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Although properties may have fewer guests overall, hotels’ public spaces are more in demand, making crowd-capacity solutions all the more important. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)

Covid-19: The post-pandemic hotel looks a lot like a cruise ship

By Bloomberg | Posted by Saumya Sharma
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2020 11:58 PM IST
Perhaps for the first time, hotels and resorts on dry land have to fight microbial infestations with the persistence of a tired cruise director. It’s no surprise that as these properties start to reopen following months of Covid-19-related lockdowns, they’re turning to that cruise model for ideas on how to keep guests safe.
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Goa was expecting in excess of 50 cruise ship arrivals, but only 38 arrived before the season was cut short. (HT photo)
Goa was expecting in excess of 50 cruise ship arrivals, but only 38 arrived before the season was cut short. (HT photo)

‘No guests, no music’: When a cruise ship turned into a ferry service

By Gerard de Souza | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi | Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2020 03:09 PM IST
The once vibrant global cruise tourism industry has been forced to drop anchor, with thousands of seafarers finding that their contracts have been abruptly cancelled.
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Smoke rises from Japanese cruise ship Asuka II docked in Yokohama Port, in Yokohama near Tokyo.(AP)
Smoke rises from Japanese cruise ship Asuka II docked in Yokohama Port, in Yokohama near Tokyo.(AP)

Black smoke billowing from cruise ship docked near Tokyo

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Prashasti Singh | Tokyo
PUBLISHED ON JUN 16, 2020 12:45 PM IST
Asuka II, the cruise ship has been docked in Yokohama Port, west of Tokyo, since early April and no passengers were on board, Japanese media reported.
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The Diamond Princess cruise ship is anchored at a port in Yokohama in February 2020.(AP File Photo/Representative Image)
The Diamond Princess cruise ship is anchored at a port in Yokohama in February 2020.(AP File Photo/Representative Image)

40,000 cruise ship workers still trapped at sea amid Covid-19 concerns: Report

By Associated Press | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar | Miami
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2020 07:19 AM IST
Cruise lines stopped sailing in mid-March after several high-profile outbreaks at sea. More than 600 people fell ill aboard Carnival Corp.’s Diamond Princess while it was quarantined off Japan, for example.
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The Greg Mortimer departed March 15 on a voyage to Antarctica and South Georgia that was titled In Shackleton’s Footsteps.(auroraexpeditions.com--ship’s operator)
The Greg Mortimer departed March 15 on a voyage to Antarctica and South Georgia that was titled In Shackleton’s Footsteps.(auroraexpeditions.com--ship’s operator)

Covid-19 breaks out on cruise ship bound for Antarctica

By HT Correspondent | Montevideo, Uruguay
PUBLISHED ON APR 09, 2020 07:30 AM IST
Of 217 people tested on the vessel, 128 were positive for the coronavirus that causes the disease and 89 tested negative, Aurora Expeditions said.
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This elderly couple from Australia decided to recreate their cancelled cruise experience by sitting on a couch.(Twitter/@janeyytrill)
This elderly couple from Australia decided to recreate their cancelled cruise experience by sitting on a couch.(Twitter/@janeyytrill)

Their cruise was cancelled, so couple enjoys this makeshift one at home. Idea will amaze you

By Srimoyee Chowdhury | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 17, 2020 06:44 PM IST
While some were amused to see the couple enjoying themselves in the midst of a stressful situation along with necessary items like toilet paper, others lauded the couple for their creativity and praised them for staying at home.
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A California National Guard helicopter from the Moffett Federal Airfield based, 129th Rescue Wing deliver coronavirus test kits to the Grand Princess cruise ship off the coast of San Francisco, California, US.(Reuters File Photo)
A California National Guard helicopter from the Moffett Federal Airfield based, 129th Rescue Wing deliver coronavirus test kits to the Grand Princess cruise ship off the coast of San Francisco, California, US.(Reuters File Photo)

Coronavirus: 21 people test Covid-19 positive on cruise ship off California

By Associated Press | San Francisco
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2020 07:10 AM IST
Vice President Mike Pence said 46 of the more than 3,500 people aboard were tested in the first round. A military helicopter crew lowered test kits onto the 951-foot (290-meter) Grand Princess by rope Thursday and later retrieved them for analysis as the vessel waited off San Francisco.
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Experts have criticized Japanese bureaucrats’ handling of the onboard quarantine, as ultimately about 700 people were infected and six have died in what was at the time the largest concentration of coronavirus cases outside China.(AP)
Experts have criticized Japanese bureaucrats’ handling of the onboard quarantine, as ultimately about 700 people were infected and six have died in what was at the time the largest concentration of coronavirus cases outside China.(AP)

Cruise ship passengers ‘in limbo’ off San Francisco awaiting coronavirus tests

By Reuters | Reuters
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2020 05:01 PM IST
Like the Diamond Princess, the liner held in quarantine off Japan last month, the Grand Princess is owned by a unit of Carnival Corp, the world’s largest cruise operator.
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Diamond Princess, where dozens of passengers were tested positive for coronavirus, is docked at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan.(REUTERS)
Diamond Princess, where dozens of passengers were tested positive for coronavirus, is docked at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan.(REUTERS)

Around 500 to leave Covid-19 affected cruise on Wednesday: official

By Agence France-Presse | Tokyo
UPDATED ON FEB 18, 2020 07:51 PM IST
A Japanese health ministry official said “The number (who will leave Wednesday) is changing, largely because it is up to passengers (if they get off).”
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An American passenger from a cruise ship docked in Cambodia has tested positive for the new coronavirus a second time in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia said on Sunday(REUTERS)
An American passenger from a cruise ship docked in Cambodia has tested positive for the new coronavirus a second time in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia said on Sunday(REUTERS)

American woman from cruise ship tests positive again for coronavirus in Malaysia

By Reuters | Kuala Lumpur
UPDATED ON FEB 16, 2020 04:37 PM IST
Malaysia said on Saturday the 83-year-old woman who had been onboard the MS Westerdam, operated by a unit of Carnival Corp, had tested positive for the virus after arriving in Kuala Lumpur from Cambodia.
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The United States said it will send an aircraft to Japan to bring back U.S. passengers on the quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess(Bloomberg)
The United States said it will send an aircraft to Japan to bring back U.S. passengers on the quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess(Bloomberg)

US to evacuate its citizens aboard quarantined cruise ship off Japan amid coronavirus outbreak

By Reuters | Tokyo
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2020 06:21 PM IST
The U.S. embassy in Tokyo said in a letter to passengers that the aircraft would arrive in Japan on the evening of Feb. 16 and that it recommended “out of an abundance of caution” that U.S. citizens disembark and return home for further monitoring.
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A passenger wearing a mask stands on the deck of the cruise ship Diamond Princess, at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, on February 13.(Reuters Photo)
A passenger wearing a mask stands on the deck of the cruise ship Diamond Princess, at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, on February 13.(Reuters Photo)

‘It felt like everyday cold’: Student describes catching the coronavirus

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2020 01:50 PM IST
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A cruise ship Diamond Princess anchors off the Yokohama Port upon arrival in Yokohama, near Tokyo Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. A person who was a passenger on the Japanese-operated cruise ship has tested positive for a new virus after leaving the ship in Hong Kong on Jan. 25.(AP)
A cruise ship Diamond Princess anchors off the Yokohama Port upon arrival in Yokohama, near Tokyo Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. A person who was a passenger on the Japanese-operated cruise ship has tested positive for a new virus after leaving the ship in Hong Kong on Jan. 25.(AP)

Japan quarantines 3,500 on cruise ship after passenger tests positive for coronavirus

By Press Trust of India | Tokyo
UPDATED ON FEB 04, 2020 07:29 AM IST
The move comes after an 80-year-old passenger who disembarked on January 25 in Hong Kong tested positive for the deadly virus.
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The Costa Smeralda cruise ship carrying around 6,000 passengers is docked at the Italian port of Civitavecchia following a health alert due to a Chinese couple and a possible link to the coronavirus.(via REUTERS)
The Costa Smeralda cruise ship carrying around 6,000 passengers is docked at the Italian port of Civitavecchia following a health alert due to a Chinese couple and a possible link to the coronavirus.(via REUTERS)

Cruise ship in Italy in lockdown over feared coronavirus case

By Agence France-Presse | Civitavecchia (Italy)
PUBLISHED ON JAN 31, 2020 06:07 AM IST
Samples from a Chinese couple were sent for testing after three doctors and a nurse boarded the Costa Crociere ship in the port of Civitavecchia to tend to a woman running a fever, the local health authorities said.
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Videos from the incident show the Glory hitting the stationary Legend while trying to manoeuvre, leaving it damaged.(Twitter/@nicpaulenache)
Videos from the incident show the Glory hitting the stationary Legend while trying to manoeuvre, leaving it damaged.(Twitter/@nicpaulenache)

Two cruise ships collide near Mexico’s Cozumel island. Watch frightening video

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 23, 2019 02:27 PM IST
Carnival Glory was trying to dock when it struck the moored 952-foot-long Carnival Legend.
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The 24,344-tonne ship is owned by UK-based Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.(YouTube/Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines)
The 24,344-tonne ship is owned by UK-based Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.(YouTube/Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines)

Cruise ship squeezes through tiny canal. Incredible video captured

By Trisha Sengupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2020 03:53 AM IST
Four miles long, the Corinth Canal separates mainland Greece from the Peloponnesian Peninsula.
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Starting next year, Cannes, one of the world’s most famous ports-of-call, will no longer welcome cruise ships unless they comply with strict pollution controls.(Unsplash)
Starting next year, Cannes, one of the world’s most famous ports-of-call, will no longer welcome cruise ships unless they comply with strict pollution controls.(Unsplash)

Worried about climate change? Skip that cruise

By Adam Minter | Bloomberg
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2019 10:44 AM IST
Starting next year, Cannes, one of the world’s most famous ports-of-call, will no longer welcome cruise ships unless they comply with strict pollution controls.
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Arctic cruises accused of leaving indigenous people in the cold. (Representational image)(Unsplash)
Arctic cruises accused of leaving indigenous people in the cold. (Representational image)(Unsplash)

Arctic cruises accused of leaving indigenous people in the cold

By Reuters | London
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2019 09:39 AM IST
Indigenous communities are being “overwhelmed” by ships that drop up to 1,000 passengers in small villages but offer no employment opportunities.
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A 1-year-old girl apparently slipped from her grandfather’s hands and fell to her death from the 11th story of a cruise ship(Shutterstock/Representative Image)
A 1-year-old girl apparently slipped from her grandfather’s hands and fell to her death from the 11th story of a cruise ship(Shutterstock/Representative Image)

Holiday nightmare: Baby slips from grand dad’s arms, falls from 11th floor of cruise ship

By Associated Press | San Juan, Puerto Rico
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2019 01:52 PM IST
Authorities said the girl was traveling with her parents, two siblings and two sets of grandparents aboard the Freedom of the Seas, which docked in Puerto Rico on Sunday after a weeklong trip through the Caribbean.
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The police recently registered a first information report (FIR) against an unidentified person for allegedly cheating a 60-year-old Bandra resident of Rs 90,000 by luring him with a free cruise trip.(File Photo)
The police recently registered a first information report (FIR) against an unidentified person for allegedly cheating a 60-year-old Bandra resident of Rs 90,000 by luring him with a free cruise trip.(File Photo)

60-year-old Mumbai man told he won cruise trip, cheated of Rs 90K

By Jayprakash S Naidu | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON APR 08, 2019 08:04 AM IST
According to the complainant, on March 15, he received a call from a woman posing as a travel company executive. She informed him that he had won an all-expense paid holiday on a cruise ship and would have to pay Rs 100 as registration fees.
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Rescue workers off Norway’s western coast rushed to evacuate 1,300 passengers and crew from a disabled cruise ship by helicopter on Saturday.(REUTERS)
Rescue workers off Norway’s western coast rushed to evacuate 1,300 passengers and crew from a disabled cruise ship by helicopter on Saturday.(REUTERS)

1,300 Norway cruise ship passengers and crew rescued amid storm

By Associated Press | Helsinki
UPDATED ON MAR 25, 2019 09:51 AM IST
Rescue teams with helicopters and boats were sent to evacuate the cruise ship under extremely difficult circumstances, including gusts up to 38 knots (43 mph) and waves over 8 meters (26 feet).
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The mystery of a Croatian student who disappeared 18 years ago might have been solved with the discovery of a body in a freezer. (Representative Image)(AP)
The mystery of a Croatian student who disappeared 18 years ago might have been solved with the discovery of a body in a freezer. (Representative Image)(AP)

Croatian woman’s body found in freezer, 18 years after she went missing

By Agence France-Presse | Zagreb
PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2019 08:19 PM IST
The freezer was in a home in Mala Subotica, northern Croatia, belonging to the sister of Jasmina Dominic, who was 23 when she went missing in 2000, they added.
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Cruise ships operator Carnival UK has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and senior members of his cabinet, cautioning against a high tax regime that it said may destroy the cruise industry in India.(HT File Photo)
Cruise ships operator Carnival UK has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and senior members of his cabinet, cautioning against a high tax regime that it said may destroy the cruise industry in India.(HT File Photo)

High tax regime may destroy India’s cruise industry: UK operator writes to PM Narendra Modi

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2018 10:57 AM IST
Cruise ships operator Carnival UK has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and senior members of his cabinet, cautioning against a high tax regime that it said may destroy the cruise industry in India.
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British tourist Kay Longstaff speaks to the press upon her arrival in Pula with the Croatia’s coast guard ship.(AFP Photo)
British tourist Kay Longstaff speaks to the press upon her arrival in Pula with the Croatia’s coast guard ship.(AFP Photo)

UK woman, who spent 10 hours in sea after falling off cruise ship, ‘sang to stay awake’

By Associated Press | Pula, Croatia
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2018 07:30 PM IST
British tourist Kay Longstaff said she fell from the back of the Norwegian Star cruise ship that was sailing toward Venice, shortly before midnight Saturday.
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The ship was restored at a cost of over $100 million.(AP)
The ship was restored at a cost of over $100 million.(AP)

Britain’s famed Queen Elizabeth 2 ship is now a floating hotel in Dubai

By HT Correspondent | Associated Press, Dubai
PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2018 07:08 PM IST
The cruise ship had her last voyage nearly a decade ago and currently floats in the waters of the Persian Gulf.
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Cruises will go on sale to the public on June 11.(Ritz Carlton)
Cruises will go on sale to the public on June 11.(Ritz Carlton)

Intimate restaurants, airy open areas: This new cruise ship is all set to redefine luxury travel

By HT Correspondent | Bloomberg
UPDATED ON MAR 28, 2018 02:08 PM IST
When Ritz-Carlton, Marriott International Inc’s flagship luxury brand, unveiled its cruise concept last year, it was clear that the hotel brand intended to take a detour from the rest of the industry. Its ships will offer luxuries largely unheard-of on cruise lines: airy, open-flow common areas, intimate restaurants that offer around-the-clock dining, and guest suites with high ceilings and twin bathroom sinks. 
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