In pictures: How coronavirus is sending cruise ships to an early grave

These are no rust-buckets or clunkers from another era. Cut down in their prime, the relics of five former glistening ships make a pitiful sight in their final port of call.

The death throes are heartbreaking. In the wheelhouse, frantic commands are hollered in polyglot tongues as the man at the helm points the bow towards a narrow channel at the Aliaga ship breakers yard. The ships are driven at five knots – about 5 miles per hour – onto the beach where they shudder to a halt, their steel frames groaning and grinding in futile protest. The engines are shut down and the anchor is dropped to make the ship steadfast in its last resting place.

Cruise ships normally have a lifespan of 40 years, but as the pandemic engulfed the globe, the cruise industry became paralysed. Putting a whole new meaning to “throwaway culture”, ships still in

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BioHiTech Receives Additional Food Waste Digester Order from Princess Cruises Valued at Approximately $300,000

CHESTNUT RIDGE, N.Y., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — BioHiTech Global, Inc. (“BioHiTech” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: BHTG), a sustainable technology and services company, announced today it has received an additional purchase order for its Revolution Series™ food waste digesters from Princess Cruises, valued at approximately $300,000.

BioHiTech expects to deliver these digesters for installation on Princess Cruises’ newest ship, the Enchanted Princess during the fourth quarter of 2020. Utilization of the Revolution Series digesters, equipped with BioHiTech’s proprietary data analytics platform, is part of Princess Cruises’ comprehensive plan to limit food waste, achieve safe onboard disposal, and improve associated environmental outcomes.

“We continue to see sales momentum for our digesters in the cruise industry and this latest order from Princess Cruises represents their consistent commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship,” said Frank E. Celli, CEO of BioHiTech Global.  “Each new ship installation further demonstrates our

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A chief investment officer says industrial and rail stocks are a good buy if Washington passes a big stimulus bill


  • Bryn Mawr’s chief investment officer Jeff Mills told CNBC’s “Trading Nation” Monday that investing in material, industrial and rail stocks are likely to yield great returns once US lawmakers agree on another set of measures to help the economy. 
  • He said: “We think industrials will do well in either political environment, that is how I would want to be positioned over the next 12 months.”
  • Mills said he would still avoid investing in cruise and airline stocks that have been heavily impacted by the pandemic. 
  • Democrats and Republicans have been gridlocked in a stalemate over fiscal stimulus since July. 
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The time may soon be right to buy industrial, materials and rail stocks, all of which have been beaten down by the coronavirus pandemic this year, once US lawmakers reach an agreement on a new round of financial lifelines for the

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Cruises to nowhere: More than 6,000 bookings in five days, Singapore News & Top Stories

Phones have been ringing off the hook at the offices of Genting Cruise Lines, with the company receiving more than 6,000 bookings for its “cruises to nowhere” in just five days.

Each of these bookings is likely for at least two people. A total of 23 Genting Cruise Lines sailings, each with a maximum capacity of 1,700 passengers, are scheduled for next month and December.

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) announced last Thursday that round-trip cruises without ports of call will take place under a pilot programme.

Under it, only two cruise lines – Genting Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean International – can take to the seas.

Without disclosing specific numbers, Royal Caribbean International also said that the demand has “exceeded expectations”.

A spokesman said bookings are up 500 per cent compared with the past two weeks. Its first sailing on Dec 1, which is capped at about 1,000 guests,

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Inside the Australian cruise ship that left four days after the COVID-19 pandemic declaration

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Aurora Expeditions’ Greg Mortimer departed the Argentinian coast 4 days after the pandemic was declared.

The notorious Ruby Princess crisis was unfolding, and cruises were being cancelled around the world. At least one other operator cancelled its Antarctic cruise, and Aurora’s MV Greg Mortimer was the last ship to depart Ushuaia in Argentina.

Of the 217 people who boarded the vessel in Ushuaia, 96 were Australian passengers and crew, and roughly 16 were New Zealand citizens.

By the time those on board were tested for COVID-19, 128 people had contracted the virus.

In a statement sent to Dateline, Aurora Expeditions said it took the decision to sail “following wide consultation and based on the information available to [it] at the time.”

For Sydney local Antony Philip, the holiday – which cost an average of $22,000 per passenger – was

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Carnival Cruise Line Cancels Miami And Port Canaveral Cruises For November 2020

MIAMI, Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Carnival Cruise Line has notified guests and travel agents that it is cancelling the remaining cruises for the six total ships operating from PortMiami and Port Canaveral for November 2020. 

It has also cancelled five cruises scheduled to operate from Sydney, Australia from Jan. 16 – Feb. 8, 2021.

Following the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) decision to extend its no-sail order for cruise operations until Oct. 31, Carnival cancelled all but PortMiami and Port Canaveral cruises for the rest of the year.  It has now determined that November 2020 operations will not be feasible.

Carnival continues to work on protocols and procedures that would allow for the resumption of cruise operations, with a gradual, phased-in approach, designating Miami and Port Canaveral as the first two homeports for embarkations.  Cruises currently scheduled for December from those two homeports remain in

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Cruises to nowhere: Genting Cruises gets more than 6,000 bookings in 5 days, Singapore News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – Phones have been ringing off the hooks at the offices of Genting Cruise Lines, with the company receiving more than 6,000 bookings for its “cruises to nowhere” in just five days.

Each of these bookings is likely for at least two people. A total of 23 Genting Cruise Lines sailings, each with a maximum capacity of 1,700 passengers, are scheduled for November and December.

The Singapore Tourism Board announced last Thursday (Oct 8) that round-trip cruises without ports of call will take place under a pilot programme.

Under it, only two cruise lines – Genting Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean International – can take to the seas.

Without disclosing specific numbers, Royal Caribbean International also said that the demand has “exceeded expectations”.

According to a spokesman, bookings are up 500 per cent compared to the past two weeks. Its first sailing on Dec 1, which is capped at

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Cook Strait: New cruise ship berth at Picton could raise pollution, says engineer

A view of Picton from the Tirohanga Track, Marlborough. Photo / Supplied

By Tracy Neal, of RNZ

Plans to expand Picton’s ferry terminal would place a heavy burden on its environment unless properly managed, a seagoing marine engineer says.

A major upgrade is planned to accommodate the new-generation of ferries which cross Cook Strait, and would include a new cruise ship berth almost right in front of the township.

Concern was brewing about the potential for more pollution to billow from larger ships docked at the wharf.

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Brent Yardley lives in the Marlborough Sounds, worked on ships’ engines, and studied atmospheric pollution as part of his engineering degree.

He said the air pollution produced by ships was often trapped in the surrounding hills, and

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New cruise ship berth at Picton could raise pollution



a palm tree with a mountain in the background


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Plans to expand Picton’s ferry terminal would place a heavy burden on its environment unless properly managed, a seagoing marine engineer says.



a beach with a palm tree: Picton's foreshore.


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Picton’s foreshore.

Picton’s foreshore. Photo: RNZ / Tracy Neal

A major upgrade is planned to accommodate the new-generation of ferries which cross Cook Strait, and would include a new cruise ship berth almost right in front of the township.




a large body of water with a city in the background


© RNZ / Tracy Neal


Concern was brewing about the potential for more pollution to billow from larger ships docked at the wharf.

Brent Yardley lives in the Marlborough Sounds, worked on ships’ engines, and studied atmospheric pollution as part of his engineering degree.

He said the air pollution produced by ships was often trapped

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No luck needed as Rafael Nadal cruises to thirteenth French Open singles title

Rafael Nadal happily took his place alongside Roger Federer at the summit of men’s tennis after demolishing Novak Djokovic to win a 13th French Open title.

Sunday, 11th October 2020, 10:31 pm

Paris Mis-match: Rafael Nadal claimed his thirteenth French Open singles title with a straight sets success over his old rival Novak Djokovic yesterday.Picture: AP Photo/Michel Euler
Paris Mis-match: Rafael Nadal claimed his thirteenth French Open singles title with a straight sets success over his old rival Novak Djokovic yesterday.Picture: AP Photo/Michel Euler

The Spaniard’s brilliant 6-0 6-2 7-5 victory on Court Philippe Chatrier brought him a 20th slam title, drawing him level for the first time with his old rival.

Nadal has been dominant for so long on the Parisian clay that it seemed nothing he did could surprise, but to produce such a performance against a man who had not lost a completed match all season was breath-taking.

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Nadal hit 31 winners and made only 14 unforced errors,

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