October 10, 2019
(10 p.m. BST) -- Small-ship operator Hebridean Island Cruises announced it has purchased the 54-passenger Lord of the Glens from Magna Carta Steamship Company, Ltd. for an undisclosed sum.
The news, announced by Hebridean owners HP Shipping Ltd, will result in a doubling of fleet and capacity size for the small ship operator, which operates the historic 50-passeger Hebridean Princess.
"The Lord of the Glens is a very appealing vessel and a perfect fit for our portfolio and existing customer demographic," said Roger Allard, chairman of HP Shipping and Hebridean Island Cruises. "'Small is beautiful' is the Hebridean Island Cruises' mantra and the Lord of the Glens can certainly boast of
(11:47 a.m. EDT) -- There are indications that Blount may be shuttering its cruising arm, Blount Small Ship Adventures, after the line's three vessels were listed as being for sale on a popular commercial maritime website.
A sponsored post on the popular gCaptain website shows the three Blount vessels -- Grande Mariner, Grande Caribe and Niagara Prince -- as being "currently for sale by owner and open for viewing by appointment at the Blount Boats facility in Warren, Rhode Island."
Blount Small Ship Adventures -- an offshoot of shipbu
(Updated 2:02 p.m. EDT) -- With ocean and river cruise lines temporarily suspending service around the world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping track of the seemingly minute-by-minute changes to the cruise industry can be challenging.
Most cruise lines voluntarily paused sailings for the meantime after being faced with port closures; a lack of suitable infrastructure, including flights; and increased travel restrictions that change on a country-by-country basis. CLIA,the Cruise Lines International Association that represents most cruise lines, issued a further volunatary suspension in operations through October 31.
Adding to voluntary suspensi
(Updated 2:00 p.m. EDT) -- Cruise lines have temporarily suspended operations worldwide and altered future sailings in globally as the novel coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) continues to spread.
In January, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern, following an emergency committee meeting in Geneva. On March 11, WHO declared the outbreak a worldwide pandemic.
In additon, a number of ports throughout the world and the Caribbean are barring ships from docking.
The U.S. State Department has issued a Global Level 4 "do not travel" health advisory for travel abroad. The U.K.'s Foreign & Commonw
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(5:15 p.m. EDT) -- More cruise lines have begun cancelling their entire 2020 sailing schedule as the global COVID-19 health pandemic continues to affect travel around the world.
On Wednesday, Viking became the latest line to suspend its entire 2020 sailing schedule, cancelling all ocean and river cruises through December 31, 2020.
"On March 11, when we became the first cruise line to temporarily suspend operations at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, I would not have imagined that in Augu
(Updated 10:20 a.m. BST) -- P&O Cruises has further extended the suspension of cruise operations until November 12, 2020 and cancelled two world cruises scheduled for next year on Aurora and Arcadia.
The line originally announced a 30-day suspension on March 16, following CLIA’s recommendation for cruise lines to voluntarily and temporarily pause operations, before extending for a second time on March 30 through May 14 and for a fourth time through July 31 and a fifth through October 15.