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Travel How Cruise Lines Are Rethinking Pretty Much Everything

15:03  06 september  2020
15:03  06 september  2020 Source:   travelandleisure.com

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  Tourism-Reliant Cruise Ports Face a Tough Summer Ahead “It’s a big hit for everybody.” The island still hopes to recoup some of its summer and fall foliage season business, at least with Canadians driving over, Cochrane says. In the Caribbean, by far the largest cruise destination in the world, islands are debating when to open, weighing health concerns against significant revenue losses. The hope is that cruise lines will soon work out post-pandemic health and safety protocols with the CDC—which currently has a no-sail order barring large ships from sailing until September 15, and has not yet set any rules for a restart of sailings.

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Most cruise ships are registered to foreign countries such as Panama or Liberia, simply because these countries are often unable to properly enforce strict Disney Cruise Line became the first to adopt the practice in 2013, stationing lifeguards across its entire fleet. Other lines have been slow to follow suit

a small boat in a large body of water: Trym Ivar Bergsmo/Courtesy of Hurtigruten Norway-based Hurtigruten sails to destinations like the Lofoten Islands, seen here. © Provided by Travel + Leisure Trym Ivar Bergsmo/Courtesy of Hurtigruten Norway-based Hurtigruten sails to destinations like the Lofoten Islands, seen here.

Big-name cruise companies have been on pause since mid-March, after they voluntarily ceased operations a day before the CDC issued a “No Sail Order” for any ships carrying more than 250 passengers. In the months since, smaller ocean and river lines have developed new pandemic-era health and safety guidelines aimed at restoring traveler confidence in cruising.

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The cruise lines ' rationale for this compensation model, whether or not you agree with it, is that tips help incentivize higher service standards. Because tips are technically voluntary, most cruise lines do allow passengers to opt out of the automatic service charge and to tip by themselves in cash.

The question of cruise gratuities— how much and to whom— is always a hot topic among travelers, and we've done the tipping research for you. Worth noting: Almost every cruise line includes an automatic 15 to 20 percent gratuity on all bar bills (listed on their websites, if you’ re curious), and 18 to

And travelers are interested, says Rob Clabbers, president of Q Cruise & Travel in Chicago and a member of T+L’s Travel Advisory Board. “We have some clients who literally can’t wait to get back on a ship,” he explains. When they do eventually board, vacationers will find a new routine — at least in the near term.

Norwegian Cruise Line is one of the largest operators to have announced new policies. They include touchless temperature checks when guests enter public spaces, reduced passenger capacity, and frequent reminders to wash hands. Group sizes for onboard activities will be smaller, to promote social distancing. Gone are self-serve buffets and pour-your-own coffee. And all ships will now have medical-grade H13 HEPA air filters, Norwegian says, which can eliminate 99.95 percent of airborne pathogens. (The line has also formed a health and safety panel, in partnership with Royal Caribbean Group, to study additional changes to improve on-board hygiene.)

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Cruise lines pitch trips as "all inclusive," with accommodations, transportation, food and entertainment included in the base fare. Yet, step onboard, and you'll be bombarded with sales pitches to buy everything from shore excursions and massages to souvenir photos, alcoholic concoctions, romantic

a small boat in a large body of water: Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line The Norwegian Encore sailing near South Beach and Fisher Island, in Miami. © Provided by Travel + Leisure Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line The Norwegian Encore sailing near South Beach and Fisher Island, in Miami.

Hurtigruten, which specializes in trips around Scandinavia and to the poles, resumed limited sailing in June. They added more crew members, including dedicated medical staff; lowered onboard capacity (by leaving some staterooms empty); and restricted access to ships’ saunas, swimming pools, and gyms. Yet plans to further expand service were put on hold earlier this month, when dozens of crew and guests aboard the MS Roald Amundsen tested positive for the coronavirus, as Travel + Leisure reported.

Ponant, another expedition line, restarted cruises in Croatia, France, Iceland, and Tahiti in July. (One passenger on the Paul Gauguin in Tahiti tested positive for the virus.) The line says it is disinfecting all luggage, sanitizing high-touch areas every hour, and deep-cleaning the Zodiacs that ferry guests ashore. They’ll also mandate masks for crew and recommend them for all guests.

Surprise! Cruise Bookings Continue to Rise for 2021

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But cruise lines do offer activities for parents and kids to participate in together, and Mega- lines Disney, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Princess and Carnival are still nautical miles ahead of To kick-start your deliberations, we've rounded up some examples of how cruise lines are introducing new

Closer to home, American Cruise Lines will reduce its capacity by 25 percent on itineraries traveling the Columbia and Snake rivers, the Mississippi, and the coast of New England. The small-ship line, which had planned to resume sailing in June but has pushed that date into the fall, aims to implement contactless check-in, sanitize touch points like doorknobs and railings hourly, and provide all guests and crew with personal protective equipment (PPE) including face shields, gloves, and masks, noting that PPE may be required “as situations dictate.”

a small boat in a large body of water: Norway-based Hurtigruten sails to destinations like the Lofoten Islands, seen here. © Trym Ivar Bergsmo/Courtesy of Hurtigruten Norway-based Hurtigruten sails to destinations like the Lofoten Islands, seen here.

While the extra efforts may take away some of the carefree verve of cruising, Clabbers says travelers will adapt. “It’s not ideal, but neither is taking your shoes off at airport security,” he notes. “It’s worth a little inconvenience to see the world.”

A version of this story first appeared in the September 2020 issue of Travel + Leisure under the headline How Cruise Lines Are Rethinking, Well, Everything.

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