News – PH – When will it be possible to take a cruise again?


The US health department CDC says the risk of Covid-19 on a cruise ship is “very high”

A year ago, pictures of the battered Diamond Princess cruise ship, which itself became a Covid hotspot, showed the ease with which the coronavirus was transmitted on board a ship with thousands of passengers and crew

As the virus crisis developed in early 2020, cruise ships became pariah, with some sailing for weeks in search of a port that would allow them to disembark passengers in need and often sick

On 12 In March 2020, the Federal Foreign Office took the unprecedented step of warning of cruise lines, effectively banning cruise lines from carrying British passengers

While the government says it “will continue to review its cruise ship travel advice based on the latest medical advice,” there are no signs of any impending relaxation of the ban

Yet cruise lines are preparing for the coming summer, offering British travelers hundreds of departures

Before the coronavirus crisis, cruise ships efficiently and inexpensively guided around 30 million holidaymakers around the world’s sights every year

The vast majority of the 270 ocean-going vessels that were in service around the world prior to the pandemic are immobile

The pandemic has hit every aspect of the extremely complex logistics of a cruise operation, with a maze of restrictions on the movement of people and ships

Today almost all ships are at anchor and suffer from the disgrace of becoming tourist attractions themselves when you see them at anchor

Some very limited cruises have taken place in places like French Polynesia, Norway, and the Canary Islands, but the continued imposition of travel restrictions – and occasional cases of coronavirus on board – have so far made a coordinated restart impossible

Royal Caribbean International is planning cruises on Quantum of the Seas from Singapore and Spectrum of the Seas from China in April 2021

Nobody knows – which is one reason cruise lines are enthusiastically marketing travel for 2022 and even 2023

The UK government does not have “normal” tourism, including cruises, until April 17th at the earliest May be effectively banned

Saga is offering on 20 May start a 14-day cruise in the British Isles from Dover that includes Guernsey and Ireland plus England, Northern Ireland and Scotland.It is subject to the government of each nation to relax sufficient restrictions

P&O Cruises, the best-known cruise company with a focus on the UK, says: “We are waiting for more clarity about the expected dates for domestic and international cruises

“In order to minimize possible further disappointments, we have temporarily stopped the sale of all cruises that are sold before the 21 June 2021 should depart ”

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines has canceled all of its voyages for the first half of 2021 and currently plans to move on Jan. July to continue with a voyage from Rosyth in Scotland to France and Spain. The next day the ships from Liverpool and Dover to Iceland respectively France

Even in countries like Australia, where the coronavirus has had a limited impact, the first Princess crossings will not start until Jan. Start October – with a two-day trip from Sydney to Melbourne

Logistically, the complexities of the cruise industry, involving crew members and customers from around the world, and trips that typically stop at many destinations have made them particularly vulnerable to the tangle of restrictions associated with the coronavirus pandemic

Furthermore, the cruise’s image problem means that hundreds of ports and entire countries are likely to take much longer to open to ships than closing

On the demand side: Many of the top cruising populations are elderly travelers who may want to avoid what the CDC calls the “very high” risk of Covid-19 on cruise lines recommending that “avoid all people.” traveling on cruise ships, including river cruises, worldwide “

In addition, “It is especially important that people at increased risk of serious illness avoid traveling on cruise lines, including river cruises”

The organization strongly urges: “Passengers who choose to cruise should be tested 3-5 days after their trip and stay at home 7 days after the trip. Even if they test negative, stay on for the full 7 days Home

“If you are not tested, it is safest to stay home for 10 days after your trip”

The Cruise Lines International Association does not agree with the CDC’s assessment of the “very high risk” and explains: “Cruise Lines make every effort to promote the health and well-being of everyone on board

“From cleaning practices to passenger screening to public health inspections, cruise lines work hard to keep passengers and crew healthy”

Yes, at least on some cruise lines Royal Caribbean is deploying its newest ship, Odyssey of the Seas, on a limited route from Haifa, Israel to the Greek islands of Rhodes, Santorini and Mykonos, as well as the capital Athens and Limassol in Cyprus-only residents of Israel are allowed to go on board

The company says, “Royal Caribbean will be the first company to offer fully vaccinated cruises where both crew members and guests over the age of 16 will be vaccinated against Covid-19”

Saga says while the crew is being tested and not vaccinated, passengers must have had both bumps: “All guests must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 at least 14 days before sailing with us”

Before boarding, you can expect temperature and quick Covid checks at the terminal some social distancing on board; improved cleaning; and reduced capacity

Cruise companies make plans The basic idea will be to set up a “hot zone” in the medical center exclusively for Covid cases so that the rest of the operation – including medical care for non-Covid diseases – can remain untouched

Viruses brought on board are nothing new The US CDC says, “Conditions on cruise ships exacerbate an already highly communicable disease”

According to CDC data, there have been major virus outbreaks on board cruise lines an average of once a month for the past decade with calls to the United States

One view is that there are likely to be fewer ships visiting fewer countries and fewer people on them, and given the gruesome arithmetic of Covid-19, these passengers could be significantly younger


Julia Lo Bue Said, Managing Director of Advantage Travel Centers, believes that the nature of the cruise could actually improve safety, and therefore attractiveness

“It is the only product vendor that has a complete end-to-end solution and you are in control of this complete end-to-end process,” she said

“In the future, we will find that a cruise ship is even more stringent. You have invested so much in making sure that your employees, your employees and your customers are tested”

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News – PH – When will it be possible to cruise again ?