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« Reply #200 on: Jun 10, 2020, 03:51 PM »
Although it is sad to see so many ships out of action, this video did make me chuckle just a little bit...


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« Reply #201 on: Jun 10, 2020, 03:56 PM »
Great find, Olivia! Ships dancing around their anchors, looking cheerful.

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« Reply #202 on: Jun 10, 2020, 06:32 PM »
Have just seen Aurora anchored in Bournemouth/Poole Bay, she sailed here from Dover, arriving this morning as far as the Marine Traffic app states. Marella Explorer (formerly a Celebrity ship - Galaxy I think) is anchored off the Needles which is very unusual for any ship to do. Marella Explorer is way too far from suitable land for crew repatriation compared to Aurora who's tenders will be able to easily go in and out of Poole Harbour if indeed that's why she's here at all?

Please excuse the not-ideal-as-always digital zoom on the phone camera and the overcast weather!
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« Reply #204 on: Jun 13, 2020, 04:08 PM »
If this comes out as a duplicate post, I'm sorry!

Boris sent me this:

https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2020-zaandam-pariah-ship/?utm_medium=deeplink


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« Reply #205 on: Jun 13, 2020, 05:17 PM »
If this comes out as a duplicate post, I'm sorry!

Boris sent me this:

https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2020-zaandam-pariah-ship/?utm_medium=deeplink

I just listened to this while having my twice-weekly session on my exercise bike.  Its a brilliant and well written piece, thanks for sharing. 

Amazing really, if you'd heard this just 7 months ago, you'd have thought it was a fictional story and couldn't possibly happen. 

Having said that, with all the background reading I'd done from good news sources, I wouldn't have gone on a cruise at the time the people in the story on the Zandam did - in fact it was the end of January when I decided that nobody should be going anywhere. 

I'm not saying the passengers were silly to go, but I am saying that the cruise companies totally failed them.  Worse than that, the cruise companies failed their crews too.  By continuing to deal with passengers, the crew also got infected, some died, and some are still to this day stuck on cruise ships all over the world and unable to get home.  Heads should roll, they really should.  Had the ships stopped and been laid up safely in February or even early March, things would have been so much better.  They did not do enough.

The information was out there and any government, or Bill Gates, could have told that everyone knew a pandemic was coming, they just didn't know when.
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« Reply #206 on: Jun 14, 2020, 10:36 AM »
Had to laugh the other day when Aurora departed Dover - her destination was GB-POO.
My first thought was, she is not the only ship that is really in it!

The Zaandam story - this was very interesting, and high-lighted how little realisation some cruise companies had with regard to coping with the situation. Or, was it, as always, a case of $$ first? My wife & I are still awaiting our refund from Carnival Australia (Cunard) for our cancelled Alaska cruise. We were very lucky we hadn't paid for the airfares or Canadian Rockies rail trip at that time.
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« Reply #207 on: Jun 15, 2020, 01:55 PM »
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/tourism-cruises/article243398711.html

Thousands of crew members are still stuck at sea more than two months after the cruise industry shut down amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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« Reply #208 on: Jun 22, 2020, 10:26 AM »
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20200622_03/

The opening ceremony of the Tokyo International Cruise Terminal, originally planned to take place just ahead of the start of the Summer Olympics, has been postponed, as the Olympics themselves also have. No cruise ships are expected in the foreseeable future.

A new opening date is tentatively envisaged for September, but will depend on circumstances at that time.

Personally, I wonder whether this will take away from Yokohama, which so far has been Tokyo's main port and which itself must be suffering from the absence of cruise ships.

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« Reply #209 on: Jun 22, 2020, 10:56 AM »
I've just been reading that the Fred Olsen fleet is now laid up in Rosyth in Scotland - in the Babcock facility.

Does anyone know if they're in cold or warm layup?  Having followed QE2s layup for so long I find it interesting.  I'm guessing they must now be in minimal warm layup exactly like QE2 was?
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« Reply #210 on: Jun 24, 2020, 01:20 PM »
Costa Victoria Scrapping

Just saw this from Cruise Harbor News, Costa Victoria a 24 year old ship going to the scrappers.
At least this is going to happen in a small port in Italy which will boost the local economy, I wonder who's next?

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« Reply #211 on: Jun 24, 2020, 01:23 PM »
Pullmantur Cruises

Here is anther tidbit about Pullmantur Cruises, apparently items of value are being removed from their ships....

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« Reply #212 on: Jun 24, 2020, 04:12 PM »
Costa Victoria Scrapping

Just saw this from Cruise Harbor News, Costa Victoria a 24 year old ship going to the scrappers.
At least this is going to happen in a small port in Italy which will boost the local economy, I wonder who's next?

She's the last cruise ship Bremer Vulkan ever built, her sister being completed by Lloyd Werft for NCL (Norwegian Sky) to quite an altered design. I suspect she's the first in an unprecedented phase for Carnival group alone, likely being followed by Carnival Ecstasy and her Fantasy class sisters if I had to guess given they seem to be the Carnival Cruises fleet units for sale and are that brand's oldest ships.

As for the other cruise companies and their brands, things don't look good for CMV in particular so it would seem the likes of Astoria and Marco Polo are on even more borrowed time compared to before the pandemic. A very sad state of affairs given they're classic ships who are in a niche of their own and have a special appeal of their own.
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« Reply #213 on: Jun 24, 2020, 04:58 PM »
Having sailed on the Carnival Ecstacy a couple of years ago I would say that a very major refit or a one way trip to the scrappers is definitely in order!  ;D

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« Reply #214 on: Jun 25, 2020, 10:33 AM »
Queen Victoria providing a backdrop as people start to come out to play again

https://twitter.com/CoastalJJuk/status/1275741075693539328
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Re: Coronavirus : passengers locked down on cruise ships
« Reply #216 on: Jun 29, 2020, 01:55 AM »
I am fearful that some older ships and some who might have been up for a refit will be scrapped instead.
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« Reply #217 on: Jul 02, 2020, 01:37 PM »
All at Sea on ITV  (UK) at 9.00pm July 2nd,  evening  (this evening)

https://www.ft.com/content/465590e2-b49b-11ea-8ecb-0994e384dffe

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QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for what seemed like ages...Please don't leave her looking more like a Hotel-with-a-Hull than the greatest Liner afloat - Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.