Cruise Radio: While cruise ships are not yet sailing, I recently had the chance to do some gambling on the high seas thanks to a trip aboard the Florida-based casino ship Victory 1. While much smaller than a ship like Carnival Vista or Norwegian Breakaway, the experience offered insight into how mainstream lines might deal with some of their casino-centric returns when they’re finally able to sail again.
All Things Cruise: What’s next for the cruise industry? That topic was tackled by a panel of experts on June 25, when Seatrade Cruise Talks presented a webinar on “Steps in Getting the Cruise Industry Up and Running,” moderated by Anne Kalosh, Editor for Seatrade Cruise News.
All Things Cruise: SeaDream’s first Norwegian voyage set sail from Oslo on Saturday, June 20th. This marks the start of the first luxury line in the world to resume operations since March 2020. SeaDream’s Norwegian voyages have sparked an overwhelming excitement. The company had initially plan to sail in Norway with only one ship, SeaDream I, for 9 voyages. After the first voyages started quickly selling out, SeaDream made the decision to add SeaDream II to double capacity and meet the overwhelming demand.
Cruise Critic: With cruise cancellations continuing to roll in through the fall, it can be difficult to determine when cruising will truly resume.For people with cruises booked through 2020, the big question dominating the Cruise Critic’s message boards is whether you should pay for an upcoming cruise – or cancel it entirely.
Travel & Tour World: Croatia’s award-winning DMC and small ship cruise company Katarina Line has announced the launch of its 2020 season following Croatia’s official reopening of its borders to travel from European Union nations.
Meanwhile, the company is working closely with travel advisors overseas to discuss booking opportunities as Croatia reviews further border openings.
Cruise Critic: The cruise news coming from the Mediterranean has been generally downbeat for Americans and Brits, who face COVID-19-related quarantines and flight restrictions for summer 2020. In fact, there’s a big question mark as to whether the Med will see any ocean cruises this summer.
Travel Daily News: Positive prospects for the resumption of cruise operations in Greece by August were raised during discussions between CLIA and the Greek Minister of Tourism, Greek Minister of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy, and experts of the National Public Health Organization, according to Maria Deligianni, CLIA Regional Representative, East Mediterranean.
Cruise Passenger: The boss of Qantas, Alan Joyce has stated publicly what many in travel have been saying in private: Australia’s major airline will not be flying internationally until July 2021. With the exception of New Zealand and a handful of other ‘travel bubble’ destinations, all international flying will be suspended unless a coronavirus vaccine is released.
South Florida Business Journal: Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, the only cruise company to sail out of the Port of Palm Beach, still plans to resume voyages on July 25. A representative of the Deerfield Beach-based cruise line confirmed Bahamas Paradise does not intend to delay its relaunch to Sept. 16 like most of the North American cruise industry.
WTSP: We talked with two doctors from USF about the differences between boarding a plane and boarding a cruise ship.