Aida Cruises to return to operation next month | News

In a rare moment of good news for the cruise sector, Aida will begin sailing operations next month. Following an industry-wide pause in operations in mid-March, three of its ships will restart sailing in August. AIDAperla will be the first to set sail on August 5th from Hamburg, followed by AIDAmar from Rostock-Warnemünde on August 12th and AIDAblu from Kiel on August 16th. Bookings are now open. The line has worked with several global and national health authorities to develop a comprehensive set of health and hygiene protocols to help…

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TUI Group completes sale of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises | News

TUI Group has successfully completed the sale of its subsidiary Hapag-Lloyd Cruises to TUI Cruises. Hamburg-based TUI Cruises is a joint venture between TUI and Royal Caribbean Group. The joint venture TUI Cruises, which has developed very successfully since 2008, will thus be expanded as planned. TUI had agreed the sale in February. The enterprise value was estimated at €1.2 billion. All approvals including merger clearance by the EU commission have now been fulfilled. The transaction is closed in a difficult market environment on the terms and conditions agreed. The…

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Aida Cruises extends cancellations to September | News

Aida Cruises has announced it will extend its pause of operations until August 31st. The Carnival Corporation-owned line confirmed last month it would cancel all North American sailings in 2020, with a number of European departures now axed. The move does not apply to individual departures from AIDAprima, AIDAperla and AIDAdiva, the line added. “Aida Cruises is in close and constant contact with all of the relevant authorities discussing the brand’s interest in restarting cruise vacations, when the time is right, under adapted conditions and in full compliance with all…

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Dream Cruises leads industry back into action | News

Genting Cruise Lines has announced a restart of operations for Dream Cruises as the operator seeks to become the first to return to the seas. Explorer Dream is set to operate two- and three-night Taiwan Island-Hopping itineraries from July 26th, departing from Keelung and calling at Penghu, Matzu and Kinmen islands. “After months of detailed planning with the authorities to ensure the safety and health of guests and crew, we appreciate the approval of Explorer Dream resuming cruise operations in Taiwan.  “Dream Cruises will be the first cruise line in…

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Dream Cruises leads industry back into action | News

Genting Cruise Lines has announced a restart of operations for Dream Cruises as the operator seeks to become the first to return to the seas. Explorer Dream is set to operate two- and three-night Taiwan Island-Hopping itineraries from July 26th, departing from Keelung and calling at Penghu, Matzu and Kinmen islands. “After months of detailed planning with the authorities to ensure the safety and health of guests and crew, we appreciate the approval of Explorer Dream resuming cruise operations in Taiwan.  “Dream Cruises will be the first cruise line in…

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Holland America Line cancels cruises into 2021 | News

Holland America Line has become the latest cruise company to extend the pause in its operations. The line will cancel departures from the port of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, later this year, as well as select Hawaii itineraries for early 2021. A trip on board Eurodam scheduled to depart on September 26th for a 22-day tour of the Panama Canal to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is among those to be scrapped. Koningsdam will see a seven-day Pacific Northwest cruise from Vancouver to San Diego, California, on September 26th cancelled, while January…

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MSC Cruises pushes back return to end of July | News

As parts the travel world begin to reopen, MSC Cruises has confirmed it will further extend the fleet-wide halt of its cruise operation through to July 31st. Coupled to an announcement from P&O Cruises that it would delay its return until October, the news adds to fears the cruise sector may be among the last to recover from the Covid-19 outbreak. Gianni Onorato, chief executive, MSC Cruises said: “While today we have taken the difficult decision to further extend the halt of operations of all our ships, it is important…

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AIDA cancels all US and Canada cruises for 2020 | News

The route back from the Covid-19 pandemic appears increasingly treacherous for the cruise sector, with AIDA the latest line to extend a partial suspension of sailing. The Carnival-owned organisation confirmed today it would not offer any itineraries with calls in the United States or Canada for the rest of 2020. AIDA said conditions for international travel to the two countries were not currently in place. In Canada, for example, cruise calls will not be possible until the end of October, while in the USA there is an entry stop for…

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P&O Cruises delays return to October in latest blow to sector | News

P&O Cruises has announced an extension to the pause in its operations until October 15th. The line said the latest delay would allow it to focus on working with all relevant public health bodies to approve further enhancement of health and safety protocols. P&O Cruises president, Paul Ludlow, said: “As a business our operational focus is not ‘when can we resume sailing?’ but is instead ‘how can we develop a comprehensive restart protocol that will keep everyone on board, our crew and guests, safe and well and still give our…

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P&O Cruises delays return to October in latest blow to sector | News

P&O Cruises has announced an extension to the pause in its operations until October 15th. The line said the latest delay would allow it to focus on working with all relevant public health bodies to approve further enhancement of health and safety protocols. P&O Cruises president, Paul Ludlow, said: “As a business our operational focus is not ‘when can we resume sailing?’ but is instead ‘how can we develop a comprehensive restart protocol that will keep everyone on board, our crew and guests, safe and well and still give our…

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