enroute)
Los Angeles
  • Norwegian Joy, Star Princess
Long Beach California
  • Carnival Panaroma (off shore anchored), Carnival Imagination.



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Saturday, March 14, 2020

Cruise Lines Further Impacted By Coronavirus Including More Operations Temporarily Suspended, New Cases and More Port Closures

Latest Impacts of Coronavirus on the Cruise Industry, ships laid up, Ship location, Cruise Lines Suspend operations, ports refuse ships, Coronavirus Cruise Ships
Latest Impacts of Coronavirus on the Cruise Industry


Here is the latest round of impacts to the cruise industry due to the Coronavirus.

Here are the happenings of the last 24 hours. 


  • As expected, Carnival Cruises has announced a temporary suspension of their US cruise operations effective 3/14/2020.  Cruises are currently expected to resume on April 10, 2020.
  • Luxury cruise line, Seabourn Cruise Line has also temporarily suspended operations.
  • Cunard Line (A Carnival Brand) WILL continue to sail as planned since their ships are not currently departing from the United States.
  • Fred Olsen Cruise’s Braemar is now a ships without a country. The ship has 5 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus. The ship, filled with British cruise passengers, has not found a port that will let the ship enter. The ship, which is registered in the Bahamas, attempted to call at Freeport in the Bahamas but was denied entry. Freeport allowed the ship to remain offshore and to load food and medical supplies but was prohibited from docking. The Braemar is currently sailing north of Nassau toward Florida. With the number of sick people on board -  it is impossible for  the ship can head back to England for a 6-8 day transatlantic voyage.  We will continue to follow the Braemar  as this story develops.
  • Unconfirmed reports indicate that there are 3 other cruise ships where passengers are reporting symptoms of the coronavirus and are being tested. It is believed that these ships may be carrying South American and European Passengers and sailing in those regions.
  • Carnival Cruises' Carnival Pride, returning from an Eastern Caribbean & Bahamas cruise, is heading  toward the Port of Baltimore, which is closed due to a state of emergency in Maryland. The closure is  due to the coronavirus. It is unclear whether passengers will be able to disembark upon arrival.
  • A number of ships pulled into the Port of Miami on Saturday morning unloading their passengers. After disembarking, it is appearing that the ships are heading to Freeport in the Bahamas for layup for 30-60 days.  The ships departed Miami in order to make way for the full complement of cruise ship expected to arrive Sunday AM.  The only ship remaining in Miami is the MSC Seaside on Saturday evening.
  • Meanwhile in Cape Canaveral many ships are spending the night tied up pier side. Ships spending the night include the Carnival Breeze, Disney Fantasy, Norwegian Sun, and Norwegian Breakaway.
  • On Friday, just 20 minutes before sailing, guests already on board Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Sun, were notified that the ship would NOT be sailing and that everyone needed to disembark immediately.  Passengers were given a letter that said the cruise line would reimburse them – after the fact – for money spent in support of lodging for 2 nights.
  • Virgin Voyage’s  Scarlet Lady is spending the night docked in Bimini in the Bahamas.
  • The MSC Meraviglia is docked at MSC’s Private Island – Ocean Cay Reserve.
  •  Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Magic Is heading toward Gorda Cay – their private island.
  • Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Sky is heading toward Jacksonville, Florida for layup.
  • Princess Cruises’ Diamond Princess remains dockside in Yokohama, Japan;   the Grand Princess remains dockside in San Francisco, California and the Caribbean Princess remains sailing in circles off of Port Everglades.
  • Italian Shipbuilder Fincantieri has suspended its shipbuilding activities for 2 weeks. Construction of new cruise ships has been placed on hold temporarily from March 16 to March 29, 2020.
Concerning Ports of Call –
  • Spain is under a state of emergency and has closed their ports to all cruise ships.  This has significant impact to the cruise industry, since Barcelona is a major cruise embarkation port. The only cruise ship dockside in Barcelona is the Allure of the Seas.
  • President Trump has now added the United Kingdom and Ireland to the list of European Countries.

Come back frequently to get the facts and not the drama.

See prior posts to learn about the prior impacts of the Coronavirus on the Cruise Industry.




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Friday, March 13, 2020

Cruise Industry Shutsdown for 30-60 Days as a Result of the Coronavirus.

Cruise lines temporary halt operations while Coronavirus runs its course
Cruise Lines Temporarily Cease Operation (30-60 Days) Due to the Coronavirus.


Well the second shoe hit the floor today when the remainder of the cruise lines operating – all agreed to temporarily cease operations. 
   
  • ·         AIDA Cruises
  • ·         Azamara
  • ·         Carnival (No Formal Statement Provided Yet – but expected)
  • ·         Celebrity
  • ·         Celestyal Cruises
  • ·         Costa Cruises
  • ·         Cruise and Maritime Voyages
  • ·         Disney
  • ·         Fred Olsen
  • ·         MSC Cruises
  • ·         Norwegian Cruise Line
  • ·         Oceania
  • ·         Regent
  • ·         Royal Caribbean
  • ·         Silversea
  • ·         Windstar

The above cruise lines, all temporarily ceased operation today from 30-60 days depending on the cruise line.

At the end of the day, President Trump says that he has requested that the cruise industry shut down for 30 days effective at 11:59 PM on Friday 3/13/2020. 

A number of cruise destinations have turned away ships or closed their ports.
  • The cruise port of Baltimore has closed due to the State of Emergency declared in Maryland.
  • Canada has closed all of their cruise ports – Both East Coast and West Coast until June for all ship carrying more than 500 passengers.
  • St. Thomas refused entry of the Grandeur of the Seas  into the port based on the fact that a crew member has visited Japan in the last 14 days. No passengers were ever diagnosed with the Coronavirus.

·         The Port of Miami has agreed to let ships remain in the port for the next 30 days free of charge based on available berths.