While many countries are taking the first steps to loosen restrictions put in place due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, fears of the virus are continuing to impact travel and tourism, reports Maritime Executive. A number of the world’s leading ports have recently announced that they will continue their restrictions hampering a recovery for the global cruise industry.
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.
When Caio Saldanha and his fiancée Jessica Furlan arrived in the US in early March, they were looking forward to a new life working on board a lavish cruise ship. Working on Celebrity Cruise’s Celebrity Infinity was supposed to be a fresh start, the next chapter in their lives together, reports the BBC.
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.
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.
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.
Two hundred and nineteen (219) St. Lucians, employed to two cruiselines will be repatriated on Friday, reports Market Screener. According to a government statement on Wednesday, the St. Lucians who are employees of Carnival Glory and Caribbean Princess cruise ships have over the past month been desirous of returning home due to industry challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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
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.
Carnival has been sailing some rough seas over the past several months. Even before the coronavirus pandemic hit, the cruise line company was in the eye of a storm of a different kind—regulatory probation following a chronic history of environmental violations, reports Compliance Week.