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Status of No Sail Order Response Plans and Commercial Transport of Crew/ New plan for Resume of operations of the Cruise Companies - industry news by Sapko C.E. Ltd.
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Status of No Sail Order Response Plans and Commercial Transport of Crew/ New plan for Resume of operations of the Cruise Companies

Published on: 18 June 2020

Here below for all crew members who are waiting for an update and after a few months without any occupation – to receive good news regarding their employers and the restart of the new season regarding the actual situation and the release of all restrictions for transit between foreign borders and the restrictions of the health organizations.

 

Following a meeting last week between the cruise industry and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the CDC's color-coded system for crew members to travel home is now live.

"As a prerequisite for requesting commercial travel, cruise lines must have a complete and accurate response plan that provides a safe environment for crew members to work and disembark during the period of the No Sail Order," the CDC has stated, also adding that it has provided feedback regarding all the response plans that have been submitted and is working with the cruise lines to ensure they are implementing the safeguards outlined in their plans."

CDC's color-coding system shows that the organization has finished the review of the cruise line’s plan, and the cruise line has returned an acknowledgement attesting that their No Sail Order response plan is complete and accurate.
 

The new table/picture will be updated once a week and is available to view here.

 

Here below you can view brief information for the American Companies and their vessels after the finished review of the cruise line’s plan from the CDC.

MSC Cruise Management, most of the passengers are marked as provisionally green*

 (*Provisionally Green: Ship meets the surveillance criteria for “Green” status, but the following have not been completed: Review and revision of the cruise line’s No Sail Order response plan, or 1.Cruise line’s signed acknowledgement of a complete and accurate plan, or 2.Ship’s submission of a signed attestation to CDC for crew to travel commercially.)

– after the next review, when probably the ships will receive a full green signal and will be allowed for Commercial travel.

MSC Cruises is looking for crew members for a potential August 1 start in the Mediterranean, according to a letter sent to crew currently onboard company ships and obtained by Cruise Industry News.

In the letter, the company said it is working on a startup plan with new public health norms and operational guidelines. MSC also noted new standards are being submitted to various European governments for approval.

Norwegian Cruise Line – most ships are provisionally green, but still some of them are provisionally red*

(*Provisionally Red: Provisionally Red: Ship meets the surveillance criteria for “Red” status, but the following have not been completed: 1.Review and revision of the cruise line’s No Sail Order response plan, or 2.Cruise line’s signed acknowledgement of a complete and accurate plan.)

– after the next review, when probably the ships will receive a full green signal and will be allowed for Commercial travel.

Oceania Cruises – most ships are provisionally green, but still some of them are provisionally red*– after the next review, when probably the ships will receive a full green signal and will be allowed for Commercial travel.

Regent Seven Seas - most of the passengers are marked as provisionally green* - after the next review, when probably the ships will receive a full green signal and will be allowed for Commercial travel.

Royal Caribbean International - most ships are provisionally green, but still some of them are provisionally red*– after the next review, when probably the ships will receive a full green signal and will be allowed for Commercial travel.

Royal Caribbean Cruises is moving the three-ship Pullmantur fleet to a cold lay-up, while Pullmantur has announced the cancellation of its cruise programs until Nov. 15.

Royal Caribbean's joint venture Spanish brand saw changes to crew contracts earlier this week, as crew were moved under the Celebrity Cruises banner, according to a letter sent crew aboard and obtained by Cruise Industry News.

Celebrity Cruises - most ships are provisionally green, but still some of them are provisionally red*– after the next review, when probably the ships will receive a full green signal and will be allowed for Commercial travel.

Pullmantur Cruises - “As the owners of the ships in the Pullmantur joint venture, we have responsibility for transitioning the fleet into a cold lay-up status,” said a company spokesperson for Royal Caribbean.
Cold lay-ups enable operators to trim ship maintenance costs with ships laid up for an extended period of time. The downside, however, is the time needed to prepare the ship to reenter service, which could range from weeks to months in some cases.

Virgin Voyages – waiting for review of the cruise line plan and for next inspection.

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line - So far the only "green" ship is the Grand Celebration from Bahamas Paradise, while a number of other ships have been listed as provisionally red or provisionally green.

 

Regarding the yacht industry and some European cruise lines, here below you can find the last updated information and travel plans.

Phoenix Reisen has a preliminary travel plan (need to be reconfirmed to resume the operations with their few cruise ships in August 2020 – the German ministry still gives warning for the cruises)

Some ships of Happag Lloyd cruises have a new schedule to restart the cruises on 22 July (the embarkation will be approx. 7-10 July

Celestyal Cruises – has extended their suspension of operations until 29 June they will give new plan and will resume the cruises on this date with the four-night Iconic Aegean sailing of the Celestyal Olympia.

Costa Crociere Cruise new travel plan will be coming soon for resume operations probably in August 2020

 

Regarding the Companies operating river passenger ships and the news for restart from the river passenger sector are as it follows:

*Viking Cruises – suspended until 1st of September as information from the end of May

*Crystal River Cruises – End of July/Beginning of August

*Grand circle cruise line – Announced that their 6 small VIP Passenger ships and 10 Luxury river passenger ships are going to restart operations in the beginning of 2021 as per their ships are with 100 % American guests.

*Scenic Cruises - The Scenic Group (including Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours and Emerald Cruises) has suspended operations for land tours, river and ocean cruises up to 31 August 2020. 

*Sea Chefs Cruises – already announced the restart of the Season for some river passenger ships with German guests for the 24th of June.

*Edelweiss Gastro Cruises – on 15th of June the Company announced the plan for restart as they are going to release 30% of their ships with German guests after 29 June/July 2020.

 

We hope durign the next few months all Seafarers who due to the circumstances had to wait more than 3 months to work on board the Luxury Passenger ships of their Cruise employers. 


 

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