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Carnival Cruise Line Announces High Energy Cruise Director and Entertainment Director Duo for Totally Transformed Carnival Radiance

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Let the fun begin! Giving Carnival Radiance cruisers a peek at all the fun they have in store, Carnival Cruise Line announced that longtime guest favorites Lee Mason and Katie Eastham will serve as the ship’s cruise director and entertainment director duo when it debuts in April in connection with Carnival Victory’s $200 million bow-to-stern transformation.

In charge of leading the fun on board, Mason’s energetic personality and Eastham’s playful nature will spearhead Carnival Radiance’s vast array of entertainment offerings from the line’s award-winning Playlist Productions shows, including the new-to-fleet Rock Revolution and Broadway Beats as well as Celestial Strings and Soulbound, to legendary deck parties, hilarious performances at Punchliner Comedy Club and audience favorites such as Hasbro, The Game Show.

“As cruise director and entertainment director, you have to have more energy than all of our guests combined, and as you can imagine, that is tough to come by,…

Where is the Anthem of the Seas?

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Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas has been alternating her days between an anchorage off the coast of the Bahamas and pulling along side at Coco Cay Royal Caribbean's Private island. It is suspected that she will pull into a Floridian or Bahamian port shortly for fuel and stores.



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Where's the Queen Mary 2? Cunard Announces Queen Mary 2 Heading to Southampton.

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Cunard has announced that the Queen Mary 2 is heading back to Southampton England abandoning the remainder of her world cruise due to the coronavirus. Although there are no reports of any infected passengers, Cunard has decided to halt the cruise as a precaution. The Queen  is expected to depart Port Louis, Mauritius on March 23, 2020 and  arrive in Southampton  on April 11, 2020.



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Where is Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Gem?

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3/22/20 - Although originally reported to be laid up temporarily in Jacksonville, Florida, the Norwegian Gem headed from New York directly to Nassau. As of Sunday, the Norwegian Gem remains dockside with other Norwegian Cruise Line , Seven Seas Cruise Line and Oceania Cruises ships. (all of the Norwegian Cruise Lines Family).

Located in Nassau with the Norwegian Gem is the Norwegian Breakaway (another New York favorite) and Norwegian Encore (coming to New York in the summer).

The Norwegian Gem was expected to sail 10 and 11 day cruises from New York before heading to Boston for Boston to Bermuda cruises in May/June. The current plan has the cruises from Boston operating as planned.

Berthed together is the Seven Seas Explorer and the Riviera of Seven Seas Cruises.


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Where is the Norwegian Bliss?

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3/22/20 - Although originally reported to be laid up temporarily in Norfolk, the Norwegian Bliss headed from New York directly to Nassau and then on to Miami where she is with the Norwegian Encore, Carnival Pride, MSC Armonia, MSC Seaside, MSC Divina, Explorer of the Seas, Sirena and Scarlett Lady (docked at the container terminal). MSC Mergavilla is anchored off shore.

The Norwegian  Bliss will most likely move to a new destination to make room for the next ship.

In general, the cruise lines have been alternating ships in ports to give crew an opportunity to go ashore and too take on supplies. The ships are continually moved and refueled.  Onboard plumbing, lighting and air-conditioning is exercised. Idle ships deteriorate more quickly so the cruise lines are keeping them moving.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Ship In Layup - Operations Resume With New York Sailing

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Hapag-Lloyd Cruises (now a joint operation between Royal Caribbean and TUI) has suspended operations. In progress cruises will conclude over a period from now to March 21. Operations are planned to restart April 18 with departures by Europa from New York, Hanseatic Inspiration from Belem, Brazil;  April 30 for Europa 2 from Lisbon, Portugal;  May 19 for Hanseatic Nature from Sao Miguel and May 23 for Bremen from Otaru. 

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PREDICTIONS: The Future of the Cruise Industry

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Here is my prediction of the future impacts of the coronavirus on the cruise industry in the months / years ahead.  Basically the damage has been done and it will be a long time before cruise passengers have confidence to return to the ships.

In the near term 1-6 months:
When cruise lines resume operations after a temporary suspension, a good number of their ships will remain laid-up. They just will NOT be able to fill all the ships right away.The number of cruise ports that prohibit cruise ship calls will increase. Bergen, Norway just joined the list of  destinations saying - "No Thanks" to the cruise lines. Ships will be laid up due to the lack of demand. Itineraries will be altered based on the health of those onboard. Potentially sick passengers will cause ports to be skipped or passengers to be quarantined. Cruise capacity in Europe will be ratcheted back significantly.Additional cruise lines will sporatically lay up ships, especially in seasons where demand…