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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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