Showing posts from July, 2020

The Busy Cruise Week Around July 4th Was a Dud.

This past weekend had the potential to be a very busy cruise weekend - but due to the Coronavirus-
mother-nature had different plans.

On July 1st Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas was scheduled to depart Cape Liberty, Bayonne  on a 9-day Bermuda / Eastern Caribbean Cruise.On July 2nd the Carnival Sunrise was scheduled to depart Manhattan for a 4 day cruise to Bermuda.On July 4th Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Pearl and Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas were both headed to Florida and the Bahamas.On July 5th Celebrity Cruise' Celebrity Summit was slated to depart on a Bermuda & Newport RI cruise while the Norwegian Encore was scheduled for a 7 Day Bermuda Cruise.On July 6th Carnival Cruises' Carnival Sunrise was to sail a 9 Day Eastern Caribbean Cruise. Royal Caribbean's Empress of the Seas would have departed on a 7-day New England Canada Cruise and finally Cunard's Queen Mary 2 would have sailed a leisurely 9-day Transatlantic Cruise to Sout…

Where are the New York / New Jersey Cruise Ships Now?

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Carnival Cruises' Carnival Radiance/Carnival Victory; Carnival SunriseCelebrity Cruises Celebrity SummitCunard Line's Queen Mary2Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Bliss; Norwegian Encore; Norwegian Gem; Norwegian Pearl. Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas; Anthem of the Seas; Empress of the Seas; Oasis of the Seas. Check back often - we update the site daily with cruise news and update the ship locations frequently.


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Remembering United States Lines S/S United States' Maiden Voyage.

Today marks the 68th anniversary of the maiden voyage of the SS United States of United States lines. The ship left New York on July 3, 1952 with a full complement of passengers. The ship broke the prior speed record for the transatlantic crossing taking the blue ribbon away from the queen Mary. Yes if United States was the fastest ship to ever cross the Atlantic at 35.92 knots. The SS United States remained in service until 1969 at which time she was laid up. Numerous plans to reactivate the ship never materialized and the ship has remained idle and stripped of her interiors. 
To date, the 55,330 GRT, SS United States is the largest passenger ship to be built entirely in the US. She was built in 1950 into 51 at a cost of over $79 million at the Newport News shipbuilding and drydock company. Measuring 990 feet long, 101 1/2 feet wide and a draft of 31 feet the ship was the symbol of prestige and national honor for the United States.
The ship is currently laid up in Phila…

Where Will Cunard Line Operate the Queen Mary 2?

It is predicted that most cruises lines will favor shorter cruises with limited days at sea. I am curious to see if operators like Cunard Line, who sail the Queen Mary 2 from New York to Southampton England with 5 to 7 days at sea, will alter their itineraries. 
Cunard will be faced with many decisions including whether to use the ship exclusively for European cruises and abandon the New York - Southampton crossing; operate sailings fromNew York to other destinations; Reduce the the number of transatlantic voyages and increase the speed of the ship during these voyages to reduce the time at sea; or have one of the most rigorous sterilization programs of any of the cruise lines sailing.
It should be noted that NO cases of the coronavirus was reported on board the Queen Mary 2 as of June 28th.
At this point Cunard has not altered the itineraries for the Queen Mary 2 but I would suspect that some changes are coming.


More Predictions for the Cruise Industry - Part IV - Where Will Cruising Resume From? What Itineraies will be Opened First and Why?

Since cruise lines will be asked to take added measures to ensure that ships are sterilized and kept virus free on a continual basis, the cruise lines are taking actions in order to illuminate any potential bad press as well as media attention. 
Cruise lines are working on proactively managing the health of passengers throughout the cruise, requiring the crew to wear protective face gear, reducing the availability of buffets, having crew members place food on passengers plates, sterilization of the public areas, fogging of the cruise passenger cabins, and increased medical staff. In addition many cruise lines are limiting their capacity by 50% allowing for social distancing. This is being done to instill passenger confidence in the cruise industry again.
It is expected that the cruise lines will sail from ports which are within driving range of a large potential cruise passengers. Examples are Miami / Port Everglades. Port Canaveral, Galveston, New York, San Diego / Los Ange…