RCI suspends Indian crew movements

Royal Caribbean International (RCI) has suspended incoming crew movements from India with immediate effect, according to the Crew Centre. The company has decided to temporary cancel all assignments for shipboard employees from India or people who reside in the country. According to a letter sent to [Read more...]

2021-04-29T19:50:43+00:00 April 29th, 2021|Safety|

BV to help Carnival resume operations

Bureau Veritas (BV) has been contracted by Carnival Corp to provide health and safety services to facilitate the return to cruising and to protect passengers and crew. The support provided, which includes verification of safety and hygiene measures, will be based upon the expertise and [Read more...]

2021-04-29T19:46:07+00:00 April 29th, 2021|Safety|

Cruise line CEOs meet with White House COVID team

The CEOs of Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH), Carnival and Royal Caribbean have made a direct appeal to replace the US Government's phased-in approach to sailings from US ports. A meeting was held with the White House COVID response team on 16th April, according to a report on CNBC. The CEOs stressed [Read more...]

2021-04-29T19:31:26+00:00 April 29th, 2021|Safety|

US Cruise Act blocked

The CRUISE Act was introduced aimed at overriding the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) mandate to get cruise ships sailing again from US ports. However, US Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash) (pictured) managed to block the bill from passing through the Senate. The Careful [Read more...]

2021-04-29T19:25:15+00:00 April 29th, 2021|Safety|

CLIA reacts to CDC announcement

The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has expressed disappointment in the CDC’s latest instructions (see ICSI website for the CDC announcement). In a statement the association said; “We share the priority of the Biden Administration to control the virus—and commend the significant advancements made in [Read more...]

2021-04-13T21:23:57+00:00 April 13th, 2021|Safety|

Cruise ships rush to St Vincent

Idle cruise ships have started to help evacuate some of St Vincent’s population caught up in the recent volcanic activity. At least one Royal Caribbean International ship has taking some of the estimated 16,000 evacuees to St Lucia. Carnival Cruise Line and Celebrity Cruises also [Read more...]

2021-04-13T21:06:40+00:00 April 13th, 2021|Safety|

Cruise ship anchor failures warning

The UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has issued a safety bulletin to the cruise industry to highlight the importance of using anchoring equipment within its intended design parameters. Due to COVID-19, many cruise vessels have anchored off the UK’s south coast. Since October, 2020, [Read more...]

2021-04-13T20:21:35+00:00 April 13th, 2021|Safety|