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Cruise Critic News: Cruise Ships Begin Sailing in Germany; Follow Cruise Critic Member's Live Report

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(10:45 a.m. EDT) -- German cruise line TUI Cruises has resumed sailing, with short cruises leaving from Hamburg, making it the first large-scale cruise line to return to the seas since the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic began. The first cruise on the line took place over the weekend, on Mein Schiff II, in the North Sea. The ship, which has the ...

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1 hour ago, LauraS said:

(10:45 a.m. EDT) -- German cruise line TUI Cruises has resumed sailing, with short cruises leaving from Hamburg, making it the first large-scale cruise line to return to the seas since the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic began. The first cruise on the line took place over the weekend, on Mein Schiff II, in the North Sea. The ship, which has the ...

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A little math lesson is needed here. 1200 passengers do not comprise 60% capacity of a 2900 passenger ship...they are sailing at only a bit over 40% capacity.

 

Further, as seems to be a regular problem with Cruise Critic articles lately there's a misstatement about the US's PVSA requirements: " (Such "cruises to nowhere" aren't allowed in the United States, where foreign-flagged cruise ships that leave American homeports are required to stop at an international port)"

 

In fact the PVSA specifically permits cruises to nowhere by foreign-flagged ships. Please see the top of page 16 "Voyages to Nowhere" of https://www.cbp.gov/sites/default/files/assets/documents/2019-Sep/PVSA-ICP.pdf , which is a continuation of the PVSA exceptions that start on page 15.

 

The "cruise to nowhere" issue involves a DHS ruling made a couple of years ago about the types of visas needed by the crew. If that visa issue were resolved cruises to nowhere could resume .

 

 

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