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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. On March 11, WHO declared the outbreak a worldwide pandemic. (

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When Are Cruise Lines Around the World Expected To Resume Service?

With ocean and river cruise lines temporarily suspending service around the world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping track of the seemingly minute-by-minute changes to the cruise industry can be challenging. Most cruise lines voluntarily paused sailings for the meantime after being faced with port closures; a lack of suitable infrastructure, including flights; and increased travel restrictions that change on a country-by-country basis. (

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Storylines Picks Up Project Manager, Names Newbuild

Storylines, which is poised to build a new residence cruise ship, has announced Dr. Paul Read as newbuild project manager. Read is CEO of Gelen Marine Ltd and has over 25 years of experience in ship building and conversions, according to a press release. (

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Cruise Lines Modify Cancellation Policies For Better Flexibility

Cruise lines are modifying their payment and cancellation policies in an attempt to provide reassurance and flexibility for passengers in the wake of the Covid-19 novel coronavirus outbreaks around the world. While also protecting those with previously-booked voyages, these new policies are also designed to provide comfort and flexibility to those considering booking a cruise this summer and fall, particularly as the international travel landscape continues to fluctuate. (

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How To Turn Risk Into An Opportunity: Part 4 – Other Cruise News: ACL Drops Passenger Service Till Year-End – By Cargo Ship From Asia To USA With An ESTA

by Kevin Griffin

This week sees The Cruise Examiner’s guest editor Jennifer Holland deliver the conclusion of her four-part series concentrating on the perceptions of risk in the cruise industry. Elsewhere in these days of non-stop Covid-19, bad news returns with the announced withdrawal until the end of the year of Atlantic Container Line’s weekly North Atlantic cargo-passenger service. Once or twice a year we do a cargo-passenger update so this week we will also advise of better news elsewhere. And that is that the NSB container ship Conti Annapurna now offers a way to travel from Asia to the USA on an ESTA Electronic System for Travel Authorization, whereas previous carriers had required a full US B1/B2 Visa. (more…)

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