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Last Two Blocks Come Together During Odyssey of the Seas Construction

Construction is coming along nicely as the two final blocks came together for Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of the Seas cruise ship.

Odyssey of the Seas Construction

For the first time, Royal Caribbean’s new cruise ship Odyssey of the Seas is whole as two large final blocks come together. The two blocks were added at the aft of the ship during construction at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.

The port side block weighs 291 ton and the starboard blocked weighs 277 ton. Both massive and completing the ship as one. All the other blocks have already come together and we’re now seeing the first photos of the entire ship.

The cruise line has released a batch of the latest construction photos from inside the hall at the Meyer Werft shipyard. The number of people working at the yard as a while as been reduced to 70 and new zone concepts has been implemented to make sure workers keep a distance from each other.

Odyssey of the Seas will be the second Quantum-Ultra class ship for Royal Caribbean and sister ship to Spectrum of the Seas which entered service in 2019. Hopefully, the new ship will begin service as scheduled this November. The inaugural season will kick off from Fort Lauderdale, Florida offering  8- and 6-night Caribbean cruises. Royal Caribbean’s newest ship will then spend some time in Europe starting from Civitavecchia in April 2021.

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The cruise line has already celebrated its keel laying ceremony back in May 2019 and still to come will be the ship floating out onto the water for the first time and then the famous River Ems conveyance which all new ships constructed at the yard must go through.

Once completed the vessel will be 169,000 gross tons and have a guest capacity of 4,198 at double occupancy. She will also have a similar design to the current Quantum-class ships.

Photos/Images Via: Royal Caribbean

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Port Canaveral Temporarily Furloughs Cruise Port Workers

Port Canaveral which is the world’s second-busiest cruise port has announced it will temporarily furlough workers on cruise operations.

Cruise Port Workers Being Laid Off

Port Canaveral has announced it is temporarily laying off workers who are involved in cruise operations due to the current health crisis around the world. The situation has had a significant impact on Port Canaveral and its businesses.

Emplyees impacted will be those who are not essential workers and not needed for current port cruise operations. The temporary furlough will be in effect frtom April 3, 2020 (today) and is expected to last until May 30, 2020.

Port Canaveral sent us the following details:

While Port Canaveral is open and operating, the current pandemic situation has had significant impact on our businesses. In an effort to mitigate the economic challenges facing our Port, we made the difficult decision to temporarily furlough employees dedicated to the Port’s cruise operations and recreation business segments whose job functions are not required for current operations of the Port.

This temporary furlough is effective April 3, 2020 and is expected to last until May 30, 2020 and pending the resumption of cruise lines operations at Port Canaveral. All impacted employees have been notified and will remain Canaveral Port Authority employees through the duration of the furlough period.

It does also depend on when cruise lines will begin operations again. All cruise lines have voluntarily suspended operations since around March 13. At the moment cruises are expected to resume towards the end of May but depending on how the health crisis develops in the United States that could change. We could see another extension to the suspension if the situation does not improve.

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Those employees who will be laid off have already been informed and they will remain Canaveral port Authority employees through the duration of the period.

The port has already made adjustments to operations with employees working from home where possible, suspend the use on indoor and outdoor venues for events and gatherings, closure of the Exploration Tower along with Jetty Park.

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The world’s second-busiest cruise port is jammed packed with cruise ships as the industry has come to a pause. Today there are three cruise ships docked and a further four vessels just off the coast anchored.

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Cruise Ships Depart Port Due to “Shelter-In-Place” Order

Four cruise ships have departed the Port of Gulfport due to a shelter-in-place order by the governer which goes into effect this evening.

Cruise Ships Depart Before Order Goes Into Effect

Four cruise ships have departed the Port of Gulf Port after a “shelter-in-place ” order was announced by Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves. The new order will go into effect from 5:00 PM local time on Friday and remain until April 20, 2020. This is to help stop the spread of the virus and protect the public.

With the new order going into effect, it means four cruise ships have departed to find elsewhere to dock or anchor. The four ships which were docked in Gulfport were from Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean including Carnival Valor, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Glory and Majesty of the Seas.

It was not a sudden scramble to depart as Port of Gulfport executive director and CEO Jonathan Daniels was informed on Tuesday. Cruise lines had time to make their alternative arrangements and authorities provided a heads up so they could prepare.

At the moment the Carnival Valor and Carnival Freedom remain anchored just off the Mississippi coast. The Carnival Glory seems to be heading for the Port of New Orleans and Majesty of the Seas heading for Galveston, Texas. If ports are full then ships can rotate by spending some time out at sea.

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Royal Caribbean currently has suspended operations until May 12, 2020, and Carnival Cruise Line through May 11, 2020. None of the cruise ships are usually based out of Gulfport but that could change in the future once things return to normal.

A shelter-in-place order pretty much means a lock down where residents must remains indoors unless they need to go out for essentials. Also residents will be allowed to exercise outside but must keep to social distancing.

According to Johns Hopkins University, the state of Mississippi currently has 1,358 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 26 have died. The infection rate in the United Staes stands at 245,601 and keeps going up. The Port of Gulfport is located on the Gulf coast between the popular Port of New Orleans and the Port of Mobile, Alabama which Carnival Fantasy is based out of.

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Princess Cruise Ship With 12 COVID-19 Cases Hopes to Dock in Fort Lauderdale

Princess Cruises has confirmed that Coral Princess has 12 cases of COVID-19 and hoping to dock in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Coral Princess Coronavirus Cases

There are still cruise ships out there that have not yet stopped operations and that includes the Coral princess operated Princess Cruises. The cruise line has also confirmed 12 cases of COVID-19 onboard with 7 guests and 5 crew members infected.

The vessel was already on a 32-day voyage which departed San Antonio, Chile on March 5. This was before the cruise line announced a voluntary suspension in cruise operations announced on March 12. Ships that had already departed have been able to end their sailings as scheduled but it has not really been smooth sailing.

With so many port closures around the world and new travel restrictions, the cruise line planned to disembark guests in Buenos Aires on March 19 and 20. Unfortunately, this operation could not take place due to challenges in the country and complications from cancelled flights.

The plan at the moment is for Princess Cruises to disembark guests at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The cruise line is seeking approval for the ship to dock and is working with local authorities.

Right now the Coral Princess is on lockdown will all guests and non-working crew members having to remain in their cabins. Meals are being delivered to passenger staterooms by room service and there is complimentary internet and telephone for guests to use.

The princess cruise ship made a service call at Bridgetown, Barbados on March 31 and no guests or crew were able to disembark the vessel. The ship is scheduled to arrive in Fort Lauderdale on April 4 but as this is developing news it’s not clear if this will yet go ahead.

There are currently 1,020 guests and 878 crew members on board Coral Princess which is a 91,600 gross ton cruise ship. The voyage was original scheduled to end in Fort Lauderdale on April 6.

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This news comes as two Holland America ships were given the green light to dock at Port Everglades yesterday. The ships were originally denied to disembark guests after many came down with influenza-like symptoms. You can read more about that right here.

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