Cruise industry

New X-Bow cruise ship launched in China

SunStone’s new expedition cruise vessel, the Ocean Explorer has been launched at the CMHI shipyard, China, on Wednesday 12 August 2020. The ship is number four of six in the Infinityclass of X-BOW expedition ships, all designed by Ulstein and built at CMHI shipyards. The six ships are owned and managed by Miami-based SunStone Ships and are available for charters …

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Finally, at sea

Photos: Tui Cruises   By Pierre Terrien, Publisher The German cruise line TUI Cruises has kick-started its operations on Friday July 24 with the “Mein Schiff 2” sailing for the first time since the industry was shut down because of the coronavirus, with 1,200 people on board. The first 3-nights-voyage from Hamburg across the North Sea to Norway consisted exclusively …

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Are suicides at sea being underestimated?

Recent reports of seafarers stranded on cruise ships taking their own lives have highlighted the dearth of reliable information about suicides at sea. Maritime welfare charities – many funded by Seafarers UK – continually strive to improve the mental health of seafarers on merchant vessels, by providing helpful sources of information and advice and in …

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Halifax suspends entire 2020 cruise season

The Port of Halifax has suspended the 2020 cruise season following the announcement on May 29 by Transport Minister Marc Garneau of COVID-related, updated restrictive measures on cruise ships and passenger vessels in Canadian waters. Cruise vessels carrying more than 100 passengers are now forbidden to operate in Canadian waters until October 31. An earlier …

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CTMA Cancels its 2020 Cruise Season

Cap-aux-Meules, April 15, 2020 – With the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, CTMA cancels its 19th cruise season which was scheduled from June 12 to September 25, 2020. Due to the new measures put in place last week by Transport Canada concerning the non-essential transportation of passengers, cruises scheduled June 12, 19 and 26 had …

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Breaking news: Princess Cruises follows Viking and halts global operations for 2 months

In an unprecedented move, Princess has announced today it will pause global operations of its 18 cruise ships for two months in response to the Coronavirus. The extreme measure comes after the infections of passengers and crew on board the company’s two ships, Diamond Princess in Japan and more recently Grand Princess in Oakland, California. …

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Canada defers start of cruise season to July 1 earliest

Transport Minister Marc Garneau today announced that Canada will defer the start of the cruise season at Canadian ports from April 2 to July 1 at the earliest in response to the global coronavirus pandemic.Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer has issued a formal health advisory, recommending that Canadians avoid going on cruise ships at this time. …

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