Cruise News & Updates

Time to check in on the latest Cruise News & updates for the week. There has been a lot happening, so grab a coffee and check out what is new in the world of cruise 

Crystal cancellations: Luxury cruiseline Crystal cruises, suspends all cruises until the end of 2020. Includes all sailing on Crystal Symphony, Crystal Serenity and yacht cruises on Crystal Esprit. 

This follows on from the previously cancelled 2020 season of their new luxury expedition yacht Crystal Endeavour. Endeavour was delayed due to construction issues caused through the Covid shutdowns earlier in the year at the shipyard. 

Crystal Cruises also announced a new set of safety and health protocols “Crystal Clean +” to be implemented on ocean ships Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony once they resume sailings.

The Crystal Clean+ programme is an enhancement of the rigorous systems to which their teams have always adhered. It will offer guests peace of mind and the assurance that Crystal is committed to ensure a healthy and safe experience aboard their ships once cruising re-commences.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings three brands announce a further extension to cruising worldwide until 01 November. This includes all cruises on Norwegian Cruise Lines, Oceania and Regent Seven Seas. 

NCL also announced it plans to provide an update at the end of each month regarding cruise cancellations and potential sailing suspension extensions, in an effort to provide additional transparency.

Did you know In an effort to deal with COVID-19, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings have launched the “Healthy Sail Panel” with Royal Caribbean Group, with the goal of looking at every facet of safety, from whether ultra violet lights can kill the virus, to how to improve meal services.

Muster 2.0

Royal’s Re-Invention of the Muster drill: Although a necessary part of maritime law, the Muster drill has long been a pressure point on cruise embarkation day

Royal Caribbean this week released details of their new and improved electronic Muster drill, to be known as Muster 2.0. Travelers will be able to review the safety information in their own time, prior to setting sail on their mobile app, or interactive TV screens though-out the ship. This will eliminate the need for the traditional large group Muster assemblies. 

Once onboard their cruise ship, guests have a set time (indicated by a timer in the Royal Caribbean app) during which muster drill must be completed by all of the passengers. In response, a message is transmitted to each mobile device that the muster drill has commenced. Once completed they simply check in at their allocated muster station, which signs off the process. 

Swan Hellenic new look expedition ships

Swan Hellenic to return as a luxury expedition brand
Nearly Seventy years on from Swan Hellenic’s beginnings, the iconic British-born expedition cruise line is back. Two state-of-the-art Swan Hellenic expedition ships are being built in Helsinki Shipyard Oy, Finland aimed at providing 152 guests an elegant, intimate and personal onboard experience.

The reborn Swan Hellenic brand is to be aimed at the traveller, who wishes to “explore, experience and enrich the infinite beauty of the world and its inhabitants in a safe and sustainable way”. The first ship will cruise in Antarctica from November 2021, with the second ship scheduled for an April 2022 arrival.

New Zealand and South Pacific visits are muted on their press release, watch this space for more information as it becomes available. 

Fred Olsen cruises has purchased two Holland America ships. Amsterdam and Rotterdam which will join the Fred Olsen fleet and will be renamed Bolette and Borealis. Amsterdam was well known to Kiwis and was a regular visitor to New Zealand, as she operated world cruise itineraries for Holland America. 

Holland America also announced that it will change the name of its new build ship, currently under construction to Rotterdam, previously she was to be called Ryndam. The newly named Rotterdam will also become the new flagship for the Holland America fleet.

Celestyal Cruises new look for ex Costa neo Romantica

Celestyal cruises advised that it has purchased the Costa NeoRomantica and she will join their fleet ready for their re-commencement of Greek Island & Med cruising in 2021. Costa NeoRomantica was previously well known in our region for her annual seasons sailing in Japan.

P&O International ship ‘Oceana’ has been sold to Greek ferry operator Seajets and was handed over on 24 July 2020, at the port of Patras. The ship has now been renamed ‘Queen of the Seas’. Many Kiwis will have taken SeaJets fast ferries between the Greek Islands. It will be interesting to see what exciting itineraries they  have planned for their new cruise ship.

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