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Why cruise ships will be back in Asia

This month saw extraordinary changes to the cruise industry – with almost every line pausing itineraries to help in the battle with COVID-19.


Cruise lines in Asia are using the opportunity to work hard to produce new health regimes on board that will ensure that passengers are even safer on their journeys once cruising resumes. The lines sent their messages to travellers in a series of passionate and courageous videos.


First, Royal Caribbean’s Richard Fain produced a passionate, no-holds-barred speech in which he spelt out why cruise ships would be back. You can see him at work here – and watch till the end, he has a great punch line!


“Like you, we’re hurting. We’ve had to cancel cruises; we’ve lost revenue and our people are putting in long days to ensure the health and safety of our guests and our crew, ” he said. “But we have absolutely sailed through rough waters like this before and we have weathered every storm side by side with you.”


Finally, Jan Swartz, president of Princess, announced the line would halt all its ships until May 10.
“Our hearts break for those who have lost their lives,” she said in a video. She described her crews – particularly those on Diamond Princess – as “gladiators”.
But she added: “Sometimes even gladiators need to rest. This is perhaps the most difficult decision of our history.”


Cruise&Travel Asia’s readers are keen cruisers. Overnight, we conducted a poll asking who would cruise now, and who would cruise later.


The good news is they are all keen to cruise again.
There are some extraordinary bargains on offer from cruise companies keen to get you back in their cabins and suites. Book for the new season and through 2021, read the cancellation fine print and get good travel insurance. Make sure you pick a line with a good reputation (which is all of those sailing our waters).


Then relax. You’ll have a terrific time. And perhaps, by then, you’ll wonder what all the fuss was about.

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Bumper cruise bargains

• There are plenty of cruise bargains to be had as cruise lines adjust their ship deployments in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Many lines cite current uncertainty, travel restrictions and port closures in Asia and their affect on cruise operations in the region as the main reason for their ship redeployments.


Royal Caribbean is offering up to $200 instant savings, second person 60% off and kids sail free - which means a family can certainly nab a great price. they have the Quantum of the Seas based in Singapore.


Cunard and Princess Cruises announced they would be extending the season in Australia for an extra 60 days, bringing priced from as little as $63 per person, per night. Princess Cruises also revealed it would be basing the Sapphire Princess in Australia and moving the ship from Singapore and China.


Norwegian Cruise Line’s Asian ship Norwegian Spirit will be sailing the Eastern Mediterranean in place of her cancelled Asian season. The ship is making her first homeport in Athens fresh from the line’s most extensive refurbishment of over $139 million. Spirit is offering a season of seven-day voyages to the Greek Isles, Turkey, and Israel through 8 Nov, 2020. She will also be visiting two new Greek ports, Patmos and Volos.


Royalcaribbean.com/sgp
princesscruises.com
cunard.com

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Viking reveals their new expedition ships

• Viking has annouced the launch of their new expedition line. Viking Expeditions will start sailing in January 2022 with its first purpose-built vessel, the Viking Octantis. She’ll be sailing on voyages to Antarctica and North America’s Great Lakes. And later in August 2022, the line will launch the second expedition vessel, the Viking Polaris. Viking’s arrival to the Great Lakes itineraries visits the states of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as the Canadian province of Ontario.


The new Polar Class 6 Viking Octantis and Polaris will host 378 guests in 189 staterooms. The ships will feature public spaces with modern Scandinavian design, familiar to Viking’s ocean cruise guests but will have new public spaces created specifically for expeditions.
The highlights include suites with Nordic balcony, the hangar, expedition equipment, the laboratory and more.

Viking has partnered with some of the world’s most prestigious scientific institutions including the University of Cambridge, Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology and scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will join expeditions on the Great Lakes to teach guests about the regions’ climate, weathear and ecosystems. Inaugural pricing starts at $7,625 per person, twin share for the eight-day Nigara & The Great Lakes sailing.

vikingcruises.com

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Goop down under

• Actress and self-anointed health guru Gwyneth Paltrow may be heading into the region on board a Celebrity Cruise ship to spruik her goop wellness regime.
“Thinking has already begun to see what Gwyneth and goop can do down here. Discussions have begun but we have not landed on the details yet,” Susan Bonner, Celebrity Cruises vice president and managing director for Australia said.


Ms Paltrow has signed a partnership deal with Celebrity when she will launch the first Goop at Sea on board the newly minted Celebrity Apex sailing from Barcelona on 26 August, visiting Nice, Rome, Naples and Palma de Mallorca.


She will kick off Goop at Sea with a conversation about her wellness journey and where she is headed next – but only to suite class guests who have bought tickets at an additional $1,015 per person. There will also be workshops on mental health, emotional well-being, fitness sessions and conversations with goop’s content editor, Elise Loehnen.


Ms Paltrow will be staying at The Retreat, an exclusive suite class with butler service, private restaurants, exclusive lounge, private sundeck and pool. She is only expected to make one public appearance.


Ms Paltrow launched goop from her kitchen table in 2008 which has since expanded into wellness, health, beauty, fashion, cooking and goop podcasts. Goop offers a range of remedies from “unlocking trauma from your body” to “glow-inducing skin care.” This year, a new show The Goop Lab will showcase on Netflix.


celebritycruises.com

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Upper Mekong gets new luxury ship

• Asia’s luxury river cruise operator Heritage Line is sailing into the upper Mekong in Laos with a new ship, Anouvong, in September this year.


The intimate ship will make the line’s first sailing in the upper Mekong in Laos, between the Lao capital Vientiane, the royal city of Luang Prabang and the Thailand/Laos border in the famous Golden Triangle.
Her design combines Lao tradition with French colonial elegance and has eight staterooms and two suites on board. The Deluxe Executive rooms feature French balconies and the two Signature Suites are at the front of the main deck. They have their own private balcony and Jacuzzi.


The Anouvong will be sailing three-day short itineraries from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai on the Laos/Thailand border as well as seven and nine-night itineraries between Huay Xai and Vientiane. Prices from $1,760pp for a three-night sailing.


heritage-line.com

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Europe’s best loved river routes refreshed

River lines are attracting Asian cruisers back to classic routes like Amsterdam to Basel with new ports of call and offering shorter cruises in 2021.

Lines like Viking and APT have changed the routes of their classic ‘Romantic Danube’ and ‘Magnificent Europe’ itineraries. For example, APT in 2021 will visit the charming German city of Koblenz instead of Cologne and Bonn.


The Grand Empress Steam Train experience in the ‘Magnificent Europe’ itinerary will also take a different route in 2021, travelling the scenic Danube Bend from Esztergom to Budapest (or vice versa). Guests will also be touring in Esztergom instead of visiting Gödöllő Palace.


Meanwhile, lines like Travelmarvel will explore many new ports on the Rhine, Moselle and the lower Danube, giving regular river cruisers, new itinerary options.
Uniworld and APT are also offering more options for guests to sail shorter week-long segments of their full 15-day itineraries.


Scenic is launching two new French culinary cruises aimed at foodies and Riviera Travel is adding many more departures throughout the season for their Holland and Belgium cruises due to guest demand.

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Health and Safety on Cruise Ships

• The health and safety of cruise passengers and crew are the number one priority of CLIA and its member lines, which make up over 90% of ocean-going cruise capacity worldwide.

With the evolving nature of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the cruise and travel industry is facing great challenges. Cruise lines teams around the world are working hard to ensure that the health and safety of guests remain the top priority. The cruise industry is one of the most well-equipped and experienced when it comes to managing and monitoring the health conditions of passengers and crew.

Here are five key actions taken by the cruise industry:
1. Cruise lines take precautions to conduct passive as well as active screening of passengers and crew for illness prior to boarding when circumstances demand.
2. The cruise industry is one of the most well-equipped and experienced when it comes to managing and monitoring health conditions of those on board, with outbreak prevention and response measures in place year-round.
3. Ships must be fitted with onboard medical facilities, with shipboard medical professionals available around the clock, 24/7, to provide initial medical care in the event of illness and help prevent disease transmission.
4. Given the evolving nature of the ongoing COVID-19, CLIA Members have enhanced protocols for ocean-going guests and crew. For more information, refer to CLIA websites for the latest statements.
5. In coordination with cruise lines, medical experts and regulators around the world, CLIA, and its member lines will continue to monitor for new developments related to the COVID-19 closely and will modify these policies as necessary with the utmost consideration for the health and safety of passengers and crew.

Visit cliaasia.org for more information.

NEWS


Why cruise ships will be back

This month saw extraordinary changes to the cruise industry – with almost every line pausing itineraries to help in the battle with COVID-19.

Cruise lines in Asia are using the opportunity to work hard to produce new health regimes on board that will ensure that passengers are even safer on their journeys once cruising resumes. The lines sent their messages to travellers in a series of passionate and courageous videos.

First, Royal Caribbean’s Richard Fain produced a passionate, no-holds-barred speech in which he spelt out why cruise ships would be back. You can see him at work here – and watch till the end, he has a great punch line!

“Like you, we’re hurting. We’ve had to cancel cruises; we’ve lost revenue and our people are putting in long days to ensure the health and safety of our guests and our crew, ” he said. “But we have absolutely sailed through rough waters like this before and we have weathered every storm side by side with you.”

Finally, Jan Swartz, president of Princess, announced the line would halt all its ships until May 10.
“Our hearts break for those who have lost their lives,” she said in a video. She described her crews – particularly those on Diamond Princess – as “gladiators”.
But she added: “Sometimes even gladiators need to rest. This is perhaps the most difficult decision of our history.”

Cruise&Travel Asia’s readers are keen cruisers. Overnight, we conducted a poll asking who would cruise now, and who would cruise later.

The good news is they are all keen to cruise again.
There are some extraordinary bargains on offer from cruise companies keen to get you back in their cabins and suites. Book for the new season and through 2021, read the cancellation fine print and get good travel insurance. Make sure you pick a line with a good reputation (which is all of those sailing our waters).

Then relax. You’ll have a terrific time. And perhaps, by then, you’ll wonder what all the fuss was about.

Bumper cruise bargains

• There are plenty of cruise bargains to be had as cruise lines adjust their ship deployments in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Many lines cite current uncertainty, travel restrictions and port closures in Asia and their affect on cruise operations in the region as the main reason for their ship redeployments.


Royal Caribbean is offering up to $200 instant savings, second person 60% off and kids sail free - which means a family can certainly nab a great price. they have the Quantum of the Seas based in Singapore.


Cunard and Princess Cruises announced they would be extending the season in Australia for an extra 60 days, bringing priced from as little as $63 per person, per night. Princess Cruises also revealed it would be basing the Sapphire Princess in Australia and moving the ship from Singapore and China.


Norwegian Cruise Line’s Asian ship Norwegian Spirit will be sailing the Eastern Mediterranean in place of her cancelled Asian season. The ship is making her first homeport in Athens fresh from the line’s most extensive refurbishment of over $139 million. Spirit is offering a season of seven-day voyages to the Greek Isles, Turkey, and Israel through 8 Nov, 2020. She will also be visiting two new Greek ports, Patmos and Volos.


Royalcaribbean.com/sgp
princesscruises.com
cunard.com

Viking reveals their new expedition ships

• Viking has annouced the launch of their new expedition line. Viking Expeditions will start sailing in January 2022 with its first purpose-built vessel, the Viking Octantis. She’ll be sailing on voyages to Antarctica and North America’s Great Lakes. And later in August 2022, the line will launch the second expedition vessel, the Viking Polaris. Viking’s arrival to the Great Lakes itineraries visits the states of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as the Canadian province of Ontario.


The new Polar Class 6 Viking Octantis and Polaris will host 378 guests in 189 staterooms. The ships will feature public spaces with modern Scandinavian design, familiar to Viking’s ocean cruise guests but will have new public spaces created specifically for expeditions.
The highlights include suites with Nordic balcony, the hangar, expedition equipment, the laboratory and more.

Viking has partnered with some of the world’s most prestigious scientific institutions including the University of Cambridge, Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology and scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will join expeditions on the Great Lakes to teach guests about the regions’ climate, weathear and ecosystems. Inaugural pricing starts at $7,625 per person, twin share for the eight-day Nigara & The Great Lakes sailing.

vikingcruises.com

Goop down under

•Actress and self-anointed health guru Gwyneth Paltrow may be heading into the region on board a Celebrity Cruise ship to spruik her goop wellness regime.
“Thinking has already begun to see what Gwyneth and goop can do down here. Discussions have begun but we have not landed on the details yet,” Susan Bonner, Celebrity Cruises vice president and managing director for Australia said.


Ms Paltrow has signed a partnership deal with Celebrity when she will launch the first Goop at Sea on board the newly minted Celebrity Apex sailing from Barcelona on 26 August, visiting Nice, Rome, Naples and Palma de Mallorca.


She will kick off Goop at Sea with a conversation about her wellness journey and where she is headed next – but only to suite class guests who have bought tickets at an additional $1,015 per person. There will also be workshops on mental health, emotional well-being, fitness sessions and conversations with goop’s content editor, Elise Loehnen.


Ms Paltrow will be staying at The Retreat, an exclusive suite class with butler service, private restaurants, exclusive lounge, private sundeck and pool. She is only expected to make one public appearance.


Ms Paltrow launched goop from her kitchen table in 2008 which has since expanded into wellness, health, beauty, fashion, cooking and goop podcasts. Goop offers a range of remedies from “unlocking trauma from your body” to “glow-inducing skin care.” This year, a new show The Goop Lab will showcase on Netflix.


celebritycruises.com

Upper Mekong gets new luxury ship

• Asia’s luxury river cruise operator Heritage Line is sailing into the upper Mekong in Laos with a new ship, Anouvong, in September this year.


The intimate ship will make the line’s first sailing in the upper Mekong in Laos, between the Lao capital Vientiane, the royal city of Luang Prabang and the Thailand/Laos border in the famous Golden Triangle.
Her design combines Lao tradition with French colonial elegance and has eight staterooms and two suites on board. The Deluxe Executive rooms feature French balconies and the two Signature Suites are at the front of the main deck. They have their own private balcony and Jacuzzi.


The Anouvong will be sailing three-day short itineraries from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai on the Laos/Thailand border as well as seven and nine-night itineraries between Huay Xai and Vientiane. Prices from $1,760pp for a three-night sailing.


heritage-line.com

Europe’s best loved river routes refreshed

River lines are attracting Asian cruisers back to classic routes like Amsterdam to Basel with new ports of call and offering shorter cruises in 2021.

Lines like Viking and APT have changed the routes of their classic ‘Romantic Danube’ and ‘Magnificent Europe’ itineraries. For example, APT in 2021 will visit the charming German city of Koblenz instead of Cologne and Bonn.


The Grand Empress Steam Train experience in the ‘Magnificent Europe’ itinerary will also take a different route in 2021, travelling the scenic Danube Bend from Esztergom to Budapest (or vice versa). Guests will also be touring in Esztergom instead of visiting Gödöllő Palace.


Meanwhile, lines like Travelmarvel will explore many new ports on the Rhine, Moselle and the lower Danube, giving regular river cruisers, new itinerary options.
Uniworld and APT are also offering more options for guests to sail shorter week-long segments of their full 15-day itineraries.


Scenic is launching two new French culinary cruises aimed at foodies and Riviera Travel is adding many more departures throughout the season for their Holland and Belgium cruises due to guest demand.

Health and Safety on Cruise Ships

• The health and safety of cruise passengers and crew are the number one priority of CLIA and its member lines, which make up over 90% of ocean-going cruise capacity worldwide.

With the evolving nature of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the cruise and travel industry is facing great challenges. Cruise lines teams around the world are working hard to ensure that the health and safety of guests remain the top priority. The cruise industry is one of the most well-equipped and experienced when it comes to managing and monitoring the health conditions of passengers and crew.

Here are five key actions taken by the cruise industry:
1. Cruise lines take precautions to conduct passive as well as active screening of passengers and crew for illness prior to boarding when circumstances demand.
2. The cruise industry is one of the most well-equipped and experienced when it comes to managing and monitoring health conditions of those on board, with outbreak prevention and response measures in place year-round.
3. Ships must be fitted with onboard medical facilities, with shipboard medical professionals available around the clock, 24/7, to provide initial medical care in the event of illness and help prevent disease transmission.
4. Given the evolving nature of the ongoing COVID-19, CLIA Members have enhanced protocols for ocean-going guests and crew. For more information, refer to CLIA websites for the latest statements.
5. In coordination with cruise lines, medical experts and regulators around the world, CLIA, and its member lines will continue to monitor for new developments related to the COVID-19 closely and will modify these policies as necessary with the utmost consideration for the health and safety of passengers and crew.

Visit cliaasia.org for more information.