Big cruise lines ‘unlikely’ — but small cruise ships could restart our season

Cruise Passenger: Tourism Restart Taskforce member John Hart maintains it is “totally unlikely that big international cruise ships with thousands of passengers” will be allowed to sail in Australian waters soon. But the Taskforce is hopeful small ship lines like Ponant, which carry some 260 passengers each, might be able to operate in the much-talked-about “bubble” of  Australia only – or Australia and New Zealand.

Port Canaveral cutting 40 percent of staff due to COVID-19 impact

Maritime Executive: Port Canaveral, central Florida’s seaport and the second largest cruise homeport, is implementing austerity measures due to the impact of COVID-19 on its operations and the shutdown in the cruise industry. News of these moves comes just a week after the Port Canaveral joined with a broad coalition representing U.S. ports urging the U.S. Congress to provide emergency relief for America’s ports that have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today’s Takeaways 7-30-20

MSC gets into shipbuilding • “Royal” is still in the name • Even a vaccine that doesn’t work works • Greece opens! • Fantasy’s final resting place • The feds will figure out refunds • Wednesday U.S. recorded a COVID death every minute • Rumor of Seabourn, Cunard sale denied, of course • Youngsters infecting oldsters with COVID • Judge tells Carnival not to slack off on enviro during COVID •

Royal Caribbean Group sets sail with updated corporate identity

PRESS RELEASE: When a company is known for raising the bar on design and innovation, nothing is exempt from the mantra of continuous improvement—not even the company’s own name. That’s why Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is now known by a new moniker: Royal Caribbean Group (NYSE: RCL). “The name is simpler, fresher and more modern. It’s also more descriptive—Royal Caribbean Group sounds like a parent company name, reflective of our growth and evolution since we last updated our identity more than 20 years ago,” said Royal Caribbean Group chairman and CEO Richard Fain.

A COVID-19 vaccine will still save lives even if it’s not 100% effective, experts say

ABC News: As coronavirus cases continue to climb in hot spots across the U.S., positive results from the first phase of several drug trials have raised hopes that a vaccine will soon help Americans return to a normal life. But experts are stressing that even if the vaccine is not 100% effective, it will still be a safe and important tool in the fight against the virus.

Greece set to reopen to cruise ship traffic on August 1

Travel Market Report: Greece will become the first country to reopen to large cruise ship traffic when it again opens up at six ports starting on August 1, Greece Minister of Tourism Haris Theocharis said in a letter to CLIA Europe this week. Greece will begin welcoming cruise ships again at Piraeus, Rhodes, Heraklion, Volos, Corfu, and Katakolo starting next month. After a cruise ship initially first docks at one of those six ports, it will be able to then reach other Greece ports, Theocharis said.