Travel and Tour World: The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) recently called upon all travellers to wear protective face masks as a part of their ‘wear to care’ campaign urging travellers to show care for themselves and others as a part of the new normal of travelling. The move comes following the ease of lockdown restrictions across various countries around the globe as they have slowly started reopening their borders.
Travel and Tour World: Croatia has officially become the first country in the European Union to open for tourists from the U.S. The move comes following the Croatian Ministry of Interior’s announcement that the country is officially reopening to welcome tourists from all countries. Authorities have also mentioned that the country has decided to open its borders for all third-country citizens that intend to enter Croatia for business, tourism, or other personal reasons, alongside Americans.
Cruise Fever: The world’s only biker rally cruise, High Seas Rally, will now take place on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship October 22-29, 2021. Riding with all the excitement and camaraderie of motorcycle rallies, the High Seas Rally will sail on Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas from Port Canaveral to Nassau, Bahamas; Perfect Day at Coco Cay, Bahamas; Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and Labadee, Haiti.
Conde Nast Traveller: Browse the travel-writing section of your local bookshop and there are intrepid accounts of adventures and encounters in all manner of places – from polar ice caps to Middle America, the Hindu Kush to the Australian outback. But with a few notable exceptions, the experiences will more than likely be seen through white eyes. Here, Noo Saro-Wiwa, the author of Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria, picks some of her favourite travel titles from people of colour.
Cruise Radio: Royal Caribbean’s former Monarch of the Seas made her final voyage, arriving at the scrapyard in Aliaga, Turkey on Monday. Last month, Monarch was listed on a shipbroker’s website for $125,000,000. Shortly after being listed, the ship was spotted in Naples and Malta offloading heavy equipment while the interior was being dismantled.
Nassau Guardian: The Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA) and the cruise sector are set to prepare tour operators – who are allowed to reopen their businesses today – to run their operations amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The MOTA noted in a press statement that a webinar, which will be held tomorrow, will apprise tour operators of Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) updates; local industry updates; small business matters and how to go about digital marketing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Seatrade Cruise News: PortMiami is proposing to give MSC Cruises more time to get financing for its planned $300m, two-berth terminal and have that project include joint facilities for Disney Cruise Line. MSC Cruises could potentially have its financing period extended to Feb. 15, 2021, by Miami-Dade County, while the ground lease for the facility would amend the port’s turnover date to not before April 15, 2021, and not later than May 15, 2021. Moreover, the amended ground lease would require the project to contain facilities for Disney Cruise Line, including pier work for Berth 10.
BNN Bloomberg: Cruise ship operator Carnival Corp. is back in the debt markets this week, adding around US$1 billion to the nearly US$7 billion it’s borrowed since the coronavirus pandemic devastated the international tourism trade. The world’s largest cruise group is selling bonds to international investors in both euros and U.S. dollars, according to people familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public yet.
BNN Bloomberg: The COVID-19 pandemic that pushed the cruise industry into a costly state of limbo may prove to be a long-term positive for Carnival Corp., Stifel said. “No, we aren’t crazy or suffering from some sort of home lockdown psychological disorder,” analyst Steve Wieczynski told investors in a note.
Travel Weekly: During Carnival Corp.’s business update last week, a Wall Street analyst asked whether the brands that were particularly tarnished by media coverage in the early days of the pandemic, such as Princess Cruises, were suffering more in terms of bookings. The answer was no. CEO Arnold Donald said that not only was Princess not doing worse than other Carnival Corp. brands but was “trending with all the other brands in the industry.”