Caribbean ports contemplate summer cruise season: When and how will cruises return?

With the coronavirus pandemic shutting down the cruise industry for several months, Caribbean islands have been left in limbo, facing hard choices on what comes next, when and if cruise ships return, USA Today reports. Most islands in the Caribbean are highly dependent on tourism, with cruise ships and the related services that they provide responsible for a large percentage of jobs for residents.

 

While the mid-March shutdown came after the Caribbean’s high season, a full summer without the regular work that cruise ships bring in could have lasting economic consequences.

Gavin Smith Re-Appointed Chairman of CLIA Australasia

The managing director for Australia and New Zealand at Royal Caribbean International, Smith takes over from outgoing chairman Sture Myrmell, president of Carnival Australia and P&O Cruises Australia, who has concluded his two-year term reports Travel Weekly Australia.

 

It marks a return to the role for Smith, having previously served as CLIA Australasia chairman from 2011 to 2015. He was also on the board of CLIA Europe from 2016 to 2019.

After days of drifting at sea, Royal Caribbean cruise ship arrives in Jamaica with workers

Hundreds of stranded Jamaican cruise ship workers finally arrived back home Tuesday after a tense high seas standoff between Jamaica and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. over how to repatriate them, and months of being trapped on board, reports MSN/Miami Herald.

 

Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced late Monday that his government and the cruise company had finally reached an agreement over the reentry of “the largest number of Jamaicans at any one time” since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

168 seafarers stranded in Italy arrive in Goa

More than 160 seafarers from Italy landed at Goa’s Dabolim international airport by a special chartered plane on Wednesday and were being examined for Covid-19, an official said. “168 seafarers have arrived at the Goa airport, according to Daily Hunt.

 

Another batch of seafarers is expected to arrive in Goa later today,” an Airport Authority of India official said.

Ships bring more South Africans home to Cape Town

Two more vessels arrived at the Port of Cape Town this month, bringing home South Africans who have been away from home throughout the lockdown. More ships are scheduled to reach the Mother City’s shores in coming days, bringing locals back to their families, Capetown Etc reports.

 

“The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) can confirm the arrival of two passenger vessels at the Port of Cape Town. The vessels, The Crown Princess and the Island princess arrived on the 16th of May 2020 on a scheduled stop,” said SAMSA

Travel and industry official talk about Alaska’s lost cruise ship season on Action Line

It’s a grim outlook for Juneau operators who were depending on the cruise ship season, reports KINY. That was the description offered by Travel Juneau President and CEO Liz Perry on Action Line. She said the majority of travel industry businesses are in jeopardy unless they were able to put away significant reserves over the last two to three years. Perry explained that they make their year-long expenses in the five-month-long cruise ship season.