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U.S. Opens Investigation into Carnival on COVID-19
05/01/2020
U.S. Opens Investigation into Carnival on COVID-19

U.S. Opens Investigation into Carnival on COVID-19

The U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has opened an investigation into Carnival Corporation regarding COVID-19 on various company ships. A letter sent to Carnival Corp. President and CEO Arnold Donald requested various documents while outlining concern on Carnival's handling ...

Lindblad Eyes Charter Air Plan; Cuts Cash Burn; More
05/01/2020
Lindblad Eyes Charter Air Plan; Cuts Cash Burn; More

Lindblad Eyes Charter Air Plan; Cuts Cash Burn; More

Lindblad Expeditions has cut its monthly cash burn from $30 million to $15 to $10 million with its ships laid up, according to executives speaking on the company's first quarter earnings call on Friday. Company leadership said they have the cash to survive through 2020 and into 2021 without running ...

Lindblad Returns Payroll Protection Program Funds
05/01/2020
Lindblad Returns Payroll Protection Program Funds

Lindblad Returns Payroll Protection Program Funds

Lindblad Expeditions is returning its $6.6 million loan from the Small Business Administration, according to Sven-Olof Lindblad, president and CEO. Speaking on the company’s first quarter earnings call, Lindblad called the program flawed and said it had shut out small businesses. Previously the co...

Lindblad Reports 2020 First Quarter Financial Results
05/01/2020
Lindblad Reports 2020 First Quarter Financial Results

Lindblad Reports 2020 First Quarter Financial Results

Lindblad Expeditions today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2020. First Quarter 2020 Highlights: Tour Revenues decreased 9% to $81.2 million Net loss available to common stockholders of $1.9 million Adjusted EBITDA decreased $11.5 million to $10.6 million Significantly expa...

Genting Providing Accommodations on SuperStar Gemini and SuperStar Aquarius
05/01/2020
Genting Providing Accommodations on SuperStar Gemini and SuperStar Aquarius

Genting Providing Accommodations on SuperStar Gemini and SuperStar Aquarius

Genting Cruise Lines announced it had completed stringent evaluation checks by the Singapore government for the SuperStar Gemini and SuperStar Aquarius to extend support and provide temporary on board accommodations for foreign workers in Singapore who have recovered from COVID-19. “On behalf of G...

Norwegian to Furlough 20% of Staff Through July
05/01/2020
Norwegian to Furlough 20% of Staff Through July

Norwegian to Furlough 20% of Staff Through July

According to a Reuters report, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has said on it would furlough about 20 percent of its workforce through the end of July. The adjustment should affect around 250 workers between the company's U.S. office in Miami and various international offices. Earlier this week, the ...

American Cruise Lines Reports Rise in Bookings
04/30/2020
American Cruise Lines Reports Rise in Bookings

American Cruise Lines Reports Rise in Bookings

American Cruise Lines announced today a strong increase in demand across its domestic portfolio of river and coastal cruises, according to a press release. The company said the bookings were due to the increased awareness of U.S. cruise options along with guests’ desire to support all-American bus...

CMV's Vasco da Gama Returns to London Tilbury
04/30/2020
CMV's Vasco da Gama Returns to London Tilbury

CMV's Vasco da Gama Returns to London Tilbury

Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ ship Vasco da Gama arrives in London Tilbury today at the end of her return voyage to the UK with no passengers onboar, according to a statement. The Vasco da Gama sailed from Phuket, Thailand on 18th March to Australia to repatriate passengers and has now returned to th...

Hurtigruten Provides Business Update
04/30/2020
Hurtigruten Provides Business Update

Hurtigruten Provides Business Update

Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam provided an update on Hurtigruten's operations and business on a media briefing call. Skjeldam said he believes a restart of expedition and coastal service will happen gradually. "That means starting with domestic operations in Norwegian waters – both the scheduled ...

$1.7 Million for Lindblad in 2019
04/29/2020
$1.7 Million for Lindblad in 2019

$1.7 Million for Lindblad in 2019

Sven-Olof Lindblad, president and CEO, Lindblad Expeditions, saw total compensation of $1.7 million 2019 for a strong year of performance for the expedition cruise brand. For 2019, full year tour revenues of $309.7 million increased $43.2 million, or 16%, as compared to 2017. The increase was driven...

Bahamas Paradise Steps Up and Supports Coronavirus Research
04/29/2020
Bahamas Paradise Steps Up and Supports Coronavirus Research

Bahamas Paradise Steps Up and Supports Coronavirus Research

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has announced its support of the Folding @ Home Project (FAH), dedicating its unused computing power to help researchers find a cure for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). As the first cruise line to officially participate in this innovative project, Bahamas Paradise Crui...

Carnival Is Using Ships to Get Crew Home
04/29/2020
Carnival Is Using Ships to Get Crew Home

Carnival Is Using Ships to Get Crew Home

Eighteen Carnival Cruise Line ships will rendezvous in The Bahamas over the next several days as the final plans are put in place to sail nine of the ships to repatriate more than 10,000 healthy crew, according to a press release. The ships have been at various U.S. homeports provisioning supplies a...

Marella to Retire Celebration
04/29/2020
Marella to Retire Celebration

Marella to Retire Celebration

Marella Cruises is making capacity adjustments and will retire the 1984-built Celebration, according to a company statement. The ship was was built in 1984 by the Chantiers de l'Atlantique for Holland America Line as the MS Noordam. The ship sailed under the Holland America Line brand through 2005, ...

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Launches New ‘Plain Sailing Guarantee’
04/29/2020
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Launches New ‘Plain Sailing Guarantee’

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Launches New ‘Plain Sailing Guarantee’

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has launched a new "Plain Sailing Guarantee" to offer reassurance to guests with upcoming cruise bookings. The Plain Sailing Guarantee sets out Fred. Olsen’s revised policies to reflect the changing nature of the travel industry, the company said. This includes "quibble fr...

New Galveston Cruise Terminal Delayed
04/29/2020
New Galveston Cruise Terminal Delayed

New Galveston Cruise Terminal Delayed

The new Royal Caribbean cruise terminal in Galveston will be opening at least a year late. In a vote Tuesday, the Wharves Board of Trustees handed Royal Caribbean another year to build the new terminal, which was set to accommodate Oasis-class ships. Royal Caribbean now has until April 2021 to fully...

MSC Extends Operations Halt Through July 10
04/29/2020
MSC Extends Operations Halt Through July 10

MSC Extends Operations Halt Through July 10

MSC Cruises announced today a further extension of the halting of all its new cruise departures fleetwide through to July 10. MSC Cruises USA is offering guests affected by this measure a Future Cruise Credit (FCC) where they have the opportunity to transfer the full amount paid for their cancelled ...

Crystal Cruises Makes Job Cuts at Miami Headquarters
04/28/2020
Crystal Cruises Makes Job Cuts at Miami Headquarters

Crystal Cruises Makes Job Cuts at Miami Headquarters

Crystal Cruises has made a number of job cuts at its Miami offices, according to a filing with the State of Florida. Some workers will be placed on unpaid furlough while some have been terminated, according to a company letter. The cuts affect 56 Crystal employees, with the company citing the COVID-...

$18 Million for Norwegian Cruise CEO Frank Del Rio in 2019
04/28/2020
$18 Million for Norwegian Cruise CEO Frank Del Rio in 2019

$18 Million for Norwegian Cruise CEO Frank Del Rio in 2019

Frank Del Rio saw total compensation of $17.8 million in 2019 as President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings for what the company reported as a record financial year. The compensation package made Del Rio the highest paid cruise line executive across the major publicly-traded cruise companie...

Helsinki Shipyard Cuts Steel on First Vodohod Expedition Ship
04/28/2020
Helsinki Shipyard Cuts Steel on First Vodohod Expedition Ship

Helsinki Shipyard Cuts Steel on First Vodohod Expedition Ship

Helsinki Shipyard today cut steel for the first of two new expedition cruise vessels for Vodohod. “These two vessels are the first newbuildings of the shipyard that was established in May 2019 and thus they are a very important head start for us. The project progresses according to plan in good co...

Shipbuilder Meyer Turku Warns of Layoffs
04/28/2020
Shipbuilder Meyer Turku Warns of Layoffs

Shipbuilder Meyer Turku Warns of Layoffs

Meyer Turku said it had negotiations about temporary layoffs in the middle of March, which has since been compounded by the coronavirus pandemic. This will lead to the permanent layoff of 450 people and another 900 are affected by other measures, the yard said. These include temporary layoffs of dif...

How Much Money the Major Cruise Companies Are Burning Through
04/28/2020
How Much Money the Major Cruise Companies Are Burning Through

How Much Money the Major Cruise Companies Are Burning Through

The major cruise companies are burning cash amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with ships out of service and not generating revenue. Based on public filings and Cruise Industry News estimates, here is how much money each major cruise line could be going through on a monthly basis. Carnival Corporation Esti...

Disney Extends Suspension of Operations
04/28/2020
Disney Extends Suspension of Operations

Disney Extends Suspension of Operations

Disney Cruise Line has cancelled all departures through June 18, 2020, Disney Magic sailings through July 2, 2020 and Vancouver sailings through the end of June 2020, according to a statement. Disney Cruise Line has suspended: All new departures of the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy through Thursda...

Norwegian Provides Business Update on Bookings, Costs and More
04/27/2020
Norwegian Provides Business Update on Bookings, Costs and More

Norwegian Provides Business Update on Bookings, Costs and More

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings today provided a business update in response to the novel coronavirus global pandemic. “With the COVID-19 pandemic impacting communities worldwide, we continue to closely monitor the evolving global public health environment. We have also taken decisive action to pro...

Riviera Travel River Cruises Rolls Out Record 2021 Program
04/27/2020
Riviera Travel River Cruises Rolls Out Record 2021 Program

Riviera Travel River Cruises Rolls Out Record 2021 Program

Riviera Travel River Cruises is looking confidently ahead to 2021 by launching its biggest-ever program of river cruises in Europe next year, with the season boasting a new ship, a record number of sailings, a brand new itinerary, new-look dining amenities, new VIP benefits and more solo-only cruise...

When Norwegian Cruise Line Ships May Return to Service
04/27/2020
When Norwegian Cruise Line Ships May Return to Service

When Norwegian Cruise Line Ships May Return to Service

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced an extension of its pause of service through the end of Jne. A look at the expected first sailing of each Norwegian Cruise Line ship as the cruise industry gets back into service (all information is subject to change due to the COVID-19 crisis): Norwegian BlissDat...

Cruise Ship Designers Prep Major Changes
04/27/2020
Cruise Ship Designers Prep Major Changes

Cruise Ship Designers Prep Major Changes

The response COVID-19 crisis has leading cruise ship designers working hard on a number of potential modifications aboard. AMK Architecture & Design told Cruise Industry News it was working on new solutions to reduce the need for touch interaction, make surfaces and frequently touched points virus r...

Port of New Orleans Adopts PIER Plan
04/26/2020
Port of New Orleans Adopts PIER Plan

Port of New Orleans Adopts PIER Plan

The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) Board of Commissioners has adopted the Port NOLA Inner Harbor Economic Revitalization Plan (PIER Plan) — a collaborative vision to revitalize the Inner Harbor Industrial corridor, increase commercial activity and create jobs for area residents, according to a pr...

Trio of Windstar Ships to Make Stops in St. Maarten
04/25/2020
Trio of Windstar Ships to Make Stops in St. Maarten

Trio of Windstar Ships to Make Stops in St. Maarten

The Star Pride, Wind Star and Wind Surf will make technical calls in St. Maarten between April 25-27 to shift crew members between ships as well as food and product supplies. The Star Pride will be arriving from San Juan, Puerto Rico while the Wind Star will be arriving from Bridgetown, Barbados. Al...

Royal Caribbean Works Financing Options on 5 Ships for $250 Million
04/24/2020
Royal Caribbean Works Financing Options on 5 Ships for $250 Million

Royal Caribbean Works Financing Options on 5 Ships for $250 Million

Royal Caribbean Cruises announced it had made changes to the export-credit backed loan facility incurred to finance Quantum of the Seas in order to incorporate the benefits of a 12-month debt holiday initiative being offered by Euler Hermes Aktiengesellschaft, the official export credit agency of Ge...

Norwegian Makes Moves on Ship Finance Deals; Gains $386 Million
04/24/2020
Norwegian Makes Moves on Ship Finance Deals; Gains $386 Million

Norwegian Makes Moves on Ship Finance Deals; Gains $386 Million

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has amended the export-credit backed facilities that finance Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Encore, Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Getaway and Norwegian Joy to incorporate the terms of a 12-month debt holiday initiative offered to the cruise industry by E...

Bahamas Paradise Targets June Start Up
04/24/2020
Bahamas Paradise Targets June Start Up

Bahamas Paradise Targets June Start Up

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line today announced an update to its sailing schedule. Sailings will resume onboard Grand Celebration on June 13 and onboard Grand Classica on July 10, according to a press release. “We appreciate the support of our valued guests, partners, regulatory agencies, staff, and ...

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Announces Extension of Suspension of Voyages
04/24/2020
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Announces Extension of Suspension of Voyages

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Announces Extension of Suspension of Voyages

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings today announced an extension of its previously announced suspension of global cruise voyages to include voyages embarking between May 11 and June 30, 2020 for its three cruise brands: Norwegian, Oceania and Regent. “We are committed to taking all appropriate actions ...

Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Hunting for Money
04/24/2020
Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Hunting for Money

Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Hunting for Money

Royal Caribbean Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings are looking for financing options, according to recent media reports. Industry giant Carnival Corporation has raised funds with stock and bond offerings, giving it cash to handle a worst-case scenario of no revenue for almost a year. Now Roy...

Royal Caribbean CEO Fain Offers Reassuring Message in New Video
04/24/2020
Royal Caribbean CEO Fain Offers Reassuring Message in New Video

Royal Caribbean CEO Fain Offers Reassuring Message in New Video

Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, said the company was preparing to re-enter service and gathering knowledge on COVID-19 in his latest video update. The company is working with experts in the field, he said, trying to understand the science and develop new ways of doing thin...

Greater Victoria Harbour Authority Completes Extension to Pier B
04/23/2020
Greater Victoria Harbour Authority Completes Extension to Pier B

Greater Victoria Harbour Authority Completes Extension to Pier B

The 58-meter extension to the Pier B mooring dolphin at the Victoria Cruise Terminal has received final review from the engineering team, signalling completion of one of the largest infrastructure projects ever undertaken by the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority (GVHA), according to a press release...

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The pandemic at sea The cruise industry’s decision to keep sailing for weeks after the coronavirus was first detected on a ship helped carry the virus around the globe and contributed to the mounting toll, health experts and passengers say.
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Hello everybody I need your help please : Any Algerian nationality is working in cruise ship line in any position Your help will be appreciated Thank you .
Crew member Matthew Gordon on the MS Volendam near the Bahamas. Gordon is one of thousands of cruise crew members stuck onboard ships where passengers have left but vessels are being denied entry to ports.
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Carnival Executives Knew They Had a Virus Problem, But Kept the Party Going More than 1,500 people on the company’s cruise ships have been diagnosed with Covid-19, and dozens have died.
So, my family and I scheduled a cruise back in December on Symphony of the Seas for March 14, 2020. When I scheduled the cruise I needed to make payment in full, which I understandably did. We were really looking forward to the cruise because we heard so many amazing things about RC and it would be our first cruise as a family. Unfortunately, we all know what happened since then. My wife and I decided to cancel 5 days before the cruise because of all that was going on in the world and what government and media were saying about the safety of cruise ships during the COVID-19 pandemic. I needed to look out for my family. When I cancelled, I was told that I would be refunded all excursions, taxes, port fees, insurance and any other extras, but I would only be granted a credit for a future cruise, I was good with a credit because we still would like to travel once everything subsides. I was told the refund would take 7-10 business days and the refund was for $2,500.00. Five days later the cruise was cancelled, just as we expected it would be, but those who did not cancel before were granted a 125% credit for future trip. OK, I was not thrilled to hear this and Royal Caribbean would not accommodate any further. I still want to enjoy the cruise at some point. I checked my credit card yesterday, April 14th and Royal Caribbean has only refunded 570.00. I called last night and they said," they are having difficulty with refunds and they do not know when I will get the rest of my money". This is unacceptable and if they are doing this to me, then they are doing this to thousands of people who's money they still have. This is stealing as far as I am concerned. I gave my money when they asked for it and I would like it back when they said I would get it. They did not give refunds, only credits so they still have all that money and now they are holding on to the rest of our funds. This is unacceptable, especially at a period of time like this when people could really use that money to feed their families and pay their bills. I work in the healthcare industry so things are stressful enough without having to deal with this. When you ask for any supervisor you are pushed off to someone who does nothing except tells you that they know how you feel. I am sending this post out because I am sure that there are so many other people who have fallen to the same deception. I hope this either reaches someone in their organization who will do something or it reaches enough people that are also frustrated and make enough noise so that something is forced upon them to follow up on their promise.
Larry Pimentel has been recognized as one of the greatest leaders in the travel business. I first met Larry when he headed up Seabourn Cruise Line, then based in San Francisco. We kept in contact throughout the years due to our shared love of travel and a mutual interest in promoting organ donation (the gift of life). At Azamara he created a new niche in the cruise business, providing an onboard experience acclaimed by its guests, creating lasting experiences in countries around the world and, perhaps most important to Azamara's success, putting the well being of their onboard crew first and foremost, achieving outstanding levels of service. Along with last month's departure of Adam Goldstein, Vice Chairman of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., this marks the loss of two pillars of the company whose leadership will be sorely missed.
Skift Take: The cruise industry appears to be taking a contrarian stance to U.S. public health officials, a move that's baffling given the industry's need to rehabilitate its image. — Rosie Spinks
Are you kidding?? You just want our money!! I wouldn't sail on any "Germ barges" if Cruise companies PAID ME!!😠