August 29, 2018 - The cruise boom was yesterday. Today there is need and lamentation. Three current examples: In Venice, port workers demonstrated for the return of the cruise ships. AIDA Cruises is postponing the resumption of ship operations until the beginning of November, and the luxury brand Oceania entices with special prices.
Who would have thought: In Venice for years there was a mood against overtourism and the cruise ships, and now dockers affected by lockdown are demonstrating for the return of the ships. Most recently, 30 million tourists, including 1,5 million cruise ship passengers, visited the city every year. This is without a doubt more than good for the city. It is repeatedly criticized that the propellers of the ships damage the foundations of the buildings in the historic center of Venice.
MS Eurodam in Venice
Yesterday, the port's employees demonstrated against the unemployment that has persisted since November 2019. First came the floods, then Corona. The workers accuse the administration of failure and reluctance to allow cruise ships to enter the port again. Thousands of families would be harmed and their futures would be jeopardized. The employees are of the opinion that in the wake of the Covid pandemic, the politicians wanted to keep the city as an open-air museum without cruise ships.
While TUI Cruises are rehearsing the cautious start of ship operations, short trips planned by AIDA Cruises without going ashore in the Baltic Sea were canceled. AIDA now declares that it wants to start its first cruises at the beginning of November. On November 1st, the AIDAmar is scheduled to start seven-day cruises around the Canary Islands. The AIDAperla will follow in the wake on November 7th. AIDAmar departs from Las Palmas / Gran Canaria. AIDAperla serves two transfer ports with Las Palmas and Santa Cruz de Tenerife. From December 12th on, AIDAstella will undertake seven day trips in the western Mediterranean, and from December 11th it will be Aida Prima planned for seven-day trips from Dubai. It goes without saying that the respective international and national health and hygiene authorities as well as the extended health and hygiene standards of AIDA Cruises are used for the trips.
AIDAperla in the port of Barcelona
Last, but not least, news can also be heard from the luxury brand Oceania Cruises. The shipping company is offering free cabin upgrades for bookings between September 3 and 14, 2020. The offer is valid for 60 selected routes. The savings amount to up to 2.350 euros. The departures are between July 3, 2021 and April 4, 2022. You can choose from routes all over the world. An example: the 16-day trip with the “Insignia” from Miami to Los Angeles (December 24, 2021 to January 6, 2022) costs 2.969 euros instead of 4.039 euros after upgrading from the deluxe sea view cabin to the veranda cabin.
The need is great. Only the strong and agile survive the crisis in the cruise industry.