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The new Polar Code


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8 minutes ago, sippican said:

 

The Celebrity reply has about as much validity as Celebrity had when they claimed they were compliant with all laws in the Galapagos a few years back. They tried to totally skirt the laws, resulting in suspension and cancelled sailings by the government at the very last second. All the while they claimed  - no sailings will be impacted,

 

 Evidently they are still completely ignorant of the rest of the regulations: different fuel, enclosed lifeboats on every single ship sailing into the region, cold water survival suits for every passenger ....

When I called almost two years ago, they denied any knowledge whatsoever about the Polar Code. Call me a skeptic if you must!

Now that the Falklands have banned all large vessels from visiting, it'll be interesting to see what happens to these itineraries.

Sadly Celebrity's main goal is to collect the most cash possible. So any itinerary changes or even cancelations will only come much later. A large percentage of cruisers opt for FCC which only encourages delay in changes. All of this begs the question do we want to sail to Antarctica without these safety features in place?

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36 minutes ago, LDEE said:

Sadly Celebrity's main goal is to collect the most cash possible. So any itinerary changes or even cancelations will only come much later. A large percentage of cruisers opt for FCC which only encourages delay in changes. All of this begs the question do we want to sail to Antarctica without these safety features in place?

 

The answer is that many people are very happy to sail to Antarctica w/o safety features because their are either ignorant or don't care.  Look at all the drive by Antarctica cruises that are done on thin hulled cruise ships.  There have been ship groundings and sinking in the Antarctica with small expedition ships where there was no loss of life.  Can you imagine what would happen if one of the larger cruise ships had a problem - Titanic II.

 

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On 6/27/2021 at 10:39 AM, donaldsc said:

The answer is that many people are very happy to sail to Antarctica w/o safety features because their are either ignorant or don't care.

Back in '17, very honestly, I never even gave it a thought. Since they were running the cruises, I just figured all is well with the ships they use to go down there. Now, however, it gives pause for reflection as to how the Infinity would have fared depending on what conditions could have been encountered. You just never know. I would have never imagined being airlifted off of the Viking Sky back in March '19 in a mayday situation. 

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On 6/28/2021 at 6:00 PM, OnTheJourney said:

Back in '17, very honestly, I never even gave it a thought. Since they were running the cruises, I just figured all is well with the ships they use to go down there. Now, however, it gives pause for reflection as to how the Infinity would have fared depending on what conditions could have been encountered. You just never know. I would have never imagined being airlifted off of the Viking Sky back in March '19 in a mayday situation. 

I recently read that the responsibility for enforcement of the Polar Code rests with the country the vessel is flagged in.  This would mean that government officials in Malta would be charged with this responsibility.  With all that is going on in the cruise world, somehow, I doubt the Infinity is going to conform to the code and I also doubt it will matter.  But who knows.

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5 hours ago, LDEE said:

With all that is going on in the cruise world, somehow, I doubt the Infinity is going to conform to the code and I also doubt it will matter.  But who knows.

Money talks....

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