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GCE news mail: German market news week 12

German market news week 12

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Since Monday, schools, universities and kinder garden are more or less closed. Wednesday, Germany shut down large parts of everyday public life, the EU's external borders were closed and our beautiful tourism industry has come to a standstill.

For us at Global Communication Experts, this means that a large part of our team is now working from their home offices. Above all, it also means that we will not be stopped by this virus and will keep on going strong in what we do. We are here for all of you.

We will continue to inform and inspire media, trade and consumer with topics, ideas and positive images in the coming weeks, for the time after this all ends - and that time will come. Then we can enjoy and appreciate even more our freedom to travel to all corners of the earth and rediscover the beauty it has to offer, its people and cultures.

Those who need an injection of optimism these days should call Franco Ferrarotti. The 93-year old Italian sociologist's talks about his expectations for the post-coronavirus crisis. "I believe that when the crisis is over, we will see an enormous return of joy of life and the desire to rebuild. Similar to the end of the war, there will be an incredible explosion of “joie de vivre” across Europe."

Coronavirus update

- 100 countries ban Germans because of Corona: The world is getting smaller and
  smaller with a German passport, even without a general travel warning from the
  Foreign Office. 100 countries have imposed an entry ban or quarantine on
  travellers from Germany. These include holiday destinations such as Egypt,
  Canada, Turkey and the USA.
- Europe is closing its borders: According to Süddeutsche Zeitung, one of the
  largest daily newspapers in Germany, following the announcement by the
  European Union to no longer allow non-EU citizens to enter the country, the
  first travellers have been turned away. At the largest German airport in
  Frankfurt am Main, a flight from Turkey was affected on Tuesday evening,
  according to federal police. The European Union wants to implement a 30-day
  entry ban with immediate effect to slow down the spread of the coronavirus.
  This was agreed to by Chancellor Angela Merkel and the other EU heads of state
  and government at a video summit on Tuesday evening. Federal Minister of the
  Interior Horst Seehofer (CSU) had thereupon ordered a de facto entry ban for
  non-EU citizens. Today, the federal government also wants to continue its
  repatriation campaign for tens of thousands of German tourists who are stuck
  abroad because of the Corona crisis. The first Lufthansa charter plane rented
  by the government for this purpose had already taken off for Manila on Tuesday
  afternoon. In total, the government wants to get 30 to 40 planes on the way to
  the holiday destinations as quickly as possible. This is the largest return
  flight in the history of the Federal Republic. Most affected are vacationers
  in Morocco, the Dominican Republic, the Philippines, Egypt, the Maldives,
  Malta and Argentina. The Federal Foreign Office estimates that well over
  100,000 Germans are still travelling abroad. The "Airlift" is expected to last
  well into next week. The government plans to spend up to 50 million euros on
  the flights. Foreign Minister Heiko Mass (SPD) reaffirmed on Tuesday evening
  on ZDF-"heute journal" that they would make an effort to find every vacationer
  affected. But: "We cannot guarantee a 24-hour solution for everyone". The
  economic consequences of the crisis are now also giving the EU a hard time.
  More and more companies are coming under massive pressure from shop and
  factory closures. Stock markets are crashing. The EU Commission is expecting a
  recession. EU Commission head Ursula von der Leyen therefore tried to send a
  strong message. "We will do everything that is necessary", said the head of
  the commission. "We will not hesitate to take further measures." The EU heads
  of state and government thus explicitly supported the line taken by their
  finance ministers. It is already estimated that the states of the euro zone
  have promised more than one trillion euros in economic aid. The EU Commission
  had also proposed a package of measures at European level, including an
  investment initiative worth 37 billion euros, the activation of 28 billion
  euros from the EU structural funds and the securing of loans from the European
  Investment Bank for up to 100,000 European companies. Von der Leyen admitted
  that the coronavirus has also been underestimated by politicians. "I think all
  of us who are not the experts underestimated the coronavirus in the
  beginning," she said on the "Bild live" programme. But in the meantime it has
  become clear that the virus will be with us for a long time to come. "All
  these measures, which sounded drastic, draconian to our ears just a fortnight
  or three weeks ago - we have understood that this has to be now." That's very
  difficult. "But I think the population is coping very well." This Wednesday,
  the Federal Cabinet will approve the key figures presented by Finance Minister
  Olaf Scholz (SPD) for the 2021 budget. For the time being, the Vice Chancellor
  plans again with a black zero, so without new debts. However, the consequences
  of the Corona crisis have not yet been taken into account in the plans, as the
  ministry says it is currently unable to put serious figures on them. Many
  economists expect Germany to slide into a recession.
- Germany seals off borders with five countries: Minister of the Interior Horst
  Seehofer has announced increased controls at the border to Austria, France,
  Luxembourg, Denmark or Switzerland. Travelers without a "good reason for
  travel" will be refused entry. Commuters will not be affected by the
  regulation. The islands in the North and Baltic Sea will be closed to
- Luxembourg declares a state of emergency: In the fight against the coronavirus
  pandemic, Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel has declared a national
  emergency. "This is an exceptional instrument, but it is necessary to get the
  crisis under control as quickly as possible," he told the Luxembourg Chamber
  of Deputies. He referred to an article of the Luxembourg constitution that has
  never been applied before, which allows the Grand Duke to order measures that
  are contrary to existing law for a maximum of three months in the event of an
  "international crisis". "Stay at home as much as you can and for as long as
  you can", Bettel said, addressing the Grand Duchy's 600,000 inhabitants. "No
  contact with other people." He knew that many Luxembourgers feel like going
  out into nature or having a picnic with others: "That's all wrong. You must
  understand that direct social contacts must be kept to a minimum." Exceptions
  to the invitation to stay at home apply to the way to work, urgent medical
  appointments, buying food or other important matters. Begging assured: "The
  state and the institutions continue to function." 

Market news

- Global travel warning now valid until end of April: As fvw reported , Foreign
  Minister Maas had already warned on Tuesday against travelling abroad. It is
  now clear that this also applies to the Easter holidays. This is likely to
  affect millions of bookings. The German government's travel warning regarding
  the Corona crisis is initially valid until the end of April and thus also
  affects the Easter holidays. "This is painful for many but absolutely
  necessary. Stay at home! Protect yourself and your fellow human beings",
  Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) now wrote on Twitter. On Tuesday,
  the Federal Foreign Office had issued a travel warning for all tourist trips
  abroad - an unprecedented occurrence. However, he did not initially state a
  deadline. Travel warnings are normally only issued in the event of danger to
  life and limb, especially for civil war countries like Syria, Afghanistan or
  Yemen. They can allow cancellations free of charge. Until Tuesday, the
  government had only advised against unnecessary travel abroad, with one
  exception: Hubei, the Chinese region of origin of the novel coronavirus,
  already had a travel warning. The travel warning is also about preventing more
  Germans from being stranded abroad because of border closures and the cutting
  of flight connections. The largest repatriation campaign in the history of the
  Federal Republic of Germany is currently underway for more than 100,000
- DRV: Travel industry massively affected by the corona crisis: loss of turnover
  of 4.8 billion euros for tour operators and travel agencies: According to
  projections by the German Travel Association (DRV), the loss of sales at
  German tour operators and travel agencies alone will add up to more than 4.8
  billion euros by the end of April - and the financial requirements will
  continue to increase if the crisis continues. Travel is canceled, tour
  operators have to pay the money back to customers, customers hesitate to make
  new bookings. This means that companies lack liquidity. “A protective shield
  for the travel industry is now urgently needed. Politicians are required to
  compensate for these lost sales with subsidies, ”says Norbert Fiebig,
  President of the German Travel Association. Alternatively, customers could for
  the time being waive the cash payment of the travel prices already paid and
  instead receive a travel credit from the organizer - including a state
  guarantee. This can then be redeemed at a later point in time - when the
  situation has normalized again - in the respective travel agency.
- Travel advise: Do not cancel long-term bookings: According to touristik
  aktuell, the big question of many end customers at the moment is: Can I cancel
  my trip planned from April onwards free of charge due to the current travel
  warning, for which there is no time limit? "Rather no" is the not entirely
  clear answer to this question. In principle, travel warnings issued by the
  Federal Foreign Office never have a time limit: at some point, Day X comes
  when it is lifted. When this will be in the Corona case is currently open.
  From the point of view of the travel lawyer Ernst Führich, a cancellation
  period of four weeks before the respective trip is reasonable. In terms of
  travel law, he says that package tours must be "significantly impaired by the
  Corona pandemic during the trip". The current problem is that "none of us know
  how this catastrophe will develop". The German Travel Association (DRV) sees
  the situation as follows: "Free cancellation due to the existence of
  extraordinary circumstances is always possible if, at the time of
  cancellation, it is highly probable that the extraordinary circumstances will
  make it considerably more difficult to carry out the booked trip". Exactly
  this probability currently applies to trips until the end of March. But not
  beyond that - even though it can already be assumed that the period will be
  considerably longer. The fact is: no tour operator will let its guests travel
  to a risk area. In these cases, trips are generally cancelled. The customer
  can then rebook the cancelled trip free of charge or get his money back. In
  the future, however, it could be the case that tour operators will temporarily
  only issue travel vouchers: If they have to keep paying out, they won't be
  solvent for long. Basically, the industry has issued the slogan: "Save
  tourism! Book to instead of cancel!" The hashtag on the international level
  is: #dontcancelmodify.
- Steady growth for nearby destinations in 2019: As stated by fvw, Germans
  continued to take more domestic holidays and travel more to nearby
  destinations in Central Europe last year, the fvw Destination Ranking 2020
  showed. Most destinations easily reachable by car or train again showed solid
  growth in terms of German visitor numbers or overnight stays, continuing a
  general trend of the last few years. Germany itself remained by far the
  biggest holiday destination for Germans with a 3.9% rise in overnight stays.
  The Netherlands was again very popular for German tourists last year with
  overnight stays rising nearly 12%. The country has seen a cumulative 57% rise
  on the German market over the last five years. Another winner in 2019 was
  Slovenia with a similar growth rate that put it top of the five-year table.
  German overnight stays in the small Adriatic destination have nearly doubled
  since 2014. Most other Central European destinations had to be content with
  single-digit increases in overnight stays by German visitors last year.
  Belgium, for example, had a moderate 4% rise after two years of double-digit
  growth and Poland was up by 3% after several years of strong increases. In
  contrast, Austria and Switzerland each only achieved fractional growth last
  year while France showed a slight decline in German overnight stays, according
  to the Destination Ranking. 

Aviation News

- Lufthansa parks more than 90 percent of all aircraft: About 700 of the 763
  aircraft of the Lufthansa Group will be temporarily taken out of service. The
  Lufthansa Group is discontinuing its long-haul operations from Munich as well
  as almost all the traffic operated by Austrian Airlines, Air Dolomiti and
  Brussels Airlines. The company takes drastic measures to limit the economic
  impact of the corona crisis. Air Dolomiti operated its last flight for the
  time being on Wednesday. On Thursday, Austrian Airlines' last regular
  scheduled flight for the time being landed in Vienna. With the exception of
  special flights, Austrian Airlines is initially suspending its flight
  operations until 28 March. Brussels Airlines will not offer any regular
  flights in the period from 21 March to 19 April. Lufthansa is discontinuing
  its long-haul operations in Munich and will initially only offer long-haul
  flights from Frankfurt. Swiss will offer only three weekly long-haul flights a
  week to Newark (USA) in future, in addition to a significantly reduced
  timetable for short- and medium-haul flights. According to CEO Carsten Spohr,
  Lufthansa's short-haul program will also be reduced even further and will be
  operated in Munich only by Lufthansa City Line. From the hubs in Frankfurt,
  Munich and Zurich, only a few European cities will be served. The return
  flight schedule runs until 19 April and provides for a total of around five
  percent of the originally planned programme.
- Lufthansa: Drastic cuts in Lufthansa Group flight operations / numerous
  special relief flights planned and carried out - Due to entry restrictions in
  many countries and a collapse in demand, the Lufthansa Group was forced to
  make drastic cutbacks in its flight operations. Air Dolomiti conducted its
  last flight for the time being yesterday, 18 March. Today the last regular
  scheduled flight of Austrian Airlines landed in Vienna. With the exception of
  special flights,
  - Austrian Airlines is suspending its flight operations until 28 March.
  - Brussels Airlines will not be offering any regular flights in the period
    from 21 March to 19 April.
  - SWISS will offer only three weekly long-haul flights a week to Newark (USA)
    in addition to a substantially reduced short- and medium-haul schedule.
  - Lufthansa is discontinuing its long-haul operations in Munich and will
    initially only offer long-haul flights from Frankfurt. Lufthansa’s
    short-haul program will also be substantially reduced further, and only
    Lufthansa CityLine services will be operated from Munich. From the hubs in
    Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich, only a few European metropolitan areas will be
  - The relief flight schedule runs until April 19 and only provides for a total
    of about five percent of the originally planned program. Around 700 of the
    Lufthansa Group's 763 aircraft will be temporarily parked. In order to bring
    as many people as possible back home quickly, Lufthansa Group airlines are
    also operating numerous special relief flights around the world. This is
    also possible due to the unparalleled support and solidarity of the crews as
    well as ground staff, who at a moment’s notice volunteered their assistance.
    In close consultation with the governments of their home countries and on
    behalf of tour operators, Lufthansa Group airlines are currently offering
    around 140 special relief flights. More than 20,000 passengers are thus
    flying home with Lufthansa, Eurowings, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Brussels
    Airlines and Edelweiss. The figures alone include the special flights that
    were firmly planned until yesterday. Numerous other special flights will
    follow in the next few days. In addition, the Lufthansa Group is making
    every effort to ensure that supply chains in Germany and Europe do not come
    to a standstill.
  - Lufthansa Cargo continues to fly its regular programme, except for
    cancellations to mainland China, keeping the entire freighter fleet in the
    air. This currently consists of seven Boeing 777Fs, six MD11Fs and four
    777Fs from Aerologic. In addition, the company is currently examining the
    possibility of using passenger aircraft without passengers as pure cargo
    aircraft in order to further increase cargo capacity.
  - Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG:
    "The spread of the coronavirus has placed the entire global economy and our
    company as well in an unprecedented state of emergency. At present, no one
    can foresee the consequences. We have to counter this extraordinary
    situation with drastic and sometimes painful measures. At the same time, we
    must live up to the special responsibility that airlines bear in their home
    countries. We are doing everything we can to bring as many passengers as
    possible home on relief flights. In addition, we are doing our utmost to
    help ensure that supply chains for many thousands of businesses do not break
    down by mobilising additional capacity for air freight transport. The longer
    this crisis lasts, the more likely it is that the future of aviation cannot
    be guaranteed without state aid. In view of the massive impact of the Corona
    crisis, today's publication of our results for the past financial year is
    unfortunately sidelined."
- Germany flies all holidaymakers home: As stated by fvw, tens of thousands of
  German holidaymakers are being flown home in a worldwide ‘airlift’ after the
  foreign ministry issued a global travel warning as countries around the world
  close their borders. The foreign ministry today (March 17) issued a worldwide
  travel warning to prevent Germans from travelling to countries where they
  might be stranded. In parallel, it launched a massive repatriation programme
  in cooperation with the German tourism industry and airlines. Foreign minister
  Heiko Maas pledged up to €50 million to finance the “airlift” flights.
  Stranded holidaymakers in Egypt, Morocco, the Dominican Republic, the
  Philippines and the Maldives are top of the priority list as scheduled flights
  from those countries have already been banned. There are about 4,000 – 5,000
  German tourists in Morocco alone. The German Travel Industry Association
  (DRV), which is coordinating the repatriation programme with the foreign
  ministry, airlines and tour operators, also named Cyprus as another
  destination that is particularly affected at present. Over the last few days
  German airlines have already started to fly empty to various destinations in
  order to fly holidaymakers home. Lufthansa planned to operate about 15 charter
  flights by Wednesday (March 18) to fly about 3,000 to 4,000 Germans home from
  the Caribbean (Punta Cana and Barbados) and the Canary Islands (Tenerife).
  Condor aims to fly as many holidaymakers as possible back on its scheduled
  flights, especially from the Canary Islands, Egypt, Majorca, Cuba and the
  Dominican Republic, and plans additional charter flights for tour operators
  from the Dominican Republic, Morocco and Egypt. Similarly, TUIfly cancelled
  all outbound tickets with effect from Sunday (March 15), is flying empty to
  Spain and Madeira, and aims to transport all its passengers currently on
  holiday there back to Germany by March 27. Sun Express plans to fly all the
  package holidaymakers of its tour operator clients who are currently in Turkey
  back to Germany by March 20.
- Condor launches special flights for returnees: As reported by reisevor9, like
  Lufthansa and TUIfly, Condor is involved in the recall campaign of the Federal
  Foreign Office. The holiday airline also operates special flights to bring
  back stranded holidaymakers from the destinations. For the time being,
  however, the company has announced that as many guests as possible are to be
  brought home on regular flights. This applies especially to the Canary
  Islands, Egypt and Palma de Mallorca, but also to the Caribbean with Cuba and
  the Dominican Republic. An overview of all flights for the next 72 hours is
  constantly updated on the Condor website, and further flights for the
  following days are planned. The return flight tickets can be rebooked to an
  earlier flight home free of charge. There will be special flights from the
  Dominican Republic, Morocco and Egypt. Condor reports that the company is
  working closely with the tour operators on these flights. All guests with a
  planned departure within the next four weeks can rebook their ticket free of
  charge without having to decide on a date now. This also applies to passengers
  with tickets to countries whose entry restrictions have not been extended.
  Condor would like to point out that due to the current travel warning no
  German guests can be carried on the respective outbound flights.
- LOT suspends flight operations: No good news regarding the planned Condor
  takeover: Poland's national airline LOT has stopped all flights following the
  government's decision to suspend international air traffic. All connections
  from the Warsaw and Budapest hubs will be discontinued up to and including 28
  March 2020, the airline announces on its website. The flight stop puts the
  airline group and LOT's mother PGL in financial difficulties. In the past few
  days, Polish media had already speculated that the company might need state
  support. At the same time, doubts arose whether PGL would be able to take over
  the holiday airline Condor as planned. The former Thomas Cook airline had
  recently received approval from its creditors for this.
- Balearic Islands: There are still return flights: As stated by touristi
  aktuell, the German consulate in Palma de Mallorca has written an article for
  German tourists in the German-language "Mallorca Zeitung". It says that at the
  moment there are still enough possibilities to return to Germany. Although
  "some airlines have greatly reduced or completely discontinued their
  services", "tickets can still be booked for very short term flights to Germany
  via the websites of the airlines operating the flights". Eurowings, in
  particular, currently still offers a number of flights to Germany. At Palma
  airport, the airlines are also opening their counters after check-in has been
  closed in order to sell remaining seats in the aircraft. Individual travellers
  can thus try to obtain a ticket at short notice. However, the consulate also
  points out that it is currently completely unclear how much longer
  holidaymakers can still leave the country. It says literally: "A complete
  cessation of air and ferry traffic for passengers cannot be ruled out. 

Tour operator

- TUI, DER, FTI, Schauinsland and Alltours cancel trips: For TUI, Schauinsland
  and Alltours, the cancellation of all trips is initially valid until 27 March,
  for FTI until 31 March. Portugal specialist Olimar is also cancelling all
  trips until the end of the month. Hiking tour operator Wikinger Reisen is
  cancelling all tours until 30 April. ASI Reisen cancels all trips until April
  14. TUI has clarified the information provided on Monday night and is
  initially suspending its travel programme for source market Germany for the
  next eleven days. Customers who rebook booked trips to a later date until the
  end of October are to receive a "loyalty bonus" of up to 100 euros. DER
  Touristik Deutschland will no longer offer tours from Tuesday to 29 March,
  according to a statement. All booked trips with the travel period up to and
  including March 29 will be cancelled. DER-Touristik guests whose trips are
  affected by this cancellation will be actively informed by the tour operator,
  it is said. At FTI the cancellation affects all brands of the group, i.e. FTI
  Touristik, 5 before flight, Big Xtra and LAL Sprachreisen. All trips until 31
  March will be actively cancelled. To be able to return to normal operations in
  the medium term, the FTI Group is applying for state guarantees. Bookings of
  all types of travel and in all source markets will be cancelled with immediate
  effect until the end of the month, the tour operator informs. With this, FTI
  wants to "signal our full support for the government's decisions", says
  company founder Dietmar Gunz. One will now follow the developments closely",
  depending on the current situation to take the appropriate measures. In order
  to be able to return to routine business in the future, the organizer will
  also take advantage of the offer of the German government to apply for state
  guarantees to bridge the gap. "We are grateful that this offer was made to us
  as one of the most affected commercial enterprises", explains Gunz. Alltours
  is also cancelling all flight package tours and individual tours with
  departure up to and including 27 March 2020. The trips will be cancelled by
  the tour operator free of charge; the customers will receive a confirmation,
  the company informs. Schauinsland Reisen has also cancelled all tours up to 27
  March. In addition, the Duisburg tour operator is offering free rebooking
  services. Depending on the destination, the time slots for this vary. For
  Spanish destinations, departures will be cancelled by 20 March and will be
  cancelled free of charge. For trips whose start was scheduled between 21 and
  29 March, customers can cancel free of charge until Wednesday or rebook at the
  current price. The rebooking option does not apply to dynamically packaged
  trips or bookings with scheduled flights, interface hotels and cruises. After
  18 March, Schauinsland will itself cancel the remaining bookings to Spain with
  a travel period up to 29 March free of charge. Wikinger Reisen has cancelled
  all trips up to the end of April. "We take our guests home and help them to
  postpone their travel plans", says managing partner Daniel Kraus. He said that
  decisions on whether to carry out the tours with departure dates after 30
  April would depend on the situation at hand. "The opposite of the tourism
  business model - staying at home and not doing anything together - is now
  called for", says Kraus. As a responsible company, Viking Travel is facing up
  to this task. The coronavirus is "a dramatic challenge for the entire
  industry", he said. "But we hope that in six weeks time a better perspective
  will emerge", explains the company boss. ASI Reisen is cancelling all trips
  until 14 April. Departures from April 15th should take place as planned, the
  organizer hopes. A free cancellation of these tours is currently not possible.
  Should it not be possible to carry them out, these tours would also be
  cancelled. Current tours will take place as planned, the organizer announced.
  If this is not possible, the guests will be informed and brought back earlier
  from the destination area. Due to current developments, Gebeco has also
  decided to cancel all departures until 31.03. Guests with departures until
  April 30th are offered the possibility of free rebooking by the organizer. All
  customers would be actively informed about this change, it is said. Also
  Vtours cancels all package tours with departure dates up to and including 31
  March. The return of guests from the holiday destinations will be coordinated
  with the DRV, the company said. Anex Tour offers the possibility of a free
  rebooking or cancellation until 17th April (Turkey) or 31st April (Greece) for
  holiday countries that are currently affected by travel restrictions beyond
  31st March due to the corona virus, such as Turkey and Greece. For these
  departure dates, Anex Tour and the travel brands Bucher Reisen and Öger Tours
  offer free rebooking and cancellation. Following their relaunch in January,
  both brands are selling tours with departure dates from 1 April. For
  travellers to Egypt, all return flights up to and including 23 March are to be
  operated as planned. For departures that are scheduled to take place from 24
  March onwards, the tour operator is in contact with the German authorities and
  the DRV to organise a return flight, the organiser announced. 

Cruise News

- All major cruise lines have largely ceased operations. Port closures and
  quarantine requirements make it virtually impossible to carry out the routes
  booked. As a consequence, most of the shipping companies are shutting down
  their fleets until April.
- Aida Cruises cancels all cruises until the beginning of April. The "Aida
  Aura", "Aida Mar" and "Aida Sol" have already finished their cruises. The
  other ships are now calling at ports from where passengers can start their
  journey home. According to current plans, the Aida fleet is to resume all
  voyages as originally planned from 10 April.
- Carnival Cruise Line is taking a break with all ships departing from the USA
  until 9 April.
- Celestyal Cruises is taking preventive measures and suspending cruise
  operations until 30 April. The Greek shipping company is operating the
  "Crystal" and the "Olympia" in the Mediterranean. Both ships are scheduled to
  leave port again on 1 May.
- Costa Crociere is suspending worldwide operations of the ships until April 3.
  Cruises that are currently taking place will be terminated so that guests can
  disembark and return to their homes. The restart, which is planned as things
  stand today, will have different dates for the ships. The "Magica" is
  scheduled to leave on 3 April, the "Smeralda" and "Pacifica" on 4 April, the
  "Luminosa" and "Diadema" on 5 April, the "Fortuna" on 8 April, the "Favolosa"
  and "Mediterranea" on 10 April and the "Costa Fascinosa" on 3 May.
- Cunard is suspending all cruises until 11th April. The "Queen Mary 2" and the
  "Queen Victoria" return to Southampton. The "Queen Elizabeth" has finished her
  last cruise in Australia.
- Hapag-Lloyd Cruises will moor its ships until April 28. In the next few days
  the cruises still in progress will be completed by March 21.
- Holland America Line interrupts the worldwide cruise operations of its 14
  ships for 30 days. From April 14 the liners are to raise anchor again.
- After the closure of the Italian and Spanish ports, MSC Cruises has cancelled
  the Mediterranean cruises of the "Grandiosa" and the "Opera" until April. This
  also applies to the cruises of the "Bellissima" and the "Lirica". In the
  Caribbean, the cruises of the "Preziosa" to the Antilles were cancelled after
  the French government ordered the closure of the port of Martinique. The ship
  now sails to Barbados, where it is scheduled to leave for Hamburg on 4 April.
  All MSC ships stationed in the USA will remain in their ports for 45 days,
  i.e. until the end of April.
- Norwegian Cruise Line , Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises - all
  three NCL brands - are suspending the worldwide cruise operations of their 28
  ships until April 11th. Passengers on board will be disembarked as soon as
  possible and will receive assistance in organising their journey home.
- Phoenix Reisen is taking breaks of varying lengths with its ocean-going ships.
  The cruises of the "Albatros" will be cancelled until 22 April, those with
  "Amadea" until 23 April, with "Amera" until 2 May and with "Artania" until 9
- Princess Cruises interrupts ship operations for two months. The 18 cruise
  ships of the shipping company are scheduled to start up again on 11 May.
  Current voyages beyond 17 March will be terminated at the most convenient
  location for guests.
- Royal Caribbean is cancelling all cruises worldwide until April 11. Current
  cruises are to be completed as scheduled.
- Transocean has cancelled all cruises until April 26. With updated government
  notices and the imminent closure of many ports around the world, the company
  has decided to take these measures to protect passengers and crew members. The
  "Astor" and the "Vasco da Gama" are returning to their home ports.
- TUI Cruises was the last of the major shipping companies to cancel all voyages
  in the night to Sunday for the time being. Depending on the ship, it is
  currently planned to resume operations between 2 April and 13 May. For a long
  time, the company had relied on the continuation of individual voyages. TUI
  Cruises justified the late cancellation by saying that they had "hoped for a
  stabilisation of the situation". 

Stay healthy and take care of your family, friends, partner and employees

Kind regards,


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