Nile cruises sail again, forced to navigate river full of challenges

Oct 14, 2020

The cruise ship Amwaj (Wave) set sail Oct. 1 from Luxor to Aswan with a group of American, Swiss and British tourists on the very first trip on the Nile River since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and the shutdown of the tourism sector. The floating hotel was the first to obtain the required license from the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities to get back on track, following the announcement that cruises would be allowed to resume work bearing restrictions this month.

“For us, resuming the cruises for tourists has been like giving the kiss of life to a dying person,” Mohamed Rabie, manager of Amwaj, told Al-Monitor. “We are very honored to be the first cruise ship on the Nile to start operating. We do not have many guests on board yet, but for next week the numbers are increasing.” 

Rabie said eight passengers and

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Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Line Might Not Sail Until 2021

Carnival (NYSE:CCL)(NYSE:CUK) tried to dip its feet into the chilly November waters, but it’s now joining its smaller rivals in hoping for a December relaunch. Things could get worse. If the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reportedly has its way, we may have to wait until at least February to get the out-of-favor cruising industry back in business. 

The moment the CDC extended its No Sail Order until the end of October, we saw Royal Caribbean (NYSE:RCL) and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NASDAQ:NCLH) cancel all U.S.-originating sailings until early December. With the CDC extending the order a few times now — and often near the end of the travel ban — they didn’t want to be caught with displaced passengers scrambling at the port for nixed voyages. Carnival initially decided on a clever gamble. It would move most of its future cruises until at least December, but

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Princess cruises sail from Europe

SINGAPORE, 12 October 2020 – Princess Cruises’ 2021 programme
will now see three Royal-class ships based in Europe, including the newest
addition to the line’s fleet – Enchanted Princess, sailing on a series of
voyages to the Mediterranean, northern Europe, British Isles and Canada &
New England.

Sky Princess and Regal Princess will be based in
Southampton, UK, whilst Enchanted Princess will sail out of Rome. Guests can
enjoy an enhanced Medallion-class service and new experiences onboard the three

The newly completed Enchanted Princess was delivered on 30
September from the Fincantieri Shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy and is due to
officially join the Princess fleet later this year. With the arrival of this
145,000-ton, 3,660-guest ship, Enchanted Princess expands the Princess Cruises
global fleet of MedallionClass vessels.

Enchanted Princess will spend May to September sailing
roundtrip from Rome (Civitavecchia) on a series of brand new seven-and 14-night
voyages calling

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Set sail with The Mild West cruise shows on the Chicago River

On deck with The Mild West

The warm days of summer are slipping away, but you’re not out of opportunities for a boat party just yet. Chicago rock band The Mild West is setting sail aboard Chicago Line Cruise’s 65-foot Ft. Dearborn down the Chicago River, treating guests to a 90-minute set of their pop-infused originals and a few choice favorites. Both cruises — 7 (sold out) and 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 — are limited to 50 passengers each, with social distancing, public health protocols and sanitization procedures in place. Ogle the city’s architecture while enjoying music produced right here in town.



9 p.m. (arrive at least 15 minutes before departure) Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Ogden Slip Docks across from 465 N. McClurg Court, Chicago. Free to register for tickets at, but $32.70 is due at the time of boarding.

Indigenous Peoples Day livestream

Channeling the power

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Azamara Will Set Sail Again for the 2021 Europe Season with New Greek Country-Intensive Voyages

MIAMI, Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Destination-focused cruise brand – Azamara – has announced the decision to pause operations until the 2021 Europe season and return to service on March 20, 2021 for Azamara Quest’s originally scheduled 12-night Spain Country-IntensiveSM voyage, Azamara Journey’sApril 9, 2021 voyage from Lisbon to Barcelona, and Azamara Pursuit’s new series of Greek Country-Intensive Voyages starting on May 9, 2021. The brand’s itineraries are all designed for more in-depth exploration to truly connect to the country’s authentic heart of local life and culture. The boutique cruise line has chosen to adjust its sailings as a result of individual country restrictions, as well as guest survey results indicating that Azamara guests will feel more comfortable waiting to cruise until 2021. Compensation options can be viewed here.

“After very careful consideration, we have made the decision to pause operations until the 2021 Europe

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Will cruises resume in 2021? Here’s what the industry is doing to sail safely | Sandy Fenton

It seems like forever since I last wrote a travel column for PennLive. The truth is I haven’t had a lot to say. There has been so many changes within the industry, sometimes weekly, often daily, and always confusing.

So here I am now, celebrating 28 years of broadcasting “Let’s Talk Travel with AAA” on iHeartRadio/WHP580, and I do have some thoughts to share. And positive thoughts at that.

For one thing, the cruise industry is ready to get back to work. Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings CEO Frank Del Rio recently stated to the press, “Enough is enough,” and with a several billion dollar market cap drop from the three largest cruise lines, the CEOs are telling the CDC and government officials the industry must return to service in the United States.

Cruise lines from the U.S. have put together new plans to ensure a healthy return to cruising as

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Idled cruise industry can sail again in Florida on Nov. 1

Florida’s idled $8-billion-a-year cruise industry can set sail again Nov. 1 under a plan endorsed by the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

a large ship in a body of water

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“The Florida delegation is very supportive and is trying to work with the administration and the CDC to see what efforts we can do to get the industry up and operating,” Florida Ports Council (FPC) Vice President of Governmental Affairs Michael Rubin said. “It’s still the only industry that’s not allowed to operate at the moment.”

If it was up to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), or at least Director Dr. Robert Redfield, the “no sail” order for cruise ships from U.S. ports would remain in effect until February.

President Donald Trump’s administration blocked the CDC’s pending order to keep cruise ships docked until mid-February on Tuesday, opting to go with a Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) plan that

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Which Cruise Lines Let Kids Sail Free

Families are always looking for ways to save money on vacations, especially family cruise deals and kids sail free promotions. Cruises offer a great vacation value for families and multigenerational groups.

Royal Caribbean Ship Pool

(Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean)

Some cruise lines make it even better by letting kids sail free – and a few let families combine additional cruise promotions to further sweeten the deal. If you’re thinking about a family cruise vacation, check out these Kids Sail Free deals for new bookings on future sailings. 

CroisiEurope | MSC Cruises | Norwegian Cruise Line | Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean: Kids Sail Free + Added Savings

Royal Caribbean is a popular cruise vacation choice for families. The cruise line’s megaresort-style ships are loaded with thrilling experiences and amenities for families including massive waterparks, glow-in-the-dark laser tag, well-equipped kids and teens clubs, and a wide array of staterooms for families. Royal Caribbean’s reimagined private

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Cruise Industry Voices Beg CDC Not To Extend No Sail Order

The immediate future of the entire cruise industry could be decided on Wednesday, when the current no-sail order from the Centers for Disease Control is set to expire.

(Photo courtesy of CDC)

With thousands of jobs and millions of dollars on the line, rallies are being held and powerful people are speaking out in support of the industry even as would-be passengers await word on their travel plans.

The order, which prevents any ships from sailing in U.S. waters, was first imposed back in March and has most recently been extended to the September 30 deadline.

Final Countdown: Will CDC Lift No Sail Ban? 

On Monday afternoon, the International Longshoremen’s Association gathered at PortMiami’s Terminal D to urge the CDC to let them get back to work. Signs with the letters SOS (Save Our Salary) were held during the rally.

“We are ready to get back to work. This is

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Can Cruises Sail Safely? Port Canaveral Looks at Protocols

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. — As the country is slowly opening back, there’s one industry that’s still waiting for the green light. Some European cruise ships have already resumed activities since August and they could be the example for local ports to begin operating once again.

What You Need To Know

  • CDC no sail order set to expire at the end of the month
  • CDC asked for public comment regarding whether cruise ships should sail again
  • Cruise industry looking at several protocols
  • RELATED: A Return to Cruising on the Florida Horizon?

During Port Canaveral’s commission meeting Wednesday, Port Canaveral CEO Capt. John Murray says Europe is leading by example — reduce capacity, COVID-19 testing, temperature checks, mask requirements, something local cruise ships are equipped to do.

“The no-sail order is set to expire, any concern it will be extended? Yes because up until this point the CDC hasn’t provided much guidance

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