Welcome to the Cruise Radio News Brief for the Week of August 2, 2020, where we bring you the latest cruise news, our weekly podcast, and recent YouTube videos.
1. CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) members will suspend operations until November 1, meaning nearly all major cruise lines such as Carnival Corporation (CCL), Royal Caribbean Group (RCL), Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH), Disney (DIS), and MSC Cruises will not sail until after Halloween at the earliest. The reason for the extension is in the interest of public health and safety.
2. Perhaps the most promising hope of cruise ships returning to service could be a fresh HVAC system that sanitizes the air as it heats and cools the ship. The disinfectant is odorless and combats most common airborne illnesses.
3. Carnival Inspiration completed its final sailing this week upon arrival at a breaking yard in Turkey. The ship first entered service in 1996 as part of the Fantasy class, delivering fun, good times, and memories to millions over the years of service.
4. Norwegian expedition cruise line Hurtigruten was forced to cancel sailings after it suffered an outbreak of COVID-19 on MS Roald Amundsen. With over 30 confirmed cases on-board, All other passengers will now be required to self quarantine per Norwegian health regulations.
5. MSC Cruises has made plans to relaunch cruising with masks a rapid testing for COVID-19. The cruise line will start with Mediterranean sailings aboard MSC Grandiosa and MSC Magnifica. However, only from one of the 26 countries making up the Schengen area will be allowed to sail. Some of the protocols will include capacity controls, only booking excursions through the cruise lines, daily temperature checks, and more.
Featured Article: In Memory of Stormin’ Norm
A touching tribute to Stormin’ Norm, a friend to everyone he met on the high seas.
This Week’s Podcast: Sit Down With Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald
This week, Cruise Radio interviews Carnival Corporation (CCL) CEO Arnold Donald on the what’s happening in the cruise industry without ships sailing, such as what we might expect when cruising returns, how Carnival cruise lines are remaining resilient, vessels leaving the fleet, and more.
Featured Video: We Never Forget the Moments That Matter
We’re all anxious to get back to cruising, but in the meantime we can hold onto the moments that matter—the sail-away sunsets, the laughs over dinner, meeting new friends at the bar. Cruising will resume someday, and we’ll be ready and waiting at the gangway when it does.