The cruise industry executives were in a discussion days’ ago with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to talk about cruise restart in the USA yet this year. Next the industry will present to the USA coronavirus task force an industry proposal about resuming operations in the USA.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) “no sail” order has been extended to Nov. 30, 2020, which pushes out the voluntary cruise industry pause that was to end Nov. 1, 2020. Some lines have successfully resumed sailings in Europe with health protocols similar to those being suggested by CLIA and the Health Sail Panel in place. In September CLIA (trade group representing 95% of world’s oceangoing passenger ships) unveiled a list of mandatory health and safety changes designed to make it safe to sail during the COVID-19 pandemic. CLIA’s mandatory “Core Elements of Health Protocols” includes crew and passenger testing, mask wearing, enhanced cruise ship ventilation, stringent response procedures and shore excursion protocols.
Some well-known upscale & contemporary cruise lines, ultra-luxury and sailing vessels/yacht cruises are restarting operations globally at reduced capacity levels.
Here are some of the cruise ships currently sailing or planning sailings.
Amadeus Imperial and other ships are sailing Danube, Rhine & Main rivers, plus Dutch & Belgian waterways
AmaWaterways – AmaKristina sailings along the Rhine
Carnival 2020 sailings from USA ports PortMiami and Carnival remain on its schedule
Celebrity Cruises looking into November
Costa Cruises in Europe, with third ship now sailing
Cunard has canceled departures through late March
Disney paused through mid-December
Holland America paused into December
MSC Cruises in Europe
Norwegian paused into December
Oceania Cruises looking at November
PONANT Cruises (smaller ships, under 300 guests) sailing outside USA for now
Princess Cruises paused into December
Regent Seven Seas Cruises looking at November
Royal Caribbean paused into December
Scenic looking at 2021
Windstar Cruises looking at 2021
Also, SeaDream Yacht Club’s SeaDream I and SeaDream II, sailing since June and now concluding its scheduled sailings in Norway.
Other lines of small ships sailing or to be sailing soon: Paul Gauguin Cruises in French Polynesia and South Pacific; Hapag-Lloyd Cruises in Europe; CroisiEurope in Europe; and Aranui Cruises in the South Pacific.
Other lines of approximately 2,000 to 3,000 guests are Dream Cruises in Asia as well as TUI Cruises in Europe.
Cover photo: Carnival Splendor and Disney cruise ship at dock in Port of Miami ©Dennis Cox/WorldViews
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