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Articles from 2020 In January

CLIA member lines elevate coronavirus protocols

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Denied boarding

Member lines have suspended crew movements from mainland China and are denying boarding to anyone, passenger or crew, who has traveled from or through mainland China in the previous 14 days.

Modified itineraries

Other actions include the modification of itineraries, where needed, in light of evolving circumstances. Plus, health, travel and contact screening are carried out where appropriate, consistent with prevailing guidance from global health authorities.

CLIA said screening protocols allow for informed decisions on a case-by-case basis whether a passenger or crew member will be denied boarding.

‘The safety and health of passengers is the No. 1 priority of CLIA members. CLIA and its member lines maintain close contact with health professionals and regulators around the world, including the World Health Organization, and are continually assessing and modifying policies and procedures as developments emerge,’ the association said in a statement Friday.

According to the statement, the cruise industry is one of the most well-equipped and experienced when it comes to managing and monitoring health conditions of passengers and crew.


CLIA's answers to frequently asked questions about the coronavirus can be found here

Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam completes three cruise projects

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Magellan underwent a four-week schedule of work, including additional repairs identified during the docking

Magellan, Marco Polo and Astor are all operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages.


First to dock was the 222-meter, 46,000gt Magellan for a four-week schedule of work that included comprehensive cleaning and inspections, repairs to the main and auxiliary engines, the overhaul of the bow and stern thrusters and the servicing of the life rafts.

As work proceeded, additional repairs were identified, an occurrence that was shared by all three vessels. For Magellan this involved steel repairs to a series of tanks.

Marco Polo and Astor

Two days after Magellan's arrival, the 176-meter, 22,080gt Marco Polo came alongside in dry dock No. 3 for similar works that lasted three weeks.

After that, the similarly sized Astor took Marco Polo’s place for nine days of maintenance that included a range of pipe renewals, repairs to the main engine intercoolers and the renewal of the stern tube seals.


This program called for a high degree of flexibility from the team at Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam since the scope of the projects evolved over real time. On top of the additional steel repairs, the client decided part-way through to give the first two ships a whole new exterior look.

Following a comprehensive blasting of their hulls they each received a new, bright blue paint scheme to replace their previous white and deep blue livery, as well as new logos.

It was a busy time for everyone but the cooperation was excellent, according to Vincent Kok, Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam project manager for Magellan. The critical pathway was determined by the paint works. For Magellan, right up to the end painters were going up and down along the sides and the funnel, which was completely rolled.

‘As is becoming the standard for these cruise vessels, we refloated each one the day before they departed so that we could position the lifeboats in the water along one side of each vessel,’ Kok continued. ‘This process was then repeated for the other side when they were at the lay-by berths, where they were berthed prior to final departure.’

Former Iowa mayor joins American Cruise Lines

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Frank Klipsch will support American Cruise Lines as it continues a rapid expansion on the Mississippi River

Klipsch had a distinguished career in government, community service and organizational development, including two terms as Davenport mayor. He also as co-chaired MRCTI, a partnership of more than 100 mayors from cities and towns along the Mississippi, from Minnesota to Louisiana.

Long stint with YMCA

Before his mayoral service Klipsch had a more than 40-year career with YMCA, most recently as president and CEO of the Scott County Family YMCA. He is also an adjunct professor of leadership studies at St. Ambrose University in Davenport.

Klipsch brings his expertise to American Cruise Lines as it continues a rapid expansion on the Mississippi. The company operates 13 small ships sailing the Mississippi and across the country.

MSC Cruises elevates coronavirus precautions fleetwide

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The line — which said no cases have been reported aboard its 17 ships — had undertaken a series of actions starting Jan. 24. Due to the latest coronavirus developments, MSC on Thursday implemented additional measures to secure the health and well-being of passengers and crew.

Denied boarding to travelers via mainland China

Passengers of all nationalities are required to fill out a pre-embarkation questionnaire to ensure no one boards their ship who has traveled from mainland China or visited mainland China in the past 30 days. Anyone who has traveled from mainland China or visited mainland China in the past 30 days will be denied access to the ship.

 Mandatory pre-embarkation screening

Mandatory non-touch thermal scans will be conducted for all passengers and crew prior to embarkation for every cruise MSC operates anywhere in the world, and persons with signs or symptoms of illness such as fever (38° C/100.4° F or higher) or feverishness, chills, cough or difficulty breathing will be denied embarkation.

In addition, MSC is elevating sanitation on all its ships.

Isolation for anyone who develops fever

Travelers who come down with fever symptoms will be isolated in their stateroom along with their close contacts, including those staying in the same stateroom and family members, as well as any crew member who served them.

Passengers and crew who traveled last week from mainland China were already screened for symptoms upon embarkation and were requested to report any symptoms of illness to the on-board medical center.

MSC said it has been consulting international and local health authorities to follow their advice and recommendations to guard against coronavirus transmission.

Also on Thursday, the company canceled three more short cruises from Shanghai on MSC Splendida and moved its 'grand voyage' embarkation port from Shanghai to Singapore.

It's not coronavirus — Costa Smeralda quarantine lifted

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Costa Smeralda will be departing from Civitavecchia Tuesday evening. The ship is pictured here shortly after its delivery from Meyer Turku

Ship to depart Friday evening

The ship, which had been on lockdown since arriving at the Port of Civitavecchia (Rome) early Thursday, will depart on its next cruise Friday evening. The scheduled call at La Spezia on Friday will be dropped.

Passengers free to disembark

The 1,143 passengers who were to disembark at Civitavecchia were cleared to go at their convenience and given the opportunity to overnight on board. Costa is accommodating the 1,112 passengers who were set to embark at Civitavecchia in local hotels Thursday night. They’ll board Friday, along with passengers from La Spezia.

Costa said it did its best to care for passengers held on the ship and those who had traveled to the terminal to embark.

Late Wednesday night the medical team isolated a 54-year-old Chinese woman with flu-like symptoms, along with her traveling companion

Protocols in place

Shoreside health authorities were immediately notified and boarded upon arrival to carry out the required checks.

While Costa acknowledged the inconvenience caused to passengers, it said the procedures in force and its cooperation with the health authorities were ‘effective in managing this situation and were intended to ensure maximum safety for all our guests, crew and the community as a whole.’

The company thanked the health authorities, Coast Guard and the ministries involved for their support and organizational effort.

Montréal Port Authority CEO Sylvie Vachon to retire

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Sylvie Vachon is pictured on the occasion of Montréal hosting the 2017 Cruise Canada/New England Symposium. With her are the port's Tony Boemi, left, and René Trépanier of Cruise the Saint Lawrence

‘I make this decision with a sense that I, together with my team, have contributed to a major shift and implemented structuring projects for both the Port of Montréal and our economy,’ Vachon said. ‘Our extensive container terminal project in Contrecoeur, which reached important milestones in 2019, will take other key steps in 2020 to carry out the project. I believe the time is right for someone else to take the helm and chart the next course in the long history of the port, whose future is more than promising.’

Flourishing cruise sector

The port's cruise business has flourished in recent years with the $78m modernization of the passenger terminal at Alexandra Pier, completed in 2017, and record numbers. 

Montréal Port Authority Chairman Marie-Claude Boisvert thanked Vachon and said: ‘Under her leadership, the port has enjoyed remarkable growth and benefited from sound management and a significant revitalization of its infrastructure. She leaves in place a stable and healthy organization with an experienced and committed team ready to continue the work.’

Search firm engaged

The board has started the search process for a replacement by engaging a CEO recruitment firm to identify candidates. Until a successor is named, Vachon will continue to helm all port activities and projects.

Costa Smeralda held in Civitavecchia on possible coronavirus case

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Costa Smeralda is shown here during an earlier visit to Savona, one of the ports on this week's cruise

Chinese woman and traveling companion placed in isolation

A 54-year-old Chinese woman from Macau was placed in isolation in Costa Smeralda’s hospital Wednesday night along with her traveling companion, in accordance with health protocols. Seatrade Cruise News understands blood samples from the couple were taken to the Spallanzani hospital in Rome for analysis.

Costa Cruises said its shipboard medical team immediately activitated protocols to isolate and manage the situation as soon as the suspected case was detected. The woman reportedly was experiencing flu-like symptoms.

The local health authority was promptly notified and officials are on board.

'The company is at [the] complete disposal of the health authority and their indication will be strictly applied,’ Costa said, adding it adheres to relevant national policies and epidemic protocols, as per World Health Organization and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indications.


The ship arrived to Civitavecchia Thursday morning, carrying 5,023 passengers and 1,628 crew. Some 1,143 passengers were scheduled to disembark. News outlets showed photos of people in coats with their luggage in the ship’s public rooms and corridors, waiting. For now, Costa Smeralda is effectively on lockdown. 

The ship was on the last day of a cruise that departed from Civitavecchia Jan. 23. The sailing visited La Spezia, Savona, Marseille, Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca.

So far, Costa hasn’t provided information about the next departure. Costa Smeralda was scheduled to sail for La Spezia at 7 p.m. local time, and 1,112 passengers were due to embark for that cruise in Civitavecchia.

MSC Splendida ‘grand voyage’ redeployed from Shanghai

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No cases of coronavirus were reported on MSC Splendida

Coronavirus precautions

The itinerary changes are due to coronavirus precautions. MSC Cruises said there have been no reported cases among passengers or crew on MSC Splendida.

The ship will now begin its 27-night grand voyage to the Middle East and Europe on Feb. 14 from Singapore.

‘The decision to reposition the ship from Shanghai to Singapore has been taken in the best interests of the safety and wellbeing for our passengers and crew, as was the decision to cancel our next three scheduled sailings from China,’ MSC Cruises CEO Gianni Onorato said.

Flight cancellations

He went on to explain that many major airlines have canceled or reduced their flight frequency to China and the grand voyage, which repositions the ship from one part of the world to another for a new sailing season, was entirely booked with passengers flying from abroad.

Two ports dropped, four added

In light of Singapore becoming the new embarkation port, calls were canceled to Naha, Japan, and Hong Kong but four new ports were added: Langkawi, Penang and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, plus Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

Passengers who booked their flight through MSC Cruises will be automatically rebooked to Singapore. Those who didn’t arrange flights via MSC will need to contact their airline or travel agent for a refund or possible protection for the change to Singapore.

MSC Splendida will dock in Singapore on Feb. 13 and passengers will be allowed to embark starting at 6 p.m. Singapore time. The ship is scheduled to depart from Singapore on Feb. 14 at 11 p.m. local time.

Carnival Corp. director Kelly-Ennis steps down

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According to a filing, her resignation was not the result of any disagreement between her and the company.

Former Diageo Canada CEO

Kelly-Ennis, former president and CEO of Diageo Canada, had served on the Carnival boards since 2012.

The filing did not state whether Carnival intends to appoint a new director.

The 11 directors are Carnival Chairman Micky Arison, President and CEO Arnold Donald, Sir Jonathon Band, Jason Glen Cahilly, Helen Deeble, Dick Glasier, Katie Lahey, Sir John Parker, Stuart Subotnick, Laura Weil and Randall Weisenburger.

Fincantieri’s Ancona yard delivers Regent’s Seven Seas Splendor

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Seven Seas Splendor can carry 750 passengers in all-balcony-suite accommodations

The sister of 2016’s Seven Seas Explorer, built by Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponente, the new ship measures 55,000gt and can accommodate 750 passengers in all-balcony suites.

The handover ceremony was attended by Jason Montague, president and CEO of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and Luigi Matarazzo, GM of Fincantieri’s Merchant Ships Division.

Feb. 21 naming ceremony

Seven Seas Splendor is due to be named Feb. 21 at festivities in Miami with supermodel Christie Brinkley serving as the godmother.

A third ship in the series is planned for 2023 delivery.