LATEST UPDATE REGARDING RESUME OF CRUISE OPERATIONS OF SOME CRUISE LINES AND RIVER COMPANY OWNERS AND OPERATORS
In this announcement, we would like to use the case to update you with some of the latest news and information regarding the operation status of part of the cruise lines and river company owners and operators in relation to the latest positive news and the release of big part of the restriction for European countries and countries from the Balkan Region.
Big part of the Companies have been experiencing really hard times due to different reasons and mostly because of the, the current specific and very difficult Covid-19 pandemic situation which affected seriously the shipping industry and also because all the Companies need to answer to many questions and make a lot of decisions keeping in mind they need to comply with authority requests and regulations.
The biggest market, the United States, has still suspended most travel, and it is unclear how soon the Companies can expect international leisure travel to return. Bearing these circumstances in mind, and with the health and safety of the guests and crew, which is the most important thing, the Companies have made the difficult decision to continue our suspension of operations until 01 September 2020.
The Viking Cruises management which operates both - river fleet and ocean fleet ships has extended the suspension of all cruise operation until 31st August 2020 as per the speech of Mr. Hagen – The Chairman of Viking Cruises and plan to resume sailing in September 1st 2020 with some cruises and starting with few river passenger ships:
The company initially announced it would stop cruising on March 11.
“We were the first cruise line to announce a temporary suspension of operations. We have continued to evaluate the situation, responding accordingly,” Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen wrote in a May 28 post on the company website. “While restrictions related to COVID-19 are beginning to ease in some countries, travel remains complicated. Therefore, we have made the decision to extend our temporary suspension of operations through Aug. 31, 2020.”
Mr. Hagen said the company is developing new safety protocols and taking care of its crew members.
“We have always had the highest standards for health and cleanliness—and are now developing additional protocols to make traveling with Viking even safer. We will be sharing more information about this very soon,” he wrote. “Also, during this time of non-operation, we are further training our crew and preparing our fleet to welcome you onboard again. Since our first announcement, many of you have expressed concern for our crew, and I want to reassure you that we are continuing to take good care of them.”
Viking Cruises plans to launch the ocean ship Viking Venus Early next year and, in 2022 will welcome new expedition vessels, Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris, that will sail the Arctic, Antarctic and North America’s Great Lakes and modern river vessel, Viking Mississippi.
“Strong together. World.Class.Team” – this is the motto of the Company Seachefs which is addressed to their crew members and the people interested in how the Company plans its comeback.
At the same time the Company’s Office and HR teams ashore find themselves faced with new challenges and changes. However, despite all alterations this new situation has caused, one thing remains the same: they care about their crew. And although they are not in constant contact with the crew members, they are in their “thoughts”. Similar to friends & family, even if they do not always see each other, the strong connection always remains unchanged.
Based on the current conditions, TUI Cruises’ voyages will be suspended until beginning of July. However, the Company is confident that the gradual easing of restrictions and the establishing of new concepts for the commissioning of the gastronomy and hotel industry will also benefit the cruise business.
Based on the latest information regarding the resume of Seachefs river cruises – River operations for some of the ships, they decided to start with 4 vessels in the beginning of July 2020 with the aim to continue as soon as possible with another 7 vessels within a few weeks afterwards.
The Company hopes that starting with a few vessels with mostly German guests, will be operating them the door to successful continuation for all remaining vessels. After a few weeks from Mid of July 2020, they will start with other river passenger ships from their fleet.
In addition the news from the Company Edelweiss Gastro ltd are also Positive. See below part of the letter from the Manning Director of the Company:
“Our goal is to have at least 30% of our ships sailing before 2nd of July and as everybody will understand, not with 100% guest capacity.
I want to make clear that we want to have you all on board as soon as possible and if we are not calling you straight away, that this has nothing to do with your working quality in the past!”
Here below information for some of the largest American Cruise Companies as per the last listing information to date in the industry.
Royal Caribbean Cruises International has suspended all ship operations through June 11, 2020, and plans to resume sailings on June 12, 2020.
Celebrity Cruises has suspended all ship operations through June 11, 2020, and plans to resume sailings on June 12, 2020
Costa Cruises Sailings on costa Cruises will resume on August 1, 2020
Cunard North America sailings are slated to resume August 1, 2020
Norwegian Cruise Line plans to resume sailings on July 1, 2020
Oceania Cruises plans to resume sailings on July 1, 2020
Disney Cruise Line has temporarily suspended operations through at least July 27, 2020 for the safety of their Guests and Crew members. This action aligns with direction from health experts and government officials.
We hope the information is helpful for all Sea specialists to which we wish to return back on board their good Companies soon.