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by Kevin Griffin

After last week’s demise of Cruise & Maritime Voyages in the mid-size sector, this week’s news is exclusively from the small ship sector. The biggest news is the return of Swan Hellenic Cruises using two ships presently under construction in Helsinki for delivery to Vodohod in 2021 and 2022. Elsewhere, Norway’s Hurtigruten have announced four ex-UK cruises they intend to operate this September as the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic hopefully recede. And France’s Ponant, at the beginning of its own post-Covid 19 recovery is now up to operating eight ships. (more…)

Many cruise lines have canceled or altered scheduled sailings in Asia and other parts of the world as coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) continues to spread. In January, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern, following an emergency committee meeting in Geneva. (

OneOcean has made some clever advancements to its world-leading environmental compliance platform and today announces the launch of EnviroManager+. (more…)

Miray International is starting its own cruise operation in the Aegean. On a dedicated website, the company is selling short cruises aboard the 1992-built Gemini. The 3 and 4-night port-intensive itineraries depart from Piraeus, Greece, and Cesme, Turkey, and visit several Greek Islands. (

AHEPA is a service organization that was founded as a fraternity in 1922 in Atlanta, Georgia following growing attacks on Greek Americans and Greek American businesses by the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and others. (more…)

The TUI cruise ship Mein Schiff 2 – literally “My Ship 2” – set sail for a weekend cruise in the North Sea late on Friday night, the dpa news agency reported. (

A cruise ship carrying 1,200 passengers set sail from Keelung Port on Sunday, on the first commercial sea tour since Taiwan imposed travel restrictions due to the COVID-19, the Maritime and Port Bureau said. (

Dream Cruises celebrated the re-start of its cruise service and return to Taiwan during a special inaugural ceremony to commemorate Explorer Dream’s new “Island Hopping” itineraries created specially for the Taiwan market. (more…)

Today (July 24, 2020) marks a special milestone for Crystal, as the company commemorates its 30th anniversary of luxury cruising. (more…)

In the first half of 2020 CCCB was not immune to the effects of the Corona pandemic. But unlike many other ports, Columbus Cruise Center Bremerhaven was not put on absolute lockdown, and it was able to meet the new challenges by creating an emergency plan to deal with returning vessels as well as processing crew sign-offs. Of course these tasks currently require extraordinary measures. (more…)

After the forced shutdown due to COVID-19, several ships will soon resume service. TUI, AIDA, and American Queen will be able to take advantage of special software features from MarineXchange, provider of the only enterprise platform for the cruise industry and leader for cruise-specific mobile enterprise solutions. (more…)

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators has held a COVID-19 Town Hall meeting for its members to discuss the challenges posed by the pandemic. (more…)

Dream Cruises is the first international cruise company to resume operations with the deployment of Explorer Dream in Taiwan, where she will begin island-hopping itineraries out of Keelung to Penghu, Matsu, Kinmen and Hualien from July 26 onwards. (more…)

Faced with declining revenues and a lack of passengers during the global COVID-10 pandmeic, some cruise lines are taking an unpopular but necessary step: Selling off older vessels for scrap. (

Kyriakos (Kerry) Anastassiadis has been appointed senior advisor for institutional and maritime affairs at MSC Cruises where he will liaise with public authorities and regulatory bodies, according to a press release. (

On Friday, July 24, the Spirit of Adventure, the second new cruise ship for the British shipping company Saga Cruises, will leave Meyer Werft’s covered building dock I (hall 5). (more…)

Royal Caribbean Group is replacing one of the least-loved but most important parts of a cruise vacation – the safety drill – with Muster 2.0™, an entirely new approach to delivering safety information to guests. (more…)