CDC is investigating more than 80 cruise ships for COVID-19 cases. Here’s what that means
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has color-coded dozens of cruise ships according to how many COVID-19 cases are reported on board, placing at least 89 under investigation or observation ahead of the new year.
Royal Caribbean sets 2021 cruises in Florida, Texas, Alaska
(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) (Lynne Sladky)MIAMI — (AP) — Royal Caribbean International said Friday that eight of its ships will resume U.S. voyages in July and August with trips leaving ports in Florida, Texas and Washington state. For other trips passing through U.S. water, Royal Caribbean said that passengers are “strongly recommended” to get vaccinated. Royal Caribbean said that its first U.S. sailing since March 2020 will leave Miami on July 2 on the Freedom of the Seas. Royal Caribbean, which is headquartered in Miami but registers its ships in other countries, plans to have 12 ships operating worldwide by the end of August. Royal Caribbean plans trial voyages starting later this month.wftv.com
What will cruising look like once ships are back at sea?
So once cruise ships can set sail with passengers again, will memories of those first few turbulent weeks turn off potential passengers? The cruise industry right now, and the cruise lines are saying this on their earnings call, that there is a tremendous amount of pent-up demand. But how do you keep that confidence afloat while massive cruise ships remain are empty? And it doesn’t look like any money from the COVID Relief Package recently signed by President Joe Biden will be going to rescue cruise lines. That’s because most major cruise ships are registered in foreign nations.
Cruise lines ask CDC to lift no sail order in July
The Carnival Pride cruise ship arrives at PortMiami, Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in Miami. Cruise Lines International Association said its members will use the rest of the year to implement measures to address COVID-19 safety. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)An industry group representing cruise lines wants the White House to allow cruises to hit the high seas this summer. The Cruise Lines International Association plans to ask the Biden administration to lift the no-sail order for cruise ships. AdNow they are hoping the CDC lifts the order in early July.
Port Canaveral now projects $43 million loss for current budget year
PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. – Port Canaveral officials are revising their financial projections for the current budget year to reflect the possibility that multiday cruises will not resume until July because of the coronavirus pandemic. Before the latest revision, the port was projecting $56.90 million in operating revenue and a $37.03 million loss for the current budget year. Canaveral Port Authority commissioners will discuss the revised budget projections during their meeting Wednesday morning. In projecting that the major cruise lines would not resume sailing from Port Canaveral until July, “we decided to rip the bandage off” in projecting a worst-case budget scenario, Port Canaveral Chief Executive Officer John Murray said. Canaveral Port Authority Chairman Wayne Justice said he supports the port’s decision to do a midyear budget revision now, rather than wait several months.
Coronavirus: Disney Cruise Line suspends all departures through end of January 2021
[TRENDING: Another vaccine ‘highly effective’ | Man wrestles gator to save dog | Box installed at fire station for abandoned babies]“Our team at Disney Cruise Line remains focused on the health and well-being of our Guests and team members. Additional sailings are canceled for the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder and Disney Dream through February 1 and the Disney Fantasy through February 6. All new: 🚢Disney Cruise Line extends suspension of all departures through Jan. 31, 2021 @DisneyCruise | Here are the dates impacted. Affected guests and travel agents will receive an email from Disney Cruise Line outlining details and next steps. Those who booked directly with Disney Cruise Line and have questions after receiving their email should call 866-325-6685 or 407-566-7797.
CDC warns ‘all people’ should avoid cruises
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has raised its COVID-19 warning on cruise ships to the highest level, saying “all people” should avoid going on cruises. It’s up from level three to level four, which carries a very high level of risk for getting coronavirus. The agency said the warning includes river cruises and applies worldwide. The former level three, issued in October, recommended people “defer travel” on cruise ships globally. And if they don’t get tested, they should stay home for 14 days.
Coronavirus: Carnival cancels early 2021 cruises
ORLANDO, Fla. – Carnival said Wednesday that as it continues to outline plans to sail with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, it has notified guests that is has canceled cruises planned for early next year. Carnival said as it works to meet operational health and safety standards, it has canceled additional cruises for the first part of 2021, including cruises leaving from homeports from Jan. 1 through Jan. 30. Carnival said it’s focusing on resuming operations at a limited number of ports, including Port Canaveral and Miami, with hopes to later focus on Galveston. pic.twitter.com/Dra9jpXgCj — Carnival Cruise Line (@CarnivalCruise) November 18, 2020All guests affected by the changes have been notified, according to Carnival. “We appreciate the support of our guests, travel advisor partners, and local officials in homeports and destinations," Carnival said in a statement.
Possibly no cruises until 2021, Port Canaveral CEO says
PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. – Without cruise passengers for several more months, Port Canaveral expects a $37 million loss in the next year, executives said. Wednesday, Canaveral Port Authority commissioners talked about next year's budget as 115 of their colleagues went without their jobs. Port Canaveral CEO Captain John Murray said they were laid off, furloughed or retired early. "We still have a revenue stream it's just not from the cruise operations. The port said it watch and learn from how a phased reopening of the industry goes there.
NASA chief "all in" for Tom Cruise to film on space station
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. NASA is rolling out the International Space Stations red carpet for Tom Cruise to make a movie in orbit. Bridenstine said hell leaving it to Cruise and SpaceX to provide the mission details. I will tell you this: NASA has been in talks with Tom Cruise and, of course, his team, and we will do everything we can to make it a successful mission, including opening up the International Space Station," he told The Associated Press. Asked about Cruise filming on the space station, Musk told CBS This Morning, Actually, I think that remains to be seen. The question is, Can Tom Cruise make a new movie that inspires the next generation Elon Musk. And if he can do that, then were all for it.
The U.S. cruise business is stopping for a month due to coronavirus
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2020The tweet came after a steady parade of cancellation announcements from the major cruise lines. The day before, Princess Cruises halted service on all 18 of its cruise ships for 60 days. Viking cruise lines announced it would suspend all river and ocean cruises until April 30, and Disney Cruise Lines canceled all departures through the end of March. "We want to work with the cruise line industry to ensure that when we come through this ... cruise lines are safer than ever before and can prosper for years to come." Princess Cruises has struggled to contain outbreaks on its Diamond Princess and Grand Princess ships.cbsnews.com
Pepsi in, Coke out on Carnival Cruises starting in 2020
New beverage options will be available if you’re taking a Carnival Cruise in 2020. The popular cruise line announced Wednesday it is replacing Coca-Cola products with Pepsi’s line of beverages on its North American fleet starting in Jan. 2020, according to a press release. “At Carnival Cruise Line, we invite our guests to Choose Fun, and now with PepsiCo’s extensive portfolio of brands, we’re able to give them more ways to choose a beverage that suits their taste, mood and preference,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. This switch means passengers will have access to PepsiCo’s line of soft drinks as well as bubly, Pure Leaf, Naked Juice, Gatorade, MTN Dew, Starbucks, Pepsi, Pepsi Zero Sugar, Sierra Mist and Sierra Mist Zero Sugar among others. “We’re also excited to work with PepsiCo on our shared commitment to sustainability, including a reduced reliance on plastics, and alternative ways to deliver and serve water and other beverages.”