Cruise Critic: Variety Cruises made a little bit of history when the 49-passenger Galileo set sail Friday from the marina adjacent to the main port at Piraeus in Greece, where the small ship has been docked for four months. Accompanied by the sound of its sister ships’ horns blaring, flares blazing and a small crowd of well-wishers on the quayside — one of which operated a drone to capture the moment — the vessel headed out into the Aegean Sea, becoming the first cruise ship to restart operations in the Eastern Mediterranean.
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.
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Boothbay Register: Selectmen postponed a decision July 27 on allowing American Cruise Lines to port one of its ships in mid-September. The board received a letter from the company’s Vice President Paul Taiclet July 24 inquiring about possible landings. Town Manager Julia Latter said the itinerary has the 173-passenger American Constitution leaving Boston on Sept. 10 and arriving in Boothbay Harbor Sept. 14. The ship will stay through the following day.
Motley Fool: Cruise lines have a lot of things to worry about these days. Revenue-generating sailings for Carnival (NYSE:CCL) (NYSE:CUK),Norwegian Cruise Line (NASDAQ:NCLH), and Royal Caribbean (NYSE:RCL) have been suspended for more than four months, and we’re at least another two months away from a potential restart. Cancellations keep piling up as the resumption date gets pushed out, and that’s going to be a cash-flow headache for the companies trying to stay afloat through the interruption. The longer that ships aren’t sailing will also make it that much harder for the cruise lines to woo back passengers.
Cruise Critic: As cruising from North American ports of call continues to push further into the fall following the extension of the U.S. Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)’s No Sail Order into late September, French Polynesia is emerging as a location where cruising has already begun to tentatively restart.
Star News: While some cruise lines were dismayed by the government’s decision to extend a ban on international ships until at least October, others have been delighted. It has been suggested that big ships could return to New Zealand waters for domestic-only itineraries, selling cabins to Kiwi cruisers – but local operators are hesitant to allow big cruise lines return. “Cruise ships will come back again, but if they come back too soon it could be to the detriment of New Zealand businesses,” says Vicky Maitland of Picton-based Affinity Cruises.
Cruise Radio: The first major cruise ship to sail in months departed this weekend, and passengers on board have provided the world with a glimpse into what it was like. On Friday, the Mein Schiff 2 departed from Hamburg for a three-night sailing. Several passengers on board posted on various social media platforms about how moving the experience was.
Taiwan News: Taiwan’s first island-hopping cruise set sail from Keelung Harbor at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday (July 26) for a four-day cruise to the islands of Penghu and Matsu. Hong-Kong-based Genting Cruise Lines (雲頂香港有限公司) held a press conference to celebrate. The event was attended by Taiwan’s Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) and Central Epidemic Commander Center (CECC) head Chen Shih-chung (陳時中).