CLIA —the Cruise Line Industry International Association — announced yesterday that its ocean-going cruise lines will be voluntarily and temporarily suspending cruise ship operations from U.S. ports of call for 30 days as public health officials and the U.S. Government continue to address COVID-19.

The announcement came after several cruise lines had individually announced similar suspensions.

CLIA cruise line members are voluntarily and temporarily suspending operations from the U.S. as we work to address this public health crisis,” said Kelly Craighead, President and CEO, CLIA. “This is an unprecedented situation. Our industry has taken responsibility for protecting public health for more than 50 years, working under the guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and prides itself on its ability to deliver exceptional vacation experiences for guests, as well as meaningful employment opportunities for crew. This has been a challenging time, but we hope that this decision will enable us to focus on the future and a return to normal as soon as possible.”

The temporary suspension will take effect at 12:00AM EDT on 14 March 2020. CLIA ocean-going cruise lines are focused on the safe and smooth return of those currently at sea onboard ships that will be affected by this decision.

“We do not take this decision lightly, and we want the traveling public to know in no uncertain terms the commitment of this industry to putting people first,” said Adam Goldstein, CLIA Global Chairman. “During this time, we will continue to work with the CDC and others to prepare for resumption of sailings when it is appropriate. We know the travel industry is a huge economic engine for the United States and when our ships once again sail, our industry will be a significant contributor to fueling the economic recovery.”

Guests who are booked on cruise itineraries which will be impacted by this decision are encouraged to contact their travel advisors or reach out to their cruise lines directly.


Richard Branson’s Virgin Voyages says it has made the very difficult decision to postpone the Showcase Tour launch and inaugural sailing season for its first ship, Scarlet Lady, until July 15, 2020, with its Maiden Voyage taking place August 7, 2020.

“The business is well supported and our partnership between the Virgin Group and Bain Capital means that Virgin Voyages can remain focused on the health and safety of our Sailors and Crew,” said a statement from Branson and Virgin Voyages president Tom McAlpin. (“Sailors” is what Virgin Voyages calls its passengers).

“We have absolutely no health issues aboard our ship and have elevated protocols in place as we continue to put your well-being first,” says the announcement, which adds that “Virgin Voyages is working with relevant parties to research new technologies that will help to expedite health screenings and make people feel safe. Developments are ongoing and the hope is to identify this opportunity over the course of the next month.”

文章來源: Marine Log


Three Small Cruise Ships Have Known COVID-19 Cases On Board

Though the cruise industry has broadly canceled or delayed future voyages due to the risk of coronavirus, many cruise ships are still under way and are winding down their itineraries. Three have known coronavirus cases on board, adding to the previous incidents aboard Diamond Princess and Grand Princess.In addition to the known coronavirus cases aboard the Fred. Olsen vessel Braemar, which is currently under way for a port of refuge in Cuba, two Silversea Cruises vessels have been quarantined in Latin America.

Silver Shadow

In Pernambuco, Brazil, health authorities decided to hold the cruise ship Silver Shadow in quarantine at the port of Recife last Thursday after a passenger developed coronavirus symptoms. The individual, a 78-year-old man, has tested positive. He was disembarked and taken to a local hospital.

Over 600 passengers remain on board.“We have asked guests on the ships to temporarily remain in their cabins in accordance with our medical isolation protocols,” a spokesperson for operator Silversea told The Guardian.

As in previous quarantines, meals are being delivered for passengers and placed outside of their rooms. “It’s really nothing to complain about,” said passenger Doug Bernstein, speaking to the Naples Daily News. “This ship is amazing. The crew have been fabulous, both in terms of impeccable service and caution.”

“The atmosphere is peaceful, the guests remain in their cabins and the only different situation is that the vessel will receive drinking water and will remove solid and liquid waste today. All under the supervision of [health officials],” said Olimar Cardoso dos Santos, regional coordinator for Brazil’s National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa).

Silver Explorer

The Silversea vessel Silver Explorer has been quarantined at the port of Chacabuco, Chile after an 83-year-old passenger from the UK tested positive for COVID-19. The individual has been evacuated to a nearby hospital, and Chilean health minister Jaime Manalich told media that the man was in good condition.

The quarantine comes as Chile implements strict restrictions on movement: the nation has closed its borders to foreign nationals, though cargo operations will continue as before. “We’ve decided to close all our country’s terrestrial, maritime and aerial borders for the transit of foreigners,” announced Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera at a press conference on Monday.


In addition to the known cases aboard Braemar, Silver Shadow and Silver Explorer, other vessels have encountered delays and precautionary measures as port state officials move to control possible coronavirus risks.

Chile’s decision to close its borders Monday had an immediate effect for the Holland America cruise ship Zaandam, which has no known or suspected cases on board. “Despite a positive outlook for disembarking Zaandam guests today at Punta Arenas, Chile, we were not allowed to do so by local authorities. Therefore, the ship departed the port this evening and is now en route to San Antonio, Chile, for a service call to take on fuel and other provisions,” Holland America said in a statement. “Our Seattle headquarters and the ship are working with several governments and embassies on options for where to disembark guests.”

Aboard the Golden Princess, three passengers have been quarantined aboard with respiratory symptoms; one individual was tested and returned a negative result for the virus. There are no known cases on board, and Golden Princess has been cleared to sail. She is now making her way to Australia.

Norwegian Jewel canceled port calls in Tahiti and Fiji after she was denied permission to enter, and she is now anchored off Suva. “We are actively working to find an alternative port and are communicating with guests regularly as we have further information,” operator NCL said in a statement. The vessel has no known or suspected cases on board.


The Costa Luminosa is currently under way for Marseilles after a transatlantic voyage from the Caribbean, and passengers have expressed concern that she may have positive cases on board. Three passengers from the current voyage have been disembarked and have since tested positive for the disease.

On February 29, one Costa Luminosa passenger was medevaced to the Cayman Islands after developing symptoms of a stroke. He later tested positive for COVID-19, and on Saturday he died, according to the Miami Herald.

On March 8, two more passengers were disembarked in Puerto Rico, and they have also tested positive for COVID-19. The vessel was then refused entry to Antigua and headed onwards to her next port of call, the Canary Islands, a weeklong voyage across the Atlantic. Upon arrival she disembarked three more ill passengers (their test status has not been reported).

Costa Luminosa is now headed onwards for Marseilles, where she is due to arrive Thursday. Non-Italian guests are expected to be allowed to disembark, according to a letter provided to passengers and shared on social media. Photos and accounts provided by passengers currently on board the ship indicate that quarantine measures have been implemented.

文章來源: The Maritime Executive

歐洲渡輪營運商STENA Line因疫情縮減950個在瑞典的工作職位

The ferry company Stena Line with its headquarters based in Gothenburg announces 950 planned job redundancies in Sweden. This measure is in response to the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) that has had a substantial effect on Stena Line’s passenger operations.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and travel restrictions imposed by several countries, Stena Line has, like many other companies within the travel industry, seen a drastic decline in travel bookings.

Since Saturday, 14 March, Stena Line has completely stopped operating its Oslo – Frederikshavn route until further notice. At present, it is estimated that passenger operations will not recover before the peak season in summer. Stena Line is therefore forced to take drastic measures to adapt the reduce costs of the new business situation and to secure the continuity of their freight business.

Today on Monday, 16 March, Stena Line will announce its planned job redundancies that will affect 950 people employed by Stena Line Scandinavia AB. The planned job redundancies concern positions onboard and offshore, on nine Swedish flagged vessels, as well as positions in the two sister companies Stena Line Travel Group and Retail & Food Services.

“Due to the current situation we are facing, we have no choice but to adjust our operations and our costs to limit the drop in demand and secure the continuity of our freight operations”, says Niclas Mårtensson, CEO of Stena Line.

Stena Line is currently evaluating its overall operations in all regions due to the sharp decline in travel bookings and does not rule out that there will be further reductions or series of changes to its timetables and/or the route network.

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