Quantum of the Seas to sail Alaska cruises

Quantum of the Seas to sail Alaska cruises
Quantum of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean International will send the Quantum of the Seas to Seattle in 2021, giving the cruise line four ships serving Alaska, its largest deployment there.

It will be the Quantum’s first time sailing from the Pacific Northwest, where it will sail seven-day cruises visiting Endicott Arm Fjord, the Sitka Sound and Juneau, among other stops.

The ship will join the Ovation, Radiance and Serenade of the Seas, which will be based in Seattle, Vancouver and Seward, Alaska, respectively.

The Quantum had been based in Asia, where it was sailing from Singapore and Tianjin, China. A Royal Caribbean spokesperson said the company had planned to send the Quantum to Alaska in 2021 before the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.

Royal Caribbean said last fall that its fifth Oasis-class ship, the Wonder of the Seas, would sail from China when it debuts in 2021

CDC Says Defer Cruise Travel; Issues Report Inside the Princess Outbreak

Diamond Princess

A new CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevent) report recommends that travellers “defer all cruise travel worldwide” due to increased risk for coronavirus. The report is available here.

The report points out that coronavirus survived for 17 days on the Diamond Princess in an empty stateroom, and also outlines some 800 coronavirus cases between the Diamond and Grand Princess ships.

During the initial stages of the coronavirus, the Diamond Princess was the setting of the largest outbreak outside mainland China, according to the CDC.

“Cruise ships are often settings for outbreaks of infectious diseases because of their closed environment and contact between travellers from many countries,” said the CDC. “More than 800 cases of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases occurred during outbreaks on three cruise ship voyages, and cases linked to several additional cruises have been reported across the United States. Transmission occurred across multiple voyages from ship to ship by crew members; both crew members and passengers were affected; 10 deaths associated with cruise ships have been reported to date.”

The report is available here.

SunStone’s Ocean Victory Launched in China

Ocean Victory

SunStone Ships has launched its second Infinity-class newbuild as the Ocean Victory was introduced at the Haimen Shipyard in China earlier this week.

Ocean Victory

The vessel is set to be delivered in later this year on a split charter deal that will see Albatros operate the vessel in Antarctica and Victory Cruise Lines operate the ship in Alaska. Each charterer will have the ship for approximately 180 calendar days annually. CMI Leisure is expected to run the hotel operation.

Ocean Victoey

The Niels-Erik Lund-led SunStone Ships marks its second newbuild, having delivered the Greg Mortimer to Aurora Expeditions on a long-term charter deal last year.

Five more ships are planned on the cruise ship order book, and the company has options to build up to 10 in total.

The Ocean Victory will have the capacity for 186 guests.