Cruise News Roundup | Week of June 18th, 2020

This Weeks Cruise News Roundup for the Week of July 18, 2020, bringing together news from across the industry in a quick and easy video update.

Carnival sells 6 cruise ships – with more sales to come

Carnival Corporation announced six ships are leaving various Carnival Corporation brands. Carnival Corporation’s CEO, Arnold Donald, also indicated there are negotiations ongoing which will see more vessels leaving the company.

Ships leaving the company include Carnival Fantasy (built in 1990), Ecstasy (1991), Sensation (1993), Fascination (1994), Imagination (1995), Inspiration (1996), Elation (1998) and Paradise (1998).

Carnival CEO doesn’t know when cruise lines will sail again.

Carnivals start date of August 1st now looks to be in jeopardy after the cruise lines CEO said they got the wrong date. As part of an interview with Cruise Critic, Carnival Corporation’s CEO, Arnold Donald said “I don’t know when we’ll sail again.”,

He went on to say: “The return to cruising would be determined by many factors, including the CDC and even the destinations to which they cruise. “The world is going to tell us. Destinations are going to open when they decide to open. It’s not going to be us telling them!”

Cruise deals will be hard to find in the future.

In addition, Arnold also said we shouldn’t “expect crazy deals”.

“I would not count on a lot of deals,” he said in an interview with The Points Guy. “When we start sailing again, more than likely because there is going to be fewer ships out, and people are … anxious to cruise, there is going to be more demand than supply initially.”

MSC begins to recruit crew for August start.

According to a letter sent to crew obtained by Cruise Industry News, MSC is looking to recruit crew to join ships in Europe by July 15 to prepare for a potential start up in August.

CDC: We don’t know when it will be safe to cruise

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated its website with a statement saying; “We don’t have enough information at this time to say when it will be safe to resume sailing with passengers.”

Royal Caribbean buys Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

Royal Caribbean has entered into a second joint venture with the TUI Group TUI Group by purchasing Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

Royal Amplification projects have been postponed indefinitely

Royal Caribbean announced that the cruise line has postponed its upcoming amplifications until further notice. The amplifications included new features, activities and amenities scheduled for Allure of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas and Adventure of the Seas.

Allure of the Seas will not sail from Galveston in winter 2021-2022 due to terminal construction delays.

 Allure of the Seas will no longer sail from Galveston in 2021, she will call Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale home instead. Liberty of the Seas will remain in Galveston and sail Allure’s itineraries.

Norwegian Cruise Line extends cancellations into October.

Norwegian Cruise Line and sister brands Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises have suspended all sailing through Sept. 30. Plus, additional sailings canceled in October. 

David McDonald
As one half of Cruise with Ben & David I am a huge cruise enthusiast and have sailed on over 30 cruises. On dry land, I am a Head of Design at a digital media company based in London. I have had the opportunity to work with brands such as the Financial Times and The Telegraph.