Ministry of Tourism, cruise sector preparing tour operators as they reopen

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.

Costa Cruises considering staggered relaunch with select nationalities, ships

Cruise Critic: Costa Cruises may be considering a staggered resumption of cruising as early as mid-August, according to an article published over the weekend on Crew Center, an online resource for crewmembers working on cruise ships. The article, which a Costa representative tells Cruise Critic represents an early draft of Costa’s planned re-entry into service, outlines a five-phase approach that lasts until 2021. The draft could still see significant changes.

Domestic cruising restart in Australia still an uphill battle

Cruise Critic: The restart of domestic cruising in Australia continues to face setbacks well into what was initially seen as a glimmer of optimism for the tourism industry in the South Pacific. Initial hopes that a trans-Tasman travel corridor could reopen between Australia and New Zealand as early as July 1 were dashed in late-June, as New Zealand reported additional new cases of COVID-19 unwittingly brought into the country from two travellers from the United Kingdom visited Auckland on compassionate leave, previously granted for people to attend events like funerals.

Hurtigruten captain, passengers share impressions of ‘first international cruise’ since quarantine

USA Today: Imagine being on the first cruise to sail since the coronavirus shut down that entire industry for nearly four months. Hurtigruten Expedition Cruises’ Benny Didriksen knows: He was a captain on the MS Fridtjof Nansen for what the Norway-based cruise line says was the first international cruise since to sail since the worldwide lockdown.

Black Sea Cruises plans July 19 start

CIN: Black Sea Cruises announced it is starting operations again on July 19 as the Rosmorport-led operation is set to sail the Prince Vladimir on itineraries from Sochi. Port calls include Novorossiysk, Yalta and Sevastopol, all of which offer inter-porting opportunities. The ship will overnight in Sevastopol. Company officials previously said about 60 percent of guests embark in Sochi.

A few small lines still want to bring back U.S. cruises this summer. It’s looking iffy.

The Points Guy: Just a few weeks ago, it seemed almost for sure that a few small cruise ships in North America would resume sailing this summer. With lockdown measures in the U.S. easing and Americans beginning to emerge from their homes, several small-ship cruise operators that specialize in sailings on U.S. rivers and coastal routes were just days away from restarting trips.

Where will U.S. cruising resume first? Like virus spikes, it’s a moving target

Cruise Critic: For U.S. cruising fans who want to sail somewhere — anywhere — this summer, figuring out where and when the first American ship will actually go has been as unpredictable as the virus itself. Ocean cruising has been on a “no sail” order from the CDC since April, and most cruise lines that belong to CLIA, the industry’s trade organization, have put themselves on a voluntary suspension through mid-September.

Where can we cruise once travel restrictions are lifted?

The Telegraph: The travel corridors are opening, and for many the bags will already be packed. But can Britons go on a cruise? The latest advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, updated on June 9, advises against all cruise ship travel, based on medical advice from Public Health England. The Government says it will continue to review the guidance, which does not make going on a cruise illegal but does make it trickier to find insurance.

AIDA to offer cruises in August on three ships

AIDA Cruises, Carnival Corporation’s German brand, will offer cruises in August on three ships. The sailings will leave German ports and will not dock at any transit ports, and the ships won’t be at full occupancy, according to a statement The AIDAperla will be the first to set sail on August 5 from Hamburg, followed by the AIDAmar from Rostock-Warnemünde on August 12 and the AIDAblu from Kiel on August 16. Bookings start today, July 9, according to Cruise Industry News.