With cruise ships gone, the quiet turns to disquiet as Picton plans its future

Reporters in Marlborough are visiting different towns in the region to find out what the big issues are in the run-up to the general election. As the port town of Picton sails into a summer without its normal hordes of international tourists, the locals have plenty more to consider.

Despite cruise ships being dubbed “floating petri dishes” aiding the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, Picton people would welcome them back with open arms, over their penny-pinching cousin, the freedom camper.

Whether the crippled cruise ship industry bounces back from the pandemic is beyond the forces of Picton, but statistics show their passengers spend, and Picton people point to this when discussing the future of freedom campers, who they say ride on the back of ratepayers.

However, some say Picton has been getting “over-excited” with cruise ships, calling for a more cautious return, while one environmentalist says he doesn’t want cruise

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CDC extends ‘no-sail’ ban for cruise ships through the end of October

There will be no cruise ships sailing in or out of the U.S. for at least another month.

The Centers for Disease Control has extended the coronavirus-related ban on cruises until the end of October.

While the country still deals with COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns, the cruise industry is looking to get back to business once the ban is lifted.

Norwegian Cruise Line says it will not cancel any more cruises. The company, along with Royal Caribbean International, says it has a plan to keep travelers safe.

The two cruise ship companies recently submitted their plan to the CDC.

The plan includes installing medical grade air filters that remove more than 99% of airborne pathogens to all cruise ships.

Ships will be disinfected before each voyage per the CDC’s guidance.

RELATED: US cruise lines vow 100% COVID-19 testing in plan for resuming sailing

Cruise terminals will be sanitized and cleaned,

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‘Getting cruise ships sailing again would be a rallying cry to the whole of travel’

Restarting sailing is critical not just for the cruise sector, but for the travel industry as a whole, said the chairman and chief executive of Virtuoso travel network.

In a letter circulated in response to the Healthy Sail Panel recommendations – as the cruise industry waits with bated breath to find out whether the US Centers for Disease Control ban on cruise ships will expire at the end of September or be extended – Matthew Upchurch said: “If you want to restore consumer confidence, get cruise ships sailing again. That needs to be the rallying cry of the travel industry, whether you sell cruises or not – whether you’re a hotelier, tour operator or destination management company.”

 “People who cruise don’t just sail. They fly to and from the ship, they stay in hotels before and after, they take tours, dine at restaurants, shop in ports and visit cultural

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Sea Cloud Cancels Caribbean Season, Plans Three Ships in Europe Next Spring

Sea Cloud Cruises has cancelled its entire winter sailing program in the Caribbean and two related transatlantic crossings. The line had previously halted all sailings through year’s end. The sailing line plans to restart cruising with three tall ships—including the new Sea Cloud Spiritin Europe and the Canary Islands, starting in spring 2021.

“In view of the current development of the COVID-19 pandemic, this necessary step is the only way to give our guests and all our sales partners the peace of mind when planning for future travel,” said Daniel Schafer, Sea Cloud’s managing director, in a press release.

In the Caribbean

In a press statement, Sea Cloud Cruises said that the past months have shown that immigration regulations can change bilaterally at very short notice due to changes in the infection rates. It also said that almost all the islands in the Caribbean still do

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What Happens to Old Cruise Ships?

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Cruise ships are a way to explore the world and have a vacation out on the sea. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, going on a cruise to a new destination was a popular way for people to travel to new countries while being mindful of their travel budget. However, have you ever wondered what happens to cruise ships after they’re no longer in use? While things are uncertain right now, here’s what travel could look like after coronavirus.

Where do cruise ships go?

Like every other work of machinery in the world, cruise ships can’t run forever. Typically, a cruise ship is built to run about 30 years. When a cruise ship is no longer running smoothly or it’s time for it to retire, there are a few different factors for consideration which include the state of the ship when it goes into retirement along with how many people

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How Cruise Ships Have Adapted to Sailing During Coronavirus

In August, MSC Cruises became the first major line to resume sailing since the COVID-19 shutdown swept the globe in March. Watched closely as a crucial industry test, its flagship MSC Grandiosa has since completed five back-to-back Mediterranean voyages without a single coronavirus case detected onboard. Same goes for Italy-based Costa Cruises, which joined MSC in the Mediterranean earlier this month as the first Carnival Corporation brand to restart its cruise season, on its Costa Deliziosa and Costa Diadema ships.

The success so far has been credited to the companies’ steadfast commitment to a slate of stringent new health and safety protocols, including sweeping new measures meant to prevent the virus from making its way on board. Most notably, each line now requires mandatory rapid result COVID-19 swab tests for all passengers at embarkation, and guests are prohibited from touring port stops on their own along the way. Instead they

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Three Princess Royal-class ships to be based in Europe for 2021

Published on Friday, September 25, 2020

Princess Cruises has announced changes to its 2021 programme, with three Royal-class ships now based in Europe, two of which will be sailing from Southampton.

Enchanted Princess – the cruise line’s newest ship set to join the fleet later this year – will spend May to September sailing a round-trip itinerary from Rome on a series of new seven- and 14-night voyages calling at a variety of Mediterranean destinations including Corfu, Kotor (Montenegro), Marseille and Naples. The ship will then continue to sail between Rome and Barcelona on a series of 11-night Grand Mediterranean voyages.

Sky Princess will spend its first UK season from April to September sailing a round-trip from Southampton on eight- and 12-night British Isles cruises, as well as a series of 12-night Scandinavia and Russia voyages.

Similarly, Regal Princess will spend April to October sailing from Southampton to a variety

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How will Vegas and cruise ships adapt?

David Yeskel remembers the days of yore with packed shows and crowded casinos and, especially, all-you-can-eat buffets.

a pile of fries

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Yeskel, a Las Vegas travel writer known as “The Vegas Guru,” remembers the endless supplies of caviar at the Bellagio. The Peking duck pancakes made to order at the Wynn. The foie gras peanut-butter-and-jelly at the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars. Endless stacks of crab legs and racks of spare ribs and crocks of chocolate mousse.

a close up of a plate of birthday cake on a table: The Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace Las Vegas is temporarily closed, according to its website.

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The Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace Las Vegas is temporarily closed, according to its website.

The buffets could cost a pretty casino chip — $40 and $50 and even $100 a head — but it was Vegas, baby. They were temples to appetite; they filled tourists with wonder.

The buffet at the Wynn Las Vegas recently closed after reopening in June.

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The buffet at the Wynn Las Vegas recently closed after reopening in June.

“There’s nothing

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5 Royal Caribbean cruise ships in Europe and the Caribbean will be rerouted for summer 2021

Travelers planning to set sail onboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship may have their plans changed.

The cruise company is reportedly changing up its schedule for summer 2021, changing the itineraries of five ships after recent consideration, according to multiple reports.

Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas ship. (iStock)

Guests with bookings planned between April and October 2021 will be alerted directly in the next three weeks, claims RoyalCaribbeanblog.com, an unofficial blog for the international cruise line. Royal Caribbean also provided a statement to the blog, confirming that the new deployments provide “guests with greater variety.”

Royal Caribbean did not immediately return a FOX Business request for comment.


Among the “greater variety” of cruise experiences passengers can expect, added itineraries include short Mediterranean cruises from

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Cruise line industry offers dozens of recommendations to prevent COVID-19, stop its spread on ships

The cruise line industry, which has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, submitted a report to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday with dozens of recommendations on how to prevent or mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on ships.

Royal Caribbean and Norwegian’s Healthy Sail Panel submitted the 66-page report in response to a CDC request for public comment following the implementation of its “no-sail” order, USA Today reported.

The report lists 74 recommendations for containing COVID-19, including testing five to 24 hours before boarding a cruise for passengers and crew members, daily temperature checks, and requiring passengers and crew members to wear cloth face coverings in accordance with CDC recommendations.

Lower passenger and crew loads, shorter sailing schedules and contact-free check-in are also recommended, along with increased sanitation. Also, new hygiene protocols such as hand sanitizer stations, wipes or hand-washing stations conveniently placed around the ship

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