- Jul 4, 2002
This is why the CDC is saying that.
Cruises resumed in June after being halted for over a year because of the pandemic, and continue to sail despite the investigation
That's called living with Covid apparentlyAnd the media getting scared.
Personally the reason I don't want to cruise in the next 6 months is not the fear of covid but the high chance the cruise will be disrupted.
Some people love the suite class “ship within a ship”, but they certainly have had a lot of Covid-19 aboard, Never enticed me, either.Has anyone any experience with MSC cruises?
I allus thought they were somewhere about the jetstar of cruise lines but happy to be better informed…..
I've been following Viking trips on Facebook. Some enjoy the 50% passenger load. They have to do the saliva test every day, have a negative PCR prior to embarkation which allows them access to their cabin, then another test before they can leave their cabin. The part that I find most disturbing though is not that passengers can do their isolation if positive, in your cabin, but you will be offloaded at the very next Port. Some cruises currently in Sth America they have been put into student hostels, very little English spoken, no info on what happens next, and subject obviously to that country's isolation requirements. And very limited Viking interaction for help. There's one awful tale on there. Many ports not allowing access, and in one case Viking had to charter a plane to get disembarking passengers off as the port refused entry.Mixed bag of cruise experiences in the era of omicron, ranging from disappointment at missed ports to enjoyment of being the only pax left on the ship.
The surge has led to passengers stranded on ships, staff shortages and tour cancelations in addition to ports turning ships awaywww.theguardian.com
This will be a worry to Crystal Cruises devotees. It will be interesting to follow developments.The inevitable is beginning. Genting Hong Kong which owns Crystal,Star and Dream cruise lines is filing for Bankrupcty.
Genting Hong Kong files for bankruptcy due to its MV Werften shipyards in Germany. Three of its cruise brands could be at risk.www.cruisehive.com
Many of us had thought booking a cruise in 2023 was a safe option. This puts that notion in jeopardy. If Crystal does crash, there will be no refunds of deposits either, or the full fare paid for those due to sail soon. It will take a company or conglomerate with lots of money to take over even one of the brands.Will it be a case of dominoes? So many different lines are owned by the one Corporation.
Viking requires US citizens to pay upfront, as soon as booked or 14 months out. And they aren't cheap cruises. It's only 3 months for Aus and UK bookings. But given some have vouchers extending two years now, for several cruises, it may well be if Viking fails (they are privately owned) then most will lose tens of thousands of dollars.Many of us had thought booking a cruise in 2023 was a safe option. This puts that notion in jeopardy. If Crystal does crash, there will be no refunds of deposits either, or the full fare paid for those due to sail soon. It will take a company or conglomerate with lots of money to take over even one of the brands.
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It has been interesting following the saga from the viewpoint of someone onboard Crystal via Cruise Critic. There are a lot of people who have fully paid for cruises late this month as well as February through to April. As unsecured creditors, I wonder if they will receive any money back? It might depend if that money is being held in a trust account.Hi Jinks on the high seas. The Crystal Saga gets interesting.
Meanwhile Genting is still selling cruises.
HONG KONG: Genting Hong Kong Ltd, the biggest cruise operator worldwide which is seeking court assistance to safeguard its assets during the pandemic, is still selling tickets for its “Cruises to Nowhere”. Bookings are available on Genting’s website for two- and three-night trips on its Dream...malaysiandailynews.com