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Royal Caribbean To Eliminate Buffets on Post-Coronavirus Cruises

Royal Caribbean announced during a conference call that health and safety changes being planned for a post-coronavirus cruise industry include eliminating traditional buffet offerings.

According to CruiseCritic.com, Royal Caribbean CEO Michael Bayley revealed during a virtual call with the cruise line’s senior vice president Vicki Freed that buffets will have to be at least temporarily removed from ships to avoid any concerns about the spread of illnesses.

“I think in the beginning, there will not be a buffet, that’s how I see it,” Bayley said. “We will utilize the space, we will utilize the Windjammer, but in all probability, it won’t be a classical buffet.”

“It will be something more akin to a restaurant,” Bayley continued.

The likely removal of buffets from dining areas is just the latest in a long line of health and safety changes being made to ensure the cruise line will be able to sail when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lifts its no-sail order.

Royal Caribbean is also working with the CDC on enhanced measures to protect the health, safety and security of guests, crew and the communities visited when operations resume.

Last month, the cruise line filed a patent application for its own branded version of a face mask to protect passengers and employees. Dubbed Seaface, the plan is for the safety devices to be implemented on all of the company’s ships.

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Crystal Endeavor debut moved back three months

Crystal Expedition Cruises postponed the launch of its first
ship, the Crystal Endeavor, due to Europe shipyard closures. 

Citing the temporary closure of MV Werften shipbuilding
facilities in Germany due to the Covid-19 pandemic and uncertainty regarding
when production will resume, Crystal delayed the ship’s previously planned
August launch until Nov. 14.

Crystal canceled all scheduled Endeavor cruises through Oct.
31. The Endeavor’s maiden voyage will now be the “Tasmania & Fjords of New
Zealand” 14-day cruise. 

The company is reaching out to passengers and travel
advisors about rebooking options.

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Bowman’s Travel Brief: Buy Into Facts, Not Frenzy

The coronavirus is everywhere.

Or is it?

Mainstream media would have you believe we’re all going to die.

And yes, one day, we all will die, that’s how this whole life thing works – unless you’re an immortal and if that’s the case, can you tell me your secret?

But it won’t be this new virus that kills us all. Just like the Bird Flu, Ebola, Zika, etc. didn’t take over the whole world with death.

Don’t buy into the hysteria people.


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Consider the facts first. Listen to the trusted sources on this matter.

You shouldn’t let the coronavirus stop you from traveling.

Are there unsafe destinations? Yes, until we reach world peace, there will always be areas that aren’t safe to visit. And no matter where you travel, it’s always important to be aware of your surroundings. Just to put things into perspective, the State Department even has Antarctica ranked as a “Category 2: Exercise Increased Caution” on their travel advisory list.

However, when it comes to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is discouraging nonessential travel to only a few countries: China, South Korea, Italy and Iran.

The majority of the coronavirus cases are in China.

But yet, people are apparently afraid to fly on planes and out here canceling Caribbean vacations…why?

If you’re legitimately afraid, talk to a travel advisor, and they’ll help you find peace of mind with your travel plans.

Also keep in mind, you’re much more likely to be impacted by the common flu than COVID-19.

And if you haven’t booked a summer vacation yet, don’t be scared by the virus talk. Get ready, because the travel industry will likely be cutting prices and offering discounts galore in the coming months to try and drive business back up.

Wash your hands, cover your mouth when you sneeze/cough, don’t freak out, keep calm and travel on.

Has the coronavirus impacted your travel plans? Let me know on Twitter and Instagram: @EricBowman_

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