Cruise Fever: Liberty of the Seas will now resume its originally scheduled sailings out of Galveston which were previously cancelled due to the cruise ship’s amplification dry dock. Guests currently booked on Jewel of the Seas sailings from the port from February through March 2021 will be transferred to Liberty of the Seas. Those who booked their cruise through a travel professional will be notified through their travel agent.
Cruise Hive: We now know what will happen to Pullmantur ships since the cruise line was dissolved and the first victim of the cruise industry pause on operations. It has been revealed that Royal Caribbean Ltd will welcome back the Pullmantur cruise ships along with all the crew members. According to El Confidencial, the Sovereign, Monarch, and Horizon cruise ships will be incorporated into Royal Caribbean which is good news for the thousands of crew members who work onboard. The ships were being rented to Pullmantur and they are currently in a cold layup.
Cruise Fever: Royal Caribbean has announced that their next new cruise ship, Odyssey of the Seas, will debut six months later than expected. The cruise line also announced a few changes to two activities on the ship.
Celestyal Cruises has announced the further suspension of its sailings until the 2021 season, commencing March 6, 2021, according to Cruise Industry News.
USA Today: While many cruise customers are missing out on refunds because of a technicality that says they only get their money back if the cruise line cancels their trip first, those who have been promised refunds have faced extensive waits to receive their money back – well outside the time window in which the cruise lines said their refunds would be processed.
Fast Company: Execs at Hyatt, Airbnb, Kayak, and more predict what the travel industry must do to survive the coronavirus pandemic.
“Is it just me, or does there seem to be more and more negativity happening with each new week? Can we all just take a moment to pause and instead focus on finding the positives? The year 2020 isn’t what we expected or hoped for, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a lost year. Times are hard, but good things are happening all around us – even in the travel industry. Popular tourist destinations are reopening and while the experience is a bit different, travelers are still having a good time.”
— Eric Bowman, managing editor of TravelPulse
“The reason why I’m saying all this is because I firmly believe that travelling gives us the possibility to become better human beings. Understanding and appreciating foreign cultures makes us kind and compassionate. And while I fully agree that safety should always come first in anything we do, I can’t help but wonder what the future will look like after so many months of closure, isolation and distancing. I have no doubt that we will one day be able to travel again, but I worry that it’ll become more and more difficult to encounter that spark of life I’ve sought and found in so many unthinkable places.”
— Silvia O’Donovan, Travel Daily Media
Travel Daily Media: So, nearly 6 months since the first cases of “suspected pneumonia“ were reported in Wuhan in late December 2019, let’s pause and rewind. And, let’s ask ourselves … “Could anyone really have predicted that in 2020 …”
New York Times: Cards for sale that claim to exempt people from wearing masks during the coronavirus pandemic are fraudulent, federal officials said. The cards — featuring a red, white and blue eagle logo and approximately the size of a business card — say the bearer is exempt from ordinances requiring them to wear masks in public.