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Would You Take a Cruise to “Nowhere”? Are NO-Port Cruises What Are “Next”?

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Did you look at the featured shot above? I mean REALLY look at it? No, not because my toes are in the shot. I’m talking about the water.

Unimpressed?

You should be blown away by the photo above!

Why?

It is the middle of the ATLANTIC OCEAN during the month of May!

Our captain, who was Greek, said in his 40+ years at sea he had never ever seen the ocean so still (there were lots of Poseidon jokes from him as well). I have crossed the Atlantic a number of times now and was simply blown away at the calm. It was so calm that, looking down from our suite (that I have yet to review here on the blog) we could see swordfish swimming around in the deep below the surface.  

The water was just like glass!

Remarkable.

I love sea days.

I mean love, love, love sea days.

You can sleep in a bit and have your butler bring you breakfast when you wake up. Then slowly wake up on your balcony reading a book or catching up on whatever. Then to the pool for some sun before lunch. Then a nap in the sun before you shower for dinner and a show. What a way to spend a day!

But I am not sure about taking a cruise that has ZERO ports to visit. From Wired UK, we learn that is what may be the short term future of cruising. Notice what they posted:

TUI Cruises was the first company to run an all-inclusive cruise to nowhere out of Germany, with stringent health and safety measures that included no port calls and shore excursions.”

And

…capped at less than 60 per cent passenger capacity. In theaters, which usually house around 1,000 people, only 150 guests can listen to a concert or comedy show live while others watch them on TVs in their cabins.”

Well, that sounds interesting. I like the idea of doing everything they can to make it safe and limiting capacity as well as for shows is very smart.

But watching shows in my cabin? Pass!

There is so much about cruising that is social by nature that if the lines go “too far” in the name of safety (and I get it’s likely needed so don’t flame me) then the experience of the cruise is so diminished that it becomes pointless. Notice the next bit from the Wired UK post:

But the 50-year-old mother felt it was over the top when the crew asked mask-wearing dancers on the pool deck to sit down because of social distancing.”

If I am required to wear a mask sitting on a sun chair (trying to get sun) then I am not going to do it. A ski goggle tan is cool and brag-worthy in the middle of winter – but not so much in the summer.

Also, as I have blogged about before, there is more to this than just time on the ship. There is the stress of getting to the ship (i.e. flying). And to me, it is not safe yet — even with all the steps Delta is taking. Then there is transport from the airport to the hotel and then to the ship that is also not safe. Lastly, the hotel will require work to sanitize before I touch anything. None of this screams “relaxing vacation” to me.

What do you think? Would you take a cruise to nowhere? What steps would you need to see in place to feel safe onboard? You tell me! – René

Rene’s Points For Better Travel, a division of Chatterbox Entertainment, Inc. has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Rene’s Points For Better Travel and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers. Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.


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René de Lambert is a contributing writer and the founder of RenesPoints. He is an avid Delta and SkyTeam flyer who has held Delta’s top Diamond Medallion status for many years and flown millions of miles.

6 Comments

  1. As a cruise fan and someone who has a side hustle selling travel I will not go on a cruise if I have to wear a mask. It would be like having to wear a rain coat in the shower. I’m willing to wear a mask in some situations and understand that masks have some purpose at this moment. The problem is that if you are so afraid for your life that you need people to wear a mask around you yet you are willing to go an a cruise, plane, etc. for leisure purposes then your priorities aren’t in order. Everyone has a risk tolerance but to me it would not be fun on a cruise with masks and I won’t waste my money in such a way.

    • @DaninMCI – I always wear a mask now (well, when not home) but I agree with you. Until I can be mask free (safely) I do not want to get on a ship.

  2. Bookgirl305 Reply

    I am a cheap cruiser. I normally get the least expensive inside cabin and a thermal spa pass. Right now, most/all the thermal spa is shut down, the shows are at reduced capacity, and I have a very real fear of something going bad and being quarantined in that inside cabin. Now they want you to wear a mask on the sun deck? Hard pass.

  3. AlohaDaveKennedy Reply

    Have asthma and my SO is Japanese so masks no issue for us. Since we are near FLL and MIA cruise ports no flight is needed. Might do late spring, early post expected vaccine, if ship new to us and price low.

  4. Marshall Jackson Reply

    With testing at boarding and perhaps randomly throughout, sure. I think rapid tests and perhaps a private island focus are key to getting going again from the USA.

  5. I honestly haven’t stopped traveling since this whole thing started. Granted my line of work is considered essential, along with my girlfriend living in NYC, and myself in Minnesota. I have been taking additional precautions, but I’ve been flying, driving and taking the train all over. Hotels seem to be doing many extra steps to assure cleanliness. To be completely honest I think everything has been a bit overkill. I understand this isn’t something to pretend is a non-issue, but even still.
    I have a family member that is an administrator at a long term care facility that has been affected, her comments were it was extremely contagious even with full quarantine protocols being followed, but with 40 people being infected in her facility, only two died and both were already on hospice care.
    I for one can’t wait to get on a cruise ship again, even if it would be a ship to nowhere. I’m tired of everything being restricted and canceled. And from the traffic on the roads these days, I think I’m not the only one

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