Select Cruise Lines Try To Reenter Service With New Restrictions and Preventative procedures.
|German and Italian Cruise Brands start limited service - sailing short cruises restricted to domestic ports and Italian and German Nationals|
Select cruise lines has decided to start cruising operations outside of United States waters
Norwegian cruise line - Sea Goddess has started cruises for Norwegian citizens on their private yachts - only calling at ports within Norway.
Carnival Owned German cruise line Aida Kreuzfarten is planning to start operations from German ports calling at select German cities.
Royal Caribbean's jointly owned German cruise operation Mein Schiff began cruising last month - sailing short cruises to to nowhere for German nationals only. As part of the cruise, the ship sailed to the shipyard where is was built allowing passengers a view of the shipyard.
Later this month Carnival Cruises' Italian brand Costa Cruises - will start sailing from Italy with 2 ships. The ships will be restricted to carry only Italian citizens and call only at Italian ports.
Also MSC Cruises was approved to sail cruises from Italian ports this month under the same restrictions as Costa.
Two Other operator - Hurtigruten and UnCruise - had resumed operations. Hurtigruten operates cruises throughout Norway and Norwegian Fjords. UnCruise is a United States small ship flagged brand that sails to Alaska.
Unfortunately both UnCruise and Hurtigruten resumed operations and received negative press when a/some passengers tested positive for the coronavirus. The Single case reported on board the UnCruise ship who was the coronavirus positive case was later found to be a false positive.
As for Hurtigruten, in a statement, the cruise line says.....36 crew members and several guests have tested positive for COVID-19 in the outbreak on board the expedition cruise ship MS Roald Amundsen. As a response to the coronavirus outbreak on board MS Roald Amundsen, Hurtigruten temporarily suspends all expedition sailings on MS Roald Amundsen, MS Fridtjof Nansen and MS Spitsbergen until further notice.
It is expected that more cruise lines will continue to slowly re-enter the market and fine tune their coronavirus protection methods and procedures. At this time, there is no firm date for the resumption of cruises from United States ports.
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