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Cruising choices with an active Pandemic

p--and--t

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As expected , Ponant are first cab off the rank for au cruise procedures.
IMO ,it's a somewhat flashy motherhood document but does show us how the cruise industry will tackle the issues.

I am not at all sure I want to cruise in a face mask, and feel vindicated in my choice to cancel.
It appears that there will be so many procedures and processes that the end will not justify the hassle

Certainly cruising has lost that fun, carefree, pack and go feel to it, regardless of whatever measures are put in place.

A lot of water will have to go under the bridge (see what I did there) before cruising will return to anything like the experience prior 2020.
 

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I may have missed it but if you get denied boarding under this strict new regime, do you get a refund? Anything less than an unconditional 'yes' means I would not be booking with them. YMMV.
 

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I may have missed it but if you get denied boarding under this strict new regime, do you get a refund? Anything less than an unconditional 'yes' means I would not be booking with them. YMMV.
I understand you get a refund unless they try that flunky voucher thingy.
 

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So Traveller is full of nonsense but it gets a wide readership. One bit of recurrent nonsense at the moment is Traveller saying that post pandemic, cruise ships will have to abolish inside cabins and buffets.

I just can't see either of those things happening. What do other people think?
As per the specs issued today, Ponant still plan to remove the buffet entirely. The only meal service is "a la carte".
 

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This is the first example but likely many more to follow ..leads me to wonder how the bean counters (and well insured actuaries..) are justifying capital valuations of cruise company assets.
How do you run a liquidation auction of cruise ships ??

Attribution : From Cruise law news

This weekend, several employees of Pullmantur Cruises informed me that employees (or contractors) hired by Royal Caribbean (which has a 49% ownership in Pullmantur) were involved in removing equipment from and dismantling the interiors of two of the companies’ cruise ships.

The Monarch and Sovereign are currently at the cruise port of Naples, Italy (Stazione Marittima – Terminal di Napol) where a large amount of equipment is reportedly being removed. The interiors of both Pullmantur ships are essentially being dismantled in a huge undertaking where there are around 1,500 pallets being assembled to ship the items from each of the ships. Several individuals who do not wish to be identified state that “everything of value” is being removed from the ships, including artwork and navigational and electrical equipment.

For example, workers are dismantling the theater including the LED wall (photo right), on the Monarch, which projected show backgrounds as well as stage lighting and other production equipment.

Pullmantur is reportedly keeping the project “extremely secretive.” The crew is being kept in the dark regarding the plans for the future of the company.

Pullmantur’s third ship in its fleet, the Horizon, is currently off of the coast of Mumbai where it disembarked Indian crew members from both Pullmantur and Azamara.


Update : More here

 

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