It’s been almost 7 weeks since our last news round-up and a lot has happened. The world of cruising still isn’t quite up to full speed just yet but the signs are strong. Read on for further proof that we are entering a new kind of normal… That’s right, it’s time for cruise industry news, May 2021.
MSC Virtuosa Sets Sail For Round 2
This update from our friends at Cruise Industry News looks at the stunning MSC Virtuosa. The ship made history last week as it became the very first to set sail in the UK since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In the words of Antonio Paradiso, Managing Director for UK and Ireland, passengers “…felt safe at all times”. This is excellent news and this week the Virtuosa set sail on its second voyage from Southampton. Hopefully, this one will be just as positive an experience, paving the way for smooth sailing into the future.
We also hope that the passenger and crew experience is made even smoother by the implementation of our tzChromar solution. It is designed specifically for cruise to improve the longstanding issue of time zone change management. Cruise lines deploying manual or partially automated processes for this are prone to human error. The wrong time on a ship can lead to missed excursions, incorrect transactions and more. tzChromar alleviates the strain on crew and improves the overall passenger journey – find out more.
Royal Caribbean Cruising To Alaska In Jul / Aug
This story from Cruise Critic reveals Royal Caribbean’s plans to sail from Seattle to Alaska this summer. The sailings will depart in July with vaccinated crew. They will also adhere to a requirement that all passengers aged 16 and above are fully vaccinated. The Serenade of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas will sail in July and August respectively.
Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Carnival Cruise Line also made similar announcements last week. Finally, there is some light at the end of a (very long) tunnel…
NCLH Sets An Aug Restart In The US
Seatrade Cruise News brought us this report on Norwegian, who are also Alaska-bound. Norwegian Bliss is set to leave Seattle on August 7th, pending the issuing of a conditional sailing certificate. Frank Del Rio, President and CEO for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, had this to say:
“This is a moment we have all been waiting for… we collaboratively worked alongside local, state and national authorities [in Alaska] to… resume cruise operations and provide much needed relief to… [those] who rely on cruise tourism for their livelihoods.”