October 10, 2019
(10 a.m. EDT) -- The international cruise industry took a step back this weekend, as two lines that had restarted operations reported COVID-19 outbreaks among passengers and crew.
Both lines -- Hurtigruten in Norway and Paul Gauguin in French Polynesia -- had restarted operations with clearly laid out health and safety guidelines for passengers and crew.
Hurtigruten has suspended all expedition sailings that were planned on three of its ships -- Roald Amundsen, Fridtjof Nansen and MS Spitsbergen.
The outbreaks show that much is still unknown about COVID-19 and the best way to prevent the disease from spreading, particularly among asymptomatic individuals and groups living together i
(Updated 5:45 p.m. EDT) -- Thirty-six crewmembers aboard Hurtigruten's Roald Amundsen have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the line.
The Norwegian small-ship expedition cruise and coastal ferry operator had initially confirmed four cases of COVID-19 aboard Roald Amundsen on Friday. By Saturday morning, that number had risen to 33 following the testing of all 158 crew aboard the expedition ship. On Saturday afternoon, Hurtigruten revised the numbers of COVID-positive crew to 36. The remaining 122 crewmembers have tested negative.
Roald Amundsen is docked in Tromso, Norway. No passengers are onboard. The line states it is in contact with passengers who were onboard the vesse
(3 p.m. EDT) -- For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic essentially shut down cruising worldwide in March, a U.S.-based cruise ship will set sail in Alaska -- starting this weekend.
If all goes as planned, UnCruise Adventures, a small, expedition cruise line that focuses on intimate sailings that put passengers close to the action, will send Wilderness Adventurer on its first cruise of the year, roundtrip from Juneau. While the ship can hold 60 passengers, only 37 (along with 30 crewmembers) will sail on this first journey. Four additional cruises are scheduled for the ship as the traditional Alaska cruise season winds down.
"Alaska, probably mo
(4:25 p.m. BST) -- The Greek islands in July and August are not for the faint-hearted -- and not just because of the heat.
On a typical high season day, the tiny winding streets and cafes of the must-see Greek islands such as Mykonos and Santorini will be so crowded with tourists that you'll get caught up in people jams.
Not so this year, when the lack of flights up until mid-July and the almost complete absence of cruise ships has meant the islands have almost been transported back in time, to a place before mass tourism.
(6:40 p.m. EDT) -- Luxury line Crystal Cruises has announced it is canceling the remainder of its 2020 ocean and river cruises as a result of the ongoing global health pandemic.
"The uncertainty surrounding this global health crisis hinders the ability for all cruise lines to operate, and it is with deep regret that we have had to cancel all Ocean voyages (aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity) and Yacht voyages (aboard Crystal Esprit) through the remainder of 2020," read a statement posted to the Crystal Cruises website Friday afternoon.
"We extend our deepest apologies for
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