|Coronavirus Wreaks Havoc on the Cruise Industry as Passengers Want to Limit Exposure.|
The Coronavirus is wreaking havoc on the cruise industry. Here is the latest developments.
Princess Cruises’ Grand Princess is sailing in circles off the coast of San Francisco California with 3,500+ Passengers and crew, while the United States Government is trying to locate a non-commercial port to dock the ship and let off passengers and crew off into a quarantine facility onshore. Although it has not been confirmed, but reports indicate that the Grand Princess will dock in Oakland, California today but supposedly plans are still in the works.
There is now additional concerns that a crew member from the the Grand Princess was assigned to another cruise ship, the Regal Princess and the government is now testing 2 crew members onboard the Regal Princess to assure the crew members was not infected. The Regal Princess is now docked in Fort Lauderdale Florida.
Vice-President Mike Pence made a statement on Saturday which basically encouraged people to use their judgment when choosing a cruise vacation and discouraged the elderly and high risk potential passengers from taking cruises. Not good for cruise lines, current bookings and future bookings.
A small Japanese cruise line, Luminous Cruises has declared bankruptcy – the operator cited raising fuel charges, cancellations due to typhoons and now the coronavirus has driven the carrier into reorganization.
Cruise lines continue to offer new flexible cancellation options to passengers choosing to book – including the ability to cancel a cruise within 48 Hours of the sailing for a credit on a future cruise. The cruise lines refrain from saying a “full” credit and the replacement cruise needs to be booked before the end of 2021. Check with each cruise line as the policies differ between carriers.
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