NOBODY MAY BE GOING ANYWHERE

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/09/azar-cruise-ship-shutdown-coronavirus-124645

It seems unlikely, but who knows. This is a continuation of the "meetings" that started last Saturday.

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Most humorous headline I saw today

A conference on the novel coronavirus outbreak set to be held in New York City was recently cancelled — due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

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Latest shutdown I saw this morning .. this is from the Viking FB page

Dear Viking Guests,

Today Viking announced that we will temporarily suspend river and ocean cruise operations until May 1, 2020 in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 situation. The announcement was made today by Chairman Torstein Hagen in a video message and letter sent to currently booked guests with impacted sailings. We believe Viking will be in a better place to provide the experiences our guests expect and deserve after this time and plan to resume operations on May 1, 2020, continuing all further sailings as originally planned.

You too can view Mr. Hagen’s video here: https://www.vikingcruises.com/notice/update-video.html

We will stand by our guests, colleagues and partners in these challenging times and hope that you in turn will stand with us too.

Sincerely,
The Viking Family

I also see now that Princess has just announced that they are suspending operation of all ships for 60 days

https://www.princess.com/news/notices_and_advisories/notices/global-ship-operations-pause.html

I saw this morning that Grandeur has been turned away from 2 ports in the Caribbean on its current cruise and that its home port of Baltimore is closing.

I also checked on the Norwegian Gem this morning which was supposed to port in St Thomas but the ship cam showed it at sea. Checked around and sure enough it was north of St Thomas on its way back to NY. Not sure yet if this was the ships decision or the ports decision. I suspect we are going to be seeing more closed ports today and tomorrow and a few other lines may be doing as Princess did.

It is now official. Norwegian Holdings has suspended operations for all 3 lines, NCL, Oceania and Regent Seven Seas

Just curious... where are they going to "park" all these ships? Anyone have a clue?

Good question. Some might go to dry dock if there is room .. some might have to anchor .. not really sure of the logistics.

Well I got my 'Official' notice that my Royal Caribbean Cruise next Saturday has been cancelled! They are cancelling ALL cruises leaving from US ports for 30 days. Sigh

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