According to the Strait Times, following the coronavirus outbreak and with several ports in Asia ceasing their operations, major cruise lines decided to reroute or even cancel their sailings over ports in the region.
Abu Dhabi Ports announced the signing of a long-term agreement with MSC Cruises, meaning that the latter is now provided with berthing rights at Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal and Sir Bani Yas Cruise Beach.
“Silver Whisper” cruise ship announced that set sail for the first voyage to all seven continents. Although longer cruise journeys have been also conducted in the past, this is the first one to approach such geographic breadth. During the 140-day voyage, passengers will travel deep into 62 destinations in 32 countries, including the Antarctic Peninsula over three days.
Subsea Global Solutions (SGS) shake hands with its long term client Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL) and came in agreement in order to offer them hull maintenance and repair services for their 58 fleet. Through their agreement, both parties boost their business relationship.
Despite the recent 6.4 magnitude earthquake in Puerto Rico, which interrupted electrical power service and resulted damage to the one side of the island , the cruise tourism reported to remain unaffected. According to local officials, Puerto Rico’s Old San Juan cruise port welcomed about 15.000 cruise passengers while greeted them with music in the city’s streets.
CLIA issued its 2020 State of the Cruise Industry report taking an in-depth look at the impact of cruising and the trends across the industry. The cruise industry has cemented its role as a mainstream vacation choice with about 32 million guests expected to sail in 2020.
Carnival Cruise Lines officially announced that the scheduled delivery of the cruise ship “Mardi Gras” will eventually be delayed. Specifically, the LNG-powered cruise vessel’s launch has been extended from August to late October 2020.
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has published its new report “2020 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook” focusing on cruise industry’s analytics, researches and trends that will drive the company forward. As the President and CEO Kelly Craighead, further reported more than 30 million guests are expected to sail the following year.
Many passengers on a recent cruise of the expedition cruise ship Roald Amundsen lost their luggage when the truck ferrying it from the airport to the ship was hijacked in Santiago, Chile, leading to a brief delay in the ship’s departure. Namely, the Roald Amundsen, the world’s first hybrid powered cruise ship, was preparing for a voyage to Antarctica in Punta Arenas, when the 200 bags and suitcases were stolen after a contractor-operated truck ferrying the passenger luggage was hijacked in Santiago, Chile.
On 5 December, MSC officially launched its new private island called “Ocean Cay”, and welcomed its first guests, passengers of the cruise ship MSC Divina. The “Ocean Cay” is considered to be a tropical destination located in the Bahamas, offering privacy for each guest.
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