In Memory of Industry Founder and Visionary Knut Kloster

Recognized as the founder of the modern-day cruise industry, Norwegian Knut Kloster (pictured above, left, with Captain Torbjorn Hauge on the Norway) has passed away at 91. He also built a reputation as a visionary, an idealist and humanitarian for whom corporate social responsibility was a key performance metric. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

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Set Sail Safely Act Introduced To Reopen Cruise Industry

On Wednesday afternoon, Florida Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio introduced a bill aimed to get cruise ships sailing again. The duo rolled out the Set Sail Safely Act, which would establish a Maritime Task Force, in coordination with a private-sector advisory committee to address health, safety, security, and logistical changes to allow cruise lines to resume sailing and ports to remain operational. (cruiseradio.net)

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Port of Tokyo opens new international cruise terminal

Japan’s new Tokyo International Cruise Terminal opened on 10 September 2020, welcoming Mitsui OSK Passenger Line’s Nippon Maru as its first visitor. To be managed by the Port of Tokyo, the terminal was originally scheduled to open on 14 July to coincide with the Tokyo Olympics, which were due to begin on 22 July. (cruiseandferry.net)

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Coral Expeditions Confirms October Start for Great Barrier Reef Cruises

The 72-berth Coral Discoverer  (Former Oceanic Discoverer)Coral Expeditions has confirmed a restart of operations for Oct. 14 with a series of new seven-night sailings onboard the Coral Discoverer. Operating out of Cairns with planned departures through mid-December this year, these voyages will take small groups of guests to explore the pristine outer reefs and lesser-known islands of the Great Barrier Reef, the company said. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

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Coronavirus: Updated Cruise Ship Policies and Cancellations

Many cruise lines have canceled or altered scheduled sailings in Asia and other parts of the world as coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) continues to spread. In January, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern, following an emergency committee meeting in Geneva. (cruisecritic.com)

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Right On Time: eCruise’s Integrated Health Systems

Onboarding cruise passengers quickly and efficiently has always made sense. It is absolutely vital in the post-COVID-19 age. This spring, eCruise introduced an addition to its iPad-driven Mobile Check-In application. The easy-to-use system that cut embarkation times in half was given a health questionnaire option and no-touch thermometer reader. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

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