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Cruise Struck By Lightning Shines a Light on Weather Hazards

People love cruising. What many forget, though, are the natural dangers present on the open seas, dangers that when they make themselves apparent can be quite frightening.

That’s exactly what happened aboard a cruise ship when it was struck by lightning in Indonesian waters during a thunderstorm. As a result, some of the ships monitoring equipment, such as radars, had stopped working but were eventually restored.

Dangerous weather conditions exist all over the world, but what happens when you experience them on a cruise ship? Furthermore, what if you are injured as a result – does the cruise ship bear any responsibility in your injuries? Read on to find out.

Weather on the High Seas

Weather presents some serious potential hazards for cruise ships. Some of the most common things encountered by cruise ships include storms, lightning, and ice.

Storms

High winds and rough

CDC Issues Another Extension on Its No Sail Order

The cruise industry has been at a standstill for the last six months due to COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently extended its no sail order, with many cruise lines voluntarily postponing their operations through October.

It looks as if the cruise industry must buckle down to try to weather further closures as coronavirus sweeps across the country. What is a no sail order and what does it mean for fall cruising this year? Read on to find out.

What is a No Sail Order?

A no sail order is an order issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

They issue no sail orders to address operations of cruise ships, which are defined as commercial, passenger-carrying, non-cargo vessels that have the capacity to carry 250 souls or more

Cruise Lines Inch Back Sail Suspensions — So Who’s Cruising?

If you are planning to take a cruise in fall 2020, then you may be out of luck. Many cruise lines are pushing back their sailings into next year, 2021. Still, a few are keeping hope alive for fall cruising in 2020 and haven’t yet removed them from their schedules.

If you want to book a cruise for this year, then it’s important to fully review the cruise line’s cancellation policies and think about securing cruise ship insurance for your potential voyage. Read on to find out how to lower your risk as you plan your next cruise.

Is Anyone Sailing?

Many cruise lines, large and small, have taken all sailing off their schedule for the remainder of the year. Some, such as Princess Cruises, have the Caribbean other regions still on their itineraries for later in the year.

Whether or not sailings can

Is Small Ship Cruising a Good Alternative This Season?

The cruise industry has been shaken by the impact of COVID-19. Still, cruise lines are going ahead with plans to resume cruises as soon as they can, with a few changes in mind.

If you’re a fan of cruising, then you likely are ready to get back to it as soon as you can. If so, you may be considering cruising on a smaller ship than you’re used to in order to reduce your exposure to potential illness, including COVID-19.

Here’s what you need to know about the passenger size of various vessels, the limits cruise lines currently have in place to help reduce the spread of illness, and what you can do on a cruise to help you stay healthy and safe when you cruise again.

Passenger Size Aboard Different Ships

If you’ve ever taken a cruise, then you know that some cruise

Could Fewer Sailings During a Hurricane Mean Safer Harbor?

Cruises are supposed to be fun, relaxed, safe vacations for people of all ages. Cruise ships, in particular, are designed for maximum safety, keeping their passengers safe on the open seas. That doesn’t matter if the crew of the ship is negligent during bad weather, though.

Cruises are vulnerable to hurricanes, especially during heavy hurricane seasons. If a ship can’t find a safe port, then everyone on board is at risk when a storm appears.

In fact, one of the most dangerous aspects of hurricane season is the sheer number of cruise ships that have to seek shelter from the storm. This year is seeing fewer cruises because of the global pandemic, so there are fewer ships competing for safe harbor.

Of course, that may not mean much during what looks to be the most active hurricane season on record.

Cruise Lines Avoid Cancellations

Carnival Cruise Line Set to Sell — Is That Where Your Refund Is?

The coronavirus pandemic’s blow was felt across many different industries, but the impact was particularly crippling to the cruise industry.

Even after surviving norovirus, Sars, and other disease outbreaks, the industry seems unprepared to deal with the magnitude of COVID-19 and its effects.

Many cruise ships are docked with no certainty when operations will resume. Carnival, the biggest cruise line in the world, is losing $1 billion a month to maintain its docked fleet.

In addition to coronavirus risks and gaining public trust, the cruise industry faces another challenge: Issuing refunds to an unprecedented number of customers impacted by canceled voyages.

Millions of Dollars per Month Owed in Cruise Refunds

Cruise cancellations have left millions of would-have-been passengers with two options: They can get a Future Cruise Credit (and perhaps some OnBoard Credits) or a refund.

Although customers report having received their Cruise Credit

Cruises Are Ready to Set Sail Again… Or Are They?

After a long, lonely spring season on the water, one cruise line is getting ready to set sail on the high seas. Genting Cruise Lines, an Asia-based cruise company, announced that it plans to become the very first cruise line to resume service after COVID-19.

On July 26, the Explorer Dream was set to depart from Keelung in northeastern Taiwan before cruising to the Penghu, Matzu, and Kinmen islands.

The rest of the industry is still not so sure that it’s time to start cruising again. Celestyal Cruises, a cruise line based in Greece, has canceled all of its voyages for 2020.

In addition, major lines like Royal Caribean, Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, and Holland America have canceled sailings into September or October. According to representatives from these companies, whether the cruises will be able to resume this year will depend on the