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  1. Royal Caribbean Cruises brands have launched a new suite of training modules on the RCL Cares platform designed to help agents to prepare sales mindsets and maximise their return to service following the Covid-19 pandemic. The ‘Selling Beyond Covid-19’ training comprises six modules, which feature the latest sales tools focusing on science, psychology and change management, alongside up-to-date research of the effects of prior recessions and crises. They feature videos explaining the process and thinking, and take roughly 90 minutes to complete. The RCL Cares hub was introduced
  2. 40,000 crew still at sea. Some call for change in cruise-Caribbean relationship BY TAYLOR DOLVEN AND JACQUELINE CHARLES JUNE 14, 2020 06:00 AM Thousands of crew members are still stuck at sea more than two months after the cruise industry shut down amid the COVID-19 pandemic. BY MATIAS J. OCNER | TAYLOR DOLVEN After 80 days at sea, three transfers between ships, four canceled flights and one plane malfunction, Royal Caribbean Cruises music director Bruno Cruells finally touched down in his native Argentina on June
  3. Cruise ship’s crew member found hanging - by Emmanuel Joseph June 10, 2020 Police were tonight probing the discovery of the body of a young woman, a crew member aboard a cruise ship docked at the Bridgetown Port An assistant waiter aboard the Harmony of the Seas, whose name was given as Maria Jocson, was found this afternoon hanging by a bedsheet from the balcony of her cabin, police said. Acting Police Public Relations Officer Inspector Rodney Inniss said he was not in a position to report on her nationality, but gave her age as 28. Investigations are continu
  4. NCL’s CEO Del Rio: Cruise Restrictions Should Immediately Stop By Jim Walker on May 27, 2020 POSTED IN DISEASE Yesterday Breaking Travel News published an interview with Frank Del Rio, NCL’s president and CEO. He claimed that a cruise ship can be “safer than anywhere else in the world.” On March 13th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a “no sail” order which prohibited cruise ships from sailing from U.S. ports for thirty days. The CDC extended the order for 45 days to July 24th. The CDC concluded that “cruise ship travel marked
  5. Facing racism's hard reality By Richard Fain | Jun 02, 2020 Travel Weekly obtained an internal communication Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. CEO and chairman Richard Fain sent to his employees on June 1. We are reprinting it here, with his permission. The challenge of controlling the pandemic has been all-consuming the past few months. The virus threatens society, and the world is heavily invested in fighting it -- because, done right, this challenge can last months instead of years.
  6. https://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/tourism-cruises/article242945396.html
  7. 17 destinations that may not welcome ships when cruising resumes Gene Sloan Yesterday This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page. Cruise fans eager to get back to cruising have gotten some encouraging news in recent days. Several major lines, including cruise giant Carnival, have said they hoped to have at least a few vessels back in operation by August. Royal Caribbean hinted it
  8. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/may/31/a-moral-obligation-radical-reform-urged-before-cruise-ships-allowed-to-return-to-australia'A moral obligation': radical reform urged before cruise ships allowed to return to Australia | Tourism (Australia) | The Guardian
  9. Royal Caribbean CEO Richard Fain: “We’re Not Sure When We’re Coming Back” / “Our Crew Will Be Coming Home Over the Next Several Weeks” By Jim Walker on May 21, 2020 POSTED IN DISEASE This afternoon CNBC interviewed Royal Caribbean Richard Fain about when his cruise line will re-start operations and when his crew members will finally be repatriated. Here is a portion of the interview: “CNBC: . . . we know that this is a challenging time. We really appreciate you spending time with us today. . . . You’re hoping to resume sailing coming August 1st,
  10. https://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/tourism-cruises/article242764461.html
  11. 63 Days Stuck at Sea: Protest Erupts on Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas By Jim Walker on May 15, 2020 POSTED IN DISEASE Today, crew members aboard the Majesty of the Seasprotested Royal Caribbean’s latest failure to follow through with its repatriation of its crew members. Several hundred crew members congregated on the pool deck making signs protesting Royal Caribbean’s refusal to follow through with plans to send the crew members home. The repatriation plans have reportedly changed at the last minute on five occasions, including three times datin
  12. Royal Caribbean to Cut Traditional Buffet Once Cruises Resume May 15, 2020 By Aaron Saunders (12:45 p.m. EDT) – The traditional cruise ship buffet is about to go overboard when sailings resume, according to Royal Caribbean executives. In a virtual Coffee Chat call with Royal Caribbean's senior vice president of sales and trade support & service, Vicki Freed, president and CEO Michael Bayley conceded that the hygiene changes that will go into effect because of the COVID-19 pandemic line will likely strike down the stan
  13. Two more cruise liners make technical calls, including largest cruise ship ever to dock in Gibraltar The cruise liners “Jewel of the Seas and Allure of the Seas” have carried out technical calls at Gibraltar on Thursday. The Allure of the Seas is the largest cruise ship ever to dock at Gibraltar. It is one of four Oasis-class vessels operated by Royal Caribbean, which include the world's biggest cruise ship, the Harmony of the Seas. Another Royal Caribbean ship, the Ovation of the Seas, previously held the title for largest cruise liner to visit Gibraltar, back in
  14. Crew Member Found Dead on the Mariner of the Seas By Jim Walker on May 10, 2020 POSTED IN DISEASE A crew member employed on the Mariner of the Seaswas found dead earlier today by his colleagues. He is the third crew member to have died in just the last two days, and the fourth ship employee to have died in a little over a week. The crew member is a Chinese national according to several crew members who wish to remain annymous. His fist name is “Wenji.” He apparently is a new hire and worked as a restuarant attendant. It is less than clear why he w
  15. https://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/tourism-cruises/article242638061.html
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