Here is a quick read of some of the news and cruise announcements related to today’s coronavirus.
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Japan sets rules for cruise ship outbreaks
The Japanese government is undertaking research to draft international rules for disease outbreaks on cruise ships because it says the responsibility of the relevant authorities is unclear, according to The Japan News.
A conflict between the port state and the flag state authority has been cited. The story quoted an official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: “If the country where a port is made is fully responsible for a ship, no country would allow a mass infected ship to call the port.”
The Japan News said that 60 million yen (about US $ 562,000) had been budgeted for the initiative, and that a report should be ready to be presented to international organizations by March 2021.
In the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, Diamond Princess – quarantined in Yokohama – experienced the largest epidemic outside of China.
Costa delays until June
Costa Cruises has extended its suspension of crossings, now until June. Customers and travel agents are contacted.
Carnival Australia additional commission on new bookings
Carnival Cruise Line in Australia and New Zealand offers travel agents an additional 1% commission on new retail bookings made until the end of June. The program was introduced earlier in the United States.
It is part of “Onboard with You”, a commitment to support agents.
Australasia sales manager Anton Loeb said the bonus builds on the company’s commitment to protect the commission on all fully paid reservations canceled due to the break in operations.
“Carnival also offers a full commission on the value of future cruise credits, offering agents the opportunity to earn a commission on their original reservation and compensate them for working to re-rent their customers using their FCC”, a- he declared.