Ship Life

Indian crew to join Celebrity ships in the coming weeks and months

Jun 10, 2021

Several crew members from India have contacted Crew Center raising concerns about their current status and rejoin dates on Celebrity Cruises. The crew said since the decision by Royal Caribbean to temporarily suspending all crew assignments in April, amid a surge of Covid-19 cases in India, they haven’t received a Letter of Employment or sign-on date by Celebrity Cruises.

MS Oosterdam lights message "Torbay We Love You" - Emotional farewell from the captain

Jun 03, 2021

It's been an emotional day for the people of Torbay and the skeleton crew on board Holland America Line ms Oosterdam as the ship prepares to depart the bay. For the past year during the global shutdown of the cruise industry ms Oosterdam was anchored off the coast of Torbay, and the crew received a warm welcome.

Asuka II cruises suspended after one crew member tests positive for Covid-19

Mar 18, 2021

The Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK Cruises) announced today that three upcoming voyages on the cruise ship Asuka II are suspended after one crew member tested positive for Covid-19. According to the company statement, the crew member underwent three polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for coronavirus before boarding, and all results were negative. The crew member is undergoing medical treatment at an onshore hospital and doesn’t have serious symptoms or fever.

Cordelia Cruises to start voyages in May 2021

Mar 18, 2021

The new Indian start-up company, Cordelia Cruises plans to set sail in May 2021, with short coastal voyages on board the recently purchased Royal Caribbean cruise ship Empress of the Seas. 

Dream Cruises welcomes 100,000th passenger since resuming cruises in Singapore

Mar 18, 2021

Dream Cruises and Singapore Marina Bay Cruise Centre have welcomed 100,000th cruise passenger since the restart of the global shutdown of the cruise industry, safely piloting cruises in the city. The first cruise ship to restart voyages out of Singapore was World Dream setting sail for the first time on 6 November 2020.

Viking to Restart Limited Cruises in May 2021 With UK Voyages

Mar 16, 2021

Today Viking announced that the company will restart limited cruise operations in May 2021 with three special sailings along the coast of England. These cruises will be offered exclusively for UK residents and will include eight-day ocean itinerary—England's Scenic Shores—sailing roundtrip from Portsmouth, with departures on May 22, May 29 and June 5, 2021.

Indian Seafarers to receive benefits after NUSI signs important MoU

Mar 11, 2021

Important Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI) and the Government of India represented by Director General of Shipping Mr. Shri Amitabh Kumar, during the Maritime India Summit (MIS) held from 2nd-4th March 2021.

Croatia to Start Seafarers Vaccination in May

Mar 11, 2021

Croatian Institute for Public Health announced that it will prioritize maritime personnel to receive Covid-19 vaccines in the third phase. According to the director of the Institute Dr. Vladimir Mićović, the vaccination of Croatian seafarers should start in May 2021.

Storylines Abandon Crew Sleeping Pods And Want to Hear New Ideas About Accommodations

Mar 08, 2021

The residential community at sea Storylines will not proceed with the idea of implementing sleeping pods for crew members after overwhelmingly negative responses to the survey.

Sleeping Pods Instead of Crew Cabins - New concept of crew accommodation

Feb 28, 2021

The start-up luxury residential community at sea Storylines, which is set to debut in 2023 with the cruise ship M/V Narrative has recently created a survey targeting the crew members. The goal is to evaluate the mental health, productivity, safety of the shipboard employees with a focus on the crew living quarters.