In brief: Cruise July 2020 issue
ROYAL Caribbean Cruises last month confirmed the filing for reorganisation of its 49% Spanish joint venture Pullmantur Cruises.
There is speculation the brand may disappear entirely, with cruises cancelled until 15 November and crew already removing equipment and other fixtures from the cruise line’s three vessels, which are in “cold lay-up”.
CLIA’s voluntary US extension
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)’s members have voluntarily suspended cruise operations in the United States until September, despite the current no-sail order issued by the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention expiring in July.
“Although we had hoped that cruise activity could resume as soon as possible after that date, it is increasingly clear that more time will be needed to resolve barriers to resumption in the US”, CLIA said.
MSC 2020-21 season to feature Australia
MSC Cruises has announced its new northern winter 2020-2021 program, offering more than 90 different itineraries across Australia, Asia, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, South Africa and South America.
A highlight is the third MSC world cruise, departing in January aboard MSC Magnifica instead of MSC Poesia, but still undertaking the original 119-day journey to visit 53 destinations in 33 countries, including Australia.