20.03.2020 – 12:49
GCE news mail: German market news week 12
German market news week 12
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."
- 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 tourists. - 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."
- 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 holidaymakers. - 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.
- 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 served. - 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.
- 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.
- 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 May. - 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".
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